TIME AND SPACE The greatest gift you can give yourself AND FINDING THE PEACE WITHIN YOURSELF IS THE GREATEST GIFT YOU CAN GIVE THE WORLD
Our lives are so full of noise and distractions; we are so busy that there is not enough time to get to know ourselves – instead we rush around with our minds on autopilot for most, if not all, of our lives. Our silent retreats allow you the opportunity to step back from life, to make the time and space for yourself so that you develop a better understanding of who you really are. Leaving you refreshed and reset to face the everyday once more.
A simple, grounded and inspiring approach to self-discovery.
ROZ EXPLAINS HOW THE RETREATS WORK
ROZ EXPLAINS HOW THE RETREATS WORK.
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The first step to Yoga
Developing a spiritual practice can often begin with the physical postures of 'Asana'. Although important, this is just the beginning of the journey. Developing self awareness 'Svadhyaya' which comes from stepping back from life and making time and space for oneself, is an essential element on the path to Yoga.
We provide homemade meals that are largely sourced from our own lovingly-tended organic gardens so the food is as fresh and natural as possible and has a virtually zero carbon footprint. We value simplicity and generosity and, in short, we prepare and serve the food with respect and care using the best ingredients that we can. All our food is vegetarian and we can offer alternatives to dairy and wheat products.
Gayles is set in some of the most beautiful countryside in England; it nestles in eleven acres between National Trust, Country Park and Forestry Commission land and you can simply drink in the magnificent views all around. From Friston Forest to Cuckmere Haven and the Seven Sisters, you are only ever a short walk from some of the most iconic views around.
UPCOMING WEEKEND AND DAY RETREATS
30TH DECEMBER 2023 TO 1ST JANUARY 2024
A special new-year silent retreat at Gayles. Open bonfire on New Year’s Eve. Price is per person and includes all teaching, food, refreshments and your choice of accommodation.
When you come to Gayles you are welcome guests sharing our family home; we respect that you are investing in yourself and we hope that you will have a fulfilling and enjoyable time here.
With this in mind, we ask that you also respect the space, participate fully in the activities and are mindful of the others in your group. Our retreats look to allowing you time and space to reconnect with yourself and the world around you in a warm, supportive and extraordinarily beautiful environment.
Gayles is an independent, family-managed retreat facility and we particularly value visitors with a more serious (but not humourless!) approach who come here to learn and are open to self-development in whatever area; be it spiritual, psychological or emotional exploration or purely extending their physical practice. The immediate ambience and the surrounding countryside are quite uniquely special and ideal for allowing you the space to step back from the hectic pace of the everyday, to reflect and reconnect. Although the facilities and catering are all of very good quality, Gayles is not a spa-type facility and would not be the right place for you if you are looking for a pampering weekend.
What level of experience do I need?
Roz's retreats are suitable for both complete beginners and advanced practitioners. The physical practice of asana is taken to the level that Roz sees in front of her at each retreat. Participants are only expected to follow through with what they feel comfortable with. Every posture is moved into in steps increasing the degree of difficultly with each step. Beginners might like to stay at the first step whereas experienced practitioners may like to follow through the whole sequence.
The meditation is mainly guided, offering a number of different approaches. There is a half hour unguided session of meditation on the morning of the last day, however the yoga/meditation hall is open at all times for individuals if they would like to immerse themselves in longer periods of meditation outside of scheduled activities.
How much do your retreats cost?
Our day retreats are £125 and our weekend retreats cost from £300–£600 depending on accommodation choice.
Can I arrive early, leave later or stay at Gayles outside of a retreat?
Unfortunately, being only a small retreat we are not able to facilitate people arriving early, leaving late or staying beyond a retreat. Gayles is situated in a very tourist friendly area and it is usually easy to find a B&B or hotel nearby. A Google search for what you would like in East Dean, Birling Gap, Eastbourne or Seaford should find you somewhere accessible by bus. If you are driving, Alfriston and Jevington are also within comfortable striking distance.