We Care Spa has long been whispered about, as intimidating as it is seductive. For years, devotees, including star-studded types like Tom Ford, Heidi Klum, Joaquin Phoenix, Cameron Diaz and Andie McDowell, have embraced his signature detox program, which involves juice feedings and daily colonics. , despite the decidedly earthy accommodations of the retreat. Now, We care emerged from a major renovation, with luxury villas, a new swimming pool, private saunas and elevated treatments. Below, Bruce Bozzi—restaurant royalty and now booze entrepreneur—rrecounts his first experience in this legendary place and how he learned to stop worrying and love the settlers.
“I had heard a lot about We Care from Matt Bomer, who is a close friend of mine. He had been going there for years. I knew it was this old-fashioned rustic place in the middle of the desert where a lot of stars from Hollywood would come and go in prep for awards season to sort of clean up, and that involved not eating and not doing colons for five days I found that daunting, but with Covid and all that is happening, I felt I had to restart my whole system, so I finally went last April, they had just upgraded the facilities, and it’s still no frills – no food, no drinks. alcohol – but there’s a nice pool, and it’s very comforting and welcoming.
The first two days are difficult. You don’t have much energy. You get some soup in the evening – in, say, a Dixie cup – and you take supplements. On the third day, suddenly, everything changes. I woke up at 4am feeling like I could run a marathon, even though I hadn’t eaten anything. It was amazing. Susanna [Belen, who founded We Care in 1986] is a true pioneer. She is now over 80 and she was ahead of her time in understanding the importance of gut health. She teaches you so much.
I just launched a new brand of alcohol in January called Mujen – it’s a great buzz, but it’s carb-free, gluten-free, and sugar-free. It’s made from the best water and rice – one of my takeaways from We Care was that detox can help you reintegrate into your life to detox in a new, more mindful way. You should enjoy your life and you want to live long and be healthy so you have to be smart about what you put in your body.
You can lean or step away from what you’re doing there. You can go to classes and bonfires and common things, or you can just stay in your room and read. Andie MacDowell was there when I was there, and she shines inside and out. She’s really blue We Care, like a lot of people who come back every year, and now I get it. The big surprise for me was not so much the physical part as the emotional part. It gave me a chance to process the things I was facing and let go. It’s a luxurious thing to be able to take the time to completely shut down everything that’s going on in your life, shut up, and reset. It changes you. It sounds a bit hokey, but it really is.”
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