An Evening of Storytelling from 1,500km of Pilgrimage as a Cycling Dervish on the Cross-Anatolian Sufi Trail (Istanbul to Hatay). Following the old footpilgrims’ route to Mecca, I pedaled from my doorstep in Istanbul to the southernmost tip of Turkey. Traveling in the spirit of pilgrimage, I lost and found myself in a diverse geography dotted with shrines, mosques, churches and the ruins of ancient civilizations. I connected to a land whose aliveness lies in its steppes, forests, mountains and bodies of water, while experiencing the best of human hospitality Anatolia has to offer.
At this storytelling event, you will hear tales of kindness and worship, of exhaustion and ecstasy, and of communing with the natural world. I will also introduce the Sufi Trail
project, a long-distance hiking and biking route from Istanbul to Konya that leads across Turkey’s diverse spiritual and natural landscapes.