Our vision is to provide a place of welcome to anyone at any time in their life, to add more tools for relaxation, health and coping with life in general.
We believe there is a lot of good group-work on offer, but we ourselves choose to work with very small groups of 3-5 because we notice a strong need for personalized program where one has space for oneself, physical space but also social freedom and flexibility in the program.
In this way we are open for people who need simple relaxation along with yoga and good food, but also for people who wish to work through emotional processes.
Our name SHARANAM means ‘welcome’ and ‘to take refuge in spirituality’. In the Indian culture the word connects to the deity Ganesha, remover of all obstacles. We feel this name fits us. In a down to earth way we wish to share openness, acceptance, conscious living and a belief in personal growth with everybody we welcome.
We like variation and fresh enthusiasm, in food, in physical movement, in work hours in work techniques.
Breakfast, lunch, dinner, fruits, and snacks are included in the Sharanam retreats. Gluten-free, dairy-free, and sugar-free food is always available. Doby, the chef, is a vegetarian and world food specialist. He can tell you a lot about healthy alternatives and creative cooking at home.
Fresh fruit smoothies, home-baked bread, home-made marmalade’s, hummus, and tapas are among the daily delights.
For human and planet we advocate healthy variation and home cooked food, as much local and as much organic as possible. We love cooking and aim to inspire others to eat healthy creative food. We hope people learn more about the preparation, the ingredients and effects of what they eat on their well being.
We do not generally promote any long term strictness in dieting, except for people with serious allergies. A diet can be good for testing your reactions to certain nutritional ingredients, but learning to balance is key. Joy is also a very important ingredient for health!
In the preface of ‘Gut: The Inside Story of Our Body’s Most Underrated Organ’ Giulia Enders asks herself and all medics why it is that so little information is shared about the importance of nutrition and digestion. And why the heart and the brain seem to be valued much higher in medical education while in an embryo the first main systems to develop are the brain, the heart ánd the gut.
Juice detox or detox light
We offer juice detox and detox-light combined with any of the retreat packages. The detox-light program is a bit less serious than a week with only juices and has easy-to-learn cooking ideas. For many, it is already a detox leaving meat, alcohol, sugar, heavy food, and heavy old mind-patterns behind. When detoxing, at least a 30-minute walk or swim per day is advised, besides the daily 90-minute yoga classes. Most days, a guided walk will be offered. Feel free to choose between juices or this much lighter version depending on your needs.
The juice detox consists of six days (out of eight) with only juice, tea, and water intake. On booking, you will receive instructions for home preparation, for one week before, and build up suggestions for till one week after the retreat.
The juice detox is great for heightening your awareness and observing your emotional relationship to food. It is also an excellent first step towards change. So if you want to change unhealthy habits it can be your motivator. The juice detox in itself is not meant for weight loss. You may lose 3 kilos but if you don’t change your relationship to food/alcohol/drugs/medication then a juice detox is a temporary cleanse. Good, but it’s up to you to make more of it. We will offer all the support you need with massage, yoga, breath work and coaching/therapy around your patterns.