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Memorial Day for Rahmi Oruç Güvenç and 3 days and nights Sema in Alişler Yurdu
July 5 - July 8
Like in the past years, the participation in this seminar is free, the 3 daily meals and other expenses will be covered by donations, inşallah. Due to limited space we Kindly ask you to register, by E-Mail or phone. Further information about the Tümata Sema can be found on the Tümata website: https://tumata.com/en/activities/sema/
Who can participate?
This event is open to everyone who has an genuine interest in Mevlana’s Sufism and is ready to appreciate it.
What are the requirements?
This gathering has its roots in Islamic traditions and is inspired by His Holiness Mevlâna Jalâleddîn Rumî. We ask the participants to acknowledge this and conduct themselves accordingly.
In order to keep the event in balance and harmony, we put together some guidelines or rules, if you will. Please read them and affirm that you approve of them before you decide to participate.
You are not required to participate in the whole event. We all participate as much as we want/can.
What exactly will we be doing?
Sema is the main purpose of the event and we expect the participants to understand and accept this before deciding to participate. Also there is a lot to be done to keep the sema going and this requires volunteer work.
What is a day in the event like?
The kitchen volunteers, the musicians and perhaps the ones who take the late night sema turns usually use time tables and work in shifts. Other than that, the sema is not very structured in terms of a daily plan.
We could say that breakfast at 08:00 is the ‘official’ beginning of the day although this is the time when some of us go to sleep after a night of sema.
During the day there might be a sohbet (informative speech by the masters) or music therapy sessions.
Usually after dinner, there is a sohbet, with Masnavi reading.
And in between, the sema goes on.
Donations and volunteer work
Donations and volunteer work are subjects that receive many comments and emails. Perhaps, giving them a place on this page will make things easier.
Fees or donations
We have no sponsors and we are not rich. Our total expenditure for food, water, electricity etc. is covered by donations from participants.
It is our belief that money (or the lack of it) should not be an obstacle for people who want to attend the sema. That is why we collect donations, instead of charging a fee.
There is no fixed fee nor any minimum donation required for participation.
All the work required to keep the sema going is done by volunteers. We hope and expect every participant to support the event by volunteering.
I don’t have money for contributions. but I can participate as volunteer
Donation and volunteer work are not alternatives to each other. Both are required for the event to continue. We have no sponsors, no paid personnel. To have food, someone must pay for it, someone must buy it, someone must cook it and someone must serve it. If any one of these tasks fails, than there is no food. The same goes for all expenses and services.
Unless you are living a hunter gatherer life, you are already spending money everyday for food or other necessities. You can at least contribute with whatever your minimum daily expenses would be.
Bottom line; you can participate without making any donations or doing any volunteer work. Until now, we haven’t had to keep track of this.
General rules of Sema
We are with many different people from all around the world. Customs of behaving, dress code and hygiene sensibilities may differ from culture to culture, country to country.
In any case this gathering is rooted in Islamic traditions and is inspired by Hz. Mevlâna Rumî. We ask and expect participants to acknowledge this and conduct themselves accordingly.
In order to ensure balance and harmony of our event we put together some guidelines, you may call them rules. We have tried to give detailed information about them, but they can be summarized as:
- Avoid noise, do not disturb others.
- Pay attention to hygiene.
- Show your respect to the tradition in your dressing style and behaviour
- Avoid harmful and illegal substances completely.
- This is a sema gathering. Participate and celebrate.
- Before you decide to participate, please read all the rules thoroughly and make sure you are okay with them.
Arrival by ferry
The easiest way for our friends coming from Istanbul is to take the ferry from Kadıköy or Yenikapı to Armutlu . It takes about 2 hours and the correct destination (iskele) is ‚Armutlu‘. (not Ihlas Armutlu!) To reach the village of Armutlu, you can take a taxi. They are right outside when you leave ferry station, or you can take the minibus (Dolmuş) to a point 5min away from the venue (by foot).
Important: It is recommended to book the ferry tickets early due to heavy rush in summer (ferry goes 3times daily).
Ferry tickets: http://www.ido.com.tr / Armutlu Taxi : 0090 226 531 10 55
FERRY+BUS Ferry Istanbul —> Yalova + Bus to Armutlu You might as well take the ferry from Pendik, Kartal or Yenikapı (Istanbul) to Yalova, and then take the bus from Yalova to Armutlu. From Yalova —> Armutlu it takes about 1,5 hours. Bus departure times can be found here: armutlukoop.net/hatbilgilerimiz.html
Attention: Last bus from Yalova to Armutlu leaves at 21.30 hours
BUS + BUS Arrival by bus from Istanbul Bus: From Istanbul, Harem there is a direct bus to Yalova. So, after having arrived in Yalova, you can take another bus to Armutlu. From Yalova —> Armutlu it takes about 1,5 hours. Bus departure times can be found here: armutlukoop.net/hatbilgilerimiz.html
Attention: Last bus from Yalova to Armutlu leaves at 21.30 hours
If you come by car you have two options. Either you take the ferry from Istanbul—>Yalova and continue by car from Yalova to Armutlu or you take advantage of the new Orhangazi bridge between Istanbul and Yalova. This takes you from Istanbul to Armutlu in about 2,5hours.
We have enough space. You can bring your own tent and camp at Alişler Yurdu.
HOSTELS and PENSIONS nearby (by taxi or car):
– Ayışığı Motel: Fıstıklı Köyü Armutlu / Yalova Tel: 0090 535 647 24 02
– Motel Model: Yılandar Mevkii – Armutlu Tel: 0090 542 645 63 23
– Hanımın Konağı: Fıstıklı – Armutlu / Yalova Tel: 0090 226 535 65 22 / 0090 535 319 91 80 – 0090 538 930 66 87 E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.haniminkonagi.com/
– Altuncu Termal Otel: Bayır Mahallesi YılandarCaddesi No:3/1, Armutlu 77700, Türkiye reservation: 0090 226 334 39 80 http://www.altuncutermal.com/foto-galeri
Armutlu Taxi : 0090 226 531 10 55
Important: Friends with Sema seminar experience from the past years and friends coming for the first time and wanting to help organizing the Sema, please get in touch with us:
E.B.Kanıkey Güvenç Akçay : 00 (90) 530 592 58 27 email@example.com
Seda Seyrek : 00(90) 506 456 71 16
Süyümbike Güvenç-Noris: 00 (49) 162 6903527 firstname.lastname@example.org