The MindBody Festival offers three days of wellness seminars and workshops by Turkish and international instructors, such as Zeynep Uras, Chris Chavez, Laraaji, Banu Çadırcı, and Dr. Richard Grossman. Grab this chance to introduce yourself to a variety of different wellness activities including qigong, shamanic sound healing meditation, astrotherapy, pilates, budokon yoga, family constellation, yin yoga, mindful living, breathwork, feng shui, and more.
The festival will also feature a small bazaar of 30 brands and designers. Chikirina will have its own little space there as well so make sure you stop by and say hi! To see the entire festival program, click here.
Place: Bilgi University – Santralistanbul Campus
Date and Time: June 3-4-5
Organic Life Festival
This two-day festival is all about bringing together organic and eco-friendly producers with the public. Seminars and workshops for kids and adults will be held as well.
Place: Maçka Park
Date and Time: June 4-5
World Environment Day Bike Tour
What better way to celebrate the environment than crossing the continents by bike? If you’ve never passed the Bosphorus by a bike, then this Sunday presents the perfect opportunity. Make sure you arrange a rental bike as soon as possible (if you don’t own a bike) as shops tend to run out due to the event.
Place: Lütfi Kırdar Kongre Merkezi
Date and Time: June 5. Meeting at Lütfi Kırdar at 10am, tour starts at 10.30am, ends in Kadıköy at 12.30pm.
Contact info: Event page
Nike Women Victory Tour
Caddebostan will be home to a women-only run on June 5. If you feel you’re up for the challenge, click here to sign up as soon as possible (last day to sign up for the run is June 3). Alternatively, just go over the Caddebostan to support those who’ve been preparing for this for quite some time.
Place: Caddebostan Sahil (the run will begin in Suadiye)
Date and Time: June 5 from 9.34am to 12.34pm
Price: 30 TL for women aged 18-24, 50TL for women over 24
Contact info: (0212) 266 64 53
Global Wellness Day
Celebrated in nearly 100 countries all around the world, Global Wellness Day is dedicated to health and wellness with the intention of raising awareness on a variety of ways to live a more balanced and healthy life. The celebrations will include a variety of workshops, talks, and seminars on yoga, pilates, zumba, laughter therapy, nutrition, breath work and art. Aret Vartanyan, Dilara Koçak, Murat Berkin, and Ayşegül Demirsoy are among the names that will be there. See the full schedule here.
Place: Küçükçiftlik Park
Date and Time: June 11, 10am-6pm
Yoga at Burgazada
Hariom Yoga is organizing this summer’s first “yoga on the island” event. The day will kick off at the pier in Burgazada at 9am. After a short walk, the group will reach the hilltop where a 2-hour yoga practice will be held among pine trees. Lunch will be held at a café in Kalpazankaya (but you can choose to bring your own food if you like). After that it’s up to you to decide whether you want to swim, walk, or relax. Each participant will be responsible for their own return so you might want to take this opportunity to spend the evening in one of the other islands having dinner with friends. Make sure you reserve your spot for this event.
Date and Time: June 11, 9am
Instructor: Hale Kamar
Price: 60 TL + KDV
Contact info: firstname.lastname@example.org or (0216) 414 69 86
World Yoga Day
Celebrate World Yoga Day at Maçka Park with Om Yoga and Yogatime and spend the day experiencing different styles of yoga. Start the day with vinyasa, move on to hatha, relax with qigong, try out acro yoga or get to know yin yoga and tao vinyasa. See the full schedule here.
Place: Maçka Park
Date and Time: June 19, 9.30am - 6pm
Astrology with Gahl Sassoon
Why is Virgo so meticulous and Libra so indecisive? Why is Taurus so stubborn and Gemini too talkative? If you’ve always wondered why signs are the way they are, come to this unique event offered by international astrology star Gahl Sassoon. Learn more about the dark sides of each sign and how to avoid them, how each sign can get along with each other, and how to use astrology to improve your relationships.
Place: Cihangir Yoga, İstinye
Date and Time: June 23, 8pm-9.30pm
Instructor: Gahl Sassoon
Price: 70 TL
Contact info: (0212) 277 11 90 or email@example.com
UltraSapanca Mountain Run
If running in the city doesn’t cut it for you and you’re craving for some nature, don’t miss the opportunity to run in Sapanca. The run will start at 9am on Sunday, June 26 but an optional organization will take off the day before with a meeting at NG Sapanca Hotels (where participants can choose to stay for their morning run). You can pick the 7k, 30k and 50k runs and celebrate the victory on Sunday evening back at the hotel. For further info and to sign up, click here.
Date and Time: June 26
Contact info: (0530) 232 42 70
In this 2-hour workshop, beginners will be able to learn the basics of headstands while more advanced students will be able to refresh their memory and improve their practice. Participants will prepare for the headstand by strengthening the upper body, the shoulders, and the core, and then they’ll be able to have fun through the posture.
Place: Om Yoga
Date and Time: May 7, from 12pm to 2pm
Instructor: İrem Greenfield and Dilek Gün
Price: 70 TL + KDV
Contact info: (0212) 322 28 19 or firstname.lastname@example.org
OUT OF ISTANBUL
MindBody Festival Bodrum
The Bodrum leg of the MindBody Festival will have a similar layout like the one in Istanbul, offering wellness workshops and seminars by Turkish and international instructors, including Feride Gürsoy, Frank Marciano, Michael Stewart, and Evrim Erbil.
The bazaar section will feature a number of brands including Chikirina so make sure you stop by to check out the latest Chikirina clothing!
(The festival’s Bodrum schedule is yet to be announced. Check out their website closer to the festival date to see the program.)
Place: Xuma Yalıkavak
Date and Time: June 17-18-19
Chikirina will be at MindBody Istanbul on June 3-4-5, MindBody Bodrum on June 17-18-19 and Souq Bomonti (the city’s most popular flea market featuring local designers) at Bomontiada on June 18-19.