Since the dawn of time, fasting has been a common practice, as it is the most ancient approach for self-healing. Instinctively, babies stop eating when they feel sick. In nature, animals do the same when they are wounded.


I have been practicing fasting for over 30 years. I have supervised over 4,500 fasts and am still impressed to observe the body’s capacity to heal itself. This power exists within each of us. It is the best way I have discovered to stay healthy and also to help others maintain their health. 


For many years, I enjoyed working as a nurse; I did everything I possibly could by offering the best care to my patients, following and helping them through their diagnostics, their treatments, their prescriptions, etc.  I thought they were healed, but after many years of service, I was deceived to see these same people come back, once again ill. So, I started looking for an answer in the field of natural medicine. One day, I read that to be healthy, we needed fresh air, pure water, satisfying relationships, a job we enjoy, exercise, rest, a healthy diet and finally, a fast at need. I had found my answer. Since then, I have pursued my journey in the field of fasting. I have also added to the list; being able to express our emotions as they arise, and to follow a spiritual path that is convenient for us. I organise fasting retreats in Quebecat Tingwixk (Danville) formerly known as «La Ferme Rocan» and am always amazed to see the self-healing process pursue its work all throughout the fast.


Why fast


To take a rest

To regain our health and preserve it

To detoxify

To regenerate

To feel more alive

To make an important decision

To have more energy

To stop smoking


The beneficial effects of fasting are felt on a physical, emotional, mental and spiritual level. I have been able to notice very good results with diseases such as hypertension, arthritis, osteoarthritis, sinusitis, migraine, digestive problems, engorged liver, stomach ulcers, diverticulitis, tendinitis, prostate problems, menstrual or menopausal difficulties, urinary tract infections, allergies, hypoglycaemia, depression, burn out, fibromyalgia, searching for a sense of life, etc. etc.


When to Fast


I think that the ideal moment for a fast is when we feel the need for it. Some people prefer to fast in the spring, the time of rebirth, others in the fall, so to let November go by, while others fast during the summer, because it is nice to lie outside under the trees, and finally, some prefer winter, like the bears.


We can feel the need for a fast when signs of intoxication arise; digestive difficulties, an agitated sleep pattern, swollen face, mucus in the throat, headaches, dark circles under the eyes, fatigue, bad breath, a dreary complexion, discharges in the eyes after sleep, strong smelling sweat, etc. We should then undergo a thorough cleanse by slipping under the sheets for a well needed fast.


How long should I fast


The duration of the fast is determined by your degree of intoxication,  your vital force,  your weight, and your determination. It varies between 7 and 21 days, and must be followed by a period of recovery as long as the fast itself, before returning to work. A part of this recovery is undertaken here at the center, with a gradual resumption of food and physical activities. Then you continue at home.


Symptoms during the fast


According to your degree of intoxication, you can have certain symptoms which will last for a few hours, or up to a few days. You might have a headache, backache, painful legs, nausea; these are signs of detoxification. Fortunately, most feel hunger only during the first few days.


Where to fast 


By fasting in a center established for this set purpose, you avoid the temptations of the refrigerator, the visitors, and the comments of friends or family. The ideal condition consists in fasting in the countryside, accompanied by a person whom you trust, and surrounded with other people who fast, in a climate of encouragement and complicity. 


Mr. Jean Rocan, who taught me to rely on my capacity of self-healing, wrote: “The living being is autonomous and can cure itself. The practice of fasting will then become a universally recognized process and will constitute the basis of tomorrow’s medicine.” This is also what I wish.


Adèle Arsenault