Zhineng Qigong and picnic!

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Hello dear Curious Souls :-))

I know I was silent for a very long time. I apologize for it. Yet I was busy making lots of changes in my life; a new home, a new office, a new business, and lots of new plans still ahead! So I had very little spare time to devote on the organisation of Curious Souls. Taking into account the difficulty I face to find a suitable venue, free of charge, for our classical meetings, I am still discouraged! (if you can assist, please contact me). Yet, I missed spending time with you all.

So, despite that this is a last minute organisation, I want to invite you to join me for a relaxed day out on the Caddebostan seashore to catch up. if you are free and nothing already planned for tomorrow morning, please do come! We can linger on the green picnic area right in front of the Tenis Cafe (next to Zanzibar Cafe). You can bring something to spread on the grass or your picnic chairs. I talked with Tennis Cafe and they said they could serve us food and drinks-even beer and wine if we wanted!tenis-cafe-021

I also thought that, you, the Curious Souls may like to learn about something new that I discovered last year in May and made a part of my life since then 🙂 It is called Zhineng Qigong! It is a moving type of meditation-very similar to Tai Chi but with slower movements. I am in no way an expert of it, but I can share with you what I learned. So those of you who would like to learn, can join me for Zhineng Qigong and the rest can linger on the grass, walk around, ride a bike, etc. Zhineng Qigong normally lasts about half an hour for me but with the explanations, most probably it will take more tomorrow. Please check out the following video of an actress in New York that profits immensely from Zhineng Qigong:


To make things easier for the ones who may hesitate on how to find the exact picnic area, I propose to meet in front of Caddebostan Migros at 10.00 am. We can walk together and then start ZQ at 10:30 at the venue. Those of you who wish to join us after 10.00 am should come directly to the picnic area.

So, have a nice day everybody and see you tomorrow.
Isil the Curious Soul 🙂

Isil Musluer

Activity Host

STARTS : September 18, 2016, Sunday 10:30
ENDS :  no specific time.
LOCATION : Picnic area in front of Vakif Tenis Cafe on Caddebostan shoreway Istanbul
MEETING POINT :  In front of Caddebostan Migros at 10:00 am.
FEE : None.


Curious Souls Get Together -15th meeting!

Dear Curious Souls,

On May 8,2016, Sunday, we met at Sircaci 14 in Yenikoy Istanbul. It was Mother’s Day and the traffic was surprisingly much more challenging that it could ever get. I later learned that President visited Tarabya, just next door to where were, and this now explains to me why the traffic was so horrific!
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The first TEDTalk we watched was was the talk of Maz Jobrani with the title: “A Saudi, an Indian and an Iranian walk into a Qatari Bar…” Mozrani is an Iranian-American comedian that is the founding member of a group called; “Axis of Evil Comedy Tour.” During our discussion, we shared interesting anecdotes on our own experiences of cultural differences especially the funny differences like how many times you need to kiss when you meet a friend :-). Here is the talk:

The second talk we watched was Dave Isay‘s talk with the title: “Everybody around you has a story the world needs to hear.” Dave Isay is the winner of TED Prize that is given each year to an idea or a wish and in this TED Talk, he explains how he founded the organisation called StoryCorps and how he came up with the idea. He gives touching examples from the stories recorded, explains how StoryCorps has evolved into the single largest collection of human voices ever recorded and voices his vision to make it global. Here is his interesting talk:

The third video I selected for our group was an interesting performance with the title: “The dancer, the singer, the cellist … and a moment of creative magic.” It was not possible for us to watch the video with full concentration and clear sound (we were meeting in a restaurant-cafe) so please watch it now, at your own places where you can watch and enjoy without distraction:

The last video we watched was the interesting talk of Amanda Palmer with the title “Art of Asking.” Amanda Palmer is a singer, songwriter, blogger and provocateur who clearly pushes boundaries in both her art and lifestyles and she made international headlines when she raised nearly $1.2 million via Kickstarter, instead of $100.000 through her 25.000 fans who pre-ordered her albul called “Theatre is Evil.”

You can guess that our discussion on this subject was also very interesting.

After watching the videos and our discussions, those who stayed at the venue for some food and catching up with friends, had a chance to listen to the beautiful Italian songs that our friend, Mumtaz Unel, who sang beautiful Italian songs for us.

I would like to thank all participants for joining me at this event and also specifically thank Mumtaz for giving us the pleasure to listen to his wonderful music!

With my kindest regards!

Isil the Curious Soul 🙂

Just an additional note about tomorrow:


Dear Curious Souls,

Just a quick note about tomorrow’s event  at Sırcaci 14;  please be informed that those of you wish to stay  at the venue for food and/more catching up will also be able to do some music together  and maybe even dancing as well!

So see you there tomorrow!

Isil the Curious Soul 🙂

Announcement “Curious Souls Get Together”-15th Meeting:

Dear Curious Souls,

I would like to inform you that we will be having our 15th meeting at the beautiful venue, SIRCACİ 14, in Yeniköy. Please check the map below for directions.


As you know, at our meetings, we watch 3 or 4 very interesting, mind-stretching and entertaining TED talks (http://www.ted.com) and after each talk, we have an exchange of views to share our own ideas.
Sircaci14So, if you are fascinated with new ideas and new ways of looking at life, if you have an insatiable desire to learn more, if you get immense pleasure in listening to inspirational stories of great minds and if  you are filled with appreciation for great talents; then it means you are a “Curious Soul” and I then, invite you to join us at our 15th meeting?

Get  ready! …as you will  experience the flourishing of diverse ideas; expand your horizons, express yourself,  grow together; and while doing all this,  will definitaley pass an enjoyable time together :-))

So,  while I impatiently look forward to seeing you all, I wish you, a very pleasant week ahead.

With my kindest regards.

Isil the Curious Soul 🙂

STARTS : May 8, 2015, Sunday 16:00
ENDS : May 8, 2015, Sunday 19:30
LOCATION :  SIRÇACI 14 (https://www.facebook.com/Sircaci14)
ADDRESS : Köybaşı Cad. No: 14 Yeniköy / İstanbul
TEL :  0 (212) 299 5016
MEETING POINT : At the venue (meeting venue is approximately 5-6 km away from the closest metro stops. You can then take a taxi from there to Sircaci 14)
FEE : 20 TL  (inclusive of 1 glass of wine or corresponding drink)


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