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
It’s been only 4 weeks since starting the MBSR Course with Ayşe and I look forward to each Saturday. As I do the recommended practices every day, I am already able to see their positive effects on my life. Between the very busy work life and responsibilities of home, how I forgot to turn inside. Now I am more “mindful/aware.”
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.
I prefer to call it my MBSR life because this for me has been more than an education. It became an understanding, and an important step and milestone that makes my life more meaningful, more productive, and helps sensing life in a more mindful way. I believe that, in this healing experience, our teacher Ayse’s high level of humane attitude (in addition to her professional background and experience) played an important role. I am so happy that I have given this gift to myself.
BanuAyşe is my friend from elementary school. When I received her invitation to join online Qiqong courses, I joined the first class out of curiosity and with the wish to see my friend. The comfort of the online format, learning about Qiqong philosophy and meditation.. After a while I was hooked and attended all the classes..
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Thanks to Ayşe’s body scan method, I sleep so much more comfortably at night. She also helped me greatly with her Reiki practice. I had an issue that would wake me up and keep my mind occupied in the early hours of the morning. After two weeks of sleepless nights, I finally started sleeping better and came to have a certain degree of control over my anxiety. She is great!