Overcoming Addictions Naturally Retreat
Based on our popular 5-Day Juice Cleanse, this retreat combines five treatment modalities—mindfulness, yoga, juice cleansing, nutrition, and counseling—in a powerful and path-breaking program for overcoming addictions, especially to the wrong types of foods, naturally. If you are addicted to alcohol or drugs, you need to make sure you have been sober for the past few months.
An essential part of overcoming addiction is replacing destructive habits with new, more positive ones. By combining mindfulness meditation, yoga, nutrient-rich foods, and the latest discoveries in addiction therapy, this program will teach hands-on techniques to reduce stress and kick bad habits naturally.
Topics covered during this retreat:
Nutrition and Diet
The new science of functional medicine advocates three main ways to achieve good health: cleansing the body of toxins, good nutrition, and lowering stress. At the retreat, you will experience a three-day juice cleanse to help the body detox. You will also learn about the best and latest in plant-based nutrition. Finally, you will be introduced to mindfulness meditation to help reduce stress, since stress can also negatively affect digestion and good health.
Most importantly, you will be introduced to the importance of good nutrition in ending cravings and addictions. It is much easier to stay alcohol, drug, and sugar-free when you eat a good diet and exercise regularly. It is also much easier to end food addiction with the right nutrition and herbs to reduce cravings for carbs and sugar.
Mindfulness meditation has been used to relieve stress for hundreds of years – and scientific studies have shown that practicing mindfulness meditation in addiction recovery actually helps prevent relapse. There is no way to avoid stress, but a recovering addict can learn how to lower his or her sensitivity to stress. By practicing mindfulness meditation, you can teach your brain to consciously accept stressors and deal with them in a calm and positive way instead of letting them make you react in a compulsive manner.
If we are going to free ourselves from addictive behavior, we must learn how to embrace our full range of thoughts, feelings and physical sensations. Mindfulness meditation helps us skillfully work with being uncomfortable, develops “distress tolerance”, and is a powerful tool for relapse prevention. Rather than escaping what is painful, mindfulness meditation encourages us to sit quietly with ourselves and pay close attention to our thoughts and feelings without taking action to judge or change them. It is not about apathy or suppression of feelings, but rather the freedom to experience the full range of experiences and strategically choose how to respond appropriately.
Yoga Exercises for Stress Reduction and Good Digestion
Yoga exercises are very relaxing and calming and can thus also help reduce stress. Particular combinations of yoga exercises can effect the endocrine glandular system and the lymphatic system in positive ways and thus both reduce stress and help eliminate toxins from the body. The practice of the two yoga poses shoulder stand and fish, for example, can reduce thyroid problems, such as hyperactivity, low metabolism, and depression. The combined practice of mindfulness and yoga can therefore be very helpful for recovering addicts in dealing with stress.
Yoga for Feeling Better in Your Body
Mindful yoga movements have a calming effect on your body and brain and can help you manage stress with less reactivity. Particular combinations of yoga forms can affect the endocrine glandular system and the lymphatic system in positive ways and thus both reduce stress and help eliminate toxins. Practicing two yoga poses in particular, shoulder stand and fish, can reduce thyroid problems, which can show up as hyperactivity, low metabolism, and depression. The combined practices of mindfulness, yoga, and conscious breathing are very helpful in establishing a strong recovery from addiction due to the simultaneous balancing effects.
In sum, these are the topics clients will learn from this retreat:
- Introduction to basic nutrition and basic super-nutrition
- The importance of good digestion to maintain a strong immune system
- The importance of certain foods to reduce depression and tiredness
- Simple trauma-sensitive mindfulness and yoga practices to more effectively manage stress and avoid return to use.
- How juice cleansing can help detox and heal the body naturally.
- The keys to reach optimum health and weight by combining the rights foods and herbs to reduce cravings.
- How good digestion leads to reduced cravings and good health.
- The best diet and herbs to overcome cravings and to reduce weight.
Ramesh is the Director of the Prama Wellness Center where lifestyle is considered our best medicine. Ramesh is also a writer, yogi and workshop leader. He studied yoga therapy in Nepal and India, Ayurveda at California College of Ayurveda and is a certified yoga detox theraphist from the AM Wellness Center in Cebu, Philippines. He has taught workshops in many countries and is the author of four books, including Sacred Body, Sacred Spirit (InnerWorld) and Tantra:The Yoga of Love and Awakening (Hay House India).
A former lawyer turned mystic, Jessica is passionate about connecting people with the wisdom of their body. It is more than a temple; the body itself contains the divine. Her meditation practice began in 2008, and she started practicing yoga in 2009. After a spiritual pilgrimage to Europe, Jessica returned to the States and completed a 10-month teacher training with Subtle Yoga. In addition to teaching yoga, she works as an Activator & Soul Embodiment Coach to help women and men reclaim their sacred, sovereign power to embody their divinity so they experience the ecstasy of full-bodied freedom.
Ren Nahui Cuahtli
In Jacksonville, FL, Ren was a chef for two years at Shakti Life Kitchen, where he immerse himself into the intricate understanding of food as medicine. In 2010, he moved to Asheville and worked with the American Herbalist Guild for four years. In 2013-2014, Ren trained in massage and bodywork and learned Deep Tissue, Trigger Point Therapy, Rhythmic Jostling, and Swedish Therapy. He is currently working toward acquiring all of his Thai Massage Certifications. He has been practicing massage therapy for 8+ years as well as herbalism and a holistic diet for the past 12 years.
WHAT TO EXPECT
- Daily Workshops on Holistic Wellness, Superfoods, and Naturopathic Health
- Daily Yoga & Meditation
- Individual Health Coaching & Private Consultations
- Group Support
- Delicious Light Foods
- 3 Days of Juice & Broth Fasting (adjustments can be made)
- Useful Detox therapies such as Mud Packs
- Informative & Supportive Staff
- Private/Semi Private Rooms
- Use of Sauna
- 120 Acres of Walking Trails
- 20 Mins. From Asheville, NC
- Massage & Spa Treatments (at an additional cost)
3:00-5:30 – Arrival, Registration, Settling In 5:30-7:00 – Yoga Class 7:00-7:30 – Meditation 7:30-8:30 – Dinner 8:30-9:30 – Intro to Group Support 10:00 – Sleep
FULL RETREAT DAYS
7:00 AM – Wake up/Shower 7:30-8:00 – Meditation 8:00-9:30 – Yoga Class 9:30-10:30 – Breakfast 10:30-12:30 – 6 Pillars of Health Workshop 12:30-1:30 – Lunch 1:30-5:15 – Free Time, Detox Therapies, Massage, Consultations 5:15-5:45 – Meditation 5:45-6:45 – Dinner 6:45-7:45 – Group Support 7:45-10:00 – Free Time / Sauna / Heated Pool 10:00 – Sleep
7:00 am – Wake up/Shower 7:15-7:30 – Break Fast with Lemon Water 7:30-8:00 – Meditation 8:00-9:30 – Yoga Class 9:30-10:30 – Breakfast 10:30-12:30 – 6 Pillars of Health Workshop 12:30- 1:00 – Sharing and Group Support 1:00-2:00 – Lunch
Prama institute and Wellness Center reserves the right to cancel its own sponsored retreats at any time. If Prama cancels a program, you will be given a minimum of 1 weeks notice and receive a full refund. Cancellations by Prama can be transferred to other Prama hosted programs.
Refunds are available (less a $100 processing fee) up to fourteen days before the start date of a program.
If a cancellation occurs between fourteen and three days (72 hours) before the start date of the program, your credit can be transferred to any other PI/PWC organized program within one year. Your registration can also be transferred to an unregistered participant. We require a $100 processing fee to transfer.
No credits or refunds are available for cancellations three days or less before the start date of a program, for no-shows, or for leaving an event early. Please allow seven days for processing of fees.
Other 5-Day Juice Cleanse Retreats
Understanding the benefits of a 5 day juice detox and yoga retreat is important, but experiencing it can deepen your understanding of your own health and wellness. Register today for one of our upcoming retreats and take your first steps to increase your overall health.