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
The Yin and Yang of Yoga… and Life! A week of unfolding, discovery, work, rest and play.
I am so happy to be offering my late summer yoga week this year at the wonderful Huzur Vadisi. Huzur Vadisi means peaceful valley. Take a deep breath in and prepare to relax....
Our amazing venue is a lovingly restored and extended olive growing farmstead nestled at the foot of the mountain. Surrounded by virgin pine forests, and the deep stillness and peace of this largely uninhabited valley, here we can truly enjoy our yoga and restful rejuvenation time. We will sleep in beautiful yurts scattered around the site and relax as we sway in the hammocks dotted about in the shady spots.
For those who like to be more active we are only ten minutes' drive away from the sea with trail walking and spectacular views in all directions from the door!
If you are a nature lover.... you will love Huzur Vadisi. Situated on the stunning Turquoise Coast of South West Turkey with its deep bays and dramatic limestone cliffs and forested mountains, this is indeed a heavenly venue for our late summer yoga week!
The word we know now as Yoga comes from the Sanskrit word Yuj, meaning to yoke, bind or unite. In relation to our practice we tend to think of this as drawing together into balance, the mind, body and spirit. Yet how can we begin to think about this until we know these elements of ourselves a little better?
As yogis we are reminded that 'the only thing which is constant, is change'. So we are never the same person twice when we step on the yoga mat. Each time we practice we have an exciting new opportunity to learn more about ourselves and delve deeper into who we really are and how we really are as changes affect us.
Life throws opposites and conflicts our way regularly and we experience… darkness and light, strength and weakness, movement and stillness, pleasure and pain, happiness and sorrow, clarity and confusion... These contrasting, sometimes conflicting, often co-existing and co-supporting energies are the yin and yang of life.
So, as in life...also on the yoga mat. Sometimes we find steadiness and ease, and often we find shaky foundations and creaking joints. The joy of yoga is in taking the time to follow the path of ongoing discovery and learn how to be with what simply is!
During this week we will use an 'enquiring' mind to explore ourselves and apply what we learn, to our yoga practice. The morning session (2.5 hours approx) will focus on 'feeling' our way into the body. Getting to know our own anatomy so we can unwind, release, open and breathe life and intelligence into our postures and sequences. Sessions will be themed and allow us to delve deeper into the wider teachings of yoga and often less familiar areas of yoga practice such as mantra, mudra, kriyas and nidra.
The afternoon sessions (2 hours approx) will generally be more restorative in nature. We will look in greater depth at aspects of our yoga, meditation and pranayama practice to move ourselves along to a higher level!
I will offer a fun and hopefully enlightening and thought inspiring week where we will take the time to be very present in the body and embrace the wonder of the self as we experience familiar postures in a new way and new postures in an intelligent and revelatory way supported by wider yogic teachings.
The Yin and Yang of Yoga… and Life! A week of unfolding, discovery, work, rest and play.
: Julie Robinson
A little about me, Julie Robinson... I am a full time yoga teacher teaching throughout Nottinghamshire in a variety of settings, large classes, small groups, workplaces and one to one tuition. I also offer several yoga weekend and week-long retreats each year. Having practiced yoga initially as a student for around 10 years, my love of the voyage of discovery and unfolding led me to my first Integral Hatha Yoga Teacher training, qualifying in 2004. After teaching part time for a while I went on to take the British Wheel of Yoga Diploma qualifying in 2010 . I have also completed specific training with Yoga Bugs and the Special Yoga Centre and through these organisations I am qualified to teach yoga to children and students with special needs. I hold an ITEC Diploma in Anatomy and Physiology and am currently studying anatomy in greater depth with the renowned anatomist and yoga teacher, Lesley Kaminoff. I am also certified in Emergency First Aid. Hello to all yogis! julie-robinson And my teaching… My teaching and development is an ongoing joy for me as I love to learn and bring more to my own practice and to my students. Attending teacher training modules regularly I have been lucky to study in recent years with several renowned teachers, Dharma Mittra, Tias Little, Max Strom, Paul Grilley and Cindy Lee. I am especially interested in the complementary teachings of Ayurveda having completed the BWY Ayurveda module with Cathy-Mae Karelse. I change my practice in accordance with the seasons as I am interested in how the teachings of ayurveda can support our yoga. I am a friendly and approachable person! Throughout my life I have always worked with people, both as a nurse, in hospitals and a care manager in hostels with many different client groups. As a yoga teacher, I try always to get to know my students, understand their needs and bring a sense of humour and element of fun and joy into my class. I use inspirations and wisdom from all of my teachers to enrich and widen my experience and continuously refresh and enliven the teaching I offer my students. I offer an eclectic and creative yoga which is grounded in classical Integral Hatha yoga, fused with elements of fluid vinyasa and the grounding qualities of Yin practice with philosophical teachings to give meaning and depth. I welcome all new students and hope to help each person realise and enjoy their ‘being’ and potential through their yoga practice. Practicing mindfully and with full awareness gives us a wonderful opportunity to grow and enjoy life. In my classes I combine asana practice for all levels with pranayama (breath work), mantra and mudra yoga to provide a strong and rounded teaching. It is usually possible to offer alternatives so that everyone can access the class at their particular level of practice. I have a deep love of yoga which I hope to share through my teaching. We are all on a journey together!See more photos and other events by this presenter