When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy. – Rumi
Do you want to find that still place within you where you find answers to your questions?
For years, copying other people, I tried to know myself.
From within, I couldn’t decide what to do.
Unable to see, I heard my name being called.
Then I walked outside.
The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you.
Don’t go back to sleep. – Rumi
Are you longing to awaken and remember the energetic mysteries lying dormant in your cells?
There is another kind of tablet, one
already completed and preserved inside you.
A spring overflowing its spring-box. A freshness
in the center of the chest. This other intelligence
does not turn yellow or stagnate. It’s fluid,
and it doesn’t move from outside to inside
through the conduits of plumbing-learning.
This second knowing is a fountainhead
from within you, moving out. – Rumi
Are you hearing the call to discover more about who you are, ready to claim a bigger vision for your life?
Will you answer this call?
Respond to every call that excites your spirit. – Rumi
Answering the call is the essence of the inner journey.
Set your life on fire. Seek those who fan your flames. – Rumi
This is a sacred inner journey of Self-discovery. Undertaken within a culture that is foreign to us, we are given a glimpse of how far back our lineage goes. Encoded within our physical make-up is the imprint of everything that has preceded us.
The ancient empires are the foundation for our religions, our beliefs and our social structures. In discovering where we come from, we get to embrace a bigger picture of our personal story, allowing us to expand our presence in the world.
Don’t be satisfied with stories, how things have gone with others. Unfold your own myth. – Rumi
All of history is contained within our cellular memory as an innate knowledge connecting us with the past. It is part of our inner network, the dormant systems that contain our potential. The details of the past are not important; the value lies in the energetic resource that is brought to light the way of our current path. The energy of the past becomes the matrix for what our heart is longing to express.
The Inner Journey brings a profound experience when shared with fellow travelers. Time is well-spent when in the company of people as committed to discovery as you are.
When you are not with close friends,
you are not in the Presence.
It’s sad to leave the people you journey with.
How much more so those who remind you of God.
Hurry back to the ones protecting your spirit.
On every trip, have only one objective,
to meet those who are friends inside the presence.
If you stay home, keep the same sacred purpose,
to meet the innermost presence as it lives in people closest to you. – Rumi
Each day of the Turkey Immersion Journey blends the inner journey with outer adventure. Mornings will find you immersed in quiet with Turaya Meditation, slowing your mind and deepening a nourishing inner connection.
What you seek is seeking you. – Rumi
Each day you will discover Turkey, the crossroads of civilization, exploring this land of ancient civilizations, blending of cultures and extravagant palaces.
It always pays to look deeper. What news-savvy American hasn’t picked up the notion that he’s not likely to win any popularity contests with Muslims? As I discovered in Turkey, that stereotype is misguided and downright insulting.
Hospitality is an art in the Muslim world, a cherished virtue that encourages practitioners to view every person who comes across their path as sent to them by Allah himself. It’s next-to-impossible to be in the general vicinity of another human being in Turkey without being handed a fig or a hazelnut or a bowl of fresh yogurt made that morning from the milk of their own cow.
Hospitality is so over-the-top (commerce, it seems, is beside the point) that any crusty idea that foreigners are different or that life sucks or that the world is going to hell in a handbasket are properly dashed against the inhospitable shores of the Black Sea, a region in Turkey that looks more like the Colorado Rockies than Lawrence of Arabia. – Pam Grout, All I Really Need to Know I learned from Traveling
Our Journey Begins…
…in stunning Istanbul, straddling the two continents of Europe and Asia.
Receive the energies of the glorious Blue Mosque, the Hagia Sophia, and the Church of St. Savior in Chora.
Savor the Ottoman treasures of the Topkapi Palace.
Dazzling shopping adventures await in The Grand Bazaar and the Spice Market.
Relax on a dreamy private cruise on the Bosporus River, crisscrossing back and forth between Europe and Asia.
The journey continues as we fly to Cappadocia for a walk through surreal landscapes, underground cities and frescoed rock churches. If you like, embark on a sunrise Balloon ride over the Cappadocia landscape.
Relax as we are driven to Konya, home to the great Sufi mystic and poet Rumi, who founded the Mevlevi Order of Whirling Dervishes. We will visit the Museum and the Tomb of Rumi.
Flying to Izmir we center in Kusadasi to explore Ephesus, considered one of the most complete cities of antiquity. We’ll spend quiet time absorbing the energies at the House of the Virgin Mary and the prophecy center of Klaros.
Added in are private meetings with local artisans, ceremonial performances, spectacular Turkish cuisine local to each area (most meals are included), and a secluded picnic in the Meskendir Valley.
Enjoy first class accommodations throughout the trip. Rest peacefully, surrendering to Turkish beauty and hospitality.
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And if you wish…
Indulge yourself in a Turkish bath experience at a traditional hamam, the Kilic Ali Pasa Turkish Bath, where you will be pampered from head-to-toe. The Turkish bath is great for combating jet-lag and traveler’s fatigue. Words fail to express the sense of relaxation, peace and total lack of stress that will enfold you after this experience!
Love to get a bird’s eye view of the lunar type landscape of Cappadocia? Try a breathtaking dawn balloon ride! Your highly experienced pilot will personally guide you through the valleys of Cappadocia.
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JOIN US OCTOBER 10-19, 2016!
- All Hotels
- Interior Airfare (Istanbul-Nevsehir, Konya-Izmir, Izmir-Istanbul)
- Services of professional Turkish guide all through the trip
- Land transportation and airport transfers in air-conditioned Minivans/Midivans. Bottled water at all times.
- All private sight-seeing and admission fees to sites/museums
- Bosphorus Cruise on a privately chartered boat on Day 4/Oct. 13
- Whirling Dervish ceremony in Cappadocia on Day 5/Oct. 14
- 9 breakfasts, 7 lunches and 7 dinners
- Service charges and taxes
- All gratuities and porterage at hotels.
- International Airfares to and from Turkey
- Optional Turkish Bath at the Kilic Ali Pasha Hamam in Istanbul on Day 1/Oct 11
- Lunch on Day 9/Oct. 18
- Beverages at lunches
- Dinners on Day 1/Oct. 10 and Day 4/Oct. 13
- Optional Balloon ride in Cappadocia on Day 6/Oct. 16
- Personal insurance for health, baggage, and trip cancellation
- Items of a purely personal nature
- Passport and Turkish visa fees
Per person in single occupancy US$ 4,765
Per person in double occupancy US$ 4,185
(Pricing based on a minimum of 8-13 participants)
Per person in single occupancy US$ 4,235
Per person in double occupancy US$ 3,650
(Pricing based on a minimum of 13-15 participants)