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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3-Day Holistic Liberation Meditation Intensive

3-Day Holistic Liberation Meditation Intensive   August 29-September 1, 2019   As part of transitioning to the next phase of my world service, I’m going to be doing what I enjoy most – holding meditation retreats and giving shaktipat. This is a very important part of my world mission. For this reason, I’ve designed our 3-Day Holistic Liberation Meditation Intensive. I’ll be giving shaktipat during each hour-long meditation offered 3 times everyday. Following these sessions there will be time for sharing and spiritual questions and answers (satsang). There will be additional time for spiritual questions and answers in the evenings, […]

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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 Last year’s 9th Annual Living Essene Gathering focused on the theme of “The Elijah Energy”. The Living Essene Way, which was 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… as […]

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