Istanbul Yoga + Art Retreat

Yoga Retreat + ART in Istanbul

 

A unique yoga retreat that has it all.

Soulful and deep yoga practices with Sherry Sidoti 500EYT will start your days off grounded and open. Create your own piece of jewelry inspired by the design genius that are the Turks and enjoy a hat-making workshop with BONE by Dawn creating your own unique piece with her guidance and help. Join us for inspiration and relaxation in this amazing city full of culture, art and so much more!

 

August 30 - September 5, 2020

Istanbul Yoga + Art Retreat

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About

Yoga Retreat in Istanbul with Sherry Sidoti & BONE by Dawn

Istanbul is a long time favorite city for design and inspiration. Housed on the edge of 2 continents, this very European city (living it’s coolest life in Asia) is our haven for other-level interiors, delicious food and drink, epic shopping in the Grand Bazaar, and being pampered by their luxurious hammam spa treatments. Istanbul is filled with hip coffee shops, gorgeous architecture, boutique design studios, and incredible restaurants and nightlife.

We’ve looked to Turkey for design inspiration and emerging art for years and now we’re taking our Yoga + ART retreat to its shores. Create your own piece of jewelry inspired by the design genius that are the Turks and enjoy a hat-making workshop with BONE by Dawn creating your own unique piece with her guidance and help.

Soulful and deep yoga practices

Soulful and deep yoga practices, pampering hammam spa treatments, shopping the souks of the Grand Bazaar for Turkish towels and trinkets, and sipping Turkish tea and enjoy incredible cuisine and drink on the edge of the Bosphorus will round out your days. All the quintessential stops along the way; Hagia Sofia, the Blue Mosque, and so much more. Join us for inspiration and relaxation in this amazing city full of culture, art and so much more!

Includes

RETREAT PACKAGE INCLUDES :


– 6 nights in gorgeous hotel accommodations

– Traditional Turkish breakfast daily

– Four incredible dinners together*

– Soulful yoga classes daily with Sherry Sidoti, 500EYT as per itinerary

– Daily Creative Expression brainstorming sessions and workshops with Dawn Dafgek of BONE by Dawn
including creating and making your very own piece of jewelry and a custom BONE hat just for you

– Grounding circle with Turkish tea & delights

–Walking Food tour on both sides of Istanbul; Breakfast & Lunch included

– Traditional Turkish bath (hammam)

– Custom guided walk to the see some classic Istanbul sights like the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sofia, followed by a sunset boat cruise along the Bosphorus with Turkish cheese and wine

– Free time to explore as you wish; shop the Grand Bazaar; take a spa treatment

– All local taxes

– Gratuities for services NOT INCLUDED. We will suggest an amount for the amazing staff that you can offer on retreat.


*Please note that not all meals are included in our package. We have arranged to have breakfast daily. Where dinners are included we will offer a glass of wine or one alcoholic beverage with dinner. Any other alcohol beyond that is on your own.


Istanbul Travel Tips :

Please note : Neither airfare nor airport transfers are included in this package. Options to arrive into Istanbul Atatürk Airport (IST) on the European side OR Sabiha Gökçen International Airport (SAW), located in the Anatolia (Asia) side of Istanbul. We HIGHLY recommend arriving into Ataturk (IST) if possible where travel time and expenses are about half.

We will coordinate rides arriving at similar times to share costs into the city where possible. Otherwise, we can plan a private ride for you. If you plan to arrive or depart outside of retreat dates you should coordinate your own transportation to and from your hotel with its concierge. Any arrivals and departures on retreat dates we will coordinate for you with others on similar flight itineraries.

Pricing

Istanbul Yoga + Art Retreat pricing :


SHARED Jr. Suites

Shared Double Suites have 2 individual beds, ensuite bathroom, and lounge area.

2,585 Euro per person


PRIVATE JUNIOR SUITES

1 Queen bed with ensuite bath and lounge area.

2,995 Euro Private Queen

2,585 Euro shared bed* per person


* You must provide your bedmate for these options.

We will pair single travelers together looking to share a room. Roommates should book their accommodations together.
There will be plenty of space for alone time during the retreat. It is a larger property with several different sitting areas both indoors and out.

Itinerary

 ISTANBUL YOGA + ART RETREAT ITINERARY*


DAY ONE

Arrival & Settle-in**  
3:00pm Hotel check-in
6-7:30pm Grounding circle with yoga stretch
8pm Dinner together as a group

 


DAY TWO

8:30am Coffee, Tea & Fruit
9-10:15am Vinyasa Yoga Practice
10:30am Breakfast
1-5pm Group outing to explore the Asian side of Istanbul; lunch included along the way
5:30-7:30pm Turkish Bath Experience
Dinner on your own


DAY THREE

8:30am Coffee, Tea & Fruit
9-10:15am Vinyasa Yoga Practice
10:30am Breakfast & Creative Chat with Dawn
12pm-5pm Free time to explore the Grand Bazaar and other shops
5:30-7:30pm Hat Making Workshop with Dawn
8:30pm Dinner together as a group (included)

 


DAY FOUR

8am-11am Breakfast when you like
Free Day to rest, shop or explore the islands like Burgazada, Büyükada or Heybeliada
Dinner on your own


DAY FIVE

8:30am Coffee, Tea & Fruit
9-10:15am Vinyasa Yoga Practice
10:30am Breakfast
12-8pm Classic City Sites adventure followed by a Sunset Cruise along the Bosphorus with Turkish cheese and wine
8pm Dinner together as a group

 


DAY SIX

8:00am Coffee, Tea & Fruit
8:30-9:45am Vinyasa Yoga Practice
10am Breakfast & Creative Chat with Dawn
Free Day to explore the hip neighborhoods like Karakoy, check out the Istanbul Modern Art Museum, rest or last minute shopping
5-7pm Jewelry Making Workshop with Dawn
8pm Farewell Dinner together as a group


DAY SEVEN

8am-11am Breakfast when you like
Departure Day***


Please review our Istanbul Travel Tips Guide below for more on the cultural norms of this beautiful country!

*This itinerary is subject to adjustments, changes in times, locations, or activities as the retreat leaders and hosts see fit. Any change will be on par with our standards or an upgrade in services or location making for an even more amazing experience for the group and our guests. Thank you in advance for your flexibility and cooperation if any situation were to arise.

**Please plan to sleep well on the plane or arrive a day or two early in order to acclimate yourself to the change in time. If you will stay in Turkey for a few days upon arrival we recommend staying at our hotel if you’ll stay in Istanbul or if you’re up for the adventure, Cappadocia is a unique a gorgeous area of Turkey that is worth the travel.

***We will pair those arriving and departing at similar times in shared cars for an additional cost if you like. Please send along your flight details if you are interested in this service.


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Stay

Stay in the hippest neighborhood in Istanbul

 

Roommate Emir is a stylish boutique hotel reprieve located on the European side of Istanbul’s most current neighborhood, Beyoğlu.

Enjoy incredible design and attention to every detail while on retreat in this beautifully designed hotel.

Daily Turkish breakfast will start your days and find nooks and crannies around the hotel for quiet reading and reflection.

 

Payments

Payments :

Deposits* of $500usd are due to secure your space in the retreat.

The balance of your retreat (minus your $500usd initial deposit*) is due 60 days prior to arrival. All details for this will be emailed to the group two months before the retreat.

You may pay with a credit card via PayPal or you may choose a bank wire transfer or deposit to settle your balance. We also accept Bitcoin.


MAKE YOUR DEPOSIT* HERE :

Please check availability with us for accommodations before making your $500usd deposit*

Roommates should book together. If you would like to share a room and do not have a roommate we will provide one for you if possible. In the case that there is no one to share a room we ask that you take a private economy room instead.

To make your deposit, please click the link below. You will be directed to Paypal.com. A 4% fee will be charged with this method unless you have an active PP account. Please contact us if so and we will send you a special deposit invoice.


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POLICIES


CANCELLATION POLICY

Cancellations made within 60 days or less of arrival are 100% non-refundable.
*All initial deposits are non-refundable and non-transferable.

CLIENT RESPONSIBILITY

The acceptance of a verbal or written confirmation from YOGA & ADVENTURES WORLDWIDE (YAAWW) constitutes your acceptance of the terms and conditions listed herein. Participants are responsible to be adequately insured, therefore Traveler’s Insurance is strongly recommended*.

YAAWW, the hotel and its staff assume no responsibility nor liability for any delay, loss, damage, injury or accident with regards to persons or property which may be caused by fault or negligence of any third party vendor. This includes hotels, transportation providers, and local operators participating in part for our services.

YAAWW and the hotel shall be held harmless for any expense caused by injury or accident, to any participants as well as any loss or damage of personal items while on our retreat. We reserve the right to make any changes to services and itineraries, with or without notice, which may become necessary.

YAAWW and the hotel are not to be held responsible for changes in itinerary beyond our control, this includes bad weather or hurricanes; any inconvenience or complication caused by a hurricane’s direct hit, near miss, or significant threat of a hurricane strike. There are no refunds due to flight cancellations or changes, strikes, labor disputes, lockouts, threats or acts of terrorism, acts of war or declared war.

Travel Insurance

We highly recommend that you purchase trip insurance to protect your investment. AIG offers Travel Guard at affordable rates. You will be asked if you have chosen to purchase insurance or declined at final balance due.

By submitting payments toward your retreat you accept these Terms and Conditions.

If you have any questions regarding the details of this retreat please feel free to contact us to set up a Skype conversation or to receive further info via email.

Praise

A Wonderful Group of People.

 

Chris and I loved the retreat!  We had a wonderful group of people, who were easy to be around and who we made great connections with during our stay. We really got a flavor of Cuba…the mountains, the beach, salsa, and Havana. I loved the yoga! Sherry’s approach to practice felt rooted in the origins of yoga. The practices felt heart centered and allowed me to connect to my body, mind, and soul. I have a lot of gratitude for Sherry and her gentle guidance during our retreat and look forward to a retreat with her again. Another of my favorite parts of the retreat was meeting with Julie and learning about the Cuban way of life.

The accommodations were amazing and so were the staff. The retreat would not have been as fantastic as it was without Sofi’s and Christina’s careful selection of events, destinations, and eateries. Looking forward to attending another retreat soon!

–Susan W. Rehoboth Beach, Delaware

The retreat’s schedule had the perfect balance of free time and events.

 

I joined four of my closest friends on the Morocco creative expression retreat in October ’18. I loved Christina and her team instantly. All the women on the retreat were amazing and I had such a great time being around all of their great energy. The retreat’s schedule had the perfect balance of free time and events. We were able to see and do everything you’d want in a weeks time in Morocco. The featured designer of the retreat was Bone by Dawn.  She taught us how to make hats, jewelry, and wall hangings. I loved every night creating new pieces from scratch. I will definitely be going on another retreat very soon!

–Jennie B. Los Angeles, CA

The retreat was the perfect combination of yoga, organized trips and free time.

 

I miss being in Greece every day! My trip to Santorini this autumn with Y&AWW came at the perfect time. I knew Christina from taking an amazing retreat in Tulum with Sherry Sidoti 5 years ago at a time of change in my life, and I was ready to do it again. The Villa location and accommodations in Pyrgos were fabulous. The retreat was the perfect combination of yoga, organized trips and free time. The excursions were well thought out with enough flexibility to not feel over scheduled. Everything was perfect and i can’t wait for the next one.

If you, your family, your friends are in need of some self care ( and who isn’t? ), you deserve to give yourself this gift. You don’t need to be a die hard yogi – you can practice at your own level and just enjoy being part of something new with like minded friends. There are always 100 reasons why not to do something but just do this, you won’t regret it!  You can totally trust Christina and Sofi to know exactly what you need.

–Alexis H. London, England

Thank you for the unforgettable experience!!

 

I fell in love with Yoga & Adventures Worldwide in January of 2016 in Tulum when I set out on my very first solo trip in need of some soul searching, yoga, and sunshine! After Tulum, I promised myself (and Christina) that I would return on another retreat… 2 years later my flight and Visa were purchased for Cuba! I embarked on this retreat more as a true vacation and this time around, with a dear friend. Knowing that Christina and her team would have the perfectly curated itinerary, I was nothing short of thrilled to get to Cuba and be able to explore and embrace a country that we haven’t always had access to! Thank you for the memories, the connections, the laughter, and the unforgettable experience!! 

–Beth S. San Francisco, CA