Fasting & Detox Retreats

Spring Fasting & Rejuvenation Retreat 2022: 4 to 9 November

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Format: A 5 day residential fast

When: Starting 8pm Friday 4 November and ending 3pm Wednesday 9 November 

Facilitators: Michael Hayman and Jules Barber

Cost: The fee for the retreat is $1225 reduced to $1175 if paid in full by Friday 14 October.

Registration Terms
Numbers are limited so please register early to avoid disappointment.

No refunds will be given within 14 days of retreat starting date. Transfers to another retreat may be possible up to 8 days before the retreat starting date which may incur a $50 transfer fee. No transfers are possible after then.  If your retreat has to be cancelled you can either receive a refund or a credit.

Fasting & Rejuvenation Retreats Info


Under the guidance of experienced fasting and detoxification teachers Michael Hayman and Jules Barber, come and treat yourself to a complete re-set and rejuvenation.  Away from your everyday environment, in a countryside retreat centre, your only focus will be on YOU.  You'll learn about different types of fasting to enable you to choose your own personal retreat combination of juice, water and breath/dry fasting.  We'll help you choose what sort of fast is right for you at this time. Some participants will do the entire retreat with juices and some choose a combination; you'll be optimally guided and supported whatever you choose.

Your retreat includes:

★ 5 nights accommodation

★ a supervised fasting and detoxification programme based on Dr. Bernard Jensen's world-renowned cleansing and alkalising program with:

- fresh organic fruit, vegetable, wheatgrass and aloe juices

- detox herbs and supplements

- purified alkaline ionised water

- self-administered ozone colonic hydrotherapy (colema board system)


★ a personal consultation to assist you to identify and plan your personal health goals post the retreat

★ activities for you to choose from including yoga, chi kung, meditation, gentle stretching and breathwork. You choose your level of participation - all parts of the programme are optional.

★ discussion and written material to take home containing a wealth of information on the benefits of fasting, alkalising, raw nutrition and creating and living a healthy lifestyle. Lots to digest!

★ a selection of educational and inspirational books. Topics include holistic health and wellbeing, raw nutrition, fasting, motivation, meditation, spirituality, quantum physics and physical and mental peak performance

★ And, a selection of specialized health equipment to support your detoxification:

- Mild Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy - this specialised treatment is available for you daily during your retreat at no extra cost. Oxygen therapy will radically enhance your detoxification process.

- Far infrared jade shiatsu massage bed

- Far infrared sauna

- P.E.M.F. Mat (pulsed electric magnetic frequency)

- Rife Machine, light & sound machine, reflexology circulation booster

Extra - massage/bodywork sessions are available at a special retreat price - please note these sessions are the only extra cost during the retreat, everything else is included in your retreat fee.

The venue is the peaceful Strathean Retreat Centre in Old Hautere Rd, Te Horo, Kapiti, 50 minutes north of Wellington.  Surrounded by totara forests and beautiful countryside, Strathean offers a spacious and tranquil environment in which to relax and rejuvenate.  Twin rooms. There are a limited number of single rooms available on a first come basis.

About Fasting

Fasting has been practised throughout history and continues to be used by many cultures, healers and spiritual teachers as the optimum path for physical, mental, emotional and spiritual purification, healing and rejuvenation.

Research is increasingly being undertaken on the benefits of intermittent, short and longer-term fasting, especially relating to enhanced immunity, stem cell regeneration, anti-inflammation, longevity and rejuvenation.

Scientific research in a range of animals has already confirmed what people who fast experience - that reducing calorific intake is the single most important factor to stay younger longer and increase health and life span. It has uncovered an astonishing range of benefits; periods of fasting will consistently increase not only the average life span of a population but also the maximum life span. Not only does lifespan increase, but all major diseases are postponed or eliminated and the animals stay younger longer - up to 70% longer.

Fasting is neither alternative medicine nor conservative medicine, but rather progressive medicine.  It inspires faith in our body's own wisdom and its innate capacity for self-healing and restoration.  Fasting is incredibly empowering and fosters a high sense of self-awareness and embodied connection. You may be surprised to discover how simple fasting is and how great it feels to take your health and wellbeing into your own hands.

★ Learn about fasting and detoxification - why and how
★ Cleanse your bodymind on many different levels
★ Discover how to best support your body to heal itself
★ Learn how to integrate fasting and raw foods into your life
★ Create new healthy goals and enjoy optimum health and wellbeing
★ Rest, relax and rejuvenate

Develop clarity and inner peace and take away with you new skills and new goals, feeling refreshed, re-energised, rejuvenated and refocused on your life.

Comments from previous retreats...

"As someone who had never fasted, I was sceptical about my ability to complete a fast. My experience has completely changed my view and made me extremely comfortable with fasting and cleansing."

"I am delighted with the increase in my energy, find myself more inspired and clear about my future, and most of all, surprised at how easy it is to fast in a supportive, nurturing and relaxing environment."

"Very good. I enjoyed it very much. The course provided a very easy environment to undertake my first fast in. It was nice having the flexibility to choose our own program."

"Made me stop and evaluate my life. Made me feel and think of others as special and loving souls. It was the most enriching and enlightening retreat of self indulgence I have ever had."

"Stimulating, enlightening, invigorating, fun, educational and rejuvenating. Absolutely fantastic."

"Excellent. This course has changed my outlook on life, solved many questions I was asking myself and boosted me forward into a healthier future. It was a catalyst along my journey."

"Gave me a 'moist nose, shiny coat, four paws good, tail in the air' kind of feeling - not also forgetting a bright eyed, bushy tailed look. Great & inspiring!"

"Very good - particularly for first time fasters. A supportive, nurturing environment for people ready to change their lives for the better. Michael and Jules are passionate and committed to providing a very high quality of service."

"Jules and Michael induct retreatants into a simple yet radical inquiry - put aside all your eating habits for a while, cleanse and relax your body and then discover what food is really good for you. The benefits of completing a number of fasting retreats have been personally immense. Leading by example, their experience, practical wisdom and support have assisted me to move ahead on the path to sustainable wellbeing. I give them five stars!"  Stephen Archer,  Director, Wellness Solutions Ltd

"I loved your humour & positivity & enthusiasm!  Your joint  vast knowledge in so many areas created a wonderful foundation for which I can now go deeper into." 

"The retreat was extremely beneficial for me.  I am changing my choice of food & eliminating old habits.  I always though I was a healthy person, but now I am taking that health to another level." 

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“The light of the world will illuminate within you when you fast and purify yourself."       - Mahatma Gandhi  

"I often observe in fasting participants... concentration seems to improve, creative thinking expands, depression lifts, insomnia stops, anxieties fade, the mind becomes more tranquil, and a natural joy begins to appear. It is my hypothesis that when the physical toxins are cleared from the brain cells, mind-brain function automatically and significantly improves, and spiritual capacities expand."  - Gabriel Cousens, MD, Founder, Tree of Life Rejuvenation Center, Arizona

Registration Terms
Numbers are limited so please register early to avoid disappointment.

No refunds will be given within 14 days of retreat starting date. Transfers to another retreat may be possible up to 8 days before the retreat starting date which may incur a $50 transfer fee. No transfers are possible after then.  If your retreat has to be cancelled you can either receive a refund or a credit.