Suleyman’s Garden Yoga Retreat
Suleyman’s Garden is a very charming, small traditional farm with terraced vegetable fields, orchards and beautiful gardens, with stunning sea views.
The local owners grow all their own organic vegetables and fruit for the kitchen to make the truly delicious meals. It is the food as much as the location, which helped us to decide this was the place to bring our guests. Suleyman and his family, who cook, clean and garden, are very welcoming and helpful.
Staying at Suleyman’s Garden is very much like being a houseguest – it's a very relaxed and friendly atmosphere, particularly welcoming for people holidaying on their own. There is also plenty of space to be by yourself and be quiet if you wish.
The accommodation is in simple, comfortable wooden cabins with verandas, and traditional stone and thatched huts, set amid lovely flowery gardens. There is room for groups of between 15-18 people, including teacher and assistant/partner, in double, twin and single accommodation. The capacity of the yoga shala is currently 16.
Bathrooms facilities are shared, and conveniently located around the site, with ample showers, toilets and hot water. There is also one en-suite cabin, available at a small supplement.
There is lovely small swimming pool in a natural setting, with views over the terraces to the sea.
The wooden floored and shaded yoga shala is set amid the vegetable gardens and fruit trees, with lovely sea views and has space for 16.
The yoga shala is fully equipped with mats, belts, blocks, bolsters and blankets.
Suleyman's Garden is in a stunning location overlooking the Mediterranean, with swimming from a rocky cove a five-minute walk away. It is also not far from lovely Kabak Beach, an hour’s walk along a beautiful coastal path in the shade of the pine forest or alternatively 15 minutes by road. Further along the coast, accessible only by boat, is wonderful, isolated Springwater Beach.
Suleyman’s is in a very unspoiled area, on what is known as the 'Lycian Way', a marked trail, which is wonderful for walking on the dramatic and mountainous coastline.
Despite being secluded and in an unspoiled location, Suleyman’s Garden is also only a fifteen-minute minibus or taxi ride (in the opposite direction from Kabak beach), to the small resort of Olu Deniz, with arguably Turkey’s most famous beach, for restaurants and shopping. It is also well known for the sport of parascending from 6,500 ft Mount Babadag.
We can arrange a private boat trip along this stunning and deserted coastline to the fabulous unspoiled Springwater Beach, which includes lunch freshly cooked on board. An alternative boat trip can take in the 12 islands of the beautiful Bay of Fethiye.
Fethiye is about 40 minutes away and is the nearest large town. Set on a beautiful bay, it features shops, bazaars, seafront cafes, Turkish baths and the ruins of the ancient city of Telmessos.
We can arrange day trips to a variety of locations including archeological sites and places of natural beauty, the wonderful ancient Lycian sites of Tlos and Pinara, the deserted Greek village of Kayakoy, the spectacular river gorge of Saklikent, and the extensive Roman city and fabulous beach at Patara.
Another favourite guest activity is a visit to the Turkish Baths in Fethiye. A delicious steam bath precedes a thorough scrubbing and exfoliation by attendants. Massage is also available. Relax and refresh Sultan-style!
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A real treat for your body, mind and spirit with two yoga sessions a day, the opportunity for nourishing treatments such as Thai Yoga Massage, Aroma Therapy or Ayurvedic Foot Treatments, the most delicious fresh vegetarian food and the unspoiled beauty of nature at Suleyman’s Garden offering the perfect setting to unwind, relax and revitalise. In the yoga classes we will work in an unhurried and playful way to explore how the release of tension, accessing deeper strength and creating space can develop a fabulous sense of freedom in the body.
"Practice transforms us. We need to eat less...we become more beautiful, our faces change and our walk gains in elasticity. A different life begins and the body expresses a happiness never felt before."
(from 'Awakening the Spine' by Vanda Scaravelli)
The rest of the day is free to relax, enjoy the pool or nearby cove, chill at the beach, go walking in the shade of the pine forest or along the dramatic coastline, visit ancient sites or pursue other activities such as canoeing, riding or paragliding. On one of the days there will be no yoga, so we can take a trip to a wonderful and completely secluded spring water beach (optional). Non-yoga partners are also welcome to join.
"Food is perfect - healthy and so fresh. The location is pure paradise."
"Fairlie's classes exceeded my expectations in challenging my habitual ways of thinking and practicing and I've come away inspired. Kat's teaching is very mindful and draws on a great breadth of yoga experiences and teachings."
"Now that the sights, sounds, whiffs and delicious tastes of that very lovely off the beaten track part of Turkey have started to subside the cosmic feel good factor remains...and I'm not talking about the aftereffects of the stiff Pimms and lemonade that I've just downed. What a lovely experience to have had - meeting everyone and being there in such a haven of Suleyman's Gardens."
"I honestly can’t recall a holiday that’s had so much internal push and pull and emotional connection as this one. I still feel like I’m processing all kinds of stuff...in a good way."
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTORS
Katrin Heuser believes yoga is a never-ending exploration of the body and mind, and a way of discovering the beauty of life. As we bring the awareness to what is happening inside and where we are in the present moment, the body is encouraged to release where it is holding. Her relaxed and fun approach makes the practice accessible to everyone. She is mostly influenced by Hatha, Scaravelli and Sivananda traditions of yoga.
For Fairlie Gibson, yoga is about connecting with the inherent wisdom of the body. Her yoga classes are an invitation to play with sensations of gravity, freeing the breath and awakening the spine, exploring openings and connections that our ‘normal’ movement and postural habits may not have allowed before. This different way of working with the body leads to a different experience of your being. You will be encouraged to work attentively and deeply and to experience the wonderful freedom of a mind and body at play, whether you are interested in learning the Scaravelli Inspired approach to yoga or simply looking to deepen your practice. Since 2003 she has followed the approach of the great teachers who were themselves students of Vanda Scaravelli: Diane Long, Sophy Hoare, John Stirk and others.
The price includes accommodation, three meals a day and all yoga. It does not include flights, insurance, treatments, transfers or day trips.
Freeing the body: A Yoga holiday with Katrin Heuser & Fairlie Gibson is a real treat for your body, mind and spirit.
: Katrin Heuser
MESSAGE FROM KATRIN HEUSER
My name is Katrin Heuser, and I am originally from Germany. However, I lived in London for 16 years before moving to Lisbon.
The body and movement have always played a significant part in my life. I started ballet at the age of six and continued to dance in one form or another for 24 years. As a teenager I developed scoliosis, for which I took up Pilates and then yoga to help my back to adjust and cope well. I soon discovered though that there was a wholeness to yoga that goes way beyond the physical exercise. For me, yoga is a never-ending exploration of the body and mind, and a way of discovering the beauty of life. As we bring the awareness to what is happening inside and where we are in the present moment, the body is encouraged to release where it is holding. That way it can start to work deeper and move more freely into yoga postures. Yoga is not about pushing and pulling but about connecting with the breath and allowing to let go, to let be. Then we can embark on a journey of restoration and transformation.
This journey eventually led me to the point where I wanted to teach yoga to share my knowledge and experience of working with the body. In order to do this with integrity I decided to do the 500h Level 4 NVQ Diploma Course with the British Wheel of Yoga.
I soon went on to train as an advanced practitioner of Thai Yoga Massage. My main teachers are Ralf Marzen of the Mudita School of Thai Yoga Massage and David Lutt of the Lulyani School of Thai Massage and Osteothai. I didn't expect this to take me on yet another overwhelming new path in my life, but it has. I feel immense gratitude every day to be able to share this beautiful ancient healing art by giving treatments, but also by teaching other people so they can embark on their own journey with this deep practice. Now that I am based in Lisbon, I have set up Hadadi, my own school of Thai Yoga Massage.
In addition, I am a qualified Manual Lymphatic Drainage therapist (Vodder technique, L1), I run an annual yoga festival in London, and have launched an online anti-stress breathing programme. In my 'old' life, I was Project Director at an awesome creative web agency and I am endlessly grateful to everyone there for the support they have given me on my journey. And I believe that's pretty much it about me. Well at least in this context. But if you want to know more about me, just get in touch. I always love to hear from people. See more photos and other events by this presenter