• Planning to run or attend a retreat or workshop?

    Retreat to Gayles for an open, safe, relaxed and intimate atmosphere.

  • Fulfilling and inspiring retreats

    Gayles is a wonderful rural retreat on the south coast just one and a half hours from London.

  • Simple is beautiful!

    A peaceful and natural opportunity for bringing your group together.


  • Large, light studio and workshop space

    A purposefully restored studio space ideal for lessons and workshops


Fulfilling and inspiring RetreatsGayles Retreat

Gayles is a small 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 hours drive from London and there is a regular bus service that conveniently stops beside the entrance. For European visitors seeking retreat facilities there is a ferry service to and from mainland Europe from Newhaven, which is only a twenty-minute drive away.

environment and ambience

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 you and your students leave feeling stimulated, nourished and refreshed.


At Gayles we recognise that everyone has different needs and resources and so we do our best to provide what you want; it may be for a weekend or a three week study and retreat course, you can cater for yourselves or we can provide simple but delicious vegetarian meals (we use the best ingredients available, seasonal and organic where possible).

We pride ourselves in making here the place that allows you to focus on your activities and really use and enjoy your time.


Simple is beautiful! The buildings all stand within easy reach of each other and you will not have to spend time looking for room 9001C or the mysteriously-named outhouse somewhere over there, and as we only cater for one course at a time you will never have the distraction of other students wandering in your space.

As our accommodation is mainly in dormitories and students eat (and sometimes cook) communally there is a wonderful natural opportunity for bringing your group together; for people to bond and discover new qualities in each other and so make the whole experience that much deeper and more rewarding. There is also plenty of space for quiet contemplation as well as seasonal use of the (outdoor) swimming pool and hard-surface tennis court.


Gayles is managed by Roz and Derry Robinson (who have lived there for many years) and they both also have a wealth of experience in the therapeutic and yogic worlds. Roz, in particular, is a practicing psychotherapeutic counsellor and yoga teacher and is available (if required) to provide one-to-one or group support, additional teaching and to facilitate silent walks. If you would like to know more about Roz please visit her website.

Derry is on hand to provide any practical support you may need – bookings, directions, local knowledge, sourcing, fixing and attending to the everyday details.