15 Days Juice Detox and Yoga Retreat in Lagos, Portugal

  • Moinhos Velhos, Cotifo Box, Lagos Faro, Portugal.

15 Days Juice Detox and Yoga Retreat in Lagos, Portugal

  • Moinhos Velhos, Cotifo Box, Lagos Faro, Portugal.

Detox, Meditation, and Yoga Retreat Portugal

Moinhos Velhos Detox Yoga Retreat Centre's welcomes you to this program if you wish to deepen your knowledge and experience of natural and holistic health practices and take that awareness back out into daily life. Different areas of the program will facilitate physical, mental, and emotional detoxification and purification. If you wish to detox, quit smoking or addictions, reappraise and evaluate life purpose, lose weight, get rid of stress, or achieve optimal health maintenance, this is the option for you.


  • Daily yoga classes
  • 3 fresh juices and 1 broth per day
  • 4 daily supplements to aid cleansing
  • Evening meditation and workshop sessions
  • Personal use of colonic cleansing equipment
  • 3 days supervised breaking the fast on site
  • Day trip to the beach or Lagos each week
  • Free Physiospect bio feedback session
  • 15 days with instruction
  • English
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There are various accommodation choices in Mainhos Velhos. They offer 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.

As one of the ten best detox retreats in the world as listed in The Times, January 2016, the original concept was inspired by the pioneering work of Bernard Jensen, Swami Sivananda, and Dr. Gerson, in the fields of cleansing and detoxification and was further motivated by the healing effects of yoga, meditation, fasting and alternative therapies.

Moinhos Velhos Detox Yoga Retreat Centre's comprehensive juice detox program for body, mind, and spirit is a 15-day program particularly unique. During the final 3 days, there will be a supervised breaking of the fast, gradually reintroducing specially prepared food back into your routine.

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.

At day 12 there is a supervised breaking of the fast, gradually reintroducing specially prepared meals back into your routine. This unique feature can be very beneficial, particularly for those who are concerned with re-integrating the correct food in relaxed circumstances, or those who are returning to busy lives where the time to carefully plan and prepare meals is compromised. If for any reason you break the fast before day 12, Moinhos Velhos will not be able to provide regular meals.

Daily schedule

  • 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

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 or workshop. The evening workshops can include a Biodanza movement session and a Sivananda tradition inspired fire ceremony.

Attendance to these sessions is highly recommended as 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 as they are designed to assist in your detoxification process.

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 of the 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.

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, one of world's foremost authorities 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 cleansing system, which cleanses and stimulates the lower intestine. The various treatments available five days a week assure the elimination of toxins and the balancing of your entire system.


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.

The Physiospect transfers the frequencies of a healthy organ to the client, thereby stimulating the body's 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, you can see this transformation happening.

During this retreat, you will be able to join a day trip to the beach or to Lagos each week.

  • 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 programme co-facilitator and specialises in 5 Elements Acupuncture, Dru Yoga and the Body-mind connection. Alongside managing his own yoga and acupuncture practice in London he's founder of Creative Wellness and has appeared on many media channels. He works deeply with the understanding that each of us has unique physical, mental and emotional needs to maintain our wellbeing, and his treatments reflect this – they are individually tailored within the treatment room but also promote each patient to find what they need outside the session in their lives to stay nourished and vibrant.

  • Karuna Manning

    Karuna hails from Austria, and alongside her Shiatsu practice is also an energy worker, deeksha giver and Sivananda yoga teacher. She has run her own Yoga and treatment studio in Goa, as well as previously helping direct retreats here at Moinhos Velhos.

  • Ines Oelgemoller

    Ines is from Germany and offers foot reflexology, chiropody and Bach flower remedies. She has worked at Moinhos Velhos for many years with an ever-deepening holistic knowledge, and one of her special passions is to listen to and study wildlife – absorbing herself in collecting wild herbs and getting a deeper understanding for herbal medicine. Her intention is to create a healing space for you where you can relax, restore energy and gain from a good feeling by allowing the miraculous human organism to find it’s own path to true health.

  • Trevor Worman

    Trevor practices various forms of Light Touch Therapy. He is a qualified teacher of Spinal Touch Therapy and Orthobionomy and has been a member of the Bowen Research Group and Served on the Council of The Association of Light Touch Therapists. Dependent upon individual problems or requirements, he may use any of the above techniques.

  • 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 located in a secluded valley by the Barragem da Bravura; on the Algarve coast in Portugal. Away from the popular tourist areas, they have 16 hectares in an area of several thousand hectares of natural beauty and which is a protected area.

Nearby places

  • Beach - 20 minutes
  • Faro Airport (FAO) - 1 hour
  • Lagos, 14 kilometers - 15 minutes

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.

On Saturday evening, you will have a vegetable soup and start your 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.

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.

Additional to your included treatments, you can book optional therapy sessions at an additional cost. The treatment costs start at 65 EUR per session. 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.


  • Acupuncture
  • Allergy testing
  • Bach flower essences
  • Bio resonance therapy
  • Bowen therapy
  • Chinese herbal medicine
  • Cranio-sacral
  • Deep tissue massage
  • Herbal stamp
  • Ion cleanse foot detox
  • Lymph drainage massage
  • Magnet bed
  • Massage
  • Physiospect
  • Reconnective healing
  • Reflexology
  • Reiki
  • Shiatsu
  • Spinal touch
  • Swedish massage
  • Thai yoga massage
  • Zapping
  • 1 day trip to the beach or to Lagos each week
  • 1 foot detox treatment
  • 1 physiospect analyses
  • 14 nights accommodation
  • All juices and broths
  • Daily yoga class
  • Evening meditation sessions
  • Initial health check-up
  • Internet access
  • Lemon water and herbal teas, which you can take freely all day
  • Personal use of colonic cleansing equipment
  • 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
  • Additional therapy sessions
  • Airport transfer
  • Boutique items
  • Essential toiletries
  • Spa treatments

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flights to Faro Airport (FAO). Transfer from and to Faro Airport (FAO) is available upon request. 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.

Airport transfers from and to Faro Airport (FAO) is available on request. If you would like Moinhos Velhos to pick you up at Faro Airport, please advise them your flight number and the time of your arrival and they will be there to meet you. A single ride costs 78 EUR per person whereas shared rides cost 45 EUR per person for two people and 35 EUR per person for three or more people.

Arrival by train

If you like to travel by train, you can take a taxi from Faro Airport (FAO) to Faro train station at the cost of 8 EUR. The train from Faro train station to Lagos costs about 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 about 15 EUR.

Arrival by taxi

You can take a taxi from Faro Airport (FAO) to the retreat center with a cost of 100 to 125 EUR one way.


  • Review by Anna Laing from United Kingdom
    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 United States

    "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 United States

    "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 United Kingdom

    "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 United States
    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 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 United Kingdom

    "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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