ABOUT US

Our vision for Karakaya has been to create a rural retreat center offering workshops all year round in the healing arts, from meditations, dance and yoga to permaculture. We host some of the world’s most esteemed teachers here, and offer visitors from both near and far an experience dedicated to inner transformation and nurturing the body in a festive, relaxed and beautiful environment.

Inspired by a diverse variety of mystic teachings, we believe that there are many paths for many people. Karakaya is a meeting place for these teachings, and a place offering community, guidance and accommodation to all our guests. The members of our team also participate in workshops ourselves; we hope to embody the spirit of openness and grow together with the common goal of realising our full potential as people, and carers for future generations.

CORE TEAM

about us Alp&Me

ALP PURANA EKŞİOĞLU & MELANIA GIL DE SAGREDO | KARAKAYA RETREAT'S FOUNDERS

Alp is a Meditation Counsellor, Osho therapist, Sufi & Energy Facilitator, Breath Therapist & Reiki Master. Melania is Kitchen Coordinator and Curator of Food, a vivacious and natural host, Pedagogue, Birth Doula, Healthy Pregnancy, Natural Birth & Breastfeeding Consultant.
Purana Alp opened KUN in Istanbul in 1998, the first personal & spiritual development centre in Turkey, and has since introduced many healing approaches to the country, giving roots to a dynamic community. Melania and Alp share this passion to create community, and together with their 2 sons, Kaya & Civan, continue the journey feeding life and soul, great food, immaculate taste, and inspired ideas into Karakaya Retreat.

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ÇİĞDEM YENİDOĞAN | MANAGEMENT & COORDINATION

Sociologist, yogi, co-founder of Patika Yoga Center in Fethiye, former film producer,  excellent cook, an idealist NGO worker,  and Mother to Deniz Yücel. Çiğdem project managed the build here from 2011 until the opening , and has been seamlessly coordinating the center and events since 2014.

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FULYA | OFFICE ADMINISTRATION

STAFF

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ABDULLAH
Grunds Man & Gardener

Our beloved friend Apo has been with us for over 16 years now, since Kun Meditation Camp was in full swing at Karakaya in 2001.

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SELMA
Cook

Selma is a talented cook of local Aegean foods, and brings Karakaya the secrets of Turkish cooking handed down the generations. She has been with us since 2013.

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NAZGÜL
Housekeeper

Meticulous and brilliant, our perfect Virgo Nazgul has been with us since 2014, keeping the spaces clean and tidy and magically containing the mess we make.

Volunteers

VOLUNTEERS
From Far & Wide

Each year we welcome volunteers to stay to help us at the center in various unique ways, not least by bringing their vibrant and diverse energies to the space.

RESIDENT FRIENDS AT KARAKAYA

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FERİDE GÜRSOY

Family Constellation Facilitator, Herbalist and Zindesin Founder, offers also Shamanic Journeying, Detoxes & Healthy Body Workshops.
www.facebook.com/zindesin/

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SVAGITO LIEBESMEISTER &
MEERA HASHIMOTO

Svagito is a Family Constellation master and Psychologist.
www.family-constellation.net 
Meera facilitates workshops on Creativity and Art Therapy.
meera.de

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DISHA EYİLİK

Workshop organizer, Primal Therapist, Human Design Consultant, Co-founder of OwoKun.

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DAVID & ZEYNEP

David and zeynep have been training yoga teachers in Istanbul since 2006. They integrate trauma healing and Yin Yoga anatomy. They are the founders of Cihangir Yoga, now living in Mallorca.
www.advaytayoga.com
www.breathingmind.com

FIND US ON INSTAGRAM!

  • “It doesn’t interest me what planets are squaring your moon.
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I want to know if you have touched the center of your own sorrow, if you have been opened by life’s betrayals or have become shriveled and closed from fear of further pain!
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I want to know if you can sit with pain, mine or your own, without moving to hide it or fade it, or fix it.”
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“Ay´ının etrafında hangi gezegenlerin döndüğü beni ilgilendirmiyor.
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Kederinin merkezine dokunup dokunmadığını, hayatın ihanetleriyle daha da mı açıldın veya daha fazla acıdan korkup kendini mi kapattın onu bilmek istiyorum.
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Saklamaya, azaltmaya ya da düzeltmeye çalışmadan benim ya da kendi acınla oturup oturamayacağını bilmek istiyorum. “
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May this be a weekend that we can sit with ourselves.
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Kendi kendimizle oturabildiğimiz bi haftasonu olsun.🙏🏻
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#inspirationalquotes #oriahmountaindreamer #therealthing #retreat #weekendwishes #happyfriday .
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Excerpt from “The Invitation” by Oriah Mountain Dreamer
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#sunset #wintersunset #ismagical #retreat #nature #cloudshow #redsunset #karakayaretreat .
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Photo credit: @0jij0
  • If you have eyes to see, you will find god everywhere,
good everywhere: scriptures in silence 
and sermons in stones. 
Osho
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Görecek gözlerin varsa, Yaratan’ı her yerde bulacaksın,
ve iyiyi:
sessizlikteki kutsal metinleri
ve taşlara yazılı vaazları.
Osho
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#meditation #karakayaretreat #oshoquotes #wisdomquote #eyestosee #earstohear #silence #nature
  • Gözümüzün değdiği her yerde, en zor anlarda dahi, bir güzellik görebildiğimiz bir yıl olsun.
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May this be a year of being able to see a beauty in each corner that our eyes touch, even in the hardest times.
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#happynewyear #karakayaretreat #newyearresolutions #selflove #selfinquiry #nofilter #skies
  • Tüm doğru ve yanlışların ötesinde bir yer var; seninle orda buluşacağım. Rumi
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#mevlana #rumi #nojudging #transcend #retreat #karakayaretreat #fridaymood #freedom #beyondjudgement #understanding #loving
  • Karakaya çocuklarından hepinize iyi tatiller. Ve tabi ki Namaste 🙏🏻 🧘‍♂️ •
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Karakaya boys wishing you happy holidays. And of course Namaste 🙏🏻 🧘‍♂️ •
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#merrychristmas #lotus #happyholidays #holidaysbitches #karakayaretreat #happyfaces #holidayjoy
  • Öğle saatlerine yaklaşırken Cuma neşesi sardı mı?
Güzel ve renkli bir haftasonu olsun.
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Almost noon! Can you feel the Friday joy?
Wishing all a colourful weekend!
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#tgif #retreatyourself #treatyourself #spices #allcolours #happyfaces #coldbuthappy #lettheweekendbegin #karakayaretreat
  • December 21,
Winter solstice,
On one hand
the longest night of the year in the Northern Hemisphere is inviting us to slow down,
to look inside, 
to look at our darkness and embrace it;
on the other hand is reminding us,
after tonight, days will be getting longer and longer.
And this cycle will just repeat itself, over and over again.
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May all of us find the courage to face our darkness,
the compassion to embrace it,
and the power long been waited for to take action.
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Here is a video from the Karakaya 
to drop a bit of warmth in you.
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21 Aralık Kış Gündönümü,
Kuzey Yarımküre'de en uzun gecenin yaşandığı bu gece bizi yavaşlamaya,
içimize dönmeye,
kendi karanlığımıza bakmaya ve onu kucaklamaya davet ederken,
bir yandan da bize hatırlatıyor,
bu geceden sonra günler uzayacak.
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Herkese karanlığıyla yüzleşebilecek cesareti,
Onu kucaklayabilecek şefkati,
Harekete geçmek için beklediği gücü bulacağı bir gündönümü diliyoruz 🙏🏻
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En uzun gecenin yaşanacağı bu soğuk günde, içinizi belki bir damla ısıtacak bir video Karakaya'nın kalbinden. 
#karakayaretreat #rainbowsmiles #wintersolstice #gündönümü #meditation #embraceyourdarkness

Thank you for the video @0jij0
  • Hoşgörüyü ve kabulü deneyimleyebildiğimiz bir hafta olsun.
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May this be a week during which we can experience more tolerance and acceptance.

Sept'17 ~ Breath Festival
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#retreat #meditation #surrender #tearsofjoy #tearsofhealing #love #sharing #openyourheart #understandeachother #happyfaces #yoga #breathwork #traumarelease #biodynamic #breathe
  • Kim bilir kaçımız,
tam da burdan, 
başka başka niyetleri, aşkları 
veya anıları 
aynı batan güneşe anlattık sessizce?
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How many of us I wonder,
have silently told our intentions,
loves and memories
to the same sun,
from this very exact spot?
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#retreatyourself #karakayaretreat #happyfaces #sunset #charm #solitude #peace #meditation #sunsethealing
  • Nefes Festivali'nden bir an
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A moment from the Breath Festival at @karakayaretreat 
Sept'17
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#yoga #meditation #karakayaretreat #traumarelease #biodynamicbreath #breathwork #selfhealing #selfinquiry #catharsis #solitude #connecting #bonding #norainnoflowers #sisterhood #divinelove
  • Yinside Mindfulness Festivali'nden neşeli bir an.
@didecelen @fulyaleela @berivanaslansungur 
Bu anı yakalayan hocamız @denizbagan 'a teşekkürler.
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#tbt to a joyful moment during Yinside Mindfulness Festival.
Thank you for capturing the moment @denizbagan • • •
#yin #yoga #festivals #feeltheyogahigh #meditation #retreat #joy #sharing #spreadthelove #spreadthejoy #yogaeveryday #happyfaces #sisterhood #empoweredwomen