Our Turkey retreat is a perfect balance of old and new, immersion and rest, and city and nature. Daily movement and mindfulness practices will support our bodies and minds. As a result, we will travel deeper, explore more, and leave feeling nourished and inspired. We will start our Turkey retreat in the inimitable city of Istanbul, the only capital in the world split between two continents and then fly to Cappadocia, a unique natural wonder with centuries of history.
Sign-Up Deadline is February 22, 2024!
In attending this retreat you will benefit the local economy of Turkey in many meaningful ways. We are intentionally including opportunities to support local communities and artisans. A portion of the proceeds of this retreat will be donated to support local charities.
Nicole has a BA in Art History with a concentration in Islamic Art History as well as an International MBA. She studied abroad in Turkey while she was studying Islamic Art History and Turkish and fell in love with the country. Nicole is passionate about creating opportunities for Americans to experience the beauty and wonder of the Islamic world while offering intentional support throughout the journey.
On her retreats, meaningful cultural immersion and mindful travel are emphasized.
Nicole is also a board-certified health and wellness coach and a trauma-informed yoga and mindfulness instructor.
Read more here: Why Mindful Travel Matters (by Nicole)
Nicole’s retreats are designed to infuse a sense of purpose, intention, and community. They are based on the belief that travel expands our minds and hearts, sharpens our perspective, de-conditions our prejudices, and catalyzes our growth.
According to a poll done by Booking.com, 79% of travelers reported that travel helps their mental and emotional wellbeing more than other types of self-care. The National Wellness Institute defines wellness as “an active process through which people become aware of, and make choices toward, a more successful existence.”
Nicole believes that wellness encompasses our sense of purpose and connection as well as our values and vision. It represents an integration of mind, body, spirit, and soul. As such, travel has the potential to contribute to our wellness in ways that few other things can.
Read more here: Re-thinking Wellness Travel (by Nicole)
Each morning, we will spend about 30-minutes together before heading out for our daily adventures. This time will consist of some gentle mindful movement (example here) as well as breathwork and mindfulness practices. No experience is required! This time is meant for us to come together intentionally as a group and to support our bodies, minds, and nervous systems as we travel.
Once we arrive in Cappadocia, I will begin to offer restorative evening practices. These are meant to help us integrate our travel experiences and soothe our bodies and minds as the pace of our retreat becomes more spacious.
All daily practices are optional!
$200 per booking will be donated to a local charity that empowers Turkish women
To secure your spot, place a $500 deposit; final payments will be due by February 22, 2024.
If you book a double and we end up with an odd number of double bookings, you may be asked to upgrade to a single and pay the price difference. If you are booking with a partner or friend, please leave a note in your booking details.
Trip insurance is required to protect against any unforeseen circumstances. Plan to budget about $200-300 for insurance. Squaremouth is a great resource for comparing different plans. I highly recommend selecting a plan that has a “cancel for any reason’ upgrade and purchasing travel insurance within 14 days of booking this trip to maximize your coverage options.
Final balance payment is required 60 days prior to travel.
Cancellation prior to 60 days; we will hold the deposit amount as a credit.
Cancellation 59 days or inside prior to travel will incur 100% cancellation fees
No shows will be treated as a cancellation and will incur 100% cancellation fees.
Please inquire about alternate payment plans as we are happy to make them available.
*The itinerary and daily schedules may change slightly.
Please note that if there is an odd number of double bookings, you will be asked to upgrade to a single and pay the difference. If you are booking with a partner or friend, please let me know when you book.
Monday, April 22
Merhaba! Welcome to Turkey. This trip kicks off in Istanbul, the continent-straddling metropolis that the Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, and Ottomans have previously all called home.
Welcome Circle + Dinner at 6pm
Meals included: Dinner
Accommodation: Manesol Galata Hotel or similar