Ferda Alakuş

I am a mindfulness teacher and Psychological Counselor. I am experienced at working with children and adults from a range of backgrounds. 

Mindful Academy Solterreno TT1 graduate.

I graduated Department of Guidance and Psychological Counseling from Marmara University in İstanbul Turkey In 1996. After I graduated, I worked as a Psychological Counselor in various schools. I have been working as a Psychological Counselor at VKV Koç School İn İstanbul Turkey since September 2015.

I finished psychotherapy trainings; Dynamic Psychotherapy from Yavuz Erten; Cognitive and Behaviour Therapy from Prof. Dr. Mehmet Sungur, Family and Couple Therapy from psychologist Emre Konuk, Short-term Solution-Focused Therapy from Assoc. Dr. Esra İşmen Gazioğlu, EMDR I and EMDR II for the reduction of trauma and disturbing thoughts from the Institute of Behavioral Sciences.

In my early career in İstanbul, besides working in schools, I facilitated mindfulness courses and I learned ideas that are central to mindfulness as it is presented today. Understanding the importance of the present moment and that I was ‘not my thoughts’ was very liberating. I discovered ‘modern’ mindfulness in 2018 when I took my first MBSR course. I found this profoundly useful and I have been meditating regularly ever since. I trained to teach the core mindfulness practices at The Mindful Academy Solterreno in 2019 and I will shortly complete TT2. 

Making a difference to others has always been important to me, whether this be through sharing the gift of mindfulness. 






Contact information

Ferda Alakuş
Rehber Öğretmen / Counsellor
Tepeören Mahallesi
Eski Ankara Asfaltı Caddesi No:60 
Tuzla 34959 İstanbul 
T: 0216 585 62 00 
F: 0216 304 10 24 / Lise 
    0216 304 23 97 / İlkokul-Ortaokul 


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I recently completed TT1 at Mindful Academy Solterreno. From the moment I started the course, I felt supported and encouraged. Bodhin led a well-paced and designed course and we were given the tools to maximize our learning both personally and professionally. The retreat center itself is run so…

TT1 April 2023

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TT3 is an amazing course. Highly recommended to anyone who wishes to deepen their own mindfulness practice and develop their teaching skills.

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Bodhin and Sheena you are…

TT3 June 2022

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belonging, kindness, deepening


I recommend TT3 to anyone who is interested in deepening their knowledge and skil ls for mindfulness teaching.

There is ample opportunity provided to deepen your practice including a 2-day silent retreat at the beginning. The instruction is superlative. The sessions…

TT3, June 2022

I loved how the course was structured. I took TT1 in the intense format of 1 week and TT2 was instead spread over 2 months. I really enjoyed both formats and I felt that TT2 was ideal in this format, because I really had the time to absorb what I learnt in each session and had time to prepare.…

What 3 words best describe your experience of this course

community, support, learning

TT2 Online, Oct 2021

Fantastic course. The structure of each day was fantastic. The days were long but every activity or teaching session felt like it was not rushed, there was spaciousness and yet things didn't often overrun or feel crammed in. Perfect balance. The teachers were absolutely wonderful, grounding,…

What 3 words best describe your experience of this course

Grounding. Safe. Comprehensive

TT1 8-day intensive 

I would recommend this TT1 training course to anyone interested in doing the course. The material is well structured and laid out. It is taught experientially which aids in long term learning. The trainers are knowledgeable and impart their knowledge in showing rather than teaching at the…

What 3 words best describe your experience of this course

wonderful, insightful, formative

TT1 Online August 2021 


I have loved the course. Very intense in a way, but the safe environment and the sense of community that is created around my colleagues and the trainers is incredible and made me change the perspective of being. It brought me to an incredible space of love and kindness. I…

TT1 online August 2021 

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