Detoxification, Meditation and Yoga/Qi Gong
The aim of this retreat will be to reset your body, your mind and your spirit. In achieving this, you will develop the understanding that a healthy body and a happy life is everybody’s´ birthright.
Spiritual practice, and learning to live within a spiritual context in your daily life, is at the heart of this retreat, and it will inform and drive this deep transformation within each person. You will come to realize that everything you need is already in you, and that you only need to remember.
We provide during the day three optional hours of meditation and plenty of silence. This creates the space in which we can find out who we really are. We will have several moments of profound reflection on spirituality .Through these reflections and the meditation practise, we can all develop an understanding in how to participate actively in creating a new culture. Both inwards and outwards.
You can experience during this retreat your longing for union, happiness and fulfillment, and how to put it into practise.
We will not use specific tools for this, because we need only to uncover what we already have and being in an ambience which let us be who we really are. This makes it very easy to remain without solid food, because we become very sensitive to new qualities entering in our life. Since the dawn of humanity, these cleansing processes have developed as part of spiritual practise.
Supporting the simplicity of health and happiness , we want to share our alternative lifestyle, which shows that when we live with basics, actually we have much more. The whole retreat is based on simplicity and methods you can apply at home alone or with your friends.
Beside the spiritual aspect of this retreat, its also interesting to understand the more physical part.
Toxification and Detoxification
We are all exposed to toxins every day in the air and the food we eat – it is everywhere. Also modern living is often fast paced, stressed and over busy. This can lead to a toxic mind through the fostering of negative thoughts and feelings. General unhappiness and dissatisfaction with life will follow.
Detoxification is the removal, or cleansing, of these toxins, which accumulate throughout the body. Such toxins include foreign proteins, heavy metals and chemicals from artificial sources such as tooth fillings (mercury),soaps, shampoos and toothpastes and materials used in our houses.
The food we eat, our sedentary lifestyles, pollution and poor elimination, eventually leads to clogged and unhealthy intestines. As a result of this there is significant reduction in their function and ability to process food and nutrients, also leading to reduced vitality overall. The father of modern medicine Hypocrates stated that “ colon toxicity is the common dominator of all desease“
Cleansing the intestines is of paramount importance as they are, along with the liver and kidneys, the most important organs of absorption and elimination. The intestines are responsible for the correct nutrition, therefore function, of the entire body. This means all the organs, glands, cells, heart and mind. To leave them out of the equation when embarking on a new or continuing health journey may feel like the easy option but this is not so as they are relatively easy to clean and will lead to restored vitality and function.
All adults, especially those who live in cities that have higher air pollution levels, would benefit from detoxing.
Nutrients and the blood
Due to modern intensive farming practices which rely on chemical fertilisers and additives much of what we eat does not contain enough nutrients. Juice fasting on locally grown and organic fruits and vegetables provides a high dose of nutrients and minerals which further support the body to restore peak function.
Processed and packaged foods are also poorly digested and metabolised by the body, leading to acidification of the blood. This acidification makes our bodies less able to cope with illness or stress. The consumption of certain juices and foods, which are alkali once digested, acts to safeguard the blood and bring it back to its optimum range, creating a healthy environment for the body to thrive.
Rejuvenation and healing
Rejuvenation through some form of fasting such as juicing has been used for centuries for healing. The cellular transformation allows the body’s own natural healing to occur. Common complaints such as headaches and digestive problems are simply and quickly alleviated while supporting the body to heal more serious illnesses. The profound effects on the whole body make you feel and even look younger and more energised.
Can instantly help: headaches, digestive disorders, allergies, weight problems, depression, anxiety, lack of enthusiasm in life, ongoing fatigue, looking older, skin problems and pain.
The health of the body is also determined by the state of the mind, it is therefore very important to give the mind some ‘time-off. This is supported through meditation and relaxation. Through meditation a whole new perspective on life can be gleaned. Taking the time and space to reflect on your life as well as taking positive steps towards good health can very quickly reap significant rewards in all areas.
Exercise and cleansing
Part of the detoxification process includes cleansing the organs which work hard during the detox; the liver and the kidney. It is important to support these vital organs with cleansing activities to make it as easy as possible for them to restore the healthy balance. Practices such as enemas, salt baths and lymphatic massage can speed up the process of cleansing and reduce detoxification symptoms which can be experienced by some people.
Gentle exercise such as walking and Yoga/Qui Gong is very supportive to whole body cleansing and catalyses the physical and mental detoxification. The cleansing process can be sped up by Qi Gong practise designed specifically to exercise and stimulate the inner organs and intestines.
Ervas Silvestres Detoxing and Rejuvenating group retreats
The Ervas Silvestres Retreat Centre provides a holistic detoxing and rejuvenating programme which cleanses both mind and body and restores the function of the intestines. The bespoke retreat centre provides an energising yet relaxing environment designed to support retreats in a homely setting with real ambience.
During your time here you can partake in a complete programme of optional activities including: meditation; Qi Gong; lymphatic massage and cleansing baths along with time to simply relax and just ‘be’.
Also included in the program is the opportunity to learn about food and optimum nutrition from the course facilitator, who has over 30 years experience in natural nutrition and health. This simple yet highly effective programme is specifically designed to allow you to continue your cleansing journey, helping you to introduce a flexible healthy diet suitable to your lifestyle and needs. The process of self-healing initiated during the retreat can therefore be easily continued in your own home.
The enjoyable and relaxed approach to detoxing provides immediate health benefits and also facilitates longer term lifestyle changes to enable a fuller, healthier, happier life.
What is included?
Accommodation and retreat facilities in a beautiful rural setting with a relaxing and peaceful atmosphere
Qi Gong classes suitable for all ages and abilities, tailored to individual needs and requirements allowing for beginners and experts to participate together
Freshly prepared delicious juices made with high quality fruits using a slow juicer (ensuring minimal oxidation to the juice, keeping enzymes and minerals intact)
Various cleansing activities including enemas and salt baths
Instruction in the art of personal lymphatic massage
Introduction to, or development of, meditation from an experienced instructor
Nutritional advice and education tailored to individual requirements
Supportive group atmosphere and the opportunity to make new friends and meet like minded people
Time for personal reflection, facilitating a process of self-discovery
Individual support and guidance from the facilitator (in English, German or Portuguese)
Previous retreat guests have asked us to provide personal services, such as massage and healing therapies, to further promote their restorative and relaxing journey and make the most out the time and opportunity to treat their mind and bodies with love and compassion. We have excellent therapists available who can provide the following services at an additional cost:
Massage has been practiced as a healing therapy for thousands of years in many cultures. Touching the body is a natural human instinct which we do in reaction to pain and stress and to show love and support. There is significant scientific evidence to prove the benefits of massage in treating many different disease states and injuries in addition to creating feelings of both physical and mental relaxation. Massage feels wonderful, elevates stress, helps you sleep and provides a powerful way to relax and let go it also helps to free toxins from the body.
Booking additional services
Where possible please let us know in advance if you would like one of these services so we can ensure our therapists are available. However it is possible to book once you arrive but places may be limited.
In addition to providing group retreats we are able to provide personal guided retreats which can be tailored to individual needs including some or all of the group activities and additional services. Please contact us for further information.
We remind you that we are no medicals and you do this Retreat on your own responsibility. We facilitate the natural process of your body to heal and renew itself. In case you have a serious disease, please find a detoxification Center which is specified to treat illness.