monte velho, algarve, portugal

Immerse yourself in the vivid and transformative work of Max Strom’s evolutionary retreats. Unplug from the digital world, revitalize your health and remember who you are. It can be life changing.

upcoming retreat

unplug - tune in

algarve, portugal

july 18 - july 24 2021 · monte velho

about the retreat

Return to clarity and beauty Retreat with Max Strom at Monte Velho in the Algarve, in Southern Portugal. Immerse yourself in nature, transformation, and community.

Take this unique opportunity to join the inspiring and empowering teacher Max Strom in his special summer Wellbeing Retreat, from July 18 to July 24, 2021 in the stunning area called Algarve, in Southern Portugal. The focus of this retreat will be renewal, relaxation, and vigor. These days together will consist of full practices of Inner Axis movement and breathing, lectures, writing, and relaxing all in the stunning landscape of the Algarve, where the air is pure and nature is powerful.

This retreat is an invitation to get to know and deepen Max’s system of Inner Axis; to learn how to include this healing practice into your daily life back home and at the same having enough space to enjoy the sun, go for a swim in the ocean, or just relax in the hammock on the terrace.

The essential elements of our week:

  • Breathing patterns to alleviate stress and burnout
  • Inner Axis – Max’s personally developed practice. Practice both deceptively deep and satisfying both to the beginner to the advanced.
  • Emotional healing and wellbeing
  • Dynamic Meditation
  • Writing and discussion

The classes will be taught in English.
MAX STROM was born with severe clubbed feet and spent much of the first six years of his life with his feet confined in plaster casts and braces. Today, he is known for inspiring and impacting the lives of people from all walks of life, teaching breathing patterns and personal transformation worldwide. His method, Inner Axis, is a system of field-tested techniques that are known to produce immediate results, impacting the internal and emotional aspects of our life, as well as physical healing. Max has taught tens of thousands of students and trained several hundred teachers. Many know him for his two inspiring books: “There is No APP for Happiness”, addressing the challenge of finding meaning in the digital age, and “A Life Worth Breathing”, published in five languages and used as required reading in many yoga trainings. A dynamic speaker, Max has presented three TEDx events, and keynote addresses at global government conferences, corporate conferences, wellness conferences, and many Yoga festivals. Most recently he presented at the prestigious World Government Summit in Dubai and the first Wisdom in Business conference in Amsterdam. His TEDx talk, Breathe to Heal, has surpassed one million views on YouTube.

Magical eucalyptus and pine forests, sandy beaches and spectacular cliffs – the simple yet beautifully designed Monte Velho Nature Resort is located in a peaceful setting right in the heart of the Costa Vicentina Natural Park, in the Algarve, Southwest of Portugal. 5 minutes’ drive from Amado beach, one of the many gorgeous beaches along this coast. With country tracks waiting to be explored by foot or bike; a swimmable lake and magic beaches nearby; Plenty of opportunity for healthy outdoor fun. And why not relax with a sauna or steam bath in between.

The sun, the sea and the wind that sweeps over land: Here the elements are everywhere.

More information about Monte Velho Retreat Center on

We can accommodate 26 participants in triple and double and a limited number of single rooms. All rooms have a private shower/toilet. The rooms are simple, yet with great attention to detail.

Additionally, we offer a shared room with 4 beds. This accommodation is located close to the practice room. Toilets and showers are located 100 meters away from the dorm. An experience of simplicity in the middle of nature at more modest costs.

Daily Schedule (subject to modifications)
8:00 to 9:00 am Breakfast
10:00 to 11:30 am Inner Axis, Movement and Breathing
12:30 to 4:00 pm Lunch & free time
4:00 to 6:00 pm Inner Axis, Movement and Breathing
6:30 to 7:30 pm Dinner
8:15 to 8:45 pm Lecture, meditation, or free time

Included in the price

  • 6 nights of accommodation in shared, triple, double or single room
  • 3 vegetarian meals per day
  • All classes & lectures (in English)
  • Yoga mats and props
  • Bed linen and one towel

Not included in the price

  • Travel to Portugal and back
  • Transfers to/from the retreat center Monte Velho
  • Usage of the sauna and steam bath
  • Massage

Please bring your own Yoga mat if possible.

Costs per person in Euro
Euro 995 in the shared house (up to 4 people). Toilet/showers 100 meters away
Euro 1090 in a triple room with private bathroom/toilet
Euro 1190 in a double room with private bathroom/toilet
Euro 1490 in a single room with private bathroom/toilet

You should aim to arrive between 4:00 pm and 6:00 pm on Sunday, July 18, 2021 at Monte Velho. We are unable to receive guests before that time, so please organize travel arrangements accordingly. There is a meet & greet at 6:30 pm, followed by the dinner.

On the last day, Saturday, July 24, 2021, check out for the rooms is at 10:00 am. Latest departure time from the venue is noon. The last class takes place on Friday night.

Flight / Transfer
Monte Velho is located 1,5 hours from the Airport of Faro.

Swiss, Transavia, Lufthansa, Easy Jet, TAP, Edelweiss, Ryanair, and additional airlines fly to Faro from various European cities.
The transfer from the airport to the retreat center will take around 1,5 – 2 hours and the costs are depending on how many people are sharing a taxi: 100 Euro for 1-4 people, 160 Euro for 8 people. Please let us know your arrival time as soon as possible, as we try to organize group transfers to keep these costs low.

If you arrive/leave very early or very late and you need a taxi only for you, the costs of this transfer can be around 100 Euro per car/per way.

Monte Velho offers different massages and therapies. Those treatments are not included in the price and need to be paid cash in Euro.

For the ultimate retreat experience, For the ultimate retreat experience, it is important that each participant has practiced with Max Strom before OR has practiced several times with Inner Axis 30 on YouTube or Max’s DVD, Learn to Breathe prior to committing to this immersion. We entrust you to ensure this requirement will be fulfilled. You can buy this DVD through,, or as a digital download right to your phone or tablet at

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Dear Friends,

This is an invitation to join me for my well-being and yoga retreats. Retreats are the most potent medium for accelerating our personal evolution and reconnecting with nature, our community, and what is most meaningful to us. In these events we get the rare opportunity to have all distractions removed for a few days, totally unplugged, surrounded by natural beauty and like-minded seekers. I personally select retreat centers that are quiet, beautiful, and conserve healthy and delicious food. All of my retreats consist of lectures, writing, and full practices of my Inner Axis breath initiated movement, guided visualizations, and meditation. All levels of experience are welcome and taken care of.

I hope that you can join me for one of these joyful events.

With affection and solidarity

"I thought I knew how to breathe until I experienced Max Strom’s breathing work. He guided me to a depth and openness I didn't know was available. My heart, my breath, my spirit are nourished deeply by his teachings."
Janet Stone - Yoga Teacher
- San FranciscoCA

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