Filiz Telek

Filiz Telek

Wild at heart, free in Spirit, curious in mind. Filiz is a nomadic artist, spiritual seeker, a process host, and a social innovator. She has been involved in pioneering projects internationally and in Turkey by organizing events, workshops, dialogues and learning spaces to raise awareness about wholesome, sustainable living and empower communities for inspired action for almost a decade. You can learn more about Filiz at The Brave New World (
Living the Gift

Posted on May 15, 2013

All this time
The Sun never says to the Earth,
“You owe me.”

What happens
With a love like that,
It lights the whole sky.

– Hafiz

Five of us have been in a passionate conversation for over a year now about gift consciousness and how it is manifesting in our world right now. We are Manish Jain from Shikshantar, India; Filiz Telek and Ayşegül Güzel from Zumbara, Turkey; Lina Cramer and Richard Durning from Wisdom Exchange, USA. As a result of this ongoing dialogue, GIFTIVAL was born! We are sensing that it is a crucial time to bring together visionaries and practitioners of the Gift in a peer-to-peer, playful, collective inquiry to share our ideas, experiments, practices and burning questions. We envision activating our collective intelligence & heart by being in this inquiry and celebration together.

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Shaking the world with a new dream

Posted on November 21, 2012

I am pacing the sidewalk in front of a two-story brick building, inhaling and exhaling deeply, slowly as the cold autumn wind blows the dry leaves all around me. There is a stark contradiction between the abandoned houses that I see across the street and the intimate community gathering I just stepped out of. This is a place of contradictions and what I am feeling inside perfectly reflects that. My tears are coming down my cold cheeks but I am not sure whether I am crying because of immense love and possibility I’ve been immersed in, or the undeniable decay and collapse of neighborhoods that I see all around me, or the radiant joy and gratitude I feel in my heart having witnessed the most amazing relationships and collaborations in this community, or the overwhelming grief of centuries that this place holds – pinnacle of racism, class warfare, the crushing of human potential by a vicious capitalist system.

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