Juice & Raw Foods Retreat:

Whole Person Health & Healing


Don’t miss our next Retreat in 2024 – April 7-11 in Carefree, AZ.

Join us at Spirit in the Desert Retreat Center. With spectacular picturesque views, 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. 

The Spirit in the Desert Retreat Center is about 30 minutes from the Phoenix airport. The airport shuttle is available and many people take Uber or Lyft to the Center. For pictures and more information about the retreat center, go to http://spiritinthedesert.org

The Retreat begins at 5:30 pm on Day 1 and ends with lunch on Day 5. You may go home after lunch on the last day.

Single room – $1495  Includes lodging, classes, and food for 1 person.

Shared room – take $100 OFF – $1395 per person. 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?

    Everyone who wants to get healthier, de-stress, rejuvenate, lose weight,  prevent disease, or address a health opportunity will thrive in this environment.

    Benefits of The Juice Retreat

    • 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

    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!

    These 5 days will empower you to take charge of your well-being, restore and maintain health, and create lasting habits through hands-on experience.

    Our mission is to serve everyone 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 can heal their bodies, renew their souls, and be transformed into wholeness.

    The Team

    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 35 books including 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 The Comprehensive 30-Day Detox and The 5 Day Juice Fassst

    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 to live from a heart of love.

    Cherie’s Classes

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

    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.  While your feet bathe, toxins are released from your body. 

    Our Retreats Have Helped and Healed – Testimonials

    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. 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. 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 setting was also perfect…places to be alone and with nature…places to be together.” ~ Ann Marie

    Kathryn’s Retreat Experience

    “I just love your retreats.  Everything about them.”  ~ Kathryn


    If you want to make this a luxury spa experience, you could stay about 5 minutes away at The Boulders Resort and Spa. You would pay the commuter rate and book your room at the resort! https://www.theboulders.com 

    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.

    April 7-11, 2024. Carefree, AZ

    $1495 single; $1395 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.

    The Spirit in the Desert Retreat Center is about 30 minutes from the Phoenix airport. The airport shuttle is available and many people take Uber or Lyft to the Center.


    The Retreat begins at 5:30 pm on Day 1 and ends with lunch on Day 5. You may go home after lunch on the last day.


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