The essence of fasting, according to Gabriel Cousens, M.D., M.D.(H), Dip. Ayurveda, is to abstain from that which is toxic to the mind, body and soul. Juice fasting is the best, and safest, method for cleansing on all levels while still maintaining energy and rejuvenation. The Tree of Life is the leading therapeutic and spiritual juice fasting center in the United States. It is founded on the experience of thousands of fasts supervised by Dr. Cousens since 1988.

“Tree of Life AZ is the fasting destination of choice.” New York Times

The main difference between our fasting options are that the Spiritual Fasting Retreat is a group fast led by Dr. Cousens and his wife, Shanti, whereas the 10, 17, and 24-Day Detox programs are individual fasts, which are available for your convenience most weeks of the year. The fasting programs at the Tree of Life are one of the better choices for those who desire to take advantage of our many therapeutic and detoxifying spa treatments, because the schedule is not as intensive.

Please note that the Tree of Life Detoxification Programs are not appropriate for individuals dealing with addictions to alcohol or addictive drugs, such as cocaine, valium, and/or barbiturates, as we are not an “in-patient” facility and do not possess a hospital-level of supervised care. However, nicotine, caffeine, wheat, sugar and other food addictions can benefit greatly from any of our fasting programs.

There are many other benefits to fasting such as weight loss, deepening of spiritual practice, reduction of chronic pain, clarity in thinking, better eating habits and more. Expectations for healing and results may vary. While speedy reversal of health conditions is always desirable, it may take years of conscientious and consistent holistic lifestyle choices to build your wellness. Patience and perseverance are helpful qualities to develop along your healing journey.

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Annual Living Essene Gathering

10th Annual Living Essene Gathering October 3rd-6th, 2019 Our 9th Annual Living Essene Gathering was a remarkable success. We’re excited to announce the 10th Annual Living Essene Gathering will be October 3rd-6th, 2019. We’ll provide more information as the date approaches. Last Year’s Theme This year’s 9th Annual Living Essene Gathering will focus on the theme of “The Elijah Energy”. The Living Essene Way, which will be shared, is a path of liberation through the eternal journey of Lekh Lekha (“Go to the Self”) [Gen. 12:1]. According to the great historian Josephus, the Essenes were “champions of faith, truth, and honesty… […]

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Spiritual Fasting Retreat

Your Last Chance to Attend This Life Changing Program 10/15/2017 – 10/24/2017   Almost every spiritual tradition reveres fasting as a powerful gateway to the Divine. Spiritual Fasting creates an opening for cleansing and healing on all levels. The Spiritual Fasting Retreat is a truly profound experience that rejuvenates the body and provides support for deep spiritual revitalization. It is led personally by Dr. Cousens and his wife Shanti Golds Cousens, M.A. The yoga, meditations, spiritual discussions and Q&A’s with Dr. Cousens all serve to take the fast to far deeper levels than most cleanses and retreats, which often focus […]

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