Ayurveda Cleanse Retreat

Reset. Rejuventate. Reconnect.

03 - 08 June 2024
Monte Velho Retreat Centre
Carrapateira | Southwest Algarve | Portugal

Your well-deserved time out
for a physical and emotional cleanse.

I believe that a retreat can be so much more than ‘just’ an opportunity to relax and unwind. A retreat is also the perfect time to reconnect with yourself, nourish your body, mind and soul and initiate transformation.

This 6-day Ayurveda Cleanse Retreat Portugal will help you to reboot your body and mind for your emotional and physical well-being. With a holistic detox programme, we will immerse ourselves in the cleansing healing methods of Ayurveda and you will be given tools and practices that you can incorporate into your daily life to return home refreshed, fulfilled and inspired.

In addition to an Ayurvedic detox diet, we will support the detoxification process with Ayurvedic remedies. Stimulating yoga and pranayama sessions will revitalise your metabolism. You will find inner peace and tranquillity in meditation, during a soothing massage and on daily walks in unspoilt nature. After the detox days, you will feel a greater awareness of your body and new energy and vitality will return to your body.

Ayurveda Cleanse Retreat Portugal

Ayurveda Cleanse Retreat Portugal

Your Experience includes

  • Shared room (6 people): €1,150 pp 
  • Double room on two levels & two single rooms: €1,450 pp 
  • Deluxe single room: €1,750 pp 
  • Forest House single room (only two available) perfect for friends/family to share with private lounge area, outdoor veranda and kitchenette: €1,950 pp


All rooms are equipped with private bathroom, terrace, deckchair and hammock (except dormitory).

All double rooms have two separate bedrooms connected by a door, each with a double bed or 2 single beds. In the double rooms, each person therefore sleeps in a different room.

There is a light Ayurvedic detox breakfast every morning, a light lunch and a dinner based on Ayurvedic detox principles. All meals are included in the price. They are prepared by the chefs on site, using products from the garden and from local organic farmers. We can cater for all allergies.

During the Ayurveda Cleanse Retreat, I will introduce you to herbal medicine and Ayurveda in the teachings.

I will show you what is important in the diet during a cleanse and which spices and supporting medicinal plants are beneficial.

You will also receive suggestions for a harmonious lifestyle and energising cleansing rituals that will support your detoxification process in the long term.

We create space for questions and exchange, so that you can organise your own personal detox days in the future.

We practise yoga daily in the Casa das Pinhas, a beautiful pavilion surrounded by a green garden and a panoramic view of the mountains and the ocean.

Daily yoga, meditation and breathing exercises support the process on all levels. They have a balancing effect on the immune system, relax the nervous system and calm the mind. You will dive deeper into your yoga practice and focus on breath work, connecting to intuition and cultivating more inner peace.

The yoga sessions are designed for both beginners and experienced students.

On the first day, we start the retreat with a grounding slow-flow yoga practice.

Every morning we start the day in silence and go straight into meditation. This is a deeply peaceful time of your retreat. 

We practise a specific meditation or breathing practice every morning for the day ahead. It is suitable for anyone new to the practice, but also for regular practitioners. This is a precious time in which you can slowly withdraw and listen.

The aim is for you to have a meditation practice that you can incorporate into your morning ritual when you get home.

With external cleansing rituals we will stimulate and support the detoxification of the body through the skin. The mechanical stimulation of the skin increases blood circulation and boosts the body's defences.

The detox programme also leaves plenty of time to treat yourself to a soothing Ayurvedic massage from experienced Ayurvedic therapists.

You are welcome to relax in the in-house sauna to mobilise your detoxification (massage and sauna on request to be paid separately).

You can retreat during your free time or relax in the hammocks. You can also take the opportunity to hike on countless trails in the breathtaking natural surroundings.  

The beautiful beaches of Amado and Bordeira are within walking distance. The towns of Sagres, Lagos and Aljezur are also definitely worth a visit.

I know the area well and can give you individual tips.

Why do a cleanse?

The tradition of cleansing oneself of internal and external toxins can be found in both Western naturopathy and Ayurvedic medicine. The focus here is on purification techniques to support the natural cleansing functions of your body. A cleanse reset can open up new perspectives and give you new energy, especially if you feel emotionally and mentally overwhelmed and tiredness and lack of energy dominate your everyday life.

By taking the right foods and herbs, as well as a healthy mix of exercise and relaxation, your metabolism and the detoxifying elimination processes in your body are stimulated. It is possible that you may temporarily feel less energy during this detox phase. In my programme, I make sure that there are enough breaks in which you can withdraw and enjoy the beauty and power of the surrounding nature. Because detoxing works better the less stress you have and the more consciously you can give space to letting go.

The Ayurveda Cleanse will help you to

⟣ Press the pause button and regenerate. ⟢

⟣ Come back to yourself and your needs. ⟢

⟣ Realign yourself and start afresh with new strength. ⟢

Our venue is your haven to immerse yourself back into nature.

The Monte Velho Retreat Centre offers the perfect environment to recover, refocus and regenerate. It is designed to provide you with the comfort and space you need to cleanse and relax.

The region is enriched by the power of its rugged, unspoilt nature, where the high cliffs overlook the ocean. There are many places where you can relax, enjoy the panoramic views of the eucalyptus forests and experience the most magical sunsets.

It’s time to treat yourself..

The rooms are simply and comfortably furnished and help you to let go and surrender to retreat. You can rest in a variety of quiet and restful areas, all of which offer magnificent views of the surroundings and have been created for the purpose of relaxation and contemplation.

At the Monte Vehlo spa, you can get a massage or book an appointment to visit the sauna. The beaches of Amado and Bordeira are just a short drive or 30-minute walk away, where you can relax in the sun or take a dip in the waves. You can also hike along the various cliff paths.

Retreat Flow

Day 01: Arrival & Grounding

Day 02: Let go & Release

Day 03: Realignment & Vision

Day 04: Intention Setting

Day 05: Weave perception

Day 06: Renew & Integrate

Sample Schedule

7.30am Morning Yoga & Meditation

9.00 am Breakfast

10.00am Time to explore/ private Ayurveda consultations/ massages/ sauna

1.00pm Lunch

2.00pm Time to explore/ private Ayurveda consultations/ massages/ sauna

4.30pm Workshop/ Teaching

7.00pm Dinner

8.30pm Evening Yoga

About your Host

Doreen leads Ayurveda and yoga retreats, she is a Naturopath specialising in Ayurveda medicine, a yoga teacher and a forest therapist. Her passion is to accompany and support you in a holistic way so that you can make self-determined and sustainable changes for yourself.

With her love of Ayurveda, she brings you closer to the 'knowledge of a long life'. Passing on Ayurveda in all its facets is a passion for her. Doreen supports you in living a life that nourishes you on all levels and inspires you to take a loving, attentive approach to yourself.

Her studies in Ayurveda medicine led her to India, followed by numerous further training courses in Germany. Doreen is also a passionate Hatha & Kundalini yoga teacher. She completed her training in Thailand and other European countries, where she increasingly specialised in yoga therapy.You can find more about Doreen here

There’s an option for everyone, choose your room

Auf dem Ayurveda Cleanse Retreat Portugal stehen dir 4 Raumformate zur Verfügung. Die Kosten beinhalten Unterkunft, Ayurvedische Detox-Vollpension und dem kompletten Ayurveda-Workshop und Yoga-Programm und richten sich nach der gewünschten Zimmerkategorie:

  • Shared room (with max. 5 other people)
    €1,150 pp 
  • Double room on two levels and private bathroom: two single rooms sharing a bathroom, terrace with sunbed and hammock overlooking the beautiful landscape.
    €1,450 pp 
  • Deluxe single room with private bathroom
    €1,750 pp 
  • Forest House single room (only two available) perfect for friends/family to share with own private bathroom, lounge area, outdoor veranda and kitchenette
    €1,950 pp 

Each room is uniquely designed with its own bathroom, towels, shampoo, body care products, a warm blanket for the cooler months and fresh spring water from the tap.

If you wish to have an even deeper and more personalized retreat experience…

...then you are cordially invited to book a 1:1 Ayurveda consultation with an analysis of your constitution or a 1:1 Ayurveda nutritional consultation with me (129 euros, special offer, normal price is 169 euros). There are only limited places available. Find out more about my Ayurveda consultations and nutritional consultations here.

Ayurveda Cleanse Retreat Portugal

Ayurveda Cleanse Retreat Portugal

What else you need to know:


  • 6 days, 5 nights Accommodation in a stylish retreat centre with natural architecture, idyllic gardens and relaxation areas
  • All Ayurveda workshops and teachings on selected detox topics from Ayurveda and herbal medicine
  • Daily yoga practice, meditation and breathing techniques to support your process of transformation
  • Delicious detox creations made from fresh and regional ingredients consisting of 3 Ayurvedic vegetarian or optional vegan meals per day
  • a yoga shala pavilion in the retreat centre gardens
  • the sea, the most beautiful beaches in the western Algarve and extensive hiking trails in a breathtaking natural setting
  • 1:1 Ayurvedic consultation with analysis of your constitution
  • 1:1 Ayurveda nutritional counselling
  • Transportation
  • Flights
  • Sauna
  • Ayurveda massages
  • Additional meals or drinks
  • Local trips

If you need to cancel your place, please write to doreen@doreenpalke.com

The deposit is non-refundable.

Regardless of the reason, the following cancellation fee will apply:

* Notification received 8 weeks before the start of the retreat: deposit is non-refundable.

* Notification received less than 8 weeks before the start of the retreat: 100% of the retreat price. In such a case, you can pass on your booking to another person (friend, relative, colleague, etc.).

* You can always pass on your booking to another person (friend, relative, colleague, etc.) who would like to join the retreat and stay in the same type of accommodation.

I reserve the right to cancel the retreat if required due to unforeseen circumstances. In such cases, participants will be informed immediately and full payment will be reimbursed. Any travelling expenses will not be reimbursed.

I recommend that all participants take out travel insurance. Your personal expenses, such as flight tickets or other costs that have not been paid directly to me, will not be reimbursed.

Most travel insurance policies will cover all your costs (flight tickets, the retreat costs, accommodation costs if you stay in Portugal before or after the retreat, etc.) if you have to cancel your trip. They are inexpensive and can be a good option to insure your trip.

Click on the book now button below to fill out a form. Within 24 hours you will receive a response with details to confirm your spot. Your space is confirmed only and once your deposit is received.

A non-refundable deposit of €500 is due by bank transfer. You will receive a reminder for the remaining balance payment when it is due - 8 weeks before the start of the retreat.

If you are coming with friends or family and you want to share a room just let me know on the registration form.

Check in 4pm
Our welcome ceremony starts at 6pm on the first day, followed by dinner and an evening programme.

Check out 11am
On the last day, there will be a morning meditation and yoga session, followed by a closing circle and breakfast before you check out.

90 minutes drive from Faro airport

Transfers can be arranged for flights arriving on the day of the retreat. A taxi from Faro Airport costs approx. €110 for 1-4 people.

Alternatively, you can use public transport: Take the bus to Faro station and then the train to Lagos. From there, a shuttle can take you to the venue, at a cost of approx. €45 per journey.

Travel costs are not included in the retreat price.

If you like to go exploring, car hire is another option, as there are plenty of parking spaces at the venue.

*For flights arriving on the day of the retreat, I will put you in touch with each other in advance so that you can share a transfer/taxi.

Clothes for yoga, hiking and something you feel comfortable in. A detailed list will be sent out a few weeks before the retreat.

You can travel light as you don't need to bring any yoga equipment. Hairdryer, bath towels, shampoo and body care products are provided. I will also provide you with your journal and pen.

You don't have to have a certain level or practice of Ayurveda, yoga or meditation experience for the retreat.

During the retreat days, there will be a light Ayurvedic detox breakfast every morning, an easily digestible lunch and an evening meal based on Ayurvedic detox principles. This means you won't be starving or fasting. Nevertheless, it will be a change for your body when we reduce our 3 daily meals to an Ayurvedic detox diet.

Before the retreat, you will receive brief instructions on how to best prepare your metabolism for the detox days. By consciously abstaining from stimulants, your body's system will adapt more easily to the changes. Your natural sense of hunger will also automatically adjust to the new conditions.

An often forgotten but very important part of a cleanse is the set-up of the reintroduction programme after the actual retreat so that you can benefit from the effects for as long as possible. To help you get off to a smooth start, we will go into detail about the important steps you need to take.

I speak both English and German. All group activities will be facilitated in English. Private Ayurveda consultations and Ayurveda nutritional consultations can be held in German on request.

It's your time for a new start - book now.

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