about d a l g a
Dalga is Turkish for "wave".
All things new come in waves; all things old get washed away in them. This is my attempt at keeping a digital record to serve as testament to all the changes I have gone and have yet to go through.
I hope to always have courage to move away from the shore far enough to touch new lands, but rest with the comfort of knowing that there's a homeland for me to return to, if the water should ever get too dark and stormy...
A native of (Ankara,) Turkey, I attended the University of Pennsylvania, and graduated with a dual degree of BA in Sociology and BS in Economics from the Wharton School.
Upon graduating, I moved to New York City to build a career that has allowed me to combine my passions for the arts, creating unique experiences, and creative problem-solving. From 2015-2017, I served as Cultural Programming & Membership Manager at NeueHouse, curating and producing 10-15 cultural events spanning the film, fashion, literature, cuisine, and art scene in the city each month, forming and managing cultural partnerships, as well as building the membership base and directing member experience for 1000+ members. Early 2017, I joined Mana Contemporary to help design and devise a co-living and working space, managed artist relationships, built the artist community, and lead the monthly events calendar. In 2017, I joined SUITED Magazine first as a writer, and later, in 2018 as Contributing Editor.
While in New York, I also completed my 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training at Sky Ting Yoga, partook in a five-month mentorship program, an advanced philosophy training, a Yoga Nidra training, and went on to teach weekly classes at Sky Ting’s Tribeca studio.
As of the second half of 2018, I’ve been based in Istanbul, freelancing as an independent writer, brand strategist, and content curator for music, arts & culture and hospitality brands in Turkey, the US, and multiple countries in Europe.
Last but not least, I’m currently in the process of developing a workshop around meditation, yoga, and creativity that I hope to start teaching in the second half of 2019. I will be leading a week-long retreat surrounding these fields in the Mauritius in November 2019.
A few non-sequiturs to wrap up:
I love (most) people and all dogs,
I love food (cooking it, eating it, reading about it, watching others make it, and gathering people around it),
I love telling stories and reading or watching those written by others,
I love exploring unfamiliar cities and unfamiliar nooks in familiar cities,
I collect children's books,
I'm extremely passionate about gender equality, girls’ and women's rights, and want very much to do work that supports other women in their paths to gaining financial independence and access to education.