Water-Only 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 of 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 have created a retreat Centre which opened in 2021 where I hold these fasting holidays.

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 fasts last between 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. 

Water-Only Fasting Talks

Currently, I don't have any upcoming talks scheduled. However, if you're interested in having me speak at an event in the future, please feel free to reach out to me. I'd be happy to consider it when the opportunity arises.

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.

Water-Only Fasting Retreats In Devon

Dates Enquire
Sunday 5th May - Friday 10th May 2024
Sunday 12th May - Wednesday 15th May 2024
Sunday 2nd June - Friday 7th June 2024
Sunday 1st September - Friday 6th September 2024
Sunday 8th September - Friday 13th September 2024

Water-Only Fasting at our Be-ing Retreat

The insane benefits of water-only fasting
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.”

"I’d heard a lot of good things about water-only fasting, but the topic was still a bit of an unknown to me which is why I contacted Claire for advice and guidance. She was wonderful! Very friendly and approachable, easy to talk to but also very down to earth and no-nonsense in her advice, which I really admire. I managed to do 8 and a half days this time. I lost roughly 13lbs / 6kg of stubborn body weight, my appetite reset and my awful sugar craving are gone now, but most importantly I learnt just how lucky most of us are here in the West to have access to 3 square meals a deal and I will always be thankful for my food now and mindful of what I eat going forward. Claire was on hand the whole time to chat to and ask questions and was very supportive and encouraging. I would recommend everyone try fasting at least once in there lives. A tough but rewarding experience. Thank you Claire for the guidance!"

Rob M

Recommended Reading

Fast Like a Girl

Fast Like a Girl: A Woman’s Guide to Using the Healing Power of Fasting to Burn Fat, Boost Energy, and Balance Hormones

by Dr. Mindy Pelz

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

Trauma Releasing Exercises (TRE): A revolutionary new method for stress/trauma recovery

by Stephen Harrod Buhner

Learn More
The Oldest Cure in the World: Adventures in the Art and Science of Fasting by Steve Hendricks

The Oldest Cure in the World: Adventures in the Art and Science of Fasting

by Steve Hendricks

Learn More

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.