Here are some answers to your questions about Karakaya Retreat. If you have a query that we do not cover here, feel free to contact us.

I am travelling alone. Can I book to share a room at Karakaya with a stranger?

Yes, you can book a bed in a double or triple room or dormitory and we will aim to match you with compatible roommates. 

Is there a masseuse at the Retreat?

Yes, we offer different kinds of massage treatments. Details of these and their prices will be available at the reception.

Is there a pool at the Retreat?

Yes, we have a large open-air pool on site, which is available for our guests’ use. 

If you are with children please monitor them around the pool at all times and ensure they do not visit the pool alone.

Is there disabled access at the center?

Yes, Karakaya Retreat offers wheelchair access. 

Where is the nearest hospital / emergency medical care?

The closest hospital / emergency medical care at Acibadem Hospital in Ortakent, which is a 15 min drive away.

Which is the nearest airport to Karakaya Retreat?

Bodrum Milas Airport, Turkey. Bodrum airport is approximately 45 minutes by car from the retreat center.

How do I arrange airport transfers?

We book and organise airport transfers for 95% of our guests and this means we are able to offer them at reduced rates. Simply let us know your flight times in advance and we will arrange to meet you at the airport, and later transfer you from the retreat to the airport.

How much is a private airport transfer?

The cost of the transfer we offer is 120 TL per person each way. A taxi from the airport will cost between 150-160 TL one way.

Can I use public transport to get to the Retreat?

Yes, you can take the Havas Airport Transfer bus to Bodrum main bus station from Milas airport (an approx. 40 min journey) for 15 TL. From Bodrum then take a Dolmus minibus to Gümüşlük (approx. 25 mins drive) for 5 TL. From Gümüşlük you will need to take a taxi up to Karakaya (approx. 10 min) and this costs approx. 27 TL.

Can I rent a car or scooter?

If you would like to rent a scooter or car to explore the Bodrum Peninsula there are plenty of rental options when you arrive at Bodrum Airport or the closets the rental offices to us are in Turgutreis.

Is there parking at the Retreat?

Yes, there are a limited number of parking spaces for our guests.

Do I need to pay the full amount for a workshop or room up front?

No, we take an initial NON-REFUNDABLE deposit payment of 2 nights’ stay to secure your booking. The remaining balance can be paid at once or broken down into 2 further instalments. Your place is not reserved until a payment has been submitted and cleared.

We take 20% of the workshop fee you wish to attend to secure your workshop space.

Do workshop fees include accommodation & food prices?

No, the workshop prices do not include food and accommodation prices. See our accommodation page for details of accommodation and food costs.

How can I pay?

We accept credit card payments and direct account payments. Please call or email us for bank details. 

If I wish to cancel my booking, can I get a refund?

If you cancel 2 weeks prior to workshop, we will fully refund your accommodation & workshop deposit. Cancellations any time after that are non refundable.

What do I need to pack?


Mosquito repellent (usually only needed in August/ September)

Sunscreen & hat

Swimming towels 


Hiking shoes


Comfortable clothes for meditations

Warm clothes for the evenings (especially from October – April)

Ecological Hygiene Products

Please note that we only use ecological products at Karakaya Retreat since we recycle our water to feed our gardens. If you don’t have the opportunity to buy ecological products, you can buy some of Cemile’s hand-made soaps and shampoos on site. 

What is the weather like in Turkey?

Generally the spring and autumn is mild and warm with cooler evenings. From May to end of September days are sunny and hot with warm evenings. July and August are the hottest months. For an up to date weather report, please go to HYPERLINK “http://www.accuweather.com/en/tr/dalaman/319473/weather-forecast/319473″www.acuweather.com and search for Bodrum.

What is the accommodation like?

The accommodation is comfortable, homey and simply but carefully designed. All bathrooms have showers, but no baths. None of the rooms are equipped with TV’s; it is a great idea to get away from TV whilst you are on the retreat, so you can experience a full mind and body detox. Due to the thick stone walls using lime & sand mortar, as well the site’s north facing location, the rooms stay very cool and comfortable in the mid summer heat.

Can I go sightseeing and shopping near by?

Karakaya is only 10 minutes away from the coastal village of Gümüşlük by car or scooter. Alternatively the hike down the valley to the village is both fun and beautiful. Thanks to strictly enforced building prohibitions, Gümüşlük has kept its original appearance and photogenic fishing village charm. 

Your feet are touching historical ground here; Gümüşlük is site of the ancient harbour and sunken city of Myndos. The remains of the castle walls and the basilica are still visible today, while a lot of new excavation is still underway as a result of new discoveries in the past few years.

Gümüşlük has local cafés, beach bars and a pretty pier, an art gallery, handcraft stalls, and many excellent seafood restaurants along the small waterfront. The beach is great for relaxing, sun bathing and swimming. A local farmers’ market is held every Wednesday.

Bodrum is 40 minutes by local bus from Gümüşlük and is a hive of activity with local markets, boutique and high end shopping, 5 star marinas, a wide range of dining options, café culture, and a world-famous nightlife. Bodrum Castle and the mausoleum (one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World) are also popular sights to visit. The Castle of the Knights of St Peter in particular is beautifully preserved fort offering great views of the town and Bodrum’s twin crescent harbours. It is also home to the Museum of Underwater Archaeology.

Can children visit and participate at Karakaya Retreat?

Dear Parents, Karakaya Retreat welcomes children for a wonderful holiday in nature and close to the sea. The retreat focuses on being a place for adults to come to relax and unwind. It is important that anyone thinking to bring children to stay understands and respects this. Please attend your child at ALL times; the center is not necessarily childproof, for example, there is a pool of 1.60 m in depth. For things here for kids to do, please check the daily program on site. We usually have international volunteers doing fun daily activities as well as arts & crafts. Thank you!

Can you cater for my food allergies?

Please let us know about your food allergies and we will do our best to cater to your needs. We usually offer vegan, gluten and non-dairy options with each meal.

Are workshops facilitated in English or Turkish?

It depends on the facilitator; some are in Turkish and some are in English, we usually provide translation.

What is Karakaya Retreat’s address?

End of Sinan Sok., Eski Karakaya, Gümüşlük, Bodrum, Mugla, Turkey.


  • “It doesn’t interest me what planets are squaring your moon.
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!
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.”
“Ay´ının etrafında hangi gezegenlerin döndüğü beni ilgilendirmiyor.
Kederinin merkezine dokunup dokunmadığını, hayatın ihanetleriyle daha da mı açıldın veya daha fazla acıdan korkup kendini mi kapattın onu bilmek istiyorum.
Saklamaya, azaltmaya ya da düzeltmeye çalışmadan benim ya da kendi acınla oturup oturamayacağını bilmek istiyorum. “
May this be a weekend that we can sit with ourselves.
Kendi kendimizle oturabildiğimiz bi haftasonu olsun.🙏🏻
#inspirationalquotes #oriahmountaindreamer #therealthing #retreat #weekendwishes #happyfriday .
Excerpt from “The Invitation” by Oriah Mountain Dreamer
  • Sunset today - Günbatımı
@karakayaretreat .
#sunset #wintersunset #ismagical #retreat #nature #cloudshow #redsunset #karakayaretreat .
Photo credit: @0jij0
  • If you have eyes to see, you will find god everywhere,
good everywhere: scriptures in silence 
and sermons in stones. 
Görecek gözlerin varsa, Yaratan’ı her yerde bulacaksın,
ve iyiyi:
sessizlikteki kutsal metinleri
ve taşlara yazılı vaazları.
#meditation #karakayaretreat #oshoquotes #wisdomquote #eyestosee #earstohear #silence #nature
  • Gözümüzün değdiği her yerde, en zor anlarda dahi, bir güzellik görebildiğimiz bir yıl olsun.
May this be a year of being able to see a beauty in each corner that our eyes touch, even in the hardest times.
#happynewyear #karakayaretreat #newyearresolutions #selflove #selfinquiry #nofilter #skies
  • Tüm doğru ve yanlışların ötesinde bir yer var; seninle orda buluşacağım. Rumi
#mevlana #rumi #nojudging #transcend #retreat #karakayaretreat #fridaymood #freedom #beyondjudgement #understanding #loving
  • Karakaya çocuklarından hepinize iyi tatiller. Ve tabi ki Namaste 🙏🏻 🧘‍♂️ •
Karakaya boys wishing you happy holidays. And of course Namaste 🙏🏻 🧘‍♂️ •
#merrychristmas #lotus #happyholidays #holidaysbitches #karakayaretreat #happyfaces #holidayjoy
  • Öğle saatlerine yaklaşırken Cuma neşesi sardı mı?
Güzel ve renkli bir haftasonu olsun.
Almost noon! Can you feel the Friday joy?
Wishing all a colourful weekend!
#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.
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.
Here is a video from the Karakaya 
to drop a bit of warmth in you.
🌈🌨🌈 •
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.
Herkese karanlığıyla yüzleşebilecek cesareti,
Onu kucaklayabilecek şefkati,
Harekete geçmek için beklediği gücü bulacağı bir gündönümü diliyoruz 🙏🏻
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.
• ~ •
May this be a week during which we can experience more tolerance and acceptance.

Sept'17 ~ Breath Festival
• ~ •
#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?
• •
How many of us I wonder,
have silently told our intentions,
loves and memories
to the same sun,
from this very exact spot?
• •
#retreatyourself #karakayaretreat #happyfaces #sunset #charm #solitude #peace #meditation #sunsethealing
  • Nefes Festivali'nden bir an
A moment from the Breath Festival at @karakayaretreat 
#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.
• • •
#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