The We Care Spa is a great place to go for a cleanse. This was just my third visit there in 20 years. I did the eight day/seven night cleanse and highly recommend it---hard as it might be to hold in there for eight days. I was amazed the result of what happened in the colonic in day seven---more than in the previous days, so much so that I added a final colonic on check out day. I have done the weekend cleanse there but that's more a tune up, helpful as it is (helped by really keeping the three and four days prior to your weekend to fruits and vegetables). I also did the liver cleanse too which you can easily add.
The folks who do the colonics are great. Couldn't recommend them more highly.
As far as the drinks and teas and protein mixes, supplements, (breakfast/lunch and dinner) you do them yourself...unlike some spas, no one here does it for you. You are given a pouch when you come with all that you will need for your stay and you use this as a stay throughout the treatment, supplement in their kitchen by protein powders, detox powders, detox mixes, teas, etc. plus a light soup at night.
What is also great about WeCare is the people who go there----amazing people from all walks of life from all over the world. When you're detoxing, you're a community, and trying to detox by yourself is hard, but in a community setting, it's much easier and it's hard at We Care not to meet interesting people that will make your stay go faster and be more fun.
We Care is situated on a large piece of property in Desert Hot Springs CA. If you love the desert, you should love the property and there are walking paths there for meditation, etc. etc. Of course, it's hotter than heck in the summer but I love the desert so I can work around that. And if you yearn for a bit of civilisation, you can be in downtown Palm Springs in 20 minutes (in fact I'd recommend going in for walking street night on Thursday in downtown Palm Springs)..
You can do yoga every morning, sometimes preceded by walks. And they offer different kinds of classes and lectures each day.
And there are some interesting talks and demonstrations. I particularly loved the cooking demonstration that Brigette does---showing the miracles of the Vita Mix, etc. etc. Two people led the cooking demonstration the week I was there but Brigettes was by far the most fun and interesting---try to catch hers if you can if you are there for the full eight days.
Like most places, some rooms are better than others. I had a room in the "Colony" which was very nice and had a great bed and super linens.
Although not billed as a weight loss center, I lost 14 pounds in my week at We Care (I'm a man---apparently men lose more).
And is it expensive? Yes, but you know that going in. I also go to a cleansing center overseas in Thailand and for the same price as a week at We Care, I can fly to Thailand, take a boat to a wonderful fasting center on a gorgeous island called Koh Phangan situated on a fantasy stretch of white beach, and do a weeks cleanse and fly back all for the same price----but is it as good as getting colonics from the folks at We Care? No. Not the colonic part. In fact, you do the colonics yourself. Ouch. Is it effective, yes, but We Care does offer fantastic services, even though the massage prices are definitely high and those add ons can add a lot to your bill above your base rate (one of the reasons I cannot give it a five star rating for value).
For what it's worth, I did do one cleanse one year at WeCare and stayed off site and came every day---but it's much nicer to live onsite and makes for better camaraderie versus coming and going.
And I do recommend trying to hold out for the eight day cleanse---or even the six day cleanse----the results are dramatically more effective, although the weekend can certainly set your mind straight again and purge you from some and habits and can only help. But you can also do a cleanse that ends on a Friday instead of a Sunday.
All in all, a great experience and I've left and have held onto my lessons, whether it be about what to eat, and how to eat, etc. and will return.
Note that sometime in 2016 they are probably going to go into construction mode (now there are 17 rooms I believe and they are going to double this---so you may want to inquire about this if you are sensitive to noise)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We Care Spa is a Holistic Health Spa & Retreat providing unique educational programs & treatments, designed for personal transformation for the care of human beings, enhancing mind, body & spirit, in a serene desert oasis. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- We Care Hotel Desert Hot Springs