• Tidbits of Love for Parents Raising Kids in Multicultural Environments • Virtual via Zoom
Feb 21, 2021
The stay-home days of the COVID-19 have overburdened the Turkish-American families with kids with the remote/homeschooling challenges in addition to the anxiety the pandemic creates. As parents, you may like to share some of your positive practices and/or negative experiences in an environment culturally different from the one you came from. Yasemin Alptekin presented her “S.E.V.G.I” approach as a guide to ease some of the challenges you are facing. Thanks to our moderator Zeynep Atas for this event.
• How Meditation and Mindfulness Can Help YOU • Turkcha Instagram
Feb 5, 2021
Natchi Eustaquio is a word citizen, an entrepreneur, a transitition coach. She explained her experience with meditation and mindfullness. Thanks to dear Burcu Kinay Birka to modarate this event for Turkcha. You can watch this onor .
• Group Career Coaching • Virtual via Zoom
Jan 31, 2021
Group coaching is a process where people with similar goals come together and work under the coaching discipline. The synergy of being together gives a sense of integrity. Having a share in each other's development means using resources in a real place.
Our guest will be Zuhal Yigit an amazing career coach; and Didem Demirkilinc, one of board members of TURKCHA, who will be the moderator.
You can watch this on .
• Holiday Yoga event on Zoom • Virtual via Zoom
Dec 11, 2020
An international yoga instructor, Arzu Cohen, has prepared this yoga event for Turckha's supporters and followers. You can practice with her by joining her online classes and feel the relaxation. For mor information about her classes you can visit
• Step by step guidance on the Law of Filing a Domestic Protection Order • Turkcha Instagram
Dec 5, 2020
The speaker, Fatima Dilek Dabagoglu, is a local attorney in Washinton State. With the questions asked by the moderator, Burcu Kinay Birka, Fatima answered and informed the attendees about filing a domestic protection order. You can watch this on
You can learn more about Fatima Dilek Dabagoglu and her services at
• How to Deal with Domestic Abuse • Virtual via Zoom
Nov 8, 2020
The speaker, Sarah Kardelen MA, LMHCA is a therapist and a domestic violence survivor. She shared her story with us and provide valuable information for women experiencing domestic violence. You can watch this interactive interview on
You can learn more about Sarah Kardelen and her services at
This event is sponsored by TURKCHA and AADA (Asians Against Domestic Abuse).
• Parenting That Works • Turkcha Instagram
August 5, 2020
Turkcha board member Didem Demirkılınç İbiş hosted an Instagram Live Interview about "Parenting That Works" with Albina Terpetska, the founder of the Albinspire Family Coaching. Albina Terpetska is a family relationship coach and licensed Neuro-Linguistic Programming Practitioner. She has worked with hundreds of children of all ages and their parents for over thirteen years, empowering them to create the family they deserve.
Learn more about Albina and
You can watch the talk and her supportive approach on .
• Raising Kind Confident Kids • Highland Community Center, Bellevue
February 13, 2020
Camp Kindness Counts' founder, Dhaarmika Coelho shared research-based tools to foster character such as compassion, gratitude and forgiveness in kids and as a family unit! It was a great privilege to listen her!
• Creative Drama Workshop • Redmond Library
May 19, 2019
Drama workshop by Secil Horasan Dogan, creative drama teacher, for kids.
The Commemoration of Ataturk, Youth and Sports Day is the national holiday celebrated on May 19th in Turkey. It is his gift to Turkish youth to celebrate. You, as today’s kids and future’s youth, are the biggest light and hope of our future. Therefore, we invited the children to celebrate this special day through our “Creative Drama Workshop” in which today’s young generation can enhance their creativity, spontaneity, awareness, and concentration.
• How to Make Your Cultural Adjustment Easier • Redmond Library
April 18, 2019
Estrella Chan has been teaching English as a second language in Seattle to clients from Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, North America, and South America for over three decades. By the time she began her career teaching English as a second language, she had already lived in three cultures very diverse from each other. She helped us explore ways to make this transition a rewarding adventure.
• Internatiol Women's Weekend • YMCA, Bellevue
March 9, 2019
Collaboration with Bellevue Family YMCA, TURKCHA prepared an event for international women to stay healthy. Wonderful yoga instructor Arzu Cohen led an-hour Vinyasa session for yoga-lovers while others was enjoying swimming in the pool.
• How to Increase Our Self Confidence by Asta Gancho • Lake Hills Library
December 13, 2018
Life coach,spoke about "How to be happy in life?" and had the woman practiced understanding themselves.
• Vinyasa Yoga with Arzu Cohen • Kirkland Library
November 20, 2018
Yoga instructor, Arzu Cohen, led vinyasa yoga session to a group of immigrant women.
• American Accent Workshop • Redmond Library
October 22, 2018
Speech Pathologist,, help attendees to explore accent error patterns on frequently used words and how to practice to correct pronunciation errors. Attendees learnt which patterns affect how well you are understood when speaking English, and how to improve your communication in American English.
• Practice Public Transportation •
Hopelink, Bellevue to Seattle
April 20, 2018
Although most of immigrants had used public transportation when they were living in their countries; after they moved to Bellevue, Redmond, Kirkland or another place, some of them haven't had any chance to use public transportation. We learned how to take the bus to go to Seattle and some details about public transportation and ORCA cards. Anna, Hopelink Eastside Mobility Coordinator, was our guide and it was great be instructed by her. During our trip, we visited Pike Place Market and walted around as well as Westlake Station and learned how a person takes a train go to the Sea-Tac Airport. In this event it was a pleasure to be partner with Hopelink.
• Powerful Transitions for Immigrant Women • Lake Hills Library
April 4, 2018
On this experiential workshop, we shared our experiences transitioning to a new land and understanding ways to make this difficult moment of transition into a creative and powerful one. We all gained an amazing learning experience and benefited from the positive atmosphere around the room from so many eager and lively faces of immigrants from so many different places. TURKCHA thanks to life coachwho is a life transition coach.
• Breathe, Move, Meditate • Redmond Library
January 4, 2018
An introductory session of Qigong, an ancient mind-body practice, was held at the Redmond Library. Attendees experienced some of the breathing method and flowing movements of Qigong that helps to release stress from body and eases the tension.
This introduction was led by Ferhan Uzkut and Kathy Fogarty, two seasoned Yuan Qigong teachers
• Finding Home Away From Home • Redmond Library
December 11, 2017
Our guest speaker Alejandra Chaparro, a Venezuelan-born woman, is physician-turned-coach member of the International Coach Federation. She shared her experiences about being an immigrant and joining the community.
• Hope, Dread, and Happiness in a New Land • Lake Hills Library
November 15, 2017
The presenter Dr. Piyale Cömert is a neuropsychologist and psychoanalyst who has a clinical practice in Seattle. She talked about the challenges of immigrants and ways to cope and adapt in order to build a happy life in a new land.
2016 - 2014
• Green Cleaning • Bellevue City Hall
March 23, 2015
Would you like to learn how to make your own nontoxic cleaners or to decide which products are truly “green”? Want to reduce your use of products with Poison, Danger, Warning, or Caution on the label? As Turkcha, we learned great information from speaker Sam Wilder at the city of Bellevue green cleaning workshop.
• Resume Workshop • Redmond Library
February 27, 2015
Amanda Johnson, Career Consultant and Job searh Instructor, explained how important to build a resume while searching a job. She teaches a very successful job search program at Bellevue College for non-native speakers. They give priority to low-income, Bellevue residents, and if there is space, they can include non-Bellevue residents.
Here is the link to the program:
You can also reach her two handouts below that she shared in the workshop:
• Immigrants Happiness • Bellevue Library
April 16, 2014
"Being happy in a second home as immigrants" was presented by Dr. Piyale Comert, PhD, who is a Clinical Psychologist specialist. She shared her knowledge about diverse experience and gave attendees hints about how to adopt your new home.
• Being Happy • Bellevue Library
March 4, 2014
"3 secrets to being really happy" was presented by Harsimrit Kaur Khalsa.
• Eat Healthy • Redmond Library
March 9, 2014
"How should we eat more healthy products?" was presented by Parastu Sharabin. As we are learning many details about products label, we also celebrated Women's Day.
• No to Drugs • Redmond Library
January 25, 2014
"Save future, say no to drugs and Alcohol" was presented by Gulay Gulek, ACNP. Guest speaker was Art Dahlen.
• Saving Money • Bellevue Library
January 11, 2014
"How to maximize your saving by using coupons, rewards, cashbacks..." was presented by Mary Lopez. She shared her own experiences with attendees.