Turkey 2016

Ashtanga Yoga Retreat at Huzur Vadisi, Turkey

July 25th to 1st August 2016

Join Joey for a week of uplifting, transformational practice in Huzur Vadisi, the first yoga retreat centre of its kind in Turkey. Set in a secluded mountain valley, surrounded by pine forest, the yurt accommodation nestles amid olive and fig groves. It is an oasis of peace in natural surroundings, simple and rustic with shared bathroom facilities, yet comfortable and beautifully maintained with all conveniences in the yurts.

At night the valley is dark, revealing all the beauty of the stars in the night sky. Huzur Vadisi’s setting brings a deep connection with the natural world that immeasurably enhances the benefits of yoga practice.

The combination of great yoga, stunning unspoiled location, welcoming experienced staff and legendary food creates an experience for which teachers and guests have been returning year after year.



The week will include:

– Mysore style self-practice

– Asana technique with alignment focus

– Restorative yoga

– Pranayama

– Yoga Philosophy

– Contemplation



The theme for the week is finding the balance between effort and non-effort.

“For the sage who desires to attain yoga,

action is said to be the means;

for those who have already attained yoga,

tranquillity is said to be the means.”

Bhagavad Gita 6.3

The weeks’ schedule provides ample opportunity to go deeper into the technique, action and effort that is required to shift our mental state toward yoga and equilibrium. Having attained this tranquil state, we will inquire into the pressing question: ‘how do we stay there?’

Whether you are new to the practice, an experienced student or a yoga teacher you will come away from this retreat feeling a sense of profound peace and interconnection. You will also learn a number of techniques to help you contact this ever-present state whilst in the midst of your every day life.

It is open to yoga students of all levels (except complete beginners). It is recommended that you have been practising for a minimum of one year.


Daily Schedule 

7.00 – 7.30am – Guided meditation

7.30 – 9.30am – Dynamic practice

9.45 – 4.00pm – Brunch & free time to relax/explore

4.00 – 6.00pm – Postural technique class/pranayama/meditation/deep relaxation

7.00pm – Evening Meal

There will be one afternoon off during the week to allow for a longer excursion. A popular option is to take a group boat trip. A traditional wooden boat will take you on a tour of the nearby islands and bays so that you can admire the natural beauty of the local area. There will be plenty of opportunities for swimming and sunbathing.


Concerns regarding the Turkish Syrian Border – Objective Information

A few students have expressed concern regarding travel to Turkey. The retreat centre is more than 1000 miles from the Syrian border and also 600 miles from Istanbul, or any other potential ‘trouble spots’.

It is situated in a peaceful rural area, even the local town is not a tourist ‘hotspot’ resort, so very unlikely to attract any potential problem.  The retreat centre is carrying on as normal, ‘as confident as one can be in these times of being trouble free and secure’.

Here is a good ‘objective’ article on the subject by well-known travel correspondent Simon Calder – click here to read the article.

For those of you not wanting to read the full article, here’s a summary:

“It is easy (and understandable) to allow fear of terrorism to lead to an over-estimation of actual risk.”


Further Information

For enquiries contact: joey@ashtangayogaleeds.com.