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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!
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.
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 offers juice options to make the process more manageable.
Something amazing happens when you reduce your 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 your psyche are revealed. This alone can be quite enlightening.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Daniel has trained in Somatic Experiencing (SE) and Integral Somatic Psychology (ISP) with Dr. Raja Selvam - both body-based psychotherapeutic approaches that help to relieve and resolve the symptoms of chronic and extreme stress, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and other mental and physical trauma-related problems. He continuing to deepen my exploration of body-based approaches, studying the Neuro-affective Relational Model (NARM) - an approach to working with developmental trauma, with Dr. Larry Heller.
Since a child Nikki has managed the symptoms of spinal scoliosis, leading her to yoga. She qualified as a Dru teacher in order to bring this graceful form to others. She will be leading some gentle but potent Dru yoga practices - accessible to all, whether you've practiced before or not. You will be using Dru yoga's unique energy block release sequences, and classes designed to keep you supple, release any aches and pains, and gently squeeze the organs to aid the detox process, with a beautiful deep relaxation at the end of each session.
In 2007, Dao began Sura Detox with Amida, complemented by the skills of Benita and Kate - all of whom he had met at the Sufi camps that Amida started in the 80's. Dao real love of his life is human existence is profound in its own nature. He noticed it is fuelled and fed by all the practices he has encountered: the psychological effects of moving meditations, the neurological influence of diet, and the therapeutic use of psychotropics on relieving trauma and establishing a more authentic expression in life.
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.
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.
Exeter International Airport
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.
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