All posts tagged: meditation

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 …

21 day water fast: Day 21

I woke up into the darkness, with an overwhelming feeling of gratitude: for the universe, for Réka and the opportunity to be here – as well as for the fast itself.  I sat down to meditate, with the expanse of gratitude laid out as a back-drop to everything in my mind.  It felt and continues to feel like an inner smile expanding from all directions in and around my heart.  Everywhere, almost as if my body were breathing the mantra: ‘thank you, thank you, thank you…’

21 day water fast: Days 12, 13, 14

I’ve not written in the last couple of days because there really hasn’t been any significant change to talk about.  Subtle shifts, yes, but it’s taken a couple of days to establish whether these are real or just my imagination. Maybe first and foremost has been a gradually rise in mental energy – as opposed to physical energy which, although slightly stronger, still falls into the “hitting the wall” category of debilitating weakness… 

21 day water fast: Day 10

Nothing much new to report today, except that I’ve noticed a couple of trends. The first change relates to weight loss.  From Day Three to Day Seven, I lost weight extremely consistently – at the rate of .5 kg per day – whereas over the past three days (since Day Eight) this has reduced to a consistent .4 kg per day: something I’m rather glad about, given my general lack of fat stores! 

21 day water fast: Day 8

Last night woke after four hours and couldn’t go back to sleep.  After lying in bed for a while I meditated, which for the first time since beginning the fast, actually felt natural and good, not a chore.  I don’t know whether my resistance to meditation and yoga during the first week of fasting has been because it feels contrived, given that my general state of consciousness during the day (as well as during the sleepless hours during the night) is one of a natural vipasanna anyway, or whether the problem is that meditating feels too much like doing something…

21 day water fast: Day 2

Today has been one of extremes.  The morning was again spent in a frenetic whirlwind of doing: tidying up and rearranging the house to make it liveable.  I finished mid-afternoon and went outside to sit.  Just sit and be.  In that moment, it hit me again like a wave: the conflict inside me…

Dealing with insomnia and sleep issues while water fasting

Almost everyone experiences major changes to the way they sleep while water fasting. In fact, many people find it one of the most disturbing aspects of fasting. It doesn’t have to be a source of concern, though, if you understand why these processes are taking place and what you can do to help get a good night’s sleep! This two-part video lecture explores both the situation as well as the possible solutions to insomnia and other sleep problems. Please feel free to post comments at the bottom of the page if I haven’t answered any of your questions! Part I: Part I explores the various factors and issues which drive sleep patterns while fasting. Part II: Part II examines a whole array of practical solutions to sleep problems.  

Summer retreat: Denmark

10-day retreat centred around a 7-day water fast: DATE: August (dates to be announced) LOCATION: Stege, Denmark (400 metres from the beach, 1.5 hrs. from Copenhagen) PRICE: 750 EUR / 5500 DKK / 640 GBP (see below for details) Enquiries and registration: see application form below Du finder information på dansk ved at trykke her — 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: Situated just 400 metres from the Baltic Sea, our retreat centre offers a beautiful and peaceful setting: a converted farm completely surrounded by gently rolling countryside. A quiet, sandy beach awaits at literally the end of the nearest field. During the fast we shall be drinking high-quality Grander® filtered water. Day 1 (Friday), pre-fast: After arriving (5-6pm), participants will share a “last supper” before the water fast itself begins. This will be an opportunity to bid a conscious farewell to food for a week, as well …