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Spring retreat 2019: 7-day water fast

10 day – 9 night retreat centred around a 7-day water fast: DATE: 26 April – 5 May 2019 (Friday afternoon – Sunday afternoon). LOCATION: Vászoly, close to Lake Balaton (Hungary), less than 2 hours from Budapest. (Transportation can be arranged from Budapest, see below) PRICE: 650 USD / 500GBP (see below for details) Maximum number of participants: 12. Currently 3 places left! 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: Situated on the edge of a forest in the hills above Hungary’s Lake Balaton (pictured above), our accommodation offers the perfect setting for an extended water fast: a converted mill house on the edge of a forest, with a large garden, several acres of surrounding fields and a stream running through the property. There are also several natural springs in the vicinity, from which shall drink throughout the duration of …

Journal for the spring retreat, 7-day water fast: Day 2

As always, the day began at 4.45am with dawn yoga and meditation. I know that may sound shockingly early :-), but given the way that sleep patterns change during a fast, it actually makes a lot of sense. So often, people have a lot of trouble sleeping while fasting. Getting up before dawn for an hour of gentle stretching and meditation makes it much easier to go back to sleep again afterwards. I love waking up before everyone else, preparing the room with candles, as well as laying a path of candles through the garden, leading from the lower house where we sleep up to the upper house where we practise yoga. It’s a beautiful feeling to wake up in full darkness and follow the path of candles out through the night air and into our cozy common room for yoga. Then, having spent an hour together, we finish practice just as the sun is rising and the world is transformed into a blaze of morning colour. This morning the rain had long passed, and …

Journal for the spring retreat, 7-day water fast: Day 1

Another beautiful day here in Hungary… I loaded the car and very slowly set off on the two-hour drive to the Balaton. (Very slowly because the car has a bit of an overheating problem at the moment. Never mind, the slower pace helped me get into a slower-paced fasting mindset!) As usual, the first thing I did after arriving in the village was to head to the Jakab forrás, a spring famous for its healing properties, and tank up with water for the participants.   After that, I continued on to our accommodation just outside the village and prepared the house for everyone’s arrival. Before long, people started arriving. I always enjoy seeing the mixture of different faces bearing different expressions: smiles from those who had been here before and love the place as much as I do, tiredness from those who had had a long week and were ready to relax, and anxiety from those who felt the weight of the 7-day water fast upon them. It was real. It was starting. And there …