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22 Days Detox Juice Fasting and Yoga Retreat in Portugal

Detox, Meditation, and Yoga Retreat Portugal

One of the ten best detox retreats in the world as listed in The Times, January 2016. Detox and purificate in the most serene and pure setting. During this retreat, you will effect a total detox and purification on all levels; physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. By drinking alkaline juices, you will experience the best form of fasting, helping the body burn up and excrete the huge amount of accumulated wastes. Yoga and meditation will facilitate the purification of the mind and the spirit and you will leave felling better than ever!

Retreat highlights

  • Daily yoga sessions
  • Initial health checkup
  • Evening meditation sessions
  • Detox and fasting complete juices and treatments
  • Personal use of colonic cleansing equipment
  • Trip to the beach or to Lagos each week
  • Phisiospect bio feedback session
  • 10 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner

Yoga styles

22 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: 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.

Moinhos Velhos Yoga Retreat Portugal Program

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 and, 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.

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, 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 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, the client can see this transformation happening.

Included excursions

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.

Retreat location

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



  • Hot tub / Jacuzzi
  • Massage
  • Mountain walking / trekking nearby
  • Sauna
  • Swimming pool


  • Beach nearby
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Multilingual staff
  • Smoke-free property
  • Terrace
  • Yoga shala


  • Free Wi-Fi
  • 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.

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.

Things to do (optional)

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.

Spa treatments

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

What's included

  • 1 day trip to the beach or to Lagos each week
  • 1 foot detox treatment
  • 1 physiospect analyses
  • 21 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

What's not included

  • Additional therapy sessions
  • Airport transfer
  • Boutique items
  • Essential toiletries
  • Spa treatments

How to get there

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. If you would like Moinhos Velhos to pick you up at Faro Airport (FAO), please advise them of your flight number and the time of your arrival and they will be there to meet you. The cost for the transfers from and to the airport for one person are 68 EUR each way; for two persons, 45 EUR per person each way; and for three or more persons, 35 EUR per person each way.

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.

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