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.
Charlotte B. - Company Director
"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!." *
Jayne T. - Sales Agent
"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." *
Anita R. - Nutritionist and Naturopath
"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." *
Svetla A. - from Bulgaria
"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." *
Penny & Pete S.
"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." *
Jo T. - 2nd retreat
"Absolutely wonderful week. I feel clearer and with much greater clarity.
- The care that you receive is second to none.
- The nutritional talks are inspirational
- Kate's conversations really do put life into perspective
- Nikki is a great addition to the team with her Yoga
- And the food prep at the end is the biggest upgrade
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." *
Lynn C. - Worcester
"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." *
Daisy B. - Brighton
"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.." *
Louise H. - Hampshire
"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 !." *
LJ. - London
"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." *
Johanna C. - France
"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.