Yoga Holidays and Retreats

Turkey Yoga Retreat with Helen and Sophie, 17th – 24th August 2015

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Helen is really excited to be joining her friend and fellow teacher Sophie Cleere to teach this week at the beautiful Suleyman’s Gardens in Huzur Vadisi in Southern Turkey.  Join these two wonderful teachers for a week of yoga, meditation, delicious organic vegetarian food and time to explore this stunning location .. or to simply relax!  Set in the tranquility of the mountains in Southern Turkey, Suleyman’s Garden is a very charming, small traditional farm with terraced vegetable fields, orchards and beautiful gardens, with stunning sea views. It is one of Turkey’s most well known and established yoga retreat venues and provides the perfect location in which to retreat from the stresses of daily life. This week is the perfect opportunity for experienced practitioners and those newer to the practice alike to explore their yoga practice in more depth, whilst also providing plenty of opportunity  to explore, swim, eat incredible food, sunbathe by the little pool or relax in the shade.  The weather is always very hot and sunny in August but with a welcome gentle breeze (being up in the hills).

The Yoga

With two experienced teachers and a small group, this retreat is suitable for everyone from experienced practitioners to complete beginners. Helen and Sophie love to work closely with their students, whatever their level of practice so that each person will receive a lot of personal attention, particularly in the morning guided self practice classes.  There will also be the opportunity for complete beginners or those less familiar with ‘self practice’ to attend a led class in the mornings. Helen and Sophie both share a warm, fun and passionate approach to teaching Ashtanga Yoga.

The newly built shaded yoga shala is set amid the vegetable gardens and fruit trees, with lovely sea views and has space for 20. It is fully equipped with mats, belts, blocks, bolsters and blankets.

The Teachers

Helen and Sophie are great friends and experienced teachers.  Sophie has had a passion for body movement since she can remember, having danced from the age of 4 and took her first yoga class at 15. She has been teaching since 2009.  She has practiced and loved Ashtanga for 11 years, since her first trip to Mysore and is blessed by Sharath with level 1 authorisation. She has a keen eye for anatomical precision within the practice, always seeking to deepen hers and her students understanding of this incredible method more recently integrating her continuing studies with Senior Iyengar yoga teacher Aleric Newcombe.  Helen practises and teaches Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga in Dorset, where she is director of ‘Yoga at the Space’ in the beautiful Purbecks.  There she runs the morning Mysore classes as well as teaching Yoga for Pregnancy and running regular retreats and workshops.  She has practised yoga for 25 years and owes huge gratitude to her main teachers John Scott and Lucy Crawford.  She also teaches internationally and is passionate about the importance of building community through this practice. Helen brings a mindful and gentle approach to what can be a powerful practice. 

A Typical Day

  • Mornings yoga sessions will be followed by a delicious brunch
  • After brunch the day is yours to explore or relax by the pool or on the beach
  • Book a massage with the excellent on site therapist (not included)
  • optional gentle late afternoon sessions are available in which we will explore techniques of the practice or a guided meditation
  • We will gather for a relaxed dinner each night

Food and Accommodation

Huzur Vadisi is famous for its amazing food. They even have their own cookbook! The local owners grow all their own organic vegetables and fruit for the kitchen to make the truly delicious meals. It is the food as much as the location, which helped us to decide this was the place to bring our guests. Suleyman and his family, who cook, clean and garden, are very welcoming and helpful.  Turkish village cooking is mainly vegetarian, so there are many unusual and varied vegetarian dishes from the local repertoire. Based on fresh, local, seasonal produce – fruit, vegetables, pulses, grains, nuts, cheeses, eggs and yoghurt.  Special diets can be accommodated to on request.

The accommodation is in simple, comfortable wooden cabins with verandas, and traditional stone and thatched huts, set amid lovely flowery gardens. There is room for groups of between 15-18 people, including teachers, in double, twin and single accommodation. Bathrooms facilities are shared, and conveniently located around the site, with ample showers, toilets and hot water.  There are also a few ensuite rooms too, available at a small supplement.  Staying at Suleyman’s Garden is very much like being a houseguest – it’s a very relaxed and friendly atmosphere, particularly welcoming for people holidaying on their own. There is also plenty of space to be by yourself and be quiet if you wish.

Costs for the Retreat week (in pounds sterling)

Twin/double  £765  (£695 early bird)

Single hut       £865  (£765 early bird)

twin/double ensuite  £850 (£750 early bird)

Early bird ends 1st July 2015

NB Flights and transfers not included

To book or for more information please see http://yogareading.co.uk/yoga-holidays/  or  contact yogawithsoph@gmail.com

What the price includes

All morning and evening yoga sessions
3 daily meals
Accommodation

What is not included

There are several companies flying to Turkey. Most charter flights from UK to Dalaman are on a Monday, which is our travel day (the classes will start on Tuesday morning)  Prices vary according to time of booking or season. It is advisable to book early to get the best prices.

Thomas Cook: www.flythomascook.com
Easyjet: www.easyjet.com
Monarch: www.monarch.co.uk
Skyscanner: www.skyscanner.net 

Direct flights from Bournemouth airport are with Thomson www.flights.thomson.co.uk

The transfer is 1.5 hours from Dalaman airport. We can arrange a minibus or taxi transfer for you.                                                                                                                                                                                               The price depends on your arrival time and numbers. It can be between £20 to £50 pp each way. It may involve linking up with or waiting for others to arrive.

Visas

Anyone travelling 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
The visa needs to be printed and taken with you.

Optional activities

Private boat trip to the fabulous unspoiled Springwater Beach, which includes lunch freshly cooked on board
Visit to local beaches
Visit to the Turkish Baths in Fethiye
Visit to local shops and bars/restaurants at Fethiye or to Olu Deniz

Testimonial

‘This unpretentious retreat is a delicious place to escape the stresses of life at home, the food is legendary.’’ Harpers and Queen