Maybe you’ve been considering and seeking alternative ways to purify your body, mind and soul and get some help. Maybe you’ve been seeking some hope for a better, clearer life. We know that you don’t want to be part of any fad. You are seeking change. You are seeking results. You are seeking clarity. You are seeking deeper answers. You’re not about the temporary or the superficial. You are seeking healing. You want to find yourself. There are countless diets and foods out there that are currently marketed to cleanse certain organs, detox, lose weight, clear the skin, and in general “reboot” your body, but they just don’t feel right. And you’re right, there’s something missing…
You feel bad (and even guilty) about yourself and the eating choices you’ve made as a result of all the stress and responsibility in your life. You don’t have much energy like you used to. You feel that your mind and emotions are weighing you down. You need help. You want a better, clearer life but don’t believe you have what it takes where you are right now. You feel scattered and have trouble concentrating. You look back on the last few years of your life and ask, “What happened to me?” You feel you’ve lost your self and “let yourself go”. You really dislike that you are addicted to food, drugs, alcohol or even work.
If you don’t heal yourself and change your life, you will not be healthy, happy or spiritual. You will continue to feel negative, lethargic, scattered, lost, unhealthy, overweight, addicted to alcohol, food, and drugs, dependent on medication, depressed, have high blood pressure, diabetes, and even die prematurely. Not only does this affect you on many levels, but your immediate family members can be affected too. Find your happiness again through deep and lasting transformation. You deserve true happiness.
Water fasting is a health and spiritual practice, where you drink only water for a certain period of time. There are different reasons to do a water fast. Most do it for spiritual reasons, to test their willpower, to break addictions, to detox and cleanse their body, and lose weight. Water fasting is considered one of the best ways to burn karma (toxins). Water fasting creates a fire in the body and helps release negativities and toxins that often affect our emotional, mental, physical and spiritual health. People have travelled from all over the world to come to our spiritual retreat center to do a water fasting retreat because of the spiritual environment and peace, as well as to eliminate distractions. While at home it is easy to be tempted to eat food and fall into your eating habits, especially if you have to cook and feed your family, and the mind will try to make excuses and convince you to go back to eating.
Be in a bubble of spirituality, peace and quiet. During your retreat you will be among monks and nuns whose wisdom and experience fasting will help you achieve your water fasting goals. Have a safe experience fasting receiving the proper guidance, environment and encouragement while you stay in simple and clean rooms where you can relax, cozy up with a book, write endlessly in that journal you’ve been waiting to fill up, view amazing sunsets and sunrises across Siddhayatan’s rolling hills, fill your lungs with pollution-free air, get to participate in healing chants in the morning and evening to start and end your day nicely. Sip on water throughout your day knowing you are detoxing and healing yourself. What a perfect way to relax during an intense experience!
We do not recommend anyone who is taking medications to do a water fast.
Siddhayatan is a spiritual retreat and not a medical facility. To provide the right environment for water fasting we do not accept the following individuals:
1. Individuals with heart problems, mental illness, PTSD, taking medications, or excessive mental negativity. Fasting can occasionally trigger negative symptoms and we do not accept anyone under these conditions.
2. Individuals with any other health condition that requires medical attention.
3. Individuals with any condition/infection that releases pus, ooze, skin, or anything else that might compromise the health of other guests as well as the cleanliness of our center.
4. Individuals with no interest to grow spiritually or to be engaged in the ashram’s activities.
5. Individuals working or conducting business of any sort while at the retreat.
6. Individuals fasting JUST to lose weight.
Sometimes a person water fasting can remove or reduce their pain and effects of illness. Since water fasting is like a fire, it burns toxins that cause or continue to sustain a pain or illness. There is no promise or guarantee that it will happen for you, but it has happened for many others before. A fast, no matter what, will give you a break and will help eliminate toxins and impurities that are damaging your body.
It is normal for you to feel lethargic, sleepy and have headaches. The hardest part is usually the first 3 days. The experience also depends on the person. Every fast is different, so even if you are experienced, the first three days, as well as the entire fast, can be completely different from your prior water fasting experiences. Your energy will fluctuate, but you will have plenty of time to rest throughout your fast.
As experienced water and dry fasters, we are familiar with the symptoms that show it is time to break fast. Some of them include not being able to digest water, your pulse rate, not losing any more weight, too much acidity coming up, etc. Not all symptoms apply to all individuals. We look at the individual and see their body type, so reasons will vary. Although most people meet their fasting goals, you will need to break fast when we say you need to, even if your goal has not been met, if we see the fast is becoming unsafe.
Only in a few cases did we have to recommend a person to break their fast early because of signs and symptoms their body was showing. Everyone has broken their fast safely while under our guidance.
We will provide you with the information you need in order to break your fast; however, it is preferred you break your fast under right guidance as that is a critical part of the fast. If the fast is broken improperly, it can hurt the body.
If you would like to learn classes during your water fast experience, you can sign up and register for any workshop. The breathing techniques from the Purnam System will help you release even more toxins. We encourage you to walk daily, sit out in the sun to absorb the energy, participate in mantra class (twice daily), read and write. You are welcome to bring your tablet or laptop if it helps you, though we do not provide any wifi access. Since we are an ashram we do not have TVs, so make sure you bring things to help you stay active while you are here, such as audio books, books, crafts, puzzles, sudoku books, sketchbook, etc.
Any time is a good time to water fast, however, because the body temperature drops slightly during a water fast, it is best to fast during warmer months like April to October. Guests still water fast through the winter, but it is important to stay warm during this time (bringing extra clothes and blankets). If individuals are too sensitive to the cold or the heat, it is best to avoid visiting in the Winter or the Summer.
Our water comes from our local town. They get the water from a running river 1600 ft below the ground. Our water is very soft, unlike tap water you typically find in a bigger city. At our center, we run the water through a Berkey Purification System which removes viruses, harmful pathogenic bacteria, cysts, parasites, pesticides, herbicides, pharmaceuticals, heavy metals, unhealthy contaminants and impurities to below detectable levels while leaving in most of the essential minerals your body needs. The water is refreshing, crisp, and perfectly pure for your water fast.
It depends. Every body is different and losing weight is normal during a water fast. The longer the water fast, the more weight you can lose but it will be in proportion to your body. On average our guests lose about 7 lbs. per week. Once you break your water fast and return to eating you will gain some weight back. How much weight will depend on how active you are and the diet you return to. If you are looking for a more permanent solution for losing weight then you will need to consider changing your diet and being more active in your life. For example, we teach the Purnam System to help you lose weight and stay healthy through special intensive breathing techniques combined with yoga postures. We promote a balanced vegetarian diet, which will automatically help you remove all those negative and hurtful toxins.
No, there are no medical professionals or physicians to oversee your fast. Monks and nuns will oversee your fast who are personally experienced with water and dry fasting for various extended periods of times, and who have helped many others successfully complete their water fasts. We do not accept guests that have medical conditions that require medical attention. Our program is best for those seeking spiritual growth, purification of the body, mind, and soul, and healing.
Yes, you can participate in multiple workshops during your retreat if other programs are being offered. During a 3-day stay, we do not advise more than two workshops. To learn more about adding on an another retreat, click here for more information.
We do not offer enemas and PROHIBIT self-served enemas.
Yes, you can have a silent retreat too. You can ask your questions by writing them on a piece of paper, or you can ask your questions in class, then return to your silence once class is over.
Yes, we do offer private consultations in 30-minute and 1-hour sessions on a first-come, first-serve basis. You can request your private consultation at the time of registration or during your program. To learn more about the private consultation, click here.
An ashram is a beautiful place conducive to spiritual learning and self-improvement. It is the perfect place to experience higher thinking through simple living. We offer clean accommodations with all the essentials. Even if you have never done a water fast or a spiritual retreat you will gain tremendous insight about yourself. Expect to increase your willpower, strengthen your confidence, experience humbleness, heal your body, purify your soul, learn directly from monks and nuns, and expand your consciousness, peace, & happiness. Check out our reviews page to hear from past guests directly in their words.
Because of the nature of water fasting, we have found that our guests have a better experience when they have their own room. Sleeping patterns change during a fast and this can be uncomfortable for guests sharing a room. You will feel much better when you have your won private space.
You can attend a scheduled workshop/s during your Water Fasting Retreat, visit our calendar for availability.
Siddhayatan’s monks, nuns, and team have big hearts and are highly trained to provide you with guidance on the spiritual path, techniques to purify your body and mind, and teachings to uplift and awaken your soul. Learn more.
Maximize your stay while you are at Siddhayatan by adding another available workshop, extending your stay, adding hatha yoga, signing up for a private consultation, or doing a water fast. Learn more.
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