Testimonials 2017-01-21T13:52:00+00:00

Testimonials

What visitors say about Gayles

“I came with no expectations, yet it went above and beyond everything I could possibly imagine. I normally have such a busy mind… yet as soon as silence started my mind immediately quietened. I have felt so happy and free being here. I think it’s quite a spiritual place and it’s been amazing to tap into that.”

A Guest, A NEW YEAR SILENT RETREAT with ROZ ROBINSON (2016/2017)

“Thank you so much for such a wonderful weekend. This was my first silent retreat and I couldn’t have asked for a more welcoming host and team.”

A Guest, A NEW YEAR SILENT RETREAT with ROZ ROBINSON (2016/2017)

“…such a perfect way to see in the New Year! ….it was all excellent but I thought your teaching was very attuned, sensitive , clear and kind…I felt my knots open and the tension and holding subside”

Yasmin , A NEW YEAR SILENT RETREAT with ROZ ROBINSON (2016/2017)

“This has been one of the best experiences of my life – such good people, food and environment. Thank you so much.”

Matt, A NEW YEAR SILENT RETREAT with ROZ ROBINSON (2016/2017)
“I really appreciate that there are places like Gayles where you can come away from your normal environment and tune into yourself more and get closer to the truth of things. Thank you”
Deirdre, WALKING INTO SILENCE WITH ROZ ROBINSON (2016)
“Thank you from the heart, Roz, for taking me onto and through this journey where I have found my centre/core; a place of stillness and peace, a beautiful place. It’s been a very special place/weekend that I shall take with me – thank you so, so much.”
Angelique, WALKING, YOGA, MEDITATION, SILENCE with ROZ ROBINSON (2016)

“Just wanted to thank you for an amazing weekend. For the first time in – oh, I can’t remember when! – I felt still today. You’ve given me something precious to take away with me – permission to be kind to me. Thank you for that. I’ll never forget my weekend.”

Julie, WALKING INTO SILENCE with ROZ ROBINSON (2016)

“I can’t thank you enough for such an amazing weekend. I loved the combination of walking, meditation and yoga -just perfect. To slow down.. be here now – just what I needed. Your teaching was spot-on too – full of wisdom and compassion, and explained so clearly.”

Caroline, WALKING INTO SILENCE with ROZ ROBINSON (2016)

“This was my first yoga retreat and also first experience of extended silence and I loved it. So restorative and nourishing for my emotional needs which were running particularly low when I arrived…it’s been a truly wonderful weekend, with very generous hospitality and amazing food. Thank you!”

A guest, WALKING INTO SILENCE WITH ROZ ROBINSON (2016)

“I’ve been on a few of your retreats over the past few years….and I felt very moved to thank you and express my appreciation for allowing these weekends to happen. Gayles is a beautiful place and it’s wonderful to enjoy the environment, teachings and nourishing food in such a lovely environment.”

C.S., THE PATH OF INSIGHT MEDITATION with YANAI POSTELNIK (2016)

“…thank you for the thought and effort that you put into making the retreat this weekend such a nourishing and supportive experience for me, and the wider group I’m sure. This has been a first experience of stepping away from the busy-ness of life and one which I intend to return to in many ways now – quite a revelation!”

M.R., THE PATH OF INSIGHT MEDITATION with YANAI POSTELNIK (2016)

“Thank you for yet another amazing time at Gayles. Such a special place for reflection and quiet time.”

Ann P., THE PATH OF INSIGHT MEDITATION with YANAI POSTELNIK (2016)
“I have never been on a retreat before let alone a silent one so came with a little apprehension. I need not have worried. The retreat is an amazing place to be and the food is spectacular…..Roz is an amazing teacher and led all the classes and walks with a calm air that was very relaxing. I loved every minute I was here and will definitely be back again.”
AF, A NEW YEAR SILENT RETREAT with ROZ ROBINSON (2015/2016)
“I’m fairly new to meditation and a complete novice at yoga and this was my first experience of silence. It was such a privilege to spend my new year at Gayles and to enter 2016 with a profound sense of peace. Roz’s teaching deftly catered equally to to the more experienced of the group and to those, like me, just starting out in our practice. The walks were invigorating, moving and beautiful, the food was excellent and I have learned many lessons to take forward to the new year.”
A guest (we couldn't read the initials!), A NEW YEAR SILENT RETREAT with ROZ ROBINSON (2015/2016)

What teachers say about Gayles

“… a big thank you…. the group had an excellent time to relax, detach and expand, and they would probably have had that opportunity but with  triple the effort from my end. As the organiser, I so much appreciate how much you helped me and facilitated my group stay so I was able to relax with the organisation and  use my energy and skills just for them. You treated us to most delicious food, wonderful cosy and clean venue and everything else was just wonderful!”

“Thank you for making our first weekend retreat so successful! The food was great. Your hospitality and support much appreciated. Thank you for opening your beautiful home to us.”

Peter & Julie Johnson, Pathways London

“…thank you so much again for sharing your beautiful tranquil home with us for the weekend, for all the amazing food and the wonderful little touches that make everybody come back time and time again!”

Helen Keates, Yoga Bright

“I wanted to say that everything was completely wonderful this weekend so a massive thank you – all the students were highly enthusiastic about all aspects of Gayles and the environment, atmosphere, attention to detail and ,of course, love poured into the place was felt very keenly.”

Charlotte Watts, Charlotte Watts Yoga

“Upon first arrival, I could feel something very special about Gayles. …… The meticulous attention to detail was evident everywhere. Eloquent simplicity and pristine caring permeate the grounds, the buildings, the meditation hall, and the rooms……. And of course, the food is incredible; you can literally taste the love! Sacred Stewardship is one of our core Training Elements, and we search all over the world for retreat centers that embody it. We have found a home at Gayles.”

Hollow Bones Rinzai Zen Order, MondoZen.org

“Thanks so much for a wonderful weekend – I couldn’t have dreamed up a more perfect location for the retreat and the feedback from the participants was uniformly positive.”

Alistair Appleton, Mind-springs

“The spectacular sea cliffs nearby and the surrounding open countryside offer an opportunity for uplifting contact with nature that is an added blessing. All of this combines to make Gayles an ideal place to be on retreat. Having taught meditation retreats in many venues around the world for over 20 years, Gayles Retreat is one that I rate highly, and I look forward to returning.”

Yanai Postelnik, Insight Meditation

“I have started receiving feedback for the weekend and two people have said it was one of the best weekends of their lives (and that was in reference to everything not just the yoga) so high praise indeed (much deserved to you both I feel). I really can’t wait until I return next June!”

Khadine Morcom, Khadine Yoga