March 13-15th 2020

Can be attended as part of Charlotte’s Teaching Therapeutic Somatics course, or simply to experience Somatic practice and restore resources 

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This teacher training retreat is open to yoga teachers, yoga therapists and anyone else interested with at least a year’s yoga experience (although you will need to be a qualified teacher to continue the full module, see below). Whether you simply need the therapeutic effects of a weekend of deeply nourishing Somatic practice or want to take this into your teaching, this will be a retreat of deep connection, self-compassionate practices and embodied awareness.
The course/retreat can be taken simply for 15 hrs CPD experience and understanding of Somatic practice or as a more complete module with after-study, teaching skills and sequencing days, worksheets and an assessment for how this can be integrated into yoga teaching – taking it to a total 60 CPD hours as the Teaching Therapeutic Somatics course.

“I was able to drop into a very relaxed space in myself and it felt very natural to be around other teachers. It was so healing and helpful to share and talk and because Charlotte set the tone and held the space so honestly, it felt very grounded and real, which I really liked. I also feel like I’ve integrated some new ways of feeling movements and not being so rigid.”  – Camilla Morgon, yoga teacher, Brighton


The Somatic teachings for the weekend will be by their nature fluid, explorative, restorative, meditative and influenced by Feldenkrais, Qi Gong and other practices that step away from an emphasis on reaching particular forms or goals within asana. Through embodied awareness, there will be an emphasis on recognising and offering kind attention to the habits and expectations we may spend our time retreading in our work and personal lives. For each session, there will be a short introduction and time for discussion and Q&A at the end.
Part of the full module is an online course that includes videos of the practices on the retreat (taught and with a teacher’s commentary) that can be purchased after, either to complete the full course or simply for your own practice and learning.
This 60 hour module of Teaching Somatics course makes up the most experiential and practical portion of Charlotte’s full 130 hour CPD Therapeutic Somatics for Yoga Teachers course – of which the more theoretical, philosophical and enquiring part is the course Yoga & Somatics for Healing & Recovery. This retreat can be taken at any time as part of the full CPD hours.

“I’m so glad I came. I arrived feeling exhausted, unsure and generally constricted. I left feeling rested, restored, inspired and invigorated. Charlotte has such art in expressing her vast knowledge of yoga and the human body-mind. She teaches in a way that seems to be designed to bypass the needy/greedy brain and head straight for the tissues themselves. This way her teachings are felt, experienced in the body and become embodied experience rather than yet more concept and theory. The retreat is at a fantastic location, the food and accommodation were great and it was just so nourishing to be so well held in community with like-minded people. I am definitely coming back for more!” – Lisa Wise, yoga teacher and owner Clear Space Studio, Hereford


The retreat content:

Friday afternoon: 2 hours

Central axis and skull-sacrum polarity: spine undulations, forward and side/ lateral sheath – annamaya kosha (physical body, containment) – thoracolumbar fascia and embryological considerations

 

Friday evening: 1 hour

Simple movement into meditation – soma & stillness

 

Saturday before breakfast: 1 hour

Qigong-inspired practice into personal asana practice, into meditation

 

Saturday morning: 2.5 hours

Shoulders, neck and jaw: reptilian to all-fours/ dorsal sheath – pranamaya kosha (breath body, primal vitality) – scalp fascia to diaphragm connections, vagus nerve and primal development

 

Saturday afternoon: 2.5 hours

Hips, sacrum and belly: prone and baddha konasana/ ventral sheath – manamaya kosha (mental body, evolution of thought) – diaphragm to anterior iliac spines and psoas, gut-brain connections

 

Saturday evening: 1 hour

Exploring free practice to meditation – attention to transitions

 

Sunday before breakfast: 1 hour

Qigong-inspired practice into personal asana practice, into meditation

 

Sunday morning: 2 hours

Diaphragm, ribs, lungs and heart: twists/ spiral sheath – vijnanamaya kosha (wisdom body, heartful awareness) – sternum, ribs and thoracic fascia, around the heart centre and solar plexus

 

Sunday early afternoon: 2 hours

Arms, legs and eyes: moving and reaching/ core sheath  – anandamaya kosha (bliss body, openness and potential) – plantar fascia to core, reaching and standing into our full expression


“I finished the weekend feeling emotionally, spiritually and physically nourished and am looking forward to my next Yoga Teachers Retreat!” – Rosie Iles-Jonas, yoga teacher, Brighton

If wanting to expand the retreat content to complete this module – Teaching Somatics – of the full Therapeutic Somatics for Yoga Teachers course, the complete work to take it to 60 hours will comprise:

4 hours pre-reading before retreat – specific excerpts from Charlotte’s book Yoga Therapy for Digestive Health – with worksheets to cover basic anatomical, energetic and teaching considerations for optimal connection with the retreat content

15 hours practical over the retreat weekend – including brief introduction and reflective discussion after, for each session
6 hours – extra day workshop on teaching skills specific to Somatics – at separate dates after the retreat
6 hours – extra day workshop on sequencing classes to focus on or integrate Somatics into Yoga – at separate dates after the retreat
6 hours online course – deeper learning into each of the practical sessions covered on the retreat; videos of the practices with commentary, short lectures
6 hours worksheets from online course (to be submitted) – on understanding of the practices, teaching language and personal adaptation into individual teaching style and content
10 hours personal practice of the Somatic practices from the retreat/online course and manual
1 hour class plan submitted to then be taught
1 hour teaching observation – either in person or video submission
5 hours class attendance – Charlotte’s classes or workshops (or other appropriate Somatics teacher), with reflective practice afterwards (to be submitted) – 3 hours for attendance, 2 hour for the write-up
= 60 hours CPD

These two courses together form the full Therapeutic Somatics for Yoga Teachers certification (120 hours CPD), with this breakdown:
  • Yoga & Somatics for Healing & Recovery: moving beyond stress, trauma, burnout, anxiety, fatigue and post-illness through embodied awareness – the more theoretical, philosophical and enquiring part – 60 hours
  • Teaching Somatics: the art of leading others inwards towards whole – the more experiential and practical component – 60 hours

Dates for upcoming Somatics Training Retreats to Gayles:

  • Friday March 13th – Sunday March 15th 2020 – single room booked
  • See this page for other weekends at Gayles

Prices:

See how to book and payment plans available further down

  • Standard rate £350 for 2 nights and training – lovely dormitory accommodation (see below), silence requested from 10pm until breakfast
  • One single room available for £420 for 2 nights – see availability by retreat dates
  • One double room available for £520 for 2 nights for one person / £420 per person sharing double for 2 nights – see availability by retreat dates
  • Concession rates available for those on low income – please email me to enquire

Included: all food, yoga, training as advertised & accommodation

Not included: travel


Location:

View SE from Gayles 1Gayles is a picturesque retreat centre ideally situated in outstanding countryside on the South Downs, five miles from Eastbourne and fifteen from Brighton. Here rural doesn’t mean hard to reach; there are excellent train services from the nearby towns that provide direct travel to and from London Victoria, Gatwick, Ashford International, Brighton and so on. Gayles is just one-and-a-half hour drive from London and there is a regular bus service that conveniently stops beside the entrance. For European visitors there is a ferry service to and from mainland Europe from Newhaven, which is only a twenty-minute drive away from retreat.

The environment and ambience at Gayles encourages an open, safe, relaxed and intimate atmosphere that promotes learning and self-development. The owners Derry and Roz believe that retreats should be fulfilling and inspiring; unobtrusive but available. They do all they can to support you in making the most of your time here so that everybody leaves feeling stimulated, nourished and refreshed. There are plenty of nooks and crannies to find space for quiet time alone.

Gayles is set in ten acres of land with beautiful sea views from the cliffs; adjacent to the Seven Sisters Country Park (an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty), The National Trust Crowlink Estate and Friston Forest.

With its open fire, high ceiling and refreshing artworks, The Stables, a beautifully converted 1930s stable and adjoining property, provides a warm and practical area for eating, chatting and relaxing. The ground level has an open-plan, well equipped, kitchen and dining room with under-floor heating. Immediately outside there is a large, decked, seated eating area which is wonderful for informal meals and gatherings in more clement weather.

There is extraordinarily beautiful countryside, seaside and excellent walking opportunities all around.

The Studio interior 1

Accommodation

All accommodation is in comfortable dormitories. The accommodation, studio and eating areas are situated close together around a thoughtfully maintained garden next to gentle meadows offering stunning, panoramic views, allowing you space between activities and room to wander and reflect. There are two recently renovated dormitories, ‘The Studio’ and ‘The Playroom’, which offer comfortable and spacious accommodation for up to seventeen people.

All accommodation is equipped with toilets, showers and washing areas as well as hot drink making facilities. There are good quality, sturdy single and bunk beds with individual storage drawers. Duvets, pillows, linen and towels are provided.

Food

DSCF4480Stables Dining 4Good quality locally sourced vegetarian food (vegan on request) is tasty and nourishing and is served in the relaxed atmosphere of the beautifully converted dining room. If the weather is sunny there is the option of eating out in the open on the terrace. Any food intolerances can be accommodated and you will be asked for details on the booking form.

Payment terms and booking

A non-refundable deposit of £80 is required to confirm your place*. The balance is due no less than 6 weeks prior to the event and can be paid with credit or debit card or by any of the methods below. You may also pay in full at the time of booking if you prefer or in installments if arranged (for bookings made more than 3 months in advance). Bookings made less than 6 weeks prior to the event must be paid in full.

To send me £80 to reserve your place, you can pay in one of the following ways and email me at info@charlottewattshealth.com to let me know how money is on its way:

  • Click here to be redirected to Paypal to pay from your account or with debit or credit card (even if you don’t have a Paypal account).
  • Transfer directly into my bank account: Ms Charlotte Watts, Cooperative Bank, Sort code 089299, Account number 69243840

Please include your full name and the dates of the week/s you would like to book. I will send you back a full booking form to complete your booking.

You will be the contacted for the remaining balance to be paid 6 weeks before the start date of the retreat. See the cancellation terms below.

Please note that whilst I will do everything possible to adhere to the programme and details laid out above, some things are outside my control, and therefore I reserve the right to make changes if necessary.

 

Getting there

Venue details:
View SE from Gayles 1

  • Gayles Retreat, Friston, Eastbourne, East Sussex BN20 0BA
  • 07721 023 845 or 07969 749 829 (Roz & Derry Robinson)
  • Gayles is situated off the A259, 5 miles from Eastbourne and 15 miles from Brighton and about one mile from the picturesque village of East Dean. It is easy to find and access is excellent.
  • See Google map here

Road:

Travelling east on A27 from Worthing/Brighton, follow signs to Newhaven/Lewes. At roundabout after the rail crossing you have a choice between Lewes and Newhaven; take A26 to Newhaven / Seaford. Alternatively follow the coast road A259 from Brighton to Newhaven. In Newhaven, follow sign to the left for Seaford A259.

Carry on the A259 until you reach Seaford and a mini roundabout with the train station on your right hand side. Stay on the A259 going out of town and continue in the direction of Eastbourne. You will come upon a small bridge spanning a water course. Continue over the single lane bridge and you will then come upon a farm house and the Seven Sisters Cycle hire shop on your left where the road begins to start to climb up a small hill. Approximately 2 miles beyond these buildings towards the crest of the hill there is a bus stop on the right hand side of the road as well as the entrance to the private road leading to Gayles.

Rail:

From Victoria every 30 minutes, change at Lewes for Seaford or Eastbourne – takes approximately 1 hour 20 mins. There are usually taxis at the station. Gayles retreat is 4 miles from Eastbourne or Seaford railway stations.

Bus from Brighton:

Buses run from Churchill Square and the seafront regularly, taking just under an hour directly to the top of Gayle’s driveway – see the timetable here.

 

Cancellation terms

If you then cannot attend for any reason, please inform us in writing, but the following conditions apply:

  • Whilst we would wish to treat cancellation sympathetically our spaces are limited and the following charges must be applied. If your space can be filled, there may be the possibility of transferring your place to a future retreat, but this is at our discretion, otherwise:
  • From registration to 6 weeks (44 days) before departure – loss of deposit (*if I can fill all 18 places, deposit can be transferred to a future retreat if you need to change)
  • 43-28 days before departure 50% of total price
  • 27-14 days before departure 65% of total price
  • 13- or less before departure 100% of price

If you are not sure you’ll be able to come, please let us know as soon as possible so we can discuss and find the best outcome.

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