“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.”
Siàn Griffith – Mindfulness Meditation Teacher and University Lecturer
Read more about Cáli’s experiences and life journey through her own words 🖋
I was born in Brazil in 1963, raised by a single working mother, my father was not able to be a part of my upbringing. My childhood circumstances led me to start looking deeper to understand the sense of not belonging I carried with me.
I have been practising yoga, studying and engaging with therapeutic processes since high school.
After graduation I went on to study sociology, anthropology and psychology at the Goias Federal University in Brazil. Hoping to better understand human nature, I discovered that these subjects could not provide the answers I sought. Disillusioned with the academic approach to understanding what brings out a true sense of well being, I switched paths to build a prominent fashion company in São Paulo.
Once I established a successful corporate career, I realized that success, money and material luxuries did not fill the gap that continued to stay present within me.
Next, my continuing inner exploration took me to the Himalayas where I spent seven years experiencing and practicing long periods of silence in retreats under the guidance of my teacher Swami Prem Samdarshi.
Soon after I was fortunate to meet the Advaita sage, Ramesh Balsekar, and became his student for over four years. For me, Ramesh and the Advaita philosophy were “the cherry on the cake” of my spiritual exploration.
My experience at university, studying with legendary spiritual teachers, and dedication to an ongoing meditation and yoga practice, has given me a unique approach to self-development. My self-work combined with therapeutic trainings and the natural flow of life itself, eventually led me to develop my Self-Understanding sessions and to create programs for residential retreats.
I was privileged to learn valuable life lessons and so much more about myself as I contributed to create and was a co-founder of the Mandali retreat center in Italy. After 7 years of collaboration with my partners to arrive at its completion, I was led to move on to the next step of my own soul life wishes.
I now specialise in assisting people in online private sessions. Occasionally I offer residential retreats for selected participants.
In my free time, I enjoy nature walks, dancing, spending time with close friends, travelling, learning from plant medicines and living spontaneously.
I now live in Tuscany, Italy with my beloved partner, whom I owe the gift of learning how to receive more human love than I thought was ever possible!
“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.”