A kind space for those who teach others: March 8-10th 2019
– including Soundbath Saturday night!
Following the content from Charlotte’s teacher trainings for Stress, Burnout and Chronic Fatigue (as well as some Digestive Health content), this refuge for those who teach others is a space to connect with your true needs and self-care – to both feel independent in your self-enquiry and held by a community of like-minded folk. The lovely yoga studio will be held as a silent space for you to use as you need.
The morning lead yoga sessions will be after breakfast, so that you are free to lie-in, do your personal practice in the studio or go for a walk before. Charlotte will teach sessions throughout, all with a focus on offering you the time and space to truly step away from the deluge of daily life. Each of these will be recorded, so that you have an audio of the practice (sent after) and can fully experience without feeling you need to remember or write down.
Depending on what you need currently in your life, this weekend can simply be a place to nourish and renew your energy and relationship to your practice away from your teaching. It can ripple into your teaching with connection with others, and maybe practices that may differ from your teaching style. The school, training or ‘type’ of yoga you teach does not matter; the point is to arrive and allow your body to come to a place of potential nurture.
Charlotte’s teachings for the weekend will be somatic, 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. You are invited to bring a journal to write in for several self-enquiry exercises and any personal reflection along the way.
There is also a treat on the Saturday night, with Ruth Summers of Dao Natural Health running a Therapeutic Soundbath. You can fully relax as the beautiful and therapeutic sounds of gongs, Himalayan singing bowls, crystal singing bowls, rainsticks and therapeutic percussion wash over you; helping to relax the system on all levels of being; physically, mentally, emotionally, energetically/spiritually, bringing calm to the body and mind and inviting a state of deep relaxation similar to meditation. The sound initiates a ‘conversation’ with the system and creates a space within which an individual may see themselves and their process more clearly, offering the potential for deep transformation.
See the suggested timetable below (this may be tweaked), which includes some talks for teachers on Teachers will be invited (but certainly not expected) to bring along a favourite reading and time will be given across the weekend for sharing these.
Weekend’s Sample Programme:
4pm – arrival and tea
5-6.45pm yoga – arriving introductions, self-enquiry for your weekend’s focus, somatic practice and meditation circle
7pm – dinner
8-9.30pm – restorative yoga and meditation
7.30-8am meditation (not guided)
8–9am – breakfast
10am-12pm yoga – self-enquiry in diads followed by standing, grounding practice
1-2pm – lunch
2-5pm – free time to explore, walk, chill out or personal practice
Includes optional 3-4pm – silent walk along the cliffs
4.30-6.45pm yoga – talk on the psycho-social nature of modern stress, followed by a practice to unravel common stress patterns held in the body
7pm – dinner
9-9.30pm – Therapeutic Soundbath with Ruth Summers
7.30-8am meditation (not guided)
8–9am – breakfast
10am-12pm yoga – talk on the body effects of stress and trauma, followed by a practice to instil mind-body awareness and safety
1-2pm – lunch
2.30-3.30pm – ending circle for self-compassionate intentions to take away
4pm – departure
Dates for upcoming teacher retreats to Gayles:
- Friday 8th – Sunday 10th March
- See this page for other weekends at Gayles
- standard rate £290 for 2 nights
- One single room available for £360 for 2 nights
- One double room available for £420 for 2 nights for one person / £360 per person sharing double for 2 nights
- Concession rates available for those on low income – please email me to enquire
Included: all food, yoga, silent walk & accommodation
Not included: travel
Gayles 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.
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.
Good 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 £70 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. Bookings made less than 6 weeks prior to the event must be paid in full.
* if I can fill all 20 places, deposit can be transferred to a future retreat if you need to change
To send me £70 to reserve your place, you can pay in one of the following ways and email me 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
- Send a cheque payable to Charlotte Watts to 104 Greenways, Ovingdean Brighton BN2 7BL
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.
- 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
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.
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.
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.