8 day / 7 night retreat centred around a 7-day water fast:
DATE: 22 – 29 Apr 2023 (Saturday 22 Apr, 4pm – Saturday 29 April, 2pm).
LOCATION: Danube Bend (Hungary), about 1 hour from Budapest. (A car share can usually be arranged free of charge from Budapest, see below)
PRICE: $800 (USD)
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 and autumn, 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 directly behind. There are several natural springs in the vicinity from which we shall drink throughout the duration of the fast. The house is newly built, with a sauna and jacuzzi to help promote detox. Standard accommodation consists of a shared twin room with en suite bathroom, but a few private rooms are available for an additional fee.
One week before the retreat, pre-fast:
We will schedule a one-on-one video call, so you and I can discuss how to start preparing for the fast. We’ll talk about making dietary alternations as well as orientating psychologically towards a week without food. It’s also a chance to discuss any special needs you might have, as well as to get to know each other a little better before we meet in person at the retreat.
Days 1 – 7 (Saturday – Friday), 7-day fast:
During the retreat, each day consists of a combination of loosely structured and free time. All programs are optional except for the daily group sharings, when we sit in a circle and check in with each other about how things are going. This is an opportunity to share how you feel, whether physically or emotionally. There’s no need to talk if you don’t feel like it, but you do need to be present so that we can all look out for each other.
This is one of the huge strengths of a fasting retreat: you’re not alone. You’re in the same boat as your fasting brothers and sisters.
We all help each other along, and by the end of the retreat deep friendships have often begun to evolve.
Beyond the daily sharings, optional programs are offered through each day, including:
— Gentle yoga/stretching (twice per day)
— Group discussion: sharing experiences (twice per day)
— Daily walks in nature
— Lectures on fasting and detox
— Support for anyone who is having a hard time 🙂
For anyone interested, there will also be opportunities to practise:
— Shanka prakshalana (yogic intestinal wash)
— Dry fasting
— Sauna and jacuzzi, to promote cleansing and detox
Day 8 (Saturday), post-fast:
One of the hardest parts of any fast is the refeeding period following the fast itself. It’s so easy to get it wrong, either by eating the wrong foods or by by uncontrolled binge eating! After breaking the 7-day water fast on Friday evening, we will focus on establishing a healthy path back to an everyday diet! During this time, there will be opportunities to:
— Discuss strategies about how to continue the path back to normal eating after the retreat ends
— Prepare for the return back to everyday life and society
— Continue cleansing through more sauna and jacuzzi
Over the last 24 hours of the retreat, we’ll be gently stimulating the digestive system back to life through the most appropriate smoothies and solid foods. By the time you go home, you should be perfectly capable of continuing without any digestive problems.
If you are interested in exploring your limits, your fears and addictions, if you want to come to a deeper understanding about who you are, and if you have some prior experience in fasting, then you can learn a lot from this retreat. I myself have extensive experience with up to 21-day water fasts, as well as 5-day dry fasts (no food, no drink), and would like to pass my own knowledge on to you.
To see pictures from previous retreats, please click here.
About 7-day water fasts in general:
Experience with 7-day water fasts is essential for anyone interested in attaining a deep level of cleansing. For most people, an annual 7-day water fast should be enough to maintain health into old age (in combination with a healthy lifestyle). For those with deeper health issues, water fasting can be used as an effective healing modality, and 7-day fasts provide powerful momentum in this direction. (More information here.)
If a 7-day water fasting retreat feels too long, you may want to consider trying out a 3-day water fast at home first. The truth is, though, that often participants arrive to the retreat having practised only a couple of 24- and 36-hour water fasts beforehand. They do fine – and so will you!
Prerequisites for and further information about this retreat:
— Prerequisite: prior experience of at least one 36-hour water fast.
— Please note that this retreat is not medically supervised. There will not be a doctor on-site. Anyone with a medical condition who is considering this retreat should discuss this with their healthcare professional. (Please feel free to discuss it with me as well, using the registration form below.)
After applying using the form below, I will reply and send a link for payment via credit card. Participation in the retreat is secured once payment has been received. Once received, payment is final and non-refundable.
Price includes accommodation, participation in all activities during the retreat (including sauna and jacuzzi), meals before and after the fast, VAT and IFA (tourist tax).
If necessary, free transportation (car share) can usually be provided to Kóspallag, which is approximately a one-hour drive from Budapest.
Getting to Budapest is easy from all across Europe. Most budget airlines have round-trip tickets for under 100 EUR.