“I enjoyed seeing the creative approach to the asanas. In particular I liked the looser and more playful approach to the work, it made me feel like experimenting with my own yoga practice.”
“Gayles retreat centre in West Sussex was stunning. Being able to walk along the coast and down onto the rocks and beach added to the overall excellence of this fabulous course. I am already looking forward to next years yoga immersion”
“A great mixture of work, rest and discovery. It has been the most well-balanced and enjoyable yoga training course I’ve participated in. Really an exceptionally enjoyable and useful experience. The format of a 5 day residential makes it somewhere between a course and a retreat, providing a wonderful context for learning. Thank you very much Catherine.”
“I really enjoyed the amount of time were given to practice and experiment. But most of al I love Catherine’s approach and way of communicating. She holds a great space for us to be able to really “get it”. Classes are taught with great humour and joy. I feel I have learnt to listen to my body. Thank you Catherine, I feel inspired and grateful. Hope to see you again.”
“A very well designed and well led course – It’s given me so much more confidence to develop and explore my own yoga practice. A well rounded experience, excellent teaching and a thoroughly enjoyable week. Thank you to Catherine, Gary Carter and Jake Poller.”
“The way the content was presented was excellent and will allow me incorporate what I have learnt into my own yoga … helpful for embodying and teaching it. The standard of teaching was very high – we didn’t feel rushed and all the teachers spent time with us individually, helping us to develop. I feel much more connected with my practice again. The course was fantastically arranged and worked really well. I enjoyed each of the sessions and it progressed in a way that made it accessible for those who hadn’t worked this way before.”
“The way time was managed, it seemed to slow down. Catherine has reminded me that less is more. I loved the way that nothing was rushed. Fabulous.”
“You are not only incredibly knowledgeable and skilled but also so much fun to be around and I will never forget you.“
“The combination of all the teachers – Catherine, Gary Carter and Jake Poller, made this one of the best courses I’ve ever attended. This was further extenuated by the spectacular Gayles retreat centre, and the fact that we all able to take time to explore the surrounding beauty of the countryside, the coast and shore line. Thank you so much.”
“I felt in very safe hands – Catherine is an exceptional teacher and is able to pass on her knowledge with clarity and purpose . I deeply appreciated the “roundness” of the course and the fact that Catherine teaches with fun and spirit.”
Scaravelli Inspired Yoga Immersion Course (residential)
10-14th May, 2017
with Catherine Annis and guest teacher Gary Carter
Would you like to fine-tune your personal yoga practice?
Do you want to expand your understanding of yoga and develop creativity in your teaching?
Join Catherine and Gary to explore:
The Spine as an Organ of the Breath in Yoga
Scaravelli inspired yoga is unique and challenging – both to practice and, particularly, to teach. Vanda’s approach to the body offers a fresh way of looking at the body and the postures, which will nourish and inspire you in your yoga journey.
The Importance of Self Practice
As teachers, we can only teach from our own practice. We will therefore focus on nurturing our own individual approach to self practice; refining and refreshing it, so that we can pass on our discoveries and revised understanding to others with skill and clarity. Each day we’ll look at a different aspect or approach to practice, so that you leave with some fresh inspiration, and answers to your specific questions.
This course is designed specifically for yoga teachers, yoga teacher trainees and anyone with a serious interest in exploring their practice, to refine their practice and teaching. This Scaravelli Inspired Immersion Course is an opportunity to expand the ways we teach yoga as inspired by the work of Vanda Scaravelli and is constantly evolving in response to requests from current and returning attendees.
Vanda focused on three main elements in practice: the pull of gravity, the breath, and the resulting response in the spine. This course will focus on developing our own authentic approach to practice, with attention to all these areas, and particularly to the articulations of the spine, and how we experience the spine as an organ of the breath in our practice.
Join us to develop your understanding of the spine and its functional role in the body, and expand your awareness of how the breath can bring a sense of space and lightness to your yoga.
There will be a Posture Clinic session, dedicated to answering specific questions on asanas or aspects of the practice you may be working with, or would like to explore in more depth.
We’ll be joined by Gary Carter once more, and he will share his profound understanding of the body, and his innovative approach to anatomy and the art and science of moving with ease.
Limited to just 20 attendees (17 residential, 3 non-residential), the course will help you:
This has been a fully residential course since 2012, and has proved so successful that once again we’ll be staying at Gayles Retreat (East Sussex). Gayles is a simple and beautiful retreat centre, set deep in the heart of the countryside on the East Sussex coast, and just a short walk from the beach.
Gary Carter will be joining us again for a full day. He will lead two, 3 hour long sessions:
only 1 space remaining
|Venue:||Gayles, Friston, Eastbourne, East Sussex (RESIDENTIAL)|
|Course Dates||10-14th May, 2017
||Sessions begin Wednesday @ 11.00am
departure Sunday @ 2.30pm
|£600 if booked by 18th March 2017
£680 if booked after 18th March 2017
(To book, click on the ‘Book Now‘ tab at the bottom of this page)
|Included:||35 hours of yoga & anatomy tuition with Catherine Annis and Gary Carter.
All meals, tea and coffee during our stay.
Accommodation is shared in cosy dormitories
|Camping option:||£545 You can either bring your own (small) tent, or use one provided by Gayles. (All food and yoga included in price). Limited to four people.|
|Guest teacher:||Gary Carter (Anatomy)|
Read what people said about previous Scaravelli inspired yoga immersion courses
with Catherine Annis
|Wednesday – Arrival|
|10.00am||Arrival and refreshments|
|11 – 12.45||Introductions + initial yoga practice|
|1 – 2.30||LUNCH|
|2.30 – 6.00||Yoga practice|
|8 – 9.00||Background on Vanda Scaravelli (video & discussion)|
|9.30 – 12.30||Anatomy theory with Gary Carter|
|12.45 – 2.15||LUNCH|
|2.15 – 5.30||Anatomy / yoga practice with Gary Carter|
|9.30 – 1.00||Yoga practice|
|1.15 – 2.30||LUNCH|
|2.30 – 6.00||Yoga + breathing practice|
|8.30-9.30||Kirtan meditation + chanting with Anil and Rebecca|
|9.30 – 11.45||Yoga practice|
|11.45 – 12||Small break|
|12 – 1.00||Q&A session / posture clinic|
|1.15 – 2.30||LUNCH|
|2.30 – 3.45||Q&A session / posture clinic|
|3.45 -4.00||Small break|
|4 – 6.00||Yoga practice|
|Sunday – Final Day|
|9.30 – 12.30||Yoga + breathing practice|
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 therefore we reserve the right to make changes if necessary.
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. We believe that retreats should be fulfilling and inspiring; unobtrusive but available, 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.
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. There is a separate stereo system with a CD player, DAB radio and amplifier (with an iPod connection cable) which you may wish to use to enhance your own ambience. 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 and excellent walking opportunities all around.
All accommodation is in comfortable domitories. 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.
Apart from the sensitively managed estate in which students are free to wander, there is also a private hard surface tennis court and open air pool that you are welcome to use.
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.
If 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.
Catherine Annis is well known for her imaginative and practical approach to yoga. Originally a professional dancer, she discovered yoga as a teenager, and has been practicing for more than 30 years.
Having explored Sivananda, Iyengar, Ashtanga and various forms of Hatha yoga, she eventually gravitated to the teachings of Vanda Scaravelli.
Catherine’s daily yoga practice and teaching focuses on deepening physical awareness and alignment to reveal and release the natural freedom of the body, particularly the spine. She holds a Masters degree in ballet studies and is a qualified Thai massage practitioner, and it is this interest in the body which informs and inspires her teaching.
Gary Carter has been teaching and practising yoga and various other movement practices for 25 years.
He studied with Mary Stewart, Sophy Hoare, John Stirk, Peter Blackaby and, after a brief time with Vanda Scaravelli, met and studied with Diane Long in Florence and Rome. He has studied Shiatsu, Chi Ne Tsang, CranioSacral Therapy and in 1998 met Tom Myers and studied the Anatomy Trains theory in depth, completing the KMI Structural Integration training.
Over the past 15 years he has lectured in Movement Anatomy for Yoga, Yoga teacher trainings, Pilates teacher trainings and massage schools all over the UK.
He has run the Science of Movement course at Middlesex university from 2007- 2011 and studied Dissection at the Institute of Anatomy in Vienna. He ran his Natural Bodies centre in Brighton for over 20 years running several yoga teacher trainings and continues to run his Anatomy and yoga courses in England, Scotland and Ireland.
Good quality locally sourced food 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. Food will be vegetarian and organic. We can also accommodate for any food intolerances you may have. Please mention these when booking so proper arrangements can be made with the chef.
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.
07721 023 845 or 07969 749 829 (Roz & Derry Robinson)
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 Cyle 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 as well as the entrance to the private road leading to Gayles.
You may find that the postcode does not pinpoint the location exactly. These are the GPS coordinates:
|degrees, minutes, seconds
|Latitude||0.18097||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.
Don’t miss out …. book the last space on this yoga immersion course now
Please note that this course usually sells out very quickly. To avoid disappointment, please book your place as early as possible.
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After you’ve selected the SEND button above, we will then send you an email confirming receipt of your booking form and confirmation of an available place. We will tell you the exact amount due to confirm your booking. We will email you all further information on the venue and what to bring with you approximately 4 weeks before the event.
Deposits are non-refundable. For cancellations made up to 60 days before the course starts, your full payment (excluding deposit) will be refunded. 59-30 days before the course starts, payments (excluding deposit) are non-refundable, but are transferable to a future course with Catherine Annis. If the cancellation is made 29 days or less before the retreat, payments are non refundable. Cancellation of your course, for whatever reason, must be notified in writing to Catherine Annis via this website, using the ‘contact us’ form.
|All bookings are final, and for this reason we strongly recommend that you take out travel insurance to cover you in the event of any need to cancel at the last minute.|