One Week Yoga and Meditation Retreat at Suleyman's Gardens, Turkey
Sulyman's Garden is a charming, small traditional farm set on the Mediterranean coast, with terraced vegetable fields, orchards, beautiful gardens and stunning sea views.
It is just a few minutes walk through the forest to reach a beautiful rocky swimming cove.
It is in a very unspoiled area, on what is known as the Lycian Way, a marked trail, which is wonderful for walking on the dramatic mountainous coastline.
The local owner grow all their organic vegetables and fruit for the kitchen to make the delicious meals. Suleyman and his family, who cook, clean and garden, are very welcoming and helpful.
Staying at Suleyman's Garden is very much like being a houseguest in a very relaxed and friendly atmosphere.
As well as being able to dive into the sea near by, there is also a lovely swimming pool in a natural setting, with breath taking views of the ocean.
Massage service is also available daily upon request. (not included in the price)
For more information of the place and photos, please visit Suleyman's Garden's website.
For the photos from last year's retreat:
The accommodation is in simple, comfortable wooden cabins with verandas, and traditional stone and thatched huts, set amid lovely flowery gardens.
Bathrooms facilities are shared, and conveniently located around the site, with ample showers, toilets and hot water. There are limited number of en-suite twin rooms also available. All room types are offered in first come first served basis. Please specify your preference at the time of booking.
This year, they have just built a brand new yoga shala. It is larger than the previous one and holds 20 people. We can enjoy the sea view while practicing.
The shala is fully equipped with mats, belts, blocks, bolsters and blankets. So you don't need to bring anything!
As they have just added more accommodation capacity, I have also extended the early bird booking period until July 2015.
All accommodations are offered in first come first served basis.
Please ask for availability at the time of booking.
The price includes all the practice sessions, accommodation and food.
It does not include flights, airport transfers (see below), massage sessions and travel insurance.
You can secure your place by sending a non-refundable deposit of £250 to Aki either via bank transfer both from the UK and other countries (details available on request) or by sending a cheque.
Please contact Aki for details. (Email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Flights and Airport Transfers:
There are several companies flying to Turkey. The local airport is Dalaman.
Transfers from the airport will be arranged by request.
Please see below for the information on transfer information and prices.
Anyone traveling to Turkey is now required to purchase an online visa before entering the country.
This can be purchased from the following website. www.evisa.gov.tr
The fee is $20 USD (around £12)
The visa needs to be printed and taken with you to show at passport control.
Please make sure you will acquire your own travel insurance.
About Aki's Retreat:
Following my teacher, Clive Sheridan's footsteps, I run yoga retreats and not holidays.
The difference is mostly in spirit: our intention is to deepen our practice.
It means that we see these few days away as a conscious 'retreating' away from busy-ness of life to dive into yoga, have some moments of quiet to properly rest and reflect, cultivating mindfulness, giving yourself a chance to contemplate what's really going on in your life and start making clear choices rather than being carried away by the momentum of unconscious, habitual thinking patterns and being lost in the conditioning that is no longer serving your true values. You will learn tools and resources to help you get through difficulties and challenges of your life and make steps toward lasting peacefulness and joy.
The week will be a combination of dynamic and quiet practices; a cocktail of yoga asana, pranayama (breathing excercise), meditation, restorative and mindful practices which will give you the strength and awareness needed to explore your own inner journey.
We will keep part of each day in silence to give ourselves space for deep restfulness and contemplation.
There will be 3 sessions on most days (one morning meditation & pranayama, one morning yoga asana to invigorate the body and an afternoon practice where we explore variety of practices, including restorative yoga, simple body-work sessions, movement study) and some talks on yoga and mindfulness practice to support our mind.
You will of course also have plenty of free time to have fun and enjoy the beautiful surroundings, including cooling down in their lovely pool or swimming in the gorgeous mediterranean sea which is just a few minutes walk away, or enjoy the quiet moments, reading in a shade or walk in the nature and more....
The retreat is open to most levels but not for complete beginners who are unable to sit through meditation and pranayama practices.
It requires your willingness to commit yourself for a week of deep practice, rather than how 'advanced' you are in your asana practice.
The practice will gradually build over the course of the week, so you can acclimatise your body and mind and develop good foundation that give support when you meet your learning edges as the practice progresses. Everyone will always be encouraged to work in their own pace that is right for each person.
A part of learning process is to be able to discern what is right for yourself, without becoming complacent or overly ambitious - which I would call an 'advanced' practice.
At the end of the retreat, you will feel the difference and go home with renewed energy in your body and more clarity in your mind.
Looking forward to welcoming you to my retreat and sharing the practice together.
'Thank you Aki for SUCH an inspiring retreat -the setting was breath-taking, the food was divine, and the group of people were so lovely. With your energy, words and guidance you created a supportive environment in which we could immerse ourselves in meditation, pranayama, asana and philosophy. I returned home feeling grounded, rested, revitalised and inspired. An amazing experience. Thank you for everything. Looking forward to the next one!' (N. yoga teacher)
Dear Aki, I just wanted to write to say thanks again for making such a wonderful retreat. In actual fact, it hasn't been hard coming back to 'real life' - I've got such a lot of happiness in me that it's all just quite alright. (A. yoga teacher)
Aki's yoga retreats put you in a different world and once you are back in your normal life, you wonder 'have I been there at all?' - BUT, then you notice all the benefits which make all the difference. You are back but not where you were!! Thank you Aki! (K. writer)
I am so grateful to you for the week you have spent with us, for your teachings, your positive energy, your generosity and patience but also for the laughter you shared with us. It has been a truly special week for me and I feel that I have understood things in a way I had never done before. My yoga practice feels very different now and is much more conscious and aware. And I feel something has opened up in me. I am not sure where it will take me but I can feel it. You are an inspirational teacher Aki, as your are both firm and warm, as well as careful and incredibly good at explaining things in detail. I want to thank you for having created such a pleasant and safe environment which has allowed me to just be myself, and that I find is very special. You are very present and completely committed when you teach but you do not loose your sense of humour and the capacity to laugh. I found that inspirational. I think I have learned new things for my teaching too. That is, to listen carefully and with generosity and to pause. That word has stayed with me and sometimes during the day when I am getting frantic or too many things happen at the same time, I simply pause, breathe and smile. And the same happens when I speak to students. So thank you for that! (A.B. Professor at Oxford University)
"I cannot tell you how much the retreat did for me, really. With your help and support, I have really found the confidence to get back into my own practice, which is a fantastic development. Also, the retreat really helped me to find some space and clarity amongst the business going on inside. You reminded me how important it is to take those few minutes or more for yourself each day, just to breathe and be present. The nourishing vs. depleting conundrum is something which has been in my mind a lot recently, both before and after theretreat. However the retreat has helped me assess and choose the nourishing. Thank you for all of that. I feel incredibly fortunate to that our paths have crossed, and I hope they do again. Depending on where I am and what I am doing next year I would be keen to come back. (N.)
"Your teaching was wonderful. I learned so much, and found your instructions extremely useful for myself as well as very appropriate for all other participants. I felt again, as all other times, that the atmosphere you create with your warm and attentive personality is really special. Now that I have been on a number of your retreats I realise that the depth of your teaching has a lasting effect. You are able to give attention to those who particularly need it as well as to those who feel a little shy. ....I realise how delicate and , at the same time, persistent your teachings are. Your sense of humour and precision are laudable. I had fun, within a structure that worked incredibly well. (M. yoga teacher)
"...my therapist said he would like to prescribe a yoga retreat every month! :) (S. Production manager)
I want to thank you for the retreat - it was a very special experience and one I hope to repeat. (A.)