Moinhos Velhos offers juice fasting detox programs with daily yoga and meditation, colon cleansing, pool and sauna to rejuvenate your body, mind, and spirit.
Yoga Retreats (2)
Chris Lloyd Pack
Chris and Karen are originally from England and have been living here in Portugal for many years. Both are qualified Sivananda yoga teachers. They both studied in Kerala, India, while they also facilitated of Moinhos Velhos fasting programs during the off season. Chris became holistic in 1971 after being referred to a naturopath and later being introduced to a faith healer. He has had some wonderful teachers, one being the late Jack Temple, a renowned dowser and healer as well as a pioneer organic farmer. Jack was able to introduce Chris to dowsing and the benefits of organic gardening.
Debbie is one of the yoga teachers and facilitators. After working 11 years as a nurse in a Dutch hospital, she started to develop more interest in alternative ways to heal the body and mind. After leaving the Netherlands and traveling for 2 years through Asia, she arrived together with her husband, Ed in 2016. In 2017, Debby got her a scholarship for the Sivananda yoga teacher training in India. After successfully completing the training, Debby has been teaching yoga and giving meditation classes here at Moinhos Velhos for the past 2 years.
Ed arrived together with his wife, Debby in 2016 at Moinhos Velhos. Originally from the Netherlands after traveling for 2 years through Asia, they have now settled in Portugal. Ed is part of the facilitation team as a nutritionist. He uses an evidence-based approach to cut through the confusion about nutrition and will give you advice that’s firmly rooted in science. He has previously worked as a plant-based chef in a restaurant and can thus provide you with lots of tips and ideas for a healthier diet. He as well studied Thai massage in Thailand and gives treatments.
Karen Lloyd Pack
Sivananda Hatha Yoga instructor Karen is one of our Yoga teachers and facilitators, she has 15 experience here at Moinhos Velhos helping support and guide our clients through all aspects of the Juice Fasting programme. ‘Regular cleaning of the body is essential for good health, shining from the inside out’. Karen believes in empowering ourselves and others and works for the benefit of all. Karen is also a trained Martin Brothman Foundation Chakra Healer and a keen organic gardener. With her husband Chris, Karen co-facilitates the Juice Fasting programmes in the Sivanada Ashrams in India
Richard has over 20yrs experience in wellness and specialises in 5 Elements acupuncture, Dru yoga, wellness coaching and the Environment-Body-Mind connection. He began at Moinhos in 2014 and is passionate about understanding and creating what you need to have a successful life – measured from the deepest level of your own perception, not through achieving in the eyes of others! He previously developed his Creative Yoga brand into one of London’s most unique projects and has a successful corporate branch to his business, designing wellness programmes. His first book will be published in 2020!
from Israel, December 2020
The ease and joy that emanates from this magical place is contagious. I felt free to be me, alone or social, as I like. The facilitators were excellent and clearly walk their talk with integrity and authenticity. I highly recommend this retreat and I look forward to returning. Big love!
from Portugal, December 2020
Actually everything - even the rainy weather was very symbolicly - all the instructions running Moinhos velhos are extremly and authenthically friendly,helpful, supportive, knowledgeable and just adorable. I LOVE(D) IT and certainly come back to this place again. It was indeed really easy to follow the detox-week, being busy with drinking juice/tea/water/soup, talking, doing yoga, taking massage, zapping, clymaxing..-), meditation, sauna, walks, laughters... time just run out..-) thank you to all of you there putting your whole and heartly engagement in this wonderful job. Big hugs (even in time of Corona...-), Ursula
from France, March 2020
Peacefull place, with good installation (swiming pool, sauna, jaccuzi)
Some nice walk to have arount in the country or to the sea.
The team is disponible, give good advice and give a good coaching.
Yoga coach help you to improve yourself.
It's a realy good break with a well thinking program. That i recomande it!
from Luxembourg, March 2020
"Surprise and delight"
Delightful location with lush green hills, gardens, pleasant walks, buildings that fitted the rural setting, pure delicious water, facilities such as swimming pool, sauna, hot tub, temple, clinic with a fascinating library, delicious freshly-made juices, excellent yoga instructors each morning, and health practitioners with genuine expertise and a variety of interesting healing techniques that were instructive and seem to have worked for me. I was pleasantly surprised, for example, to find the amazing Physioscope in use (I'd just been introduced to one in my home town - the first I'd ever encountered) and other techniques I hadn't expected on a detox retreat. All this and excellent staff support throughout. A very congenial group of people during the week was another fortunate highlight. Greatly to be recommended if you are interested in health. Be prepared for some steep hills within the property and some challenging yoga workouts (although the instructors are all charming, flexible and helpful, so you don't need to be super-fit from the start: you will certainly feel fitter by the end of the week!).
The approach to healthy eating at Moinhos Velhos is vegan, but having some (sadly not all) staff pleasantly open to nutritious non-vegan foods (outside the retreat) was very welcome. We had some great and amusing discussions during the week.
from Canada, March 2020
"Brilliantly Developed Detox Program "
There wasn’t much not to like on this retreat. I have attended many yoga and meditation retreats and I can honestly say this was one of the best. The quality of instruction and shared teachings and knowledge from the varied backgrounds of the staff is superb. Every niche seems to be covered by one member or another. You feel very cared for and held. The program is very well researched and delivered confidently with nutrition and detox knowledge by their nutritionist and other members. The holistic treatments offered widely vary and you can choose the support that fits you best. I particularly loved Richards acupunture and his 5 element approach and sharing of how it works on the many layers of our being. I found after my sessions with him many dreams that seemed to deliver “aha” moments and give me greater insight and wisdom into my life and left me feeling like my heart was more open or less in protection. The whole program together I feel created an opening that just yoga and meditation alone seemed not to do in past retreats. There is something magic about blending the juice detox and that sense of being cleaned out that opened my wisdom vision in a clearer way and I left feeling more flexible than I had in a couple of years and that remains till today. The breath practices everyday also helped cleanse and my sinuses and respiratory system feel much clearer now. The place is also gorgeous and I highly recommended sitting near the lake fir it’s peaceful stillness
from Ireland, September 2019