Yoga??la is excited to invite you to our second retreat to Turkey in 2019. This time we are bringing to you authentic and holistic yoga experience from the beautiful Princes Islands, off Istanbul coast. The retreat is hosted at a resort in the Buyukada Island, largest of the Princes Islands.

Who can attend this retreat?

You will love this retreat if you are a:

  • Travel enthusiast who loves to explore new places and cultures.
  • Family group looking for a curated healthy vacation with the right mix of fun, adventure and relaxation for your family.
  • Friends who have been planning a break from the monotony of routine life.
  • Yoga enthusiast who wish to deepen your understanding of yoga.
  • Tarot enthusiast who wish to explore the world of tarot.
  • Solo traveler who want to explore Istanbul economically.

Date & Pricing:

Retreat Start Date: 27 November 2019

Retreat End Date: 1 December 2019

Participants are expected to arrive at the Istanbul airport latest by noon on 27 November 2019. Group will then proceed to the ferry to Buyukada Island. Ferry ride to the island takes about 1.5 hours.

Retreat Fee:

Indian Participants: Retreat fee is to be paid in two parts – Rs. 12,000 (Upon confirmation) + 1687 Turkish Lira (~ 21,000 INR) (to be paid in Istanbul)

Other Nationalities (Except Turkish citizens): 500 USD (to be paid upon confirmation)

Special Rate for Istanbul Residents:

  • 2200 TL – Only Buyukuda Island Retreat without sightseeing package in Istanbul city.
  • 3100 TL – Full retreat package with sightseeing in Istanbul city.

Register: Register your interest for the retreat by filling up this form.

Email or call/ping Hari on +91-9966900337 for any questions or clarifications.

Retreat Highlights:

Holistic Yoga

Experience yoga in an authentic and holistic manner at our retreat. At Yoga??la, we teach yoga in the tradition of Sri T Krishnamacharya, the father of modern yoga, and focus on adapting the practice to the unique abilities of the individual and group. You will get an opportunity to explore yoga through multiple modalities such as asana, pranayama, meditation, Indian mythology, and art work.


Yoga Through Storytelling. Istanbul, 2018.

Get a taste of the history and legends of the Princes Islands, Istanbul and Turkey as we engage you in the stories of this ancient land. You will also get to experience elements of Ashtanga Yoga through stories.

Tarot Reading

Tarot reading on Buyukada ferry ride.

Enjoy your free time with fun filled tarot sessions with Hari. Explore the magical world of tarot and symbology as we delve into a deeper understanding of the patterns of mind and life situations through the medium of tarot.

Explore Princes Island

Prince Islands, Turkey

Prince Island is a land with a lot of history and legends. The most unique aspect of this island is its eco-friendly transport system. You can find only cycles, horse carriages or electric vehicles plying the streets. The retreat group will get to explore this beautiful island on foot and on cycle.

Aya Yorgi Hike

Aya Yorgi Church, Buyukada

Church of St. George of Aya Yorgi (Turkish) is a serene and historic place at the top of the highest hill of the Buyukada Island. While it is not a very touristy place, it is a very unique place that has a great story to tell its visitors. It had a monastery at this spot in 963 AD when the Byzantines ruled the city. This Church is believed to be a place with healing powers.

The retreat group will be go on a hike up to this ancient Church and will get to listen to the fascinating story of this Church which has endured everything from storms to medieval pirates. And wait for a surprise! 🙂

Beautiful Interiors of Aya Yorgi Church

Blue Mosque

Magnificent Blue Mosque, Istanbul

Blue Mosque is one of the three iconic attractions of the Istanbul city. Blue Mosque gets its name from the dominant colour of the interior decoration of this mosque. This mosque was built between 1609 and 1616 and is believed to be the masterwork of Ottoman architect Sedefkar Mehmet Aga. The Blue Mosque was built on the site of the Great Palace of Byzantine Emperors. The Blue Mosque is an exception among Ottoman mosques as it has six minarets, whereas Ottoman imperial mosques generally have two or four minarets.

Hagia Sophia

Stunning Hagia Sophia, Istanbul

Hagia Sophia is one of the most important landmarks of Istanbul and an architectural marvel. It was originally designed as a Church in 537 AD by the mighty Byzantine Emperor Justinianus, and became the largest structure in the world when it was built. Hagia Sophia was used as a Church for nearly 916 years. Following the conquest of Constantinople by the Ottomans, Mehmed the Conqueror proclaimed Hagia Sophia as a Mosque in 1453 AD. It continued to be used as a Mosque for about 481 years. Eventually, Hagia Sophia became a museum in 1934.

You can listen to more wonderful stories of this wonderful monument as we tour the place.

Basilica Cistern

Mysterious Basilica Cisterns, Istanbul

Do you remember the scene from the James Bond movie “From Russia With Love” when Sean Connery is rowing a small boat through the jungle of marble columns? That scene was shot in the famous Basilcia Cistern of Istanbul. Dan Brown’s novel ‘Inferno’ also featured the Cistern in it.

Basilica Cistern of Istanbul was built in 532 AD by Byzantine Emperor Justinian and was used to store water for the Great Palace of Byzantine Emperors and nearby buildings. After it faded from memory, the Cistern was rediscovered in 1545 by Petrus Gyllius, a French traveller who came to Constantinople in search of Byzantine sites in Istanbul.

Topkapi Palace Museum

Source: Topkapi Palace Museum Official Website

Topkapi Palace is the best Ottoman Palace reflecting the origins of Seljuk Turks in Central Asia. It was commissioned by Mehmed the Conqueror in 1460 and Ottoman sultans and royal family lived there until 1856.

In the 19th century, Sultan Abdülmcid built Dolmabache Palace, in Western style, making Topkapi Palace the “Old Palace”. It takes about three hours to explore this palace.

The retreat group will have a museum pass that will allow the group members access to all the major museums in Istanbul city.

Whirling Dervish Dance Performance

Meditative Whirling Dervish Dance

Mevlana Celaleddin Rumi (13th c.) is famous world over for his works as a philosopher and poet. Mevlevi Dervishes are the followers of Mevlana’s teachings and keeps alive his memories through Philosophy of Mysticism, combined with whirling dervish ritual.

Whirling dervishes ritual is a performance by dervishes and focus on the love of god and whirl around themselves. The most stunning dervish rituals can be seen at Seb-i Arus (Wedding Day) ceremonies in Konya every year. But these performances happen in Istanbul too and the retreat group has an option to watch the Dervish performance along with a bouquet of other Turkish dances at the Hodjapasha Cultural Center at Sirkeci in Istanbul on the final day of the retreat.

Rhythm of the Dance, Hodjapasha Cultural Center

Bosphorus Sea Ferry Ride

Views of Bosphorous Cruise Ride. Source:

Bosphorous Cruise tour is one of the most popular tourist attractions. Turyol Bosphorous Cruise boats journey lets the visitor enjoy the views of some of the most beautiful palaces and historical houses of Istanbul that dot its coastline. The boat journey start from Eminönü pier and take you to the second bridge of Bosphorous Sea, Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge, and back. The retreat group will be going on this boat ride on the final day of the retreat.

For those interested in a longer tour of Bosphorous after retreat, our team can arrange for Sehir Hatlari Bosphorous Cruise Tour. You can either opt for full day tour (6 hours) or a shorter tour (2 hours).

Bosphorus Sea Ferry Ride, Istanbul

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