Testimonials

  • *It’s now a month since my ten-day Detox at Stillpoint. I’m still feeling the positive effects and am already planning to repeat the experience next year.

    This was my first ever Detox and I wasn’t sure what to expect. However I was in extremely good hands with Dianne, who was helpful and supportive throughout.

    My main purpose was to improve my health by releasing toxins and infections. Along the way, I found that the Detox worked powerfully on a psychological level also, and enabled me to let go of past stresses in a natural and painless way. Incidentally, I lost quite a lot of weight too, although that was an incidental benefit as far as I was concerned!

    The polarity exercises and the healthcare philosophy of Dr Stone were an important discovery. They were a further encouragement to make permanent changes to my diet and lifestyle and so to make the benefits of the Detox more permanent.

    Best wishes, David.

  • *After a couple of years of living more than too well - I decided I was going to do a month long detox - 7 days with Dianne at Stillpoint, 10 days of raw food on my own, then back and straight into another 7 days with Dianne.

    I knew my body needed it and I thought it would be hard. My plan was to simply put my head down and get it over with, as I had had to do to make it through the similar detox I had done elsewhere a few years earlier (where I really struggled mentally to make it through 7 days, and once it was over my body felt good, but the rest of me was tired and full of negativity)

    Surprisingly (and wonderfully!) I found the detox at Stillpoint completely different. Yes the routine was the same, but something about the energy and environment that Dianne creates and fosters took away the struggle, it wasn't difficult at all to do two detox in the space of a month. And, now as I write this on the eve of finishing I FEEL AMAZING! I've thought about it a lot over the last week and tried to work out why it wasn't difficult and why it was so different and worked out that it comes down to the unplanned chats by the Aga about life and philosophy and spirituality, and the things Dianne picks up on about you personally that make all the difference. This is the place to detox fully, mind body and spirit.

    Alicia Brown

  • *I had no expectations before arriving to your home, as your program was a birthday surprise from my sister. I went with it, as there was no going back. I allowed the process to take over me (after a little internal fighting that is).

    This 7-day detox was one of the most influential experiences I have had in my 31 years of living. Everyday I had no idea what to expect, but I was amazed at how great I felt each day. The readings, shakes, juices, supplements, massages and colemas were a huge part of my transformation. *I lost 10 pounds ☺!! I was not hungry and was shocked by that! The colemas were not difficult and was so cleansing! But the main source of my transformation, which was completely unexpected, was with your direct help Dianne.

    Your talks helped me discover my weakness, peace, strength and “my adult”. The road to healing began that week with you in your beautiful home. I have taken my health (physical, emotional and mental) much more serious and will take care of me, thanks to your help. I will forever hold you in my heart.

    Thank you to Ian and you for the work you do. I would recommend this program to anyone!

    Anonymous

  • *If you are looking for a detox without pretense, look no further.

    Dianne and Ian not only have a beautiful, welcoming home in the beautiful town of Totnes (some great shopping by the way), but they have the hearts, skill, and superior knowledge to ensure that your experience meets whatever your needs might be.

    This has been the greatest, most important thing I have ever done in my life and, if you are ready to truly start living, I implore you to hesitate no longer. Dianne and Ian will hold you through this process with tremendous support whether you are a first timer or a seasoned detoxer. I assure you, all you will be thinking by the end is, “ How soon can I get back?”!

    Jocelyn Ashton,
    Co. Director,
    Building Blocks Childcare ltd

  • *Now on day five of my second seven day detox in a year.

    Dianne and Ian have coaxed me gently through the last five days.

    Amazing things are happening in this supportive nurturing environment. I feel safe enough to explore and let go of my own patterns and conditioning - PLUS *I have lost 7 lbs. Feeling full of energy and I'm amazed at how clear and vibrant my skin and eyes are. Clarity is abundant…..

    Highly recommend Stillpoint to anyone looking for a fresh kickstart to the new year.

    Do something for you…………..

    Best money I've ever spent.

    Erminio, London

  • *I was feeling pretty tired before I came - deep down tired. I knew I needed to stop but didn’t want to stay at home. I was pretty nervous about both the fasting and the detox so I spoke to Dianne before making a final decision. Di was both informative and encouraging, which was helpful. I quickly made up my mind that this was the thing for me.

    Nearly thirty years ago I had an accident and badly damaged my ankle and have had restricted movement and lots of pain in my ankle and knee ever since. I had never let go of the impact of that fall. The detox retreat along with the Polarity Exercises was a great opportunity for me to work through and let go of the enormous impact. After the week, *I found that I had an increased range of movement and a profound bodily understanding of the moments immediately before and after the accident. I was able to let go and move on.

    Come with an open mind and soul and you will find them filled with love. Be prepared to let go of pain and hurt and revel in the peace and tranquillity you will find here at the Stillpoint retreat. Expertise and information is readily available and freely given on all sorts of matters.

    I found the group sharing to be profound and safe and it was skilfully handled.

    By the end of the week I felt truly cleansed, refreshed and ready to make significant life changes!

    Trish

  • *Dear Dianne. I cannot begin the express my gratitude for all the time you sacrificed for me during my detox week. I returned to work and everyone commented how ‘bright’ I looked. I feel so happy and strong. I no longer feel that I constantly need to please and its rather empowering saying ‘no’ sometimes!

    *I lost a stone during my week with you and you gave me some fantastic advice and ideas with regards to healthy food but also lifestyle! I ordered my eco-friendly cleaning products, looking into my water system in the flat and I’m enjoying being a happier, healthier me!

    Thanks to the time spent with you discussing why I turn to food when my emotions etc. I am more aware and I do see it as a lifestyle change. I feel I really discovered myself. I knew I needed a change but didn’t know how or what to do.

    I’ve also started exploring new career avenues, updating my CV and seeing what is out there. Life is too short and I want to work to live, rather than live to work!

    I’ve discussed my week with my family and you may even have us all there at some point! My Auntie wants to visit you soon and I want to come back! Especially for a bodywork session. A huge thank you to you and also Ian, you are both phenomenal people and have so much to give. Thank you. All my love and best wishes to you both.

    Christiana. Xx

  • *I recently spent 9 full days with Dianne and Ian, they made me feel completely welcome in their beautiful home. The whole experience, start to finish is one I will always treasure and wish I'd done it years sooner. *I lost 12lbs during my stay but more importantly Dianne taught me so much about how to be kinder to my body. I arrived with no experience of colemas so felt a little awkward for the first two but after that I relaxed into them and found myself looking forward to each one. If you are someone who has never tried a colema - don't be afraid, the feeling afterward is totally wonderful, there was a lightness to my body that was quite exhilarating, I am not very eloquent so cannot fully do justice to how free I felt having started to rid myself of mucoid plaque.

    The phyllium/bentonite shakes were palatable to start, but by day 7 I was wishing I didn't have to take them but continued with the programme because I realised how much good they were doing my body - the proof being in the colema! I've been home a week now and want to re-live the whole experience.

    Prior to my arrival at Stillpoint I had booked 2 lymphatic drainage massages and was very concerned about exposing my body to a masseuse. Karen put me at ease immediately. I felt so good during the first massage that I booked 2 more for my second week. Her healing hands did wonders for me, *the pain from my frozen shoulder eased considerably, my stiff neck was no longer painful and she freed up my hip (which I hadn't even told her about) to enable me to sit cross-legged (half lotus) again. I cannot sing her praises enough, no-one who experiences her massages could possibly be disappointed.

    I was and am so pleased that I booked in with Dianne, rather than the "clinic-style" detox retreat. Because of the small number of guests, Dianne is able to give individual support advice when needed, she is so knowledgeable that there was nothing she couldn't advise on or answer. She is a lovely lady and I feel lucky that I chose her to assist me with my journey to a cleaner lifestyle.

    Thank you Dianne, you have changed my life.

    Lots of love, Dawn, Age 55, North Wales

  • *As I write this on my final evening of the detox, I feel blissful. A stark contrast to the perpetually tired and overworked person who arrived 7 days ago.

    I have learnt to stop and listen to my body and my intuition in this beautifully calm, safe environment.

    I feel proud of myself for realising it was time to change, and I am forever grateful to Dianne for helping me achieve this.

    Kelly

  • *Having done a number of detoxes before, all of which took place in sunnier, more detox friendly Thailand, myself and my cousin had decided that we wanted to do another cleanse, but didn’t want to haul ourselves half way around the world for the experience. So we scoured the internet looking for the equivalent fast in the UK and eventually to my delight we came across StillpointDetox. What struck us most were the pictures of the big country house, the idyllic setting and the price!!!! So we decided to book.

    Before arriving we were a little reticent about fasting in the UK as we were so used to fasting in a tranquil beach environment in Thailand. But on arrival, after meeting Dianne and seeing the house, and the surroundings, any anxieties we had vanished immediately. This is the perfect place to starve your body while feeding your soul.

    The house is a big rambling gorgeous country manor, set on 2 acres with gardens that explode with beautiful flower displays that assault the senses. Dianne is a living embodiment of the nutritional philosophy she espouses; all glowy cheeks and a great big “I’ll look after you” smile. And look after us she did, by listening to our woes and always offering words of encouragement at our weakest moments.

    As faithful devotees of detoxing through fasting we would highly recommend this, it can be tough at times but you feel amazing when you complete the fast, lighter, clearer, and happier...... Detox in Devon with Dianne, your body and your life will thank you for it. Thanks Dianne for sharing this journey with us. We’ll be back…

    Liz, and Sinead

  • *I want to thank you both for a week that has surpassed my expectations. It all started with the location in Totnes which is a delight! Your house and the magical gardens, the view over the village, and my spacious room with its high ceilings and the very pleasing view out onto your beautiful garden were just a perfect setting for my week of detoxing.

    The detoxing process has been a relief to my body judging from the feeling of lightness and energy that has returned to me. The colema board was new to me and I was not quite sure how I would deal with it but it went very well. The whole program, with the 16 tablets daily, the nutritional tablet and the probiotic tablet, seem to have worked marvelously! I was quite amazed by the effect they had together with the 5 psyllium and bentonite shakes I had per day. All apparently very carefully thought out! The fresh juices were heaven! I cannot say that I ever felt hungry which surprised me.

    The extras I took in the form of the polarity session and the tone session were just great as you know since I repeated them both!

    I have learned at lot this week about diet, about myself and about Totnes and Devon which is such an extraordinarily scenic area. *I have even lost 5 kgs! What more could I ask!‘

    Thank you so very much for giving me all this and my rejuvenated body to take home to Sweden!

    Janet, Stockholm, Sweden

  • *Hi Dianne, a belated thank you for such a lovely stay with you.

    Maria and I enjoyed (as much as you can) the detox and felt very welcome and cared for during our stay. The bedrooms were comfortable and the added extras of massage, polarity therapy and singing were enjoyable and enlightening!

    You provide a safe haven and a loving space to explore emotional trauma and energy blocks as well as clearing out old cluttered patterns!

    Thanks and hope we meet up again.

    You are both welcome anytime to visit me here in Surrey.

    Pam

  • *Dear Dianne and Ian,

    Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all you have done. Your time and efforts have made this journey possible for me – without the adaption of this programme to suit our lives, I wouldn’t have been able to complete this journey so thank you and take care. x

    Stillpoint retreat is a little haven of relaxation, harmony and great healing.

    Dianne and Ian open their arms and home, offering all you need to heal in a loving, caring & peaceful environment.

    You could not ask for more from your time spent at Stillpoint.

    Rivie

  • *I came to Stillpoint Detox expecting to reset after a hectic and largely unhealthily lifestyle.

    My plans were to begin a new life of eating well and staying healthily and thought that this was just the thing to boost my chances and give me a springboard.

    What was delivered and what I leave here with is so much more. Dianne's and Ian's kind hospitality and friendliness is the first thing you notice. After that, through the colemas, general advice and the massage and psychotherapy sessions that can be booked, you leave feeling healthy , younger, more vibrant and more importantly the inspiration and information to continue your journey to health and happiness.

    The most striking thing for me is what I have learn't about food, about myself and about my attitude towards food and the causes behind them. Dianne has helped open my eyes and by doing so has had a real impact on me beyond just this week.

    Dianne and Ian are an inspiration to what we can all achieve.

    Highly recommended…5 Stars !

    All the best, Jon

  • *All the ways from Holland I came to do a 7-day detox in Totnes with Dianne. It’s my last day now and I feel so light and fresh! It’s unbelievable how these detoxes work and make you feel good within a week.

    Especially this detox has been different. With all the special shakes you get to drink it’s impossible to feel hungry (although I did fantasize about food and recipes I would try when I’d be at home!). Also, I had never done colemas before and it took me a while to get used to taking them. I was a bit tense at first and it sure is a funny feeling having the coffee/ water flowing into your colon. But in the end, it’s very rewarding to see and feel what comes out. All the stuff that’s been there for I don’t know how many years – that sure gives you a good feeling!

    And with Dianne being there for you the whole week gave me a safe and good feeling. Always there for a chat or support. I loved her views on life, food and the body and helped me shed new lights on some issues in my life. The area here is absolutely beautiful and I made quite some walks along the riverside. Also, Totnes is a lovely place where you can easily walk from Beaumont [house]. I really want to start eating more raw food when I’m back and keep a healthy diet!

    Oh, and a sound/ voice therapy session with Ian and a Polarity session with Dianne highly recommended!

    Thanks Dianne (and Ian!) for your guidance this week.

    With love, Elise

  • *Dear Dianne and Ian,

    Thank you both so very much for welcoming me into your beautiful home. I cannot remember the last time I felt so relaxed and calm. Everything you have built here from the cosy and homely soft furnishings to hearing voice training in the background makes for a very special experience.

    The last seven days spent here on the detox have enabled me to transform gently and calmly into a vastly improved version of myself. In fact, *I feel closer to the Sophie I remembered many years ago who was always full of energy and joy. I had hopes prior to coming; they have been far exceeded. I now return home feeling restored and with a new vigour, ready to tackle all areas of my life in a far better manner.

    I am thrilled, to say the least, to have stopped smoking!! I had hoped I would. I am delighted and so will my mum be!! I have also learned how to enjoy ‘quiet’ time and make the most of it.

    Dianne, is an incredible woman who has so kindly devoted her time to helping others and she does it with such care, Our sessions together have enabled me to move forward on issues/ areas that had bogged me down for so many years.

    A huge THANK-YOU!!

    I will return.

    Much love, Sophie. xx

  • *Thank you for the support and use of your wonderful house and gardens during my detox week in September.

    I've been on a healing journey for the last 10 years after my health started to go down hill at the age of 24 and have seen a myriad of practioners and undertaken a hatful of alternative therapies during that time. *But this week in Devon was a real breakthrough; the combination of such a deep colon cleanse and twice daily colemas (so much more satisfying and comfortable than the enemas i'd been used to) alongside therapy sessions with Dianne in a safe and supportive environment has made great shifts in my wellbeing and I now feel that I have the tools to move forward on my healing journey with renewed vigour.

    I've moved on to a mostly raw organic diet since the cleanse and it's just felt like the next natural step rather than an upheaval or challenge.

    Thank you so much to Dianne and Ian and also Karen whose fantastic deep tissue massages were a great help on my detoxing jouney during the week.

    Sam, France

  • *On arrival and throughout the whole week I felt safe and cared for.

    Some of the polarity exercises were challenging but enjoyable and I was never made to do anything I didn’t want to do. Group sharing was likewise safe and supportive. My greatest fear about undertaking the week was that if‘I stopped I wouldn’t want to start again.

    *5 days in and I started to feel more energised, at peace with the world and myself and I began to feel ready to go home. The last two days were great for just being in this space and feeling better.>

    Di is caring and supportive. They check you out, keep you on track and ask all the right questions. The house is peaceful and they create an atmosphere that is warm and comforting. Also, the company has been excellent.

    This has been a very different and special experience, which I’m happy to say I wouldn’t like to have missed. I would recommend it to anyone who feels life is getting too much. You will come away feeling healthier and having had a special time for yourself & able to face life again. Ps. I wasn’t hungry!

    Hilary, Devon

  • *After a couple of years of living more than too well - I decided I was going to do a month long detox - 7 days with Dianne at Stillpoint, 10 days of raw food on my own, then back and straight into another 7 days with Dianne.

    I knew my body needed it and I thought it would be hard. My plan was to simply put my head down and get it over with, as I had had to do to make it through the similar detox I had done elsewhere a few years earlier (where I really struggled mentally to make it through 7 days, and once it was over my body felt good, but the rest of me was tired and full of negativity)

    Surprisingly (and wonderfully!) I found the detox at Stillpoint completely different. Yes the routine was the same, but something about the energy and environment that Dianne creates and fosters took away the struggle, it wasn't difficult at all to do two detox in the space of a month. And, now as I write this on the eve of finishing *I FEEL AMAZING! I've thought about it a lot over the last week and tried to work out why it wasn't difficult and why it was so different and worked out that it comes down to the unplanned chats by the Aga about life and philosophy and spirituality, and the things Dianne picks up on about you personally that make all the difference. This is the place to detox fully, mind body and spirit.

    Alicia Brown

  • *I always enjoy my times at Stillpoint Detox Retreat. Set in a beautiful house within walking distance of Totnes. Stillpoint is the perfect place to unwind and give your body and mind a complete overhaul. Having just completed my fifth stay here I am already looking forward to my next visit. Dianne’s kindness and encouragement also her skillful bodyworks all add up to the complete detox package.

    I came to Stillpoint having struggled with severe M.E. And heavy metal poisoning for many years. My firs visit I felt very nervous about doing a fast and stepping into unknown territories. After the first day I felt completely at home and safe and knew I had made the right decision. The detox works on every level. *I have made huge improvements since that visit. I am now on my 5th detox and am already looking forward to my next. I personally believe doing a detox at this level is a must in the present environment and have seen first hand on my many visits amazing results. Dianne’s kindness and encouragement also her skillful bodyworks make this a very special place to come and truly turn your life around for the better.

    As a first time ‘would be’ detoxer, who was unsure/ unfamiliar with the detox process and supposed benefits, I researched various programmes from Thailand to the United States. My selection criteria for choosing a detox programme was 1) getting individualised attention and 2) value. Luckily, I came upon Dianne’s website and having read through her approach and offerings, I selected to come to Stillpont Detox Retreat. I am very happy to say that I believe I made the right choice.

    From being picked up at the train station upon arrival to providing encouragement through the last days of the detox, Dianne was there for me whenever I needed, but not intrusively. Being my first time, I don’t think I would have lasted without her attention and general, looking out for me.

    The value addition came in, organically, naturally, when Dianne and I just sat and talked, sharing some of our background. What started as a casual conversation turned into moments where I ended up in meaningful examination of myself and realisation of how I am keeping myself from all that I can be – today. Dianne’s knowledge, experience and expertise in Buddhist based psychotherapy and her approach to life just flows – meaning –it is part of who she is and as such, her feedback/ insights never sound contrived, or prescriptive. Rather, everything she say comes from a place of care and sincerity.

    Now I am a believer of detoxing of the body (and mind). Physically, *I feel much better and less heavy (as well as from stress). This week has introduced me to the idea of raw foods and made me determined to eat more raw and have transitions into vegetarianism.

    Needless to say, I intent on doing at least a yearly weeklong detox and definitely plan on returning.

    My stay with Dianne in her beautiful home, Beaumont, felt like a home away from home. I really needed to ‘stop’ and that was the exact place to have done it.

    Anon, Washington DC