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11 Days Detox Juice Fasting and Yoga Retreat in Portugal

  • Moinhos Velhos, Cotifo Box 951F, Lagos 8600-077, Portugal.

Overview

Portugal Yoga Retreat

One of the Ten best Detox Retreats in the world. (Sunday Times January 2016) The original concept, inspired by the works of Bernard Jensen, Swami Sivananda, and Dr. Gerson, motivated by the healing effect of yoga, meditation, fasting and alternative therapies, was the creation of a detox and juice fasting program for body, mind, concept as spirit, physical, mental and emotional detoxification and purification. People come from all over the world to participate. Whatever your reason for doing a detox fasting program, lose weight, detox,quit smoking, reappraise and evaluate your life, get rid of stress, relationships Moinhos Velhos is here for you.

Highlights

  • Daily yoga sessions
  • Evening meditation sessions
  • Detox and fasting complete treatments
  • Personal use of colonic cleansing equipment
  • Day trip to the beach or Lagos each week
  • Free lemon water and herbal tea all day
  • Free Phisiospect bio feedback session
  • 10 nights accommodation
  • Initial health checkup
  • 10 days with instruction
  • English
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There are various accommodation choices. A mixture of shared and single cottages, rooms and cabins with an attached bathroom. An individual patio, relaxation or reading area adjoin each room. All rooms have wi-fi connection except the yoga room. In the main house, there is a central computer for internet access. The central clinic building houses the treatment rooms, the QRS magnet healing bed, foot detox equipment, zapping equipment, a relaxation area, and a small library.

You will have a vegetable soup on Saturday evening then you will be fasting from Sunday morning onwards. The juice program is a simple juice diet with various supplements to assist your body with the detoxification process, and to push toxins out of your digestive system. At all times, Moinhos Velhos will provide lemon water and herbal teas which you can take freely. If for any reason you break the fast early, Moinhos Velhos will not be able to provide regular meals during the fasting programs.

Daily program

  • 07:00 Wake up
  • 07:30 Lemon tea
  • 08:00 Yoga
  • 10:00 Orange juice
  • 13:00 Fruit juice or vegetable juice
  • 16:00 Vegetable juice
  • 19:00 Mixed vegetable broth which contains lots of minerals
  • 20:00 Meditation
  • 20:30 Free time and other activities
  • Clysmatic personal colonics used twice a day

Juice fasting

According to the purists, this program is not a real fast, as you will take fruit and vegetable juices as well as vegetable broth along with herbs, vitamins, minerals, etc. To the purists, fasting means only water.

However, a Swedish doctor, Ragnar Berg, Moinhos Velhos world's foremost authority on nutrition and biochemistry, stated that during fasting, the body burns up and excretes huge amounts of accumulated wastes.

You can help this process by drinking alkaline juices instead of water. Juice fasting is therefore the very best form of fasting. Furthermore, you will cleanse the entire gastrointestinal tract with the herbs and the Clysmatic (a gravity type colonic) cleanses and stimulates the lower intestine.

The various treatments avaiable five days a week assures the elimination of toxins and the balancing of your entire system. The sauna cleanses through the skin, and the yoga and meditation facilitates the purification of the mind and the spirit. All of this in a most serene and pure setting.

Therapies

On the first morning, a schedule is open to make your therapy reservations. Moinhos Velhos will also show you how to use the clysmatic, a gentle colonic cleansing system you administer yourself in the privacy of your bathroom.

Exercise, meditation, and relaxation

Each morning at 08:00, there will be a meditation and yoga session while every evening, there will be a meditation session. Attendance to both of these is highly recommended as these are designed to assist in your detoxification process.

During the detoxification process, blockages and tensions held in the physical, mental, and emotional levels of the body are released. These practices help you to let go of them, to relax properly, and to sleep more comfortably.

During the day, you can relax, swim, have a therapy session, explore, and walk around the area and even help out in the organic gardens. There is a collection of videos and DVDs of related subjects and movies to watch. On alternate days, the sauna is on in the early evening. The hot tub is on every day.

Fasting and yoga

The combination of gentle moving, stretching, and twisting together with deep breathing, speeds up the detox process. The lymph and blood transporting the released toxins are pumped through the body at a faster rate, improving drainage of toxins and speeding up the elimination process. The state of relaxation brought about by yoga causes the healing, restorative parasympathetic nervous system to take over from the autonomic nervous system. Then, the body starts to clean and heal itself.

The practice of yoga helps boost energy levels, as you take in and store abundant amounts of prana (energy) whilst holding postures and doing pranayama. The more you detox, the clearer the energy channels become, and the greater the effects of the yoga practice. Not only is this highly beneficial both short term and long term, but it also makes the detox process easier and a lot more enjoyable. You feel psychologically uplifted, and the mind is strengthened to carry on. It also gives you a clear indication of the energetic effects of yoga.

Physiospect

This cutting edge diagnostic and therapy unit of the future comes from Russia. The Physiospect is an NLS biofeedback system, connected to a computer that can diagnose and treat almost every known pathological condition, disease and illnesses, even before there are any physical symptoms. The Physiospect will determine the stress level of all organs and systems. It can select the most appropriate allopathic and homeopathic remedies, as well as suitable foods, herbal and nutritional remedies, and can identify emotional and physiological issues.

The Physiospect provides the therapist with the most unique tool for scanning the various organs and systems of the physical body without having to make a medical or surgical intrusion. As a preventive tool, the Physiospect is unique as it can detect a problem before there are any physical symptoms. With the Meta Therapy the process can be reversed and illness prevented. But please be aware that the Physiospect as such does not heal, nor does it claim to heal.

The Physiospect transfers the frequencies of a healthy organ to the client, thereby stimulating the bodys immune system to heal, which the body is programmed to do. There is nothing new about this concept, it has been around for eons, going back to the ancient acupuncture system, and more recently with the Tesla coils and the Reef frequencies. With the advent of the modern computers, the Russian scientists were able to create a computer program to stimulate the healing process. On the computer screen, the client can see this transformation happening.

Course information

This retreat is also available as an 8 or 15 days program.

For more information on the different length programs please send an inquiry to Moinhos Velhos Detox Yoga Retreat Centre.

Each week, one day is allotted where you will have an outing depending on the weather. The destination will either be to Lagos or to one of the beautiful local Algarve beaches.

Guests for the 11 day program will also visit the Salt Cave in Lagos, which is especially therapeutic for the respiratory system.

  • Janni Jensen

    Janni is a Sivananda yoga teacher. She has a background in traditional medicine. She is a physiospect practitioner and a re-connection therapist. Together with Frank, she facilitated the yoga, fasting, and detox programs for several years at the Sivananda Ashrams in Canada and India. She is one of the main facilitators for the current Moinhos Velhos programs.

  • Anne Karine Moss

    Anne Karine is a three-in-one facilitator and one of the co-founders of Moinhos Velhos. She is a Sivananada yoga teacher and has studied with a German Heilpraktiker school (naturopathic practitioner). Her specialty is bio-resonance therapy and nutrition. She is also a physiospect and introspect therapist, but is now partly retired. You will usually find her either in the greenhouse or in the garden.

  • Frank Jensen

    Frank is one of the co-founders of Moinhos Velhos. He is a Sivananda yoga teacher. He studied with a German Heilpraktiker school and his specialty is kinesiology. He is an international Touch for Health instructor, a Three-in-One facilitator, educational Kinesiology instructor, professional health provider (PHP), and a physiospect consultant and trainer. Frank is partially retired from the daily operation of Moinhos Velhos, but is still a n active physiospect consultant and maintains the Moinhos Velhos website.

  • Richard Brook

    Richard is a yoga teacher and acupuncturist. He also facilities meditation and various workshops at Moinhos Velhos. He is the founder of Richard Brook Acupuncture and Creative Yoga, London.

  • Karuna Manning

    Karuna is a Sivananda yoga teacher. Her specialty is shiatsu.

  • Innes

    Innes has been with Moinhos Velhos for many years. She practices reflexology and Bach flower remedies.

  • Trevor Worman

    Trevor offers his years of experience with the Bowen technique, spinal touch therapy, and Ortho-Bionomy.

  • Beatrix Denneborg

    Beatrix is originally from Austria and has been living in Portugal for the past 20 years. She has worked at Moinhos Velhos for 15 years; as a Swedish deep tissue massage therapist for the first six years and, since 2005, she has been a full-time therapist. She practices the body therapies of relaxation and remedial massage, sacrio-cranial massage, spinal touch, herbal stamp, allergy testing, and meridian face. Trixie is also a trainer in massage. She runs courses in Algarve. She is a teacher of the Mayan calendar and runs the bio-dance sessions at Moinhos Velhos during the fasting programs.

  • 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.

Moinhos Velhos is a secluded valley near the Barragem da Bravura. It is close to Lagos, on the Algarve coast in Portugal. Algarve is a well known region of Portugal with a laid back lifestyle. The western Algarve is perfect to unwind and recharge with some deserved rest and recuperation, explore the fantastic culture, and unspoiled countryside that still retains its natural charm.

Travelling just half an hour from either the south or west coast up through the countryside to the Monchique mountain at 1000 meters, the whole area is speckled with small villages and towns with one foot in past.

Away from the popular tourist areas, Moinhos Velhos lays on 16 hectares (40 acres) in an area of several thousand hectares of natural beauty. It is a protected area where you will wake up to the songs of the birds in the morning, and retire with the silence of the stars at night.

Activities
  • Hot tub / Jacuzzi
  • Massage
  • Mountain walking / trekking nearby
  • Sauna
  • Swimming pool
General
  • Beach nearby
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Multilingual staff
  • Smoke-free property
  • Terrace
  • Yoga shala
Services
  • Internet access
  • Library

No food will be given during this fasting detox retreat. However, you will not feel hungry as you will receive direct nutrition from the juices, and in addition to the powders and herbal pills taken to eliminate toxins, you will receive supplements to keep your energy level up. As a matter of fact, after a few days, you will probably feel more energetic than you have in ages.

Things to do

In between the juices-broth, there is time for the guests to experience the various therapies that are available. Or take a walk along the dam in the peaceful nature.

As extra treatments, Moinhos Velhos offers Swedish massage, lymph drainage massage, Thai yoga massage, sacro cranial therapy, bio resonance therapy, reflexology, healing, Reiki, acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, Shiatsu, physiospect, and re-connection healing. The cost for the extra treatments is from 65 EUR per session.

  • 10 nights accommodation
  • All juices and broths
  • Daily yoga class
  • Day trip to the beach or Lagos each week
  • Evening meditation sessions
  • Foot detox treatment
  • Initial health check-up
  • Internet access
  • Lemon water and herbal teas which you can take freely all day
  • Personal use of colonic cleansing equipment
  • Physiospect analyses
  • Pills, powders, and other supplements
  • Use of Finnish style sauna and California style hot tub
  • Use of QRS - magnet healing bed
  • Use of salt water swimming pool
  • Use of zapper / parasite elimination equipment
  • Boutique items, essential toiletries, books, and jewelry
  • Airport transfer
  • Spa treatments

Arrival by airplane

The nearest airport is Faro Airport (FAO). Faro is an international airport with direct flights to most major European cities. For those cities that do not have a direct flight, connection is made at Lisbon.

Arrival by train

If you like to travel by train, you can take a taxi from the airport to Faro train station at the cost of 8 EUR. Train from Faro train station to Lagos costs from 7.50 EUR per person one way. From Lagos, Moinhos Velhos can pick you up for free or if you want to take a taxi from Lagos, it will cost from 15 EUR.

Arrival by taxi

You can take a taxi from the airport to the retreat center with the cost from 100 - 125 EUR one way.

Distances

  • Faro Airport (FAO) - 1 hour
  • Lagos - 15 minutes
For information about the booking conditions, please send Moinhos Velhos Detox Yoga Retreat Centre an inquiry.
  • Review by Anna Laing from Edinburgh, UK
    10 out of 10

    "Having spent the last 13 years cleansing and fasting in the same resort in Thailand I was both excited and a little bit nervous about going to Moinhos Velhos and trying something new. It is safe to say any anxieties I had were completely and truly unfounded. From the minute I arrived with my mother, (we were the latest arrivals with all of the other fasters safely tucked up in bed) we were met with total and genuine hospitality by Mel, the manager, and enjoyed our last meal of a fab vegetable soup. To be honest, I could wax lyrical for as long as I've got about this place but I'll try to do a little summary for anyone who is thinking about coming."

    "Accommodation: wow! We stayed in one of the cottages which is essentially a beautiful wooden chalet; it felt like we were in the Swiss Alps. It had very comfortable beds, lovely touches, such as a pellet burning stove, perfect in the chillier month of February, and it was impeccably clean. "

    "Morning yoga and evening meditation: As a disclaimer, I hate yoga and meditation and avoided it every single day of previous fasts. This time was different. The yoga is completely inclusive and fun. You can't bend your legs over your head? So what? It's about being part of it and an amazing start to the morning. Evening meditation was absolutely epic. I laughed, I cried, and I even slept through some of it but I always went away feeling as chilled as if I've had an elusive cheeky G and T."

    "The program itself: this was what made the difference for me. It is unbelievably well run. It is structured so your days are always full but that you never feel part of an army bootcamp. It was the first time during a fast that I thought that time was passing too quickly. The juices are amazing and change through the day and the week. The day ends with the group sitting down for the evening meal of strained vegetable broth, with all of the fasters and the team members, who are taking evening meditation. It just adds to the resounding feeling of community that fills the place. I can highly recommend the piri piri sauce that you can flavor your broth with. "

    "The team, treatments, and facilities: There was so much to do at Moinhos Velhos I didn't have enough time but I certainly tried my best. All of the staff and volunteers embody the ethos of the place and that filters through to create an amazing atmosphere. Everyone is clearly working ridiculously hard but there are always plenty of people on hand if you want a quick chat or advice about anything. There is a huge outdoor pool, hot tub, and sauna. Hugely recommend going straight from sauna to outdoor pool if you want to get your circulation going! "

    "Overall: this is the longest review I have ever written and I could have gone on for ages. Probably, the easiest way to sum it all up is that the day after I arrived back in the UK, I emailed Mel to book onto another fast. So, if you're thinking about coming in August, then I'll see you there."

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  • Review by Venetia P. from San Fransico, USA

    "I went for a ten-day juice and body cleanse. I can't it recommend enough. I got into my body in a way I never had, I relaxed fully, and cleaned my belly. My bowels (months later now) have never been more regular. The staff is outstanding, the juice is fresh and the grounds are immaculate. Do yourself a favor and treat yourself and your body to this very necessary cleanse. Get yourself some treatments with the amazing healers and go deeper than you knew possible. I can't recommend this highly enough and will be going back again and again. "

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  • Review by Ilona T.

    "Being at Moinhos, doing the cleanse, living there, and getting to know the people working there was a true blessing. Not only did we clean our bodies, but our minds and our emotions. The environment was carefully taken care of. The pool had some flies in it sometimes but if we asked, somebody would remove them, so really it wasn't a big deal. We both thought the beds were uncomfortable; this is not a luxury experience, but rather an experience of the soul, mind, and body but it would be awesome with a little bit comfier mattresses. The people taking care of our fast and visit were nurturing, giving, helpful, and respectful; we loved them. The juices were good and the body treatments were excellent. And, as we speak, we are planning our visit back! Funny thing is that we are two girls who happened to meet at Moinhos and became best friends and now one of us is visiting the other in Sweden. So, really, it is the blessing at Moinhos in real life. We received tools for life, for our health, and well being. Thank you Moinhos Velhos for everything you have done! We cannot wait to see you again. We love you!"

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  • Review by Joseph P. from New York, USA

    "I traveled from the United States to attend the juice detox program at Moinhos Velhos in 2001 and in 2015. I cannot say enough nice things about the program itself, the beautiful secluded location, the founders and staff, and even the people who are attracted to attend."

    "Participation in the program made me feel like a new person by instilling clear thinking, peaceful thoughts, realigning me back to nature, and detoxing my body, mind, and spirit."

    "I developed my skills at yoga, at my own pace and skill level, with the help and guidance of expert instructors. I enjoyed the nature walks, salt water pool, sauna and hot tub as well as many therapies they offer. This is not just a vacation. It is a life experience. I will certainly visit again."

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  • Review by a traveler from Warrington, UK

    "Gorgeous rural retreat, tucked away in a valley of beautiful surroundings, with the smell of eucalyptus, the sun setting, bright fruits, and plenty of flowers; it is impossible not to feel relaxed here. The Barragem is just a 10-minute walk away, where you can swim in the lake or simply take a walk. The pool area is for you and you can take a book from the extensive library! Hot tub, sauna, homegrown fruits and vegetables, peaceful yoga temple, and wonderful staff; what more could you want? This is not a 5-star luxury accommodation, rather a cozy and clean rural setting, with cottages and cabins with private bathrooms."

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  • Review by Sandy

    "I had the joyful experience of staying at Moinhos Velhos in August, for a juice detox, for 7 nights. The yoga classes were fantastic and I managed the shoulder stand, with Jacky's help, at the end of my stay! I threw myself into as many treatments as possible. I would definitely recommend reflexology with Inis. She was amazing in being able to tap into your soul and has a beautiful soul. After my stay, I felt that I was reborn and would recommend anyone to experience the holistic pleasures of Moinhos Velhos. Be prepared for rustic rooms as it is not a five-star accommodation but, on a spiritual scale, this place is off the charts"

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  • Review by a traveler from Montana, USA
    10 out of 10

    "Tonight is my last night of my two week juice fast at Moinhos Velhos. I feel healthy and energized. I’ve been drinking only juice and vegetable broth for two weeks and I never felt hungry. Moinhos Velhos is the perfect spot for a practical, busy Mom to get two weeks of peace and quiet, give her body a reboot, and lose a few pounds (more than a few) in the process. I feel better, look better, my skin is fabulous, and I’m ready to head back to life! "

    "Frank, Anne Karine, and Janni are so knowledgeable and helpful but in a warm, quiet, confident, helpful way. There is no big production here, no attempt to sell you on a lifestyle; no faux medical setting. They approach fasting as a simple and natural process, not as a medical event."

    "It is a beautiful place and the gardens are amazing, I wish I could have them at home. All the buildings and facilities are comfortable and clean. Everyone is very welcoming. I also received additional treatments of massage, acupuncture, and reflexology from very pleasant and competent therapists. I enjoyed yoga classes, sat in on meditation, and also enjoyed the sauna, hot tub and pool. Go to Moinhos Velhos if you can, you will be very glad you did."

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  • Review by Matthew A. from Chiang Mai, Thailand

    "I was here for 2 weeks and had a wonderful time. Soon after my arrival, I really felt the divine and sacred energies of this place. Moinhos Velhos is on the hillsides of the Algarve, a beautiful valley buried in nature. It was so nice to stop ever so often and just listen to the pure sounds of nature, without any mechanical interruptions. For me, it was the little things like this, which made up such a rejuvenating and peaceful experience. Everyone I met here was so welcoming, kind, and loving. Wonderful people! Thank you for hosting me and providing an experience I will never forget! "

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  • Review by a traveler

    "Moinhos Velhos is truly a little paradise for connecting with mother nature and all her great diversity. Away from the noises of civilization, this is a magical place for a respite and an abundance of adventures and experiences. The grounds offer a virtual extravaganza of trees, shrubs, and plants. There are over 25 fruit tree varieties alone. The terrain is physically challenging and offers days worth of walks and discoveries. The temple, health clinic, salt water swimming pool, hot tub, and sauna all support a true "get away from it all and enjoy yourself" opportunity. There is an ever changing group of people from the international community and Gaia supports and gives what each one of us needs here, while sharing her beauty. We are all healing together now and this is a great place to have a memorable, often life changing, experience for yourself, with some very friendly support. "

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  • Review by Harriet from UK

    "I hope everyone is still feeling fabulous. I have managed to stay off the fags and have kept the weight off (exactly a stone) although, it's time to really go for it and lose the next one now! It has been less than a month since we left Moinhos Velhos but it already feels like quite a distant memory to me.I realize that now we are back in civilized world there are certain taboos, but quite frankly I've missed our talks! When I went to Glasgow for my colonic, the practitioner said she'd never seen a colon as clean as mine! There was absolutely nothing in there; hardly even changed the color of the water as it came out. I was glowing with pride! I really must stop boasting, its just that I have had no one to share this with! I hope Hazel's appointment went well. Lots of love to you all, or love and light as I've taken to saying."

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  • Review by Leon

    "The oasis you both created here has been the ideal place for me to do my yearly fasts. I have been fasting for many years on different programs and different places, but the program you both developed gives excellent results. As long as I will be able to come to your place, I'll come and stay with you. I have just finished my third detox program at Moinhos Velhos and feel rejuvenated and clear minded, ready to start my busy life again. Thanks to you, both."

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  • Review by Caroline

    "Our stay at Moinhos Velhos was a time to heal body and soul. Crystal light penetrated into the shadow of our being, opening the way back into balance and harmony. We thank Frank and Anne Karine for their support and I thank my higher self who guided me here to rediscover a paradise lost!"

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Lagos, Portugal

Moinhos Velhos offers juice fasting programs, with daily yoga and meditation, to rejuvenate body, mind, and spirit.

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11 days / 10 nights

Custom dates

This vacation is also available on other dates, please select an arrival date below.

This vacation is also available as an 8 or 15 days program.

For more information on availability please send an inquiry to Moinhos Velhos Detox Yoga Retreat Centre.

Low season

  • October- March

High Season

  • April-June

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