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8 Days Turkey Yoga Retreat with Fatma Balkan and Nina Fowkes

  • Nur Beach Hotel, Kas, Turkey

Overview

Sunshine, Serenity, and Laughter Yoga Holiday in Turkey

This yoga holiday is a vibrant mix of inspiring yoga taught by one of Turkey’s top teachers, with tantalizing food, and the experience of staying in a very hip boutique hotel with quite a unique atmosphere. Located right on the water and just a minutes walk into town. You will be free all day to explore Kas and all it has to offer.

Highlights

  • Twice daily yoga class
  • Welcome drinks and farewell supper
  • Fire ceremony in a mountain village retreat center
  • Turkish Hamman experience
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Airport transfers
  • Thai massage
  • 3 dinners

Skill level

  • Beginner

  • 7 days with instruction
  • English
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Right on the water’s edge and just a 2 minute walk into the center of town; the Nur Beach Hotel is the best boutique hotel in Kas. Stunning views, stylish, renovated, airy rooms, excellent service, and renowned for it’s delicious cosmopolitan cuisine – this really is a gem of a hotel. The hotel has recently undergone a total refurbishment and some of the deluxe suites now have their own private infinity pools and sunbathing decks. All rooms have balconies.

You will be practicing yoga in some beautiful settings in and around the town, with morning sessions taking place either on the hotel decking, or the Ampitheatre, as the sun rises and before the tourists wake up. Evening classes are on the beach, the helipad, or up amongst the olive trees in the hills. One thing you can guarantee is the breathtaking views at all the locations, and inspiring well planned and progressive classes taught by experienced and dedicated teachers. After yoga dine out under the stars as the sunsets in your choice of the many wonderful restaurants and bars that Kas has to offer. This is the holiday to choose if you are seeking a vibrant and unforgettable time in the sun, or want to bring your non yogi friends and family with you.

Fatma Balkan

Deftly melds the anatomical precision of Iyengar inspired hatha Yoga with the softness and beauty of the Turkish landscape making each class a deep and transformative experience. Born in Ankara, Turkey 37 year old Fatma started her career in Media and Dance before turning to the teachings of yoga and Vedic philosophy. Over the past 10 years Fatma has shared her life between India, Turkey and the UK, training extensively in different lineages of Yoga including: Satyananda, Sivananda and Bikram as well as Ayurveda and Ayurvedic massage and Vippassana meditation. Fatma is formally qualified in Satyananda Yoga yet currently studying to qualify in Iyengar yoga with senior teacher Sheila Haswell. Fatma weaves the stories and wisdom of India into her classes along with her contemporary anatomical understanding of the body. Her classes are structured to meet the needs of every student at every level with attention to safety, alignment and precision, allowing the time for each student to explore their inner space and discover the abundant joy within.

Nina Fowkes

Nina first developed an interest in health, fitness and nutrition 25 years ago whilst living in California. She later went on to study Nutrition in Geneva, before starting a Catering company specialising in serving healthy lunches to local businesses and International Organizations. Nina returned to the UK in 1995 where she underwent training in Massage and Aromatherapy. Her interest in Yoga, Eastern Philosophy and Medicine led her to Northern Thailand in 2001 where she began her study of Thai Massage, returning in 2007 to Qualify in Traditional Thai Massage at the Wat Po Medical School in Bangkok. She continues to deepen her knowledge by attending advanced practitioner courses in London and Brighton. Nina has been practising yoga since her mid teens and has been fortunate to study with many inspiring teachers along her journey. When teaching yoga herself she incorporates elements of aromatherapy, Thai Massage and Ayurveda into her classes, to evoke the senses and bring about deep relaxation. During the summer of 2009 Nina developed the idea of creating the Yoga Garden to provide a beautiful space to practise Yoga close to nature and to provide her clients with a tranquil environment for improving their health and bringing their bodies back into shape and balance.

This retreat will take place in Kas, Antalya, Turkey.

Activities
  • Boating nearby
  • Massage
  • Sauna
  • Scuba diving nearby
  • Shopping nearby
General
  • Balcony
  • Bar nearby
  • Beach
  • Café nearby
  • Dining area
  • Fireplace
  • Restaurant nearby
  • Yoga studio

Breakfasts and 3 dinners are included in the package. Breakfast at the Nur is served from the veranda overlooking the sea – a real feast of fresh fruits, raw juices (pomegranate, watermelon, orange) yoghurt, local honey, eggs, cheeses, and delicious sweet and savory pastries.

Take a boat trip

Step aboard the Taylia boat with captain Ismail for an unforgettable and exhilarating day on the water. Relax on the boat, take in the stunning views, jump off board and swim amongst the fish (and perhaps the turtles) as captain Ismail catches fish for lunch… and what a feast – the best restaurant in Kas!

Charter your own boat

Going wherever you chose to go, perhaps to explore the sunken Lycian city at Kekova, perhaps exploring the islands.

Sea kayaking

The beautiful cost line of southern Turkey is littered with secluded bays, coves and beaches, and is teaming with archeological remains, what better way to experience this than through sea kayaking. Kayaks are easy to pilot and great fun.

Scuba diving

Kas is in the top 100 diving destinations worldwide, this is because the area has a high amount of underwater life combined with very clear water (up to 40 meters visibility) and beautiful underwater landscapes.

Paragliding – fly like a bird

There is no better way to see Kas than take a tandem paraglider from the mountain range that surrounds Kas. You will land in the center of town, right by the harbor. A truly unforgettable experience.

Day trip to Greece

The tiny and colorful island of Meis, an architectural delight, is just a short boat trip away. It has a population of a couple of hundred inhabitants. There is a selection of shops and restaurants along the promenade for you to explore. Depart after breakfast and return to Kas in time for your sunset yoga practice.

Walk the Lycian Way

Kas sits right on the Lycian way. Bring your walking boots and go back in time as you discover ancient burial tombs set in the hillside, fragrant flora and fauna, ancient cork and cedar forests, and of course the breathtaking coastal views.

  • 7 nights B&B in 5 star Boutique Hotel
  • Airport transfers
  • Dinner on 3 evenings leaving you 4 nights free to enjoy the many lovely restaurants in Kas
  • Thai massage
  • Turkish Hamman experience
  • Welcome drinks and farewell supper and fire ceremony in a mountain village retreat center

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Antalya Airport (AYT). Transfer from and to the airport is included. The organizer will pick you up from the airport.

For information about the booking conditions, please send The Yoga Garden Retreat Company Ltd an inquiry.
  • Review by Graham & Toska Dekkers

    "Thank you for making this a wonderful experience, we loved absolutely everything about Kas, the hotel (Nur Beach) was fabulous, delicious food and great service. The different locations for the yoga sessions were stunning and the teaching excellent – we can’t wait for next year"

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  • Review by Mike Carey

    "A beautiful location with a perfect balance of yoga and holiday made all the more enjoyable by sharing the experience with a small friendly group of like-minded yogis – can’t wait for next year.”"

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  • Review by Claire Nichols

    "I loved everything about the holiday… the yoga was inspiring, beautiful locations, lovely people, and the sea was perfect for swimming in."

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  • Review by Tatiana Shuttleworth

    "The teachers were excellent and inspiring, with in-depth experience and ability to meet the very specific needs of every participant – A fabulous and deeply nourishing holiday.”"

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  • Review by Susie O Kelly

    "I went without expectation, and left full of joy."

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