Explore your practice, let the mind settle and let the blue sea of the Turkish mediterranean brighten your heart
18 – 25 May 2024 or
25 May – 1 June 2024 (fully booked)
at the Turquoise Retreat, İslamlar
Join me in this secluded mountain side retreat with stunning mountain and sea views. This is a perfect place to support peace, relaxation and practice.
Turquoise retreat is set against the backdrop of the Taurus mountain range. Its elevated position at the top of the Islamlar village means slightly cooler temperatures than down at the coast. It is within easy reach of some of the most acclaimed beaches in the whole of Turkey, and the pretty village of Kalkan with its relaxed beach is just a little drive away.
Arrival is after 16:00 on Saturday. Check out is by 10:00 of the following Saturday.
Each morning will start with some breathing and a short sit before we move into an invigorating, creatively sequenced vinyasa flow practice taught with music and including modifications for all levels. The late afternoon sessions will be slow, nurturing and calming gentle flow and restorative sessions, closing with a longer meditation.
Sessions will include my usual reflections on philosophy, psychology and science to deepen understanding and inspire discussion.
We’ll practice in the air conditioned studio, with a natural cedar wood floor and sweeping views. An outdoor practice platform is also available which we’ll use depending on temperature. Mats and some props are provided.
The comfortable rooms and bathrooms are tiled in natural stone with handcrafted, locally sources cedar wood furnishings.
There are ensuite double rooms with private balconies with mountain and sea views, and twin rooms sharing a bathroom for every two rooms.
There are shared social and quiet spaces, and a 25m infinity saltwater pool (free from chemicals and chlorine).
Food & drink
All meals are plentiful, vegan and buffet style, with lots of choice using healthy, seasonal, locally sourced produce. There’s self serve breakfast (fruit) for those who need a bite to eat before practice, a yummy (and substantial) brunch, an afternoon snack and dinner.
Alcohol won’t be served with the meals, as I’d like to encourage an inward focus and practice of self awareness.
“Asana, breathing, history and philosophy were brilliantly themed through the lessons. It was obvious that everything had been thoroughly prepared but it all still came across with a gentle passion and enthusiasm.”Robert
“I enjoyed the great yoga, lovely people and relaxed and friendly nature of it all. I felt I could really disconnect. Loved everything. Thank you for your wonderful energy.”Sarah
“I really like your approach and find your calming energy radiating around the room just amazing. Your calming voice is very comforting, and yet you remain clear and composed, explaining each new move or next set of instructions so incredibly clearly.”Sylvie
“Thank you so much for such an interesting, enjoyable, exhilarating yet peaceful weekend. I truly loved all of it! So much to take away from one weekend.”Dan
“I couldn't think of anything I would change about the retreat, it was truly a great weekend. Studio was perfect, nice floor, lighting, views. Food was delicious and plentiful.”Jenny
“Interesting topics which really made practical sense in combination with the yoga sessions. The yoga studio was really wonderful - the views, the peacefulness and the sunsets were beautiful.”Sarah
“I've already recommended it to many friends, and would definitely be up for a longer period next time. Sad to come home at the end of it.”Kaye
“I wanted to say what a wonderful time I had and how profoundly grateful I am to you for the lessons I have learnt through your teaching of yoga.”Gemma
The nearest airport is Dalaman, a scenic drive of about 90mins away. It’s served by a number of airlines from London and elsewhere (check skyscanner.net for options). Antalya is about 3hrs drive away.
We can arrange a group transfer (roughly £50 return). A convenient outbound flight is Wizzair leaving Gatwick at 10am. Inbound could be Easyjet leaving Dalaman at 13:55. Car hire is available at the airport if you’d like to explore the area in the breaks.
(For the adventurous there’s also a very affordable shuttle bus to Kalkan (not sure how frequent). It’ll take ~3hrs from Dalaman. The taxi from Kalkan takes around 10mins).
Booking and payment
A £300 deposit will hold your space with the balance due 8 weeks before the retreat.
Shared twin room £1,160pp
with private bathroom next door
Single room £1,350pp
with bathroom shared with 1 other person
Single ensuite room £1,480pp
with double bed + balcony (£1,260pp if shared as double)
Top floor ensuite apartment £1,550pp
with balcony + kitchenette (£1,300pp if shared as double)
Payments can be made by bank transfer (my preferred option) or debit / credit card (at an additional 3.5% local / 5.5% international card fee).
Please read the Terms & Conditions before booking.
Activities and excursions
On one day mid-week there will only be one shorter yoga session in the evening to allow for an optional boat trip along the coast (we’ll start from Kaş and breakfast and lunch will be on the boat – cost is around £50pp).
Turquoise retreat is within easy reach of numerous coastal towns, villages, activities – including the Lycian way for hiking – and natural landscapes. A gentle mountain hike to 800m above sea level (1.5hrs round trip) can be started straight from the house. Longer hikes are also available.
Pretty Kalkan has a handful of beaches and narrow stone cobbled lanes that lead to numerous restaurants and bars. Kaputas beach has stunning turquoise water and is just 7.5km away. The ancient sunken city of Kekova Island is about an hours drive away. And there’s much more…
A variety of activities including hammams and massages in Kalkan can be arranged once we have arrived.
All yoga classes
Meals (incl. non-alcoholic drinks)
7 nights accommodation
What’s not included
Travel and airport transfer
Hammam and massages
Travel insurance (please make sure you have this in place!)
Things to bring
Water bottle for refills
Sunscreen & hat
Adapter for electricals
Walking shoes if you’d like to go for a hike
Cash (you can easily exchange Sterling cash into local currency)