Juice & Raw Foods Retreat:

Whole Person Health & Healing


Our Spring Retreat was a wonderful success! More stories to come of healing!!!

Don’t miss our last Retreat of 2023 – September 24-28, 2023 in Carefree, AZ.

(just 40 minutes from the Phoenix airport.)

Join us at Spirit in the Desert Retreat Center. This is the nicest retreat center we’ve been to. The views are spectacular, the grounds are lovely and the rooms are hotel quality. Each bedroom has 2 beds and a full bathroom.

Just north of Phoenix lies a jewel in the Sonoran Desert. The retreat center has two lovely water features and a full-size pool and hot tub with lovely walking trails on the grounds. Meetings rooms, sleeping rooms, and dining hall are just steps away amid beautiful desert scenery.

When the weather may not be so lovely where you live, you’ll really enjoy a week in the sun in Arizona. But it’s not just the sun you’ll enjoy. You’ll be cleansing and renewing your body and soul. You’ll be learning in our fun classes. Getting healthy has amazing rewards so don’t miss your opportunity to cleanse and renew with a great group of people. (I can honestly say that because the groups are always so much fun and such a loving bunch.)

Cherie demonstrates juicing and dehydrating foods.

For pictures and more information about the retreat center, go to http://spiritinthedesert.org

Single room – $1395 ($1295 with the EARLY BIRD SPECIAL) Includes lodging, classes, and food for 1 person.

Shared room – take $200 OFF – $1295 per person. ($1195 per person with the EARLY BIRD SPECIAL) Includes lodging classes, and food for 2 people.

Commuter rate – $895 per person. (Includes food and classes and NO lodging.)

    You might want to stay for a few days and see beautiful Sedona, AZ, or the Grand Canyon.

    Who Are These Retreats For?

    Men and women of all ages will benefit from our retreat. This retreat is for everyone who wants to get healthier, de-stress, rejuvenate, lose weight,  prevent disease, or address a health opportunity.

    Benefits of The Juice Retreat

    What you will experience in just one week! 

    • Weight loss anti-aging, smoother younger skin

    • Mental clarity, better sleep, more energy
    • A sense of well-being, balance, and a stronger immune system
    • Lessening of aches and pains and healing of ailments
    • Better digestion and cleansing of the entire body
    • Detox waste that interferes with the nourishment of the cells
    • Improve metabolic rate and cell oxygenation
    • Eliminate dead and dying cells and rebuild damaged cells
    • Rejuvenate your body, soul, and spirit

    Our Retreat Group comes from all over the WORLD!


    Mary is from New Zealand and Guy and Eloi from London, and lastly Anika is from Trinidad.

    Enjoy a delicious gourmet juice and raw foods diet designed for cleansing the body, disease prevention, anti-aging, and weight loss. Experience special workshops with nutritionist Cherie Calbom and behavioral medicine specialist Fr. John, who will help you cleanse your mind and emotions, and learn to live with less stress and a happy heart. By cleansing the body, feeding it well, and cleansing the mind and emotions, you can rejuvenate and renew the body. 

    Many people lost weight and some lost several waist sizes. One person said it was the best 5 days of his life. Several people were healed. Join us for our next retreat!


    We Empower You!

    This health and wellness program empowers you to take charge of your well-being, restore and maintain health, and create lasting health habits through hands-on experience, participation, and learning.

    Our mission is to serve everyone whose lives we touch by helping them to improve their physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being. We believe God created all human beings to be whole. When we no longer experience wholeness, we can be renewed. Through cleansing the body, feeding it well, and cleansing the mind and emotions, people are able to heal their bodies, renew their souls, and are transformed to wholeness.

    The Team


    Cherie Calbom, M.S.CN,

    Cherie is a leading authority on juicing for health and detoxification. Known as The Juice Lady, TV chef, and celebrity nutritionist, she has helped in pioneering the fresh juice movement around the world.  A graduate of Bastyr University with a Master of Science degree in whole foods nutrition, Cherie is the author of 32 books including Sugar Knockout, The Anti-Inflammation Diet, The Juice Lady’s Big Book of Juices and Green Smoothies (in English and Spanish), The Juice Lady’s Turbo Diet, Juicing, Fasting, and Detoxing for Life, The Juice Lady’s Living Foods Revolution, The Complete Cancer Cleanse, and Juicing for Life (in Spanish and English). Cherie has helped thousands of people restore their health through her juicing and cleansing programs.  She has worked as a nutritionist with George Foreman and Richard Simmons and has appeared on numerous radio and TV shows and in scores of magazine articles. Cherie offers numerous online classes including 30-Day Detox Challenge and The 5 Day Juice Fassst

    Classes offered during the retreat

    Cherie’s Classes

    • Juicing for Health
    • Food Demo: Juicing, raw soup, almond milk, dehydrated kale chips, onion rings and zucchini chips, and chocolate pudding.
    • Detoxing for Life
    • Taking the Program Home

    Father John Calbom

    Fr. John Calbom, M.A, is an inspirational speaker, corporate chaplain, consultant, certified HeartMath provider, and a Russian Orthodox priest with degrees in theology and psychology. He is the co-author with his wife, Cherie, of  The Complete Cancer Cleanse and Juicing, Fasting, and Detoxing for Life. He integrates Biblical truths with insights from neuropsychology, cardiac psychology, and behavioral medicine as part of training for excellence to reach our God-given potential in all aspects of life. His popular seminar Who Am I; What Is My Purpose helps people discover the dreams in their hearts and how to live them fully. He helps individuals and organizations discover their purpose, create a vision for the future, and come into alignment spiritually, psychologically, and physically so that they might fulfill the reason for which they were created. He also teaches how to de-stress and bring the heart into coherence in order to live from a heart of love.

    Father John’s Classes

    • Living from the Heart and Being Resilient
    • Emotional and Mental Detox
    • Love & Forgiveness
    • Heart Biofeedback

    Treatments Offered (optional and extra charge)

    • Massage in a room and aquatic massage in the pool
    • Foot detox baths
    • Beamer
    • Iridology

    Detoxing through your feet can be an effective and easy way to help cleanse your body of toxins that build up over time.  Foot detoxification is considered by many to be one of the safest forms of detoxification. Ionic detox foot baths work by ionizing warm saltwater with alternating polarities.  You’ll enjoy the sense of well-being that comes from both soaking and cleansing your feet. While your feet bathe, toxins are released from your body. These toxins are often the result of unhealthy eating habits, mainly the consistent consumption of processed foods, pesticides, and damaged fats, and toxins in the air and water.

    Our Retreats Have Helped and Healed – Testimonials

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    Praise for 2 Retreats from Riviera

    I first saw Cherie on a show called “Sid Roth’s it’s Supernatural”. I just happened to turn it on and usually don’t watch much TV. My health had been at an all-time low for months-physically, mentally, and emotionally. I’d been falling apart for a very long time. I went to The Dollar Tree and saw her book Juicing, Fasting, and Detoxing for Life which I now call my “Bible” for health. There was only one copy, and I’ve never seen another of her books there since! I knew I needed to try my best to get to the retreat, in Spokane at that time, and with the help of a scholarship, I made it! At the retreat where I was welcomed warmly, I learned SO much more than I could ever have imagined. The teaching from Cherie and John was absolutely life-changing. 

    My second retreat in Carefree was just as good, if not better! Full of new info, insights, and new friends from all over the world. Cherie and John always send us home with EVERYTHING in writing! From the daily teachings to every recipe we taste, how to shop, eat out, prepare and freeze the juice if necessary, a remarkable collection of all resources needed to start a new way of living for good.

    Cherie and John are the most caring, compassionate people I’ve ever met. Don’t wait for a change, do it now! You’ll never regret it!  —Riviera

    From The Ivory Coast – THE JUICE LADY’S RETREAT in SPOKANE

    “I spent 26 years working for the United Nations during which time I attended hundreds of training, seminars, and retreats. Not a single one can compare to what I experienced during these five short days at Spokane. Life-changing.”  Dr. Marcellin Hepie

    2018 Retreat Blessing

    “Thank you so much to you and Father John for such an amazing week at the retreat. It was such a blessing to be there, I learned so much, met so many amazing people, and really enjoyed every bit of it. I lost 6 1/2 lbs. while there, and continued to lose when I came home, which is 11 lbs. total by the following week!  I also got full recovery of a frozen shoulder that I had for a long time.”

    Pam’s Health Improves!

    “Since coming home from the retreat I have had minimal pain in my knee and feet and none most of the time. My doctor took me off of Statin and two pain pills because I don’t need them. My diabetic A1C test was below even the prediabetic range.  I feel so wonderful. I passed the Dementia and Alzheimer’s screening tests with flying colors. Thanks to you and Father John for sharing your knowledge with all of us at the retreat. What a blessing!” -Pam

    Alesia’s Healing!

    “I read your Juicing for Life book many years ago! I attended your Juice Health Retreat in May of 2015 in Spokane, WA. Your retreat changed my life! I left there feeling great! I lost 10 pounds detoxing. I haven’t stopped juicing since then! I juice daily and drink wheatgrass juice shots! I also eat a raw plant-based diet.

    When I came to the retreat, I had chronic multiple health problems. You were gracious enough to give me a scholarship so I could attend. Thank you so much for that. You and Father John changed my life immensely. I no longer have Fibromyalgia. I lowered my liver enzymes and blood sugar to where I no longer need medication. I have healed my body through nutrition. With my passion for health and healing, I entered the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.

    I will graduate on March 14th, 2017, and will be an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach. I’m hoping to attend another retreat someday! Thank you for all that you do! I will be forever grateful.” ~Alesia

    Cheryl’s Total Experience

    “The spiritual, emotional, and physical experience received at the retreat was wonderful. The atmosphere and other attendees made this opportunity, along with the amazing teaching, one of the best retreats I have ever attended in my life.  Thank you, both for your love, compassion, hope, and inspiration. Your ministry is appreciated and thousands of others around the world need to hear your message and experience the healing that God has promised to us all.” ~ Cheryl

    Martha Loved the Retreat

    “I would like to express my sincere thanks to you and Father John for all you taught us; the detox of the body, soul, and spirit. My skin feels smoother and my leg cramps in the mornings are gone. It was worth the effort and money to travel across the continent [from West Africa] to attend this wonderful wellness retreat. Please tell Fr. John I miss his loving and warm way of making everybody feel loved and capable.” ~ Martha

    Ann Marie’s Retreat Experience

    “I LOVED THE RETREAT! Your caring for each of us truly touched my heart. The interaction of the class members and their caring for each other made this an exceptional part of my journey. I came away with much more information and ways to apply this to my life. It’s the application that is so important. It was a very intense week, but very well integrated with time for each modality, yet time for rest and absorption. The program was very well thought out and executed I liked having different instructors for the various topics. The depth was perfect as most of us had some kind of background in the areas. The setting was also perfect…places to be alone and with nature…places to be together.” ~ Ann Marie

    Yvonne’s Long-Term Health

    “Cherie, your retreat was one of my most special memories of my life. It was a huge turning point for me in my desire to keep going in the right direction with living a healthy lifestyle. I am thinking more clearly and have even slimmed down. Your wisdom and encouragement have been so beneficial to me and my family. We are juicing daily along with exercising more.  I also loved the way Father John talked about the spiritual side of our lives.  I left the retreat changed and inspired. If anyone is considering doing a health retreat I would highly recommend yours.  ~ Yvonne

    A Month After the Retreat…

    “Today, one month later, I noticed how energized I feel. My weight is down 10 pounds so far. My constant postnasal drip had cleared up 98%. Prior to the retreat, I was feeling constantly anxious and overwhelmed. Now, I feel a sense of calmness. Thanks, Fr. John. My blood pressure, which was in the dangerously high zone, is now in the pre-high blood pressure zone and is still improving. And, I am not craving carbs from wheat any longer.” ~ Eileen

    Tiffany Lost 8 Pounds, Gained 20 Friends

    “Mere words cannot express my gratitude to Cherie, Fr. John, and Catherine for last week’s Trinity Wellness Retreat. The retreat exceeded my expectations off the chart! The classes I attended at the retreat were packed with juicing information and recipes, healthy lifestyle changes, and loving support. While weight loss was not my priority, I did return home 8 pounds lighter but far more important were the 20+ new friendships I gained! No matter if you are just starting out with juicing or have been embracing and enjoying it for years, you must treat yourself to this life-changing experience!” ~ Tiffany

    Eileen – A Life-Changing Experience

    “Thanks to you, Fr. John and Catherine for an awesome ‘life-changing’ Health & Wellness Retreat. It was better than I could have imagined.” Anne Got so Much More than She Expected I went to Cherie’s retreat thinking I could learn about juicing and kick start my diet. I came away with so very much more. This retreat addresses your whole self– body and soul. Do yourself and your body a favor and go to this retreat. You will not regret it! ~ Anne

    Werner’s Reflections on the Retreat

    “When I arrived at the retreat center, I was welcomed warmly and felt right at home. The week of juice fasting posed no problem and time flew by too quickly. The interaction with the other participants was uplifting as were the different sessions where we learned about healthy foods and not-so-healthy foods as well as physical, emotional, and spiritual detoxification.

    This was the most remarkable, blessed week.” ~Werner

    Sue’s “Thank You” on the Spokane Retreat

    “Thanks again for a wonderful retreat. I lost 6 pounds and haven’t put it back on yet so YAY! I’m juicing at least once a day.” ~ Sue

    Lanniece’s Life was Saved!

    The Trinity Wellness Juice Retreat literally changed my life. As a physician, I am ashamed to say that I only received two hours of nutrition instruction in medical school. Cherie’s passion for healing through healthy, whole, clean foods with Father John’s passion for healing the mind and spirit is synergistically combined into an extremely powerful retreat experience that I wish everyone could experience.  The backdrop of the monastery makes it the perfect place to learn, be inspired, tackle difficult issues, and inspire. I was given the tools and education needed to live a better life through wiser food choices for my family and myself.  I have also learned to be less judgmental and to live more from my heart through Father John’s practical application of the Gospel. And as a bonus, I lost eight pounds while on the retreat and have lost a total of fifteen pounds in the two weeks following. I am so grateful for this experience and encourage anyone who knows something is missing from the daily grind of living in our fast-paced society to treat your mind, body, and soul to the Trinity Wellness Juice Retreat.

    Sincerely, Lanniece F.Hall, M.D., F.A.C.O.G.

    Linda in Hall of Fame

    “My cardiologist asked what in the world did I do?  After your retreat my numbers were vastly improved! I am now on the right track to health.  Five years ago, I was so scared and today my heart is happy and calm. In fact, I’m smiling right now, Father John!  [a reference to Fr. John’s Happy Heart Class].”

    Anne Came Away With So Much

    “I went to Cherie’s retreat thinking I could learn about juicing and kick start my diet.  I came away with so very much more.  This retreat addresses your whole self– body and soul.  Do yourself and your body a favor and go to this retreat. You will not regret it.” ~Anne

    Deidre Lost 14 Pounds and De-Stressed

    “Your retreat was one of the most amazing experiences I’ve had. It has changed how I deal with my life. I now know how to nourish my body in many ways, and am able to use the techniques I learned to help make my heart happier. My body, mind, and spirit are becoming more in harmony with each other. I am happy.  Thank you so much, Cherie, Fr. John for caring so much about what you do and having the knowledge that helped all of us.” ~ Deidre

    Francine’s Shoulder Pain is Almost Gone

    “I have to tell you all the aches and pains I was having have drastically minimized since the retreat, and the extremely painful right arm and shoulder are about 75% gone…which I now know is connected to the gallbladder. I felt my “vim and vigor” coming back by the time I left, too! It was an incredible experience.  ~ Francine

    Anne Marie Loved the Retreat

    “I LOVED THE RETREAT! I would come again in a heartbeat. Thank you all for the incredible amount of work you put into it. I truly felt blessed and special.  The personal tips were wonderful. I have already begun to review my handouts for what I might have missed.” ~ Anne Marie

    Sonya’s Retreat Transformation
    “Thank you both so much for the opportunity to attend the Retreat in February.


    I experienced a transformation that week. The daily classes on a spiritual connection to God, healing the heart, forgiveness, nutrition, and the additional healing modalities offered to make this a genuine holistic healing retreat. I recommend it for everyone!”


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    Our scholarship fund has helped many people.  We are a 501C3 non-profit with retreats that bring healing to the whole person—spirit, soul, and body. Please consider donating to our scholarship fund.

    Here are testimonies from our scholarship recipients.

    Karen’s Healing

    “Cherie I just want to thank you again for all the time and effort you put into organizing this amazing retreat! I felt so cleansed, healthy, well-rested, emotionally and spiritually whole, and physically healed! Scripture says “The day that we pray the tide of the battle turns.”I felt that battle turn for many of us, especially after the powerful oil anointing prayer service. I have spoken so highly of this retreat to all I have come in contact with, and will brag all about you at my Healing Strong meeting Tuesday: I am truly humbled and ever so grateful you granted me a scholarship to come. The retreat and time with you are the brightest stars in the dark sky of my cancer journey. Yes, I do believe morning is coming and I receive the word from you that I will experience the therapy healing you spoke about…little by little until I can proclaim a cancer-free report to all! Ps. 118:17 “I will not die but live! And proclaim what the Lord has done!” More than anything I want to be able to help others who are struggling and have lost hope concerning their health. Your testimony of God stepping in to perform the impossible is powerful. I believe I will be able to say the same. Doctors give me a zero percent chance of survival, but my God has shown up in impossible situations over and over again!”

    Blessings to you Cherie,Karen

    Judy’s Back Was Healed

    “Thank you so much for the scholarship to attend the healing retreat in Washington State. I learned a whole lot, met some great people, saw a part of the country I’d never seen before, and most important of all – received a number of healings from the Lord. My back [bulging disc] continues to be healed. I had no pain at all lugging a heavy suitcase across three airports last Saturday. The tumor on my kidney and the fibroid tumors are shrinking. I have 70% improvement in my back. The healing is still ongoing.” Judy

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    You might want to stay over a few days and see beautiful Sedona, AZ, or the Grand Canyon, which are just a few hours’ drive away.

    Are you ready to go beyond treating symptoms and dealing with the root cause of disease and brokenness in body, soul, and spirit? We bring together an exciting approach that truly facilitates health, healing, and wholeness.

    September 24-28, 2023. Carefree, AZ

    $1395 single; $1295 shared per person.


    A $600 deposit will be charged to your credit card to hold your spot after you submit your registration.

    15% Off newsletter signup is not valid on retreats.

    Cancellation policy. There is a full refund if your reservation is canceled prior to 30 days of the retreat. After 30 days, your deposit is non-refundable. You can, however, apply your deposit to a future retreat.



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