Frequently Asked Questions
ABOUT JASON VALE’S VIRTUAL RETREAT
Each daily schedule will be available in the members area of the website from 12 noon (GMT) the day before a reminder will be sent via email.
No, but it is highly advisable. One of the things that makes Jason’s retreats so special is the human connections made throughout the week. Whilst this is very tricky due to current circumstances, we want to try and replicate as much of this sense of community as we can. This is why we are creating a closed Facebook group just for those taking part in this Virtual Retreat experience, so you can interact and support each other throughout the course of the week.
Even if you’re not a huge fan of Facebook and don’t yet have an account, it’s well worth signing up for free, even if it’s just for this event (as you can always delete it afterwards). It is especially beneficial to be part of a community at this time due to lockdown in the UK. Some of you may be alone, or alone in terms of those you’re living with not understanding the nature of this retreat and possibly not giving you the support, you might need. One of our team will manage the group and accept people into it and only those attending the retreat will be able to access it.
The link to join the closed Facebook group will be available in the members area of the website and sent via email a few days prior to the start of the virtual retreat.
NO. Just like the real Juicy Oasis retreat experience this isn’t a boot camp. You can feel free to dip in and dip out as you please or as your schedule will allow. We all have different fitness and concentration levels as well as many different time commitments. Not many will be able to clear their diary completely for this virtual retreat and it’s why we have many classes per day. This is your retreat and your experience and the whole idea is to be pressure free. As long as you keep to the juices and soups and dip on and out of talks and classes, you’ll have a wonderful experience and incredible results.
The classes are designed for all fitness levels and our experienced instructors will always be able to offer alternatives and adaptations if needed. But listen to your body and go at your own pace, there is no pressure.
It is advisable to get a good yoga/exercise mat for use in yoga sessions and some fitness sessions. If you don’t have one, you can use a large towel. However, as this Virtual Retreat is designed to be a catalyst for lifelong change, we’re hoping you’ll choose to continue exercising after the initial 7 days, so a good mat is well worth the investment.
Additional props are also recommended for yoga sessions such as blocks/bricks for beginners. If you don’t have these, some
For meditation sessions, you will need a nice cushion/pillow to sit on and use during some of the poses and also a blanket for yoga Nidra sessions.
For fitness sessions, no special equipment will be needed, but again a good fitness/yoga mat for floor/ab work is advisable.
If you wish to join in with the bonus rebounding sessions, you will need a rebounder (mini trampoline) of some kind. If you wish to use the same Bellicon rebounder we will be using at the retreat, here’s the link: shop.juicemaster.com/collections/rebounding We appreciate these aren’t cheap, but they are the ‘Rolls Royce’ of rebounders and their quality is second to none. If your budget doesn’t allow, please check places like Amazon, John Lewis or Argos.
You must get it! You can download the FREE app from www.zoom.us or look in the app store. It’s extremely easy to understand and navigate but if you have any problems, please feel free to email the ZOOM team direct or drop an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll see if we can help.
Important: When setting up ZOOM, you MUST ensure that you enable access to your mic and video if you wish to interact throughout the course of the week.
Unfortunately, this is one area we have very little control over. In the unlikely event of a power cut (our end) or a drop-in signal (our end) we will continue to record the session and upload it to the login area of the Virtual Retreat website. We do not envisage this happening, but technology isn’t always 100% reliable and at least you have peace of mind knowing that we have a backup solution just in case.
Links for the Zoom sessions will be included in the daily schedule. Each daily schedule will be available in the members area of the website from 12 noon (GMT) the day before and will also be sent to you via email as well (always check your spam folder).
It’s completely up to you. Jason likes people to be present during talks, to ensure you absorb all the information (often when making notes you can miss things or get distracted). However, clearly, it does no harm to have a pad and a pen handy (just don’t be glued to it!)
No. The Virtual Retreat is LIVE and happens in real time (so clear your diary as you would if you were actually attending a retreat). The reason for this, is so you actually commit to the classes and talks and move through the week as a group. Jason has found that when people have a choice of ‘dipping in and out’, they can often get caught up with other things and end up missing the very experience they’ve have paid for. There is also less sense of ‘community’ if you’re all doing things at different times. Clearly, this doesn’t mean you have to attend every session and talk (often people’s schedule won’t allow it). However, we strongly advise you make time for you and attend as many of the classes and talks as possible.
The ALL-INCLUSIVE plan is entirely vegan. The DIY plan can be vegan, providing you substitute yogurt for a vegan alternative (such as soy or coconut yogurt).
NO. Most people clearly want to and it’s what we recommend as it’s your fuel after all, but don’t worry if you don’t feel like one of the juices a day. Most people consume 90% of the plan, but again don’t worry if you are down by 10/20% in terms of volume of juices/blends. Listen to your body and as long as you don’t feel hungry, it’s fine.
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No. You will need a juicer and a blender for the DIY version of the virtual retreat. For the juicer Jason recommends, please visit our website.
You certainly can. The lifespan of a juice will depend upon the type of juicer you’re using and how it’s stored. If you’re using a centrifugal (fast) juicer, some heat friction is involved in the process, which means the nutrient quality will be compromised quicker than using a slow juicer. A juice made in a centrifugal juicer will have a maximum lifespan of approx. 8-10 hours if stored in an airtight container/flask in the fridge. If you only have a fast juicer, this is more than fine providing you drink your juices in that time period and have stored them correctly.
A cold press (slow/masticating) juicer uses no heat in the process and therefore means the nutritional quality is retained for much longer. Juices made in a cold press (slow/masticating) juicer have a lifespan of approx. 72 hours if stored in an airtight container/flask in the fridge.
Soups can be made and stored in an airtight container in the fridge and usually last for a couple of days.
Want to know about freezing? Check out the ‘Can I Freeze My Juices/Soups’ question to find out about freezing your juices/soups.
You certainly can. Juices and soups can be frozen with little nutrition lost. If you want to get ahead of the game and avoid the hassle of having to juice and clean up after every juice time, we highly recommend making your juices/soups in advance and freezing. That way you get to spend less time in the kitchen during the retreat week and more time embracing the experience and treating yourself to a bit of TLC.
Different people use different methods for storing juices/soups. Some use BPA free plastic bottles/containers, glass bottles or flasks (make sure they’re suitable for freezing). Whereas others choose to use a good zip bag or similar. If using a BPA free plastic/glass bottle or flask, always remember to leave a little a gap at the top to allow for expansion.
When freezing soup, always allow it to fully cool before popping in the freezer.
Remember to allow enough time for your juice/soup to defrost. We would recommend taking the first couple of juices out of the freezer the night before (to allow enough time for them to fully defrost) and then take out the final juice and soup on the morning. If a juice/ soup has not defrosted by the time you’re ready to consume it, simply put it in some tepid water to speed up the process.
In an ideal world you would buy organic produce wherever possible. However, this isn’t always possible for everyone, as organic produce can be more expensive. So, in short, no, you don’t have to buy organic. However, if you can buy anything organic the following produce would be your top ones to choose:
If you’re buying non-organic, and concerned about the quality, you can always add a good, green powder like the Juice SOS! Veggie Boost to increase the nutritional content of your juices, but clearly this is optional.
You can use BPA free plastic bottles, glass bottles or flasks such as these.
Yes. Because produce varies so much in size, quality and freshness (particularly at different times of year) the juice yield will vary. The type of juicer you are using will also make a difference. You’re looking to consume between 420ml-500ml per serving. If your juice comes up a little short, please simply add some extra cucumber or an apple. If it is a little over, then lucky you!
Whilst these supplements are a great nutritional addition (and widely available) they are not essential to the plan. However, if you’d like to find out more, visit our website.
No. Whilst the plan and recipes for the virtual retreat are based on the 7-Day Juice Challenge app and book, it does vary slightly, so please stick to the recipes provided. However, to get the most from the week, we highly recommend watching the coaching videos on the app or reading the first 100 or so pages of the book/eBook, to help get you in the right mindset.
You Can Adjust. When on a retreat everyone is on the same time, meaning nobody is working etc. However, in the ‘real’ world, this isn’t the case and therefore this plan has been designed to allow for those working and maybe having to get up at 5am. Jason doesn’t personally have his first juice/blend until 10.30-11am, so he adjusts this plan for his lifestyle and makes it more inline with a retreat. If you wish to have your first juice between 10.30 and 11am and then have your second juice at 2pm, third at 5pm and then soup at 8pm, feel free. You don’t have to have the energy bar at 2pm or a juice at 8am, as long as the juices and soups are around 3 hours apart, then you’re good to go!
You’ll see on the schedule that we recommend having an energy bar at 2pm each day. This is of course optional, and you are more than welcome to have it whatever time works best for you.
You’re looking for a good quality, natural energy bar (such as a Juice SOS or Simply Nude Bar (find out more) or Nakd bar)
If you prefer, you can always swap your energy bar for a piece of fruit or a homemade energy ball.
Each recipe will outline if frozen produce can be used. Basically, if an ingredient is being juiced it needs to be fresh, if it’ being blended, it can be frozen.
If you are genuinely allergic to any of the ingredients in a recipe, or there’s any you can’t get hold of, then clearly leave that particular ingredient out or supplement with an alternative option. You are not going to ruin the results of a plan by changing the odd ingredient here and there. However, if it’s just a case of you not liking a certain ingredient, always give it a go first and maybe reduce the quantity. You’ll be surprised how great the recipes taste, and everything has been added for a reason, be it taste or nutrition. PLEASE aim to make the recipes as instructed. If you would still like to avoid certain ingredients in a juice recipe, please use the table below as a rough guide as to what you can use to replace a specific fruit or vegetable. The rule of thumb is to aim to replace it with something similar:
|Apple||Pear or pineapple.|
|Avocado||Banana with some Omega 3-6-9 oil|
|Beetroot||There’s nothing quite like a beetroot I’m afraid. It’s simply amazing for the blood, and you may be surprised to know that it’s actually very sweet. You could just try reducing the quantity slightly, so you can get used to the taste.|
|Celery||Courgette/Zucchini or cucumber|
|Courgette/Zucchini||Celery or cucumber|
|Ginger||Lemon, lime or spring greens|
|Kale||Chard, spinach or spring greens|
|Lemon||Lime or ginger|
|Lime||Lemon or ginger|
|Mixed berries||Banana or mango|
|Spinach||Chard, kale or spring greens|
|Turnip||Parsnip or carrot|
|Yogurt||Soy Yogurt, Coconut Yogurt etc.|
All recipes (including the soups) make 1 serving. This excludes the energy balls which makes 12 balls (and therefore 12 servings as its 1 ball per serving.).
Questions Specific To The
These will be sent out to you as part of your juice delivery.
For any questions in relation to your juice delivery, please email info@JuiceMasterDelivered.com and one of the wonderful team at Juice Master Delivered will be able to assist.
When booking for the Virtual Retreat you will be asked to confirm the delivery (or shipping) address for your Juice Plan order. You will then be able to select a preferred delivery date of the 10th or 11th March. This is not a guaranteed delivery date, but we will do our utmost to delivery on your chosen date. For queries related to your juice delivery, please contact Juice Master Delivered directly.