Water Fasting

“Fasting is the first principle of medicine; fast and see the strength of the spirit reveal itself.” – Rumi

My introduction to fasting came to me when I took part in a 10-day water fast 15 years ago.  This was my initial inspiration for using fasting as a healing and healthy activity. My subsequent learning about fasting has come through my own experience which includes  10 years routine seasonal fasts. Moreover, in the last 7 years, I have held retreats to support people through their own fasting.

My personal and professional realization is that fasting encourages the body to heal and repair itself!

I am creating a retreat Centre opening 2021 where I will hold these fasting holidays.  This, I am very excited about.

My fasting retreats will offer:

  • Small groups so individual needs can be honoured.
  • Comfortable outdoor living in our field and forest garden with dwelling in yurts and other low impact structures. 
  • Water or juice fasts depending on individual needs. They will also be at least 3-5 days as this period of time is necessary for the body to enter a different metabolic state (i.e. ketosis).
  • A biophilic approach; recognizing that being part of a healthy natural environment is one of the best portals to our own nature and healing. 
  •  I use a simple natural approach with an emphasis on nurture, where, yoga,  sauna, and bodywork treatments are part of the daily routine.  There are plenty of opportunities to rest and restore.
  •  You will be well supported and nurtured during this transformative time. 
2016 Nobel prize winner scientifically proves that fasting is good for health

2016 Nobel prize winner scientifically proves that fasting is good for health

“Ohsumi’s discoveries have led to a new paradigm in our understanding of how a cell processes its contents. His discoveries have opened new ways of understanding the fundamental importance of autophagy for a large number of physiological processes, such as adaptation to starvation and response to an infection.”

Water FASTING WORKSHOPS

5 DAY WATER FASTING RETREAT

Monday 9th May - Friday 13th May 2022

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5 DAY WATER FASTING RETREAT

Monday 16th May - Friday 20th May 2022

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5 DAY WATER FASTING RETREAT

September 2022

Date to be confirmed

5 DAY WATER FASTING RETREAT

September 2022

Date to be confirmed

Kind Words

"This is my second fasting retreat with Claire and Richard, in their healing sacred space in Devon Heaven.  I had less fear this time and responded to the fasting process more quickly.  I had so much more buzzing energy on days 3 and 4, waking up at dawn and walking up the big hill, amazed at so much energy I had without food! A highlight was watching the sunset behind the one tree on ‘One tree hill’.  Another highlight was sitting by the fire on the last evening with the lovely mix of people laughing, chatting and singing.  Also paddling in Holly stream and feeling the spirit of the trees by myself.

 
Thank you so much Claire for your loving care. Thank you Richard for your soothing cranial sessions, especially when I was feeling so poorly on day 2, it gave me much needed comfort and a break from being sick!
 
Thank you Krista for your motherly care and kindness in looking after us, the wonderful hot water bottles and constant flow of hot water and ginger teas, and especially checking up on me in the middle of the night, I felt so looked after!
 
A HUGE Thank you all for your wonderful love and care throughout the fast and for the feast of flavoursome home-cooked food on day 1 and day 4!  My tastebuds had a glorious taste budding party! 
 
I have reduced my alcohol intake from 3-4 pints a beer a week to a very occasional half pint on a Friday.  My body is saying THANK YOU!"
Caroline Alldis

 

"Since seeing Claire and keeping her aligned she has been much better at dealing with her tonsillitis than beforehand. I think it shows that looking after your bones and having a good diet are so vital in health and well-being."

Caroline Martin

Zoom Consultations

I offer virtual one to one consultations and mentor support if you choose to fast at home. Please contact me for further information.

  • Recommended Reading

    The Transformational Power of Fasting The Way to Spiritual, Physical, and Emotional Rejuvenation Stephen Harrod Buhner'The Transformational Power of Fasting - The Way to Spiritual, Physical, and Emotional Rejuvenation'

    by Stephen Harrod Buhner

Fasting : A Poem

by Jelaluddin Rumi

A poem on the joys of fasting by Jelaluddin Rumi, who was born in, what is now Afghanistan in 1207.

  • Fasting

    There’s hidden sweetness in the stomach’s emptiness.
    We are lutes, no more, no less. If the soundbox
    is stuffed full of anything, no music.
    If the brain and belly are burning clean
    with fasting, every moment a new song comes out of the fire.
    The fog clears, and new energy makes you
    run up the steps in front of you.

    When you fast, good habits gather like friends who want to help.
    Fasting is Solomon’s ring. Don’t give it
    to some illusion and lose your power,
    but even if you have, if you’ve lost all will and control,
    they come back when you fast, like soldiers appearing
    out of the ground, pennants flying above them.
    A table descends to your tents, spread with other food,
    better than the broth of cabbages.