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Our Story

How our yoga retreats began.


How Mahakala Center Yoga Retreats began.

Mahalaka Center invites you to slide into the oasis of calm offered in their 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


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. 

Diego Murillo


After many years as a competitive mountain biker, trail runner and triathlete, Diego moved into the field of yoga as part of his quest to find inner peace. This curiosity also led him to learn more about nutrition, personal training, indoor cycling, Pilates and various styles of yoga including hatha, yin and ashtanga vinyasa. Diego is thrilled that his more than 30 year journey has brought him to yoga – it has helped him cultivate the happiness and health he sought, and continues to affect all aspects of his life.

Linnea Lappalainen

Social Media/ Marketing

Linnea is our social media representative. She loves yoga, meditation and photography, and is extremely passionate about astrology and all things lunar. Nature is her biggest inspiration and her favourite thing is to spend time barefoot exploring this Earth. Linnea is currently studying to become an art therapist and cannot wait to hold her first art workshop at our center soon!

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


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. 

Josh Blau

Guest Yoga Teacher 1-15th August

Teaching at Mahakala 1-15th August 2020. Josh has garnered quite a following in Melbourne where he is known for his energetic, transformative and inspiring classes. Deeply respectful of the origins of yoga and acutely aware of modern day needs, Josh brings everyday balance and flow to his teachings. Josh’s passion is to guide people to a place where they can feel more connected to themselves. In this quest to facilitate a higher state of consciousness in his students, he brings pranayama, meditation and kirtan to his classes. Founder of teacher training company.


A Plant Based Yoga Retreat

delicious homemade nutritious vegan brunch served at yoga retreat in Europe

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. 


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.