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Orca Dreams

Platform for mindful living

Dreaming, Connecting, Evolving as ONE

Welcome to Orca Dreams

Orca Dreams is a platform that offers coaching, training and education on mindfulness to individuals, groups and institutions (e.g. primary and secondary schools, university settings, businesses, health centers, social service organizations and non-profit organizations) globally, with a special focus on communities in Germany and Turkey.

The offerings are:

  • COURSES  Meditation courses, MBSR Program: Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, Courses on mindfulness and art, and on women’s health/sexuality
  • PROGRAMS for migrants, women, social justice activists, researchers/academics, health care workers, social workers, schools (educators, parents and students: children and youth) and universities, and,
  • PRIVATE SESSIONS Reiki and Counseling Sessions

About me

Born and raised in Istanbul, Turkey, I currently live in Berlin and travel between Berlin and Istanbul. As many of us do, I fulfill many roles, share many gifts. Having received bachelor degrees in Psychology and Political Science and International Relations from Boğaziçi University in Istanbul and PhD in Human Development & Family Studies and Women’s Studies from the Pennsylvania State University in the U.S., for many years I worked as an academic and activist, specializing in women’s sexual and reproductive health rights. I am now a meditation teacher (who continues her practice), a tai chi/qiqong practitioner, a healer (RMT: Reiki Master Teacher in Usui Reiki and NORM Regulation Method student), a poet and a singer. In this platform I integrate my knowledge and experience from academia (in psychology, sociology and women’s health/sexuality), social justice work and mindfulness. As my acupuncture doctor in the U.S., Dr. Hahn once said, “nothing is in vain” in the universe. 

What’s new?

MBSR: Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Program

MY NEW YEAR GIFT TO MYSELF
Feb 8, 2024 – April 18, 2024 Thursdays, 14:00-17:00 VHS Berlin Mitte, 13347 Berlin, Antonstr. 37, Raum C5 (auf dem Hof) WHAT IS MBSR? MBSR is an 8-week systematic program developed by Jon Kabat Zinn in the late 1970s and applied successfully with individuals and institutional  settings. WHAT HAPPENS IN MBSR? In an MBSR Course, we learn in a joyful, interactive way, supported by a group: What stress is (physiological mechanism of str…

RE-MEMBERING AND HONORING MY SACRED FEMININE:

Women’s Circle at VHS-Mitte, Berlin

Intro to MBSR and practicing together

Free Online Event (Thursday, Jan 26)

2023 Winter MBSR Programs

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction
  • Tuba

    Age 50, Executive, Turkey

    I started the courses to move a bit, to gain flexibility, and to spiritually be more peaceful and balanced. I experienced improvement in all these areas. I am calmer, feel less angry and happier. My neck and shoulder pain decreased as well.

     

     

  • Rojda

    Age 28, Psychologist at the Health Ministry, Turkey

    To start this MBSR program in a period of life, between the pandemie and work, when I felt challenged mentally has benefited me a lot. I look forward to the time on Saturdays that I set aside for myself. During the program I relax and through coming back to my body and breath, I feel as if I am letting go of all the tiredness of the week. Even though I am not doing the individual practices during the week that much, I feel like the teaching on coming back to the moment has been indirectly rooted and I am able to deal better with difficult moments through focusing on my breath and my body. To know that these have accumulated in my mind and even without a regular practice I can practice them in times of need, gives me confidence.

  • Pınar

    Age 46, Associate Proffesor of Experimental Psychology, Turkey

    The biggest benefit of this MBSR program for me was to practice “to accept whatever is happening as is.” When I focus on my body during breathing, yoga and meditation exercises and can observe and allow whatever is passing through my mind helps me to open a space for myself and to be more tolerant towards myself. To read the stories in the handbook is also very pleasant. Ayse’s gentle and loving attitude is in full harmony with the content of the education.

  • Sreekala

    age 43, Professor of Educational Psychology and Mother, Germany

    It was an amazing experience and a complete course! I appreciate the depth of knowledge, clarity and experience Ayse, a committed teacher brings to each session. She takes all efforts to pass on what she has achieved over time for helping others to experience the same. I feel spiritually and emotionally grown over time. Every class she brings new knowledge and new movements that adds to excitement. This course smoothly integrates strength and mindfulness. Qigong movements Ayse taught helped me in getting to know my body. I admire her natural ability to transgress into individual needs and adopt suitable movements. I highly recommend this course for anyone who is interested to liberate mind and body!

  • Kayte

    42 year old, Teacher and Mother, Germany
    I really like the qigong as it offers a welcome break from sitting. I also know next to nothing about it, so I ‘ve enjoyed hearing Ayse explain about seasons, organs, etc. The effects of these courses were confidence and strength building -strength in the sense of mental strength: a sense of humor, levity. Currently for nearly 4 month, I am tending to my four kids on my own.  All the frequent micro-crises, the emotions, the demands can get me down. But I learned from Ayse to put on my golden bubble every day which prevents easy-triggering. I think Ayse strikes an excellent balance between talking / explaining and doing / leading.  This balance is hard to achieve, so I really value it. Just meeting Ayse is a pleasure in itself. She has a very reassuring, life-affirming way about her which naturally seeps into the class and the meditations. The students at the school in Berlin would be very lucky to have you around!

     

  • T

    age 47, Visiting Researcher, Denmark

    Ayse is one of the kindest and gentlest persons I have known. When I had an accident and hurt my ankle she helped me in various ways. She brightened my days with her friendly talks and genuine care. After my surgery, Ayse checked on me and sent me Reiki energy every day. At the end of the second week, she gave me numbers to activate with a ritual, every night for a week. On the first night, my leg hurt a lot but that was because of the power of activation. I repeated the activations every night for a week and it gradually worked wonders. She taught me how to talk to my injured leg and how to give energetic care to it. The pain gradually got better and I started to bear weight on it. Ayse was there every step of the way—both as a healer and a friend. I am thankful for her caring personality, beautiful heart and spiritual wisdom.

  • Tuba

    Age 51, Executive in Client Support, Turkey

    Through mindfulness practices of the MBSR Program I have new discoveries about myself. Last week I realized that I have a defense mechanism where I shut myself to negative experiences. Since I started the body scan I started taking many concrete actions in my life to relieve my back and neck pain, to ease my stomach and to nourish my soul. In short my life quality is enhanced.

  • Tuncay Murat

    PhD., Age 40, Academic, Turkey

    These classes benefited me in ways I did not even imagine, especially in emotional and mental ways. It also made me feel joyful and energetic. The effects lasted and I also did the practices on my own. The classes increased my life force, created psychological release, made my body more relaxed and flexible. I have been meditating for over 20 years. It is even more joyful and healing to do these practices with others. The Sunday qiqongs with dear Ayşe Dayı’s guidance are wonderful ways to see that others are on similar paths and this is very encouraging. And this happening during the pandemic was priceless.

  • Başak

    age 40, Assistant Film Director and Mother, Germany

    My meditation instructor Ayse Dayi, definitely gave me the insight to raise the awareness of how precious the organs of our bodies are. By means of qiqong, I started thanking my body along with the nature, felt the dense connection between two of them; and during the sitting meditations, I recognized the significance of my being through the idea of bodily existence of myself apart from the spiritual one. Overall, both qiqong and sitting meditation help me to calm my body and my mind at the same time. In this sense, I am really grateful to Ayse.

  • Aylin

    age 35, Academic and Teacher, Turkey

    I especially liked the warm-up exercises, 6 healing sounds, 8 Brocades, and inner child meditation. Now I realize that all practices benefited me. I felt more energetic and dynamic on the days of class. My mind was clearer as well. When I feel stuck in daily life, I use the breathing exercises.

  • E

    PhD Student, age 34, Germany

    I consulted Ayşe Dayı during one of my emotional and physical hard times. Right from the first moment, I felt her compassion, empathy, and understanding of my situation. Reflecting on our sessions, I recall how secure I felt when she would suggest me to do a task or an exercise saying “only if you feel comfortable” no matter how easy it might seem. I truly felt it wasn’t a generic approach and I was being well understood. She guided me with different suggestions such as breathing/meditation exercises, writing tasks, various Reiki practices, listening to my instincts/feelings, and looking at my inner-self and my surroundings from a different perspective. Especially with the writing tasks, I was able to better understand and materialize the links between the issues I have been dealing with. And thanks to her, it has been valuable to contemplate the importance of nature, the energy within, and how we are connected to it.

  • Gizem

    Age 20, Pschology Student, Turkey

    Mindfulness that came with the MBSR Program has been an incredible experience for me. I realized that I wasn’t really aware of the beautiful moments that passed. I became aware that my mind was always stuck somewhere else. With this program I also started learning what my body wants and how to breath.

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    Orca Dreams: Platform For Mindful Living
    Ayse Dayi
    Laubacher Strasse 54A,
    14197 Berlin,
    Deutschland

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    Telephone: +49 178 317 9494
    E-Mail: [email protected]

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