2007 - 2014 Detox Retreat Testimonials
2007 - 2014 Detox Retreat Testimonials
Extracts from feedback sheets that are handed out at on the final day, at the end of their retreat.
Longer term information comes from the letters previous clients have sent us after returning home.
"Oh my goodness I have thought such a lot about you and the team since leaving Devon on 24th October. What a week!
I wanted to say hi and thank you. Thank you for looking after me so well and thank you for helping me to find me again. I knew coming would be the right thing and I was right. Not to say that it was easy..............in fact, it was bloody hard but worth all the misery!
I have got all sorts of new habits thanks to you guys. Firstly I managed to blag an early Christmas present (a Vitamix!) and have trained up the 14 and 12 year olds to use it. They are addicted to Nikki's courgette houmous and also make a mean fruit smoothie. We are all eating lots of raw fruit and veg and, whilst there is still some cooking, I have made little changes to every meal so as to not scare everyone too much!
Initially, I felt exhausted (too much puking) but I did get my energy back pretty quickly. I have felt so much more stable and happy and I know that my gut is SOOO much happier. For me though the main thrust of the week was to purge all sorts of emotional issues which have been eating me. You will be pleased to hear that I am now much happier and I have also found space for 'me' which I hope to expand as the weeks go by. I have also learned not to be so hard on myself!
For everyone else I would say 'Do not hesitate to book yourself a precious week of time during which you are rebooting your own health - both physical and emotional. A detox is not for the faint hearted but I cannot stress how cathartic it is on so many levels. It is the best money I have ever spent and the benefits will last me a life time. You couldn't wish for a better team of people to guide you through this process. Thank you!." *
"The talks were mind-blowing.
I was too wobbly for the Yoga, as I elected to only do half of the juices, but the treatments were excellent.
I am leaving with a very lean midsection. And feel totally clean, inside and out." *
"Even though I have had no food for a week, I feel totally nourished. Inspirational talks, everything very well explained, and a very different approach to what I have been taught.
I chose this one because it seemed closest to the naturopathic approach.
Both the participants and the facilitators were excellent.
I I feel lighter, thinner, and even younger ! And better able to deal with the transitions ahead." *
"This retreat was recommended to me by my Doctor in London because of my chronic lack of energy. It was hard to begin, but now I feel all fired up after the first meal.
The talks with Dao were inspirational and motivating in how to enrich a heralthy lifestyle. And the sessions with Daniel were a great experience. One I expect to be able to use in my daily life.
But what mattered most for me was the warm, caring, and helpful staff. Answering all my endless questions with a smile." *
"We have made some quite dramatic changes to our diet following the week and have actually exceeded our expectations of what we thought was achievable and sustainable for us. We are now the proud owners of an excaliber dehydrator and have worked our way through most of Nikki's receipes and more. We have developed a serious addiction to kale crisps! We eat raw, mainly vegan for breakfast and lunch but tend to have warm veggies for supper. We are in the main vegetarian during the week and only eat meat or fish if we want at the weekend. This has been a huge change particularly for Pete, who had only intended to just do the detox week and that was it!
The fantastic change for me is that this change of diet has meant a complete end to my stomach pain and IBS symptoms, and I remain confident it will also mean a steady increase in my thyroid function and bone density.
Pete has created a vegetable patch in the garden and for the first time we are trying our hand at growing our own. Whilst we find the food preparaton quite a timely process we have certainly speeded up the shopping process as 90% of our needs is now just fruit and veg.
I am spreading the word about Sura Detox at work, the contents of my lunch box appears to be fascinating for them to peruse and I have enjoyed the banter we have over what a 'healthy' diet and lifestyle actually is.
Thank you to you and your team, you lot really are very special and it is this quality that makes the Sura experience so unique and second to none." *
"Absolutely wonderful week. I feel clearer and with much greater clarity.
I went to Anamchara a few years ago, and came away feeling like they didn't really know what they were doing - the talks were harsh and dull, and I felt very unsupported during the week.
Now I know the difference, I'll choose Sura everytime, because it is simply the best; has the highest levels of knowledge and care." *
"I thought this retreat would help me on a mind,body & spirit level - it did. It gave me everything I wanted and needed.
You guys know your stuff 100%, which I got already from our email exchange before the retreat - keep up the good work.
I got home and I just felt I had to send you a copy of these photos!
First was taken on Friday 21st sat at home packing to leave for Devon
And the second was taken Friday 28th my return from detox!!!!!
No makeup in either photo, but my goodness
My friends and family tell me I look fantastic." *
"I wasn't expecting my session with Kate to make the journey more complete for me. We forget that our minds and bodies respond together. The doors of perception were opened, and after initially being terrified, the light shone in !
Likewise in the talks with Dao, I didn't realise quite how ignorant I was. I have changed my relationship with my body, and my mind. Dots have been joined together and the thirst for more has begun.Literally inspired.
I literally cannot fault the retreat. While other detoxes abroard may have the sun, what Sura gives you is nourishment for the mind, body and soul.." *
"I am very overwheith and came here to focus on my health rather than weight.
The clarity of mind I have had here has been stunning, and brilliant optimism for the future. And all the pains in my legs went within 24 hours (having suffered from them for years).
Your testimonials online are what caught my attention, and made you stand out from the rest, and I can now add my own:
Brilliant ! Amazing ! Changed my life !." *
"I am leaving feeling massively energised - which is why I come year after year. And I am very excited about taking home what I learned from Nikki's food sessions.
I love the flexibility to do as much or as little of the retreat as I want.
This is my 3rd year, and I can't imagine going anywhere else - nowhere else could be as complete a group, or be as expert-led." *
"The retreat has changed since I was last here in 2009, when I already thought is was fantastic.
However, it is now even better, with the addition of Nikki's presence - her Yoga is a massive improvement, very gentle and attuned to what we are going through. The craft sessions mid-week were a gorgeous addition - such fun to chat and get creative. And fo course, the food. Oh, the food.
Even though I have hardly slept a wink all week, I feel absolutely fantastic, and a regarté de l'être.
I chose Sura originally because it looked like the most informative, and I don't go anywhere else any more because it is simply 'the best'." *
* Your retreat experience may be different from those quoted above.
2013 Detox Retreat Testimonials
2013 Detox Retreat Testimonials
"Good news; we have become sprouters - we have been making almond milk every other day.
Make smoothies every morning Consumed shit loads of beetroot pate. I have just brought a dehydrator and we are virtually living "off the canopy".
James has lost a further 3/4 stone and I have lost half a stone since getting home.
We are not eating any grains - a little meat and a little dairy but hugley cut down.
Thank you for the experience. It was everything it promised to be." *
"Thank you so much for a wonderful week! Peter and I cannot describe fully with words how transformational last week was for us, so a huge, huge thank you to you and all the team. I have found that, not only has the level of inflammation in my body decreased significantly, and some side effects of that inflammation have completely disappeared, but also that my whole way of thinking has changed markedly, and this has been the most astonishing effect of the whole week!
So we have made and eaten the raw soup, granola, buckwheaties, soaked all the nuts and seeds, and rearranged our kitchen a little more!
Although in no way have we pigged out since coming home, we did not realise at first how very slowly we had to go as regards re-introduction of food, but we have learned over the weekend, and all is well now.
I am emailing Nikki with some more questions about food. I found her so inspirational, both in Yoga and in food preparation.
Peter and I look forward to keeping in touch with you all, and to a return retreat - it really was marvellous." *
"We came to this one specifically because we had done our homework, and wanted to work with and meet with Dao - as he is the authority on this subject.
It has been an amazing experience - the genuine article.
Highlighted by our previous experience of a bad copy at Anamchara." *
"A brilliant balance. I have loved every minute of it. It is run by some wonderful people who really know their stuff.
Amazingly, I didn't feel hungry at all. I will certainly be coming back. A really big thank you & loads of gratitude." *
"A fantastic week I've had - thank you all so, so much for your support and encouragement.
I've learned a lot on ALL levels, and it will change my direction for the better.
The food prep was inspirational and creative - and I am left wanting more ." *
Received August 2013
"I was married for about 3 years when my husband was diagnosed with a "varicocele" on his right testicle. Before going under surgery he had to do some fertility test and the result was not promising at all. Very low sperm count and slow mobility. They told us that they could not guarantee that the situation would improve after surgey. And 6 month later unfortunately the situation was still the same. I really felt that a good "clean out" of our systems would improve our chances to concieve.
We came to Sura detox in March and when we came back we really stuck to an healthy 70% raw eating... I can only say that by the end of April I was pregnant and I had a blissful pregnancy. No sickness, no major cravings...
I gave birth to a healthy boy of 9.2 lb! Very happy and I can only thank Sura detox for making this possible." *
Received July 2013
"In terms of fertility, there was never anything medically or physically wrong with us; we were unlucky enough to be 'unexplained'.
A particular aspect that I did find very useful was the allergy testing (kinesiology). I had just been to see an immunologist (these are the lengths that we went to with IVF!), who advised that I had a very active immune system. Not auto-immune, so no medical issues, but just a bit too efficient. It was explained that my TH1:TH2 Cytokine ratio was out of kilter. It was tipped into a TH1 dominance, which is very un-baby friendly. TH1 represents TNFa (tumour necrosis factor alpha), which as the name suggests, kills tumours. Great against cancer, but not so good for an embryo.
What I discovered at the retreat, and later discussed with my immunologist, was my intolerance to gluten. I have what's known as a silent intolerance, so I have no symptoms, other than internally whereby my TNFa levels rise. Previous to the retreat, I had spent approximately £5,000 on horrendous drugs keeping my cytokines in check ; post retreat my levels remain within range, on a gluten-free diet. Just Google 'gluten and fertility' and the Western world is making this link more and more." *
"This is my first retreat, and it has been very good. I've felt completely relaxed since I arrived, and well supported and informed through the difficult times.
The venue is beautiful and peaceful - perfect for this kind of retreat.
The daily talks with Dao were absolutely amazing. Thank you for being so generous with your knowledge - and such fun. I've learned so much.
I really enjoyed the morning sessions with Amida, and his pearls of wisdom.
I hope to return." *
"The retreat overall was awesome - again!
It's such an amazing experience, and you're all always around to support us and help us either with your knowledge or by giving us hugs. Why anyone would chose another retreat baffles me, as you provide us with a physical detox and also give us the tools to be able to implement it in the real world.
This was my 4th detox with you and I'm coming back again in 12-18 months.
I loved the new introduction to food prep on the last day." *
"Back home and into the swing of things. Just saying 'Thanks' for a memorable experience at Sura Detox. Came not knowing what to expect (particularly the colonic aspect), but soon realized that my hesitations were unfounded.
Being able to escape the frenetic life for a week, surrounded by idyllic nature and be refreshed physically, mentally and spiritually is really an opportunity to grasp and cherish.
It was clear and moonlight when we were there, and often I would get up during the night to gaze at the starry sky unimpeded by garish electric light. The birds at my window every morning added to the charm of it all.
I must make mention of the congenial staff and participants who all contributed to the enjoyment of the week. Kudos to you and other members of the Team.
Once again, Thanks a million for everything.
Peace & Jo." *
"I have thoroughly enjoyed my stay. Everyone has been so friendly.
I hope to make major changes to my lifestyle (within reason), and think that if anything could kick-start this then the retreat will.
Fabulous bunch of people running this - so knowledgeable, but realistic in what people want to achieve.
My skin is much softer, and some patches of eczema have gone completely. My face is clearer too." *
"Sura Detox is really a life changing experience. You will feel looked after every moment of your stay.
The surrounding is amazing and the cottages cosy and warm, really make you feel like at home.
The program that Sura Detox offers fits perfectly with the "fasting" week. Da's talks, Benita's treatments, Amida's Thai Chi, Kate's support are just priceless. I will reccoment this experience to anyone who really believe that we deserve a chance for our heath and wellbeing." *
"Just returned from Sura Detox Retreat and I feel amazing. Lost almost a stone during my week, but that was just a bonus.
What a relaxing time I had, hardly realised that I wasn't eating. All the guys are fantastic and make you so welcome. Amida's Tai Chi, Nikki's Yoga and Dao's nutritional talks all come together to give you a new perspective on life and you leave feeling refreshed, invigorated and ready to change the world as well as your eating habits.
The accommodation is really quaint. Gorgeous little cottages and the farmhouse. So rustic, but really comfortable.The common area is less so, but a really easy going and comfortable place to meet and get to know your fellow retreaters - but only if you want to. There's also a lovely pool area and sauna which you can use anytime.
No one puts any pressure on you to do anything you don't feel like, and everyone understands if you feel the need to have a duvet day.
Just one more point - I know there are a few of these retreats, but I can't imagine that any others enjoy anything close to the inspiring and informative talks which Dao gives daily, which really motivate you to carry on with your new eating regime when you leave, and give you a real understanding of what effects your food has on your body - nothing like the nutritional information you are used to hearing. These talks surely set Sura apart from any of the others.
Recommend that everyone does this at least once." *
"Jan 2013 was my second visit because, not only is it great value for money, but the staff actually really know what they are doing.
From the comfort of an amazing country setting, you are able to totally change your outlook on life, or just chill out and relax – whatever you want. The staff know their stuff, care and support you magnificently through your own personal journey. This is a gentle, holistic way to do something I originally conceived as quite radical.
Its not only painless, its actually pleasurable, to let go of the emotional obsession we have with food, and focus on nurturing the soul and allowing the body to self heal.
If your truly ready for change, on any level, this place will enable you to understand what you want and help you make those changes. Frankly, if every week away brought this type of serenity, the world would be a better place." *
"The retreat did everything I hoped it would. And more. The team is great..
I feel amazing now. So energetic, and enjoyed being hungry for a change.
I lost weight. My elbow and arm pain nearly gone. Excema in ears gone, and archilles heel feels much better.
I wanted a proper detox, not fluffy and stuff. And I totally got it!
"The venue is so peaceful perfect for this kind of thing.
The retreat overall was wonderful! This I found it harder in myself than last time.
My back feels much better, and my skin clearer - yay !
It is so inspiring; living for a week on so little. It makes me want to simplify my routine and go after what makes me really happy and healthy." *
2012 Detox Retreat Testimonials
2012 Detox Retreat Testimonials
" A lovely place to relax, the scenery was stunning. Beautiful house, with lots of place to hide away and chill undisturbed. The pool and sauna were great - a real treat to have these facilities
I learned a huge amount about food from the talks, and all the right things to be eating.
Sessions with Kate were great. She pin-pointed some of the issues I have, and their roots, and how to deal with the emotions that come up.
Meditations were lovely, a great way to wake up in the morning.
Got my mind into the right place.
Loved the walks too - great getting into nature. Felt very energized after." *
"To all at Suradetox,
We would like to express our gratitude for all your help and inspiration while we spent time at your detox retreat in Devon. Being complete novices to the idea of a raw food diet and the benefits of detoxing the body, we were nervous to say the least, and to be perfectly honest a bit cynical as to how it could 'change our lives'! But the whole experience has done just that! It has given us a much more positive outlook on healthy living and well-being and how to achieve real happiness within, on both a physical and emotional level. We now feel we have gained more knowledge and tools to make steps towards a better life :)
We chose to do this detox as a girly break and it was perfect for us! Not only did we enjoy quality time together in our beautiful cottage, we also made news friends with many special people who we would not usually have the opportunity to meet. We have ALL left feeling amazing with a new zest for life, and positive attitude about our present and our future!
The support and encouragement of the whole team at Suradetox made the whole experience very special to us and we will certainly be returning next year..
Thanks everyone for an all round 5* experience." *
love from Hayli, Karen and Laura.
"A life changing week for me, I learned so much.
Cleared my body and my mind.. Amazing team... Treatments...talks... New friends and the week flew by...
Feel amazing inside and out... Will be returning to continue my journey....." *
"Extracted from feedback sheets collected at the end of her Detox Retreat
An incredible learning journey. I have been fascinated and empowered to learn about the evolution of our digestive system, and how it works, and why. Putting the knowledge in this context has brought it to life & made sense of it like nothing else could.
I also felt very supported in re-evaluating my life by Kate's wonderful insights and by the more informal sharing of Benita during therapies.
I feel lighter and calmer. Ready to face the world and make incremental changes to help myself and my family be more healthy, happy, energetic and supportive & lovin." *
"The whole experience is amazing. Although there is a routine, , it is still a very relaxing experience. The team share their wealth of experience, and all the treatments I had were very good.
I really cannot think of anything you guys can improve." *
"This is my 4th detox retreat with Sura. As usual the whole team really make the experience by providing support on all levels; valuable insight, expertise & information.
But I have to say that your new team member, Nikki, really is the icing on the raw cake! Her gentle yet effective yoga classes are not to be missed & her raw food tutorial on the final day is really an excellent way to enable everyone to conquer their fears of raw food preparation. Priceless ." *
"I feel I have released the poor choices I have adopted over a long period of time. All the special people involved have guided and enabled an incredible week with nurturing, information, calm, warmth and a positive way ahead.
I feel less bloated, calmer, more alert, and so much more in charge of future choices. This week really ticked all my boxes." *
"I have been caffeine free since my detox at the beginning of January! I can't quite believe it. I am Irish, as you know, and the prospect of living in a world without tea, was too bleak and absurd to even contemplate. And yet, here I am 10 weeks later and I have managed it without a hitch! My skin is great and I have developed an 'unhealthy' obsession with nettle tea instead! My hair is shiny and healthy and looking great. I have found that I don't really need 'industrial grade' chemical deodorant anymore anyway, since my system is so much more alkaline, I don't really need it at all.
I have started eating properly for the first time in decades (quite literally). Me and my blender are becoming best buddies. I am making a breakfast smoothie (dates, almonds and bananas) most days before I go to work.
My fridge is full of vegetables and fruit, salads and cold pressed oils (I was listening!). I returned from the detox in Devon with the most insatiable appetite for green vegetables and salad that I am still trying to satiate. A clue there, perhaps? I won't pretend that I no longer eat cheese (I do) and that I don't drink alcohol (I do), but my diet is a full factor of 20,000 better than it has ever been.
I haven't really eaten a biscuit since I last saw you - this probably doesn't mean much to you, but it represents the most profound change in my eating habits, since I was a bit of a 4 - 5 packet of chocolate biscuits / week type of chick.... Shameful, but true!
My weight has not changed since I left Sura, if anything, I have lost a few more pounds. I look and feel great! Some of girlfriends are trying to follow my example as they have commented on how relaxed and good I look. Oh, and I have been voluntarily going to the gym and cooking on my own at home.
I have saved the best bit for last, though, because all of the above relates to how I look and what I am doing, whereas by far the biggest change that has occurred for me relates to how I feel.
I feel great! I feel epic! I feel happy! My moods are even and sunny (who knew such a thing was even possible?). I feel happy and clear and carefree in a way I can't ever remember feeling since I was a little kid. I had no idea changing the way I ate would have such a profound effect on my the manner and character of every aspect of my thinking and feeling! My thought processes are happy and emotionally detached. No amount of counselling ever seemed to get me to this place on its own. It is literally only 4 months ago that my GP wanted me to put me on anti-depressants to clear up my melancholy thinking and generally blue demeanour ..... Imagine all I needed was some good brain food to sort that out!
It truly is a blessing that I found Sura Detox this year. I genuinely cannot thank you and the team at Sura enough for setting me on such a wonderfully positive and light-hearted path. I mean that more than you can possibly know.
My instinct tells me that this year is going to be the most wonderful year of positive change for me. I am so glad that I have given myself with your invaluable help the best possible chance of capitalising on these positive changes with a foundation for great nutrition and self-care." *
"This was my second visit to Sura Detox, and again the physical, mental and emotional change in me after a week with the Sura team has amazed me.
It really is difficult to explain to people how spending what seems like a lot of money on a week without food (bar juice and a meal on the last day) can be such good value, but I can honestly say at this moment in time I can't think of anything better to have spent my money on.." *
2011 Detox Retreat Testimonials
2011 Detox Retreat Testimonials
"The programme was excellent, the talks were informative and based on science, with lots of useful tips to take away.
The whole team were wonderfully supportive managing to hold it all together without being bossy or seargent majorish.
Excellent accommodation, although if I were to come again I wouldn't share a bathroom. Our bathroom was a bit small for two.
I love the fact that you donate a portion of the fee to purchase a bit rain forest.
I am very pleased indeed that my skin allergy and hot flushes seem to have disappeared completely." *
"I just wanted to say a massive massive thank you for such an amazing week.
I felt so helpless before I came, I constantly felt awful and I was becoming more and more distraught with what I could do to remedy the way I was feeling. You equipped me with such great advice I now feel like I can make informed decisions about what to put in my body. But what I liked the most was that not once did you say 'only raw vegan is the way to go' or that you must never go back to cooked food, that makes everything so much easier and less intimidating and rigid.
People think I'm mad for the money I spent on the retreat, but its the best decision I've ever made.
To you and your lovely team, I thank you again.
I will definitely be spreading the word, and plan to come back for round two next year." *
"Everything feels better all round after last week. Had a lovely talk with my mum last night sorting through a few issues and I am putting my "move to the country" plan into action (Kate worked wonders with me there!). I was ready for a change and thanks to you, Kate, Benita and Amida I feel ready and able to do what needs to be done. I cant tell you how grateful I am or just how much I love you all for it!
Good luck with the next retreat and I will be in touch soon with an update.
Lots of love and squidgy hugs to you all at Sura! xxx." *
"Its quite amazing how SURA has such an effect on your life once you have left! You guys were and are amazing, quite a well-balanced team the YING and YANG of detox! The knowledge and support you gave not only to me but the rest of the attendees was fantastic. I can't pretend that it wasn't the toughest thing I have ever done, but it not only opened my eyes to a healthier way of life, but showed me how if I put my mind to it I had the resolve to do it! And who knows sometime in the future I might be back!
I have managed to keep the weight off and have continued to lose weight slowly, adjusted my cooking and food shopping habits and approach to daily tasks! As a result you have my friend coming at the end of this week.
Please send my best to the rest of the tea." *
"The support and information about what our bodies were going through was superb.
Dao was fantastic at drip-feeding us just the right amount of info at the right time. The Yoga teacher was fantastic and she pitched the exercises at just the right level.
I now feel AMAZING - RE-ENERGIZED and ready to tackle anything!! I generally feel lighter and more positive!! I feel like a light has been switched on in my brain.
I am so proud of myself: A challenge I wanted to take. And I am delighted with the results.
Thank you so much, to all the team. You're all STARS." *
""What were the positive aspects of the retreat"
* The team - humour, compassion, closeness, relaxed approach.
* The great mix of 'free to choose' & total support.
* My 1 hour session with Kate was life-changing.
* The fabulous and so revealing nutritional talks
* The surroundings and accommodation - so peaceful, in the middle of nature.
* I feel more relaxed with myself, more present and aware; less judgemental.
"What were the negative aspects of the retreat"
* None !
Magically challenging stuff..." *
2010 Detox Retreat Testimonials
2010 Detox Retreat Testimonials
"I just wanted to let you know that my time with you at Sura Detox is still with me - I am forever changed! My raw food intake has increased greatly, my fresh fruit and nut smoothie is my breakfast ritual and Dao's talks resonate - I can't believe how much I retained, although I was on 'snooze mode' during most of it.
But I don't miss that horrid 'mud' we had to glom down several times a day! But I did everything I was told and I'm glad I did - I got the full effect and it was fabulous! I hope to come back again some day - maybe next fall." *
"The venue was spot on; v. relaxing, quiet and cosy, yet always felt you had enough space to be on your own if you wanted.
The staff were great; supportive; knowledgeable, and not forceful with it, like some places where they're almost religious in their delivery !
I feel much lighter, brighter, and at peace with myself.
The one to one coaching session was enlightening; helped me look at a personal problem from a completely different angle; v. informative.
Could you ask the birds not to sing quite so early in the morning." *
"Basically - the retreat was well beyond my expectations - We stayed in the farmhouse which was top - ditto the location. I really appreciated the way you all worked together in your different roles to support us in what we were doing and encourage us to take responsibility for our own health. Your knowledge about nutrition & the way you share it is inspirational. Me and Lorraine had serious brain envy! If only we had had you as one of our lecturers...
We have both just qualified in naturopathic nutrition & were feeling really disillusioned with the heavy focus on supplements and no focus on raw foods / superfoods. We stumbled on a raw food workshop at our local wholefood cafe in our second year of training & spent our last year reading David Wolfe and Kate Wood instead of our course books & making mad chocolate potions! We did get quite into Shazzie as well but the pink PVC and cucumber thing is just going too far!!
Your perspective about evolution really helped me to make sense of everything and your balanced views and approach to raw food is a refreshing change. I've been including quite alot of raw food in my diet (as well as the chocolate potions!) for about 18 months alongside veggie soups, stews, curries etc and my health has really improved without being 100% raw. I treated myself with severe anaemia during this time and got my iron up miles quicker than my Dr anticipated without taking any of the 600mg a day of the nasty ferrous sulphate that she recommended - very scary indeed!
We loved Amida's morning exercises and were both blown away by Kate's session. I didn't have a session with Benita as my therapies were with Claudia & Tim but we saw her alot in the farmhouse and she is just lovely. Claudia & Tim were great too.
Another thing I really liked is that you are all really ethical & there was no hard sell on the products. In fact Amida encouraged us to restrain ourselves from buying loads of stuff at the outset and make sure it's the right thing for us before buying the expensive equipment. Bless him!
My aim when I came to the retreat was to be shiny and I reckon I achieved that. I feel amazing - bags of energy and everyone is cooing over me saying how well I look & that I've lost loads of weight. I didn't want it to be about losing weight so swerved the scales while I was there but weighed on Sat morning at home and I'd lost 11 pounds - hurray!
Final mad ramble - you have inspired us to do our raw chef certificates and offer some workshops ourselves in Manchester." *
"I just wanted to write to thank you both for the care and expertise extended during the retreat I attended. I, despite being very motivated was full of trepidation, self administered colonics!, Navel gazing groups!, etc. Needless to say the mystification of the colonics were dispelled by Dao in his straightforward, kind and reassuring way. The navel gazing just didn't happen, well not with the people I mixed with.
Amida's approach was great and his morning meditation and exercises just right and is something I'am trying to continue with. Dao's talk's were educational and truly inspiring, I'am trying not to bang on (too much) to family and friends about our arboreal ancestors, healthy eating etc, I'am looking forward to the tapes. You both work so well together. Benita and Claudia are talented, warm and gracious women, the massages and treatments were excellent.
But, in addition what has thrilled me is that I have lost almost 1 stone in weight, and did not put any weight back on when I started eating and drinking, al be it much more healthily than I did. Friends and family say how nice it is to have the old me back, I feel more alert and alive.
So, thank you both, you are running so much more than a business, and should be proud of the ethos, kind, caring professionalism and sheer good that Sura provides." *
"We have now got back into the daily routine that we left behind for one amazing week. But we are all changed in some way, feel stronger, lighter (!), more in control.
Thank you all so very much for a fantastic experience, for making us all feel so welcome and comfortable, for supporting us bringing along Roux (who by the way probably had the best experience of all of us!!), and for just being you.
You are all truly extraordinary people, a pleasure to be around, and I defy anyone, ever, who has spent time with you not to feel better, purer, more peaceful for the experience.
Long may your retreats last, and you may well see us again." *
"I have been meaning to email you since I got back to say thank you so much. Although I'm not sure that thank you covers it, language is a bit limiting sometimes.
I had a wonderful week and now that I'm back at home, back at work, I am eating lots of yummy raw foods and feeling a lot more positive.
The detox was only ever about losing a bit of weight and cleansing for me at the beginning but it became so much more than that, mostly due to all of you who worked so hard. It has been a while since I met so many beautiful people. So, thank you." *
2009 Detox Retreat Testimonials
2009 Detox Retreat Testimonials
"I wanted to write, not for you but for all the people that may come to your website, because what you are offering is so much more than a detox or weight loss programme although these may be the key words you have to use to attract clients.
Colonics is a dirty word to many people and generally we are so closed off about our bodies that many people would not give your programme a second thought but it is such a small part of the journey we have been on this last week. Add to that the thought of fasting for a week and probably 99% of people would have clicked back to their search engine results.
When they do they will have missed one of the few genuine opportunities to change their life for the better.
Emotionally, spiritually, physically, and mentally I feel renewed but more than anything I feel educated about food and diet for the first time in my life. It is hard for me to believe that the majority of the Western world is feeding itself a toxic diet that is leaving it more malnourished than the inhabitants of much poorer countries, added to which obesity, diabetes and many other avoidable conditions arise directly from their food choices. They say you can fool all of the people some of the time and some of the people all of the time, I may have been one of the latter until now but it seems to be that the propaganda from the food drug and chemical companies have fooled the vast majority and they are still getting away with it.
From now I will not be so gullible about food and that starts by challenging all the ideas you taught us in the last 7 days, which knowing you I am sure you would approve of, however this way I will prove your theories for myself and become one of your greatest advocates, although I am pretty sure there are very few that leave you without the same commitment.
No one can offer miracle cures but you do provide the tools by which we can try to make our own miracles.
I can’t thank you enough." *
"I wanted to drop you a line to thank you and the team for the most wonderful week last week. I left it until now to feedback just to make sure the initial euphoria and good intentions didn't quickly wear off (as if!) but of course they haven't, and I'm delighted to say that I am feeling and looking healthier and happier than I have done in years.
It's really difficult to describe to people why the week has felt so life-changing for me as there are so many factors but for me the Sura team are probably the single most important factor. Yourself, Amida, Kate and Benita all contributed in such important but different ways, but the thing that you all have in common for me anyway, is your enthusiasm, sincerity, kindness and genuine desire to help people with the changes they want to make in their lives.
I feel very lucky to have had such a smooth and 'easy' week, in that I know some people had 'down' days or times when they felt tired, but for me, I loved the feeling of being cleansed, the increased lightness I felt every day, and the physical differences in how I looked over the week (weight, complexion etc). For me it helped keeping active, getting up to do Thai Chi every morning (thank you Amida, that was the best possible start to the day), the lovely walks I managed to do (once again, we were SO lucky with the weather!), the daily swimming, the massages (which I loved so much I'm going to start having a regular massage at least once a month). I don't know whether it was just my session with Kate, or that combined with the fact that I'm feeling so physically and mentally great, that has made me feel that I can finally leave some difficult emotional issues behind me. It's a good example I think of the multi-pronged approach of the week i.e that to have a really good clear out/overhaul of your life, it needs to be mental as well as physical, and I think it's primarily this that makes it so much more effective than a 'spa holiday'.
I wasn't expecting to be so affected by your nutritional talks. I've never dieted, but I've spent years telling myself to eat more healthily, drink less, blah, blah, blah... much of it common sense, why has it taken until now for the penny to finally drop? Obviously a big part of that is your knowledge, and the way you get the message across, quietly, convincingly, passionately, and without any 'shoulds or shouldn'ts' that you normally get where food/dietary advice is concerned. But the reason it's so powerful and has such an impact, is also for me, down to the fact that you experience for yourself the physical benefits of looking after your body and cleansing it over the week, at the same time as absorbing all this information. How can you possibly not be convinced about making positive changes when you leave feeling so utterly fantastic?
I've made big changes to my diet since I've returned home - very little meat, diary, no bread or potatoes as yet, masses more fruit and veg, more raw food in general, and I'm even having a nut milk shake every morning (with a banana)! It's so easy. I'm enjoying my food more, don't feel in the least bit deprived, and have hardly had an alcoholic drink (one or two glasses of wine) since I got back. I'm sleeping better, getting into work earlier, am more enthused and just generally nicer to people. I've not put any of the 10 lbs I lost back on, and I'm determined I'm not going to. In fact, if I carry on like this, I'm sure I'll continue to lose and get back to my 'ideal weight' fairly soon.
Thanks to all of you for making it such an inspirational, enjoyable and life-changing week. I've told lots of people about it and a friend and her partner are seriously thinking of signing up in the next couple of months.
All the best and hope to see you again (for a top up and just another lovely relaxing, chilled week!." *
"Benita said to me on the first day of the retreat, "being empty is can be a good place to be." I couldn't agree with her then because I had never experienced it for myself. For me, the fasting and the cleaning out process was more than just an abstention from food and purging out of old matter. It was also emotionally cathartic.
I personally benefited from the fact that the holistic approach you and your team have wasn't in your face as such....by that I mean there were no pep talks on how to change our lives etc., or amazing claims to get us to do something you think would be good for us, or dire warnings not do things you think would be bad for us. But the quiet simplicity of the program you all put together, and the way you all carry out your various duties at the retreat, and the lessons you taught, not just through the talks etc., but just the way you all were, served to make me quite aware of just how harmful this hyped up world is for me, and just how complicated we can make our lives by listening to all the noise we are constantly bombarded with from all angles. It gave me an opportunity to step back so to speak, and really see how and why I had gotten into the state I was in that prompted me to come to Sura Detox.
On returning home, I found that I was feeling particularly calm, and even though it was my Birthday and I was excited to be home, I was just so laid back that I knew instantly something had changed. I wasn't aware of it during the three hour drive back, but when I stepped through the door I was just simply different, and I knew it. My lovely husband was very surprised! After about half an hour he said, "George, you're so chilled, have you been smoking anything funny?" Ha Ha.
My calm assertive energy affected my dogs too.....after they got over the initial frenzy of seeing me again, (they missed me:))both of them were particularly chilled out and much more responsive to commands etc. I'm now trying to feed them raw food more often, as I want them to live as long as possible, and be as healthy as they are now for the rest of their lives.
As far as my own eating goes, I stuck entirely to raw fruits and vegetables for the first two days after the retreat. Since then I have been about 80% raw, but have not had any meat at all, and I really don't miss it. I had my first alcoholic drink last night, it was okay- and we had a lovely evening with friends and family who all commented on my weight loss and my lovely clear skin. Whilst at the retreat I lost a whole stone, and have put back on about 4 pounds this first week. So, altogether I'm 10 pounds lighter, and currently I don't have any cravings, and I'm loving the fact that my bowel is now normal--- I'm a twice a day girl now...I don't remember ever having such good bowel function, and boy it does make you feel a lot better!!
Oh!!!! And I've been sleeping brilliantly!! Every single night since the retreat, I've dropped off easily, stayed asleep, had great dreams, and woken feeling refreshed. You simply can't beat that!!
So, a positive experience and one I heartily recommend to anyone and everyone.
Lots of Love and best wishes to you all." *
2008 Detox Retreat Testimonials
2008 Detox Retreat Testimonials
"It's been a good month since the retreat. Since returning from the Retreat, I've maintained a ratio of about 80% raw! I was probably about 50% raw previously. I gained 2 lb (of the 9 lb I lost at the retreat) in the first couple of days back (to be expected) and that has stayed the same. Although I didn't come for weight loss particularly, it is a nice bonus.
I've bought a spiralizer, which certainly makes the raw veg more interesting and easier to eat. I love making raw sauces. I have increased the number of fruit and veg smoothies I eat and enjoy including the cacao nibs, mesquite and Lucuma. More challenging is adding the Spirulina, because it has such a strong taste! I usually add some Hemp Oil, to supplement the Flaxseed Oil I take with my Cottage Cheese. My next task is to continue checking websites, as I have yet to find one that says you can swap Cottage Cheese for Almond Milk.
I've just ordered a sprouter, so that I can make even better use of recipes, tastes and combinations. I've got a food combining book and a raw food recipe book - so I'm set!
All in all, I would say it has been a very successful 're-entry' and my lifestyle is increasingly healthy. I am very optimistic about persisting with my new regime and have definitely raised my game in terms of feeding myself good, nutritious, raw food.
I hope all is well with you and the team and that you are each continuing to enjoy making a positive difference to people's lives. Attending the Retreat remains a high spot of my year, providing many excellent and enduring benefits." *
"I felt really supported by the whole team, and really appreciated of different people's roles and how well you compliment one another.
The talks were fantastic and inspiring, and I feel really excited about getting home to a new way of doing things. Though I also really appreciate the non-obsessive "starting from where you are" approach.
It had come recommended, and I had a good chat with Dao when thinking of coming. The ethical/environmental stance was important to me, and the fact that it wasn't a "luxury" thing.
Thank you so much Dao, Kate, Amida and Benita for being such skilled, supportive and insightful midwives to a whole set of new possibilities for me and my new healthy state ! It's been a hard, fascinating, deeply supported and revelatory week.
For years I had suffered from mild but persistent acne, lethargy, congestion, headaches and a short attention span. I put these symptoms down to my alcohol consumption and once I stopped drinking expected them to disappear.
When I went on the Sura Detox retreat I was amazed to discover from Kate, the homeopath, that I was allergic to wheat oats and yeast. Along with my symptoms, my sensitivity to these foods indicated that I was prone to Candida. Once I'd completed the detox process I looked (and felt) better than I had in years and was very motivated to avoid the trigger foods as well as reduce sugar in my diet.
One year later I'm still totally symptom free, have increased energy, and a more stable, optimistic mood. My experience has taught me never to underestimate the effect of what I eat on my well being. My whole outlook and attitude to life has change. I feel empowered to make better choices." *
"I thought it would be nice to write you an email stating all the improvements we are experiencing.
My constipation problem seems to have gone. i still can't believe it... But I'm still scared that at some point all this well being will suddenly disappear...
I bought from the Sura Detox shop online some stuff which a friend of mine brought over few weeks ago. I bought hemp seeds, raw chocolate nibs, goji berry and psyllium. I keep doing my morning smoothie, with fruit and nuts.
My raw consumption is still high. I think 70-80%. And my junk food consumption is now almost nil.
Emanuele took different blood and allergic test to check on his gluten and wheat intolerance. None of the test confirmed the results that Kate gave us, however he feels so much better now off the gluten and we don't really care anymore what the doctor say about it. We'll do it our own way... just listen to our bodies.
I'm regularly brewing kombucha now. We really like and we drink a full glass every day. Our energy has dramatically improved and we both feel more focused in general.
The only problem is that we keep loosing weight. Before I came to the detox I was 64kg and I'm now 57kg. Emanuele was 93 kg and he's now a skinny 80kg. We've also bought a gym machine to exercise. Do you think you can suggest some food or supplement to improve his muscle mass? (a raw or natural alternative to creating... LOL)
Again I would like to thank you for all your support and help! We really would like to repeat the experience maybe next year.
In the meanwhile take care." *
"The level of care, dedication, expertise, understanding, support and education was way beyond my expectations.
Set in wonderful countryside and with all the luxuries of a holiday week away (swimming pool, sauna, walks, big screen movies in the evenings etc) you couldn’t be better placed to undergo what, at times, can be quite a daunting experience for some.
But fret not... the staff are open, honest, friendly and most importantly...really genuine.
And the detox itself is so worth it, as at the end of the week a refreshing surge of revitalising energy sweeps through your body and leaves you rejuvenated and invigorated - and determined to put into place some nutritional changes that will leave you feeling this good for a lot longer.
Oh...and I forgot to mention (whilst we’re on the subject of nutrition)... the talks were the most unexpected thrill of the whole week." *
"The whole team has provided so much to us. I feel honoured & privileged to have spent a wonderful week here. I have been educated by Dao's nutritional talks, mentally cleared by Kate; given hope & love & support & insight by Benita's astrological reading, and found inner peace and calm by Amida's meditation.
I feel very cleansed ! My hayfever has gone. My skin allergies have gone. My IBS has gone ! I feel refreshed physically, mentally &apm; emotionally ! (The fog is clearing slowly but surely)
You guys are perfect in every way, no improvement necessary !
The most amazing experience I have ever had in my life. You guys are fantastic !
I was inspired by the information on the website, and my gut instinct told me I would not be disappointed.
I would urge every single person to experience a Sura Detox Retreat. it has changed my life on a physical, mental amp; emotional level. I promise that you will not be disappointed too ." *
"The special aspect of my retreat was the information from Dao's talks which has helped me understand IBS - there was none of that when I was diagnosed. I feel empowered by my new ability to understand the causes and the paths to recovery.
The morning meditation sessions helped me enormously. Amida's words were more comforting and life-affirming - just the way to start the day!
My session with Kate really benefitted my detox process. I needed that side of things and was very relieved to be given space to talk.
My symptoms of IBS and Candida have gone. I know the test will be to keep them at bay back in the world, but I finally feel well equipped! The information on this was the most comprehensive and enlightening that I have come across.
I found the whole retreat very well run. I felt in safe hands at all times & admire all of your levels of comittment." *
"I seem to have gone raw! I didn't really intend to, but a lot of what you said made a lot of sense, and I came home and spent a lot of time on the internet, and it just sort-of happened, and now I've pretty much eaten only raw vegan things since leaving Sura, apart from 3 cooked meals in restaurants in the past 4 weeks but I have to eat out for work a lot, so I am trying not to be too hard on myself - I'm not quite ready to order off-menu salads just yet. I've been brewing kombucha, making hemp seed smoothies, bought a spiralizer, and I feel a little bit like I'm on drugs, but I'm sure I'll calm down at some point....or I will have to start swallowing bricks. I also booked a telephone consultation with Kate Wood, to iron out a few bits and pieces, and she said she knew you, which was nice.
I have still got a few things to get sorted - I have consumed a worryingly large amount of tahini in the past month, had to ditch the dates pretty quickly, and having just discovered that they sell raw chocolate just round the corner from work, have just eaten three bars in less than 24 hours, so am feeling a bit speedy right now, which probably serves me right.
My stomach was a bit vocal for the first couple of weeks, even though I took my pills religiously, but that seems to be ok now. Apart from that, everything seems to be super. I have masses of energy, and people keep asking me if I've been away, because I look so healthy and happy. I feel like a different person - a much better, calmer, steadier, lighter and brighter version of myself. It's a bit like living in a musical. I think you might have changed my life.
"The treatments with Benita were absolutely fantastic. She is so easy to talk to and helped me so much and made me feel incredibly relaxed and alive.
The chats with Dao were very inspiring and have made me want to go home to rearrange my entire kitchen, and accommodate this new way of eating.
My time here was extremely enlightening, as it dealt with the body and spirit also. The location is superb, and detached from the hectic cities. The colonics are fantastic and I really feel much better and more enlightened and lifted." *
2007 Detox Retreat Testimonials
2007 Detox Retreat Testimonials
I have been on a number of different detox retreats in different countries, and I haven't come across such a supportive & highly skilled team as here at Sura.
This highly skilled and supportive team support you through the detox process in a truly caring and knowledgeable way. *
Most aspects of the retreat were special, but I feel that it is the sum of the parts that have really changed my life. The talks, the treatments,homeopathy, astrology have all given me a renewed sense of importance of a healthy diet and lifestyle.
I feel lighter, and have bountiful energy. But for me it is not just the physical, I feel like my whole body and mind have been detoxed... Its a fresh start, and I feel much less scared about the changes I will make that I thought I would. It's not daunting, it's empowering.
It has freed my mind, and I look forward to practising all I have been offered here. *
Sorry not to have sent this sooner. Thanks very much for the experience on the 19 Oct retreat. The whole team made the stay so enjoyable - I never thought I'd say that about a "no-food" holiday! - and I'm making a determined effort to build on the knowledge and understanding gained. Even managed to stick to raw on the 400 mile journey back home, whereas before I would have been stopping for lattes and cakes I happily survived the journey on your beautiful bag of organic fruit and lots of grapes and salads from M&S Simply Food in the service stations on the way home. And I wasn't forcing myself, on the contrary I actually enjoyed it.
I was worried about my very sweet tooth but am deliriously happy after using Google to discover the existence of raw chocolate cake and have booked up to go on a 1 day raw food course with Simply Raw next Saturday near Liverpool. *
Sura have got it right. The program, people and stacks of information made my experience here exceptional.
They totally delivered on their mission statement and the grand finale meal was absolutely stunning.
Thank you gazzilions. *
There are many holidays abroad advertising Detox , but I wouldn’t fly anymore. I wanted something local and this was perfect.
No messing, no mumbo jumbo, just facts about your tum and bum! I feel like a new woman, open enthusiastic, clean inside and out.
I salute the whole team, who cover every aspect of the detox with empathy, knowledge, experience and harmony. If only I had done this many years ago! *
I have found the effects of the fast to have been much more profound than I imagined at the time. My daughter treats me quite differently - she says I am so much more laid back that she doesn't worry about whether I'm too stressed to say things to. I feel quite different, as though I have separated from large chunks of past trauma, which chunks I don't know and don't care. I feel I have started again in a different place.
Food was great for a couple of weeks and I'm now finding it harder but I can still see the track clearly even when I'm drifting a bit. I am in no doubt that it has to be this way, just adjusting I think.
Alcohol is still the hardest thing. It's funny how on the fast we talked about food all the time and now we talk endlessly about fasting. There's so much interest. *