Join us in Turkey  for a special ELT experience  

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Chill, Collaborate, and Create with us for 4 days in the Turkish Mediterranean. If you are committed to excellence and change in ELT and want to come together with like-minded teachers, this retreat is for you. You want to explore ways of doing things differently and write your own materials. The idea is simple, come together, share ideas, collaborate. And - at the same time - relax and recharge. You deserve it.

Dates in 2017
24-28 August • -28 Sept-2 October • 29 Nov- 4
December • 8-12 March 2018


 Please note: Photos are of Erendiz Resort Hotel in Kemer, Turkey where our retreats are held. 



Create Collaborate Retreats
Highlights: Morning Yoga  •  Brain Gym • Hands on Workshops • Walk the Talk in the Forest • Open Forum • Special Online Guest Dr Nellie Deutsch
And guess what? Day 3 sessions will be held on a boat!

 Create and Collaborate Mornings

In the morning we'll start the day with a yoga session or a walk in the breathtaking forest or you can opt for a morning celebration Jive & Come Alive session by the pool. Or just sit and enjoy a Java shot. It's up to you.  After breakfast, there will be a short brain gym session, followed by hands on  workshops from 9.00-13.00 


Hands-on workshops will ignite your creative spark and inspire you to develop  innovative materials for learners. At the same time, you will have time to nurture your own unique style, to create the project that makes your heart sing. Together we'll evaluate and discuss your ideas and take them to the next level.  A wonderful opportunity to come together with like-minded colleagues from around the globe in an idyllic space. 

Examples of sessions

• Free writing and Create! sessions will free your flow

• Technical Data sessions will provide you with key tips   

• Open Forum discussions will cover your own FAQs about writing 

• Publishing Pro sessions will explore what makes good ELT writing in a changing world


After lunch, from 2-7pm join a beach trip to Olympos or Cirali, visit local cultural and historical sites, sun yourself by the pool or explore on your own.


In the evening, there will be live online sessions with special guest Dr Nellie Deutsch and open forum sessions where you can take the floor and present your pitch, followed by

• Shakedown Belly Dancing

or you could just 

• Steam & Dream in the Turkish bath

By the end of 4 days in paradise, you will have kick-started your own dream project or started a joint project with members of your group. You find it, you develop it; we tweak it together.

Follow up

After the sessions, delegates can sign up for a 30-minute follow up Skype session on a first-come-first-served basis.

 Workshop hosts



Dr. Kamile Hamiloglu


Dr. Kamile Hamiloğlu has worked as a teacher-trainer, academic and lecturer for over three decades and is the author of several ELT course books. She currently teaches undergraduate and post graduate programmes at Marmara University, Istanbul, Turkey. Her current interests include curriculum, material and coursebook evaluation and design and reflection and critical thinking. She is a presenter and keynote speaker at international conferences.


This session will explore the integration of major 21st century skills such as collaboration, co-operation, reflection and critical thinking in material writing in the ELT (ESL) world. These skills have a very important role to play in academic, professional and personal development as “adhesive bonds” for learning, awareness, improvement and self-actualisation and prepare learners for their future. As teachers we inevitably strive to help our learners achieve their potential.

The main focus will be how teachers can help learners recognise, use, evaluate, harmonise, synthesise, adopt, and adapt the 21st century skills with the help of EFL materials. We will look at the impact of traditional and cutting-edge EFL/ESL materials and the increasing use of technology on material design.


We will examine ELT materials and consider how they address critical reflection, critical thinking and collaboration as 21st century skills. During the sessions, delegates will evaluate published ELT materials and consider how they can be adapted to include these skills. At the same time, we will consider how to integrate these skills into our own materials.


Julie Pratten


Julie Pratten is the director of Academic Study Kit, an award-winning indie publisher that publishes photocopiable activity books. The first ASK book won the David Riley award for Innovation in BE and English for Specific Purposes in 2015. Julie's mission is to drive change in the ELT world and put indie authors on the map. She is also the founder of Heart ELT Publishing, a non-profit organisation that publishes crowdsourced books to raise funds for children who cannot access education.

Create and Collaborate for Change

The ELT world is ready for an Independent Publishing Shakedown. Everyone has a writing dream, whether it's an ebook, TD materials, or a blended learning course. Let's create the head space for reflection and flow. Embark on your project, pursue your own idea or start a collaborative project. By working through a menu of publishing options and creating your personal author toolkit, delegates will define their end 'product' by the end of the retreat. The welcoming and relaxing ambiance of Erendiz Resort Hotel in Antalya will give you the head space to realise your own writing project.

I'm an Ethical Author



Dr Nellie Deutsch

Special Online Guest

We may not be able to control life around us, but we can learn to be more resilient. MRI-based research on the brain indicates that mindfulness practice improves positivity, mental and physical well being and resilience. In this session, Dr Nellie Deutsch will discuss how a daily dose of mindfulness (12 mins a day) will strengthen your brain and improve your well being as well as those around you. Amazingly enough, your practice will have a relationship-based ripple effect on those around you.You may wish to enrol in well being and life skills online course to continue learning and practicing mindfulness and resilience in your life.

Here's the link to the session which is open to all teachers:

Here's the Slideshare

Here's the link to the course:




Dr. Nellie Deutsch is an education technology and curriculum consultant, teacher trainer, researcher, EFL teacher in the state school system and writer. She is co-leader of EVO18.

Nellie organizes Moodle MOOCs and online conferences. She earned her doctorate in education and educational leadership with a specialization in curriculum and instruction from the University of Phoenix, Her dissertation research (available on ProQuest & Amazon) focused on instructor experiences with integrating technology in blended learning contexts in higher education around the world. Nellie offers free teacher training courses on teaching with technology, action research and Moodle for teacher courses to new, veteran, and future teachers who wish to teach online, face-to-face or in blended learning formats. She also provides online courses to teachers and ICT people on how to be administrators of Moodle websites. She integrates Moodle and WizIQ live virtual classes in all her courses.

Here's the link to the session which is open to all teachers:

 Here's the Slideshare

 Here's the link to the course:





Michelle Hunter


Michelle has worked as a "learner coach" since becoming a certified coach in 2011. Now, with her 18 years’ EFL teaching experience, she provides a unique learning environment for both students in the ELT classroom, and colleagues working on their personal and professional development. Michelle is an A-Z author and has written extensively for ELT journals and magazines. She also enjoys sharing her learning at teachers’ conferences. The moto she strives to emulate: “ease creates; urgency destroys”.  

Thinking Partnerships

The quality of everything we do depends on the quality of the thinking we do first.The quality of our thinking depends on the way we treat each other while we are thinking.The Thinking Environment developed through observation and research by renowned coach Nancy Kline since 1985, provides a way to generate the finest independent thinking.

In this workshop, you will be introduced to the Ten Components which make up the Thinking Environment and come to understand their relevance and impact in our daily lives. Through a mixture of whole group, small group and individual exercises, we will try out three different variations of thinking.


Ella Preece


Ella Preece is a facilitator/life coach, reflexologist and English language teacher. Through her sessions she empowers people to move towards identifying their goals and achieving their dreams.

A Well Formed Outcome

'A Well Formed Outcome', the perfect opportunity to focus on a personal passion for yourself. You will be asked to think about a personal goal or outcome for yourself. It can be related to what you have been working on during the seminar or it can be something unrelated. A well formed outcome looks at all aspects of a goal and is designed to give clarity. It will help you identify what stops you from getting what you want and give you a clear indication of how to move forwards to your outcome. An enlightening and uplifting process in which the group will be asked to support each other through encouragement.




    • Single accommodation

    • €300 Early Bird price, after 1st July 2017 the price will rise to €350

      • Price includes accommodation, full board, all activities and sessions.
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    • Twin accommodation

    • €250 Early Bird price, after 1st July 2017 the price will rise to €300

      • Price includes accommodation, full board, all activities and sessions.
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