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.
7th Annual Living Essene Gathering August 18-22, 2017 The spiritual mission of the Living Essenes is clearly emerging. The Living Essene role is being defined by the Divine will of helping the planet, its people, and the environment come into a healthy spiritual balance. This program is open to everyone interested in or curious about the Living Essene lifestyle. We will be talking about the Living Essenes in relationship to the energies of individual and planetary evolution today. The focus is not about healthy survival for self alone, but taking the planet to its next evolutionary state through going deeper […]
September 2nd-9th, 2017 Do you experience any of the following? Mood swings or Irritability Hot Flashes Weight Gain Sugar or Salt cravings Night Sweats Loss of Libido Vaginal Dryness Hair loss or thinning This retreat is for you! Why Chinese Medicine? Chinese medicine is a complete system of medicine with its own forms of diagnosis, treatment, prognosis, and therapies. Chinese Medicine addresses hormonal balancing from a different perspective than […]
Zero Point is a powerful 4-day intensive tool led by Gabriel Cousens, M.D., M.D.(H), D.D., a family therapist and acknowledged spiritual teacher. Dr. Cousens teaches a series of techniques that identify and release inhibiting mental, emotional and behavioral patterns. These techniques are particularly applicable to limiting or damaging core beliefs and addictions. Dr. Cousens’ approach works rapidly to get directly to the energetic origin of an issue, rather than treating on the surface level of intellectual understanding or awareness without truly dissolving the blockage. Dr. Cousens teaches that our essential nature is inherently free in all ways. What obscures this […]
July 2nd-July 8th, 2017 This is a 5-day spiritual interfaith intensive, led by authentic yogi, rabbi and Native American Sundancer Gabriel Cousens, MD and senior TriYoga teacher Shanti Cousens, MA. Participants will have an opportunity to walk through a variety of portals to liberation and be introduced to the experience of Sanatana Dharma – the natural way of living that both reconnects you to your soul and brings one to liberation naturally. The focus of the teaching are from a liberation perspective. Our daily lives are full of distractions that separates us from our own being and lose perspective of […]
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 primarily on the physical elements of healing. Additionally, the expansive, stunningly beautiful natural […]
Our 21-Day Transformation Program, led by Dr. Gabriel Cousens, provides participants with a one-of-a-kind 100% organic holistic retreat experience designed to facilitate connection with one’s true nature and the divine qualities of peace, love and joy. Set in the picturesque high desert mountains of Southern Arizona, the Tree of Life Center US provides the ideal environment for healing and spiritual connection. The expansive night skies, closeness to nature and abounding silence inspire a profound inward journey. The 21-Day Transformation Program includes three well-integrated programs to support your physical, mental, emotional and spiritual transformation. In addition to these programs, meditation, yoga classes, […]