Join us in a relaxed mountain setting just outside of Taipei for a health-reset retreat
where you can relax and rejuvenate your mind, body and soul
THE FASTING RETREAT PROGRAM INCLUDES
- organic vegetable and fruit juices
- organic vegetable broth
- natural supplements
- variety of herbal teas
- simple yoga
- walking meditation
- daily talks on health and fasting
- plenty of time to rest
- DIY sauerkraut to take home
09:00 – 10:00 Arrival and Welcoming Tea
10:00 – 11:30 Talk: “Introduction to Fasting” and Supplements
11:30 – 12:00 Morning juice: “Super Orange Juice”
13:00 – 14:00 Take Supplements
14:00 – 15:30 Talk: “The Digestive System Overview”
15:30 – 18:00 Green Smoothie demonstration and Free Time
18:00 – 18:30 Broth & Sharing
18:30 – 20:00 Shower and wind down
20:00 – 20:30 Meditation
21:00 – 24:00 Please observe silence
07:00 – 08:30 Yoga or Walking Meditation
08:30 – 09:30 Supplements
10:00 – 11:30 Movie/Documentary
11:30 – 12:00 Morning juice: “Super Green Juice”
12:00 – 13:00 QUIET TIME
13:00 – 14:00 Take Supplements
14:30 – 15:30. Talk: “Experts and Benefits”
15:30 – 17:30 Free time
17:30 – 18:00 Broth & Sharing
18:30 – 19:15 “Yoga Nidra”
19:15 – 21:00 Shower and wind down
21:00 – 24:00 Please observe silence
07:00 – 08:30 Oil Pulling/Tea/Walk/Sleep-in
08:30 – 09:30 Supplements
09:30 – 10:30 Talk: “How to break a fast”
10:30 – 11:00 Morning juice: “Super Purple Juice”
11:00 – 12:00 Pack and Clean-up
12:00 – 13:00 Talk: “Living Lovingly in this World”
13:00 – 14:00 Take Supplements
14:00 – 14:30 Sharing Fasting Experiences
14:00 – 15:00 Broth & Celebration of Health
"Three Days, Two Nights" RetreatsApril 30 - May 2
Creating a break in eating patterns, while shining a spotlight on them
Cleansing and healing “stuck” emotional patterns
Inner stillness, enhancing spiritual connection
Physical lightness and increasing energy level
Mental clarity and lifting of brain fog
Better quality and less sleep
Decreases risk of disease
Decreases cancer markers
Better nutritional absorption
Increases the circulation of stem cell production
Enhances apoptosis (cell death of damaged cells)
Enhances autophagy (clean-up of unwanted or damaged parts of cells)
Coming to this retreat is the most nurturing thing I have ever done for myself. Surprisingly, fasting is a lot easier than I imagine. I felt very energetic even without drinking coffee and I gained more mental clarity.
This retreat is truly an amazing experience! I could do fasting and colonics without pressure and felt total relaxation during the three days. I really enjoy the retreat—it’s a chance for my body to heal and to reboot. Liz is very knowledgeable and kind.
An incredible experience. Thanks to Liz and the translator Kaye, it has been a relaxing and enjoyable retreat. The quality of vegetable juices are great and I have learned a lot of new knowledge to take care of myself.
Through this fasting retreat, I am aware that a healthy body supports healthy spirit and mind. Fasting helps me to clear out toxins in my body and I had the opportunity to reflect on my diet through the education we received about food and diet during the retreat.
I am easily anxious, but everything in this retreat– from food, lodge to the environment makes me relaxed. Liz and the translator Kaye are very professional in a warm and helpful way. They offered timely response and were a great support when I didn’t feel well. I could dive deeper into the experience of connecting with my body.
I left the retreat feeling relaxed, at peace and clean. Fasting inspires me to let go of things that I don’t need in life. Often our mind is the source of hunger, our bodies are not hungry. Through this process I learned to master my own mind rather than being controlled by emotions and my desire for food.
This retreat totally exceeds my expectation! I assumed I was going to starve and experience fatigue. On the contrary, my energy level has increased. Also, I didn’t feel hungry at all.
I wasn’t tired or exhausted during the fasting and there was no abdominal bloating. I really hope to be here again.
I enjoy the overall experience of fasting. My body was really relaxed. When I fast on my own, I gave up easily. Now that I have the knowledge, I feel I can easily do it at home. It’s brilliant.
Both my body and mind had a refreshing and relaxing experience. I learn how to love and take care of my second brain—gut.
Our Fasting Retreats are held in a beautiful mountain setting in northern Taiwan. Our fasting participants are set up in the comfort of a private residence in a peaceful and quiet neighborhood. The arrangement of accommodation will mainly be two people sharing one room, if there is a personal need that requires one person per room, you may communicate with Joyful Living in advance”.
There’s no need to fly to other countries to experience a top-quality fasting program. During the course of the three days, you will be in the very capable hands of your fasting facilitator, Liz Coetzee and the wonderful translator, Hsiao Ching. The program is designed to give you a good balance between rest, relaxation and learning about various topics on health and in particular, fasting. You’ll have plenty of time to go for a walk around the neighborhood, sit in a rocking chair or stare at the ocean.
Our Fasting Retreats started in 2015 as a team effort of Liz Coetzee (fasting facilitator), Joyful Living (organizer) and Kaye Yuan (translator). Together they provide participants with a comfortable and peaceful environment to retreat to, recharge their batteries and create the transformation needed.
Elizabeth (Liz) Coetzee
Liz is a South African living in Taiwan since 1994. With the personal experience of her mother getting colorectal cancer in 2002, she realized that disease is not only the cause of over intoxication, but also the result of the accumulation of emotions and poor lifestyle choices. Her three main philosophies regarding health include:
“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food” (Hippocrates)
“Prevention is better than cure”
“Living a simple, but rich life”
Since 2002 Liz started attending fasting retreats in Thailand and experienced the first-hand benefits. Fasting has since then become part of her regular health regime. She feels passionate about sharing what she has learnt along the way.
During the fasting retreats she applies aspects of the theories of Dr. Max Gerson, Hulda Clark, V.E. Irons, Bernard Jenson, Jane Boyle (Liz’s colon hydrotherapist mentor) and Hillary Adrian Han (Liz’s fasting mentor). She believes that fasting activates the body’s extraordinary ability to heal and repair itself.
Liz is a qualified Ayurvedic Lifestyle Counselor (since 2007) and a professionally trained colon hydrotherapist. She has been a registered member of RICTAT (The International Register of Integrative Colon Therapists and Trainers) since 2012.
Ms. Yuan Hsiao Ching (aka Kaye)
Hsiao Ching’s fascination with the interconnection between body and mind started in 2009. Having interpreted for the international best-selling author Geshe Michael Roach, prominent business and personal coach Steven Victor, and many other amazing teachers, she never stops learning and growing with the aspiration to support the transformation of others through her translation. Her experience in translating for fasting retreats led by Liz Coetzee and yoga teacher training has acquainted her with anatomy, and her passion for inner work and philosophy propels her to seek ways to deliver these profound ideas and wisdom. Her calm personality and interest in the subject matter made for an expert translator.
Joyful Living is a space where people come to hang out, do yoga, meditate, heal and much more. The organizers at JFL are dedicated, kind and motivated to continue to explore new avenues in the fields of health, spirituality and personal growth. I’m very thankful to be working with this great team to make the Wanli Fasting Retreats possible.
Miss Yun Ching is the representative for Joyful Living who will, with her big, warm smile, welcome you on your first day and show you to your room.
Fasting is a beautiful thing…
Fasting helps you using your spirit, soul and will-power to create the life you want to live.
Fasting is based on self-love.
Liz Coetzee has been running fasting retreats in Taiwan since 2015. The retreats conducted by Liz use a combination of the methods of fasting experts, including Dr. Bernard Jensen, Paul Bragg, V.E. Irons, Dr. Max Gerson, Dr. Hulda Clark and Hillary Adrian Han. With fasting becoming increasingly popular in the world, it is important to be well informed about the fast of your choice, the preparations for the fast, how to break a fast, the possible benefits and effects, as well as knowing how the body works; in relation to a fast. This retreat will offer all of that in a relaxed and beautiful setting. You will receive supplements to support your nutritional levels and detoxing process as well as fresh organic juices and broth daily. To further assists in the detoxing process, you will be doing self-administered coffee enemas.
Fasting has withstood the test of time for more than 5000 years. Fasting has a powerful effect on the body as well as the spirit. It allows the vital force within to rebuild and recharge.
According to Dr. Bernard Jensen, fasting expert and nutritionist, “…fasting is the quickest way using diet to encourage elimination in the body and the fastest way to move toxic materials out. I believe that rest is one of the essentials for cure because it allows the body to regain the vitality it needs to throw off toxic materials and to eliminate the debris that has accumulated over a period of years. When you fast, you will need complete rest, physically and physiological “.
Many of the great spiritual teachers, including Jesus, Elijah, Plato, Aristotle, Pythagoras, Hippocrates, Confucius and Gandhi fasted during their lives.
Hippocrates: “Everyone has a doctor in him; we just need to help him in his work”.
Paul Bragg: “The greatest discovery by modern man is the power to rejuvenate physically, mentally and spiritually with rational fasting.”
Depending on your level of toxicity, willingness to let go of old, stuck emotions, metabolism and intentions for the fast, each person will have a different experience while fasting.
You may feel hungry, but this hunger is more the effect of mental programming to eat three times a day. You might experience some dizziness and mild headache as the toxins start to enter the bloodstream. You also might have slight insomnia. On the first day, most people feel inspired and even energized.
Day 2 and 3:
Day 2 and 3 are usually the hardest for most people, especially for first time fasters. It is time to REST and DIGEST the patterns that are released. One might feel a sudden burst of anger, sadness, frustration, joy or energy. Whatever is being released from your body physically, can have a huge emotional release response. Just let it be and let it go.
Your energy level is likely to rise and you might start to have better sleep. Your mind is clearing and brain fog is disappearing. The appetite will start to fade and one’s attachment to food diminishes. One should keep up with the rest and self-observations.
- Cleansing and detoxification
- Creating a new relationship with food.
- Cleansing and healing of old emotional patterns
- Physical lightness and increased energy
- Inner stillness, enhancing spiritual connection
- Clearer mind
- Better and less sleep
- Greater mental clarity
- Better nutritional uptake
- Clear skin
- Improved eyesight
- Weight loss
Who should NOT fast?
- People more than 5kg underweight
- People with severe wasting diseases, such as neurological degenerative diseases and certain cancers
- Pregnant and lactating women
- Diabetics should have medical supervision
- People with severe hypoglycemia are usually not recommended to fast, unless their hypoglycemia has been stabilized
- If you have HBP higher than 180 over 110 or LBP lower than 90 over 60
- If you are under the age of 18, you need to provide us with a consent letter from your parent(s).
- If you currently have any health conditions worth mentioning, please provide us with a doctor’s permission letter.
- Please inform us of any health conditions worth mentioning you have had in the past three months.
Five days BEFORE the fast follow the following dietary suggestions
- Fruit smoothies with fresh or frozen fruit and yoghurt and/or coconut milk
- Fresh fruit cut up with yoghurt
- Herbal (non-caffeinated) teas or infusions; no coffee
- Green smoothies with celery, green leafy vegetables, apples, pineapple, lemon, cucumber, ginger etc.
- Carrot or celery sticks with hummus or peanut butter
- Any seasonal fruit
- Herbal teas
- Salad of your choice. Include around four to five vegetables. Add some raisins, boiled potato or soaked almonds. Add a simple olive oil and lemon salad dressing.
- Cous cous or quinoa with celery, soaked nuts, raisins, tomatoes or any vegetables of your choice.
- Herbal tea
- A cup of natural yoghurt with a fruit and raw honey or molasses
- Steamed potato or sweet potato with a little olive oil drizzled on top with Himalayan salt.
- Any other vegetables steamed.
- Basmati rice cooked with raisins and turmeric
- Cous cous or quinoa
- Blended vegetable soup
Things to avoid before and after the fast
- MSG and GMO FOODS
- PROCESSED OILS
- FRIED FOODS
- DAIRY Yoghurt is allowed
- CANNED FOOD AND JUICES
- SOFT DRINKS
- MEAT, CHICKEN, PORK & FISH
- AIRLINE FOOD
- MICROWAVED FOOD
- RESTAURANT FOOD
- OTHER: Coffee, black tea, cigarettes, chewing gum, all drugs, alcohol, antibiotics, medicines, antacids, antidepressants, chocolate, sweeteners, creamers etc.
These are suggestions to prepare for your fast. The success of you fast will depend on how thoroughly you prepare for it, as well as the after care.
What you can get BEFORE going on your fast…be prepared to break your fast
- Fruit: organic watermelon, papaya, oranges, apples, mango, grapefruit or sweet pineapple.
- Vegetables: organic cucumbers, spinach, cherry tomatoes, onions, okra and lettuce.
- Kimchi (without salt or low salt)
- Natural unsweetened yoghurt
- Herbal tea (no caffeine)
- Raw nuts and seeds
- Cold-pressed olive oil
- Dried fruit: prunes, dates, figs
In order to experience the full benefits of your fast it is most important to break it properly.
Day 1 and for the next few days
- Eat little meals throughout the day, one food at a time, not together
- Eat only organic, raw, local and what’s in season
- Watery fruits: watermelon, papaya, oranges, apples, grapes, grapefruit or sweet pineapple
- Watery vegetables: cucumbers, spinach, cherry tomatoes, onions, okra and lettuce
Day 2: Mixing fruits and vegetables
- Two fruits or two vegetables together at a time
- Drink fresh juices to add more nutrition, if you don’t feel like eating
Day 3: Introducing cooked foods
- Your body will start to release enzymes to digest cooked food. You may feel grounded or heavy after introducing cooked food
- Increase the fruits and vegetables (steamed)
- Probiotic/fermented foods (without salt): natural yoghurt, kimchi, kombucha, kéfir
Day 4: Introducing grains
- Oats, whole grain breads, brown rice, quinoa, couscous, buckwheat or barley
- Continue taking fermented foods
- Add soaked dried fruits: prunes, dates, figs to your oats or salads
- Sprouted beans (green beans, chickpeas, buckwheat etc.)
Day 5: Introducing fats and proteins
- Nuts and seeds, soaked overnight to release the enzyme inhibitors
- Add olive oil to steamed vegetables, but do not fry
- Fats and protein require more digestive power
(to be taken for two weeks to one month after the fast)
- Beetroot blood builder – 1 capsule three times per day
- Probiotics – if you are not eating fermented foods daily
- Liquid Chlorophyll – two droppers in a little water first thing in the morning
- Bentonite clay – one tablespoon with water in the morning only
- Psyllium Husk Mix – one teaspoon with water in the morning only