The Team

The Team

Jean-Claude Chalmet

Founder & Lead Therapist

Jean-Claude started his career, in London as an oil broker in the 80’s before setting up his own independent oil broking company by the age of 25 in London. His company was very quickly acquired by Salomon Brothers (Phibro Energy – Energy Price Risk Management). He went on to join a philanthropic foundation from 1993 with various interests in telecommunications. space and water transportation in a number of foreign countries.

In 1999 he decided to pursue his love in life, the understanding of the human mind, which took him on a 6 &1/2 year journey of learning with one of Athens’ leading psychiatrists / Neurologists/Family therapists and completed a Diploma of Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy at ICH – London (teaching from King’s College in London) in 2003.

Jean-Claude continues with his thriving practice in London (established in 2003), when in London, working with other psychotherapist together at The London practice , seeing 35-45 clients a week (individuals/couples and families) and has published around 20 features in the Saturday Times of London on issues concerning mental health, Body & Soul and ways forward for families/couples and individuals.

In 2015 he decided to realise his dream by setting up a retreat centre for psychotherapy/family therapy in combination with Kundalini/Tantra yoga in Seminyak, Bali in order to help & assist individuals/couples and families reaching their goals and to become the best version of themselves by understanding and growing themselves.

The Place Retreats offers from 40 & 90 day transformational retreats to 1 week – 2 week couples/individual/family/siblings retreats with a host of experienced therapists & teachers, and complementary treatments, which has been running successfully for 4 seasons. They also offer bespoke retreats for individuals/couples/ families & siblings in order to provide maximum privacy if you would prefer this.


The retreat is now a 3800 sqm oasis in central Seminyak , 400 meters walking from the beach , with 9 large bedrooms/ensuite bathrooms and 2 salt water pools, a large yoga shala in lush mature gardens, with a great compliment of people working at the retreat centre to look after the participants.

Manuela Herreros

Wellness Director

Manuela was born in Chile and has been living in Bali for the last 12 years with her husband and three daughters. After the birth of her first daughter with special needs and spending a lot of time in hospitals in critical conditions, since which she has dedicated her life to the study and teachings of yoga and meditation, allowing her  to help people to find their own path in life and wellbeing. She has been leading yoga retreats on the island for the last six years.

Manuela has a deep passion and curiosity for the unfolding of the body-mind connection, always building bridges between western scientific views and eastern philosophical wisdom. Her unique teaching style draw from different traditions and philosophies including Hatha, Vinyasa, Yin and Kundalini yoga. Manuela’s approach is gentle, compassionate and relatable, as she leads guests on a deep journey into their own essence where they will find the power of self knowledge, to build a better life.

Dr. Jeremy Unwin

Director of Complementary Health and Holistic Medicine

Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Life Coach, Integrative Medicine Consultant, Nutritionist, Certified in Ericksonian counselling  and therapeutic hypnotherapy; Raja Yoga Instructor, Black belt in Shotokan Karate; Personal trainer helping people to develop their Superpowers

“Some of us are born to heal ourselves first, and to share our deep and rich discoveries with others.”

As a health consultant and Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Jeremy has been treating and lecturing around the world for more than 15 years, including being a guest speaker at Oxford University. Jeremy held an office in the famous medical zone Harley Street in London and is a participating Doctor of the World Health Organization. His clients include patients from the Royal Ballet (United Kingdom) and the Cirque du Soleil.

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Elisa Senese

Spiritual Healer

A full time integrative Spiritual Healer, Craniosacral Therapist, Aquatic Bodyworker, Medical Qigong instructor and Soul Mentor since 18 years, Elisa’s talent is to communicate the language of spirit and energy, to make the unseen seen, from the unconscious into the conscious.

She can show you how to experience your deep-seated mind perceptions and ideologies, and where they are sensed in your physical body; she then offers practical hands-on tools to clear those patterns and create room for expanded body-mind awareness. Elisa teaches people to access an empowered essence within themselves so that whatever they do in life comes from a deeply authentic and profound place.

Education: Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy, Reiki Master, Avatar Energy Psychology, Esalen Massage, Acupressure, Watsu, Aquatic Bodywork, Quantum Metamorphosis, Shamanism, Ordained Balinese Spirit Healer, Medical Qigong.

Dr. Anna Walton

Head of Equine-Assisted Therapy

Anna is a counselling psychologist with a background in child development and a lifelong passion for horses. After university, she started her career as a singer/songwriter and toured internationally, but after training in South Africa with a horse whisperer she decided to retrain as a psychologist and utilise horses to help people. Anna has published academic research in the field of child development and has also co-authored a book on weaning and fussy eating.

Anna operates with JC from The Place London practice and sees clients for both traditional and equine therapy. She is known for her down to earth, collaborative way of working and has a nurturing and gentle approach, while being committed to pushing clients towards real and lasting change. Equine sessions with Anna are relaxed and unstructured, allowing her clients to experience unique insights and the opportunity for rapid transformation that horses offer. She and Jean-Claude have intuitively complementary ways of working that allow them to work seamlessly together with couples and groups.

Angela Perez

Angela has been passionately and joyfully dedicated to the yogic path for the past 15 years.

With a blend of Spanish born fire and deep love and gratitude for this life, it is equally her joy and honour to teach, study and share yoga and Tantra. Angela’s teaching style mirrors the way she practices – with complete joy and commitment to the path. She truly embodies the understanding that practice is a gift and holds firm to her intention to be a radiant example of the true joy, power, and potential of yoga.

Angela is completely devoted to her daily practice and her role as a teacher is a natural extension of that commitment. She has lectured and taught in many parts of the world on Yogic Philosophy, Tantra, Ayurveda and Kundalini and gratefully enjoys teaching Ashtanga, Hatha, Yin and Tantra classes and workshops currently at Desa Seni (Canggu, Bali). Angela is a Yoga Alliance internationally certified yoga instructor at both the RYT-500 and E-RYT 500 level.

Catherine Page

Kundalini Yoga Teacher

Catherine began her career as a Personal Assistant working in the UK and abroad for high profile individuals. In 2000 Catherine diversified her career and trained as an integrative psychotherapist in London where
she now runs a private practice seeing clients for one-to-one psychotherapy. With an increasing interest in the mind-body link and specifically how anxiety, depression and burn out manifest in the physical body, Catherine began training as a Kundalini yoga teacher in London, France, Russia and Rishikesh, India.

Catherine is committed to sharing the teachings of Kundalini yoga as a means to tap into the body’s own healing resources. “In today’s fast-paced world, where we are all under the pressure of time, Kundalini Yoga helps support the immune system, regulate the breath and facilitate a connection between head and heart. It is a transformational practice bringing the physical, the psychological and the spiritual together and thus offering the possibility of real change”

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