Merve Karakus

Merve is a Mindfulness Teacher based in Istanbul, Turkey. 

She worked as a bank manager for 12 years in Turkey and Austria for an International Bank. In 2016, she decided to take a break and started travelling to India and Nepal. During those trips, she stayed Tibetan Buddhist Centers for 7 months and took several courses about Buddhism, Positive Psychology and Meditation. Also attended different retreats between 10-40 days.

When she is back to Turkey, she decided to focus on Mind Training and started to teach Meditation and now Mindfulness to Corporates and Individuals. 

She is recently running Mindfulness Workshops and Mindfulness Trainings, available both in Turkish and English. Also organizing “Mindful Living” retreats. 

Her lifelong motivation is to make Mindfulness accessible to everyone in Turkey.

Also, in the long term to increase awareness of individuals and institutions that Mindfulness can be widely used as a preventative health care practice in Turkey. 

With this vision, as well as class trainings, she also works on digital and mobile application projects to increase the digital presence of Mindfulness and Meditation practices in the Turkish language. 

Instagram: @karakus.merve


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I have been teaching mindfulness-based practices for 20 years, and have been running teacher training courses in Italy. I found that Bodhin and the staff at Solterreno are highly prepared and competent. I participated in TT1 and it was a really superb experience and I highly recommend it to…

TT1 Online, June 2020

MBSR TT1 has been the most experiential and active learning course for me. I feel this programme includes ancient wisdom in scientific format and highly recommend to anyone looking to teach MBSR. Bodhin is a very dedicated teacher and his presence was felt throughout.

TT1 Online, June 2020

The course was substantial on multiple levels. The instructors were excellent and performed in an exemplary way. Even if I decided not to teach, what I took from this course will benefit me and others for the rest of my life. However, this course has inspired me to continue the pursuit of…

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The Retreat was a really unique combination of being within and without. I feel it like a wonderful co-journey and also like the opportunity to stop, turn inward, tune in, work with interest and enjoy a lot. The guidance of professional teachers provides…

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Overall really positive experience, especially considering the initial hesitation about doing it online.


Online Silent Retreat May 2020

I am very grateful for having the opportunity to have attended the TT1 in March 2020 from Delhi (India) and even with the time difference (3.5 hours) the learnings and the week we spent altogether was amazing.

Bodhin and Sheena were spectaculars teachers leading us in all the material…

TT1 Online, March 2020

I attended the TT1 in March 2020, which was the first TT1 course online - due to the Coronavirus circumstances. I had my doubts about how we could lead the meditations online and be open within the group that I had not met in person before. 

The course started and all my doubts…

TT1 Online, March 2020

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