Our Story

How our yoga retreats began.

ABOUT US

How Mahakala Center Yoga Retreats began.

Mahalaka Center invites you to slide into the oasis of calm offered in there nature &  yoga retreats. Being a trained practitioner, Dr. Lemm saw that the strains of life in the twenty-first century were not tackled by western medicine concepts. Everyday life grows busier, overloaded with information exposure, societal pressure and normalcy to stress, health ailments and unhappiness. While people are living longer, they are living longer lives suffering from more stress, mental and chronic health issues than ever before. 

Her daughter agreed and despite Dr Lemm’s success with one of the most acclaimed health practices in Germany, they believed more could be done. The mother-daughter duo developed Mahakala Center so you too can be your happiest, healthiest self. Doing so by providing yoga, detox treatments, meditation, mindfulness, and being a plant-based retreat. Forget your growing to-do lists and instead spend time growing to become your most flourishing self at Mahakala Center Yoga Retreats.

Our Team

Dr Vesna lemm

co founder

Vesna  is a 770 hours certified sivananda yoga teacher as well as general and holistic doctor in Berlin. She is a midwife, detox expert and nutritional therapist with great knowledge of traditional Chinese medicine. Her personal journey with yoga started in 2013 and it didn´t take long until she felt the urge to share the happiness and spiritual connection yoga had given her.  Vesna is the mother and the driving force of Mahakala full of energy and passion. 

Marijana Lemm

Co FOUNDER

Marijana is not only the other half of Mahakala’s founding duo but also the loving soul of this magical place. Big part of her positive energy comes from her strong connection to nature. Sustainablity is close to Marijana’s heart and therefore she has made it a core part of Mahakala’s culture. She loves outdoors and has done her 300 hr yoga training as well as other meditation and creative workshop trainings. 

Rada & family

Plant based Cook

 Our cook Rada together with her husband Boyan and her daughter Anja is a beloved part of our Mahakala family. With heartwarming and gentle kindness she represents the centre of Mahakala’s kitchen team, nourishes and amazes all of our guests with creations of wholesome vegan food. Becoming a cook was always her dream job so she is very passionate about cooking for out guests.

Echo Widmer

YOGA TEACHER JULY/ AUGUST 2020​

Echo has been using movement as a way of healing for over 15 years. She is a 500 RYT specialising in holistic healing through yoga principles, using Traditional Chinese Medicine and art therapy exercises in her practices and trainings. Her background began with Hatha, Vinyasa and Power yoga eventually evolving into Yin, and Restorative styles. She has a strong focus on individual alignment, and embodiment of the full practice of yoga. She uses behavioural psychology, neuroscience, breath control and other behavioural studies as part of her wholistic approach to healing through yoga. 

Hannah Devries

Yoga Teacher APRIL-JUNE 2020

Hannah’s values are deeply rooted in connection, community, presence and movement. Her journey with yoga has evolved and reshaped itself into something much more than she could have ever imagined; having completed her 200 hr YTT in 2014, she has since become a sponge for all things breath, body, mind, and spirit. With her passion swimming in avenues and trainings such as Reiki, Yin Yoga and Chakra Transformation, traditional Restorative Yoga, eye-gazing meditations, Shaking Medicine (TRE), and Zen Thai Shiatsu Massage. Her heart is most full when connecting with others and with nature.

Echo Widmer

YOGA TEACHER JULY/ AUGUST 2020​

Echo has been using movement as a way of healing for over 15 years. She is a 500 RYT specialising in holistic healing through yoga principles, using Traditional Chinese Medicine and art therapy exercises in her practices and trainings. Her background began with Hatha, Vinyasa and Power yoga eventually evolving into Yin, and Restorative styles. She has a strong focus on individual alignment, and embodiment of the full practice of yoga. She uses behavioural psychology, neuroscience, breath control and other behavioural studies as part of her wholistic approach to healing through yoga. 

RETREAT CUISINE

A Plant Based Yoga Retreat

We serve homemade vegan food and our recipes are created by Dr Lemm who specializes in nutritional therapy. Both the brunch and dinner will be made of fresh seasonal ingredients, giving you a chance to experience how nutrition can boost your energy and mood.

We use intermittent fasting program, which means we serve two nutritional meals per day. The benefits of intermittent fasting include improved brain function, better digestion, skin and immune system as well as weight loss in the long term. 

ECO RETREAT

Sustainability at Mahakala Center

Caring for ourselves and others, we also make it easier for you to care for the planet. The Mahakala eco yoga retreats are designed with sustainability in mind. Our plant-based retreats while nourishing you, allows us to utilise the single biggest way to reduce your impact on planet Earth, by being vegan. Helping to minimise, greenhouse gases, but also global acidification, land and water use.

We source fresh water from the mountains, keep our appliances eco-friendly, with salt water filtration application, organic sewage systems and solar. We supporting the community and reducing air miles, aiming to source local produce wherever possible.

Constantly wanting to improve, the objective is to completely eradicate single-use plastics and grow as much of the food we provide to guests in our permaculture project.