28 Sunday Feb 2021
In such and abnormal year the first thing to say is that we sincerely hope that all our friends and acquaintances and all your friends and acquaintances are well and coming through this plague without being excessively battered.
Then we can announce happily that we have arrived in Gölköy a little behind schedule! So it is possible to get here and the atmosphere is quite relaxed, though people are mostly keeping their distance and wearing their masks in the shops and streets.
However, we know all the various difficulties that the plague has created for people and are now sorry to have to announce that Michael Stewart's week of Shanta Vira Yoga in September has now been cancelled. It has taken a world crisis to break the sequence of our work with him, but at the same time we are happy to announce that next year's event will be from May 24th - 31st. He will be back!
You will be very welcome, and since most of your week will be passed in the open air, your health will be protected.
Currently, Turkey has a relatively low incidence of infection. People have their temperature checked before boarding planes, masks and sanitisation liquid is issued, and after that it is compulsory to wear a mask in the streets and shops.
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A warm welcome to the Yoga Centre in the peaceful and uplifting village of Gölköy on the Aegean coast of Southwest Turkey. We have been running happy yoga retreats here for more than 20 years. The courses usually run from May till October with teachers from many different disciplines. Join us to give your yoga a boost and take delight in the relaxed atmosphere of friendly, like-minded yoga people. It's the best way to get your practice going or take it to the next level.
International teachers offer their rich, diverse experience to small groups ensuring that you receive close, individual attention. Courses are tailored to the needs and experience of the students and are open to complete beginners as well as to more experienced yogis and yoginis.
Varied and delicious, mainly vegetarian meals are prepared for you by a village cook and shared in the warm tradition of truly generous Turkish hospitality. The colours and aromas delight the eye and nourish the soul.
Bodrum/Milas (BJV) is the local airport, about 45 minutes drive away. (Please note: new visa arrangements.) During the ride along the seaside and through the pine forests you immediately begin to absorb the fresh and scented atmosphere that liberates your breath.
Every morning there is the main yoga practice of the day followed by lunch. Then there is plenty of free time in the afternoons to visit Bodrum, the Turkish baths, local markets, sometimes to go walking across the hills or just relax on the seafront or by the pool. In the early evening there is a second, quieter class before supper on most days.
Yoga courses are complemented by Thai massage or shiatsu, and walking on the mountain and in the forest, depending on which week you visit us.
The cost for a one week course will differ according to the stages of the season with discounts for early booking and for previous visitors. This includes tuition, hotel accommodation for 7 nights and all meals except for 3 evenings when people like to eat out in Bodrum or by the sea, absorbing the local atmosphere.
Each course starts on Tuesday at 10 a.m. and finishes on Sunday evening. Monday is a day for resting and travel.