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8 Days Reset and Detoxify Your Body Fasting Retreat with Meditation and Yoga in North Devon, UK

Smythen Farm, Sterridge Valley, Berrynarbor, Ilfracombe EX34 9TB, UK

Health and Detox Retreat UK

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Sura Detox invites you to join a genuine detox retreat (not a spa or boot camp!), offering you an understanding of your relationship to food, each other, and your life's choices. Sura Detox will make fresh juices each day, for those who are drinking the juice, and of course an endless supply of filtered water for those doing a water fast. Sura Detox makes sure there is a variety of teas to keep the palate entertained, as well as more functional supplies. The team also provides meditation and yoga sessions, stress workshops, nutritional talks, and food prep sessions to enrich your retreat experience!

Meet the instructors

Daniel, Nikki, & Dao
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Highlights

  • Afternoon yoga sessions
  • Morning meditation classes
  • Stress management workshop sessions
  • Raw food prep sessions and feast
  • Powerful bacterial re-inhabitation
  • Daily fresh organic juices
  • 7 nights lodging

Skill level

  • Beginner

Styles


7 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 20 participants
Airport transfer included: Exeter International Airport
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
17:00
Check-out Time:
09:30

Facilities

  • Hot tub / Jacuzzi
  • Sauna
  • Dining area
  • Yoga studio

Nestled in Devon's coastal beauty with views down the green valley to the sea, Smythen Farm offers homey cottages and cosy rooms, sauna, hot tub, and heated pool.

Program

Expect

  • A damned good rest and deep relaxation
  • Reboot your sense of well being and energy levels
  • Learn how to have a healthy body
  • To understand their relationship with food
  • Take stock of one's life and get some direction
  • See what water fasting or juice fasting can do for your body
  • And some come to manage weight/blood pressure/energy levels

Why Detox?

These days the word detox is used to sell anything from seaweed baths to fragrant tea. It's a term that has become very diluted and stretched, so how are you supposed to know what you’re getting for your money? Biologically, the word detox points to processes that go on all the time, but as a practice, it is most strongly associated with the liver, immune system and eliminative channels of the body.

Water fasting is the most effective and ancient means of switching on the body’s natural capacity to detox, and Sura Detox offer juice options to make the process more manageable. Something amazing happens when Sura Detox reduce their food intake. Something wonderful and enlightening. Something that can happen at no other time, precisely because you are otherwise full of food. As the bodily systems associated with digestion slow and stop, your mental, emotional and nervous systems calm and drop too, and influences of different parts of our psyche are revealed. This alone can be quite enlightening.

Water fasting

Historically, water fasting is found in all traditions, and has a time-tested track record for enhancing physical health, as well as mental well-being. However, in your comfort-oriented society, a water-only fast, seems like a bit of a stretch for most people, so Sura Detox primarily offer juice fasts. But water fasting is what its all about really.

Sura Detox have always encouraged their guests to drink as little juice as they can, to explore the limits of their comfort zone, and move as close to water fasting as they dare. Water fasting takes one much deeper into the underbelly of your emotions, and can propel you through the lows of despair, and into the heights of spacious bliss.

While the body is happy to take full advantage of the complete break from digestion, the mind can find it a hard place to be, so Sura Detox do present this option with some caution, as it is not for everyone. Sura Detox guests often return year after year until they are comfortable with juice fasting, before they switch to a water fast. However, over the years, Sura Detox have seen a growing number of people looking for a safe place to do a water fast, and they are more than happy to manage this for those willing to go deep.

Juice fasting

Even though Sura Detox retreats are advertised as juice fasts, they encourage people to drink as much water as possible during the week, as it is the water that acts as a means of carrying toxins from the system. The herbals teas don't necessarily detract from this, but their real role is only to bring some variety to the experience.

Sura Detox have been encouraging people to drink as little juice as they can get by, based upon the principle that as less nutrients and energy come in, the body switches to other forms of nourishment, and has to drill into its own fat reserves and toxin stores to get what it needs.

Therefore the less juice, the deeper the cleanse. But each person needs to be happy with their overall energy levels, and feel safe with the emotions that arise throughout the fast, so each person is managed differently. Sura Detox provide glass water bottles for everyone, but if you have your own, bring a water bottle to carry around with you at all times.

Morning exercises and meditation

Daniel starts your day with some gentle, pre tai chi exercises to lubricate the joints and give you a sense of ease in your skin. Meditation is that time and space devoted to becoming more aware of yourself in the present moment. The more you know about yourselves the more opportunity you have to live your lives in harmony with your deepest desires

Juice and supplements

Four times each day, Sura Detox makes fresh juice for those not on a water fast. The more juice you consume, the more of the body's energy is spent digesting, so the juices are diluted with filtered water, and you are encouraged to drink as little as you need to get the best detox. Psyllium powder or capsules, and detoxing herbs are also taken to make the whole experience more effective and manageable.

Colonic hydrotherapy

Twice-daily there is the opportunity for simple colonic irrigation, a safe and gentle way to clear your colon of debris and increase assimilative and eliminative powers. Despite being a scary idea for most first-timers, everyone is surprised by how easy it is, and how deeply relaxing they can be.

Yoga sessions

Be you a beginner or a practiced yogini, you will learn something new. Nikki will help you to stretch and release joints, correct your posture and 'lengthen' your body, thus relieving much strain on tired joints. You can expect to increase your range of movement by the end of your retreat while revitalizing body and mind!

Nutritious talks

Dao has designed these extremely popular daily talks to be inspiring, empowering, and easy-to-grasp. The talks will deepen your understanding of why the food and lifestyle choices often work against you instead of for you. Covering much more than just food, Sura Detox will also attempt to clarify the difference between marketing spin and 'natural' products in order to make better-educated choices on a variety of daily topics and the larger ecological environment.

Stress and anxiety workshops

Many of Sura Detox participants come to them suffering from the effects of too much stress. Sometimes life gets hard, situations and circumstances come along that knock us off track. Things that you once took in your stride leave you overwhelmed, exhausted, and frazzled. You find your thoughts dwelling on the things that might go wrong and you get anxious about things that might never happen. Daniel leads two-afternoon workshops where you explore what stress is and look at how you can become more resilient to it and have a greater capacity for it.

Personal coaching

During the week, there will be an opportunity to spend more time going much deeper with Daniel. Using his experience with body-based psychotherapies, breath-work, and mindfulness, he can support you in a gentle inquiry about where you are in your life, what you truly desire, and what holds you back from living the life you want. With clarity and perspective comes the possibility to embrace your integrity; live with greater authenticity, and to move into the future you want.

Deep relaxation: yoga Nidra

Using pillows and blankets to support the body, either lying or sitting, we will use muscle tense and release, breath, and visualization to help the body and mind let go of tension, and rest deeply. The perfect way to wind down before sleep.

Beach walks

You have a two-hour block each day with nothing scheduled into the program. Some use this time to socialize, swim, sleep, or watch movies, but there is also the opportunity to walk around the property and beyond. Depending on the weather, Daniel will take a group out to one of the local beaches for a gentle stroll through North Devon's stunning coastline.

Raw food prep classes

To help ground your body back into the process of eating and digesting, Sura Detox reintroduces food on the Friday. Keeping to the theme of raw foods being the best, as discussed in the week's talks, Nikki runs two raw food prep sessions, in which you not only learn how to make wonderful, yummy, nutritious foods, but you are there making it yourself. This process also helps to land you back into the world of food, when you are back at home, because you then have both the 'how' and the 'why' to follow this path of health.

Sura Detox will be there to support you through your detox process, staying on-site with you, and available 24/7. They will check in with each person daily, to give an explanation and emotional support whenever it is needed.

Instructors

Daniel Johnson

Nikki Chambers

Dao Earl

Location

Features

Activities

  • Hot tub / Jacuzzi
  • Massage
  • Sauna
  • Swimming
  • Swimming pool (indoor)

General

  • Beach
  • Dining area
  • Yoga studio

Food

The retreat uses either juice or just water fasting as the most effective way of supporting the body's natural ability to cleanse itself. Sura Detox makes fresh juices four times each day, for those who are drinking the juice, and of course an endless supply of filtered water for those doing a water fast. The fast lasts five to six days, and the last day is a celebration of food.

The following meals are included:

  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Tea
  • Detox juices

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Organic
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

Massage treatments

And of course, as often as you wish, there are endless treatment options. These are available throughout the week. Some are used to speed the process of detox through the manipulation of the lymph system, take advantage of your relaxed state to smooth out your stressed muscles and aching limbs accrue in life, or else, just to pamper yourself while you're away.

What's included

  • Powerful bacterial re-inhabitation
  • Final breakfast to travel home with
  • Twice-daily colonic irrigations
  • Daily nutritional talks
  • Afternoon yoga
  • Morning meditation classes
  • Stress workshop sessions
  • Access to expert facilitators 24/7
  • 7 nights accommodation at Smythen Farm
  • Detox and colonic supplements
  • Fresh organic juices
  • Raw food prep sessions and feast

What's not included

  • Flights

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Exeter International Airport (EXT). Airport transfer is included. Sura Detox collect people at 4 p.m. on Saturday and drop off is at 10 a.m. the following Saturday.

Airport: Exeter International Airport Airport transfer included: Exeter International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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