spiritual aspect of the fasting programs is very
important to us. We begin and finish every day with meditation, and before every juice we chant Om and Om
Namah Sivaya, the latter representing
the destruction of the old for the new and purified
soul to come into being. Yoga is an integral part of our fasting
programs. We are affiliated with the Sivananda
Yoga Association, but we do not identify, nor
are we connected with any religion or sect.
do feel connected to the earth and the sun, the
devas and the nature spirit and we want to work
in harmony with all living things. All of our fasting
produce is organically grown and we do not allow any pesticides or chemically fertilizer
on our soil. Our fasting programs are
of two weeks duration. We have been conducting these programs for the past
twentyfive years (18 at Moinhos Velhos) and after experimenting
with various options we settled for the two weeks
fasting formula. However we can accept clients for
one week or 10 days.
and Meditation Temple
limit participation in our fasting programs to ten
to 12 clients in each group. Thus we can give each
and every one of you the individual attention
that you need and deserve. Our staff is highly trained
and have all been involved in holistic health
for many years.
are many types of fasts. There is the water
fast, the fruit fast, the rice fast, the juice fast, the grapefruit fast, even the prana (air) fast. We have tried them all, and the last
one was tough. All the fasting programs have something
to offer, but it is generally accepted that for a
preventive and curative effect a liquid fast gives
the body the best opportunely to detoxify and regenerate.Fasting
is not a cure It is a process that facilitates the body's healing
mechanisms. It is a gift to an overburdened body.
It is extremely effective in creating an internal
environment where the body can do what it does best
- heal itself.
you tried it once, you know why so many people do
believe that many health problems are caused, or made
worse, by un-healthful accumulations within the body.
These accumulations may be in the form of chemical
toxins such as PCB's, Dioxin, pesticide residue, etc,
or normal metabolic products that are present in abnormal
amounts. Which is why fasting is so important
of the most common questions asked is about fasting
and metabolism. The fear is that while fasting, the
metabolism will slow down and afterward there will
be more weight gained than before the fast. Initially,
any calorie reduction will cause a lowering in the
BMR or base metabolic rate. Cleansing will bring health
that will increase metabolic performance and energy
output. In other words, you will eat less and feel
fasting, the body is more efficient. Digestion is
better due to a cleaner colon. The colon walls have
been cleansed of impacted feces, allowing improved
absorption of nutrients. The good news is that greater
efficiency equals enhanced energy. Healthy people
burn more calories. They also eat less because they
are more active and feel better about themselves.
They don't need food as a security blanket.
organs and glands get a much-needed and well-deserved
rest, during which the tissues are purified and rejuvenated
and the functions balanced and regulated. The entire
alimentary canal (stomach, small intestines, large
intestine/colon) is swept clean, and what comes out
the lower end should astonish and disgust the first-time
colon cleanser/faster sufficiently to make fasting
coupled with colon cleansing irrigations a lifelong
habit. Perhaps the most important benefit of fasting is that it thoroughly
cleans and purifies the bloodstream
ancient Greeks fasted for health and longevity, and
were known for their robust physical health. Galen,
Paracelsus and Hippocrates, who are recognized as
the founding fathers of Western medicine, prescribed
and practiced fasting for all serious ailments. Pythagoras
required his students to fast for 40 days to purify
body and mind prior to receiving his highest teachings.
Plato and Aristotle, whose thought forms the very
warp and woof of Western philosophy, fasted regularly
to enhance physical health and stimulate mental powers.
fast for greater physical and mental efficiency.
Bible mentions fasting 74 times, and Jesus himself
fasted frequently, sometimes up to 40 days at a time.
He recommended fasting and colon cleansing to restore
the body to health. From The
Gospel of Peace of Jesus Christ we quote:
from all the temptations of your body and your spirit
, coming from Satan, withdraw beneath the shadow of
God's heaven. Renew yourself and fast.
I tell you truly that Satan and his plagues may only
be cast out by fasting and prayer. And fast till Beelzebub
and his evils departs from and all the angels of our
earthy mother come and serve you. For I tell you truly,
except you fast, you shall never be free from the
power of Satan and from all diseases that comes from
Jesus further recommends colonics Quote:
not that it sufficient that the angel of water embrace
you outward only. I tell you truly, the uncleanness
within is greater by much than the uncleanness without.
And he who cleanses himself without, but within remains
unclean is like tombs that outwards are painted fair,
but are within full of all manners of horrible uncleanness
and abominations. So I tell you truly, suffer the
angels of water to baptize you also within, that you
may become free from all past sins, and that within
likewise you may become as pure as the river's foam
sporting in the sunlight.
then goes on to describe how to make and do a gravity
colonic. So colon cleansing is not something new,
but has been practiced for over 2000 years. If diseases
were caused by impurities and toxins 2000 years ago,
how much more vital must it not be to fast and cleanse
today, when we live in a world putrefied with chemicals
and toxins. I saw an article some time ago in a London
newspaper, which claimed that a person living in London,
UK is exposed to 500 different toxins every day.
today are born with toxic blood:
reading the Gospel of Peace, a copy of which
was given to us by a friend after we had settled
at Moinhos Velhos, I understood why Jesus had
guided us to establish a Fasting
Health Retreat in Portugal. We were living
in Spain in 1991, practicing Holistic Alternative
Therapies, (although Anne Karine was still peddling
back and forth to her part time job as a Logistic
Superintendent on a gas rig in the North Sea)
when during channeled meditation sittings and
use of the Oja board, we were guided to go to
Portugal. For some time we had been looking
for a location to establish a Health Retreat,
where people could stay to experience the wonderful
therapeutic benefits of the combination of Fasting,
Yoga and Meditation, Alternative Therapies,
Sauna, Pool and Nature walks. Nobody anywhere
seem to offer this powerful combination, our
experience with this we wanted to share with
could not find a suitable location in Spain.
Then the messages started coming through to
go to Portugal. When in one sitting we asked
who our Guides were, one was Ervina? from Estonia,
whom we had never heard of, and the other was
Jesus Christ. That surprised us. I (Frank) asked:
You are Jesus Christ from Nazareth who lived
2000 years ago? The answer was: Yes. I can still remember the hair standing up on
the back of my neck. But, I said, I am not a
Christian. I do not believe in organized religion.
I am a yogi, my name is Parameshwara,
my mantra is Om Namah Sivaya. I was
truly amazed that I should be communicating
with the spirit of Jesus Christ.
reading The Gospel of Peace, I could understand
why Jesus was guiding us. What we offer at Moinhos
Velhos is that which he taught 2000 years ago.
But the most valuable lesson was the understanding
that the Christ energy has nothing to do with
religion. It is not reserved for people who
follow an established religion or dogma, but
is a divine cosmic energy available to all of
us. Every one of us.
spent six weeks searching for the right location
in Portugal. From the Spanish border in the
East of Algarve to Lagos in the West. We did
not want to be too far away from the airport
as we knew that most of our clients would come
from abroad, and we would have preferred to
find a place not too far from Faro. Our friends,
Sylta and Al, have a lovely Yoga Retreat. Quinta
Da Calma only 15 minutes from Faro. We explored
the possibility of offering our program with
them, but in the end realized that we had to
have our own place.
six weeks we had two locations to choose between.
One was at Funchal, 5 minutes outside of Lagos,
the other was Moinhos Velhos, 13 km inland from
Lagos. Anne Karine fell in love with Moinhos
Velhos right away, but Frank had serious doubts.
The place had been totally neglected for over
three years, sticky blackberry bramble bushes
covered everything, all facilities would have
to be built from scratch, he could see that
it was going to be much work and costing a lot
quote from The Gospel of Peace:
many unclean and sick followed Jesus' words
and sought the banks of the murmuring streams.
They put of their shoes and their clothing,
they fasted, and they gave up their bodies to
the angels of air, of water, and of sunshine.
And the Earthly mothers angels embraced them,
possessing their bodies both inward and outwards. And all of them saw all
evils, sins and uncleanness depart in haste
the Gospel of Peace of Jesus Christ. (Amazon)
the terrible fires in 2003 which destroyed thousands
of hectares of forest, devastated many homes,
killed several people and a multitude of animals,
which in our area raged completely out of control
for one week and left everything around us in
black cinder, not one blade of grass was harmed
in our valley...
property at Funchal, on the other hand, was
a doctors former residence and clinic. With
20 000 square meters of walled-in land, 14 rooms
for guest and offices, sitting on top of the
ridge with a beautiful view over Lagos and the
sea, it only needed some painting and cleaning
up, and we would be in business.
Moinhos Velhos had some very special energies.
Totally secluded, away from all the popular
tourist areas, a valley of of its own, projecting
a mystical energy. At the time we did not know
what it was, but later discovered that there
are thousands of small quarts crystals in the
ground all around in the valley, and that Moinhos
Velhos is directly on one of the twelve synchronisety
lines, which join together at only 2 places,
one is at Damanhur in Italy and the other is
in Tibet. Later in meditation we were also informed
that Moinhos Velhos is one of the light centers
in the world, and that we should concentrate
on bringing in The Light.
at the time we were undecided, so we called
our friend Margaret in England. She was living
with a well known clairvoyant, and we asked
for a reading. The reading that came back declared
that financially we would be most successful
with the Funchal location. But it would attract
the wrong kind of people and energies. Moinhos
Velhos on the other hand, would be like poring
money in a hole for four years. But Moinhos
Velhos was for our spiritual evolution.
as far as we were concerned, then there was
no choice. We purchased Moinhos Velhos. Fortunately
Anne Karine still had her high paid executive
position in the North Sea, and for the next
four years all of her income went to support
day while looking through our notes from some
of the early channeling, we see the word Barragem.
It had actually been spelt out for us that we
should locate the Barragem. But it did not mean
anything to us, Barragem was a foreign word,
and somehow we forgot all about it.
Velhos is located at the Barragem da Bravura.
there really had not been any choice from the
is a universal natural response to sickness
and debility, not a cultural or religious trip.
Animals always fast when they are sick.
yogis are famous fasters and colon cleansers.
Gandhi is well known for his extended fasting,
and less remembered from the perspective of
his colon cleansing. We have seen a movie from
Rishikesh were the yogi swamis emerge themselves
in the Ganges river with a tube in the rectum,
drawing the water from the river into the colon,
and the squirting the water out through the
I think our Clysmatic must be much easier.
Sivananda, who was a medical doctor before becoming
a Swami, had this to say about fasting:
By Sri Swami Sivananda
many educated people do not observe fasting
on this sacred day. This is due to the impact
of the dark, vicious, materialistic forces.
When the intellect develops a little, people
begin to enter into arguments and unnecessary
discussions. Intellect is a hindrance on the
spiritual path. They who have not developed
the heart but who have developed their intellect
begin to doubt and question at every step. They
are led astray. They want a why and
a how for everything. They want scientific explanations for all phenomena.
is beyond proofs and presumptions. One has to
approach religion and the scriptures with great
faith, reverence and purity of heart. Then only
are the secrets of religion revealed unto him
like the apple in the palm of one's hand. Does
anybody ask his mother to prove who is his father?
controls passion. 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 repeated fasting.
and robust Brahmacharis (celibates) should observe
fasting whenever passion troubles them. Only
then will they have very good meditation, as
the mind will be rendered calm. The chief object
of fasting is to render the system calm so that
one is able to practice meditation rigorously
during that period.
the senses and fix the mind on god. Pray to
god to guide you and to throw a flood of light
on your spiritual path. Say with feeling: O
god, guide me! Protect me, protect me! I am
Thine, I am Thine! Forsake me not! You
will be blessed with purity, light and strength.
Follow this sadhana on the days that you fast,
ekadashi days in particular.
is one of the ten canons of yoga. However,
avoid excessive fasting. It will produce weakness.
Use your common sense. If you cannot fast for
the full twenty-four hours, at least fast for
10-12 hours and then take some milk and fruit.
Gradually increase your fast to 15 hours and
then up to 24 hours. Fasting makes a man strong,
both spiritually and mentally.
his code, the manu smriti, the great Hindu lawgiver,
manu, prescribes fasting for the removal of
the five capital sins. Diseases that are pronounced
incurable by doctors are cured by fasting. Occasionally,
a complete fast is greatly desirable for all
to keep up good health, to give adequate rest
to the internal organs and maintain celibacy.
All diseases have their origin in overeating
and verily fasting is the only method to cure
traditional Taoist method of cleansing the colon
involved therapeutic fasts combined with powerful
herbal purgatives that dissolved mucus and dredged
debris from the colon. These methods are mentioned
as far back as the third century BC, in the
Yellow Emperor's Classic of Internal Medicine.
Moinhos Velhos we also use a selection of herbs
to loosen the deposits on the the intestinal
wall, as well as special powders to facilitate
the evacuation of the loosened debris. Then
with colon cleansing using the Clysmatic,
cleansing through the skin, which is our largest
organ, with the Sauna,
our salt water pool and various holistic Therapies we achieve a total cleanse.
Here is an excerpt from an E-mail that we recently
For full text of letter click
sister Wigdis was the worst case of Hay fever
Allergy that her doctor had ever seen. She brought
pictures showing her extreme allergic reactions.
She was allergic to a multitude of products,
and from the beginning of January to the end
of July she had to take an antihistamine pill
every day. As a last resort she came to her
brother. After completing our two weeks fasting
program she returned to Norway. That year the
pollen count was 20 % above normal, but she
never had to take a single antihistamine pill
Can Fasting Cure Cancer?
answer to this is both Yes and No. First of
all: Fasting does not cure anything.
It is a process that facilitates the body's
healing mechanisms. It is a gift to an overburdened
body. It is extremely effective in creating
an internal environment where the body can do
what it does best - heal itself. Which it is
always trying to do. During a fast all the energy
that is normally needed to digest food is available
to restore the health of diseased organs.
the best known Fasting Program for curing cancer
is the Gerson
Therapy. But this is not a two week program,
but stretches over 18 months and is extremely
demanding with a multitude of organic juices
and enemas every day. However if the establishment
has given you no hope of cure, and maybe only
a short time left to live, then it is worth
it. Beta Bishop in her book A
Time to Heal (Amazon) gives a moving description
of her struggle with cancer, conventional therapies,
surgeons and her experience with the Gerson
program. It is tough, but it cured her cancer.
to lose weight
people undertake a fast to lose
weight. And most people do lose weight with
our program, although the program as such is
not about weight loss. It's about detoxing
your system and allowing yourself the chance
to develop the spiritual side.
Fox was desperate to lose weight when she signed
up for the fasting program. Read about her experience
at Moinhos Velhos here.
for Rheumatism and Arthritis
is the leading cause of of disability in the
U.S. It is estimated that today over 70 million
people in the US alone suffer from this crippling
disease. There is no true hope given to the
patient, since the the medical profession states
that there is no cure for arthritis. You just
have to learn to live with it.
1993 at the age of 25 Alan Schlines was diagnosed
with Incurable Arthritis. His future looked
bleak, there was no hope given for a cure, he
was only offered a multitude of pills to try
to control the pain, with the prospect of soon
ending up in a wheelchair. Alan refused to accept
the verdict and set about to cure his arthritis
the Natural Way. His rheumatologist thought
this was ridicules. However Alan persevered
and following a program of Fasting,
Detoxing, Colon Cleansing, Sauna, Herbs, Healthy
Nutrition, Supplement and Alternative Therapies,
18 month later he was completely cured of his
arthritis. Alan wrote a book: Stop Arthritis.
How I Defeated it Naturally. Available
still in Norway we had also been inspired
and motivated by the work of Alma Nissen,
who had a cure for Rheumatism and Arthritis
based on Fasting, Potato water and fresh air.
Even though very successful with her program,
it was never accepted by the establishment.
Even the chief rheumatologist/surgeon of Stockholm's
main hospital was cured by Alma Nissen of
his rheumatism, but when she asked him: Now
of course you will let the world know about
my treatment, his answer was: Sorry
imam, I have to earn a living.
all of our information about Alma Nissen and
her cure for rheumatism is in Norwegian,
we have copied the following from http://www.spiritofhealing.com
Treatment Procedures For Arthritis And Other Leaky
early as 1968 a naturopathic physician named
Paavo O. Airola, reported on the results of
some highly successful biological treatment
procedures for curing arthritis in European
clinics. One of the most prominent treatment
centers using this powerful and highly successful
method of treatment is the Brandals Health Clinic
located in Sodertalje near Stockholm, Sweden.
Miracles at Brandal
Airola provides narrative accounts of many of
the thousands of patients cured of arthritis
at Brandal. Virtually all patients admitted
for treatment at Brandal are remarkable in that
all suffer from severe pain, mild to profound
deformity and many are so crippled and debilitated
that they arrive in wheelchairs or on stretchers.
cures were based on the work, research and self
experimentation of a courageous and very determined
lady, Alma Nissen, who 25 years earlier
had desperately sought relief from her own severe
and debilitating arthritis. Ms. Nissen relates:
five years ago I was so incapacitated
by arthritis that I was practically bedridden.
After trying all the available medical
treatments, consulting dozens of doctors,
and several fruitless stays in hospitals
I was becoming progressively worse. My
hands and fingers were stiff and in constant
pain. I could not bend myself, walk, or
even turn myself in bed. In addition,
I had a chronic ovary inflammation and
constant migraine. I was suffering from
a bad case of insomnia with resulting
nervous exhaustion. I also was chronically
constipated. . .
felt hopeless. Nobody could help me. I
could not see my way out of the indescribable
suffering I had to endure. But my spirit
was strong and wouldn't give up. I was
not willing to accept my lot as a bedridden
invalid for the rest of my life. With
the typical Scandinavian sisu and perseverance
I rebelled against my fate. I wanted to
live, become healthy again. . .
book by a British physician, Sir Robert
McCarrison, gave me new hope and became
the turning point in my life. It opened
my eyes to the relation between nutrition
and health. I started to experiment with
myself. I changed my diet. I fasted.
I drank fresh vegetable juices and broths
made with cooked vegetables. I drank herb
teas. I took enemas and utilized colonic
irrigation to cleanse my intestines of
accumulated toxins and wastes. I read
all I could on the nature-cure methods
and picked up ideas here and there. I
met the famous Danish raw-diet pioneer
Dr. Kristine Nolfi, M.D. and read and
studied her book The Living Foods. I also
took heat treatments and hydrobaths. I
must admit, I didn't have much faith in
much of what I did, but desperate as I
was, I was willing to try anything.
my surprise when I started to feel better
and better! The stiffness in my joints
started to disappear. I slept better;
pain gave way, and after just a few months
I was, to my and everybody's amazement,
was 25 years ago and I never had a sick
day since. No traces of arthritis... Would
you like to see how flexible and elastic
my body is?...
when I cured myself I was so overjoyed
with the discoveries I made that I wanted
to share them with others and help as
many as I could. I visited Dr. McCarrison
and he advised me to open a clinic and
help other arthritics regain their health.
by the enthusiastic endorsement of this
great scientist, I transformed my seven-room
apartment in Copenhagen to an arthritis
clinic. Patients came from everywhere.
They were brought in on stretchers; they
came supported on crutches; they came
in wheelchairs. And after four to eight
weeks on my simple regime they left the
clinic on their own feet, without wheelchairs
and crutches. The grateful patients spread
the news of their cures and a long line
of patients were waiting to come in under
arthritis therapies and extraordinary
results became widely publicized in the
press. The Norwegian Medical Association
invited me to present a lecture on my
therapies before the leading medical authorities
of the country....
fame spread to Sweden and a wealthy benefactor
offered the Brandal, a beautiful estate
with a large villa, for my disposition,
to be used as a rheumatic clinic. I accepted
gratefully. That was 13 years ago. During
these years we have helped thousands of
arthritis sufferers. . .
O. Airola, There Is A Cure For Arthritis, 1968,
Parker Publishing Co. New York)
the Gerson therapy, which is an ongoing process
for many months, primarily created to cure terminally
ill cancer patients, with the Alma Nissen program
a complete cure of arthritis is often achieved
in just a few weeks. For more information about
the Alma Nissen process go to: http://www.spiritofhealing.com/articles/htm/rheumatoid_arthritis2.html
(You have to scroll down to find it)
fresh vegetable juice
in the juicing kitchen
for other degenerative diseases
is beneficial for all diseases. Not because
fasting cures anything, but with the elimination
of toxins and impurities, not having to invest
energy in digesting food which can demand up
to 80 % of available energy, the body, which
is an incredible instrument, will re-energise
and revitalize all the vital organs, restoring
optimum health and well-beeing.
as a preventive measure
is what we all should do.
Don't wait till you get sick to do a fast, but
consider fasting as a regular maintenance program.
Just as you need to cleanse on the outside you
need to cleanse on the inside. Most of us take
much better care of our cars than our bodies.
With the cars we change the oil regularly, we
bring the car in for inspection and maintenance,
and nobody would dream of putting diesel fuel
into a car with a gasoline engine. But into
our bodies and mind we put all sorts of poisons.
Then when we get sick we hope that some pharmaceutical
chemical will fix the problem. Which it wont,
it may only hide the symptom, and often the
side effect of the prescribed medicine is worse
than the problem it is supposed to cure. Anyone
who has read the Doctors Handbook of the side
effect of most drugs, would be terrified of
subjecting his/her system to such potential
do regular maintenance of the body, do a yearly
fast. Don't wait till you get sick You
can do this at home, but it is much more
effective to do your fast in an environment
like Moinhos Velhos. Fasting is not only for
the body, but equally important for the Mind,
Emotions and Spirit. The settings and the program
at Moinhos Velhos, where you are away from your
daily stress and problems, there are no TV or
newspapers, your cell phone don't work, there
is time for introspection and revaluation, yoga
and meditation, is conducive to achieve cleansing
and healing on all levels.
* Mental * Emotional * Spiritual
of the mind is most important. If your life
is full of stress, if you are filled with anger,
frustration or jealousy, if you are always judging
others and want them to change, if you hate
your job or your boss, if you are in an unsupportive
relationship, if you are always hoping that
tomorrow will be better, if you never take time
out for yourself, then it does not matter how
perfect your diet is, how many supplements you
take, how clean your colon is. Any and all of
these negative emotions will probably make you
sick. This is why the Yoga and Meditation, along
with selected Flower Essences, are such a vital
part of our Fasting and Detox Program.
you think about yourself will definitely affect
your health. On of the best known authors on
emotions and health is Louise L Hay. Her book You can Heal Your Life has sold over one million copies. Another of
her best sellers is The Mental Causes
for Physical Illness and the Metaphysical Way
to Overcome Them. All of Louise
Hay's books are available from Amazon
which is best juice fasting or water fasting?
have tried them all and Juice
Fasting is the clear winner. This is also
supported by many scientists. Four years ago
Frank fasted for 40 consecutive days on juices,
the whole time being actively engaged in facilitating
our fasting programs. In the fall of the same
year both Frank and Anne Karine did the 21
day process, which is a program where you
fast on nothing but air for seven days, the
next seven days on some water and junk juice,
and the last seven days on water and diluted
packed juice. For a day by day diary of Frank's
experience of the 21 day process click here.
break the fast on day 11 with fruit.
Velhos is a peaceful quiet valley, away from
the regular tourist areas. We have three neighbors
in an area of several thousand hectares of
virgin territory. We wake up to the song of
the birds in the morning and retire with the
silence of the stars at night. Yet by car
we are only 15 minutes from the city of Lagos,
20 minutes from the beach and one hour from
the airport at Faro.