Bald Mountain Retreat is the ideal setting for a weight loss retreat. Our extraordinary natural environment empowers your weight loss efforts. Your resolution gains weight as your body loses it. You'll bring your experience of the weight loss retreat home with you as part of your new self.
Feeding is governed by the most primitive part of the brain, the bulbous expansion of the spinal cord within the skull, the brainstem. The brainstem controls the "Four Fs," feeding, fighting, fleeing and mating. Each of these activities tend towards a highly focused state. In this trance-like, quasi-meditative state of unified attention we perform without distraction or worries; we know we are doing what we are supposed to be doing. This clarity of purpose explains the attraction of horror movies ("fight or flight" response) and the seduction of food. Kabbalah exhorts us to elevate the lower brain functions to higher centers, to bring the light of consciousness to the "Four Fs": fight for a just cause; do not flee from phantoms; love with your heart and head, not just your lust; eat consciously. Break the trance. Modify your habits. Drop the fork. Re-pattern. Re-establish a new basis. Develop a better relationship with hunger. Find your clarity of purpose somewhere other than at the table.
The first writings on yoga, the ancient, Sanskrit Yoga Sutras begin with the observation that in quiet it is possible to repattern. Bald Mountain Retreat is full of quiet, peace and stillness. In our extraordinary setting perspective arises by itself. Clarity of vision highlights obstacles and illuminates the way forward.
A modern Zen master said that meditation is like pressing the "clear" button on the pocket calculator; it eliminates all the sums and former calculations making it possible to add things up in a new and truer way. The amazing energies of Bald Mountain Retreat make ordinary activities meditations, cutting wood, carrying water, sitting in the meadow...
Bald Mountain Retreat functions something like a vision quest. It will take you out of your usual, the same-old-same-old, and present you with a revisioning of reality. Just as fasting allows your metabolism to recallibrate, so a retreat at Bald Mountain can recallibrate your attitude leading to the release of old habits and the beginning of healthier, more conscious behavior. We will exceed your expectations. I could promise you less.
Delightful nature rewards your hiking making it easy to exercise.
Weight Loss Modalities
Hydrotherapy (dew walking, full body ablutions...)
Fasting (partial or full)
Emotional Recovery (see The Poetry of Disease)
For more information please also see our Detoxification Retreat.