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Moinhos Velhos
Fasting Detoxification Retreats
Purification of Body Mind Spirit
Yoga Meditation Complentary Therapies

The Fasting Detox/Detoxification Retreats and Programs at Moinhos Velhos have been created over the past 25 years (of which 18 years have been at Moinhos Velhos) to purify and eliminate toxins on all levels
Physical-Mental-Emotional and Spiritual.

Many of our clients have experienced a total transformation in their lives after participating in a Moinhos Velhos Detox Program

Most of us today have a stressfully lifestyle. The pressures of society, work, family and relationships, in an environment where we are exposed to toxins of every kind, toxins in the food, toxins in the air, emotional and mental toxins, puts a lot of stress on our bodies.Your body is always striving for optimum health, but sometimes it could use a little help.

Participating in the Moinhos Velhos
Cleansing and Detoxification programs
may be you just what you need

Some comments from recent clients:

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This is one of the few, world class fasting spas, and the best deal. (April-2011)

Juices, fasting and colonic irrigation are very much on the menu at Moinhos Velhos, in Portugal, for a spa holiday that will have your skin looking amazing in no time. (May-2011)

Every so often it's important to do something different, to take yourself outside of your comfort zone and push your boundaries, learn something new and to hopefully become a better person for it. (May-2011)

I lost a lot of weight on the program which I wasn't really expecting to do, it was an added bonus.
My digestive system worked on overdrive throughout the cleanse. I feel lighter, trimmer and healthier than I have done in a while

Overcame my addiction to over-eating, recharged my batteries.

I came here with a purpose and I found here the perfect place to get what I wanted

Just what I needed!!
Very relaxing & great to achieve that along with cleansing & rejuvenating the body

Very good! I feel like a new person, not tired, stressed, bloated any more.

Really excellent experience, completely positive and wonderful, I have loved it and I am so pleased that I came.
All the staff are so welcoming and kind and really wonderful and the place is so beautiful and very special.
I really hope to be here again. Thank you so much for all.

More testimonials

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Please contact us by E-mail at fasting@ip.pt
or by telephone at
351 282 687 147 to check availability.

At Moinhos Velhos Health Retreat we offer fasting programs with fruit and vegetable juices and vegetable broth. Our juices and broth are freshly made with primarily organic fruits and vegetables, mostly from our own organic garden and from local farmers. With the juices you will take psyllium and bentonite powders. Between the juices various special herbs are taken to clean the entire gastrointestinal tract, eliminate toxins, heavy metals and parasites etc. from your system. Our Detox Programs will detoxify and cleanse not only your small and large intestines, but all your organs and cells. This cleansing will prevent disease and is the first step in restoring your body to optimum health.

We have a safe and supportive environment where you will wake up to the songs of the birds in the morning and go to bed at night
with the silence of the stars
Located in a tranquil valley, next to the Barragem da Bravura, 13 km from Lagos and away from the regular tourist areas, our experienced staff will guide you and support you through the cleansing process. We start every day with yoga and meditation or Qi Gong, and end every day with meditation.

All the herbs, the juices and broth, powders and pills are included in the program cost. Also included are the use of our salt water pool, sauna, hot tub, QRS magnet healing bed, detox foot bath, colonic irrigation, zapping as well as weekly excursion trips to the West Coast or Lagos

As extra treatments we offer Swedish massage, Lymph drainage massage, Thai Yoga massage, Aromatherapy massage, Sacro Cranial Therapy, Bicom Therapy, Reflexology, Healing, Homeopathy, Acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, Shiatsu, Introspect/Physiospect.

We endeavour to offer all of the above therapies for all the programs, but some therapies are subject to availability of the therapist. The cost for of the extra treatments range from €65 to €85 per session.

The sauna is on every second day.
The Hot Tub every day

All bathrooms are equipped with a Clysmatic,
which is a gravity colonic unit.

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Moinhos Velhos Valley for Yoga, Fasting and Detox

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Yoga Detox Temple

Our goal is not only to effect a transformation on the physical level, but also on the Emotional, Mental and Spiritual levels. We have morning meditation, breathing exercises - pranayama and yoga asanas- or chi gong, and we finish every day with meditation.

Yoga and fasting go hand in hand.
The yoga classes are suited to people of all levels. The combination of gentle moving, stretching and twisting together with deep breathing, speeds up the detox process. Through the practice of yoga one can find an inner peace and stillness, which reduces the toxic effects of stress and anxiety. Often during a fast, when the putrefied deposits are being eliminated from the system, old and sometimes forgotten emotions may surface. Yoga can help to deal with these.

Through the practice of meditation, we learn more about the mind, our thoughts, our habits, and this learning opens up the possibility for change. Instruction is given in various meditation techniques. Fasting is the oldest natural therapy for restoring health. Animals always fast when they are sick. Jesus was a great advocate of fasting and colon cleansing as described in The Gospel of Peace. Fasting is practiced and recommenced by most religions. Swami Sivananda encouraged fasting for physical, mental and spiritual purification. He says.

It checks the emotions. It controls the senses also. It is a great penance. It purifies the mind and the heart. It destroys a multitude of sins. Fasting controls the tongue in particular which is the deadliest enemy of man. Fasting overhauls the respiratory, circulatory, digestive and urinary systems. It destroys all the impurities of the body and all sorts of poisons. It eliminates uric acid deposits. Just as impure gold is rendered pure by melting it in the crucible again and again, so also this impure mind is rendered purer by fasting.


Our concept with the establishment of Moinhos Velhos Health Retreat was the creation of a holistic health retreat for fasting, detoxification, cleansing and purification of body, mind and spirit. We had personally experienced the wonderful individual benefits of yoga and meditation, juice fasting, colon cleansing, proper nutrition, holistic therapies and the combination of all these in the proper environment would create a unique package, not offered anywhere else, for the elimination of physical, mental, emotional and spiritual impurities and imbalances, for detoxification and cleansing, thereby allowing your system to establish perfect health, which it is always endeavouring to do.



Moinhos Velhos
Cotifo Box 951F
Lagos 8600-077 Portugal
Tel: 351 282 687 147 Fax: 351 282 687 697
E-mail: fasting@ip.pt