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.
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.
Gayles has been our, Roz and Derry’s, family home for many years and we have been hosting retreats here for more than seven years now. Previously, we have both worked in therapeutic and support fields for government and charitable bodies and Roz practiced as a psychotherapeutic counsellor with the NHS as well as teaching yoga, she now also runs her own retreats at Gayles.
We live on the estate and manage almost every aspect of the place ourselves so we not only have a thorough understanding of where everything is and (mostly!) how it works but are also almost always on hand to provide any practical support you may need – bookings, directions, local knowledge, sourcing, fixing and attending to the everyday details.