Yoga Teacher Training Residential Weekend: March 2018

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The Art of Teaching Yoga – a weekend dedicated to refining your teaching skills

Join Kate Ellis and Catherine Annis for a weekend devoted to the art of teaching yoga.  This weekend is designed specifically to help yoga teacher trainees develop their teaching skills and gain confidence in their teaching abilities.  During our time together, we’ll cover:

  • Body reading and anatomy
  • Touch and adjustments
  • Developing personal practice
  • Sequencing

There will be plenty of time to explore personal yoga practice and for questions you may have about any aspect of teaching, including questions about postures, the art of teaching, adjusting, class planning and organising and putting together courses and workshops.

Suitable for all teacher trainees and newly qualified teachers who have questions and would like to refine their teaching skills.


Yoga Teacher Training Weekend with Catherine Annis
Dates: 9-11th March, 2018
Location: Gayles Retreat
Friston, East Sussex, BN20 0BA
(select TRAVEL section tab above for map and directions)
Price: Accommodation

£280 …. Earlybird (book by 11th December, 2017)
£320 …. Regular


£295 …. 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, massages, alcoholic drinks and snacks.
Booking: To book please select the ‘Booking’ tab above



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Gayles is a picturesque retreat centre 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.

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. There is 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 play music. Immediately outside there is a large, decked, seated eating area which is wonderful for informal meals and gatherings when the sun is shining.

The surrounding countryside is extraordinarily beautiful, and there are excellent walking opportunities all around.



All accommodation is in comfortable domitories. The accommodation, studio and eating areas are situated close together within a thoughtfully maintained garden.  The whole property is surrounded by gentle meadows offering stunning, panoramic views, which allow us space to wander and reflect between activities. There are two 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.

There is also a private hard surface tennis court and open air pool.

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Camping option

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 been a huge 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 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 cater for any food allergies or intolerances you may have. Please mention these when booking so proper arrangements can be made with the cook.



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

Sample Programme

Friday – Arrival
4.00pm Arrival and refreshments
5.00 – 7.00pm Practice Session
7.15pm Dinner
8.30pm Meditation


8.00 – 9.00am Breakfast
9.30 – 11.30am Practice with focus on common issues and how to support them
11.30 – noon Mini break
noon – 1.00pm Anatomy / Posture Clinic Q&A
1.00 – 2.30pm Lunch
2.30 – 3.30pm Anatomy / Posture Clinic Q&A
3.30 – 3.45pm Mini Break
3.45 – 5.45pm Body Reading, Touch & Adjusting
5.45 – 6.00pm Mini Break
6.00 – 7.15pm Developing Self Practice
7.30pm Dinner
8.30pm Discussion / walk to the pub


8.00 – 9.00am Breakfast
9.30 – 11.30am Practice with focus on preventing injury and simple modification
11.30 – 11.45am Mini Break
11.45 – 1.30pm Working with visualisations and sequencing
1.30pm Lunch
3.00pm 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.



Relax And Release Scaravelli Inspired yoga with Catherine Annis PortraitCatherine Annis

Catherine is a member of the yoga teacher training faculty at London’s top yoga studios of triyoga in London, and 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 over 35 years.  Having studied various styles of yoga including Sivananda, Iyengar, Astanga 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.


Kate Ellis, Yoga, triyoga, Hatha, Brighton, London, Body psychotherapyKate Ellis

Underpinned by a profound understanding of anatomy, Kate teaches Hatha Yoga with an emphasis on the body as process, which can be explored to deepen self-knowledge. With a background in Bodywork and meditation, her teaching encourages students to go beyond performing poses to explore the dynamic and transitory experience of becoming present. In her own words:

“Alignment is not a fixed state but an inquiry into the various tensions and forces at play in the body where we are invited to listen and respond”.

Kate currently teaches on the triyoga Level 1 Teacher Training and the Yoga Therapy Diploma course run by Yoga Campus. She has over 5 years experience teaching and mentoring student teachers and has taught for over 10 years.



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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