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.
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.
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.
FULYA | OFFICE ADMINISTRATION
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.
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.
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.
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
Family Constellation Facilitator, Herbalist and Zindesin Founder, offers also Shamanic Journeying, Detoxes & Healthy Body Workshops.
Workshop organizer, Primal Therapist, Human Design Consultant, Co-founder of OwoKun.