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?

Upcoming MBSR Courses in FALL 2022

Upcoming MBSR Courses in FALL 2022

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction
As we are enjoying the wonderful energies of Summer, we invite you to reserve your spots for the upcoming MBSR Courses in Fall, held in person in Berlin, inside and at the parks. You can choose between a morning session and evening session. Evening course at ISI (on Tuesdays) is only for international women in Berlin. Morning course (on Thursdays) at VHS-Mitte is open to all.  MBSR for Migrant Women Evening course starting August 23 This…

March Events

Welcoming Spring in Balance and Renewed Energy

Noble Friendship with the Body

A springtime session too nourish peace, healing and hope

Re-membering & Honoring my Sacred Feminine

Women’s Circle on Body, Gender & Sexuality at VHS-Mitte, Berlin
  • Banu

    Age 49, Finance Director, Turkey
    Ayşe 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..
  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • S

    age 49, Professor, USA

    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!

  • 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.

  • 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!

     

  • Pelin

    Age 51, Finance Director, Turkey

    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.”

     

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

     

     

  • Burcu

    Age 29, Psychologist and Masters Student in Trauma and Disaster Mental Health Master Program, Turkey

    This MBSR program deepened my understanding of what it means to be in the moment (in the here and now) and to be in acceptance. These were my main needs for joining the program too. During the course, Ayşe’s patient and compassionate reminders on acceptance and mindfulness led me in a natural way to respond respectfully and compassionately to my mental and bodily boundaries. These days I am going through an emotionally difficult period and I realized that when the pain arises I am able to be mindful without planning it. This experience of going through this time without being engulfed in pain but accepting it makes me feel emotionally more mature.

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    Ayse Dayi
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    14197 Berlin,
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