monte velho, 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


july 26 - aug 7 2020 · monte velho

about the retreat

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

Take this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to join the inspiring and empowering teacher Max Strom in his special summer Well-Being Retreat, from July 26 to August 1, 2020 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, 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 on the beach, go for a swim in the ocean, or just relax in the hammock on the terrace.

Monte Velho is only 1,5 hours from Faro Airport.

The essential elements of our week:

  • Breathing patterns to alleviate stress and burnout
  • Inner Axis – Max’s personally developed practice. Practice 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.

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. Then 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

Monte Velho is only 1,5 hours from Faro Airport.

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

Additionally, we offer a shared room with 4 beds. This accommodation is located close to the practice room. Additional toilet 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)
8:00-9:00 Breakfast
10:00-11:30 Inner Axis, Movement and Breathing
12:30 -13:30 Lunch
13:30-16:00 Free time
16:00-18:00 Inner Axis, Movement and Breathing
18:30 -19:30 Dinner
20:15-20:45 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
  • Yoga props
  • Bed linen and one towel

Not included in the price

  • Trip 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 26, 2020 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, August 1, 2020 the departure time is
10:00 am. The last class takes place on Friday night.

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

Swiss, Transavia, KLM, Easy Jet, Tui, Jet2, TAP, Edelweiss, Ryanair, Brussels Airlines 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 costs around 25-50 Euros per person/per way, depending on how many people are sharing a taxi. 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.

If you choose to be picked up from the airport, we would like to have your arrival details on the application form.

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, 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 digital downloads right to your phone or tablet at

If you are not sure about meeting these requirements but you’d like to join this retreat, please contact directly [email protected] with your questions or concerns.

For more information or to book please email Tanja at [email protected]

Once we have received your non-refundable/non-transferable deposit of EUR 500 (full amount, without deduction of any local and/or oversea bank charges) your registration is valid and will be confirmed.

The remainder is due on July 1st, 2020.

After the registration has been confirmed, the whole amount is payable and is non-refundable.

If one of the teachers are/is unable to lead the retreat due to unforeseen circumstances, we reserve the right to replace the teacher(s) with an equivalent one(s).

Insurance is your own responsibility. The company/the teachers shall not be held liable for any damage to, or loss of, property or injury to persons. The participant waives any claim against the company for any such loss, damage, injury, or death.

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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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