Yoga Holiday in Turkey … NEW!

Turkey boat trip from Eco Yuva

June 19 – 26, 2023, 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.

The Eco Yuva Centre yoga retreat centre is perched on a hillside hidden in pine woodlands near 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. (

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 designed to accommodate 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.

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Monica Voss

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 $700CDN is made directly to Esther Myers Yoga Studio. EMYS accepts cash, e-transfers to, cheques, debit, MasterCard, Visa and credit card payments through Paypal. For more information, please contact Monica Voss,

Following registration with the Studio, contact Joseph Machado at Merit Travel (, 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.

There are 3 varieties of typical Turkish rural houses at Eco Yuva, some made of Anatolian stone, some adobe cottages and a few wooden bungalows. Each house has two bedrooms and one bathroom supplied with solar-powered hot water. All beds have mosquito nets, and sheets and towels made from Turkish cotton.

Single and shared accommodations are available and all bathrooms are shared with one other room. Prices TBC

7 nights, 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 7 suppers, travel agent’s fee and taxes – Prices TBC 

Flights, domestic transfers, meals other than those mentioned above, Turkish coffee/wine/beer, excursions, massage, Turkish visa, travel and medical insurance, laundry, tips.

Ground transportation to Eco Yuva will be organized closer to the time.

***My good friend Julie Potter, owner of Yoga for Harmony in Windsor, UK, will be hosting a week at Eco Yuva June 12-19, 2023. Here is an opportunity to spend two weeks at this beautiful spot, should you wish. Direct enquiries to

If you must cancel your trip or the Studio does, because of Covid, 90% of the yoga portion will be refunded by EMYS upon receipt of written notice or a full credit will be held for another retreat, classes, workshops or Teacher Training.

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.

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