Gayles 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.

Ideally Situated

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.

The environment and ambience at Gayles encourages an open, safe, relaxed and intimate atmosphere that promotes learning and self-development.

Flexibility

At Gayles we recognise that everyone has different needs and resources and so we do our best to offer flexibility and personal attention; teachers are welcome to hold retreats of any length beyond two nights (weekends), you can cater for yourselves or we can provide simple but delicious vegetarian meals

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

Intimacy

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.

Support

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 worlds.  Roz is the resident teacher at Gayles 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 profile on the teachers page.

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

What people say about Gayles Retreat

Thanks for a lovely couple of days…. Gayles is such a beautiful retreat in such a wonderful location. The food was scrumptious and the balance of yoga/meditation/walks was just right
Yvonne, A NEW YEAR SILENT RECOVERY RETREAT with Roz Robinson
Thank you for welcoming us into this beautiful, incredibly special, place. I really have had the most wonderful time here, enjoying the peace and solitude, the time to reflect and to be with nature. It has been a very special weekend. You have provided a very comfortable, safe environment in which to explore myself, it’s been perfect. And the food has been wonderful, too. I do hope to return some day soon ……
Sarah, DEEP REST AND MEDITATION – AN OPEN DHARMA RETREAT with GEMMA POLO
Thank you so much for making this New Year a nourishing and grounding start to 2015. I’m starting to wonder whether I will ever stop coming here!
Ali, A NEW YEAR SILENT RETREAT with Roz Robinson
Another wonderful retreat at Gayles. Such a lovely space to feel held and supported. Wonderful food and hospitality too. Much appreciated
Ann P, EMBODYING THE AWAKENED HEART – AN INSIGHT MEDITATION RETREAT with YANAI POSTELNIK
My first retreat of any kind – so I had a great new experience. I found the walking a challenge but in a good way. Sunday’s walk was very special. I loved the yoga and the meditation and overall it was a very valuable and enjoyable weekend. The people who run the retreat care for it very deeply and it feels special. Thank you!
Chris, WALKING INTO SILENCE with ROZ ROBINSON
Thank you for the opportunity to get out of London into the beautiful countryside and for the warmth of your welcome
A visitor, WALKING INTO SILENCE with ROZ ROBINSON

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