Call to Love Dance Retreat in Turkey

Calling all lovers!
Dance of Oneness®: Call to Love

7 day dance retreat in Turkey

June 8 – 14th, 2018

Mutlu Baba Cultural Center, Gokcedere, Yalova, Turkey


Let us know your thoughts on the potential of Caroline joining this journey to Turkey in the Comments below. Woof*woof!


Message from Banafsheh:

Call to Love is really a call to truly live! Let this call inspire you and open your being to what can live in you and through you in this time of great need and potential. With peaceful groundedness, sovereign embodiment and passionate engagement, move, dance and whirl to love’s intoxicating yet lucid power. Transform fatigue, depression or anxiety into lasting exuberance, joy and serenity as you put love in action in your life! Cultivate the strength to persevere in love in these times of great turmoil and rapid change in community with like-minded and like-hearted people.

Our setting is a Sufi/Darvish House or Dergah in the beautiful, quaint village of Gokcedere, a true tavern of love, beyond any particular religion and open to all lovers. Our days are balanced with guided and free-style dance, whirling, Sufi teachings, live music, yoga, chanting, meditation, sharing, ample breaks, soaking in the natural hot springs, and the chance to explore individually the beautiful beaches, villages and sites of Turkey’s exquisite Marmara region.

Mixed Levels. Suitable for people with some background in movement or dance as well as trained dancers, yoga and other movement practitioners. The only pre-requisite is a desire to connect your mind, body and spirit through movement. This retreat fulfills 30 hours towards the 200/400-hr Dance of Oneness® Certification Program.



Details on travel, lodging, logistics and what to bring can be found here.

*Mention Caroline when booking with Banafsheh

Tuition including lodging:

Early Bird Rate till March 1st:
Dergah Communal Lodging: $800
Hotel Double Room Lodging: $1050
Hotel Single Room Lodging $1256

After March 1st:
Dergah Communal Lodging: $950
Hotel Double Room Lodging: $1260
Hotel Single Room Lodging $1456

Above fees do NOT include airfare to Turkey, visa, roundtrip transportation from the airport to Yalova and transportation from the Cultural Center (Dergah) to the Yalova Ferry. We will arrange transportation from the Yalova Ferry Station to the Cultural Center (Dergah) if you arrive in time to meet our guide and catch the 3:45pm Ferry to Yalova on June 8th.

Special discounted work/study rates in dergah lodging available for residents of Turkey and Iran, and others in need. Email for more info.

Two steps to register:
1. Purchase tuition by scrolling down toward the bottom of the web event
2. Sign the Terms of Agreement and return via email as an attached file or photo of the signed terms.

Questions regarding registration and work/study: +1 310 499-7100 | Email
Questions regarding lodging: Email


  1. Eryn Alloway says

    We’d love to hear your thoughts on Caroline joining this retreat ~ would you be more interested in joining?

    • Sandra Mastromonaco says

      Caroline’s participation would virtually guarantee my participation, yes!!!

    • Adrienne Amundsen says

      I would LOVE Caroliine to be a leader/presenter! I am very much wanting to come if I can possibly work it out!
      Adrienne Amundsen

  2. Dear one,
    I hope the government will let you in! As of last year, Americans were persona non grata in Turkey. I know, because a friend asked me to house.sit over there and then found that it wouldnt be possible.
    Just sayin….
    Hug and love to you always,

    • Eryn Alloway says

      Thank you, Diana! This is also the kind of insight we are hoping to hear comments about.

      I do see Turkey is listed as ‘Reconsider Travel’ level 3 of 4 currently, as of Dec 2017 from the US State Department. Important things to consider…

      Eryn (web asst)

      • I would ignore the US State Department. Turkey is a gorgeous country physically and spiritually. I visited Turkey this past November when Americans couldn’t get a visa. I was lucky to have gotten mine just before the ban. The two countries recently resumed issuance of visas, so I hope to get one to cover the second half of 2018. I’m visiting Turkey again next month. I want to see the country and the Middle East from corner to corner. I also love Caroline Casey ever since I saw her speak at last year’s NCGR conference in Baltimore. I’d like to see her again at UAC in Chicago in May. Therefore, I’d love to see her in Turkey.

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