Gatlinburg Retreat Reflections
In August, 2023
Reflecting on our recent retreat in the breathtaking Smoky Mountains of Gatlinburg, Tennessee, I am filled with joy and contentment. The entire week was spent in a stunningly beautiful home carefully crafted to provide us with comfort. The timing of our visit could not have been more ideal, as the weather was simply perfect – neither too hot nor too cold.
The retreat was a truly unforgettable experience for all of us, and I attribute much of its success to the idyllic setting and impeccable planning. From the moment we arrived, we were enveloped in a warm and welcoming atmosphere that set the tone for the rest of our stay. The home’s design and layout were thoughtfully considered to ensure each group member had a comfortable and enjoyable experience.
One of the highlights of the retreat was the opportunity to explore the surrounding area and take in the natural beauty of the Smoky Mountains. We hiked through lush forests, marveled at stunning waterfalls, and even spotted a few bears enjoying themselves in the warmth of the last days of the summer. The fresh mountain air and tranquil surroundings provided the perfect setting for reflection, relaxation, and bonding with our fellow retreat participants.
In addition to the beautiful scenery and comfortable accommodations, the retreat offered numerous Hippocrates health education classes, yoga and guided meditation practices, massages, evening gatherings by the outdoor fire, and even documentary nights. Each activity was carefully curated to promote personal growth, natural health, and beautiful friendships.
Our retreat was only possible with the local farmers providing fresh produce. Their contribution truly made this retreat the best we have ever hosted. We extend a big thank you to Laura at B&L Farm from North Carolina for supplying us with the freshest, nutrient-rich, and organic produce, which brings another thought to me…
The individuals who participated in the juice fast experienced an incredible sense of well-being throughout the entire week. Surprisingly, they did not feel hungry at all during this period. This can be attributed to their fresh juices, freshly opened on-site Florida coconut water, raw aloe (shipped in from the Dominican Republic), and hand-collected in glass local Black Mountain spring water packed with high-quality living nutrients. The remarkable outcome of their experience highlights an important principle in nutrition – it is the quality of the food we consume that matters, rather than the quantity.
“It was the greatest experience I’ve ever had.”
“State of the Art”
“The most incredible meal of my entire life”
Scientific research has shown that the nutritional value of food plays a crucial role in our overall health and well-being. While it is commonly believed that consuming larger quantities of food leads to better nutrition, this notion is only partially accurate. The quality of the nutrients present in our diet is what truly matters.
During the juice fast, participants consumed 128 ounces daily of freshly made cold-pressed juices that were carefully prepared using fresh fruits, vegetables, and Raw Living Spirulina. These juices were rich in essential vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, providing a concentrated dose of nutrients. As a result, their nutritional needs were exceeded despite consuming smaller quantities.
The high-quality nutrients present in the juices were quickly absorbed, ensuring optimal utilization and effectiveness. This efficient absorption allowed for maximum nourishment without the need for excessive consumption. Consequently, hunger was kept at bay throughout the fast.
I want to highlight that during this week, our team achieved two remarkable milestones. Firstly, we experienced the highest number of individuals who decided to return and continue their journey with us. This demonstrates the satisfaction and positive experience they had previously encountered. Secondly, we attained exceptional biometric results, further emphasizing the effectiveness of our program.
In terms of weight loss achievements, as a collective group, we successfully shed a total of 141.4 pounds of body fat. This significant accomplishment showcases the dedication and hard work put forth by each individual in our program. Additionally, an impressive 22 pounds was specifically visceral fat from the overall weight loss. Visceral fat is known to be particularly harmful as it surrounds vital organs in the abdominal cavity, and its reduction dramatically contributes to improved health and well-being.
In conclusion, the individuals who undertook the health journey with us quickly experienced remarkable well-being and vibrancy throughout the week. The high-quality nutrients in the juices they consumed provided them with optimal nourishment, proving that the quality of nutrition truly matters rather than the quantity.
Overall, our retreat in the Smoky Mountains was an extraordinary experience that left a lasting impression on us. The combination of natural mountain beauty, comfortable accommodations, and quality of education made for an unforgettable adventure that everyone will always treasure and share.
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