Just a note to say a huge thank you for last week. I enjoyed it immensely – the place, the people, the Scaravelli yoga, and your extremely light handed approach to guiding proceedings. It was a real tonic. I am so pleased I came along and I know I will continue to enjoy the benefits of the week for a long time to come.  You are the best Scaravelli yoga teacher. Janine

Scaravelli Yoga Weekend Retreat, at Gayles in Sussex

Yoga retreat weekend, Gayles Retreat, East Sussex, 5-7 July 2019

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  • Gayles Yoga Retreat, Friston, East Sussex
  • Relax by the pool or take an afternoon hike & immerse yourself in the idyllic countryside
  • Delicious organic food
  • Yoga is the best tonic a body can have. Join us on this weekend retreat
  • Enjoy an afternoon walk through the coastal Downs
  • The environment & ambiance at Gayles encourages a relaxed atmosphere
  • Book now, you won't be disappointed
  • Gayles Retreat Centre, Friston, East Sussex
  • A rural retreat set deep in the Sussex countryside
  • A coastal yoga retreat, sea breeze & surrounded by stunning countryside & National Parks
  • Chillout & relax
  • A great opportunity to explore & develop your yoga practice
  • Walk through the meadows & enjoy the abundance of wildlife
  • Peace & tranquility
  • The coast is only a short walk away
  • Don't miss out. Book now!
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A Scaravelli yoga weekend at Gayles retreat centre in Sussex is a wonderful chance to relax and unwind.  Enjoy extra long Scaravelli yoga classes which give plenty of time for individual attention, in the beautiful surroundings of the Sussex Downs.

A rural retreat, set deep in the Sussex countryside.
Far from the madding crowd, yet easily accessible from London 

Gayles is a picturesque retreat centre situated in an area of outstanding natural beauty 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 the retreat.

Scaravelli Inspired Yoga Weekend Retreat with Catherine Annis
(only 6 places left)
Dates: 5-7 July, 2019
Location: Gayles Retreat
Friston, East Sussex, BN20 0BA
(select TRAVEL section tab above for map and directions)
Price: Accommodation

£275 pp …. Earlybird (book by 30th April, 2019)
£325 pp …. Regular


£245 pp …. You can either bring your own tent, or use one provided by Gayles (camping is limited to 4 people).

Included: All food, yoga and dormitory accommodation.
Not included: Travel, alcoholic drinks and snacks.
Booking: To book please select the ‘Booking’ tab above




All indoor accommodation is in comfortable dormitories. The accommodation, studio and eating areas are situated close together around thoughtfully maintained gardens.  The gentle meadows offer stunning panoramic views and allow space between activities 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 indoor 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.

We are free to wander through the sensitively managed estate, and encouraged to make use of the private hard surface tennis court and even the open air swimming pool during summertime!

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The environment and ambience at Gayles encourages an open, safe, relaxed and intimate atmosphere that promotes learning and self-development. We believe that retreats should be fulfilling and inspiring and we do all we can to support you in making the most of your time here so that everybody leaves feeling stimulated, nourished and refreshed.

Gayles is set in ten acres of land adjacent to the Seven Sisters Country Park (an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty), The National Trust Crowlink Estate and Friston Forest.  The surrounding countryside is extraordinarily beautiful, and there are excellent walking opportunities all around.

With its open fire, high ceiling and refreshing artworks, The Stables is a beautifully converted 1930s stable which provides a warm and practical area for eating, chatting and relaxing. The ground level has an open-plan 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 on warm sunny days.

Scaravelli inspired yoga is a stress free yoga, that benefits everyone.  Classes are suitable for all ages and all levels of yoga experience (beginner, intermediate or advanced).  Regardless of your level of fitness, you will discover a longer, stronger and more flexible spine, a calmer mind, and begin to enjoy increased energy and ease of movement.



Whilst Gayles Retreat offers great dorm accommodation, there is also the option of camping.  Gayles offers 4 pitches for tents no bigger than a three person tent.  You can either bring your own tent, or use one provided by Gayles.

Please bring your own sleeping bag and any other camping equipment of your choice.  Pillows and towels are provided.  Toilet and shower facilities for campers are in a funky horsebox which has been fully customised and has proved a great hit with clients.

Quechua 2 Seconds Tent 300If you choose a tent provided by the venue, it will be pitched ready for your arrival.  The tents provided are Quechua 2 Seconds II tents which are classified as a two person tent, although best suited for individuals.

Click here to view the full details and a video showing the type of tent supplied.



Good quality, locally sourced, tasty and nourishing food 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. Food is vegetarian and organic, and is a highlight of our stay at Gayles.



We arrive on Friday, and start yoga sessions that evening.

Sample Programme

Friday – Arrival
4.30pm Arrival and refreshments
5.00 – 7.00pm Yoga
7.15pm Dinner


8.30 – 9.30am Breakfast
10.00 – noon Yoga
1.00 – 2.00pm Lunch
2.00 – 5pm Free time to explore, walk, chill out, and relax
5.00 – 7pm Yoga
7.15 – 8.15pm Dinner
8.15pm Free time


8.30 – 9.30am Breakfast
10.00 – noon Yoga
1.00 – 2.00pm Lunch
2.00pm Departure

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



Gayles retreat centre is situated in an area of outstanding natural beauty on the South Downs, surrounded by stunning countryside and beautiful coastline.

The Seven Sisters Country Park is on Gayles doorstep.  It’s made up of 280 hectares of chalk cliffs, meandering river valley and open chalk grassland.

Friston Forest offers a number of waymarked routes for visitors to explore the beech woods. Its undulating terrain makes it popular with walkers who enjoy being outdoors.  Quiet valleys within the forest offer sheltered habitats for many species of wildlife. Glimpses of rare butterflies, such as fritillaries, and elusive deer can reward patient observers.



Getting There

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.

Gayles Retreat
East Sussex
BN20 0BA

07721 023 845   or   07969 749 829   (Roz & Derry Robinson)

Travelling east on A27 from Worthing/Brighton, follow signs to Newhaven/Lewes. At the 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. Approx 2 miles beyond these buildings, towards the crest of the hill there is a bus stop on the right hand side of the road where you will find the entrance to the private road leading to Gayles.

Satellite navigation

You may find that the postcode does not pinpoint the location exactly.  These are the GPS coordinates:

degrees, minutes
degrees, minutes, seconds
Latitude  50.76144 N 50 45.686 N 50 45 41.2
Longitude  0.18097 E 0 10.858 E 0 10 51.5

There is a direct train line from London, Gatwick, Brighton and Ashford International etc. to Eastbourne Station. From there we are a 15 minute bus ride away – there is a request stop at the entrance. The telephone number for National Rail Enquiries is: 08457 484 950.









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