Fasting Detoxification Retreats
Purification of Body Mind Spirit
Yoga Meditation Complentary Therapies
nearest airport is Faro (one hour's drive away). Most of our
guests tend to fly in to Faro and have us pick them up from
are regular trains from Faro to Lagos, for those who prefer
to make their own way. You can also fly in to Lisbon and take
a bus or train from Lisbon to Lagos (4 -5 hours). There are
buses and trains from most European cities to Lagos.
the motorway take the Odiaxere exit. On the main street of Odiaxere,
turn right at third traffic light.
on the coast road (Lisbon to Lagos), turn off past Bensafrim
at the sign of the "Barragem".
the signs Barragem or Barragem de Bravura. Follow the road to
the top - past the dam on your left, past the restaurant on
your left , and at the end of the new patch of tarmac you will
see our sign Moinhos Velhos. Follow the cement drive into our
at Faro airport:
you would like to be picked up at Faro Airport, please advise
us of your flight number and the time of your arrival and we
will be there to meet you. Upon entering the arrival hall TURN
LEFT and look for somebody with our sign Moinhos Velhos.
and from Lagos
and from Faro airport one person
and from Faro airport - two or more people
45.00 per person each way
will find a map of the Algarve below...
are most fortunate that the water from the Barragem, (which
is a major supply of water for Portimao and Lagos) runs through
our property. A tunnel through the mountain opens into a control
station on our property, from which we are able to get our water
for the garden. We have two means of obtaining this water. There
is an old gravity feed through canals which supplies water to
our lower garden. Our Portuguese gardener loves this, as that
is the system which he is used to, and he makes good old fashioned
ditches which supplies water to the plants.
also have a pump at the control station, and this pump supplies
water to the rest of the garden, primarily through a computerized
16 station irrigation system.
spite of the fact that Southern Europe is experiencing a severe
draught this year, there is still sufficient water in our barragem
to supply all the water that we need. We have a 100 meter deep
borehole, from which we obtain the water for drinking, as this
water is a better quality than the barragem water. The water
from the borehole is pumped into a storage tank from which it
is then pumped to the main house.
we purchased Moinhos Velhos in 1992 there was a converted farm
house, three old animal buildings and a couple of ruins. During
the first year here we cleaned up the property and built the
yoga temple, swimming pool, sauna, clinic and guest house and
we had our first program in May 1993. In the following years
the main house was added to and restored, a couple of ruins
converted and other buildings added.
we have altogether 12 buildings on the property plus a large
(160 square meter) greenhouse, a sauna and a tepee. The main
building has a dining room and two kitchens. One kitchen is
for making the juices. In the second kitchen there is a staff
eating area. Adjoining the office is the living room, which
is very cozy with a most efficient wood burning heater. There
is also a wood burning free standing heater in the dining room.
Above the living room is the main office with two computers,
printers, copying machine, etc.
the dining room and kitchen there is a large terrace with comfortable
seating. In the summer time part of this area is shaded by an
overhead grape vine. Just stretch out your hand and pick the
grapes, which of course are off limit for the fasters.
broad stone stairway leads down to the yoga temple and pool.
the temple there is a room with bathroom. This is presently
used as a therapy room but can be used for accommodation.
There is also a storage area and a walk in cooler under the
free salt water pool
pool is a salt water pool. Approximately 12m x 6m we use no
chemicals in the water. A special conversion units splits the
salt atoms into natural chlorine and oxygen, (at least that
is the way I understand it) providing a chemical free pool.
It is truly a pleasure to swim in this water, it feels like
silk on the skin. We use the pool 12 month of the year. In the
winter when the water temperature can drop to 14 degrees, we
first have a sauna and a quick dip in the pool is then most
sauna is just below the pool. Here also is the storage area
for our garden equipment as well as the greenhouse (20m x 8m).
the temple is the clinic. This building has four rooms and one
toilet. There are three therapy rooms with a selection of modern
holistic therapeutic equipment. We have a complete Bicom System,
Foot Detox Bath and the Quantum QXCI. The magnetic harmonizing
bed is at the moment located in the room below the yoga temple
.There is a reading room with a large selection of spiritual
and health related books, a CD and DVD player and a good selection
of tapes and disks.
is a computer for guest use, and a separate telephone line for
the guests. (Altogether we have 3 telephone lines).
in the Clinic
now proceed to the guest accommodation area. The main guest
house has four rooms, 3 double and 1 single. All with private
bathrooms and individual heaters. All the guest rooms are also
fitted with a Clysmatic (Gravity Colonic Unit).
Velhos means The Old Mills. In days before the Barragem was
built this was an operating water mill, and all the neighboring
farmers would bring their produce to be milled here. Apparently
this goes back many hundreds of years. We have converted half
the mill ruin into two single rooms. The other half of the mill
belongs to our neighbor.
wooden cottages are our most popular accommodation. Each cottage
is about 20 square meters, plus two bathrooms and a patio.
Sitting in a secluded area, fitted with central hot water
heating system and semiautomatic water filling for the clysmatics,
they offer the ultimate in peace and tranquility. Ideal for
Enchanted and Divine Protected Valley
started our first yoga and health retreat in Norway.
But Norway was too cold, we wanted to to be in a warmer
climate. While living in Spain we were guided to move
to Portugal to establish a yoga and health retreat here.
During these channeled sessions we had two guides, one
whom we had never heard of from Estonia. The other was
Jesus Christ from Nazareth. This really surprised us
as neither Anne Karine nor Frank consider themselves
to be Christians. Frank stated: I am not a Christian,
I am a Yogi. My name is Parameshwara and my mantra is
Om Nahma Sivaya. It was confirmed that this was really
Jesus Christ from Nazareth who lived 2000 years ago
who now advised us to locate in Portugal. The word Barragem
was also mentioned but somehow the meaning of this was
lost on us. Barragem was a strange word which meant
nothing to us. It was only after we had purchased Moinhos
Velhos that we realized that we were located next to
the Barragem da Bravura.
I came to realize that The Christ Energy has nothing
to do with being a Christian, but is a divine energy
available to all. We maintained contact with the guides
for a time after settling in at Moinhos Velhos. But
gradually this connection became weaker and after the
temple was built we were no longer able to establish
direct contact. It seemed as if the purpose had been
achieved and now a new energy manifested. Not as verbal
as the previous one, more of a subtle energy, and in
meditation in the temple we were advised that Moinhos
Velhos is one of the Light Centers in the world, and
that we should concentrate on bringing in the Light.
Here we would establish a program for Detoxification
and Purification of Body Mind and Spirit with Fasting - Yoga - Meditation and Alternative
During the past 13 years we have observed the transformation
in the lives of many of our clients. It seems as if
Moinhos Velhos is a halfway house between the secular
and the spiritual, where program participants often
find a new direction in their lives, sometimes quitting
their jobs to establish a new lifestyle, some getting
education in alternative therapies and several have
taken the Sivananda TTC to become Yoga teachers.
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.
The police arrived and gave us twenty minutes to evacuate
the place. But stubborn Frank with his jeep sneaked
back through the lower valley. He was not prepared to
give in to the fires without a fight, and for several
days watched the fires ravishing everything around.
But each time the fires approached Moinhos Velhos they
stopped. The cars in Lagos were covered with ashes,
but not even one grain of ash fell in the valley. Yes
the firemen did a great job, but we truly believe that
we also experienced Divine Protection.
garden is of course completely organic with many fruit
trees. We are self sufficient with oranges for our
juices for most of the season. In the summer we also
have watermelons, strawberries, grapes, etc. We have
a full time gardener and all the vegetables for the
soups come from our garden.
clients come from all over the world. but the majority
still comes from the UK. About 25% of the clients are
repeats, 20-25 % are from referrals and the rest of
our guests come from the Internet.
2007 we offer 16 fasting programs beginning in February
take a maximum of 12 people in each program, but we
usually have less as the majority of clients prefer
to pay extra for single accommodation. Our prices range
from €2445.00 for a shared room to € 3440.00
for a single cottage for the 2 weeks fasting programs.
We also offer 1 week and 10 days programs for the ones
who can not do a two week program, but we do not encourage
this. Most clients who come for one week or
ten days state that they wish they had come for 2 weeks.
Velhos is owned by Kurt Frank Jardinagem Paisagistaca
Lda, a registered Portuguese Limited company. The shares
of this company are owned equally between Anne Karine
Moss and Kurt Frank Jensen.
of our programs operate under the umbrella of Moinhos
Velhos Associaçao, a registered non profit association
for the propagation of Yoga, Holistic Health, Fasting,
Organic Gardening, etc.