For the past 30 years we have facilitated our detox juice fasting retreats with yoga - meditation - alternative therapies & colon cleansing in many different parts of the world.
24 years ago we were guided to establish our headquarters at Moinhos Velhos in the Algarve, Portugal, where we have programs from February to November.
Moinhos Velhos is a tranquil valley 14 km from Lagos, Algarve. Away from the traditional tourist areas, we are situated in a nature reserve surrounded by hundreds oh hectares of natural beauty. Energised by thousands of tiny crystals in the surrounding hills, the healing energies of Moinhos Velhos are unique. The perfect place for a detox and healing retreat. Here you will go to bed at night with the silence of the stars and wake up to the songs of the birds in the morning.
We have tried many types of fasting. The water fast, the salt water fast, the grape fast, the dry bun fast, the rice fast, the living on prana and light fast, we have fasted for over 100 consecutive days and we have tried a multitude of detox products.
Our detox and juice fasting program is conclusively proven. Occasionally we make minor changes, but the basic program, fine tuned over many years, remains the same because The program works.
Testimonial on TripAdvisor ++++John 15-02-2017
“Superb juice detox experience..and so much more !”
We have just returned from MV following what for me, as a newcomer to the world of detox/ retreat and for my wife a meditator retreat-ant and yoga practioner of some years standing, was a totally life changing and enhancing experience.
From arrival to departure we were enthralled by the team, the surroundings and the amazingly beneficial and therapeutic content of the programme.
Spending time with staff and other guests from countries far and wide all focussed on improving health, physical and emotional wellbeing and being so well supported through the programme was simply superb.
The place has a real tranquillity, calmness and positivity about it and was quite probably the friendliest and most genuine place I have ever been.
With the help of the whole team at MV we achieved all the personal goals that we set for ourselves prior to arrival and the energy and positive mental attitude that it left us with as we return to real world is great and we are sure will be enduring.
The home grown and pressed juices and the supplements were lovely and highly beneficial . The big worry for many I'm sure who are new to this would be the clysmatic self administered colonic flush undertaken daily but I can honestly say don't worry at all it is easy, comfortable highly effective and made for quite a laugh in detailed discussion at the " dinner " table.
The social interaction with interesting, like minded and hugely diverse range of people along with the various therapies on offer at a very good price from excellent, experienced and skilled professionals ( accupuncture, reflexology, lymphatic massage reiki etc etc ) added immeasurably to the mainstream detox activities.
The opportunity to experience the Physiospect NLS biofeedback system in sessions offered here was both informative and beneficial.
It has left us wondering why we hadn't been to MV before and certain that we will return next year.
In 2016 MV was in the Times top 10 detox destinations in the world and rightly so, it provides a superb juice detox experience and so much more. Thanks to all at MV you are amazing each and every one of you.
Click on Accommodation for pictures of the rooms.
In the book "The Transformation Power of FASTING" by S H Buhner, Moinhos Velhos is recommended as one of the four retreat centers worldwide for an optimum fasting program.
We do not make changes just because it is a fad.
We have incorporated the Russian Physiospect, an NLS unit which can diagnose the condition of all your organs and systems, detect pathogens and diseases, virus and bacteria, and make corrections. You can see this on the computer screen.
Everyone gets a Physiospect scan at the beginning of the program, and you can book additional sessions. The combination of our fasting program and the Physiospect diagnoses and therapy, makes our detox program uniquely effective.
More about the Physiospect.
Our original concept was inspired by the pioneering work of Bernard Jensen, Swami Sivananda, and Dr. Gerson in the fields of cleansing and detoxification.
We were motivated by the healing effects of yoga, meditation, fasting and alternative therapies. These influences all contribute to our comprehensive juice detox program.
Whatever your reason for doing a detox fasting program, loose weight, detox,quit smoking, reappraise and evaluate your life, get rid of stress, relationships etc.etc., we have been there and we are here for you.
There probably is no other place on this planet with the same healing energies as Moinhos Velhos.
This is a place to Purify, Energise and Regenerate. (Don't panic! There is Satellite Wi-Fi in every room except in the temple).
You will not be hungry on this fast!!!!
There is a full jug of orange juice in the morning, plenty of other juices during the day, and all the broth you want in the evening.
The powders and herbs actually makes your stomach swell somewhat and the probability is that you will not feel hungry. This surprises many people.
Each morning at 8am there is Meditation and Yoga. Every evening there is meditation. Attendance to both of these is highly recommended as they facilitate the detox process.
During the day you can relax, swim, have a therapy session, explore and walk around the area and help out in the organic gardens. There are a collection of videos and DVD's 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. One day each week we have an outing, weather dependent, either to one of the beautiful local Algarve beaches or to Lagos.
All rooms have attached bathrooms with shower, toilet, sink and a Clysmatic. The cottages have two separate bathrooms. All the herbs, the juices and broth, powders and pills are included in the program cost.