*Sorry, this retreat has been cancelled. Stay tuned for new dates and a new location in Turkey in 2022, with Monica Voss
I visited Turkey in 1973 and felt so welcome, I stayed for 6 months. I have been back since, but not to the south-west, an area full of memories of authentic hospitality, curious open-hearted, generous people, delicious food and unspoilt forests and seashore. Join me on a sentimental return to a kind, ancient place.
Eco Yuva Yoga Centre
The Eco Yuva Centre yoga retreat centre is perched on a hillside hidden in pine woodlands overlooking the sea in south-west Turkey. It is a simple, rustic venue run by Atilla Sevilmis and his family who have offered yoga holidays since 1998.
There are 2 beautiful yoga platforms with stunning views of the forests rolling down to the Mediterranean. Built from cedar and local pine, they are spacious with grass roof coverings providing plenty of shade to keep us cool and comfortable. Two yoga classes will be offered each day – early morning and early evening (except on the full excursion day) – all of which are optional. The classes are adaptable and designed to include students of many levels of experience and ability. All welcome.
Turkish cuisine is fresh and tasty and Eco Yuva specialises in healthy home-made and locally sourced vegetarian and vegan food. Organic fruit and vegetables from their own garden are used when available. Special diets are catered for, with prior arrangement.
Enjoy the rich environment and warm and hospitable culture on a full day boat trip, by walking, hiking, swimming and beach exploration, and when visiting the local hammam and shops in a nearby village. The terrain is sometimes steep and sometimes rough – please bring sturdy sandals or walking shoes and enquire before registering if you have limited mobility.
For more details of the centre, please check https://www.ecofaralya.com/.
MONICA VOSS has been a student and teacher of yoga for over 40 years. In addition to co-owning and teaching at Esther Myers Yoga Studio in Toronto, Canada, Monica conducts workshops, retreats and teacher training internationally.
Your payment is separated into two parts: yoga fees and accommodation/meal package. The fee for twice daily yoga instruction of $650CDN is made directly to Esther Myers Yoga Studio. EMYS accepts cash, e-transfers to email@example.com, cheques, debit, MasterCard, Visa and credit card payments through Paypal. For more information, please contact Monica Voss, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Accommodation and Meals
Following registration with the Studio, contact Joseph Machado at Merit Travel (email@example.com, 416 345-9726 x5319, 111 Peter Street, Suite 201, Toronto, ON, M5V 2H1, TICO-registered #T781396) to pay for your assigned accommodation and meal package at Eco Yuva Yoga Centre.
All rooms have an ensuite shower and toilet supplied with solar-powered hot water. All beds have mosquito nets, and sheets and towels made from Turkish cotton.
(3 room types – please state 1st and 2nd choice of room)
- Anatolian-style cottage, $1350CDN
- Log cabin, $1275CDN
- Small Anatolian-style single room by the ocean, $1195CDN
Shared room, per person
- Anatolian-style cottage, $1050CDN pp
7 nights, 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 7 dinners, travel agent’s fee and taxes.
Flights, domestic transfers, meals other than those mentioned above, Turkish coffee/wine/beer, excursions, massage, Turkish visa, travel and medical insurance, laundry, tips. The closest international airport is Dalaman.
We suggest you allow the equivalent of $300-$400CDN (£200-£250) for transfers and other local costs.
***My good friend Julie Potter, owner of Yoga for Harmony in Windsor, UK, will be hosting a week at Eco Yuva June 28-July 5, 2021. Here is an opportunity to spend two weeks at this beautiful spot, should you wish. Direct enquiries to https://yogawithjuliepotter.co.uk/#retreat.
If you must cancel your trip, the yoga portion will be refunded by EMYS upon receipt of written notice, according to the following timelines:
More than 120 days prior to departure date, 50% refund
Fewer than 120 days prior to departure date, no refund
Cancellation policies for transportation, accommodation and meals are at the discretion of Merit Travel. The Studio is not responsible for any refunds for transportation, accommodation or meals.