“Curious Souls Get Together” – 16th meeting at NOLA Istanbul!

screenshot-from-2016-11-15-112607Dear Friends,

Are you fascinated with new ideas and new ways of looking at life? Do you have an insatiable desire to learn more? Do you get immense pleasure in listening to inspirational stories of great minds, and are you filled with appreciation for great talents? In short, are you a “Curious Soul”?

If you are, then, let’s get together once again and watch interesting, mind-stretching and entertaining TED talks (http://www.ted.com) and have an exchange of views after each talk.

nolaIf you are ready to experience the flourishing of diverse ideas, if you would like to express yourself, expand your horizon and grow together, and while doing all these have an enjoyable time, then I invite you to come and join us at our 16th meeting!

The venue of our meeting is the beautiful NOLA Istanbul in Galata Istanbul. I am sure you will like it.

nola-logoI kindly request you to confirm your attendance and while I look forward to seeing you all at our 16th meeting, I wish you all the best!

With my kindest regards.

Isil the Curious Soul 🙂


STARTS : November 30, 2016 Wednesday 20:00 pm
ENDS : November 30, 2016 Wednesday 23:00 pm
LOCATION : NOLA Istanbul (www.nolaistanbul.com.tr)
ADDRESS : Galata Kulesi Sokak No:10 Beyoğlu İstanbul, Türkiye
TEL: 0 (212) 243 17 17
MEETING POINT : At the venue
FEE : 30 TL (one drink included)


Zhineng Qigong at the shoreway:

Dear Curious Souls,

We met this morning at 10:30 a.m. at Caddebostan shoreway. I proposed to teach Zhineng Qigong to anybody who would be interested. Yet it was a last minute announcement so I did not expect a lot of participation. To my surprise, many people showed up. It was fantastic. screenshot-from-2016-09-25-21424514463035_10155314975488840_5345244813643001723_n 14479659_10155314975713840_769852433175727295_n

Zhineng Qigong is a moving type of meditation that has lots of health benefits. I discovered it last year in May while I was researching NLP and hypnosis techniques to help a relative that was diagnosed with cancer. In one report I read about Zhineng Qigong that had almost miraculous results in treating diseases as well as bringing harmony to ones life. I made lots of research on it, read several books, contacted many sources mostly in China, and finaly started practicing it everyday. Now it is a part of my everyday life.

At first, I gave a brief information to our group about Zhineng Qigong and the Qi theory. I then guided them on how to do the movements and what to think while doing them. In fact, in Zhineng Qigong what you think while doing the movements is more important than the movements themselves. That is why it is such an effective meditation method.

I was pleasantly surprised that it drew a lot of interest. Even one of our participants who came to our meeting thinking that I was organising something on “nano technology” (I really do not know how he heard this??) said he enjoyed it very much. I hope he was sincere 🙂


The wheather was beautiful, we were on green grass and had a wonderful sea view. I felt quite lucky indeed. After we finished with qigong, we proceeded to have some food together.14484812_10155315051438840_3234662749383925253_n We even had a second tour of Zhineng Qigong for the one who joined us late.

I hope that this brief introduction on Zhineng Qigong would create desire in our participants to learn more and to use it more in their lives. Because I know, as I have been practicing it regularly since 1,5 years, it really makes a difference.

Have a great day everybody!
Isil the Curious Soul 🙂

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 🙂