25 Sunday Jul 2021


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In this second year of great change 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.

With the spring weather and changing of the clocks, the mood in the UK is brightening, aided by the cautious relaxation of restrictions.  We dare to look forward to recovering our social life!  At the same time, conditions in other countries are different and everywhere is still vulnerable to new strains and changes at short notice limiting the capacity to travel.

In such a climate it will still be too soon for us to host any yoga courses in the early summer.  So now we are focusing on September and planning for Michael Stewart to reopen for us at last with a week of Shanta Vira Yoga from the 14th (7 a.m.) to the 19th (evening).

You will be very welcome, and since most of your week will be passed in the open air, your health will be protected.

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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.

Visitors stay in small and friendly family hotels on the seaside or set in mandarine orchards. A gentle walk on a country lane brings you to the Yoga Centre for practice and meals.

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.


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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.

For all Yoga Courses, please bring your own Yoga Mat.

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