Cáli Ornelas is a psychotherapist, spiritual mentor and intuitive.

“We are incredibly multi-dimensional beings and my deepest interest in life is to continuously explore the edges to expand all the ways to love and embody the power we have as human beings, without leaving anything behind.” – Cáli Ornelas

Cáli is the founder of the Yossum Process of Self Understanding and has been leading retreats for over 25 years.

Since the age of 15 she has been practicing, studying and dedicating herself to discovering and exploring what it takes to feel truly alive and content.

“My work with Cáli has been life changing. She’s taught me how to believe in myself and recognise my true potential. Cáli is a true friend and spiritual guide.  She has been patient and lovingly supports my growth.”


She is a deeply committed teacher and therapist and is honoured to support each person on their life’s journey.

Cáli’s life has been an inspiring global journey that began in Brazil. Following her inner and outer curiosities across eight different countries, Cáli immigrated to Australia, met her first Buddhist teacher in Indonesia, studied meditation and psychology in India, lived in the UK, Spain, Germany, and Italy, and now resides in Holland. Being exposed to so many diverse cultures and teachings has led her to formulate a unique approach to compassionate self development.

Read more about Cáli’s experiences and life journey…

Born in Brazil in 1963, Cáli was raised by a single working mother, who was both practical and spiritually curious. Cáli has been practising yoga, studying and engaging with therapeutic processes since high school. After graduation she went on to study sociology, anthropology and psychology at the Goias Federal University in Brazil. Hoping to better understand human nature, Cáli discovered that these subjects could not provide the answers she sought. Disillusioned with the academic approach to understanding what brings out a true sense of well being, she switched paths to build a prominent fashion company in São Paulo. Once she had established a successful corporate career,
she realized that success and material luxuries didn’t satisfy
her either.

“I first met with Cáli when I was in a place of great confusion. Her clarity, humanity and intuition helped me quickly understand the state I was in, and how to get out of it.

Attending Cáli’s retreats and taking personal sessions has helped me learn how to connect to my own inner guidance. I’ve come to respect my life force and live differently. It’s been an empowering process, for which I am very grateful. I am now a mindfulness meditation teacher delivering my own retreats.”


Feeling a renewed interest in spiritual and human development, Cáli immigrated to Australia and embraced meditation as a natural complement to her existing practices of therapy and yoga.

In 1989, she moved to India and became a disciple of Osho, the enlightened mystic.

For many years she dedicated herself to learn and then assist in trainings in various types of psycho-spiritual and therapeutic approaches such as the Hoffman Process, Tantra Sexual Deconditioning, Primal Healing and numerous meditation retreats at Osho’s International Center in Pune.

“Cáli’s profound clarity and wisdom provided a pure and safe space for me to connect with myself, release my fears, and find balance and inner strength. I am grateful for her immense love. ”


Next, her continuing inner exploration took her to the Himalayas where she spent seven years experiencing and practicing long periods of silence in retreats under the guidance of her teacher Swami Prem Samdarshi. Soon after Cáli was fortunate to meet the Advaita sage, Ramesh Balsekar, and became his student for over four years. According to Cali, Ramesh and Advaita were “the cherry on the cake” of her spiritual exploration.

“I had a fire in my heart urging me to discover how to live a life that felt more peaceful and purposeful. It was the driving force of the inner and outer adventures I embarked on. I am so grateful that this fiery urge has transformed into a form of joyful curiosity and stimulus to share what I discovered.”

After spending fourteen years in India, Cáli moved to London in order to learn  a more “westernized language” to help her refine and share her therapeutic skills. She spent the next 12 years training in the most up to date and evidence proved psychological modalities, both in the USA and Germany.

  • Internal Family Systems Model (IFS), with Richard Schwartz, Ph.D. and various senior trainers.
  • Trauma Healing through the School of Somatic Experiencing, founded by Peter A. Levine.
  • Essential Qualities, under the Diamond Logos Academy Founder, Faisal Muquaddam.
  • Healing Early Attachment Wounds with Dr. Diane Poole Heller.
  • The Wisdom of Enneagram, Enneagram Institute with Don Richard Riso and Russ Hudson.

“I feel privileged to have extraordinary friends, gifted teachers and mentors in my life who continuously guide and support me. That immense gratitude fuels the sense that it is absolutely okay to trust the infinite wisdom of human exchange.” 

Her experience at university, studying with legendary spiritual teachers, and developing an ongoing meditation and yoga practice, has given her a unique approach to self-development. That self work combined with therapeutic trainings and the natural flow of life itself, eventually led Cáli to develop her Self-Understanding sessions and to create programs for residential retreats.

Cáli specialises in assisting people in private sessions as well as offering residential retreats.

In her free time, she enjoys nature walks, living spontaneously and spending time with her close friends.