Herbafarm Academy was founded by Pharmacist Meltem Kurtsan on a beautiful land in Bodrum, in 2015. In two separate locations, hosting more than 30 workshops per year, HerbaFarm Academy trains more than 400 people every year in natural health sciences, such as Aromatheraphy, phytotherapy, natural cosmetics, Homeopathy, medicinal and aromatic herbs cultivation, Ayurveda.
HerbaFarm Academy is a NAHA Approved Aromatheraphy School, hosting three “Level 1” in-class trainings annually.
We have two locations, our headquarters are located in Istanbul, and our farm is in Bodrum.
Both locations have seminar rooms, and the farm has an option for overnight stay in two ecologic bungalows, designed and built by our co-founder Ali Karatay Karayalcin.
In the farm, we grow fruits such as carob, olive, fig, pomegranate, lemon, grapefruit, tangerine, orange, apricot, banana, mulberry, grape, strawberry, golden berry and aromatic and medicinal herbs such as sage, thyme, lavender, lemon balm, peppermint, rosemary, laurel, st john’s wort with organic farming and permaculture rules in a 17 acre land. We also have free range goose, duck, chicken and quail at our farm.
Founder of HerbaFarm Academy
Meltem Kurtsan completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Pharmacy at the Pharmacy Faculty of Istanbul University. She has worked in different management levels of Kurtsan Holding since 1982. She had been always involved at the R&D department for the development of herbal & natural products of the group. She held the position of President of Board at Kurtsan Group (www.kurtsan.com) between 2004 – 2013.
In 2013, All Family Members assigned Professional Board at Kurtsan Group of Companies who has a proven track record of success, in order to guarantee and maintain the continuous improvement in pharmaceutical, medical and cosmetic fields of the Family Business. Ms. Kurtsan now works as an Effective Shareholder as she believes the importance and necessity of the institutionalization in Family Businesses; looking at the macro level to the health sector in the world.
During her career she has attended several business development trainings. She completed the Harvard Business School OPM (Owner President Management) Program at 1999. She was nominated as Global Leader for Tomorrow by World Economic Forum in 1999 in Davos. She became Trademark and Patent Attorney at Turkish Patent Institute in 2001.
She became a member of TUSIAD (Turkish Industry and Business Association) in 2000 and was in charge of the Working Groups on Gender Equality and Intellectual Property Rights. She was the Founding President of KAGIDER (Women Entrepreneurs Association of Turkey) (www.kagider.org) in 2002 and was subsequently elected President for 4 years running. She was the Board Member of the Turkish Association of Corporate Governance (TKYD) which was founded in 2003. She also held the Presidency of Women Entrepreneurs Committee at the Istanbul Chamber of Commerce (ITO) and was a member of the Supreme Board of Women Entrepreneurs Committee at the Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey (TOBB).
She continues her work as the General Manager at MK Consultancy, Training Ltd., which was founded by her in 2002. MK organized seminars and workshops about Intellectual Property Rights, EU funding and specialises in more technical seminars especially on Regulatory Affairs and other pharmaceutical related topics which made the Company a well-known and well-respected with a strong reputation in pharmaceutical sector in Turkey. (www.mkistanbul.com) .
In 2004, she bought a land in Bodrum where Mediterranean aromatic and medicinal herbs are growing naturally. The nature inspired her so she went back to her Pharmacy Faculty where she did her masters degree about Phytotherapy. Aromatherapy was the part of her advanced education.
In 2015 she moved MK Consultancy& Training companys’ headquarters to Bodrum where she established HerbaFarm Academy and started training seminars about the nature and environment such as natural cosmetics production, botanicals of Bodrum, ecologic houses, organic farming etc.
She became NAHA Regional Director in 2019. At the same time, HerbaFarm Academy became NAHA Approved School Educator.
ALİ KARATAY KARAYALÇIN
Karatay has completed his bachelor degree in Interior Architecture.
Worked as project manager for five years in construction of factories. He received his MBA degree in English, and worked as sales manager for a Danish high-end electronics company in middle east area as well as a product specialist at the same time.
He completed his second Masters degree in energy management in New York. He worked as a property manager for a large property owner company in New York for five years then relocated in Istanbul in 2018 to join his mother achieve their common dream, HerbaFarm.
Ali Karatay Karayalçın is a NAHA Certified Aromatherapist, a certified aromatic plant gardener, and an enthusiastic nature lover.
Demet graduated from Ege University, Faculty of Communication in 2004. She studied Cinema Art at MSM.
She worked in the field of customer management in the advertising industry for 6 years. Since 2012, she participated in digital projects of national brands, agencies and start-ups.
She attended several botanical trainings and conferences to feed her interest in nature and plants. In one of those trainings, she met Meltem Kurtsan and they started to work together. Since then, she has been working as Project Manager at HerbaFarm.
Melike graduated from Afyon Kocetepe University, Faculty of Food Science and Technology in 2006.
After working in a private food laboratory for about 3 years, she obtained a bachelor’s degree from Yıldız Technical University, Department of Chemistry. She is doing her master’s degree in Pharmacognosy at Bezmialem University
She came to HerbaFarm voluntarily via TaTuTa and started to work permanently on this farm where she met her dreams. She is the training coordinator.