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Spring retreat 2020: 7 day water fast

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 directly behind. There are several natural springs in the …

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: Day 20

Today is the last full day of fasting.  By the evening I’ll already be into Day 21.  The feeling, which came to me as I woke up this morning, is that of when you’re about to say goodbye to an old friend whom you know you’re not going to see for a while.  There’s an element of regret in parting from each other, but you know that your friendship is stronger than the time and distance you’ll be spending apart.  And besides, you know you’ll meet again…

21 day water fast: Day 18

Driving into town yesterday provided a reference point about how my consciousness has naturally and gradually opened from a more focussed perspective.  In retrospect, the whole trip itself provided another, deeper reference point, because since then – in breaking the solitude and continuity of being here at the cottage, as well as in buying the food which will break the 21 days of pure water – I keep finding myself thinking about the approaching end of the fast…

21 day water fast: Day 17

Today I went into town to buy fruit for the end of my fast.  The thought of going to the shops had a certain exotic excitement to it – in contrast to my usual apathy towards shopping.  And yet, mixed into the feeling was also one of slight sadness that the fast is going to end soon. Driving the 10km from the village into town, I realised that I’m really not quite with it…