Ode to Healing

Cleanse to Bloom Retreat

 11 -18 September 2022

This week-long retreat led by Dr Vesna Lemm is dedicated to healing you from inside out, giving a full reset of your body and mind. Dr Vesna Lemm is a medical doctor specialising in detox (heavy metal & pesticides), nutrition therapies, traditional Chinese medicine and functional medicine. She is also a trained midwife as well as a yoga and pilates teacher. Dr Lemm’s mission for the retreat is to share her passion and wisdom about the human body and holistic health that she has gained throughout  40  years of her career, as well as to provide you with practical tools to help you maintain and improve your health in the long term. You will have access to some of the most powerful detox techniques as well as crucial information surrounding health areas that are still not commonly known. 

This life-transforming health retreat starts with conducting an individual toxin & mineral level scan and a tongue diagnosis for every participant, followed by a personal consultation with Dr Lemm. During the week you will enjoy the benefits of acupuncture, ayurvedic detox massage, nutritious food and detox & probiotic shots combined with inspiring and information-packed workshops on a variety of health and detox topics. Between treatments, you will be rejuvenating yourself with daily yoga classes, nutritious vegan food and the calming Montenegrin nature. 

Discounts and scholarship positions available for women from the local Balkan region and with low socioeconomic backgrounds.

At a glance

– 7 nights all-inclusive accommodation at Mahakala Retreats
– Daily yoga classes
– Vitasel mineral & toxin scan (value of 100€)
– Consultation with Dr Lemm (30min) with Individual health & supplement recommendations (value of 100€)
– Individual tongue diagnostic (value of 40€)
– Acupuncture with Dr Lemm (value of 50-100€)
– Ayurvedic detox massage (value of 65€)
– Ionic foot bath for heavy metals (value of 20€)
– Nutrition, health & supplements group discussion by Dr Lemm (90min / value of 30€)
– Detox & heavy metal group discussion with Dr Lemm (value of 30€)
– Unlimited access to infrared sauna and rooftop jacuzzi
– 2 nourishing daily vegan buffets
– Additional treatments to book: glutathione shots, additional acupuncture, mineral and vitamins shots. The treatments may be suggested for you according to your individual health scan.

Complimentary gifts:
– Vegan fermentation Workshop (value of 30€)
– Daily detox shot & prebiotic drink (value of 50€)
– Airport shuttle from Podgorica Airport (TGD) on Sunday at 15:00 and leaving Mahakala at 12:30 the following Sunday

A letter from Dr Vesna Lemm

“Since I was little, I had been suffering from various diseases and chronic conditions. I sought help from a number of doctors but always came back with empty hands. It wasn’t until I found out about the detrimental impacts heavy metals and inaccurate diet can have on one’s health, that I was able to cure my health conditions. I also learnt about the important link between gut health and many of the most common health issues such as autoimmune conditions and mental health disorders. After thoroughly detoxing my body from the accumulated heavy metals, radically changing my diet, repairing my gut and getting my overall health back on track, I had burning motivation to deep into the study of heavy metals, nutrition and their influence on health. Since I managed to heal my own health issues as well as those of many of my patients, I feel a strong urge to spread awareness about the detrimental impact of heavy metals and other toxins as well as the importance of nutrition, gut health and detoxing. After years of successfully treating hundreds of patients through holistic medicinal techniques, I have understood the power of combining Western and Eastern practises in thoroughly healing patients.”


Sample Daily Schedule

07:30 -9:00 Morning Yoga Flow 
09:30-10:30 Vegan brunch 
11:30 – 12:30 Health and spa treatments & therapies 
15:30-16:30 Workshops/ talks 
17:00-18:00 Vegan dinner 
19:00-20:00 Evening activity (e.g., restorative yoga, health talks, dance, sound healing) 


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Health & Detox

 Everyday life is becoming ever more busy, overloaded with information exposure, societal pressure and unhappiness. Although people are living longer, they are suffering from stress and various chronic health conditions including autoimmune diseases, mental health disorders and chronically low energy levels more than ever before. Fortunately, the cure for these health conditions can often be found simply by changing our lifestyle and using holistic approaches, but with the information overload we get easily lost when searching for answers on the internet and taking a pill seems to be the “solution” for any problem. However, if we truly want to heal ourselves, we need to inspect our symptoms carefully, find the root cause of the issues and tackle it as a whole, otherwise the issues will remain and the symptoms will always keep coming back. After treating hundreds of patients suffering from autoimmune diseases and other health issues at her own clinic, Dr Lemm knows how vital the role of adequate nutrition is in the healing process. Dr Lemm has also learnt how much our gut health influences our brain and therefore our mental health as well. Often what we think is entirely mental actually stems from mineral imbalances and gut health issues, and can therefore be healed by improving one’s gut. Not to mention that most autoimmune conditions can be relieved, or even cured, by treating our gut in the most optimal way.

Detoxing the body is a great place to start healing ourselves from the constant stressors we face daily. Detoxing methods can be very complex and difficult to understand, however. This retreat is created to help you become your own doctor and understand the key concepts and knowledge about detoxing & health as well as gaining practical tools to continue detoxing at home so you can flourish into the best version of yourself.

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Yoga, Meditation & Movement

Stress is an increasing health threat in our society. It significantly decreases our overall physical and mental health and it can become chronic in which case your body is continuously in the sympathetic nervous system and in an ongoing fight or flight – state. This state is incredibly taxing to your body and results in high blood pressure, weakened immunity, increased anxiety, and it can eventually lead to a total burn out. Therefore, it is absolutely crucial to learn to control stress. One of the most powerful tools Dr Lemm has found is the daily practice of yoga. Yoga works by training the body to return back to the parasympathetic nervous system (rest & digest state) making it the dominant state of the body, whilst moving away from the sympathetic nervous system. Once the body learns to repeatedly come back to the resting state during the yoga practice, you’ll shortly notice that this will also start to happen outside the yoga practice. 

At Mahakala, our mission is to show that yoga is for everyone, no matter how flexible you are or how much experience you have. The secret is, if you can breathe, you can do yoga. It is not about moving your body in a complicated way, but rather about finding the union of the mind, body and spirit. We want to offer you a chance to rejuvenate your body and mind form everyday stressors and find your inner peace. We are here to support you along the way, providing you with practical skills that you can continue to use once you return home. To do this effectively, we combine traditional yoga practises with modern scientific and neuroscience based knowledge. 


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Plant-based Cuisine

Mahakala’s nutritious & delicious vegan food is wholesome, fresh and always homemade. At each meal, we offer a number of dishes from freshly made pastries to salads made of homegrown vegetables to ensure there is always something for everyone. There are no complicated detox programs, just nutritious food created with love. The menu and recipes are created by Dr. Vesna Lemm, a doctor specialising in nutrition & detox, also one of the founders of Mahakala.

 Our main aim is to share practical information and knowledge about healthy lifestyle choices and nutrition with our guests. Thus, during each meal, we teach our guests the nutritional content of the meal followed by meaningful health tips that they can implement at home. During the retreat, you will also have the chance to participate in a fermentation workshop where you will learn to ferment vegetables yourself.

We offer 2 daily homemade vegan buffets. Our meal times are based on a powerful intermittent fasting philosophy (our favourite health tip!). This involves two highly nutritious meals per day (served at 9:30 and 17:00).

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Spaces & Sustainability

Taking care of Mother nature is one of the most fundamental things in we can do in today’s world. Therefore at Mahakala, we always aim to base our decisions and actions in ways that are as environmentally responsible as possible. 

We are passionate about this topic and Mahakala as a yoga centre has been built following sustainable principles. Our kitchen is fully plantbased with a no waste policy, we source our fresh water from the mountains, grow food in our own organic garden and source the remaining from local farms. We keep our appliances eco-friendly with salt water filtration applications, bio septic sewage systems and solar power for our hot water system. 

Since protecting the Earth is so close to our hearts, we want to offer our guests a chance to participate in a sustainability workshop where they can learn more about the principles of sustainability and become more aware of the power of lifestyle choices. Additionally, we have decided to put our profits this year into building a conservation project in hopes to conserve the beautiful Buljarica Cove which serves as a sanctuary for the local wildlife. 

Our centre is located in the small seaside village of Buljarica in Montenegro, cradled by mountains with breathtaking views of the Adriatic Sea. Surrounded by the four elements of earth, air, sun and water, the setting of the Mahakala Retreat provides an energising natural balance.

The center is located on a steep hill between the local mountainside houses, only a 15-minute walk from the local beach. Our beautiful facilities include a spacious yoga shala with mountain & sea views, a rooftop relaxation area with a jacuzzi, zen garden, outdoor bathtubs, a lounge area with hammocks, a spa & detox centre along with many other areas dedicated for relaxation.

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Discovering Breathtaking Nature

At Mahakala, we believe that reconnecting with nature and coming back to our roots is one of the most important things we can do for our own health and inner happiness as well as for the health of the world. The raw and pristine Montenegrin nature offers a beautiful and unique opportunity to practise this. Immerse yourself in the healing energy of nature and explore this beautiful country by hiking along breath-taking walking trails, lush hills and valleys, or go for a swim in the crystal clear sea to explore beautiful hidden caves. 

At the restore retreat, you will have the special opportunity to join us for a sea voyage by boat exploring Montenegro’s beautiful, turquoise coastline

Cleanse to bloom Retreat

Wellness & Spa

Taking a moment to relax in our hectic world is absolutely essential for us all. Relax in our rooftop spa as often as you like; enjoy the infra-red sauna and dip into the salt water (eco) Jacuzzi with the view of the surrounding mountains and the sparkling sea.

Since Dr Vesna Lemm, specialises in detoxing, we know the importance of detoxing for our optimal health. Thus we offer a variety of additional treatments that help your body to detox from accumulated environmental toxins so that you can feel your best.

During your retreat, you will also have the opportunity to book different individual treatments including; bodywork (massages), peelings, detox treatments & floral outdoor bath experiences.


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Accommodation & Prices

Prices for 8 days/7 nights retreats including all treatments, activities, excursions, accommodation & plant based buffets. 

  • Shared Dorm Room – 2340€
  • Private Basic Ensuite – 2640
  • Private Mountain or Seaview Ensuite – 2940€
  • Shared Double Ensuite – 2360€
  • Shared Double Mountain or Seaview Ensuite – 2510€
  • Basic Ensuite (2 People) – 4720€ price for two people
  • Mountain or Seaview Ensuite (2 People) – 5020€ price for two people 
  • Private Apartment (2 People) – 5220€ price for two people

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  • star rating  Amazing view to the Adriatic sea, nice and relaxing yoga, great food, nice people and an overall good vibe to help you relax, recharge and enjoy.

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    August 25, 2020

    star rating  Dear Mahakala,

    I would like to thank you all for a truly unforgettable experience, this was arguably one of the best weeks I have ever head.

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    August 22, 2020
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    June 19, 2020
  • star rating  Great place in all aspects. Warm peacefull atmosphere surraunded my stay. Very good yoga twice a day + other activities. Delicious vege food, which we ate together at the lovely… read more

    February 11, 2020

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    January 31, 2020
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    January 26, 2020

    star rating  What a magical week with some amazing people. This was my first experinece in yoga and it was really a week i will cherish forever. It opened my world to… read more

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    November 27, 2019

    star rating  Wow! What a magical experience. Thank you so much to Vesna, Daphne and all of the team who work so hard and put so much love and passion into Mahakala,… read more

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