For ten years now we have been running an open-minded and open-hearted
spiritual and ecological centre: Cala Jami. It is situated on a
magnificent piece of land in the north-eastern part of Sardinia, 3 km
from the Costa Smeralda, a coastline known worldwide for its beauty.
This area of Sardinia is characteristic for its fantastic granite rock
formations and evergreen lush vegetation.
The piece of land encompasses
a quiet valley, rich with vegetation and water. We planted 100 olive
trees, some fruit trees and we grow vegetables, all organic. We also
take care of the plants and trees which already grew here, the holm
oaks, cork oaks and the typical Mediterranean ‘Macchia’
with strawberry trees, junipers, mirth, broom, rockroses and lavender.
There is a big round tent,
there are beautiful places to set up tents, there's a wooden hut
and a caravan and now there is also a beautiful new house that
has been built in 2014.
This powerful piece of land, embedded in ancient, light-filled nature, is especially conducive for retreats, meditation and other beautiful spiritual events.
Besides the possibility of
participating in events it is also great just to
spend some time amidst
Sardinia's nature and its sacred environment whilst getting new
inspiration from the interesting people whom you can meet at Cala
Jami, or from the almost daily morning meditations and usually weekly evening
gatherings. Please contact Roshan for more information.
Some people come to Cala Jami
to spend some weeks as a volunteer and to experience a different life
style much closer to nature (see participation and support).
Many experience the atmosphere of Cala Jami and the surrounding nature as purifying, healing and awakening.
In the surrounding area there
are magnificent beaches, as well as ancient sacred places. To some people the entire island,
atmosphere of timelessness, is a center of spiritual power.
We feel that people nowadays are in great need of spiritual and
ecological centres. We offer something
important and unique for the community, especially as in this region of Sardinia
there are no other centres of this kind - although the people are very
interested in spirituality and ecology.
Spiritual gatherings and events
One focus of Cala Jami is on spirituality, especially Sufi
gatherings and events of the International Sufi Order.
But also other teachers come to Cala Jami and give seminars, e.g. Yoga
and Qigong teachers, dancers, singers, musicians, shamans, therapists
and healers (see programs).
People that come together at
Cala Jami are from different countries, different cultural and
religious backgrounds and different age.
Roshan who lives at Cala Jami big part of the year is active as
meditation teacher and guide in the International Sufi Order. See Meditation with Roshan on Youtube.
Almost through the whole year morning meditation session takes
place in the big tent, during the warm season sometimes on the beach or
on a sunrise rock. There are also evening gatherings with music and
Morning meditations and evening sessions are usually free of charge, everybody is welcome to participate.
Ecological meetings at Cala Jami
We live in a time of ecological and economic crisis. Many feel
insecure. In Italy hopelessness and resignation seem to spread more and
Though not everyone is open to spirituality, many know that change is
necessary. That is why we are about to start regular eco-meetings open
to all, where we want to bring up, discuss and put into practice ideas
to inspire each other to act sustainably, get away from passive
consumerism and move towards awareness and responsibility towards
nature and its resources.
Themes of these meetings are: self-sufficiency - positive change -
gardening and life in harmony with nature - permaculture - forest
gardening - eco-building - bee keeping - medicinal herbs and wild
plants - olive and fruit tree cultivation - health and nutrition -
vegetarian/vegan cooking - shopping responsibly - avoiding waste and
recycling - do it yourself - hiking, exploring, learning to observe
nature attentively - traditional knowledge and crafts - practical
spirituality - community - peaceful communication, to name only a few.
We plan to publish more details soon.
Cala Jami: volunteering, participation and support
There are different possibilities to participate and contribute to our project. We are
delighted when dedicated and enthusiastic people come to contribute their
unique gifts, capabilities and ideas. Cala Jami is a place for dreaming
and realising dreams … Once a year interested participants come and meet
together at Cala Jami.
We have “support camps” at Cala Jami, usually in early spring. During the mornings we work
and create together on the piece of land, enjoying contact with the elements.
During the rest of the day there is time to relax, take walks,
meditate, make music, cook, sit beneath
the stars, remember the source, and share laughter together….
Besides the support camps, we host volunteers from different countries almost the entire year.
It is always a great life experience for us and for them.
We are host
on www.workaway.info and since January 2015 also WWOOFing host. Have a
look at our our workaway account and the positive feedback let by a lot of volunteers!
In 2010 - thanks to many donations and a lot of helping
hands - we were able to inaugurate our new beautiful meditation tent
where sessions and spiritual events take place. The pictures show
the inspiring jubilee celebration gathering in June 2010 (100
years of Sufism in the
West and 5 years of Cala Jami).
The next celebration event is coming closer now: The 10 years Cala Jami jubilee will take place in May 2015, we will inaugurate and bless the new house that has just been built.
The picture below on the left
was taken in summer 2014, in construction but
already beautiful. The other picture gives an impression of the house when finished inside (January 2015). The outer refinement and technical installations still need to be done.
financing of the house building worked and the vision of a spacious and
beautiful house came true because of the many inspired and trustful
friends of Cala Jami who support(ed) the project in various ways. Still more help is needed in order to finish the house completely. See participation and support for more details!
Morning meditation at the day of Cala Jami’s inauguration in May 2005