Learn how to weave carpets the traditional Turkish way on this special Carpet Weaving Holiday in Gokpinar, a lovely little village close to the vibrant city of Bodrum in Turkey.
Gokpinar is an old, nomadic village with a population of about 100 friendly people. Although it is located on the Aegean Coast and is situated close to some wonderful beaches, it enjoys a peaceful existence with no heavy tourist traffic. In fact, our nearest beach is very lovely and free of crowds but is just a short 10 minute drive away.
The Retreat Center where you stay sits at the top of a small hill and has panoramoic views of the surrounding countryside and vistas down to the village. Your accommodation is a traditional stone built home full of traditional Turkish pieces and, of course, carpets!
On your Carpet Weaving Holiday you will be shown how to weave carpets using methods passed down through many generations. Local villagers will teach you in a hands on manner with step by step classes on how to weave. All classes are translated into English and you will return home with your very own piece of Turkish carpet - a keepsake to remind of the wonderful time that you had in Gokpinar!
Once classes are over for the day, you are free to continue practising your carpet weaving, or why not take a trip to the exciting city of Bodrum, or visit some of the vibrant markets in local villages. For extra cost you may also enjoy day trips to some of the famous historical tourist destinations in Turkey, our head out on an adventure such as a Jeep Safari or Rafting trip!
Come and join us for a week to learn Turkish carpet weaving the traditional way and experience a taste of real Turkish life.
Dates and Prices
Carpet Weaving Holiday in Turkey Dates 2016
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These creative Carpet Weaving Holidays in Turkey run all year round for individuals and small groups with a duration of 8 days.
Carpet Weaving Holiday in Turkey Prices – 8 days / 7 nights
Price: 1275 USD per person in double room – 200 USD single supplement
- 7 Nights accommodation in a double room
- All meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
- Unlimited tea and coffee service, drinking water
- Airport transfers to and from Bodrum International Airport
- Weaving classes by local women, with translation into English
- Unlimited class hours everyday
- Unlimited weaving time at our homely stay
- Day visits to beaches, Bodrum City Centre and local markets
- 40cm wide x 40 cm length piece of woven carpet will be given to you as a gift at the end of the course
- Visitors are allowed to bring their own drinks to center
Prices do not include:
- Flights to Milas-Bodrum Airport
- Optional tours to nearby sites can be arranged at extra cost
Our fantastic Retreat Center is located in Gokpinar, a delightful little village on the Aegean Coast of Turkey.
We are located on a hilltop that is surrounded on all sides by gorgeous views of rolling countryside and a lovely vista down to the traditional Turkish village that you are sure to adore.
The Retreat Center is perfectly located for traveling to, being just twenty minutes’ drive from Bodrum International Airport. We are also only 15 minutes drive from some of the best beaches in the area.
From the Retreat Center in Gokpinar you will never be far from some of the best tourist attractions in Turkey, such as:
EUROMOS (45km) – Located between the city of Milas and lovely Bafa Lake, Euromos Temple, built in the 2nd century A.D., is known to be one of the best-preserved temples in Asia Minor.
BODRUM – Halicarnassus (30 km) – Herodotus, the “Father of History”, was born in Halicarnassus. There is much history and lore to be discovered in Bodrum and today it is one of the most popular destinations in the world. Bodrum is well known for its excellent beaches, history and nightlife.
PRIENE – The name “Priene” is thought to have pre-Grecian origins. Before becoming one of the 12 members of the Ionian Confederation and participating in the “Ionian Rebellion”, Priene had been under Lydian dominion for several centuries.
MILETOS – Miletos, one of the oldest cities of IoniaIt. I was a city full of many great scientists and philosophers, such as Thales, Anaximander, Hekataios, and Isidorus, the architect of Hagia Sophia in Istanbul. Miletos’ alphabet was recognized in the Greek world as the official Greek alphabet, and this is the basis of the current Latin alphabet.
DIDYMA (Apollonian Temple) – The temple in Didyma was famous throughout the Greek world for its oracles. It surpassed even the reputation of Delphi. As a result of this, the harbor of Panamos, near Didyma, became very busy as it became frequently visited by scores of wealthy people, military commanders, common folk and visitors who flocked to this area to learn their future from the priests of the temple.
IASOS (35km) – As one of the most important sites in the region of Caria, the history of Iasos dates back to 3000 BC. The city was once situated on an island, but now it is joined to the mainland, creating a peninsula. The people of ancient Iasos made their money from fishing, a tradition that continues to this day.
EPHESUS (180km) – Ephesus was once the most important commercial center of Western Anatolia, and now it is one of the highlights for tourists exploring Turkey. Prized for its strategic location on an Anatolian trade route, the city of Ephesus was one of the world’s foremost cities. Its significance in the history of world religion is greatly known, attracting thousands of travelers yearly.
PAMUKKALE (220km) – Hierapolis, the ancient city at Pamukkale, is famous for its thermal springs. It was originally frequented by people from nearby cities as its waters’ properties were known for curing many illnesses. From the time of 3 BC, the fame of Hierapolis spread, leading to migrations which began locally and increased as its popularity rivaled the city of Laodicea.
Accommodation at our Retreat Center in Gokpinar
You will be staying in comfortable and airy guest rooms that have wonderful views of the surrounding countryside.
The house is newly redecorated, but its life and foundation is as a traditional village house and we provide 6 bright, airy bedrooms, sharing 2 bathrooms with 24-hour hot water.
Each bedroom is decorated in the traditional Turkish style, with kilims created locally beautifully covering the floors and walls. We have both double and single beds available for use.
Our roof is covered with a nomadic style tent for relaxing and sleeping under stars, which are welcome to do on the mild nights that we frequently enjoy here. The land surrounding our hilltop house has spectacular views, and the tree houses and garden rooms are ideal for relaxing in the natural delights of the Turkish countryside.
At our Retreat Center in Gokpinar you will discover a place bursting with vibrancy and one that has the special, warm welcome of Turkish hospitality!
The international Milas-Bodrum BJV airport is 30 minutes drive away from the Center at Gokpinar.
There are charter flights between May / October from Europe & UK, and Turkish and other airlines fly all year around to Bodrum via Istanbul.
Most nationalities need a VISA for entry to Turkey, and these can be purchased on arrival. For British citizens it costs £10, and for US citizens the cost is $20 USD.
“A wonderful place to relax and see a slice of ‘real’ Turkey. Great company, too much wonderful Turkish food and a lovely atmosphere. My fifth time in Turkey but still so many new things to experience and I take away some beautiful memories.”
Fiona Wilson, UK
“What a wonderful place you have here! We were so lucky to have met you and I do hope to return at some time in the future. The meals cooked for us have all been delicious. We have been looked after so well. Tesekkur ederim to you and all. We will miss you… until the next time. With Love.”
“Thank you for two weeks of relaxed fun in the sun in lovely Gokpinar. We are sad to leave this amazing retreat and yet excited about the beautiful connections we have made. Our favourite moments include dancing and drumming with your family, eating authentic Turkish meals and sipping Raki; and long discussions about life, love and the pursuit of happiness. Best luck in your endeavors. They come from a good place and will bear fruit. Peace.”
John and Ashley, Chicago