The Team

Kate PhuketKate – Founder and Host

“Doing gymnastics for 11 years taught me discipline, respect, balance, confidence and so much more. I achieved my dreams in the sport because I was willing to work hard and conquer my fears. You barely get things right first time, that’s why in gymnastics we use mats… and it’s only by falling that you will get stronger.

I chose a career in an industry that I love – hospitality, which means I enjoy going to work. As a manager I have the responsibility to create an environment for others that inspires and grows them and this gives me each day a new challenge and a new sense of achievement.

Prior to the retreat, during and after I see it as my responsibility to take of you “Black Instagram Icon

Dhaanu – Dive Instructor and Excursion guide

Day 7 - Snorkelling DhaanuDhaanu is an ocean-savvy guide and as his gives an orientation of the house reef he can point out its resident inhabitants. He is always on the go and has a huge passion for the ocean which rubs off when he is giving his awesome tours. There is so much to discover in Baa Atoll and Dhaanu is the one to show you the spots where the magic happens. He also enjoys a good chat and happily invites you over to the dive centre for a coffee or tea.

“After working on Safari boats for several years I decided to open a Dive Centre in the heart of the UNESCO Biosphere reserve with Maldivers Diving Centre and am excited to be working on some projects to conserve the precious ocean to which we all belong. I would love to guide you in the ocean and inspire a love for all it’s inhabitants!”

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Matheen – Guest House Owner

Takes excellent care of you while you are on the island. Makes sure everything works and runs smoothly.

“Welcoming guests to my home Island Maalhos is a pure pleasure. Maalhos is a developing and growing island and it is in my hands and other guesthouse owners to make sure this development is sustainable and benefits the locals that inhabit it. I really enjoy sharing a good story under the shade of an coconut tree.”

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 FiraaqFiraaq – Guest Services

Along with his brother Aboo, Firaaq is Maclura guest house owner and our very own excursion guide and all round assistant. You will see him busy around Maalhos keeping everything organised and running to time and he always has a smile for you.

“Our fish is caught by local fisherman delivered directly to the beach , and a lot of our fruit and vegetables are organic and locally grown and picked fresh. I will guide you to find the best fishing spots to get your very own catch of the day and show you around the island, you can find me at the harbor cafe which my family also manage”

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Eleanor – Yoga Teacher

Day 8 - Sandbank 14Eleanor came across Kundalini Yoga in 2008 and fell in love with the practice straight away.  What she found was beyond her imagination: an entire system of powerful and practical tools to align the body, mind and spirit; to feel connected and energised and to be able to live a happy, healthy and fulfilling life.  Eleanor trained as a teacher with Karam Kriya School in London and Portugal under Shiv Charan Singh.

Her aspiration as a teacher is to hold a nurturing space where students can work through their blocks and open up to an experience of their true potential, coming home to the wisdom, strength and beauty that lives within.

“Kundalini Yoga has transformed my life beyond measure and brought me a sense of peace, joy and vitality that I didn’t know was possible.  I’m excited to share this incredible practice with you and support you in being more you.”


The Team Matheen, Kate, Ahmed