Suleyman's GardenSuleyman’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. See more events in this venue
Come Join Founder of Loveyogabum Maudie Johnson and Sarah Kekus, aka The Health Architect, on Retreat to the Turkish Coast from the 4th to the 11th May. We will be staying at Suleyman’s Garden; 1 hour south of Dalaman and a short walk to the sea. This retreat offers you the chance to deepen your practice and the idyllic location will help you to find balance and rejuvenate. Practicing yoga twice daily, eating fresh, local cuisine and giving yourself time to indulge in life’s simple pleasures, will restore harmony. With Maudie hosting alongside Sarah, your will feel safe and nurtured, allowing you to dive into “just being you” and enjoying your stay.
The morning session will be a strong, dynamic flow to lift energies at the start of the day. The evening session will be a chance to explore different tempos; this will help further vary and deepen your practice whilst offering an opportunity to replenish your body and mind. The morning and evening sessions will work in tandem to help you find harmony and equilibrium in your practice and your life.
Yoga happens in the wooden shala, nestled amongst the vegetable garden and overlooking the sea. The shala is fully equipped, with bolsters, blankets, ropes and blocks, allowing you to travel light. Sleeping in newly built wooden huts or rooms, nestled amongst the fruits and flowers, the accommodation is simple and clean. The large wooden dining table overlooks the sea and offers the most stunning sunsets and views; this is where meals are shared and enjoyed together. The food is picked from the garden by Mr Suleyman and prepared by Mrs Suleyman and their family. Delicious grilled aubergine, carrots, peppers, tomatoes are served with sea bass caught by local fisherman. They grow and dry their own chilli peppers and prepare rose jam and tahini – particular favourites at breakfast, served with home-made flat bread.
If you wish to go explore, then there is plenty to do and see. There’s a circular trail taking in Kabuk Beach, which can be walked or, for the more energetic, enjoyed as a run; the route affords stunning views along the coastline. There will also be the chance to take a boat trip along the coastline – a great way to see the ruins of past cities and visit Paradise beach that can only be reached by boat. A light lunch can be arranged, and you can build your appetite first by jumping overboard to swim in the aqua seas.
Or, just stay put by the private pool. Explore the gardens with all the fruits or, just stay horizontal a hammock, reading your book,whilst staring at the figs or pomegranate hanging from the trees. A evening trip to Fethiye is another highlight; with the breeze in your face as you meander along the rugged coastline under the moon, in an open top jeep; dinner here is served amongst the hustle and bustle, surrounded by the rugs and trinkets of the market.
There’s also the chance to enjoy a blissful massage with the onsite masseuse or a experience a Turkish facial with a wonderful Turkish lady who prepares an amazing facemask from healing herbs – quite an experience, totally different from your UK salon! If you are photographer then you will be in heaven- even those who fain[SK31] to take their camera spent hours wondering Suleyman’s Garden getting creative.
How your days will be spend Outline:
6- 7am optional non-led personal meditation watch the sunrise (6.07am sunrise)
7-8.30 am Morning Yoga: Dynamic Strong Flow
9 am Breakfast
Free-time to explore and go on trips
1 pm Optional Lunch
6-8 pm Evening Yoga: A Nurturing Practice to close the day
8.15 pm Supper
£790 pp based on sharing
Supplement of £200 for solo occupancy
- 7 nights accommodation
- 2 yoga session daily led by Sarah Kekus
- 2 meals prepared in house daily plus tea
- Hosting during the retreat
- Travel -flights to Dalaman
- Transfer – group of 5 £20 pp each or £50 solo each way
- Bar Bills
- Optional Massages
- Optional Excursions
Strengthen & Lengthen using a mix of Vinyasa and Hatha with Sarah Kekus
Sarah Kekus Aka The Health Architect
Sarah has been practicing yoga for many years but it was when she started to experience first-hand the therapeutic and sports performance benefits of yoga that she decided to train as a yoga teacher.
Initially Sarah qualified as an Ashtanga yoga teacher, but her love of dance and continual movement led her to subsequently developing “Strong Flow” yoga, an eclectic mix of Ashtanga, Vinyasa Flow and core strengthening work. Sarah’s interest in developing classes to support athletes continues to grow; in 2013 she completed an intensive “Embodied Dancer Pro”, dance-specific yoga teacher training.
Sarah also regularly attends workshops by some of the world’s most inspirational yoga teachers including Matthew Sweeney, Kino Macgregor, Bee Bosnak and Claire Missingham and she is always endeavouring to bring the best of global yoga to Cumbria.
Sarah believes passionately in the benefits of personalised nutritional advice, but she also recognises the challenges of making lifestyle and dietary changes. With a background in climbing and fitness instruction as well as many years working in corporate environments, she is well-placed to offer motivational coaching and encouragement whilst also having a first-hand understanding of the role nutrition plays in both general health and sports performance.
More about Strong Flow Yoga
Strong flow yoga is based on the dynamic, high energy form of yoga called Ashtanga – a yoga system that focuses on aligning breathing with powerful postures to create a high energy workout. The sequences of postures are linked so they flow into one another, building strength and flexibility, whilst also keeping the body active.
Heat is created by the constant movement and this keeps the body working at an optimum level for fat burning meaning that these sessions can also help with weight loss. The classes rely on developing concentration through focussing on correct breathing and alignment in postures. Developing rhythmic breathing also helps with relaxation and stress reduction.
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Having been on a spiritual journey from an early age Maudie discovered yoga as a natural progression from a regular pilates class she took while living in Buenos Aires. With a love for naturopathy and healing she trained as a holistic therapist in her early twenties. After a ski injury she used yoga to help her recovery from a ACL reconstruction. With a love for traveling she went to LA where she was introduced to Kundalini yoga by Harijiwan who was taught by Yogi Bhajan – the first yogi to bring Kundalini to the west. With a yoga training that followed on the beaches of Goa she connected with many beautiful souls. This is where she met her soul sister Chloe whom she went on to form Loveyogabum.
“I fell for yoga through the beauty of conscious movement which in itself is meditative and healing. Through the breath which initiates the movement we heal and nurture every aspect of our being leaving us feeling whole and balanced- what a great place to be! So not only do you get the perfect yogabum but you have the state of mind to enjoy it!”
Ashiyana Yoga School Raja Yoga Teacher, Accredited Yoga Alliance, Diploma in Holistic therapies including Swedish Massage, Aromatherapy, Reflexology & Anatomy and Physiology, See more photos and other events by this presenter