In 2002, two yoga teachers traveled to Spain in search of a beautiful location to set up a yoga retreat. Driven by the core values of truth, wisdom and love, they fell in love with the Alpujarra region. A friend predicted the first farmhouse they came to would be the right place. The friend’s name was Kali and Kaliyoga Spain was born.

In 2013 they opened a Kaliyoga retreat in Puglia, southern Italy.

Meet the founders

meet the crew in spain


Principal yoga teacher in Spain

Lely’s classes are deep, intelligent, life-changing. Her approach to yoga combines mindful movement, mindful meditation, mindful breathing, mindful philosophy and energy medicine. Her extensive knowledge and wisdom arise from personal experience and keen observation of quotidian life.

More about Lely here



Arantza (pronounced Ar-an-cha) was raised in the Basque region of Spain and has traveled the world.
She is a graduate of Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre in Kerala and has also studied yoga with BKS Iyengar and Dynamic Yoga with Godfrey Devereux. Her vinyasa yoga classes are invigorating, taught with simplicity, humour and down-to-earth wisdom.

More about Arantza here


Amanda – kitchen manager and nutritionist at Kaliyoga Spain


Bookings Manager

Louise is your go-to person when you’re making a booking.


Guest experience manager

Jane is at Kaliyoga in Spain and ensures that you get the most out of your retreat. Famous for her warm welcome, you are in good hands from the moment you arrive. Jane is a psychotherapist, offering extra support to guests who require it. She is also a practicing Tibetan Buddhist under the guidance of Lama Chime Rinpoche.


Jewish Mama extraordinaire, Suzie is a mother of two.

Before moving to Spain, Suzy organised community arts and music events in and around Bath in the UK. She was responsible for the welfare of large teams of artists and volunteers and honed her communication skills in finding the middle ground between artists needs and the demands of the city.

meet the crew in puglia, italy


 Yoga teacher at Kaliyoga in Puglia, Italy

Tashidawa is a KPJAYI Authorised level 2 Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga teacher with over twenty years of personal practice. Tashi has the gift of being able to transmit her deep yoga wisdom to each student in a way that is free from dogma, non-academic and highly engaging. In Tashi’s yoga classes, novices and experienced yogis can practice together in the same room, following modified instructions and exploring their comfort zones without injury or fatigue. Tashi continues to deepen her practice each year at the Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute in Mysore.

More about Tashidawa here


Raw nutritionist and holistic masseuse at Kaliyoga in Puglia, Italy