A Photo Essay

Man turning away from previous path Leave behind everything and everyone you know. A twelve hour flight takes you to a completely different world, where you focus on yourself. This is your journey, your choice, your life.


Group Meeting

Take a vow (satjja), a promise to yourself and to whatever higher energy you believe in. A solemn declaration about your truth – a sacred act to connect you with your willpower and with something beyond, that will keep you drug-free for the rest of your life.


Drinking medicineDrink the detoxification medicine, to purge the toxins from your body. Made from over 100 different herbs, it is a gift from the plant world and from the monks to you. Drink it and feel it gather to it all the poisons you have carried with you.





Vomit up your pastVomit up your past. Release the beliefs that have kept you addicted to your drug of choice. Remove all poison from your body. Cleanse yourself of all those thoughts that no longer serve you.





Reaching the depths of dispairYou will reach the depths of despair. Hang on, You will go through it.






Recieve support from those around you Know that you are always supported. By your colleagues going through the process, by the monks, your buddy, and your friends and family back home – all these people are cheering you on and wanting you to be the best you can be.


Having a steam bathCare for yourself with healing steam baths and wholesome food. Know that this is not about punishing yourself, but rather about giving yourself what you need to heal.





After 5 days, you will know victoryAfter 5 days of purging, You will know victory. You will feel again, emotions you thought were gone, rising to the surface.

You will smile.

You will sleep.

And this is only the beginning.

Having purged your body, you now have to recreate your life. The life that you want to live – a life that is drug-free. It is possible. You just have to keep making choices. Step by step, you will become your true self.

With deep gratitude to all the people who have given their permission for their photographs to be shown on this site. Copyright of all photographs belongs to Joanne de Nobriga.