Founding Members and Current Residents
Ozlem (45) is a writer, traveler, translator, activist, and academic with a special interest toward comparative literature, arts, and religions/faith systems, life writing genres, nature, cooking, alternative medicine, island cultures, and community service among other things which makes life rich and meaningful. Having lived abroad for about 20 years, her previous work and close friendships with women from all walks of life provided her invaluable experiences. Through UmAy House, she assumes a temporary role of hostess for an unknown time before passing this lovely space over to the younger generation.
Sevil (28) is an artist-explorer fascinated by inner spaces and worlds. She loves to create inspirational content and projects on nature and other fields that she continues to explore. She loves working with children and holds space for their innate gifts and creativity. She draws inspiration from nature, dreams, and personal practices of daily life (e.g., movement awareness, healing forms of art, and community service, including animals and plants) since childhood. She was the key person regarding the house and garden as the manager, designer, and maintenance specialist (on leave since Feb.2020)