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A Juicing Retreat {Juice Master Retreat in Turkey}

July 3, 2013

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My sister  and I are currently spending a week in the beautiful Turkish mountains on a juicing retreat. Christina had to talk me into coming along but now that I’m here I am very happy that I joined. We are at one of Jason Vale’s Juice Master retreats. We arrived Friday night and were picked up by the driver who drove us a very rugged and bumpy gravel path  up Juicy Mountain.

Although there is the option to stay in one of the tents, Christina and I opted for a room in one of the villas. Everything’s quite rustic. It’s certainly not a 5* hotel but everything you need is here; and in this heat the thing you need most is a pool. 

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Saturday, our first actual day started with a lie-in before gathering for a welcome talk which was accompanied by our first juice which was green and delicious.

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Although our first couple of hours here seemed pretty laid back it quickly turned into fitness central. Our days are very much planned out for us and  although we are never forced into joining the activities we take part in most activities. I particularly enjoy the fitness classes with our instructor Sally, whilst Christina is really into yoga. The instructors and helpers are all incredibly encouraging and understanding. Especially during the first few days when most of us had detox symptoms we were told to rest during classes and take breaks whenever necessary.  I’ve also been taking part in the volleyball classes because I really need to get better at it. I went to play with my friends some weeks ago and it was quite embarrassing.

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Our mornings start super early with superfood shots and we are usually off on some sort of walk/hike at 7.15am. We then come back and either have another fitness activity like volleyball or an abs workout or yoga before our first juice is served at 10.30am. The hardest part for me so far hasn’t been not eating solid food but exercising for 3 or 4 hours and then only “eating” breakfast. Juices are prepared at the same time each day: 10:30am, 1:30pm, 4:15pm and 7:30pm. The day flies by rather quickly in between all the exercising but I can’t stop thinking about the first meal I’ll eat when I get back home. The sound of the juicer quickly becomes your best friend!!

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On Monday we were given an interesting talk about juicing. Andrea, the retreat manager talked us through the different juicers that are available and demonstrated how to use the juicer. She made the Sherbert Lemonade from Jason’s book for us which was incredible. It’s basically juiced apples and lemons with ice. Super refreshing and certainly a lot healthier that the usual lemonade.

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One of my favorite classes is rebounding. I’ve jumped on a trampoline before but never knew what to really do with it. Here at the retreat we have daily {sometimes twice daily} 20-minute classes accompanied by music which get your heart rate up but at the same time feel like your just jumping around for fun. And the view from the platform isn’t bad either.

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Yoga classes are on in the mornings, around noon and evenings. I tend to join the 1.5h class at noon which includes an half hour long deep relaxation. It’s so good to just doze off during the day and clear your mind for 30 minutes.

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After 4 days I have to admit that this whole juicing experience is really growing on me. The first 2 days were difficult, especially since we on very limited energy intake but did up to 7 hours of exercise and were still getting used to the heat. I’m also very lucky that I quite like the juices they prepare. Most of them are vegetable based, heavy on the celery, spinach, carrots and beetroots. But they also throw in a couple of fruit juices for a change which everyone is happy about.

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I’ll definitely keep you updated about my holiday. I never thought I could actually enjoy not eating for 7 days. As a food blogger I thought it would be the end of the world but I have to say it’s been an enjoyable change and I recommend it to anyone who needs a week away from a stressful life and bad eating habits. And you are guaranteed juicy days full of sunshine and lots of breathtaking sunsets.

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For more information check out Jason’s website which will keep you busy for a few hours. There, you’ll also find the link to the retreats. Currently they have the one in Turkey and a new one in Portugal.

Hope you’re all having a fantastic day and an early Happy 4th of July to everyone in the US!

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4 Comments

  • Reply Kathryn July 4, 2013 at 10:34 am

    What an interesting experience. I’m not sure that I could survive doing that much exercise and just drinking juices but I’m definitely keen to hear more about how you guys get on. It does look like a pretty spectacular setting though (and I’m all for pool time!)

  • Reply Janet McClellan February 2, 2014 at 3:02 pm

    Hi Antonia, just read your piece about the Juicy Mountain retreat in Turkey I have just booked to go in April but am staying in one of the tents – am so looking forward to having a week all to myself.

    Hope I’ll be able to manage all the activities with juices few juices to sustain me!!!!

    Janet x

    • Reply Antonia February 2, 2014 at 4:55 pm

      Hi Janet! How exciting! I think April is the perfect time to go. It was a bit too hot when I went so the heat, in addition to the amount of exercises and the juices was a bit intense. But it’s quite fascinating how quickly the body adapts. April is also a good time if you’re staying in a tent, cause they tend to heat up during the day which makes sleeping rather difficult. I’m sure you’ll have a great time. I left the retreat feeling so much lighter (mentally and physically) and although it was a challenge, I’d definitely do it again.
      Hope you have a great time at the retreat and let me know how you got on after you come back! x

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