My name is Mutlu. I am a nature lover, two years ago i decided to live in nature so i quit my regular job and started to keep Dikey Dunya Nature House . I'm a mountaineer and do some outdoor sports like slackline, mountain biking, orienteering from ten years. I like to play bağlama (a Turkish traditional stringed instrument) and sing. I am also interested in permaculture in recent years.
Dikey Dunya has seven decare land which full of pines and located in a mountainside, near to Iznik lake. In Dikey Dunya, we have five different houses (one of'em is a more than hundred years old traditional Georgian wooden house) one yoga/activity platform and camping area for our guests.
We generally host groups which organize yoga retreats, parent-children camps, photo clubs and several people who like to be in nature. We also organize some events which includes camping, mountaineering, rock climbing, slack lining, trekking, orientering, mountain biking and yoga for adults and children and both.
In Dikey Dunya our first priority is nature, we respect all living beings here and we share the land together. We have a big dog (badem), a kitten (kömür) and a puppy (fındık) for now :)
We eat and cook only vegan or vegetarian foods. Flora is generous here, so we cook the plants that we pick, we also use plants for steep tea, for compote, for vinegar and for jam.
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
The volunteers will be learning about vegan and vegetarian cooking
They will learn about flora and some special plants which grow around
They will have many experiences about outdoor sports (mountaineering, rock climbing, orientering, moutain biking)
They will have a chance to canoing and swimming in the lake
They can learn Turkish language if interested
Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week. Day of is weekday.
To help about cleaning the houses - sweeping, mopping, changing the sheets, cleaning the bathrooms
Watering and caring the garden
Helping in the kitchen - cleaning
Helping with the guests
Helping with the activity if have some experiences about outdoor sports
We provide a tent with sleeping bag and mat
*️️️️️️️ If there is an available room volunteers can share a room
Bathroom will be shared
Volunteers can eat what we cook three times a day (we cook vegan or vegetarian food)
We don't have wifi here so volunteers can get unplugged and relax easier
Dikey Dunya is 9km far from Iznik town and nearest village is 3km from here
We provide bike to go around
There is a pleasant forest and small traditional villages to see
Volunteers can go to Iznik by bike or by taxi (it costs app. 40TL one way)
Iznik has a big and beautiful lake to see, swim and watch the amazing sunset
Iznik also famous with chinaware, so they can visit workshops and souvenir shops
They can go to sea which 50km from here
Bursa city is 90km from Iznik
Yalova city is 60km from Iznik
Istanbul city is 130km from Iznik (there is a ferry option from Yalova city)
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
More than two
Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week. Day of is weekdays.
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