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 ( 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
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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Announcement for a Curious Souls’ Cafe meeting:

Dear Curious Souls :-))

It’s been a very long time since we had our meetings, and I hope, during this time, you have all been doing great!

Unfortunately, I was unable to organise a regular Curious Souls event since a very long time. So with an intention to catch up, I would like to invite you to join me at a cozy cafe, one evening after work.

The venue that I propose to meet is Caddebostan Tennis Club’s cafe where we can relax and exchange views comfortably. There is food and drinks available with very reasonable prices and venue is accessable from the European side easily with minibuses (dolmus).Screenshot from 2015-12-06 21:12:22

At this meeting, I propose to have exchange of views on one TED Talk or one general topic of interest only. This way we will not only have more time to socialise with friends, we will also have the pleasure of broadening our perspecitives by exchanging views.

At this meeting, I would also like to talk about our Curious Souls’ group in general! I would like to learn what you think our group’s aims and scope are, whether new and more concrete aims could be introduced or not, and your proposals on how our meetings should be organised.

So while I look forward to our event, I wish you all a fantastic week!

With my kindest regards

Isil the Curious Soul 🙂Screenshot from 2015-12-06 21:15:37

STARTS     : December 17, 2015, Thursday 19:30
ENDS          : December 17, 2015, Thursday 19:30
LOCATION : Vakıf Tenis Kafe (
ADDRESS  : Caddebostan Mh., 34728 Kadıköy/İstanbul
TEL              : 0 0216 357 5871
MEETING POINT : At the venue
ENTRANCE FEE : None (everyone pays for his/her food and drink)

Brunch and the Report on the 1st meeting of “Curious Souls’ Philo Cafe!”

Dear Curious Souls,

On Sunday, August 2,2015, we met for a brunch at a beautiful garden. Leilani who is an “Emotional Fitness Coach” and who is the owner of the company Global Ideations opened her garden for us. I would like to thank her very much for this kind invitation. 20150802_12594120150802_124315

We first enjoyed our food in the garden and we chit-chatted among friends. As everybody brought food, we had a very rich variety of food on our table. We were about 25-30 people and some were newcomers. Weather was beautiful and so were our conversations!


Marc Sautet in one of Philo Cafe meetings!

After we finished our food, I proposed to have some exchange of views around a topic; like they used to do (and still do) in Philo Cafes. I shared information about Philo Cafes that were formed by a philosopher called Marc Sautet in Paris in the 1990’s. Marc Sautet pioneered to bring people together in public friendly forums where they could discuss various ideas ranging from Santa Claus myth to truth, to beauty to sex to death. People were relaxed in these meetings, drinking coffee while they were carrying on conversations in a fun and exciting manner. Anybody could join meeting, from cab drivers to housewifes to top CEOs. One of the things that I found interesting about Philo Cafes that at these meetings, they were deciding on the topic of discussion at each meeting; not before.20150802_140729

So I proposed to do the same and asked our group to come up with topics that can be interesting for us to discuss. At first impression, relationship issues seemed like the most attractive topic to our group, because before we even decided to proceed on the topic, discussions started carrying on :-)) I could heard a member say, “we didn’t decide on the topic, the topic decided on us!”Au8VgNvEMa_ClR1Up7o-atY-TM55UzlcEaEzbYPxn4kc

Yet to see what other creative ideas we could come up with, we made a brain storming session and went around a circle where all of our members, very spontaneously, had to come up with a question that we could use as a framework for our discussions. Outcome was really interesting! So many different topics were proposed. Interestingly, there was none relating to relationships 🙂

20150802_163408Finally, taking into account the strong points of our group, we decided to set the following question as the basis for our discussions: “What experience, what learning or which failure in your life, was the most transformative for you, that made you the person you are?20150802_145007

Wow! Outcome was simply fantastic! We listened to stories that were so nice, so sincere, so courageous and so interesting! We were not aware that such stories existed among our group! Some stories seemed almost like fiction-only possible in films! Some seemed brief yet with so many lessons inside. Some were like action films :-)) life saving or quite dangerous at times; and exciting! I thought that they were all very courageous. Stories made us laugh wildly or in a few minutes later, brought tears to our eyes. 20150802_14224220150802_142225They surprised us and connected us! We learned deeply and appreciated every one of them. At that very moment, I remembered a quote by a TED speaker, whose name I cannot recall unfortunately, that said: “There is hardly anybody in this world that we cannot learn to love if we hear out their story.” I think it was true for our group!AusyHeeQ5QwgMg1wFysbck8-J6knvgw8mMhsuedh2HAd

After all those personal stories and a lot of talk on transformation, we received a brief information on what Leilani was doing in her company as a “Emotional Fitness Coach” and especially on her “Come Back to Life” seminar that is due to start soon. Leilani explained us how transformations can be planned and actualised much more efficiently that we do in our lives. If you are interested and if you also would like to “Come Back to Life,” then I suggest you to contact Leilani 🙂20150802_163007


Divya seriously pursuing the responsibility of finding the right sized little rocks to put on papers so that they would not fly away :-))

I think it was around 5 pm when I was leaving Leilani’s garden. I had a pleasant smile on my face and lots of new ideas in my mind. I was very pleasantly surprised by the intensity of the connection achieved at our meeting and the stories shared. I hope to repeat such meetings.

I would like to thank you for being a part of this wonderful day.
See you soon!

Isil the Curious Soul 🙂



Curious Souls Get Together – 14th meeting !

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Dear Friends,

Despite with very short notice, I would like to  invite you all, to our  14th “Curious Souls Get Together” meeting on May 31,2015, Sunday. Our meeting will be held at the beautiful Gama Art Gallery in Beyoglu. As you may remember, we held another meeting at the same gallery last year and  I would like to thank Ms.Şule Altıntaş,  the owner, for hosting us again at her gallery.

As usual, we will meet at the venue at around  1:30 pm and after some free time to catch up, at  2:00 pm, we will  start watching 3-4  interesting, enjoyable, informative and mind stretching TED Talks together. After each talk, we will have a chance to express ourselves and have an exchange of views.

At the Gallery, there is also a very interesting exhibition by artist Yiğit Dündar with the title “Mysterious Solitude.”  We will have a chance to see his hyperrealist oil paintings.


The artist explains his style, with the following words:

“My paintings are a visual reflection of the effect of human feelings such as sorrow, enthusiasm, pain, excitement and love on the human body,…Inspired by the limitless nature and expressiveness of body language…I try to explain people’s problems, their inner struggles, their contradictions but also their own passions and stories through human body….”

Isn’t that interesting?

So, I  think, we will have a very pleasant day together and I hope to see you all once again.

…and in the meantime, I wish you a fantastic  new week!

With my kindest regards.

Isil the Curious Soul 🙂


STARTS                : May 31, 2015, 1:30 pm
ENDS                     : May 31, 2015, 5:30 pm
LOCATION            : Gama Art Gallery
ADDRESS              : Turnacıbaşı sok. No: 21 Beyoglu, ISTANBUL
MEETING POINT   : At the venue
ENTRANCE FEE   : 10 TL (to be payed to Gama Art Gallery)


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