Turkey Yoga Retreat

This retreat is Lisa Colbys fifth year at Yuva teaching and her favorite place to be, Yuva creates the perfect conditions for you to put down your baggage, unwind, reflect, and become a little playful. This landscape invites you to free your mind and nurture your soul. Suitable for guests who love to live simply, close to the trees, the rocky coast, and the wildlife. Classes are suitable for all and will encourage participants to work in a way that they are comfortable with, whilst cultivating awareness of movement, breath, alignment, and a willingness to let go.

Retreat highlights

  • Twice yoga sessions daily
  • 1 day free for an optional day trip
  • Village style vegetarian breakfast and dinner every day
  • 5 lunches of vegetarian local organic ingredients
  • 7 nights accommodation

Yoga styles


7 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Garden

Guests live quite comfortably in simple, traditional Anatolian style houses and log cabins. Each stone house has two spacious twin or double bedded rooms. Log cabins are singles or doubles. All rooms have an en suite shower and toilet, with solar-powered hot water supplies. All beds have mosquito nets, sheets, and towels made from Turkish cotton. Stone houses have a shared wooden terrace.

Life into Balance Yoga Retreat Turkey Program

Possible daily schedule

08.00 : Morning yoga - usually creative & flowing to start the day.

10.00 : Breakfast

Free time : Read, swim, walk, and relax. Maybe a walk to Butterfly Valley.

14.00 : Lunch

Free time : Maybe a treatment.

17.00 : Evening yoga - usually a lighter practice.

19.00 : Dinner

Free time : Sometimes meditation or chanting.

All sessions are optional. There is 1 free day in the middle for an optional day trip. Often, there is also 1 day of short trip to the ghost town to wander, explore and have pancakes in a rustic local cafe. Yuva offers much space and opportunity to walk, swim or quietly relax.

Instructors

Lisa Colby
Yoga Alliance UK (Yoga)
In her teaching, Lisa looks for a sense of balance, clarity, and practicality through which a solid foundation for a lifetime's practice can evolve. She teaches in a lighthearted and sensitive manner and encourages attention to form and integration of breath to create a quiet, calm, focused practice.

Retreat location

ldeniz

It literally means Dead Sea, due to its calm waters even during storms; the official translation name is Blue Lagoon. It is a small village and beach resort in the Fethiye district of Mula Province, on the Turquoise Coast of southwestern Turkey, at the conjunction point of the Aegean and Mediterranean seas. It is located to the south of Fethiye, near Mount Babada.

Yuva Eco Holiday Center

Yuva Eco Holiday Centre is the perfect location to get away from it all and rejuvenate your mind, body and spirit. Situated on the Turquoise Coast in southwest Turkey, Yuva is a pristine Eco Centre. Secluded and as close to nature as you can get, retreats at Yuva provide guests an environment where their focus can be turned inward. The only distraction will be the sound of the waves hitting the rocky coast.

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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Food

The food is an important part of the eco-supporting philosophy at Yuva. It mainly serves Turkish vegetarian meals, using locally sourced ingredients coming from the fertile soil surrounding Fethiye. Meals are cooked by Yuksel and her team with 16 years of vegetarian and vegan cooking experience. All food is prepared using traditional Turkish methods. At Yuva, the kitchen is purely vegetarian. Although the food is purely vegetarian, it is extremely hearty. Very often, meat-eaters enjoy the experience of real vegetarian and vegan cuisine, and find that they are very satisfied with the food.

Exclusions

Lunches for the first and last day.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Organic
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

You will have time to explore the beauty and tranquility of Yuva and bask in the sunshine, take a swim in the sparkling clear seas on private coves, chill out in a hammock, enjoy complementary therapy treatments, relax and read in some great naturally shaded spaces, take a trip, perhaps to the Turkish Baths, or take a guided walk to explore this wonderful part of Turkey.

Boat trip

There can be arranged a private boat trip along this stunning coastline of Fethiye. You get a full day boat trip, stopping three times at beaches and different swimming areas. Lunch on the boat is included and it's good. Fish, chicken or vegetarian meals are available.

Climb down into the Butterfly Valley

The valley is situated at the foothill of Babada two kilometers away from the hotel. A wide-strip sand beach at a bay on the Turkish Riviera protrudes from the valley. The valley's steep walls are 350 - 400 meters high. A trail in the valley leads to two small waterfalls dropping from 60 meters especially spring season. In the middle of the valley, a creek runs, carrying water from a spring in nearby Faralya village to the sea. The valley, rich in flora and fauna, takes its name from the large number of butterfly species found here. Scientists recorded some 147 flora species belonging to 54 families and 105 butterfly species from 15 families native to the valley.

Enjoy the Turkish night

Turkish style entertainment for everyone! Join in for an evening and see how they do have fun in Turkey. Experience Turkish folk dance, mouth watering Turkish cuisine with mezes and drinks. Experience the Turkish hospitality in the warm, friendly, lively night in a jovial, relaxed, and groovy atmosphere. It is highly recommended for you to know that if you sit on the outer edge of the tables, you are more likely to be picked on. Better copy the movements before you get picked on.

Facemask by Nihan

Nihan offers a nourishing, nurturing herbal face mask to revive and revitalize the skin. Your treatment begins with a hot facial steam using a blend of organic sage, rosemary, and cranberries. This steaming allows the face to relax. A natural clay mask is then applied to the face and allowed to dry whilst you relax and rest in the sun. Nihan then rinses your face with warm water, gently massaging the clay mask off. Your treatment ends with a luxurious face massage using rosewater. Heavenly!

Lycian Way walks

The Lycian Way is a 540 kilometers, 29-day way-marked footpath around the coast of Lycia in southern Turkey, from Fethiye to Antalya. The trail consists mainly of Roman roads, old footpaths and mule trails, often hard and stony underfoot, not suitable for mountain bikes. Lying between the coast and mountains, it often has steep gradients. The start point, at ldeniz, is nine kilometers away and it passes 800 meters behind the hotel.

Massage therapy

Murat is a certified massage therapist and he offers massage therapies at the hotel, using directed touch and micro-movements to re-educate the body to move with greater ease. His nurturing and gentle approach encourages movement habits to change. By paying attention and focusing on the body, dysfunctional movement patterns are interrupted and new ways of moving more efficiently are revealed.

Swimming

You can swim right off the rocky coast at Yuva and there is a stony beach a few minutes walk away. Lovely beaches in both directions are around 15 minutes ride away, either by local minibus. The nearest sandy Kabak Beach is just 15 minutes drive by road. It is a national park beach, with a small admission charge, which ensures the beach is never full and has lovely sand and beautiful swimming.

Swimming in the Blue Lagoon (Oludeniz)

ldeniz remains one of the most photographed beaches on the Mediterranean. It has a secluded sandy bay at the mouth of ldeniz, on a blue lagoon. The lagoon is a national nature reserve and construction is strictly prohibited. The sea water of ldeniz is famous for its shades of turquoise and aquamarine, while its beach is an official Blue Flag beach, frequently rated among the top five beaches in the world by travelers.

Visit the local bazaar

Turkish bazaars provide locals and tourists alike with wonderful opportunities to stock up on fresh goods while interacting with one another at these age old meeting places that are popular in one form or another throughout much of the world. Especially if you are visiting Turkey for the first time, experiencing their version of the peoples marketplace, known as pazar in Turkish and literally meaning Sunday, is a great introduction to Turkish life and social interactions.

Visit the ghost town

Kayaky, anciently known as Lebessos is a village eight kilometers south of Fethiye. Anatolian Greeks lived there until approximately 1922. At the ending of the Greco-Turkish War (19191922), Kayaky was already completely abandoned. Many of the abandoned buildings were damaged in the 1957 Fethiye earthquake. Today, Kayaky village serves as a museum and is a historical monument. Around 500 houses remain as ruins and are under the protection of the Turkish government, including two Greek Orthodox Churches, which remain the most important sites of the ghost town. There is a private museum on the history of the town. In the middle of the village stands a fountain source from the 17th century. Kayaky was adopted by the UNESCO as a World Friendship and Peace Village.

Spa treatments

  • Cosmetic treatments (85 USD for 45 minutes)
  • Herbal treatment (100 USD for 60 minutes)
  • Hot stones massage (120 USD for 60 minutes)
  • Relaxation treatment (80 USD for 45 minutes)

What's included

  • 2 yoga sessions each day for five days
  • 5 lunches of vegetarian local organic ingredients
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Village style vegetarian breakfast and dinner every day

What's not included

  • Optional activities
  • Transport and transfer
  • Treatments and massage

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

The nearest airport is Dalaman Airport (DLM). Dalaman is an international airport with direct flights to most major European cities.

Arrival by taxi

You can take a taxi from the airport to the retreat center.

Cancellation Policy

  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 2 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
8 days / 7 nights
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Availability

Arrival: Monday September 24, 2018
Departure: Monday October 1, 2018

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