Huzur Vadisi Yoga Retreat
Huzur Vadisi is a venue for inspiring and relaxing yoga holiday retreats on Turkey’s spectacular 'Turquoise' coast. Established in 1993, it was the first centre of its kind in Turkey. Unlike hotel venues, it was created specifically as a yoga retreat and therefore can provide the perfect relaxed, warm and supportive ambience to get the most from your yoga practice and your holiday.
Huzur Vadisi's combination of world-class yoga instruction, stunning unspoiled location, welcoming experienced staff, and legendary food creates an experience for which guests return year after year.
Huzur Vadisi, which means “peaceful valley”, is the name of the olive-growing farmstead that has been restored and extended to provide the facilities you’ll find there today. Nestling at the foot of a mountain, ten minutes’ drive from the sea, it is surrounded by beautiful virgin pine forests. No other people live in the valley, so the peace is profound. At night the valley is dark, free of light pollution, revealing all the beauty of the night sky. At full moon it is truly magical to see the forest and valley bathed in moonlight. Huzur Vadisi’s setting brings a deep connection with the natural world that immeasurably enhances the benefits of yoga practice.
Staying at Huzur Vadisi 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 maximum group size is 28, though 20 is more typical.
The accommodation is in lovely spacious yurts (yurt is actually the Turkish word for home), a circular domed structure with a canvas cover over a wooden trellis frame. An opening at the top, called the "Eye of Heaven," lets you gaze at the stars from your bed and allows cool ventilation in hot weather.
The yurts are spacious and comfortable, with twin or double beds, electricity, bedside lighting, wooden floors and bamboo storage shelves. Mosquito nets are provided, although rarely needed.
In addition to the twelve yurts, there is also a small studio cottage and a partially open-sided summerhouse.
Bathroom facilities with ample hot showers, toilets and washbasins are conveniently placed around the site.
YOGA SHALA AND FACILITIES
The spacious shala, set amidst the olive trees and vines, has room for up to 28 to practice.
The yoga shala is fully equipped with mats, belts, blocks, bolsters and blankets.
The original farmhouse is the inspiration for the careful restoration and building at Huzur Vadisi. It houses our kitchen, and the office. Its shaded terrace and long communal table provide a lovely ambience for sharing meals.
Our traditional wooden Kösk, or summer house, is a favourite spot for siestas, and provides a sitting room with open log fire for cooler evenings at the beginning and end of the year.
The natural stone swimming pool is a beautiful place for comfortable lounging, as well as cooling off on hot days.
While many guests are simply happy to enjoy the nature and peace at Huzur Vadisi during their stay, the immediate region is full of interest for those wishing to explore further afield. The staff at Huzur Vadisi can provide information and advice on local travel, and can arrange day-trips for individuals or groups.
Huzur Vadisi is on the gorgeous 'Turquoise Coast' of southwest Turkey, with deep bays, unspoiled islands, dramatic limestone cliffs, and forested mountains rising from the sea.
Guests’ all-time favourite day trip is a cruise around the islands and bays of this stunning coastline on a traditional wooden sailing boat. A day's cruise provides plenty of time for swimming and sunbathing, and a delicious lunch is cooked and served on board. The comfortable boats have toilets and a changing cabin on board, and provide ample deck space to stretch out in the sun or under a shaded awning. The Bay of Gocek, described by the yachting fraternity as the most beautiful in the Mediterranean, offers lovely views as well as beautiful clear water.
Enjoying the beauty of the region doesn't require an elaborate excursion. You can leave the property on foot and walk unhindered in any direction through the pine forests. Trails provide spectacular views of the coast and islands, and also of the mountain ranges stretching inland to the north.
TOWNS AND SHOPPING
The small seaside town of Gocek is only a fifteen-minute taxi ride away. The town has a pretty palm-lined seafront with bars and restaurants, and still retains its laid-back and friendly village atmosphere despite being one of Turkey’s most up-market yachting centres. Shopping includes jewelry, carpets, ceramics, clothes, and spices. There are also banks and cash points. A favourite excursion is a visit to the Gocek Sunday morning market, followed by a lunch at a local cafe.
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.
There are several nice beaches within a fifteen-minute taxi ride from Huzur Vadisi. One beach, with lovely views and slightly pebbly sand, is in the next bay along the coast. The other is at a five-star hotel in Gocek. Day-membership permits access to their private beach, and also reduced prices for lunch at their chic restaurant overlooking the bay. Another less-expensive but very nice private beach has opened on the other side of the bay in Gocek, and provides decking, sun loungers and a small sandy beach. There is also a lovely small beach on Gocek Island, a short boat trip away. For serious beach lovers there are two long beautiful sandy beaches, in protected nature preserves, within an hour's drive.
Another favourite is a visit to the Turkish Baths in Gocek. A delicious steam bath precedes a thorough scrubbing and exfoliation by attendants. Massage is also available. Relax and refresh Sultan-style!See more events in this venue
Angus Fort-Roberson, the founder of Battersea Yoga, is leading a one-week retreat in Huzur Vadisi (Peaceful Valley), a world-class Yoga venue on September 21-28, 2015.
This 7-day retreat will provide an opportunity to dive deep into your practice and explore techniques for discovering your self-awareness; hatha yoga, bio-energetics, meditation, raja yoga (experiential self-inquiry) and pranayama. Angus will be teaching a long deep hatha yoga class in the mornings, while the evening sessions will be meditation, raja yoga and other mindfulness practices for mentally and emotionally de-stressing.
The venue is located on the foot of the mountain Huzur Vadisi (Peaceful Valley) on the southwest coast of Turkey. The area is famous for its “Turquoise” coast and provides an incredible atmosphere for a yoga retreat, with welcoming staff, delicious veggie food and much to do in the local area…
This 7-day retreat will provide an opportunity to dive deep into your practice and explore techniques for discovering your self-awareness; hatha yoga, bio-energetics, meditation, raja yoga (experiential self-inquiry) and pranayama. I will be teaching a long deep hatha yoga class in the mornings, while the evening sessions will be meditation, raja yoga and other mindfulness practices for mentally and emotionally de-stressing… a daily timetable will look something like this:
- 8.00 am Yoga Class
- 10.30 am Brunch
- 12.00 pm Free time for swimming, tourism and play…
- 5.00 pm Meditation Class
- 7.00 pm Dinner
(per person for 7 nights in stylish Yurt accommodation and meals)
- Triple accommodation – £645pp
- Twin / Double bed accommodation – £695pp
- Single accommodation – £875pp
Please note there are only 24 places for this retreat so book soon to secure your place!
£40pp return if you get the Yoga venues ‘shared transfer’ from the airport Dalaman (local airport) to the Yoga centre, Huzur Vadisi. Just ask Jane Worrall when you book to arrange for you.
The yurts (Turkish word for home) are spacious and very comfortable, with twin or double beds, electricity, bedside lighting, wooden floors and bamboo storage shelves. Mosquito nets are provided, although rarely needed. Bathroom facilities with ample hot showers, toilets and washbasins are conveniently placed around the site.
The venue is equipped with:
– shaded terrace for sharing meals
– the wooden summer house is a perfect spot for relaxing (open log fire provided for cooler evenings)
– natural stone swimming pool
– wi-fi connection available
* One-day boat trip is offered on a traditional wooden boat, a cruise combination around the islands of swimming, sunbathing and lunch (cooked on board);
* 10 min taxi ride form the seaside town Gocek where shopping, bars, restaurants can be explored and not forgetting the famous Turkish baths;
* Enjoyable walks through the pine forests
Angus Fort-Roberson, the founder of Battersea Yoga, is leading a one-week retreat in Huzur Vadisi on September 21 to 28, 2015.
: Jane Worrall
Angus Ford-Robertson began teaching meditation in 1999 when he was invited to teach in UK Prisons by the Prison Phoenix Trust. In 2001 he qualified as Yoga teacher in Canada, trained by the Sivananda Organisation. Since then, he has been a Director of the award-winning Battersea Yoga Centre in London. He teaches internationally each year at spiritual centers around the world. Much of his teaching is informed by his time spent with Eckhart Tolle and Ajahn Sumedho at Amaravati in the UK. With regards to Yoga, his style has been influenced by Donna Farhi, Faustomaria Dorelli and Scaravelli.
Angus is a qualified practicing Clinical Hypnotherapist and holds a Diploma with the London College of Clinical Hypnosis. He is a Member of the British Society of Clinical Hypnosis and specializes in the treatment of stress-related conditions. He is employed by the NHS to provide specialist mindfulness meditation courses.
Beyond yoga, motorbikes, music and traveling to distant places, Angus' other loves include his partner Nadia, his three boys Rowan, Conor & Finlay and his daughter Freya.See more photos and other events by this presenter