Moinhos Velhos

Meet our team...

Frank Jensen


Frank is one of the co-founders of Moinhos Velhos. His speciality is kinesiology and Physiospect analysis. Today he is semi-retired from the daily operation at Moinhos Velhos, but still offering Physiospect treatments and maintaining the Moinhos Velhos website. Frank and Janni together over a period of several years also facilitated the detox fasting programs in India and Canada.

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Janni Jensen


Originally from the UK, Janni came to Moinhos Velhos 13 years ago, where she met Frank who is now her husband. Together they Facilitated the Detox Fasting programmes in the Sivanada Ashrams in India and Canada and here at Moinhos Velhos.

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Mel Lister


Mel is our general manager here at Moinhos Velhos. Originally from Portsmouth, England, she moved to Portugal in 2007. Mel has been at Moinhos Velhos since 2014. A trained accountant, she initially started with us preparing healthy, vegetarian, vegan and raw food for a wellness retreat.

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Debby Van Tegelen


Debbie is one of our Yoga teachers and facilitators. After working 11 years as a nurse in a Dutch hospital, she started to develop more interest in alternative ways to heal the body and mind. After leaving the Netherlands and travelling for 2 years through Asia, she arrived together with her husband Ed in 2016.

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Chris Lloyd Pack


Chris is one of our Yoga teachers and facilitators. A background in organic and wholefoods and juicing for patients on the Gerson diet, Chris (Narayana) is passionate about Juice Fasting for the wonderful effects on the body and mind and spirit.

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Karen Lloyd Pack


Karen is one of our Yoga teachers and facilitators, she has 15 experience here at Moinhos Velhos helping support and guide our clients through all aspects of the Juice Fasting programme. ‘Regular cleaning of the body is essential for good health, shining from the inside out’.

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Ana Mar


Ana Mar is one of our Yoga teachers and programme facilitators. Originally from Lisbon she spent 8 years traveling, living and working mainly in south of Spain, north of Italy and Switzerland, she moved to Algarve in 2017.

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Ed Van Tegelen


Ed arrived together with his wife Debby in 2016 at Moinhos Velhos. Originally from the Netherlands. after travelling for 2 years through Asia they have now settled in Portugal. Ed is part of our facilitation team as a nutritionist. He uses an evidence-based approach to cut through the confusion about nutrition and will give you advice that’s firmly rooted in science.

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Sefora Loureiro

Accomodation Manager

Sefora is a Portuguese native who has been with us since the start of our 2016 season. She is head of our housekeeping department but can often be found in our juicing kitchen with her latest nutritious and creative juice recipes. Like everyone here at Moinhos Velhos she has a strong holistic interest and is a keen yoga practitioner, as well as often administering the aqua foot detox treatments.

Ivan Popov

Site Manager

Ivan is our maintenance manager and is responsible for all our operating systems here at Moinhos Velhos. Originally from Ukraine. He has been in Portugal for 19 years and has been with us for 8. He lives onsite. He is fluent in Russian, Portuguese and English. A valuable member of our team, Ivan is also very keen on our fasting programmes and he usually participates in a fast several times a year. He is very knowledgeable about fasting and is always willing to chat to our clients

Sonia Scholz


Sonia Scholz is a Licensed Acupuncturist and Manual Therapist recognised by the NHS (NHS accreditation nr: 0501307) She was born in 1990 in Berlin and moved to Portugal in 1991. After completing high school in Science and Technologies, she studied Traditional Chinese Medicine at Dr. Pedro Choy’s University in Lisbon.

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Trixie Denneborg


Trixie is a very successful independent massage therapist. She has been practicing since 1993 and has international experience delivering a range of treatments designed for physical and mental wellbeing and conditioning improvement. Originally from Vienna, Austria, she has been living in the Algarve for many years, operating across a wide European and North American clientele.

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Sakshin De Groot


Sakshin is a Dutch Freeman who works with Tachyon energy since 1996. He received his training by the discoverer David Wagner himself. Since his training he ran a very successful Tachyon treatment practice in Amsterdam.

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Anne Pires


Anne has been working with us at Moinhos Velhos since 2015 and has a very gifted array of skills which range from massage to more subtle energy based practices.

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Yevhenia Tatarovska

Guest Accommodation & Facilities

Yevheniia has been working at Moinhos Velhos for the past 3 years. She is responsible for the guest accommodation and facilities. She is always smiling and busy running around keeping everything spick and span. Yevheniia is from the Ukraine. She is married to Ivor and they have two children. The family arrived in Portugal in 2016.

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Bo & Django

Guardians of Moinhos Velhos

Bo and Django are the self-appointed Guardians of Moinhos Velhos. In the process of checking every newcomer out, they usually make a lot of noise, but actually they are all love. Django in particular loves everyone, and he thinks that everyone LOVES him!!!

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Anne Karine Moss


Moinhos Velhos was co-founded in 1992 by Frank Jensen and Anne Karine Moss. Anne Karine left her physical body in February 2018 but her energies are still very much present, particularly in her beloved garden. Anne Karine was passionate about only using natural products. No chemical fertiliser was ever allowed in the garden, which has now been organic for 27 years. All paints and cleaning products has to be organic To her memories an almond tree was planted in front of the Yoga temple.

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