have been involved with yoga and holistic health for much
of our lives. We have spent the past 19 years (2011)
building Moinhos Velhos up to its present state, and like
everything in life, it keeps evolving. We have had great fun
creating the concept, the buildings, the gardens - and sharing
it all with so many beautiful guests over the years.
Peter Hall ,DS dip Ac (China), MBAcC,
Peter has an extensive background in complementary therapies. He started his training in Martial Arts in 1968 in the UK and is a registered karate and shiatsu teacher. He has a diploma in Traditional Chinese acupuncture with post graduate courses in Japanese acupuncture, Chinese tui-na, acupuncture, gynaecology and infertility, he also has extensive training and experience in Traditional Chinese medicine, electro acupuncture, herbal medicine, Chinese dietary therapy and Life Coaching. Peter also teaches QI Gong Daoist exercise, soft martial arts and meditation.
Peter will do a health assessment the day after your arrival and on two different days during you stay will be teaching Chi Gong in the morning (instead of yoga).
(Trixie) is originally from Austria and has been living in Portugal for the past 20 years. She has worked at Moinhos Velhos for 11 years as "Swedish Deep Tissue massage therapist" for the first 6 , and since 2005 she has been one of the full time therapists.
She practices the body therapies of Relaxation and Remedial Massage, Sacrio-Cranial, Massage, Spinal Touch, Herbal Stamp, Allergy Testing andMeridian Face. As well as being a practitioner, Trixie is also a trainer in Massage, running courses here in the Algarve during the off-season.
She is also a teacher of Bio-Dance (she runs Bio-Dance sessions at Moinhos Velhos during the fasting programs) and the Mayan Calendar. Trixie is married and has three children.
Chris and Karen Lloyd Pack
I am originally from England and have been living here in Portugal with my wife Karen, for many years. Karen like me is a qualified Sivananda Yoga Teacher.
We both studied in Kerala, India where we also facilitate Frank and Anne Karines fasting programs, during the off season (December). We have two daughters.
I became holistic in 1971 after being referred to a Naturopath and later being introduced to a faith healer. I am very fortunate to have had some wonderful teachers, one being the late Jack Temple, a renowned dowser and healer, and pioneer organic farmer.
He introduced me to dowsing and the benefits of organic gardening, and it naturally followed that I would find myself working in Organic and Whole foods, supplying to those on special health diets, and juicing for Gerson patients.
I have an interest in complimentary therapies especially homeopathy and dowsing and practice synergistic and permaculture gardening at home.
Moinhos Velhos is a beautiful place with strong energy and suits my spirituality and compliments my spiritual path.
Claudia Jesus is one of our 3 Portuguese employees. Where would we be without them!
I am 35 years old, married with a teenage son. I joined Moinhos Velhos in 2007. I am part of the juicing team. I also look after the accounts and generally help with any jobs that need to be done.
I have gained a lot of knowledge and experience in my time here of both, the programme Anne Karine and Frank offer at Moinhos and alternative therapies.
I have participated in the fast a number of times. This I find helps me to understand our Clients. More importantly I have experienced the benefits of the fast from a personal point of view, as I have suffered with Arthritis for many years. The fasting program together with Physiospect treatments have improved my quality of life immensely.
I enjoy working in this unique environment and hope to continue to do so for many years. I speak English and Portuguese.
I am known here at Moinhos Velhos as Betta. I am 35. I came to work here in 2008.
I generally look after the guests rooms and laundry. I am also part of the juicing team and staff cook. I am married and live in Portimao. I very much like working here. Moinhos Velhos has been a wonderful experience for me and I enjoy meeting our guests who arrive from many parts of the world.
I have learnt a lot about fasting during my time here and have palliated in a 2 week fast, so I can empathise with our guests.
Gwen joined the team in June 2007, she is a member of the juicing team, our main shopper and also one of our gardening team, she is experienced and knowledgeable in maintaining our organic garden. She is also one of our drivers. Like most of the staff here Gwen has participated in the fast many times.
I'm 25 years old and originally from Germany. In 2010 I fell in love with Portugal, and since then I'm living in this beautyfull country.
Since the beginning of 2012 I live and work in Moinhos Velhos. I'm the gardener and my priority is to always work with nature instead of against it. I want to give at least as much back (or even more) as I take from my environment. That's why I do the gardening (and actually many other areas of my life as well) according to the principles of Permaculture.
Apart from the gardening I take care of organising our many wonderfull volunteers, which I also enjoy a lot.
I'm don't work directly with the guests, but I'm still happy to help them whenever I can. I enjoy to see so lovely guests here, and feel that they appreciate the beauty of this place and the people here as much as I do.
Innes is one of our Therapists. She received her Reflexology and Chiropody Diplomas in 1998. Innes worked for 5 years in a private clinic in Luz and Lagos.
Innes says: I have been practicing in these professions countinuously for 11 years . Further to develop my knowledge I did a workshop in Relaxing Massage. I love my work and it gives me a lot of satisfaction - its a never ending learning process.
I hope to create through my warm being, my open ear and my healing touches - a space for human beings - where they finally can relax, restore energy and gain from a good feeling. I like to see the light in everybody.