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7 Days Fasting and Yoga Retreats in Germany

  • Healing Castle Schochwitz, Schlossplatz 1, Germany


Yoga Retreats in Germany

Fasting is primarily an act of willing abstinence or reduction from certain or all food, drink, or both, for a period of time. Liquid fasting is the abstaining from all solid foods; only liquids are ingested. Other than water, the liquids used have high nutritional value and are easy to digest and assimilate. In Healing Castle Schochwitz, you can have a pre-fasting preparation weekend or a full time fasting program with all what you need included.


  • Daily yoga practices
  • Introduction to meditation classes
  • Individual coaching and speach about fasting
  • Walks around the castle park and in nature
  • Question and answer and how to sessions
  • Vegetarian fasting meals
  • 6 nights accommodation

Group sizes

The maximum participants in the group is 10.

  • 7 days with instruction
  • English, German
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Healingcastle Schochwitz has a wide range of rooms to offer, ranging from affordable yet comfortable rooms to luxurious suites, more gallant than sleeping beauty could wish for. All the chambers are equipped and individually decorated in a unique style. No room equals another and each radiates its own distinctive atmosphere. The castle's accommodation is as special as the guests. You are welcome to share the whole experience. Kick back in style in a place unlike anywhere you have stayed before. Feel the castle's reviving atmosphere as a gift. The peace and the strength you can draw from it will remain with you even after your stay.

The retreat takes place in a castle nestled among the hills of the Saale-Unstrut area in a small town called Schochwitz, in the most northern wine region of Germany. It is close to Halle (Saale) and Leipzig.

  • 3 vegetarian fasting meals daily
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • 10 Euro gift card for pre fasting weekend preparation program
  • Castle sightseeing and stories with Lord James Welsh
  • Crystal water, fruits, tea table
  • Daily yoga class
  • Individual coaching
  • Introduction to meditation
  • Materials about fasting
  • Warm bottle during the day or in the evening (upon request)

Healing castle is the place when you can find peace, silent, and relax. During your stay, you will engage in some activities, but feel free to walk around the nature, meditate, or just rest. All that is needed is the respect for the everyday fixed program.

Day 1

  • 17:00 Check in and accommodation
  • 18:00 Walk around the castle park
  • Evening - Light Dinner

Day 2 to 5

  • 6:00 Yoga or meditation or similar type of activity
  • 07:30 Intake of Glauber's salt for the cleansing (prior: arrangement with the therapist)
  • 08:00 Fasting breakfast (fruits)
  • 8:30 Meeting with the therapist: Q&A
  • 9am (or based on agreement): individual coaching with the therapist on the 2nd and 4th day
  • 13:00 Fasting lunch (freshly prepared vegetable broth)
  • 18:00 Fasting dinner and a gathering with other fasting guests (exchange of experience) / team time in the wintergreen

Day 6

  • 6:00 Yoga or meditation or similar type of activity
  • 8:00 light breakfast
  • 9:00 final meeting with the therapist and overtake of the certificate
  • 13:00 light lunch
  • 18:00 light dinner and a gathering with other fasting guests (exchange of experience) / team time in the wintergreen

Day 7

  • 6:00 Yoga or meditation or similar type of activity
  • 8:00 Light breakfast
  • 10:00 Check out

Every Wednesday evening there will be Yoga at 7:30pm. All participants, on your first day, will receive information about fasting as well as the about the castle Schochwitz and the Healing Castle concept. You can also agree on dates for your individual session.

Arrival by bus

From the main railway station in Halle (Saale), there is a direct, hourly bus, the 309 connection to the Healing Castle Schochwitz on weekdays. Halle (Saale) is around 30 kilometers from Leipzig and around 150 kilometers from Dresden.

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Berlin Schonefeld airport (SXF), Dresden airport (DRS) or Leipzig Altenburg Airport (AOC).

Additional information

There will be self service at the fasting table.

For more information, ask your questions directly to Healing Castle Schochwitz, who will be happy to assist you. Simply click on the Send Inquiry button to send a message.

Castle tour with Lord James Welsh (date and time of the tour to be agreed on your first day)

  • Ingrid Straub

    Born in Bavaria in 1952 Ingrid had already been very successful, entrepreneurial and active before she started following her inner voice at the age of 30. This resulted in a change in her life towards spirituality. She is a trained systemic family as well as sexual therapist and has taken a course in homeopathy and kinesiology. She is qualified as a traditional healer. She has also acquired knowledge in Zen meditation, over 10 years of Vipassana practice, bio-energetic, intuitive massage, feet reflex zone therapy, spiritual surgery experience, daily yoga exercises, yoga course for children.

  • Insurance
  • Transport to the castle

Vegetarian fasting breakfast, lunch, and dinner is provided during the retreat.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirements are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Other dietary requirements on request
(If you have special dietary requirements its a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation)

Walk amidst nature, meditate, do yoga or just rest.

  • Free use of the castle garde, castle yard
  • Free car Parking
  • Natural pond in the castle park
  • Special atmosphere of the Healing Castle
  • Smiling staff that are always ready to help you
  • Wi-Fi
  • Yard with the largest wooden sculpture of St. Mary
For information about the booking conditions, please send Healing Castle Schochwitz an inquiry.
  • Review by Jo

    "I see this place as a great chance to find some more parts of the puzzle of life and putting some others (you´ve found before) into the right place.I can´t put in words what are the driving forces here to make a change in yourself.I could talk about yoga or meditation, bit many places offer this.I could talk about the Crystal Bed, which had strong effects on me. Or I could talk about the people here, but all this could not describe the whole experience, so I leave if for now. So if you feel the call to work on yourself to lead your life into a good way this place can give you some decent help, if you are even so willing to give help yourself."

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  • Review by Dorothea F. from Dusseldorf, Germany

    "I stayed at the castle for five days and I can truly say that it's a perfect place to unwind and recharge your batteries. It's ideal for single travelers and can easily be reached by train (Halle) and then by bus (which takes 50 minutes). You can take lovely walks directly from the castle, and don't worry you cannot get lost, they'll all lead back to the castle, or rent a bike and ride to Süßer See, take a swim, and ride back through vineyards where you may taste locally grown wine. You can just spend a couple of hours in the garden, reading, dozing, or listening to a myriad of bird voices. The castle owners and their international helpers may suggest things to do, such as yoga with Ingrid or a trip to Halle with its varied cultural offers, it's definitely worth a visit. The rooms are really royal, each one being furnished differently. They are spacious and you'll sleep like a log. Last but not least, treat yourself to a couple of minutes on the crystal bed, it's not expensive. I did not feel an instant effect, however. Having arrived back home, I feel more energetic and active, so I presume, it did a very good job on me."

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  • Review by a traveler from London, United Kingdom

    "What a beautiful place! The castle has an exceptional atmosphere. I am impressed how Ingrid and Jim, the owners, run this place. They've managed to refurbish the castle. They're working with volunteers. Ingrid is also a healer and therapist. Both are very nice friendly and caring hosts. I loved the vegetarian buffet for the breakfast, all different types of cheese, fresh fruit, homemade marmalade. Plus, the view out of the breakfast area to the garden is just picturesque. One doesn't want to really leave. "

    "This is not a regular hotel, this place has unique, peaceful, and charming atmosphere!"

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  • Review by a traveler from Berlin, Germany

    "I had the best time of my life here. I felt like a princess. I slept deep and good, and everybody was very kind. It was clean. The vegetarian breakfast was a dream. Its like living in a fairy tale. Beautiful! I just can recommend this castle to everybody."

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  • Review by Regina

    "Vom 18.-21.08.16 verbrachte ich einige Tage auf Schloss Schochwitz, um Yoga, Zumba und Meditation zu praktizieren. Alle Mitarbeiter/-innen waren sehr und erfolgreich bemüht, den Aufenthalt so angenehm wie möglich zu gestalten. Tatsächlich gelingt es einem an diesem Ort, sich eine Weile von der Außenwelt zu verabschieden, einfach "abzutauchen". "

    "Für alle, die spirituell offen sind und schon gewisse Vorkenntnisse in Körperarbeit mitbringen, ist ein Wochenende auf Schloss Schochwitz zu empfehlen!"

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Schochwitz​​, Germany

Healing Castle Schochwitz is a guesthouse and spiritual center where guests can escape from their day-to-day life and hustle and find peace within themselves.

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from US$380

7 days / 6 nights

The castle is open from April to October. Please contact Healing Castle Schochwitz for possibility of arrival on another day.

Sunday April 23, 2017
(7 days / 6 nights)

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