Author: Tallis Barker Ph.D.

Spiritual fasting in Lent (or any other time)

25th February, 2020 Tomorrow marks the beginning of what for many people is the most important time of the year in terms of spiritual fasting. For Christians, Lent constitutes the 40-day period prior to Easter, serving as a reminder of both Jesus’ 40-day fast in the desert as well as the final period of his life leading up to the crucifixion. It is a time for introspection and reflection on life. Whether or not you are a Christian, water fasting naturally supports this shift towards looking inside ourselves. By giving up food – the elixir of life for our physical body – we become able more naturally to identify with that deepest part of ourselves which has no need for physical sustenance: our spirit, our soul, our innermost Self. Reaching the point of opening up spiritually through fasting isn’t always easy. It requires surrender. Surrender not just of food, but also surrender of our ego which wants to eat the food, which wants to find comfort and love in food. It takes a huge amount …

Fasting against coronavirus (Covid-19): how to boost immunity and maximize health

This extended article argues that the best thing you can do to strengthen your immune system against Covid-19 is to undertake a 7-10 day water fast or, ideally, a 21-day fast as soon as possible (see Section 3). For most people, fasting is also advisable during illness, especially if you begin as close to the onset of symptoms as possible (see Section 4).  Article sections: (1) A no-win scenario? (2) Why fasting is your best bet against coronavirus (3) How to fast in order to prevent illness (4) How to fast in order to treat illness CLICK HERE if you need COACHING for your own water fast (1) A no-win scenario? The rapid spread of Covid-19 throughout China and, increasingly, across the globe rightly has many people worried. Currently, the number of infections continues to double every few days, with the official death rate holding steady at just over two percent. If this trend continues – and it is only an if – then the number of casualties will eventually extrapolate to many millions of …

Tasty, tangy sauerkraut soup

This is a tasty, tangy soup I enjoy especially after winter fasts – including the 7-day water fast I just finished yesterday. Before global trade overpowered local economies and foods, winter was always the time to eat preserved vegetables such as sauerkraut – especially in areas with a cold winter climate. Through the process of fermentation, sauerkraut gains many healthy nutrients not found in raw cabbage. Boiling the sauerkraut for this soup does unfortunately destroy its natural probiotics, but the organic acids produced by them remain intact. In Eastern Europe and Russia, sauerkraut and grated cabbage (both raw and boiled) have always been used to break fasts. The high Vitamin C content and antioxidants help to revive the liver, and the fibre helps to ‘scrub’ out the intestines before returning to an everyday diet. *Note: this soup is not suitable for those following a zero-sodium protocol. Basic ingredients: 500g / 1 lb. potatoes 500g / 1 lb. sauerkraut 1 medium onion 1 large carrot ½ vegetable stock cube Optional additional ingredients: 100g kidney beans (pre-soaked, …

Online coaching and consultations for water fasting

Water fast coaching and how it helps: Hello, I’m Dr. Tallis Barker. In addition to the many articles and videos here on this website, I also provide more private and personalised support as a water fasting coach.* I’ve successfully guided hundreds of people through fasts of 3 to 40 days (CLICK HERE for testimonials) Fasting by yourself can be lonely. Some people need accountability. Some people need a partner to keep them company through their journey. Some people need sound advice, especially when fasting to heal health issues. You can find all sorts of answers on internet forums – but are they right for you? Whatever your needs, I’m here to help hold the space for your fast. If there’s one thing I’ve learnt over the years, it’s that the emotional security provided by working with a coach makes the experience of fasting much, much easier. That security even tends to decrease the severity of detox symptoms – and when they do occur, I can help you find the most appropriate ways to relieve them. …

Spring retreat 2020: 7 day water fast

Postponed to September due to Covid-19 9 day – 8 night retreat centred around a 7-day water fast: DATE: 1-9 May (Friday 1st May 4pm – Saturday 9th May 1pm). LOCATION: Danube Bend (Hungary), about 1 hour from Budapest. (A car share can usually be arranged free of charge from Budapest, see below) PRICE: 700 USD / 550GBP (see below for details) Enquiries and registration: see application form below — If you are unable to attend but would like to organise your own fasting retreat for me to lead (in either Europe or the USA), please contact me using the application form below. About this retreat: We will be fasting in Hungary’s rolling Börzsöny hills, less than 10km from the most scenic spot on Europe’s greatest river: the Danube Bend (pictured above). Hungary’s climate is perfect for fasting in the spring, with plenty of sun and average daytime highs around 20-22C (70F). Our accommodation lies on the edge of a small village called Kóspallag, and features a large garden with fields and miles of forest …

Is water fasting safe?

Many people are convinced that water fasting must be dangerous. Unfortunately, this is mostly based on fear, misinformation, and only a minimal number of actual cases. This video takes a look at all the facts, in order to help you decide whether water fasting might be for you.