Gather, connect, learn, practice, and relax with over 40 other Integral Relationship Explorers
Join our 5-day International Integral Relationship Workshop Gathering from Saturday, Sep. 4 to Wed. Sep. 8, 2021, at the rustic Robin’s Nest resort that we will have all to ourselves. It is located in the small village of Agva, about 70 Miles outside Istanbul on a river and 10 walking minutes from the Black Sea.
Previous Karakaya Integral Relationship Workshop
Immerse yourself in a five-day in-person workshop retreat with Integral Relationship author and facilitator Martin Ucik.
You will learn, practice, and fully understand how to embody, apply, live, share and, if you choose so, teach the cutting edge (r)evolutionary 26 Integral Relationship Modules to co-create healthy, sustainable, romantic love relationships between equal and opposite (or different) partners of any sexual orientation who heal, learn, grow and awaken together to share their biological, transformational and transcendental purpose that makes the world a better place.
At the end of the 5-day training, you will receive a diploma as "Certified Integral Relationship Professional”.
Image above: Restaurant Area, Robin's Nest, Ağva
Register today. Space is limited to approx. 40 males and females for this gender-balanced workshop and we already have about 20 confirmations, so don't delay and be put on the waitlist.
The workshop gathering is available to singles and couples who want to learn and practice how to co-create healthy Integral Love Relationships, and health professionals, teachers, therapists, practitioners, and coaches who want to apply the Integral Relationship Model in their professional work and lead practice groups.
The entire workshop gathering will be experiential with many individual, paired, and group exercises. We will also offer optional morning practices such as Yoga and Meditation, and Authentic Relating, Soulmate Attraction, Heart Sufism, In-Depth Enneagram, and Advanced Tantra evening intensives. Please let us know if you want to offer a morning practice.
Arrival Day, Friday, September 3, 8:30 PM
Optional Evening Intensive - Authentic Relating Game Night with Lana Koy and Martin
Join us for a fun evening after dinner to get to know yourself and others through engaging Authentic Relating Games.
Lana Koy is an experienced Authentic Relating Games facilitator and KRI certified kundalini yoga and meditation instructor and will also facilitate morning practices from 7:30 to 8:30 AM.
Day 1, Saturday, September 4
Optional Morning Practice
Saturday - Wednesday morning practices:
For people who like to start their day early with a morning practice, we will have yoga, meditation, etc. with Danijela Zakic, Lana Koy, Anelia Ahsmann-Atova and other workshop participants from 7:30 - 8:30 before breakfast. Read more here.
Image above: Yoga and Ağva Beach
Workshop: Love Is Unconditional, Relationships Are Not
How is it that we can feel unconditional love towards all people and creation, and may experience a unique irresistible sexual attraction, deep heart and emotional resonance, and divine soul connection towards another human being, and yet often find sustaining a healthy love relationship in a lived day-to-day reality arduous?
On this first day of our workshop, we will explore why love is unconditional and relationships are not by putting the material, physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual dimension of romantic relating into a developmental cultural, and social context.
We will also learn that most adults continue to evolve in consciousness after adolescence, but that few understand how this growth impacts our lives -- and love relationships in particular. Together, we will explore eight stages of consciousness development in a relational context.
This knowledge and experience will allow you to identify your own and the level of development of others to understand conflicts that arise between couples, and groups with differing world-views, values, and meaning-making structures, and how they communicate their needs and attempt to resolve conflicts differently in the four dimensions of their being.
Optional Evening Intensive: Integral Soulmates with Martin
In this optional evening intensive, you will learn and practice how to define, find/attract, invite (or being invited) by your soulmate and (for couples) how to deepen your relationship by creating a shared vision and mission statement.
73% of Americans believe in soulmates. Most of them envision everlasting love, romance, sexual attraction, and happiness, and to live happily ever after once they fall in love–without having to do any ongoing work in their relationship.
However, this is a magical fairytale fantasy that rarely, if ever, happens in real life.
A more mature understanding of soulmates is that they are (1) compatible to live their biological purpose, (2) challenge each other to become their best versions of themselves through ongoing mirroring, learning, healing, growing, and awakening, and (3) synergize in sharing a purpose that is larger than either individual and makes the world a better place.
Optional Evening Intensive: Shadow work in the Improv Theatre - with Jörg M. Hirsch
Feelings – Trauma – Emotions – Unconscious - Karma
In this optional evening intensive, you will use techniques of the modern improv theatre, invented by Augusto Boal, and some new ones that Jörg added to his work, chasing and playing with shadows.
Day 2 - Sunday, September 5
Optional Morning Practice
Workshop: Ending The Confusion Between Sex, Gender, and Feminine/Masculine Polarities
Why do we still talk about gender wars and often see our relationships deteriorate from love to outright hostility? How do we create lasting sexual attraction and synergy in our love relationships?
On this highly experiential and practical second day, you will learn to understand biological differences and learned gender roles between the sexes, and how to prevent your relationships from going down the fear-shame spiral (or returning to love and romance). You will also experience feminine and masculine polarities in an embodied way, and how to balance and harmonize their healthy expressions in thriving love relationships.
This knowledge and experience will allow you to understand and make peace with yourself and the opposite sex to co-create happy love relationships.
Optional Evening Intensive: "The Sufis: Masters of the heart" with Dr. Khaled ElSherbini
A spiritual evening contemplating on the tales and mysteries of the Sufi dervishes, reflecting on their metaphors, teachings, and contemplations, and what they teach us about bringing peace and light to the Heart.
Day 3 - Monday, September 6
Optional Morning Practice
Workshop: Spirituality – Sexuality - Complexes - Types
What is happening on a spiritual, sexual, and psychological level when we deeply resonate with another human being and how can this resonance be created and deepened?
On this third day, we will go for a deep dive into various forms and depths of spiritual experiences, leading us to non-duality, a state/stage that cannot be talked about but only pointed to. This will be followed by a “Tantric” exploration of the connection between psychology, spirituality and sexuality, and how repressed male and female qualities create complexes that make the opposite sex attractive and challenging at the same time. The day will close with an eye-opening exercise on how our Love Languages and Enneagram Types including three Instincts impact our love relationships.
This knowledge and experience will allow you to take your spirituality, sexuality, and soul-connection to the next level of possibility and to give and receive love in ways that are deeply satisfying.
Optional Evening Intensive: Advanced Enneagram in Relationships and Q&A with Dr. Khaled ElSherbini and Nataliia Bolshakova
A deeper look at the Enneagram, building on our experience earlier in the workshop, focusing on how it can be a transformative tool in our relationships. This followed by a Q&A session where Dr. Khaled will answer questions related to adult relationships, while Nataliia will answer questions related to parenting and dealing with children and teens.
Day 4 - Tuesday, September 7
Optional Morning Practice
7:15 a.m. - NEW MOON CEREMONY IN VIRGO with Angelina "Astraea" Munaretto
Let's gather together to celebrate the New Moon in Virgo. We will light some candles, pull a few group tarot cards and use offerings and prayer to call in the energies of new growth, health, and the wisdom of Athena and service of Virgo Star maiden Astraea to help us actualize our empowerment. Also, this New Moon and the Sun are in the deeper mystery OMEGA constellation of Crater whose totem is the swans, whose principle is love, and whose offering is the persimmon. With this constellation we are seeking/embodying/celebrating the mythology of the Holy Grail Chalice, the Lover and Beloved, mystical poetry, communion, and Rumi and Hafiz as examples. Its element is Ether.
Workshop: Perfect Love, Imperfect Relationships
How is it possible that we are consciously evolved and spiritually awake and still get triggered into devastating fight-flight-freeze reactions, especially in intimate love relationships? Of course, it is because of our unconscious -- but how to deal with it? On this “magical” day, we will learn about five forms of the unconscious and practice a simple, yet powerful and life-changing process how you and your partner can welcome emotional triggers to heal your unconscious and childhood attachment wounds in ways that allow you to move towards undefended love by using affirmations, mindfulness, and coherent narratives. We will also learn how to avoid the 22 stages of the decline of relationships between highly evolved empaths and people with personality disorders.
Optional Evening Intensive: Advanced Tantra Practices, with Nicole Menten and Martin
On the evening of day four of our workshop in Agva, Nicole and Martin will offer you an optional advanced Tantra intensive that builds on our previous workshop exploration of spirituality and sexuality.
Tantra means extending and weaving… the manifest and unmanifest, the ascending and descending, stillness and movement, the body, mind, heart, and soul.
Nicole and Martin will gently guide you through increasing levels of energy exchange, heart connection, spiritual presence, and sexual intimacy with your (practice) partner.
Day 5 - Wednesday, September 8
Optional Morning Practice
Workshop: Awaken to your Life’s Purpose and Share it With a Partner
Why can we be integrally informed and do all the learning, healing, growing, and awakening work, and still often can’t find a compatible partner or sustain a healthy love relationship?
On this final day we will get the answer by exploring that we humans have a Biological Purpose (to survive, procreate, form groups, and seek a quality of life), a Transformational Purpose (to learn, heal, grow, and awaken), and a Transcendental Purpose (to create more Goodness, Truth, Beauty, and Functionality) that unfold in unique ways based on our genetic predisposition and phenotypes. We will explore four different discovery methods of our purpose, different levels of depth, impact, and stages of expression, and the resulting forms of our capacity to love which will lead us to identify and co-create along the seven chakras with our uniquely compatible soulmate to make the world a better place.
Evening Return to Istanbul / IST Airport
We will have a bus leave to Istanbul for those who want to have dinner and spend the night there to leave the next day, or stay for the extra 2-days of sightseeing with Martin and a local guide, and also a bus leaving to IST International Airport for those who leave that night.
Outside Istanbul on the Black Sea
Robin's Nest in Ağva near the Black Sea. Natural setting on a river, quiet and relaxing, retreat-like atmosphere, pool, lawn, restaurant with inside and river-side tables, outside firepit, pool, daylight in the spacious workshop room, shared meals, more community engagement.
The cost for the five-day Gathering and Workshop is US $797 or 662 Euros (US $398.50 / 330,50 Euros for paid online training participants), including transportation to and from IST Airport and two coffee/tea/snack breaks, excluding travel, room and board.
Room and board:
Single Occupancy $75.00 per night incl. Breakfast
Double Occupancy $46.25 per night per person incl. Breakfast
Lunch with four meal options including vegetarian and beverage $15.00 per day
Dinner with four meal options including vegetarian and beverages $20.00 per day
We will also arrange an optional 2-day Istanbul sightseeing event after the Workshop Gathering.
What is included in the registration price:
- Pick-up and transportation from Istanbul (IST) Airport on Friday, Sep. 3 (10:00 AM (also from Sisli Istanbul), 12:00 Noon, 2:00 PM, 4:00 PM, and later if needed).
- Five-day experiential workshop including all workshop materials.
- Optional morning (Yoga) practices and evening intensives and activities such as Authentic Relating, Enneagram and Sufism with Dr. Khaled ElSherbini, Tantra with Nicole and Martin, Dance, etc. (let us know if you want to contribute.)
- Two coffee and snack breaks during the day.
- Transportation on Wednesday evening, Sep. 8. to Istanbul (IST) Airport or downtown Istanbul.
- Optional 2-day Istanbul sightseeing tour on Sep. 9 and 10 with Martin and local guide (we will arrange a hotel for you or you can book your own accommodation).
What you will cover:
- Your travel cost to and from Istanbul.
- Single occupancy room $75.00 per night at Robins Nest, incl. Breakfast.*
- Double occupancy room $46.25 per night per person at Robins Nest, incl. Breakfast.*
- Lunch with four meal options including vegetarian and one beverage $15.00 per day.*
- Dinner with four meal options including vegetarian and beverages $20.00 per day.*
*Booking through us any time before the workshop while supply lasts. You may also book your own accommodations at another hotel (https://www.google.com/travel/hotels/Agva) or Airbnb (https://www.airbnb.com/agva-merkez-turkey/stays) in Agva and there are supermarkets and other restaurants if you don’t want to book the shared lunches and dinners with us at Robins Nest.
Questions & Answers
Is it safe to come to Turkey?
Turkey has no travel restrictions for foreigners and is very safe. Americans can easily apply for a visa online (suggested) or even after arriving at the airport. There are many affordable direct and indirect flights to the new Istanbul (IST) Airport and we will pick you up there and drive directly to Agva and on Wednesday back to the Airport. Istanbul is a tourist town and very safe, in case you decide to stay here for a few days.
Is it safe to gather during the global pandemic?
According to the NY Times and other sources, all Americans will have access to Vaccines by the end of May and Europeans by the end of July.
We will request that participants are either vaccinated or present a current negative test when arriving. Read an interesting NYT article about Covid-19 fears here.
Will the workshop be gender balanced?
Yes, we will attempt to have the same amount of men and women in the workshop by having a wait list once we have 20 registrations for each gender. So register now to avoid being put on the wait list or sign up with a partner/friend of the opposite sex to secure your space.
What will the weather be like in Agva?
Average Weather During September In Agva (Marmara Region), Turkey
The average minimum temperature during the night in Agva in September is 17.0°C (62.6°F). It rains an average of 7 days in September. The amount of rain in September is normal with an average of 65mm (2.6in). The average maximum temperature lies around 24.0°C (75.2°F). With a water temperature of around 23.0°C (73.4°F), this is a great month to swim in the Black Sea. If you enjoy looking at a blue sky and like sunbathing than this month is a good period to visit Agva. It has 235 hours of sun.
What to wear in September? Bring a rain jacket just in case since it will be raining a few days during this period. Also bring sunscreen, a hat, your shorts or a skirt because it can be very warm or even hot.
All rooms at Robin's Nest have air condition.
Is there WiFi at Robins Nest?
Yes, there is WiFi throughout the resort but it is not very fast. When we were there in April, it was about 1 Mbps download speed. They said they will try to improve it this summer. There was good cell phone reception, so if you need to rely on a more solid, faster internet connection e.g. for work, you may consider getting a data plan through your carrier or buy a local sim card (we can help you with that).
Who helps me with hotel staff or in case of an emergency?
Our local integral friends Seda and Murat, who speak English very well and are experienced in the hospitality industry, will be at the workshop with their car to help you with any issue that you may have with the hotel staff, locals, or an emergency. Our team member Mehmet will also be at the Workshop to assist you.
Is there a medical center or a hospital in Ağva?
Turkey has a very good healthcare system with public and private hospitals.
There is a small medical center in Ağva on the same street as Robins Nest that is open during the day. The closest hospital that works 24/7 is 30 minutes away from our workshop place and our local friends Seda and Murat who will be at the workshop can take you there with their car in case of an emergency. Most insurances cover emergency medical care while you travel (e.g. Kaiser Permanente). We recommend that you buy additional affordable travel insurance.
Where should I stay in Istanbul before or after the workshop?
I want to continue my holiday in Turkey, where should I go and what should I visit?
If you want to stay in a resort area with a beach, turquoise sea and take occasional tours to the ancient places, you can consider the Mediterranean part of Turkey. The most popular destinations are Kuşadası, Bodrum, Marmaris, Fethiye (a destination with wonderful nature), Antalya, and Alanya. Around these areas, you can visit historical places such as Ephesus, Aspendos, Pamukkale, and much more.
You can also travel to the Black sea region to enjoy nature, forests, and the hospitality of local people. You might be interested in visiting Trabzon, Sumela Monastery (Monastery of the Virgin Mary), Karaca Cave, and many other attractions.
Can I arrive a day early?
Yes of course. There is a convenient Havaist Bus from Istanbul Airport into Istanbul that leaves about every 50 Minutes for 30 TL ($4). Exit at the first (4. Levent) or second (ZİNCİRLİKUYU METROBÜS) stop and take a taxi (30 TL $4) to the hotel. Let us know if you need more detailed descriptions.
We suggest that you stay at a hotel near Martin's home and Integral Center DoubleTree by Hilton (approx. $90 per night) or Milord Hotel (approx. $45). We will have one car or bus leaving from there to Agva on Friday around 10:00 AM.
If I come with the kids, is it possible to arrange a babysitter?
If you want to travel with kids, please, contact us: [email protected] for more details no later than one and a half month prior.