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.
ŞİRİN ÖNDER | MANAGEMENT & COORDINATION
Nature, Cosmology, Literature and Meditation lover. A natural-born romantic who always has a smile. After graduating from Boğaziçi, she moved to NYC. During her visit to Turkey in 2016, she found herself in Karakaya Retreat. Having wandered between NYC-Mallorca-Istanbul for a while, settled in Karakaya Retreat, Bodrum in the spring of 2018. While exploring her inner-self and passion, doing volunteer work, she realized the importance of ‘service’ on her Path of Growth.
She looks forward to welcoming you and sharing this space with you in Karakaya!
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.
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.