Meet the founders
In 2002, Rosie & Jonji Miles traveled to Spain in search of a beautiful location to set up a yoga retreat. They fell in love with the Alpujarra region near Granada and the first farmhouse they saw, as predicted by a friend in India, was the right place. The friend’s name was Kali.
The warm climate and majestic mountain views provided an ideal atmosphere for experiencing the basis of yoga practice: truth, wisdom, love.
In 2013, Jonji & Rosie opened a Kaliyoga retreat centre in Puglia, southern Italy. Our core values are the same : truth, wisdom, love.
We recruit world-class teachers and crew in both locations and our work relationship is like a family. A retreat at Kaliyoga is a rare opportunity to cultivate self-care, to rest and to experience yourself at peace.
Principal yoga teacher at Kaliyoga Spain
One of the things we love most about Lely is the way she teaches yoga. Her classes go way beyond the current trend for ‘fitness yoga’ (that are really just exercises with Sanscrit names). Lely’s approach to yoga combines mindful meditation, mindful movement, mindful breath regulation, mindful ethics and energy medicine. Her deep knowledge and personal points of reference taken from keen day to day observations are what makes Lely so engaging and her classes so deeply satisfying.
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Yoga teacher and Thai masseuse at Kaliyoga Spain
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 and powerful, delivered with no-nonsense simplicity and her humerous style of down-to-earth wisdom.
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Yoga teacher at Kaliyoga in Italy
Tashi Dawa 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.
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Alessandra – raw food master and holistic masseuse at Kaliyoga in Italy
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Amanda – kitchen manager and nutritionist at Kaliyoga Spain
Louise – bookings manager at Kaliyoga Spain
Jane Aldred – Guest Experience Manager
Jane looks after our guests in Spain and ensures that they get the most out of their retreat. Famous for her warm welcome, our guests know that they are in good hands from the moment they arrive. Jane is a practicing Tibetan Buddhist of 30 years under the guidance of Lama Chime Rinpoche. She is also a psychotherapist, offering extra support to guests who require it.