Important Information for IR Workshop Gathering in Ağva/Istanbul

We are very excited and looking forward to meeting you for our Workshop Gathering at Robin’s Nest Eco Resort in Ağva outside Istanbul. We have been very busy lately to make this workshop a unique and pleasant experience for you. Please see below for some crucial information.

Essential Information for Entering Turkey:
Passengers traveling to Turkey with international flights (or other means) must submit the Ministry Of Health Of Turkey Traveler Entry Form online via https://register.health.gov.tr/  72 hours prior to their arrival. Print out the form or take a screenshot with your phone of the filled-out form to show it to the airline crew during the check-in and/or before boarding.
Airlines also usually require a negative COVID-19 Test during check-in.

Americans and other non-European nationals need to get a visa online at www.evisa.gov.tr for $50 (suggested) or even after arriving at the airport (more expensive and time-consuming).

Istanbul Card and Passport Number:
If you stay in Istanbul before and/or after the workshop, we will arrange an Istanbul Card for you so that you can easily get around by Bus, Metro, and Boat. You can even use public toilets with it.  We also need to get you a so-called HES code so you can get into malls and other public places.
Please, send us your passport details to authorize the Istanbul card and get the HES code.

WhatsApp Group:
Please join the closed WhatsApp group by clicking below for better communication before and during the workshop.
https://chat.whatsapp.com/DJ1HnBAlThwAcDdrJBSj7s

You can text or call Mehmet at +90 531 655 9306
You can text or call Martin at +90 535 863 6450

It is vital that you send us the dates, times and flight numbers for both, your arrival and departure at the New Istanbul Airport (IST) or Sabiha Gokcen Airport (SAW), so that we can support you with transportation to and from Downtown Istanbul/Robin’s Nest Eco Resort Ağva.

Transportation Options:
If you arrive before Friday, Sep. 3. you have several options to travel from the Airport to your destination in Istanbul:

1. We can arrange an inside airport pickup and transportation to your Istanbul destination in a comfortable Mercedes Minibus for 250 Lira (about US $32) from the New Istanbul Airport (IST) and 270 Lira (about US $35) from Sabiha Gokcen Airport (SAW).

2. If you are on a tight budget, you can take the HAVAIST bus from the New Istanbul Airport (IST) https://www.hava.ist/en/ for 29 Lira* (US $3.60). It picks up at the lowest floor below the arrival hall.

If you arrive at the Sabiha Gokcen Airport (SAW) you can take the HAVABUS https://www.havabus.com/ for 27.50 Lira* (US $3.45). It picks up outside the arrival hall.

Both buses make several convenient stops in Istanbul. You need to tell the driver where you will get off so that your luggage is in the right compartment. Check the websites above for stops. From there, you can take a taxi to your final destination. Let us know if you choose this option and we will give you more details, especially which stop to use and how to hail a Taxi without getting scammed.

3. You can take a Taxi from the New Istanbul Airport (IST) to your Istanbul destination for 150 Lira* (US $20.00) or from Sabiha Gokcen Airport (SAW) for 200 Lira* (US $25). We strongly recommend to fix the price before getting into the Taxi (show them the money and your destination address and use Google Maps to make sure you are dropped off at the right place.) Otherwise, you may be charged much more and dropped off somewhere else. You may have to try a few drivers until one accepts. Don’t get scammed!

 

If you choose the bus or Taxi option above, it is best to exchange your currency to a few hundred Turkish Lira inside the airport.

Current cash exchange rates for Turkish Lira:
1$ US Dollar = about 8.00 Turkish Liras
1€ Euro = about 9.50 Turkish Liras

To and from Ağva:
On Friday, Sep. 3. at 2:00 PM we will have a tour bus take you from the Integral Center to Ağva.
This trip is included in the workshop price.

Integral Center (4 Walking Minutes from Trump Tower)
Mecidiyeköy Mahalesi (Neighborhood)
Lati Lokum Sk. Cinar Apt. No 12, Floor 4, Apartment 14 (Street and Apartment Number)
34387 Şişli/Istanbul
Google Maps: https://g.page/Integralcenteristanbul?share
Mehmet Cell Phone +90 531 655 9306
Martin Cell Phone +90 535 863 6450
US Landline +1 707 566 2106

If you take a Taxi to Integral Center, it is easiest to tell the driver to take you to Trump Tower and then walk 4 Minutes to the Integral Center from there.

Outside Integral Center Building across from Sok Market:

Integral Center

When you get there, open the outside gate, and dial the number 14, and press the bell sign, then take the elevator or stairs to the 4th floor.

Bell

Airport to Ağva
If you arrive on Friday, Sep. 3. at the New Istanbul Airport (IST) or Sabiha Gokcen Airport (SAW), we will arrange a Taxi, private car, or minibus pickup for you to Istanbul (if you arrive in the morning) or directly to Ağva (if you arrive in the afternoon). This trip is included in the workshop price.

Ağva to Istanbul
On Wednesday, Sep. 8. we will have a tour bus leave from Agva at 5:00 PM to take us back to the Integral Center in Istanbul (included in Workshop price).
From there, you can join us for dinner and/or take a taxi to your final destination, including the Airport. If you have to leave early, we will arrange transportation from Ağva for you (not included in workshop price).

Istanbul Card and Passport Number:

If you stay in Istanbul before and/or after the workshop, we will arrange an Istanbul Card for you so that you can easily get around by Bus, Metro, and Boat. You can even use public bathrooms with it.
We also need to get you a so-called HES code so you can get into malls and other public places.
We need your Passport number to authorize the Istanbul card and get the HES code.

What to bring:
It will be between 17 and 27 Celsius (62F – 80F) and may rain at times and be windy. Bring comfortable clothes and dress in layers.
If you plan to participate in the Tuesday evening optional Advanced Tantra Practice, please bring a sarong.
Other than that, remember money, passport, cell phone, charger (Turkey uses the typical European Type C, E, F Power Outlets; we will have adapters to US Outlets for you), laptop, medication, toiletries, etc.

Sarong

Image Above: Sarong for Tantra Practice

Food Requests:
Please let us know if you have specific food requests (there will be meat and vegetarian/vegan breakfast, lunch, and dinner options) or if you have any food allergies so that we can let the Robin’s Nest Kitchen Staff know and go shopping for you or ask you to bring specific food items that are not available in Turkey.

Sightseeing:
On Thursday and Friday Sep. 9/10, we will leave from the Integral Center at 10:00 AM for the sightseeing tour (or you can meet us at the starting point of the tour.)
Tentative Plan:
Day 1: Thursday
Meet at Integral Center at 10:00 AM. Walk, Metro or Taxi to Taksim Square, Istiklal, Whirling Dervish Museum, Galata Tower, Karaköy, Lunch at Hacı Abdullah Lokantası or Karaköy, maybe Bosporus Boat Ride, Ferry to Kadiköy, dinner at Ciya Kebap, Metro Bus back to Integral Center near Trump Tower or Ferry to Besiktas and dinner there. Taxi back to Integral Center.
Day 2: Friday
Meet at Integral Center. Metro to Haliç. Suleymaniye Mosque, Grand Bazar, Lunch at 360 Panorama Restaurant, The Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Basilica Cistern (closed right now) or Historic Palace. Maybe Hamam?? https://www.suleymaniyehamami.com.tr, Dinner.

For any questions, requests, or information, please, contact us: [email protected]