It is unbelievable to have an entire 8 days to focus 100% on your well being and health. It just feels like a gift, much better than any vacation we've experienced.
Here is our daily schedule for 8 days:
6:00 am - Oil Pulling
6:30 am - 1 Liter of Lemon (or Lime) Juice
6:45-7:30 am - Meditation & Breathing Techniques (as a group, with an amazing teacher)
7:30-8:30 am - Running on the Beach (Danny goes swimming and boogie boarding)
8:30 am - 1 Liter of Green Juice
9:00-10:30 am - Yoga
10:30 am - 1 Liter of Green Smoothie
1:00 pm - Raw Food Lunch For the First 3 Days - 1 Liter Green Juice or Green Smoothie for the Rest
2:00 pm - Sweat Box Sauna & Cold Water Therapy (see the photo below!)
3:15 pm - Daily Classes about Raw Foods, Reflexology, Massage, Mud Facials, Dance Therapy
4:00-5:00 pm - Yoga
6:00 pm - Raw Food Dinner for the First 3 Days - 1 Liter Green Juice or Green Smoothie for the Rest
7:30 pm - Daily Movie / Documentary about Health
*Also, we are supposed to drink 2 liters of water per day.
Did you see that is TWO yoga sessions a day?? This is INTENSE. Oh my. Even the breathing techniques have been a complete work out for us both (ha). But our minds and bodies are loving it so, so much. Instead of sleeping in or laying on the beach, feeling lethargic and lazy, and eating crappy vacation foods, this experience has made us feel so alive and so full of REAL energy!!! We feel so in tune with life, nature, our bodies, and our happiness. And, there is so, so much love here. The teachers/healers/chefs at this retreat are just bursting with love for everyone here and want to do ANYTHING to help anyone to transform their lives. And, some little bonuses: our bodies are toning up like crazy, our skin is looking great, and our countenances feel nice and bright. We keep saying to each other, "um...this is one of the best things we've ever done!!!" We hope to do this at least once a year from now on. After experiencing it, it's seriously the best kind of vacation we can think of.
There is Danny in the sweat box sauna. :) The man who built it says that it's much healthier to breathe fresh air instead of the hot air.
DELICIOUS, raw Pad Thai, below, made from zucchini and yellow squash.
P.S. There were two options at this retreat: drink raw juice the ENTIRE 8 days (for a super deep detox) or eat raw foods meals and juices for 3 days, raw food smoothies and juices for 2 days, and just green juices for 2 more. We came in planning to do 100% juice. But, well, the two raw food chefs here are off the charts. At the welcome dinner, we couldn't believe how good the dinner was, so we decided to continue eating their raw food as we want to learn about as many recipes as we can. We're very new at this, but we actually hope to continue eating mostly raw when we return home. :)
Have any of you ever gone on a "detox vacation" or tried any detoxes? We would LOVE to hear how that turned out for you. And, would you ever give up one of your normal vacations to do something like this?