Here are some answers to your questions about Karakaya Retreat. If you have a query that we do not cover here, feel free to contact us.

I am travelling alone. Can I book to share a room at Karakaya with a stranger?

Yes, you can book a bed in a double or triple room or dormitory and we will aim to match you with compatible roommates. 

Is there a masseuse at the Retreat?

Yes, we offer different kinds of massage treatments. Details of these and their prices will be available at the reception.

Is there a pool at the Retreat?

Yes, we have a large open-air pool on site, which is available for our guests’ use. 

If you are with children please monitor them around the pool at all times and ensure they do not visit the pool alone.

Is there disabled access at the center?

Yes, Karakaya Retreat offers wheelchair access. 

Where is the nearest hospital / emergency medical care?

The closest hospital / emergency medical care at Acibadem Hospital in Ortakent, which is a 15 min drive away.

Which is the nearest airport to Karakaya Retreat?

Bodrum Milas Airport, Turkey. Bodrum airport is approximately 45 minutes by car from the retreat center.

How do I arrange airport transfers?

We book and organise airport transfers for 95% of our guests and this means we are able to offer them at reduced rates. Simply let us know your flight times in advance and we will arrange to meet you at the airport, and later transfer you from the retreat to the airport.

How much is a private airport transfer?

The cost of the transfer we offer is 120 TL per person each way. A taxi from the airport will cost between 150-160 TL one way.

Can I use public transport to get to the Retreat?

Yes, you can take the Havas Airport Transfer bus to Bodrum main bus station from Milas airport (an approx. 40 min journey) for 15 TL. From Bodrum then take a Dolmus minibus to Gümüşlük (approx. 25 mins drive) for 5 TL. From Gümüşlük you will need to take a taxi up to Karakaya (approx. 10 min) and this costs approx. 27 TL.

Can I rent a car or scooter?

If you would like to rent a scooter or car to explore the Bodrum Peninsula there are plenty of rental options when you arrive at Bodrum Airport or the closets the rental offices to us are in Turgutreis.

Is there parking at the Retreat?

Yes, there are a limited number of parking spaces for our guests.

Do I need to pay the full amount for a workshop or room up front?

No, we take an initial NON-REFUNDABLE deposit payment of 2 nights’ stay to secure your booking. The remaining balance can be paid at once or broken down into 2 further instalments. Your place is not reserved until a payment has been submitted and cleared.

We take 20% of the workshop fee you wish to attend to secure your workshop space.

Do workshop fees include accommodation & food prices?

No, the workshop prices do not include food and accommodation prices. See our accommodation page for details of accommodation and food costs.

How can I pay?

We accept credit card payments and direct account payments. Please call or email us for bank details. 

If I wish to cancel my booking, can I get a refund?

If you cancel 2 weeks prior to workshop, we will fully refund your accommodation & workshop deposit. Cancellations any time after that are non refundable.

What do I need to pack?


Mosquito repellent (usually only needed in August/ September)

Sunscreen & hat

Swimming towels 


Hiking shoes


Comfortable clothes for meditations

Warm clothes for the evenings (especially from October – April)

Ecological Hygiene Products

Please note that we only use ecological products at Karakaya Retreat since we recycle our water to feed our gardens. If you don’t have the opportunity to buy ecological products, you can buy some of Cemile’s hand-made soaps and shampoos on site. 

What is the weather like in Turkey?

Generally the spring and autumn is mild and warm with cooler evenings. From May to end of September days are sunny and hot with warm evenings. July and August are the hottest months. For an up to date weather report, please go to HYPERLINK “http://www.accuweather.com/en/tr/dalaman/319473/weather-forecast/319473″www.acuweather.com and search for Bodrum.

What is the accommodation like?

The accommodation is comfortable, homey and simply but carefully designed. All bathrooms have showers, but no baths. None of the rooms are equipped with TV’s; it is a great idea to get away from TV whilst you are on the retreat, so you can experience a full mind and body detox. Due to the thick stone walls using lime & sand mortar, as well the site’s north facing location, the rooms stay very cool and comfortable in the mid summer heat.

Can I go sightseeing and shopping near by?

Karakaya is only 10 minutes away from the coastal village of Gümüşlük by car or scooter. Alternatively the hike down the valley to the village is both fun and beautiful. Thanks to strictly enforced building prohibitions, Gümüşlük has kept its original appearance and photogenic fishing village charm. 

Your feet are touching historical ground here; Gümüşlük is site of the ancient harbour and sunken city of Myndos. The remains of the castle walls and the basilica are still visible today, while a lot of new excavation is still underway as a result of new discoveries in the past few years.

Gümüşlük has local cafés, beach bars and a pretty pier, an art gallery, handcraft stalls, and many excellent seafood restaurants along the small waterfront. The beach is great for relaxing, sun bathing and swimming. A local farmers’ market is held every Wednesday.

Bodrum is 40 minutes by local bus from Gümüşlük and is a hive of activity with local markets, boutique and high end shopping, 5 star marinas, a wide range of dining options, café culture, and a world-famous nightlife. Bodrum Castle and the mausoleum (one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World) are also popular sights to visit. The Castle of the Knights of St Peter in particular is beautifully preserved fort offering great views of the town and Bodrum’s twin crescent harbours. It is also home to the Museum of Underwater Archaeology.

Can children visit and participate at Karakaya Retreat?

Dear Parents, Karakaya Retreat welcomes children for a wonderful holiday in nature and close to the sea. The retreat focuses on being a place for adults to come to relax and unwind. It is important that anyone thinking to bring children to stay understands and respects this. Please attend your child at ALL times; the center is not necessarily childproof, for example, there is a pool of 1.60 m in depth. For things here for kids to do, please check the daily program on site. We usually have international volunteers doing fun daily activities as well as arts & crafts. Thank you!

Can you cater for my food allergies?

Please let us know about your food allergies and we will do our best to cater to your needs. We usually offer vegan, gluten and non-dairy options with each meal.

Are workshops facilitated in English or Turkish?

It depends on the facilitator; some are in Turkish and some are in English, we usually provide translation.

What is Karakaya Retreat’s address?

End of Sinan Sok., Eski Karakaya, Gümüşlük, Bodrum, Mugla, Turkey.


  • “Duygular, rüzgarlı bir gökyüzünde bulutlar gibi, gelir ve gider. Farkındalıkla aldığım nefestir benim çapam.” thich nhat hanh
Bugün her ne olursa olsun, dileriz ki nefesimize dönmeyi hatırlayalım.
Tanık olan olalım. 
Çapamız nefes olsun. ♥️
“Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor”  thich nhat hanh
May we remember turning to our breath, whatever happens today, may we become the witness and make our ‘breathing our anchor’ 🙏🏻
📸: Cusco,Peru
#breathe #joyofbreath #consciousbreathing #awareness #everymomemtismeditation #thichnhathanh #nefes #farkındalık #özşefkat
  • “Wolf Moon” is the name of this first full moon of the year,Jan’20. Already lighting up the sky down in the South. 🌖
Full moon is in Cancer. 
Which is also a lunar eclipse. 
Which is again our best shot to let go of all the things that is no longer serving us.
When a lot of emotions come up regarding family, relationships, home at heart, the foundations of our being..
Let’s make intentions for letting go tonight.
Om purnamadah purnamidam
Purnat purnamudachyate
Purnasya purnamadaya
Om shanti shanti shanti 🙏🏻
For the wholeness of existence and acceptance.
#wolfmoon #fullmoon #letgo #clarity #compassion #forgiveness #heartcentered #meditation
  • No filter sunset from Karakaya ✨
📸: @tunkorkmaz ♥️
  • “O ilk adımı güvenle at. Tüm basamakları görmene gerek yok, ilk adımı at yeter.”
Dileriz ki bu yıl, o taptaze ilk adımı atmaktan korkmayalım veya kendimizi geri tutmayalım.
Önce kendimize karşı şefkatli olalım ki, diğerlerine de olabilecek o alanı içimizde bulabilelim.
Her bir deneyimi, büyümek için bir fırsat olarak kucaklayabilelim
Ve şartlar ne olursa olsun, zamanı geldiğinde kendimize ve diğerlerine verecek gülücükleri bulabilelim.
Herkese güzel bir yıl diliyoruz 🎄🎄♥️♥️🎶
. .
“Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.” .
May this be a year that we are not scared or hold ourselves from taking that first, fresh step.
Be compassionate to ourselves, therefore find the space to be compassionate to others too
Embrace each experience as an opportunity to grow
But above all, find the smile to give ourselves and others, no matter what.
Happy new year from us all♥️♥️🎶🥳🎄🎄
  • “Bırak zamanı ve dünyayı kendi hallerine.. Bırak hayatı istediği gibi aksın.
Sen ŞİMDİ ve BURADA kal. 
Bu pratik seni, her şeyin varolduğu o sonsuz mevcudiyete getirecek.
Huzur içinde uyu @babaramdass 🙏🏻♥️
  • Working on 2020 season with @melaniagildesagredo and @sirins.ond 🌸
Acknowledging the success,learning from the mistakes, focusing on the new and progress.
Much love from Mallorca
  • #Repost @badeyoga with @get_repost
Canım 💕
Sevgili Hocamız Zeyneb Uras,
Kalplerimiz Bir! ♡
Dün geçirdiği trafik kazasının ardından yoğun bakıma alınan Zeyneb Hocamız için şifa dileklerini, dualarını, kalbindeki sevgiyi gönderen herkese sonsuz teşekkürler.
Ve kollektif şifa enerjisi için dileyen herkesi yarın öğlen saat 12:30’da Zeyneb Hocamızın yoluna birkaç dakikalığına ışığını ve sevgisini göndermeye davet ediyoruz.
Our Beloved Teacher Zeyneb Uras, 
Our hearts are together! ♡
Endless thanks to everyone who sent their wishes, prayers, love and light to our teacher Zeyneb who was taken to intensive care unit after her traffic accident yesterday.
Tomorrow, we invite everyone who wishes for collective healing energy to send their love for a few minutes to shed light on her way at 12:30pm.
  • Martin Uçik'le İntegral İlişkiler eğitimine son 2 gün.

Bu etkinlikte Martin, yazdığı iki kitapta toplam 14 modülde anlattığı aşk ilişkileri dinamiklerini uygulamalı pratiklerle aktaracak. Özetle: - Bilinç seviyeleri, kişilik tipleri, çocukluk dönemi ilişkileri ve bilinç altının romantik ilişkilerimize nasıl etki ettiğini, - Ruhsal ve cinsel gelişimi, bu ikisi arasındaki ilişkiyi, - Aşık olmanın aşamalarını ve kişilik bozukluklarını anlamayı, - Hayat amacını bulmak ve bunu partnerinle hayata geçirmenin yollarını öğreneceğiz.

Etkinlikte teori ve pratik birlikte ilerliyor. Koşulsuz sevgiyi deneyimlediğimiz bir çember çalışmasıyla başlayacak, testler, partnerli çalışmalar, bireysel çalışmalar, grup çalışmaları yaparak konuyu derinlemesine kavramak için çalışacağız.

Etkinlik ücreti kişi başı 1.500TL,
İki kişi katılımda kişi başı 1.100TL 
Konaklama ücretleri ve seçenekleri için bize yazabilirsiniz: 0538 873 04 11

Etkinliğe kayıt olmak için @aylinsubasi ile görüşebilirsiniz 0531 845 10 95

Çalışma saatleri:

8-9 Kasım'da 10:00-18:00 arası, 
10 Kasım'da 9:00'da başlayıp 17:00'de bitireceğiz.

Görüşmek üzere!

@integraliliskiler #integralteori
  • 23-27 Ekim @feridegursoy_zindesin ile sezonun son Aile Dizimi Inzivası’nı tamamladık.
Tüm kırılganlığımızla, gözyaşımızla, neşemizle, dansımızla kalplerimizi açtıkça büyüdük de büyüdük.
Şükürler olsun. 🌸🙏🏻
  • From last night.
#fullmoonfirejam #flute #nativeinstruments #connecting #fire #magic
  • #Repost @feridegursoy_zindesin with @get_repost
Vücudun sana ne anlatıyor? Onu dinliyor musun❓
Bu güzel doğada vücudumuza kulak verip, kışa hazırlanacağız.
Bu deneyimi sende yaşamak istiyorsan son kontenjanlar için bizimle iletişime geçebilirsin.
Tarih : 16 - 20 Ekim 2019 Bodrum 
Detaylı bilgi için Lalitya Hanım’dan bilgi alabilirsiniz.
Telefon : 0532 5743496 
Konaklama için: info@karakaya-retreat.com
#feridegursoy #devrimakkaya #detoks #detox #saglikliyasam #saglik #inziva #meditasyon #bodrum #istanbul
  • From yesterday’s @jivamuktiyoga class with @yogeswari.azahar 💙
It was a beautiful and a sweaty one. .
Dünkü Jivamukti Yoga dersinden bir kare. Çok terledik, çok eğlendik!
#jivamuktiyoga #turkey #karakayaretreat #yogeswari #fromplankswithlove