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Cáli, Ladakh India, 2007

Cáli Ornelas is the Founder and Creator of Yossum and its Teachings.

Cáli's long and exciting journey from Brazil to Australia to India and now in Europe has resulted in a concept and an approach to self development unlike any other. Cáli's life work and passion is to help as many people return to their personal, god-given True-Self in this life.  Thanks to her life experiences, her ability to be in touch with Guidance and her compassion, Cáli is a unique guide for these turbulent and wondrous times.

Born in Brazil, Cáli has been practicing yoga and engaged in therapeutic processes since the early age of 15.

Following high school, Cáli studied Sociology and Anthropology at the Goias Federal University in Brazil. Her goal was to better understand human nature but she discovered that these studies would not provide the answers she sought.  Disillusioned with the academic approach to understanding life, she spent the next seven years building a prominent company in the São Paulo fashion industry.

However, having a successful corporate career, and all the material luxuries money could buy, did not satisfy her either. Cáli immigrated to Australia and renewed her natural interest in spiritual and human development, embracing 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. She participated, assisted and trained in various types of therapeutic approaches, as well as Meditation Retreats at Osho's International Center in Pune.

Her inner exploration took her to the Himalayas, where, for seven years, she experienced and practiced long periods of silence in retreats under the guidance of her teacher Swami Prem Samdarshi. Soon after this period Cáli was fortunate to meet the Advaita sage, Ramesh Balsekar, in Mumbai. She received his teachings for more than four years. Ramesh was, as Cáli refers to him, "the cherry on the cake" of her life evolvement.

After fourteen years in India, Cáli returned to the West and moved to London. In order to have a more "western language" in which to transmit her understanding she trained in the Enneagram with Don Richard Riso and Russ Hudson. Studying with these "fathers of the Enneagram" in the UK and the United States Cáli learned the language of this practical and powerful psychological system of self-understanding. This model has become the central aspect of Yossum Self-Understanding teachings.

The synthesis of her experience with university studies, legendary spiritual teachers, constant yoga practice, therapeutic training and Enneagram wisdom (and ultimately the natural flow of life itself) led Cáli to develop her powerful private Self-Understanding sessions as well as create the Yossum Process. This is her unique approach to self-development. Through her work, Cáli provides students the opportunity to experience a deep-rooted sense of harmony, acceptance of self and others; and whatever presents itself in the moment as being nothing more than "What Is".

Cáli has personally designed the structured programs presented in the Yossum Process. She also developed modules of meditation and yogic philosophy for Yoga Teacher Training Schools (eg. with the Yoga Alliance of the United States). She has further refined her therapeutic skills in Trauma Healing through the School of Somatic Experiencing, founded by Peter A. Levine. She has also participated in the studies of Diane Poole Heller in Diane's enlightening, "Healing Early Attachment Wounds" Program. From 2011 till present, Cáli studies under the Diamond Logos Founder Faisal Muquaddam and Velusia van Horssen where she learns this system of Essential Qualities that, to her joy, reflects her instinctual and experiential knowing of Essence.

Cáli delivers the Yossum Process personally with her highly-qualified team at retreat locations in Holland, Italy, Spain and India. Recently, she developed, together with Emilio Mercuriali, Yossum's new course: The Deepening. This is designed for advanced and committed seekers who are actively a part of today's Western world.

Finally, Cáli holds group and private sessions with students from all over the world. Her sessions are delivered in person for those who come for Yossum Retreats or live in Amsterdam and via Skype.

Cáli's dedication to understanding human manifestation and its transfer to Western students is unending and ever developing.