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Textiles week at CaravanTurkey Gokpinar Cultural Center


Learn to make your own textiles with a professional fashion and textile designer, inspired by Turkey's textile heritage and landscape! 


Some of the world's most beautiful and luxurious textiles are made in Turkey - from rich, colourful silk pashminas to thick cotton hamam towels and bathrobes, not to mention beautuiful carpets and kilims that are famous worldwide . Use these, and the beauty and tranquility of the Turkish countryside, as inspiration to create textile pieces that are both unique and a memory of a specail holiday.


Courses run all year round for individuals and small groups.


At Gokpinar, a village of 100 people,  just 10 minutes from the coast, you will be bathed in beauty and tranquility. This old Yörük village on the Aegean Coast of Turkey, feels a world away from the tourist trail. Our cultural center is set on a hilltop overlooking the village and the mountains' pine forests. We are only 10 minutes' drive to the beach and 40 minutes from Bodrum.


Come and enjoy textile arts with us in our idyllic retreat in Southern Turkey!

The seven-night/eight-day package includes:


  • 7 Nights accommodation in a double room

  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and  dinner)

  • Unlimited tea and coffee service, drinking water

  • Airport transfers from and to Bodrum International Airport

  • Textile  workshops with Esmee Ertekin and local crafts people

  • 20 hours a week scheduled classes

  • Basic textile materials 

  • Unlimited access to textile facilities

  • Day visits to beaches, Bodrum city centrum or local markets

  • Visitors are allowed to bring their own drinks to the center


Courses start every Saturday, year-round


Course cost for seven nights/eight days, per person, double occupancy

$US 1350 per person in a double room

$US 1550 per person for single travellers

$US500 deposit via Paypal or major credit cards required to secure bookings. Balance is due seven days before arrival.


NEW! We can also tailor your course with classes in Turkish Cooking, Carpet Weaving, Music and Bellydancing, Turkish Culture and Language, Basket Weaving, Spoon Making and more. Please ask for details!

Contact us for any further questions or reservations.


Bodrum/Milas International Airport  is a 30-minute drive from Gokpinar.
Turkish Airlines and others fly all year around to Bodrum via Istanbul. 
Their web sites are:

There are charter flights between May and October from Europe and the UK.

Below are are some useful links for low-cost charter flights.

From the UK:

From the Netherlands:

Most nationalities require a VISA for entry to Turkey. These can be purchased on arrival (for British citizens it costs £10, for US citizens $US20.   


For reservations or enquiries please email us at with the dates and

programme you are interested in.

We will be back to you with details.

Caravanturkey - Bodrum - Turkey
Morning Tour & Travel Services
Phone: +90 533 3655906
             +90 252 3131896
             +90 252 3735750
Fax: +90 2523133889


Caravanturkey UK

Esmee Ertekin

Mobile: + 44 770 9582279


Caravanturkey US - California

Sarah Laidlaw, Aegean Journeys

PO Box 4020 Auburn CA 95604

Toll free: (800) 783 7579

Mobile: +1 530 305 74 99

Caravanturkey US - Carolina              
Graelin Cameron                                
Chapel Hill, North Carolina                
Mobile: +1 919 9603537                  


About Your Teacher

Esmee Ertekin is a fashion and textile designer who splits her time between London and Bodrum. She studied at the prestigious St Martin's School of Art in London and has more than 20 years of design experience working in fashion houses in London, Milan, Paris and New York. She currently runs a London-based textile business selling designs to brands worldwide and works as a fashion and design tutor. Half-Turkish, half-British, she has been visiting Bodrum since she was a child.

Experimental Textile Course Outline


Day 1: Arrival at Gokpinar Retreat Center and Introduction

Day 2: Local Bazaar Trip and Hand Knitting and Knit Bombing Workshop

Day 3: Crochet Workshop and Beach Trip

Day 4: Felt Workshop

Day 5: Dyeing Workshop and Bazaar Trip

Day 6: Mixed Media Personal Project Workshop

Day 7: Full Day Boat Trip and Underwater Photography Workshop 

Day 8: Free day, departure from Gokpinar Retreat Center


Esmee instructs in an informal style of textile design and experimentation. Classes are relaxed, the aim being to create personal memories of your stay in this idyllic hill-top setting.


Basic  materials will be provided but all participants are free to use the medium of their choice.The class is suitable for all. No previous textile experience is neccessary, just a willingness to be creative and enjoy your stay with other textile art and culture lovers in Gökpınar.


The morning workshop will be 3-4 hours in duration. Then a delicious traditional lunch will be prepared and be served to you by village ladies who use  the freshest home-grown seasonal ingredients. After lunch participants can continue with creative projects, relax at the Center or particpate in one of the outings.


Non participants who want to accompany their textile friends can enjoy the local scenery, have a walk around the village, relax in the traditional stone house or sit and enjoy tea in the garden.


Classes are instructed in English but French, Italian and Turkish speakers are also catered for.


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