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Spring Cleanse

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Cleanse this Spring to Support your Innate Immune System

Reclaim balance and wellness next. Support your innate immune system with a spring cleanse in the heart of the Flint Creek Mountain range at Iron Mountain.  Each day, delicious meals will be provided with practical approaches to cleansing the body, mind, and spirit. Along with learning and applying self-care techniques; you will be able to experience meditation and yoga practices, and learning about the Herbal Kitchen.  Did you know that your kitchen already has herbs that provide healing benefits for building stronger digestion? Up to 60% of our body’s energy is spent on digestion so when we take in foods that are hard to digest or foods that do not support our unique body type, we create dis-ease in our bodies.


Upon arrival on Wednesday, Sept. 22nd between 3-5 p.m. you'll be greeted by Elaine and Lisa with dinner at 6, followed by an introduction.  Thursday-Saturday will be filled with the serenity of Iron Mountain Retreat starting with yoga and meditation followed by breakfast then lecture.  Free time will be provided so you can experience forest bathing, body treatments, journaling, rest and restoring of your soul.  The retreat will wrap up around noon on Sunday, and you will head home renewed and refreshed!

What is Ayurveda?

Ayurveda is a system of health and wellness developed in ancient India over 5,000 years ago. Its functional medicine approach matches diet, lifestyle, and herbs specific to the individual’s physical structure, digestion, and emotional and spiritual wellbeing.


Each one of us was wonderfully and uniquely made, therefore a one size fits all system doesn’t always work. Our bodies were designed to live and eat according to our Creators design by taking into consideration the time of day, and season of the year. This extends to the types of foods we eat as well.

The Ayurvedic health and wellness system takes into consideration the characteristics and their influence on one's body type. For instance, if you have a lot of heat and inflammation in your body, you’ll want to incorporate the opposite qualities such as coolness through food and lifestyle in order to decrease inflammation and bring balance back into the body.


Ayurveda is a do-it-yourself health and wellness approach incorporating self-care in an effort to prevent disease, improve recovery from illness, and improve vitality. As Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine once said “Let food be thy medicine, and let
medicine be thy food.”

This event is really all about you. Everywhere we look, the world is telling us to be scared. We can’t show up in this world and be our best selves when we are controlled by fear, anxiety, and stress. The two main topics through this eight-day retreat are to rebuild digestion and equip yourself with several self-care techniques that will become a part of your daily routine all year, for years to come.
We’ll become educated and prepared to support our bodies and our immunity, building resiliency.


Four days prior to the retreat, you’ll begin a pre-cleanse phase where you’ll begin to remove processed foods, caffeine, and refined sugar from your diet. The second and main phase of the cleanse can either be on-site at Iron Mountain Retreat Center or virtual from the comforts of your home. During this phase we will prepare delicious, mono-diet meals to ease digestion as you begin to focus on your self-care routines. You’ll learn how to care for your specific body type through daily routines and food.

Whether you are a first time cleanser or seasoned veteran, this cleanse is for you. Typically when we cleanse, we're busy with our daily lives,  A retreat allows you the opportunity to slow down and more deeply experience the benefits of cleansing.  The most potent way a cleanse was truly designed.  




Lisa Stavrakas

Lisa specializes in the ancient medical practice of Ayurveda as a Certified Digestive Wellness Coach.  Ayurveda is an ancient medical system that recognizes that we were all wonderfully and uniquely made.  It's through learning about your specific make up and what creates imbalance for you that you begin to learn what creates dis-ease in your body.  Ayurveda believes in the importance of living in alignment with God's design; cicada rhythms of the day, seasons, and healing through food.Through this eight day retreat, Lisa will guide you through the Ayurvedic Daily Habits that will equip you with tools to incorporate at home for living a healthier lifestyle according to your unique design. She will develop specific meal plans in accordance with Ayurveda that help ease digestion and begin the rebuilding and healing process of your gut.  She will guide you through the ins and outs of this process during the cleanse, both pre-retreat process and during the retreat.


Elaine Doll

Elaine, CAS, PKS, LMT is founder and director of Blissful Ayurveda in Bozeman, Montana. She began her study of Ayurveda in 2004 at the California College of Ayurveda. Upon graduation she traveled to India to dive deeper into Ayurveda’s ancient wisdom. There she received additional training and hands on experience through working at traditional Ayurvedic clinics located in Mysore and Rishikesh. Since 2008 she has had her own healing practice in Bozeman. Elaine believes in the power of Ayurveda to tap into the medicine chest within each of us, allowing optimum health and peace of mind to be restored, cultivated, or maintained in everyone. She uses all manner of techniques to help achieve this goal in her patients, including (but not limited to) 1-on-1 consultations focusing on diet and lifestyle, ayurvedic bodywork, retreats and workshops, yoga, aromatherapy, color therapy, herbal support, cleanses, and integrative reflexology. Elaine is also a specialist in the ayurvedic cleansing and rejuvenation techniques known as Pancha Karma; widely celebrated for their profound healing qualities. She weaves her multitude of skills into a powerful program that guides individuals to root out disease and ultimately age more gracefully. And since we don’t get much choice in the fact that we age we might as well do it well.