"To have a healing session with Ali and Daniela is a oportunity on this earth not to be missed, it has changed my life for ever and still does every time I enter the light of their auras, these special light beings are here with a mission of re-uniting heaven and earth, especially inside our own selves." - Nanci - Therapist, Oxford
"It was with immense grace that the universe led me to work with Ali on my own healing path. Meeting this beautiful soul was like being reacquainted with an aspect of myself that I did not have access to on a regular basis, for this is the gift of his work, to guide one back to their true self. I am indebted to this man for the protected and pure space that he has held for me so that deep inner transformation can take place. I have found it a rare discovery to come across a healer that has such a grasp of the spiritual dimension and yet is able to ground here in this reality also. As a result the work with Ali has always felt rooted, connected and deeply practical. I cannot finish these words without mentioning his music. In fact, words will only fail to do justice! Ali is a master medicinal musician! His music IS medicine. Healing, transformative and perfect for relaxation, rejuvenation and journeying. I feel so blessed to have access to his healing music at the touch of a button! I cannot recommend Ali highly enough. Thank you for your integrity, honesty, insight and love." - David Shaw
“I have had many massages in my life that were momentarily pleasant and enjoyable. Daniela's are extraordinary, unforgettable and I have a feeling that they have long-lasting effects. Daniela herself is a gentle, grounded, peaceful spirit, exuding love and well being, her handshake is a mere whisper, so it's an incredible surprise to receive such a deep, strong, powerful massage from her. This is both emotional and physical and undoubtedly works on other energy levels too. It feels transformative and as if she is drawing strength from the universe. I recommend her highly to all my family and friends." - Emma, Kent
"Daniela's bodywork has been and continues to be a profound experience for me every time I return. The massage itself is blissful as Daniela just seems to know what my body needs to release and feel spacious and relaxed once more. She works deeply on many levels beyond the Physical, and although this can sometimes be quite painful for me - where I hold alot of tension, Daniela's insights into my emotional blocks - stored in the body have challenged and encouraged me to look deeper and more clearly at myself in a way that is completely loving and non judgemental, allowing me to move on gracefully into my Peace, my Truth, whatever is going on around me in this Life Journey." - Tiffany - Kent
"THANK YOU for being beautiful ancient keys to the sacred doors of the soul… From my heart - I am very blessed to have found you. You are lanterns of warm glowing light, illuminating our paths to unfold as is destined. I now have insight into the beauty, grace, and simplicity of human nature at a deeper level – touched and embraced by this incredible Earth. I am in tune, lovingly honouring myself and have precision clarity. Loving whispers of Great Mothers song have breathed into my soul. I am home. Words are futile – experience is the path. Thank you so much" - Angela, London
"Again, thank you so much for letting me join the retreat and I cannot emphasize enough at how a profound an effect your work has had on me. Thank you for being there, for answering my questions and for letting me learn from you – I feel so many positive effects, and have so much more clarity (which I so craved), that I can hardly believe that it is happening and on an occasion worry that I'll wake up one day and will feel like I used to. A friend of mine is saying that I have inspired her to try out going living raw too – and told her family about it and her family is also on board. This is how your beautiful work is flowing through the world! Please please do not ever stop :)" - Nara, London
"Hey guys :) It's Paul here, I just wanted to email you guys and tell you how grateful I am that people like you exist, you have changed my life. The help you gave me has helped the people I know and the clients I help in ways I never before imagined. I am in tune with my emotions and life force again, maybe even for the first time. I have experienced deeper and more profound realisations as time has past and made sense of my emotional surroundings in a way I never before thought possible.Your guidance and spiritual leadership in my journey was beautiful in every way possible, I feel an affinity with everything and a connection with the earth and I owe that to you. I didn't know what to expect even though I read up on the healing ceremony for days and made the necessary preparations in my diet. Now I believe I understand the true nature of the message I was given and I want to allow myself to be shown the way again, I was so close to experiencing things beyond my comprehension that it made me scared that I would shed my humanity to the point it would be irreversible. I know this is not true and the sense of trust I have for the your space and the plant medicine is the kind that a son has for his parents. I have the deepest sense of love and kindness for you both and when ever I think of the time I spent with everyone and you both my heart shivers with joy and excitement and a warm glow embraces my whole being. I cannot thank you enough." - Paul, London
"The retreat was among the most powerful and transformative experiences of my life. It's hard to describe the feeling you get when the shaman breaks the quiet of the forest night with the first breathy whispers of the ikaros. It's probably impossible to convey the power of the journey the ayahuasca takes you on, the staggering vistas and inky depths one can voyage to. Anima's music echoes the beauty and mystery of the journey, but to know it you must experience it. What I can say is how continually impressed I have been with Ali's approach to the medicine; light and gentle yet sincere and utterly dedicated. The retreat reflected this; there were times to laugh, times to go off and swim in the lagoon and enjoy the beauty of the jungle; and time outisde time, spaces of silence in which to go deep with the medicine in it's ancient home, facing its teachings with courage and discipline. Being on retreat is demanding and rewarding; it is true spiritual work. Throughout the time we spent I felt supported and appreciated, and emerged feeling reborn. I would recommend the retreat to anyone who feels both the call and the commitment to it." - Daniel, Edinburgh - www.amongthewilddeer.com
"Summarising two years of one-to-one lessons with Daniela is a difficult task. Each one is different, fitted to the questions and concerns I’m facing or to an issue that Daniela knows is meaningful to me. Yoga, meditation and energy work are the foundations of our time together, but these practices are interspersed with discussion, prayer, song, humour or simply learning to listen again.
Some lessons have been painful and there have been many tears; others have been filled with laughter and a true celebration of life. Through them all I am aware of Daniela’s infinitely loving, strong, wise and non-judgemental support. She in turn reminds me that we are both in the presence of a far greater teacher. She challenges me constantly and slowly I'm peeling back the layers of ego, learnt behaviour and fear.
I come away from each lesson with a deeper understanding of myself, a stronger commitment to the Mother and a life focused on service and love, and more ideas of what’s possible. This is not an easy journey, but I continue to gather from Daniela the tools I need to develop emotional and physical strength that I never thought I would have." ~ Ingrid
“I found Aluna Healing at a very difficult time and I feel with all my heart that without it I would not be in the place that I am today. It has helped me re-connect to myself and to the Earth through many beautiful yoga classes as well as healing retreats and weekends which have never failed to inspire me and transform me into the best version of myself that I can be. I owe an awful lot of gratitude for the soul work I have received from Aluna Healing and it will always remain a big part of me.” ~ Bethany
"I have been privileged to share a personal journey of deep transformation with Ali in a one to one shamanic work. His sensitive awareness guided me through some intensely painful personal shadows to fully appreciate the lightness and joy of being alive. A feeling which has never left me and has influenced my life and work in ways (almost!) beyond words. Daniela’s graceful, flowing yoga is a sensory experience in itself, connecting mind, soul and body, as is her healing touch through her massage therapies and intuitive sound healing. Coming together as Anima, Ali Calderwood and Daniela Broder present a unique and powerful combination of sacred gifts. Their music stirs people from mental slumber and awakens them to deep soul knowing, touching new levels of consciousness. Anima’s soundscapes are deeply healing, emotionally profound and transformative in ways which are both subtle yet quantum in effect. I often find myself playing their music directly onto client’s bodies to shake up physical blockages and mental holding patterns, to release respiratory problems and open the heart to new octaves." - Shelley Sishton Director, The Energy Centre www.the-energy-centre.com
“Thank you Daniela, for another profound and life transforming week. Each time I work with you, there is a deepening and revealing of more and more intricate layers of myself that you always seem to find a way to lovingly (but unwaveringly) confront and challenge me with. I am finding more and more that I can witness myself in an honest and humble way, and am feeling a strength and connection with the great mother growing day by day. Thank you for being such an inspiration.” ~ Mark
"The crystal bowl, sound healing session was an experience I will never forget, it lifted me to a resonance that I could only ever dream of reaching, I knew it was there but to experience it first hand was phenomenal, and followed by the last yoga session where we touched such a unique and special energy... With much love" - Lizzie & Mark, Kent
"Thank you for giving me the opportunity to be a part of an extraordinary weekend. This, followed by an overwhelmingly powerful practise last night, was truly magical. Your light outshone the moon and the stars on Monday. All that were witnessing this – both physically and beyond – shone too. The candle we carry within has been replenished – let us not extinguish it, our light must shine out beyond what we see and what we perceive we see." ~ Lizzie
"I cannot thank you enough for yet another rewarding, thought-proving weekend. Your wisdom and knowledge challenges and guides in a way that gives me an opportunity to get back in touch with my inner self. With every day life and world troubles it is necessary to be trusting and understanding rather than judgemental and cynical. Your unique, quiet approach creates a safe environment that nurtures inner growth and self-belief, gently taking me by the hand and leading me back on my pathway again. This has been highlighted beyond my expectations after this weekend. Having reached the age of 55 I am now embarking on a new career doing what I should have been doing over 30 years ago! The retreat has given me the confidence and understanding to know what is right for me rather than to hide behind excuses. Thank you." ~ Laura
"Dear Daniela, I want to really thank you for all of your kindness and teachings at the retreat, I am extremely grateful. The week was really special, as you know, and powerful for me - I so enjoyed learning from you and I feel like it has helped me to put together the missing piece of the jigsaw.
And I just loved the group - truly incredible souls under one roof. Thank you so much for everything - the place, the company and the learning were all wonderful. Heartfelt thanks to you, and lots of love, Katrina"
"Dear Daniela, I am imagining you in your tiny home in the wilds of the Scottish Highlands and I send you much love and gratitudes. I have some lovely memories of this retreat and feel it was just what I needed at this time moving into a new era of my life. I'm so glad to have made some new friends too. It feels important to me to keep up the work and weave it into my life as well as keeping up these new connections.
I arrived to the space late and grieving with a heavy heart and a lot of tension in my neck and back. At first I felt out of place with your energy and that of the circle and I wondered whether I would stay for the duration. As I was struggling to do the yoga poses due to physical discomfort you kindly offered that I could do what felt right for my body. As the tears flowed, I began to feel subtle, gentle muscle releases, fleeting moments of beauty, something magical, warm, welcoming and holding from the circle. It was a supportive place for me to be with my grief and I remember you saying during our Skype conversation that we come as we are and we work with that.
I was so grateful to be lead by you that first morning in the front garden in blessing Mother Nature, giving our gratitude for the birds, earth and sky, breathing in the sunlight and out our vital gifts to the world. I knew we were doing some deep work on the retreat, that stuff was moving and shifting on various levels for me, although I wasn't always totally conscious of what. I found the bandas, pranayama and breath of fire to be very powerful and helped me focus my mind.
During the medicine walk I felt much reverence for nature, there was such beauty in the stillness of the water on the lake and the fairy-like woodlands covered in moss and lichen. When we all felt we'd lost the direction, you strode on boldly and on our return to the lake it was as though the moon lead the way back too. Asking the question “what is my soul purpose?” I had a sense of believing and trusting in myself and being open to opportunities and people/places who/where I am drawn rather than working it out in my head – this being my medicine.
Thank you Daniela for this beautiful retreat. Thank you for all these aspects lovingly interwoven. It inspires me how you integrate that which you have passion for, teaching and being in service to others and the Earth. Thank you for your gentle encouragement, your total trust, your deep wisdom, your composure, your clarity, and your peaceful and loving nature. With much love, light and gratitude, Anja"
"Again, thank you so much for letting me join the retreat and I cannot emphasize enough at how a profound effect your work has had on me. Thank you for being there, for answering my questions and for letting me learn from you. I feel so many positive effects, and have so much more clarity (which I so craved), that I can hardly believe that it is happening and on an occasion worry that I'll wake up one day and will feel like I used to. A friend of mine is saying that I have inspired her to try out going living raw too and told her family about it and her family is also on board. This is how your beautiful work is flowing through the world! Please do not ever stop"
"I have recently returned from a week's retreat in the Scottish Highlands with Daniela and eight other wonderful women. The experience was a challenge for me on many levels, but the beauty and peace of the place and the strong, wise and heartfelt guidance from Daniela combined to provide a fertile space for such deep work to be done. Daniela is deeply insightful, sensitive and strong and her connection to Love, God, the Mother (however we choose to name It) means that she held the space that was needed; such a precious gift for which I'm truly grateful." ~ Carmen
"So grateful for our magical retreat that has redirected me on my path . I feel renewed, Happy and hopeful. Thank you."
"I must say the retreat has changed my life. I have been practicing yoga every day since the Easter retreat. It is like a new-born mind. The weekend was really amazing! Your yoga techniques are very good and how you teach and correct positions for us were very helpful and useful. But what I was most inspired from you was the spiritual aspect. I kept thinking who I am and what I would want to achieve in my life during the weekend. I have very busy life style so I didn't really think about it so instead I was just working and working like a machine for money.
After a terrible breakup with my ex, I decided come to the retreat but probably that was the best thing that has happened to me. I remember lots of things you said but one of my favorite was- strong body makes strong mind. It's very true but I didn't realize until you said it. I understand now I don't need expensive shoes, bags, clothes and jewelry. I should be confident without those because those are just materials which can't belong to me forever. All I want to have now is strong body and mind therefore I am practicing every day. I absolutely loved your cooking, especially salads all were amazing. Thank you so much" ~ Motoko, London
“I can not recommend this massage or Daniela enough. The amazing thing about Daniela is her intuitive nature that just knows what's going on in my body/soul without me saying a word. Daniela focuses on the issue very purposefully, while still giving attention to my whole body. I see Daniela for Altai Massage every five weeks as a major component of my basic health care. She can bring about healing, she can go deep, and Daniela's insights challenge me to look deeply and help to rebalance/find harmony from within." - Kirsten Hart, Kent
"Daniela's deep wisdom and profound insight make every one of her yoga and massage sessions a wonderful journey of returning to wholeness and wellbeing. I would highly recommend her to anyone." - Edwina Grey, Kent
"As a therapist myself I have received many massages in the past but none quite like the Altai Massage that Daniela practises. Having a massage with Daniela is like going on a voyage of discovery of the body, words can't quite describe it and you really need to experience it for yourself for its unique healing properties on all levels. Daniela has wonderful warm, healing hands and is one of those lovely people that magically happen to cross your path and you never forget. Also, after 3 treatments my hot flushes/sweats have ceased completely which is AMAZING!" - Erica - Holistic Therpist, Kent
"Thank you again for the amazing massage experience. As I said, I found it truly deep both within my physical & spiritual body. Since then, I've felt like I'm fully awake! Once the physical body caught up with the rest of me & the pain subsided, I have felt totally amazing - like walking on air! My brain is operating on full power again." - Robin Lockhart - Social Worker, London
"I arrived at 'Replenishing the soul' retreat at a very difficult time of my life - I had just completed a year of breast cancer treatment; then my partner left me. I felt rather emotionally broken and was in desperate need of a reflective sanctuary. As Daniella opened the door to a beautiful cottage in Dartmoor I was greeted by her immediate warmth. I went into what I would later refer to as the 'womb room' to find a group of women lying on yoga mats, wrapped in blankets, by candle light with soothing Amina music playing - then Daniela led us in meditation. My tears began to fall in that room as I felt myself begin to be held by the nurturing calm I had been craving.The sharing circles with the other women, each who were exploring the juncture of their lives that had brought them there, were deeply transformative for me. I feel so privileged to have been able to share my story there which helped me reflect on unhelpful ingrained patterns of behaviour. Daniella’s unflinching gaze saw into each of us and reflected back what we needed to see inside ourselves through our discussions. The writing tasks exploring what was causing disharmony in our lives were also very powerful. The detox food was delicious consisting of a smoothie for breakfast, soup & salad for lunch, then a juice for dinner which left me feeling cleansed and filled with nutrition. Sharing meals together felt very uniting. Doing yoga every morning felt like I was infusing life back into my body that had gone through so many medical procedures that year. As a beginner in yoga I was led and helped by Daniela who was sensitive and gentle in her teaching. The exercise took me into my body, away from my repetitive thoughts which was very much needed. The walks through Dartmoor, especially the silent 'medicine walk' where we saw the stone circles enabled a deep connection with nature. Daniella taught me to see nature in a new way which felt deeply healing and grounding. I feel connection still to the women and that time at the retreat when I look up at the sun. I smile to myself remembering as we all stood together, each morning, looking up at the sky or walking down to the little stream to welcome the new day in together. The retreat was life changing – I am still moved by it and all that I learnt there. I am so grateful that at such a challenging time of my life I found such a healing sanctuary with such caring women." ~ Catherine
"Daniela's style of teaching yoga is gentle and intuitive. Her classes have taught me to listen within, allowing the breath of life to move me and move through me. Exploring through asana, breathwork, readings and meditation the deep stillness and silence of the soul, Daniela shares her wealth of personal experience and expertise in her weekly classes and workshops." - Sally, Yoga Teacher, Sussex
“I am about to give over both my body and mind for the ﬁfth time to the power of touch and energy transmitted through the healing hands of Daniela. The experience enjoyed from the combined session of Altai massage and intuitive bodywork is difﬁcult to express in words, but the state of physical relaxation and peace of mind that follows the 90 minute treatment has not been felt by me after any other pursuit. If like me you are in the process of soul searching to ﬁll some gaps that appear as you become “an Elder”, then a series of visits to Daniela will both assist in your mental search and enrich your physical well being." - Keith Brannan, Kent
"I've experienced many styles of massage and bodywork and I would certainly recommend Ali. His bodywork session left me feeling light and invigorated and with a calm mind. He went as deep as any massage I've had with effects that were noticeable for several days. Ali's comments and advice about body, spirit and mind were also spot on. I've literally just booked my second session!" - Andy Rogers, East Sussex
"Nurturing the soul retreat was my first experience of an entire weekend dedicated to yoga, healing and self improvement. Not only was I touched by my deepening yoga practice, but by Daniela's soothing, encouraging and playful voice and her healing hands, moving to adjust my postures and encourage self challenge. My intention for the weekend was to nurture my relationship with food, which has blossomed following a weekend of high vibrational soups, salads and smoothies. Daniela is a wonderful being and i miss her presence and energy, I wish I could bottle her up to keep her with me. I am eagerly awaiting her next retreat..." - Hazel, Kent
“My daughter and I enjoy regular weekly yoga sessions with Daniela and personally I have found that after 18 months of yoga that my physical, mental and emotional well-being has deeply benefitted from attending. Most importantly I find I am more flexible and resilient and have a deeper awareness of my physical self. On an emotional level, the peace and calm that Daniela creates in each session provides a buffer from a busy work schedule and I always feel balanced and recharged at the end of a lesson." - Vanessa - Teacher, Kent
"Daniela's yoga sessions are both intuitive and inspirational. They have greatly helped me to see my life differently and are helping me to realise my true potential. Thank you.." - Simon Scott - Massage Therapist, Kent
"My personal experience of the weekend was very fulfilling, I enjoyed learning more in depth not only the yoga from a physical perspective but the meditation was of great interest to me, as part of my daily principals, meditation plays a great part in my well being and balance with life. Watching the DVD on Aluna and want it means, really did help to bring together the practices we had been a part of. It is with an open mind and willingness that I came on this weekend, and I have taken away new skills that I can bring into my daily life. I would highly recommend this weekend to my friends and feel it a great privilege to have been a part of it. God Bless." - Jaqueline, Surrey
"I have meet Ali and Daniela, during an event over easter in Cantebury. I had my stall and I ask Ali for a massage and his energy and healing touch was so powerfull... at the end of the massage I was uplifted and emotional stronger. I bought their music, which I have been playing all the time. And now i am looking foward for my future healing and massage with them both." - Armando Colucci, Brighton
"Sometimes in life we can diminish or reduce an experience by trying to put it in to words.. To believe something is real is not knowing that something is real... This experience is real.. My love to you both. Thank you for the experience X" - Peter Rennie, Scotland