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Fasting testimonial from Tanglewood

Deb from Tanglewood Wellness Center, located in Panama (headquarters in Maryland), recently sent out this testimonial of her experiences participating in a supervised fast. We think many WLIR readers will find some value in Deb's experiences.

Two weeks ago I finished a 21 day water fast and 1 week refeeding retreat at Tanglewood Wellness Center, a fasting center and raw food community.  At 5'5" and 116 pounds, I didn't think I had a lot of "reserves" to give up.  I thought it would actually be more difficult for me than it was.  I really wasn't "hungry".  Yes, I could feel the "emptiness" of my stomach, but as Rumi has written, "There's hidden sweetness in the stomach's emptiness."  It was not uncomfortable, just an awareness.  And yes, there was a sweetness there for me, an absolute awareness that I had not known before now.  Another very profound part of my experience was when I started refeeding.  The simplicity and beauty of eating, not for hunger, but for the sensation of taste alone, was absolutely breathtaking for me. It brought tears to my eyes on my way back to my room.

Tanglewood Wellness Center is located in the beautiful, tropical mountains of Panama , 30 minutes from the closest beach.  Since we are located up on the mountainside (approx. 1800 foot altitude), the climate is much cooler than at sea level.  You can comfortably wear shorts and flip flops every day and sleep comfortably every night without air conditioning.  The air is pure and the breath of tropical plants at the center is aromatic for the sensitivity usually gained after fasting.  You can actually see the Pacific Ocean from the property.  I am from Colorado where the climate is very dry.  I've also lived on the East Coast with very high humidity levels.  I was surprised that where Tanglewood is located is not as humid as the East Coast.  I find it pleasantly between Colorado and Connecticut humidity levels.

If you feel you're not getting the energy levels that are available from a raw foods diet, or just want a good way to get a jumpstart on the most optimal health, consider joining us for a fast.  I had been 100% raw for 11 months when I started my fast.  I was on a bio-identical hormone cream and other supplements for my "hot flashes".  For the last four years I had been doing everything possible to naturally address the debilitating symptoms for me.  At one point, I woke up every 45 minutes, sweating for 10 - 15 minutes, barely getting back to sleep before waking again with another "hot flash". Needless to say, I did not get much sleep for that 9 month period of time and was exhausted.  After a week and a half of fasting, my hot flashes were completely gone and I am not using the bio-identical hormone cream anymore.  I feel so incredibly blessed.  My reason for coming here was that even after 11 months of eating raw, I did not feel I was getting as much benefit as was possible.  I had read that many raw foodists take up to 14 years to find the optimal diet for themselves. I decided I wanted to learn from a source that had done a lot of research to back up their diet strategy and save myself a lot of time.  I have not been disappointed.  Everyday I continue to learn more and more and feel so blessed to be here.  Every day I get stronger and stronger and know, without a doubt, that I will leave stronger and in better shape than I have ever been in my entire life.

Where ever you are in your quest for health, Tanglewood is the perfect opportunity for taking your next step.   Please come fast with us if this is something you would like to benefit from.

Please check out our website if you'd like to know more about us.  It is www.TanglewoodWellnessCenter.com. You can also call us at 301-637-4657.  This is a Maryland number so you won't pay International rates.

Looking forward to hearing from you!



Dear All,

I first read about raw last Christmas. I love raw, but seem to require B12 to keep tingling away, Maya bars for yumminess (though I would prefer to not even have that caffeine) and cooked grains for fiber.
I'm also still struggling with acne and have not successfully fasted a full day without chowing down at night. I don't have a weight problem, but love the energy, and "glow" as you call it. (By the way, my partner has objected to my paying for organic produce. I've eaten commercial the last 3 months and --along with a decreased taste sensation-- have also noticed my glow has gone down.)
Because of the benefits, I would love to not require B12 and cooked grains, but do you think that's truly possible and healthy? Also, I recently picked up a colon cleansing herb. I understand that may decrease my skin eruptions. I'm having to restart medication and Proactiv, in order to avoid possible scarring.
I'm frustrated and would love your insight.Also, where do I read who's posted after me?
Truly Grateful,

lisa torchia


I've been to your place about a month ago and Its' Delicious! You have a variety of Great live foods! I recently became aware of this food and am starting to make all the recipes..
Keep up the great work!!
Lisa Torchia

lisa torchia

I've been to your place about a month ago.. and it's Delicious! You have a variety of great live Recipes! I recently became aware of this lifestyle and am starting to make all the recipes..
I Love it.. and I feel Great!!
Keep up the great work!!
Lisa Torchia


I too did a 21 day fast at Tanglewood in the fall of 2004. It's the best health experience I have ever encountered. Loren made it easier by teaching things I had never encountered before. Especially how the body moves into different phases during a long fast and about the raw food enzymes. I interned for 3 months at the center which enabled me to experience the importance of hygiene, being conscious and focused and being out of the rat race (able to meditate). Thank you Loren, Anthony


I too did a 33 day fast with Loren Lockman (and then an extended stay, agreed upon ahead of time) and it was one of the worst health experiences I have ever had. The fasting part was easy (for me), but the difficult part was being around Loren's toxic and arrogant energy. He would yell, scream and curse at clients (not me, I stayed out of it but generally sided with the other client mentally!), not to mention how vulnerable you are when one is fasting - it's akin to being an abused child because you are totally at his mercy. I caution anyone to do plenty of research and think twice before giving any money to Loren (and omg - what a ripoff to boot!) He would lie about how much he paid for the food, he would also say it was all organic from farmers (which were supposed to have been grown onsite according to the website at the time) but would come with bags from the supermarket, and even some produce with the "conventional" (as in non-organic sticker). I could go on but...

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