Option 1: 7 day program/3 day fast Option 2: 10 day program/5-7 day fast Option 3: 14 day program/10 day fast Program Dates: May - August 2020 Victoria, BC
Starting the new year with a new level of health & wellness.
The ancient art of water fasting & advanced medical care
We will be joining together in Victoria on Vancouver island, to offer a comprehensive water fasting program for first time fasters and chronic illness recovery.
Water fasting is a 3 step process. Meeting with a fasting educated doctor is the first step. Having your whole case taken thoroughly to gain an understanding of your current health status enables our doctors to determine the best program for you. Lab tests are ordered as markers of health and to monitor the treatment. Once this is complete, you are ready and cleared for fasting. The doctor will give you a treatment plan to follow prior to your beginning the in-house program to help alleviate the toxicity level and make the fast easier and more enjoyable. Detoxing before a fast can include: dietary changes, colonics, infrared sauna and skin brushing. In some cases, no preparation is needed and the fast can begin the day you arrive.
The second step is the water fast. During your water fast you will be following a curriculum and protocol set in place by the doctors. It includes detox procedures to help remove built up toxicities from the body including skin brushing, IR sauna, castor oil packs and colonics when indicated. Included are education modules about health, food and food preparation. Instruction in meditation and journalling for health is included. Sessions with holistic practitioners are important for total mind/body wellness including: breath work, massage, acupuncture, and counselling. We incorporate gentle yoga into our daily practice to harmonize our mind, body and spirit connection. No experience is necessary, our yoga is gentle and suitable for everyone.
"Water fasting is where the body transitions into ketosis, the break down of fat for energy. This is where the true healing happens: tissue and organ repair, reduction of arterial plaques, weight loss, scar tissue breakdown, reduced inflammation and joint healing."
The third step: Refeeding This is arguably the most important part of the process. Generally people reintroduce for half the time spend in the fasting phase. This involves the gentle reintroduction of warm liquids and live juices to get the digestive system working again as well as providing nutrition and enzymes. Supplements are re-started to continue the healing process. Moving from liquids to solids in the form of fresh vegan meals completes the transition. Healing broths are made fresh daily as well as the juices and healing meals by our in-house raw food chef. You will love reintroduction and the new taste sensations.
"Breaking the fast with fresh live juices and fruits to continue the process of cellular detoxification and healing. We will learn about how to prepare delicious and healthy meals that are sustainable for regular life - what foods to buy and how to prepare them"
Daily restorative yoga practice will be offered to deepen our connection to breath and learn how to relax and reset - no experience with yoga is required. Just a desire to relax and allow healing.
We will learn how to prepare homemade sauerkraut with a demonstration and take home recipe sheet -fermentation is a natural and effective way of introducing probiotics into the gut & necessary for healthy digestive system functioning.
"Fasting is the most efficient means for correcting any disease.” – Adolph Mayer, M.D.
Personalized Medical Intake Opening and Closing Ceremonies - smudging and intention setting Daily Medical Guidance & Support Restorative Yoga Fresh Live Juices Chef prepared vegan meals using organic local produce Food preparation learning sessions Free time and nature exploration Private Room Course Folder with Dr. Jones' Master Water Fasting Guide, Handouts & Instructions ❤
*Additional treatments available upon request: Acupuncture IV therapy Massage Colon Hydrotherapy
“Fasting is the single greatest natural healing therapy. It is nature’s ancient, universal ‘remedy’ for many problems.” – Elson Haas, M.D
Daily Retreat Schedule * subject to changes Day 1 Arrival 11:00 am, begin juices, opening ceremony, intention setting and the beginning of our journey of deep relaxation & healing. Daily program explained - skin brushing, water enemas, castor oil packs, journaling. Time to relax and explore.
Fasting Days - Water fasting begins. Daily restorative yoga & meditation (no experience necessary), explanation about the process of water fasting and ketosis and intermittent fasting + group talks with Dr. Jones about lasting health practices. Time for relaxation and reflection. Optional sessions can be booked during the day (Colonics, Acupuncture, Massage, IV Therapy).
Breaking the Fast - Vegetable broth followed by delicious juice and fruit meals, free time, food preparation classes. How to make your own homemade probiotics for a healthy gut biome!
Reintroduction - Morning restorative yoga, vegan meals, free time, relaxation, nature exploration with Dr. Jones. The healing power of nature explained: Forest bathing and visits to sacred Hawaiian sites. Closing ceremony. Follow up doctor meetings and future medical plans given.
Last Day - Breakfast, packing, departures!
Investing In Yourself
*** Couples Welcome***
Space limited to 7 participants at a time. All inclusive: room & board, medical supervision, yoga, sauerkraut making lesson, Master Water Fasting Guide, follow up consult, skin brush + castor oil pack, cellular rejuvenation and lasting health course.
7 day program/3 day fast
Queen Room - Master ensuite - $2799 Queen - $2699 Single - $2299
10 day program/5-7 day fast
Queen Room - Master ensuite - $3799 Queen - $3599 Single - $3150 14 day program/10 day fast
Queen Room - Master ensuite - $5199 Queen - $4799 Single - $4150
Extra sessions can be added including: massage, acupuncture, alethia breathwork, colonics, IV therapy.
We are deeply committed to helping everyone who is interested in water fasting. If you require a special payment plan please let us know. We are happy to accommodate you. * Naturopathic Medicine is covered by most extended medical plans. Call us to find out how you can claim a portion of this retreat through insurance.
Meet Dr. Ariel Jones
Dr. Ariel Jones is a Naturopathic Physician with certification in acupuncture, pharmaceutical prescribing, intravenous therapy and chelation. She is the founder of Hydrate IV Wellness Centre (Victoria, BC) and Mayne Island Naturopathic Clinic (Mayne Island, BC). She is a water fasting guide and has fasted individuals and groups in fasts ranging from 3 - 21 days. Dr. Jones holds retreats internationally for people interested in learning more about deep detox and cellular rejuvenation.
"I am passionate about deep detox and water fasting. Every day we are seeing more and more people being diagnosed with chronic and serious illnesses such as cancer, Alzheimer's, obesity, diabetes, dementia, chronic debiltating pain and injuries that won't heal. I want to address the cause of illness and remove it as a barrier to radiant health. Water fasting is a therapy unlike I had ever experienced. In 2013, as a resident intern at a facility in Hawaii, I discovered, trained in and experienced my first water fast. The results were profound. Since then, I have been guiding people in this ancient and healing art with nothing short of astounding results. A water fast doesn't have to be long to be powerful and effective. Three days can provide someone with all the shifts and reconnections they need to live a radiant life. Other people require a longer fast depending on what their health goals are. Reconnecting to the innate wisdom of the body, for any length of time, catalyses deep shifts in body, mind and spirit."
May your journey be full of health, divinely inspired and complete,
1. A non-refundable deposit of $500is required to hold your spot. Click on the "book here" button below. 2. The reminder of your fee is due 30 days before your start date 3. Once you have made your deposit, we will be in touch with you for your initial intake - included in the fee.
1. Deposits are non-refundable 2. Health investment payments are non-refundable 15 days before retreat start date. No refunds are offered once the retreat has begun. Health investment refunds are offered in extraneous circumstances. We ask that you commit to the process. If you chose to leave it is of your own free will and without refund or compensation. 3. All our retreats are a safe and sacred space for healing, we ask for respect towards yourself, one another and the space at all times. This includes how we talk to one another and how we treat the space physically. Behaviour that disrupts the other participants will result in being asked to leave with no refund or compensation.
Thank you for your cooperation, we are grateful. ❤
Benefits of Water Fasting
Water fasting has well known effects of curing chronic pain. The process of ketosis (breaking down fats to make fuel for the body) also breaks down scar tissue. Low back pain, arthritis, old injuries and acute are all improved during a water fast.
Mental Clarity & Spiritual growth
Water fasting is a deep reconnection to your true self. Without the distractions of everyday life, water fasting offers the opportunity to stop and listen to your inner voice and the guidance it provides. As the body sheds unwanted material from the body, the mind and spirit are released from patterns and energy that no longer serve a purpose. The movement through the physical process of water fasting facilitates change in mental patterns as well. Unblocking and unburdening from cyclical mental patterns in favour of calm clarity.
Curative For Chronic Diseases
Diabetes type ll, arthritis, fibroids, rheumatoid arthritis, digestive disorders (SIBO), headaches, chronic back pain, heart disease (arteriosclerosis), high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity. Water fasting improves cognitive function, and reduces inflammation in the brain. It reduces Parkinson's symptoms and inflammation in the muscles, organs and blood. Water fasting is useful for weight loss in combination with healthy eating habits post-fast.
Water fasting increases insulin sensitivity in the muscle cells and liver, and lowers inflammatory mediators which prevents the development of diabetes. The lowering of heart rate and blood pressure & increase in stress resistance reduces the risk of cardiovascular events such as heart attacks and athleroscleorosis. Reducing fat cells and improving blood insulin sensitivity reduces the risk of obesity, joint pain and heart disease. In the intestine, water fasting helps restore a functional biota, reduces energy uptake and inflammation.
"Fantastic, I recommend a Dr. Jones retreat to anyone eligible and who wants to dramatically improve their health and get serious about it, including an improvement in their waistline.
My husband and I attended a 7 day “Intro to Fasting” retreat with Dr. Ariel Jones. I learned so much about fasting, much more than I could have on any of those online forums (they really are repeating some misinformation there.)
On the first day, we were welcomed warmly into a lovely home Dr. Jones secured for the group. On the green juice days that sandwiched the fasting days, we enjoyed amazing nutrition from K+I juices which were organic and not diluted, just pure. On fast days we were treated to yoga by an absolutely lovely and charming lady named Cedar Sorensen, we were shown how to do enemas daily to get bile moving and remove toxins that can cause nausea (which NOBODY discusses in the forums!), daily meditation, daily meet ups for group discussions about our revelations and share what we are going through, demonstrations on how to make sprouts and raw probiotic sauerkraut with explanations about their importance and benefits, and some optional services were available if we wanted buy those (acupuncture by Dr. Jones herself, massage by Kim Fairall, colonics by The Healthy Colon - shout out to Tammy!). Another amazing thing was having a special interactive discussion and exercise facilitated by a wonderful lady name Julia Menard who had us dig deep and ask ourselves some big questions, discover some revelations and become aware of obstacles to our own happiness in life. At night we had some time to watch lectures as a group about fasting, and have group chats, otherwise the week was packed! We were not sitting bored or our phones that’s for sure.
Dr. Jones monitored us with blood testing before and after, daily check up of vitals. She shared amazing knowledge about fasting, autophagy, the healing benefits and was there to discuss any questions we had about the most personal things. She counselled us through all things physical and emotional.
On the second last day, went to the grocery store together to buy items we would need for a special healing concoction we would be having during the reintroduction phase and taught us how to make it so we could do it at home. That night, she took us around the backyard, neighbourhood, and local park to teach us about the local plant medicines. our last night it was especially lovely as we caught the sunset in a beautiful park that was also a Garry Oak sanctuary.
The last day we had a touching closing ceremony and said our goodbyes, healthier, lighter, and amazed at our mental strength, and very grateful for the knowledge, experience and Dr. Jones’ genuine desire to help us live our best and healthiest lives. I have come out it having all the benefits promised and surprised myself with my mental toughness. I have also reset my cravings and appetite, something I always struggled with. I don’t think I can put into words how much I’ve… EVOLVED with this retreated. It’s just taken me to another level. All from one week.
Dr Jones even continued to help me in particular after wards as I had some special circumstances, an extremely kind and generous person. Dr. Jones is smart, caring, knowledgeable about many areas of health, and passionate about what she does. We highly recommend her to anyone wanting to get into the world of fasting in a safe and supervised setting, especially if you’re on medication or have other health concerns.
As opposed to going on yet another indulgent trip full of booze, wine & shopping, why not go on a trip where you actually come back healthier, stronger, lighter and proud of yourself? "
- Lisa, Vancouver
"I recently had the pleasure to take part in an amazing personal journey of going on a water fast. I decided to reach out to Dr. Ariel Jones for support during the process and am so glad that I did. I didn’t know much at all about the physical, mental and emotional benefits of water fasting. Upon mentioning to Ariel that I wanted to commit to a 5 day water fast, she quickly stocked me up on a few good reads. I felt so supported going into the fast. We decided together to wait a few weeks, during which I prepared myself by cutting out all processed foods and reducing my intake. Ariel gave me a step by step process for how to properly prepare for the fast, what would benefit me most during the fast, and how to emerge from such a journey in the most supportive way. Ariel gave wonderful guidance during the journey, and I truly felt as though we had embarked on this path together. She was careful to listen to my intentions of why I wanted to fast, and created a wonderful ceremony to symbolize the beginning of the fast. We had daily check-ins where I was weighed and had the chance to share what I was experiencing physically, mentally and emotionally. Ariel compassionately guided me during every little twist and turn, holding my hand and sharing words of wisdom and encouragement during the process, which I am very grateful for. I would absolutely recommend guidance from Ariel for anyone wishing to partake in such a journey, or even someone who is looking to better their overall health. Ariel truly is a well-spring of information, wisdom, and authenticity and I extend my heart-felt gratitude to her for joining me on this endeavour." Blessings,
- Chantal J, Vancouver
" I experienced a 3 day water fast with Dr. Ariel Jones on Mayne island. It changed me and I am forever grateful for this gift. For me it was so helpful to leave Victoria and step away from the demands of life and family. I had not anticipated the lack of energy that needed to be honoured when only drinking water. I thought I would be craving food but the nausea from the detox removed any desire to eat . I struggled in the 2nd day and truly surrendered to the detox, Dr jones was present and full of helpful tips to ease my symptoms. She encouraged dry brushing, infrared saunas, getting outside, journaling and enemas. I experienced a release & movement past the discomfort and the last 12 hrs were lovely... I could see how a longer fast would be possible. Dr. Jones facilitated a spiritually guided release for something to be left behind on Mayne with the fast... I have re-entered my life lighter, healthier and happier. I would recommend everyone have this experience. Much love and gratitude."
- Libby Ferris, Victoria
" 3-day water fast with Dr Ariel Jones on beautiful Mayne Island...
Reason for Fast: Minor auto-immune disorders, such as thyroid disorder and celiac disease.
I had eliminated dairy and meat a few weeks prior to the fast under Dr Jones' care. I cut out coffee (formerly 3 cups of coffee/day) two days before the fast. Based on Dr Jones advice, I went for my first colon hydrotherapy session a week prior. I believe the "detox" phase of my water fast was brief and uncomplicated for these reasons. Additionally, I was feeling healthy and optimistic going into the fast.
Began water fast at noon. I was too distracted by the the beauty of Mayne Island (Japanese Garden and Lighthouse), and Dr Jones' wealth of knowledge in answering my many questions, to focus on any discomfort. Had an infrared sauna, read, and went to bed early.
Dr Jones' experience with water fasting proved to be invaluable at this time. She patiently showed me how to use sparkling water, as well as a water enema at the right time, in order to settle my system. Most importantly, she showed me that I could manage this discomfort and feel optimistic. Dr Jones was monitoring our health closely with blood pressure, urine tests, and one-on-one evaluations. She is a wealth of knowledge, given her background in the sciences and medicine. Additionally, she looks at the whole person when evaluating a health issue. Her intuition steered me in a positive direction every time. I look forward to experiencing a longer water fast.
- Anna, Victoria
"I have been an avid faster/cleanser over the years & have experienced the benefits of a variety of fasts but nothing came close to the benefits I experienced during & after my water fast! I'll be honest it is not for the faint of heart! If you want to take your health & your life to a new level I absolutely recommend the Water Fast with Dr. Ariel! The love & support I received from Dr. Ariel was like nothing I'd ever experienced before from another human being! She was there throughout the tears & the pain with an open heart, gentleness, love, kindness & compassion; she held a space for healing without judgment & lead me to a deeper level of caring for myself - body, mind & spirit! I absolutely 110% recommend this to anyone looking for a new level of healing! Namaste"