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The mission of Amara Valley is to create a healing sanctuary of profound beauty, that enhances the wellness and development of everyone who comes here.
A nurturing place where we can learn to live in harmony, where our creativity can become reality, and where we are able to reimagine and develop our individual and collective potential.
We provide a home where Regenerative Culture in all its forms can be cultivated and celebrated.
We grow together, remembering those who came before us and honouring those who are yet to come. Sharing our strength, insight and compassion with each other, we commit deeply to serving the web of Life on the Earth.
We are guided by openness, kindness, happiness and love.
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CO-FOUNDER & HEAD CHEF
Carlota AMARGÓS RUBIÓ
Carlota is a passionate and multifaceted woman who loves taking care of every aspect of Life. Being a classical violinist for more than 30 years she developed a sense for art, refinement and fine tuning that reflects in everything she does. With more than half a decade of experience teaching yoga, running conscious events and leading ceremonies around the World, she now knows that her life mission can be completed and taken to the next level at Amara Valley. Cooking and serving delicious and nutritious food is one of her gifts and she aims to spark the curiosity for healthy vegetarian food to all those coming to try her cuisine.
CO-FOUNDER & RETREAT MANAGER
MORGAN PALMER HUBBARD
Hailing from Aotearoa-New Zealand, Morgan’s path took him around the world, from the ashrams of Rishikesh to the alkaline sands of Burning Man, from the souks of Morocco to the jungles of Ecuador. Finally making his home for the past decade in Barcelona, he has co-founded numerous yoga and wellness projects.
He brings his experience as a retreat leader, events co-ordinator and yoga teacher to this new project, as Director and Retreat Manager. Understanding the needs of the groups coming to Amara, he looks forward to helping each one create unique, deep and rich experiences here.
A technologist and entrepreneur, Arjun loves exploring how advanced technology can help individuals and teams be their best. He has enabled Amara Valley to blossom into being, and helps co-ordinate the high-level functioning of the project.
He is also a proud “father” to his canine baby, Bijlee Beyoncé.
Jaro is a Polish yogi, designer and certified engineer. He has years of experience in management systems, construction and eco-building, as well as a range of practical skills gained working in various retreat centres. He is also a painter and sculptor.
He has integrated his teachings from Frog Lotus Yoga with other yoga systems and modalities he has studied during his yogic journey. His diligent practice and examination of both Hatha Yoga and Vedanta inspires us to keep learning, keep being curious and continue on – always the student.
YOGA & DESIGN ALCHEMIST
Malva’s biggest loves are movement, art & design, music and most of all – YOGA. She has been on this path since she was 14. By studying arts and graphic design she developed sensitivity, good eye and attention to detail which reflect in her teachings.
Her practices feature creative and flowing sequences which strengthen and create space within the body, and subtle interwoven themes which empower students to access the tools within themselves to live better through yoga. Since 2014 she has been running yoga retreats, festivals, ceremonies, yoga intensives, TTC’s and well-being events. She is very happy to offer her gifts and talents at the new home – Amara Valley.
RESIDENT NINJA & THERAPIST
Alex is walking the path of the Spiritual Warrior where the key ingredients are: Martial Art, Yoga and Ayurveda, and an honest and dedicated practice. He is known for his athletic ability, and for paying close attention to the anatomy of movement as well as his ability to unlock the individual potential of every student.
Through his teachings and therapies he helps people find a deeper kind of stillness, healing, balance and clarity in modern life. Alex is one of the Senior Kalaripayyat teachers in Europe, and one of few practitioners here offering Chavutti Thirumal, traditional Ayurvedic foot massage and marma therapy.
Lucius is a musician, teacher, life coach & community consultant. He studied as a family & individual therapist and got his Masters in Social Work in 2013. Since then he has spent many years traveling and exploring various intentional communities and lifestyles. His larger interest is in developing and sharing functional living systems that integrate best practices and a holistic approach. He plays music daily and often shares his instruments to teach others to play. With a welcoming smile, he offers to show volunteers and guests many of the amazing opportunities that Amara Valley has to offer.
GUEST SERVICES MANAGER
Since 2013 Cyntia has worked producing holistic events and festivals, overseeing logistics to ensure that the client’s vision and needs are well planned and taken care of. Prior to this she worked as an educational psychologist in schools across Brazil and England for more than 20 years, and now integrates ‘mindfulness and yoga for kids’ in her practice to help facilitate and foster children’s well-being. She is also a specialist in EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques). With diverse experience and knowledge, Cyntia brings her great attention to detail, good communication, listening skills and a grounded presence to support your event from beginning to end!
Balancing on the edge of artistry, Rusty aims to curate quantifiable life-enhancing experiences. Crafting physical environments and refining the user experience are his daily responsibilities. When he has free time, he is capturing video and #sharing the magic that comes to life in our valley.
Synergizing 2 decades of video storytelling and experience arts our permaculture licensed sailing Captain brings vision and pragmatic systems together in support of the Amara Mission.
HORTICULTURIST AND PLANT WHISPERER
With a decade of experience cultivating medicinal herbs, Gabriella is excited to share this wealth of knowledge with Amara. Her main passion in life is to spread the benefits of plants throughout the world. She plans to do this through community gardens, living walls, permaculture practices and growing everywhere and anywhere.
Lunar phase gardening has played an integral part in her path of conscious cultivation, leading to naturally abundant yields and delicious harvests. Here at Amara Gabriella is eager to enhance the land and showcase the beauty that already exists while providing fruits, vegetables and herbs cultivated with love.
THE LOVE CUISINE
Former Chef and Retreat Leader at the multi award-winning wellness retreat Aro-Hā in New Zealand, Marleen Kemper and Ben Dessard have returned to Europe as The Love Cuisine. Together, they express their deep passion to create a simple and nurturing space for everyone to come together, as they are, and feel the loving connection that embraces us all.
Together they provide cooking and nutrition services for retreats and teacher trainings, with the intention to support a nourishing and healing environment for these experiences to unfold. The food Marleen and Ben prepare with mindful hands combines nature’s freshest and most generous ingredients with a creative and health-focused approach.
LEGAL ADVOCATE & MENTOR
Francesc is a lawyer and social acitivist. A committed practitioner of Buddhist meditation, he is dedicated to accompanying individuals and groups in defense of their rights and freedoms, regardless of the resources they have to exercise and/or claim them.
To this end he founded Cercles, a collaborative organization offering legal assessment and services to people and causes in the interest of equality, justice and positive social transformation.
WELLNESS CENTRE & THERAPIST
Shirin is a Holistic Health practitioner (HP) from Germany. She studied psychology in London and was trained in Gestalt-therapy at the Therapeutisches Institut Berlin. Her interest in psychosomatic medicine and mind-body interactions motivated her to complete an alternative medical degree with specialisation in Osteopathy.
In her somatic bodywork she combines the different therapeutic approaches according to the current needs of the clients, also taking into consideration their habits and life situation – supporting a deeper connection to the self, the environment and the present moment.
Sharwari Tilloo & Bijlee
An educator by profession, Sharwari has worked with urban and rural schools in India to improve learning and teaching methodologies. She has a background in art and likes to see beauty in everyday things. She loves to travel and explore new cultures and foods. She is proud mother to Bijlee Beyonce.
Bijlee Beyonce loves to be around her humans, and run like the wind. She’s especially skilled at hunting rats.
Lula will be the first being to greet you at the gate of Amara. She has been in the house her whole life and knows every corner of the land better than anyone. She loves to be cuddled, rubbed and taken for a walk!