Water Fasting Retreat

  • Heartwood Refuge and Retreat Center Heartwood Refuge and Retreat Center
  • 159 Osceola Rd. Hendersonville, NC
  • May 5 - 11, 2019 (7 days)
  • $780.00 - plus dana (offered at the end of the retreat) to Heartwood. You can read more about the practice of dana here.

About This Event

“Everyone has a physician inside… we just have to help it in its work.  The natural healing force within each one of us is the greatest force in getting well.  Our food should be our medicine.  Our medicine should be our food.  But to eat when you are sick is to feed your sickness.”  – Hippocrates

“Instead of using medicine, rather, fast a day.”    – Plutarch

Fasting for spiritual and health purposes is widely practiced all over the world, and is still a part of every major religion in the world. Jesus, Buddha, Muhammed and Baha’u’llah all shared a common belief in the helpful and productive power of fasting.

We at Heartwood Refuge and Retreat Center know water fasting can be an excellent protocol for rejuvenating body, mind and spirit and want to support you as a destination as you undertake your self-directed water fast with the full support of therapies and practitioners who not only understand the science, but actually fast, themselves.

Benefits of Fasting

Fasting has been shown to help people recover from mild to severe health conditions. Some of the most common ones are high blood pressure, asthma, allergies, chronic headaches, inflammatory bowel disease (ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease), irritable bowel syndrome, adult onset diabetes, heart disease, degenerative arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, eczema, acne, uterine fibroids, benign tumors, and systemic lupus erythematosus.

Fasting is a time when the body can devote itself to healing, repairing and strengthening damaged organs eliminating accumulated toxins and waste products. The body is very intelligent. When we fast, the body starts “burning” the trash first…the damaged cells, tumors, waste products, etc.

This is a time when the digestive tract time can completely rest and strengthen its mucosal lining. A healthy mucosal lining is a crucial to the health of the body in general and a preventive or healer of Leaky Gut Syndrome. That is the leakage of incompletely digested proteins into the bloodstream, which are at the root of most autoimmune conditions and food allergies.

Included in the cost of your retreat are the following :

Consultation with Dr. Hall and Amy, our Registered Dietitian and Nutritionist

one Bach Flower Remedy consultation (for emotional support) and customized blend prepared

 one massage (or body work protocol), or Reiki or other energy healing session provided by one of our resident practitioners

Self-Applied Health Enhancement Methods Available For Your Use at Heartwood During Your Retreat

instruction and 30 minutes daily of meditation w/MUSE bio-feedback system

daily 45 minutes yoga or qigong (with audio or video instruction) 

daily 30-45 minute full spectrum infrared treatment 

daily soft exercise program with bands, light weights, bicycle, walking, elliptical machine, stair master, trampoline

daily sound and light therapies

daily Bemer micro-circulatory protocol

access to Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook, by Bob Stahl, with exercises to complete

cd library and online guided meditations – recommendations are based on personal support needed

Structured Water and Color-Infused Water training

Other Free Offerings

weekly recovery group meeting

spiritual counseling

Learn about cancer and water fasting.

Disclaimer: This is not a medical clinic. We do not offer medical advice, a cure or treatment for anything. Our programs are not a substitute for physician care. Our programs and curricula are informative, educational and restorative, designed to help you develop accountability for your own well-being. Along with retreats, workshops and individual consultation by licensed, registered and alternative health professionals in residence, we provide a supportive community, a wealth of complementary therapies, and a peaceful environment for body, mind and spirit. Retreating at Heartwood allows you to break away from your daily habitual patterns, giving you the personal “space” to commit to and practice positive changes in the direction of new, healthier ways of living. All participation is on retreatant or membership basis. We are not open to the walk-in public. In an effort to make our programs available to those who need it most, we have a limited number of partial scholarships available.

Venue Highlights

Heartwood’s facilities include a historic thirty-room Victorian-era mansion, and additional thirty adjoining courtyard rooms. Three meditation halls and a commercial kitchen are designed to support short-term and long-term retreats, conferences, and workshops. Quiet spaces indoors and out invite contemplation and conversation. Our goal is to nurture all aspects of one’s being.


Rooms are double-occupancy. Depending on the number of retreatants, if single rooms are available, we assign them in order of registration to those who registered earliest. For your convenience, Heartwood provides bed linens, blankets, and towels. All rooms, whether double or single, have an en-suite bathroom.


  • Air Conditioning in Rooms
  • Towels
  • Free Parking
  • Coffee/Tea
  • Cafe

Menu Types

  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Gluten Free


Three delicious vegetarian meals per day are offered; there are always vegan and gluten free options served for those with dietary restrictions. You are also welcome to bring a snack to share if you wish. 
Breakfast typically includes cereal, hard-boiled eggs, fruit, bread, and rice cakes. Coffee is served at breakfast only. Lunch, which is the main meal of the day, consists of a protein, a grain, vegetables, and salad. A light supper of soup, with either salad or fruit, as well as some surprises, is offered each evening.


Heartwood is located at 159 Osceola Rd, Hendersonville NC 28739. We are approximately 20 minutes from the Asheville NC airport, and 2 hours from the Charlotte NC airport.

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