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One of the ten best detox retreats in the world as listed in The Times, January 2016. The original concept, 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. These influences all contribute to Moinhos Velhos Detox Yoga Retreat Centre's comprehensive juice detox program for body, mind and spirit.
Different areas of the programme facilitate physical, mental and emotional detoxification and purification and people come from all over the world to participate for many reasons such as; detoxing, quitting smoking and addictions, reappraising and evaluating life purpose, losing weight, getting rid of stress and simply achieving optimal health maintenance.
Moinhos Velhos Detox Yoga Retreat Centre's programmes are also very attractive to those who wish to deepen their knowledge and experience of natural and holistic health practices and take that awareness back out into daily life.
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.
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) 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.
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.
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, a Sivananda tradition inspired fire ceremony, a Spiral Walk letting go and visioning ceremony, a sound bath and a workshop on the body-mind connection.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
You can take a taxi from the airport to the retreat center with the cost from 100 - 125 EUR one way.