3 Days Weekend Meditation and Yoga Retreat in East Sussex, UK

  • Gayles Retreat, Friston, Eastbourne, East Sussex BN20 0BA, England, UK

Relaxing Weekend Yoga Retreat in England

Rejuvenate, relax and de-stress with Charlotte Watts over a long and luxurious weekend at a truly stunning location in an area of outstanding natural beauty. Your program will include two daily yoga sessions, alongside options to join a silent walk, nutrition talk and evening mindfulness meditations, or simply take some time in the countryside, relax or chat with others. Yoga content will vary according to time of day, more energizing and opening in the mornings, moving to relaxing and restoring towards the end of the day.

Highlights

  • Daily yoga sessions
  • Mindfulness meditation class
  • Personal time to explore, walk, chill out
  • Nutrition talk and discussion on various topics
  • 2 nights cozy dorm accommodation
  • Optional silent walk session
  • Daily vegetarian meals
  • 3 days with instruction
  • English
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All accommodation is in comfortable dormitories. The accommodation, studio and eating areas are situated close together around a thoughtfully maintained garden next to gentle meadows offering stunning, panoramic views, allowing you space between activities and room to wander and reflect. There are two recently renovated dormitories, The Studio and The Playroom, which offer comfortable and spacious accommodation for up to seventeen people.

All accommodation is equipped with toilets, showers and washing areas as well as hot drink making facilities. There are good quality, sturdy single and bunk beds with individual storage drawers. Duvets, pillows, linen and towels are provided. Apart from the sensitively managed estate in which students are free to wander, there is also a private hard surface tennis court and open air pool that you are welcome to use in warmer months.

All activities are optional but it is best for the group if you try to participate in most, especially the yoga sessions. Content and times will vary according to the weather and the groups needs, so more cozy in winter and evening meditations may be outside whenever weather permits and warm blankets enable! There are plenty of nooks and crannies at Gayles for you to retreat whenever you need and the studio will be available as a silent space between classes.

Weekends sample program

Friday

  • 16:00 - 17:00 Arrival and tea
  • 17:00 - 19:00 Yoga, releasing and opening through to restorative
  • 19:30 - 21:00 Dinner
  • 21:00 - 21:30 Mindfulness meditation
  • Sleep well!

Saturday

  • 08:00 - 09:00 Breakfast
  • 09:30 - 10:00 Nutrition talk Easy Energy and Release from Cravings
  • 10:00 - 12:00 Yoga, energizing, heart-opening and rejuvenating
  • 13:00 - 14:00 Lunch
  • 14:00 - 17:00 Free time to explore, walk, chill out, have a massage (half-hour slots to be booked in) or even swimming for the brave!
  • 15:30 - 16:30 Optional silent walk with Roz Robinson (retreat owner & yoga teacher)
  • 17:00 - 19:00 Yoga, mindful, active relaxation and restorative
  • 19:30 - 21:00 Dinner
  • 21:00 - 21.30 Mindfulness meditation

Sunday

  • 08:00 - 09:00 Breakfast
  • 09:30 - 10:00 Nutrition focus Mindful Eating Exercise
  • 10:00 - 12:00 Yoga, energizing, heart-opening and releasing
  • 13:00 - 14:00 Lunch
  • 14:30 - 15:30 Mindful yoga and meditation
  • 16:00 Departure
  • Charlotte Watts

    Vajrasati School Yoga Alliance RYT 500 (Yoga)

    Charlotte is a 500-hour Yoga Alliance certified teacher from the Vajrasati School in Brighton; practicing since 1996 and teaching since 2006. She further trained with Fiona Agombar and Heather Mason, continuing her interest in yoga as therapy for anxiety, depression, and stress states. She deepened her mindfulness practice through a specific mindfulness course for yoga teachers with Cathy-Mae Karelse. She continues to study with teachers Tias Little, Judith Lasater, and Donna Farhi as they combine her love of mindful, somatic practice, yoga as meditation, and a compassionate attitude.

Gayles is a picturesque retreat centre ideally situated in outstanding countryside on the South Downs, five miles from Eastbourne and fifteen from Brighton. Here rural doesnt 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 hour drive from London and there is a regular bus service that conveniently stops beside the entrance. For European visitors there is a ferry service to and from mainland Europe from Newhaven, which is only a twenty-minute drive away from retreat.

The environment and ambience at Gayles encourages an open, safe, relaxed and intimate atmosphere that promotes learning and self-development. The owners Derry and Roz believe that retreats should be fulfilling and inspiring; unobtrusive but available. They do all they can to support you in making the most of your time here so that everybody leaves feeling stimulated, nourished and refreshed.

Gayles is set in ten acres of land with beautiful sea views from the cliffs; adjacent to the Seven Sisters Country Park (an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty), The National Trust Crowlink Estate and Friston Forest.

With its open fire, high ceiling and refreshing artworks, The Stables, a beautifully converted 1930s stable and adjoining property, provides a warm and practical area for eating, chatting and relaxing. The ground level has an open-plan, well equipped, kitchen and dining room with under-floor heating.

There is a separate stereo system with a CD player, DAB radio and amplifier (with an iPod connection cable) which you may wish to use to enhance your own ambience. Immediately outside there is a large, decked, seated eating area which is wonderful for informal meals and gatherings in more clement weather. There is extraordinarily beautiful countryside, seaside and excellent walking opportunities all around.

Distances

  • London - 1.5 hrs
Activities
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Tennis court
General
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Fireplace in lobby
  • Garden
Services
  • Laundry

Good quality locally sourced food is tasty and nourishing and is served in the relaxed atmosphere of the beautifully converted dining room. If the weather is sunny there is the option of eating out in the open on the terrace. Food will be vegetarian and organic and Charlotte works alongside the chef to ensure it follows her exacting nutritional standards!

  • 2 nights dormitory accommodation
  • All food
  • Silent walk session
  • Yoga sessions
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Massage
  • Snacks

Driving directions

  • Travelling east on A27 from Worthing/Brighton, follow signs to Newhaven/Lewes.
  • At roundabout after the rail crossing you have a choice between Lewes and Newhaven; take A26 to Newhaven / Seaford.
  • Alternatively follow the coast road A259 from Brighton to Newhaven.
  • In Newhaven, follow sign to the left for Seaford A259.
  • Carry on the A259 until you reach Seaford and a mini roundabout with the train station on your right hand side.
  • Stay on the A259 going out of town and continue in the direction of Eastbourne.
  • You will come upon a small bridge spanning a water course.
  • Continue over the single lane bridge and you will then come upon a farm house and the Seven Sisters Cycle hire shop on your left where the road begins to start to climb up a small hill.
  • Approximately 2 miles beyond these buildings towards the crest of the hill there is a bus stop on the right hand side of the road as well as the entrance to the private road leading to Gayles.

Arrival by bus

Buses run from Churchill Square and the seafront regularly, taking just under an hour directly to the top of Gayles driveway.

Arrival by train

From Victoria every 30 minutes, change at Lewes for Seaford, takes approximately 1 hour 20 minutes. There are usually taxis at the station. Gayles retreat is 4 miles from Seafords railway station.

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 15% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 14 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

Verified BookYogaRetreats.com reviews

  • Review by Rachel Gooch
    10 out of 10

    "My weekend with Charlotte was absolutely wonderful. Gayles is a beautiful setting and the food was absolutely amazing. Despite my apprehensions about the dormitory room, I was extremely comfortable and relaxed. The facilities were extremely high standard, including the yoga studio which was well equipped and peaceful. Charlotte is an extremely kind, considerate and intuitive yoga teacher. She knew when was the right time to push and challenge me and when I needed to rest or take a break. Her laid back and relaxed attitude made me feel totally at ease, both in the yoga studio and outside of it where she was very approachable and easy to talk to. I would highly recommend this retreat and I will certainly be going back there myself. "

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  • Review by Julie from Sussex, UK
    10 out of 10

    "I've been on 2 retreats at Gayle's with Charlotte. Gayle's is a beautiful venue, even though its dorm accommodation it is really comfortable with top notch bedding and the option of a single bed if you can't handle a bunk. The location is stunning. I think the group dynamic does effect the retreat to quite an extent. On the second retreat most people were experience retreaters and dropped into the rhythm of breakfast, yoga, meditation, periods of silence, walks and the de-stress eating plan really easily. Its a great opportunity to detox from mobile phones and the busyness of the outside world but some people found this quite challenging. The food at Gayles is excellent; they are especially good at really tasty, wholesome vegetarian cuisine.Charlotte really puts a lot of effort into her classes, they are well planned and expertly taught. I really enjoy the restful and restorative element to the practice which makes a massive difference to my body which is often in fight or flight mode - this type of yoga really brings me back down to earth. Having said that on retreat there is also the chance to go into a stronger practice which I am normally resistant to but enjoy the benefits when I get there. This is a great value retreat with an excellent teacher in a stunning location."

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  • Review by Gerda from Surrey, UK
    10 out of 10

    "I've been wanting to email you all day to thank you for an amazing weekend but the hours have just evaporated! Life is somewhat hectic for me at the moment and your weekend was such a highlight. Thank you for sharing all your experiences and knowledge with us; you are such a lovely person."

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  • Review by Jo from Sussex, UK
    10 out of 10

    "I booked this retreat as I'd heard good things about Charlotte's teaching and I wasn't disappointed. I thoroughly enjoyed being in the group setting, eating meals together and chatting, also with the space to get some well-needed time alone.Ive been doing yoga for many years but had been having back problems after having a child and been a bit trepidatious in my practice. Charlotte is very knowledgeable about how to modify and practice safely to support and my back was happier rather than the twinges I often get. She has a wide repertoire and we did some really playful and creative stuff which really helped me get back in touch with my body. She was very helpful to the beginners in the group too and able to accommodate all levels. The mindfulness aspect really moved this from just an exercise class to a safely held space to explore all the stuff we hold on to - not always easy, but definitely releasing.Charlotte was very supportive and always available to talk, whilst also stepping back and giving us the space to just be. I've booked another retreat for next year as I felt so good when I came home."

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  • Review by Caroline from Brighton, UK
    10 out of 10

    "I have been on a number of retreats with Charlotte and always come away from them feeling restored, relaxed, and re-energised. As well as being hugely knowledgeable, Charlotte has a warm, friendly and approachable teaching style that makes yoga accessible and relatable. Charlotte's kind, mindful approach means that she pays close attention to the individual needs of her students, encouraging those of all abilities to develop their practice in a safe, supportive, fun environment."

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  • Review by Natalie from Brighton, UK
    10 out of 10

    "This was my second retreat at Gayles with Charlotte. The last one was in sunny June the year before and this time I came back for a break during a very busy time at work in mid-November. Gayles is set in the Sussex countryside, ideal for a Friday-Sunday weekend retreat without having to take a day's leave.When I arrived the farm was all quiet and other participants were chatting in the communal area, reading or resting. It was dark when we did our first yoga session and meditation, followed by dinner and then time for relaxation - so quite different from the summer sessions and I love that you can really experience the seasons at Gayles.It was bliss to not have to think about what to get and cook for breakfast, lunch and dinner and to know that what I was having was nourishing and tasty. I usually long for a glass of wine but didn't miss it - the retreat is really about being around people who for different reasons are taking a break, work on their health or enjoy some me-time. We shared the space among 18 adults and Charlotte organises the times of the yoga sessions (3 per day), meditation, walks and optional nutrition talk in such a way that there was a good balance between activity and own time.Since I have a dog, I opted to read that novel I hadn't touched since summer - but on previous occasions we've been on wood walks, a stroll to the sea or exploring the Gayles' grounds (swimming pool a great option in summer). Tip: bring a small torch and easy shoes to slip in and out of as indoors is shoes off. Also, I'm a light sleeper but they supply earplugs, which worked fine.As an academic, I need to switch off and I know I'll do that with Charlotte without the sessions being too spiritual or feel like a package holiday. She is mindful that you don't injure yourself and I really love that she allows me to be kind to the body through gentle but also strong yoga. The meditation is about (self) compassion and stillness of mind and I use the recording she sent afterwards on a weekly basis. I've been on three retreats with Charlotte now and booked in for one in January and one in July 2016. Overall, I'm very happy and I look forward to the next retreat."

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Testimonials

  • Review by Olive from Brussels
    10 out of 10

    "Many thanks for a great week of yoga and relaxation. You are a gifted teacher. The week really was balm for the body and soul and I felt so rested and refreshed when I came back."

    Charlotte Watts, edited

  • Review by Lisa & Kevin from Nottinghamshire, UK
    10 out of 10

    "Lisa and I just wanted to say thank you so much for the fantastic week we spent with you at Les Passeroses last week. The Yoga and Mindfulness sessions were fantastic allowing us both to relax and improve our practice in what was an open yet safe environment. The venue was great and the group dynamic only added to our enjoyment. We have already been waxing lyrical to all who ask us about our week and comments have been made about how well we both look. Thanks again, your generosity, care, thoughtfulness and good humor was very much appreciated from the minute we met up in Paris to our goodbyes in London."

    Charlotte Watts, edited

  • Review by Louise from Bristol, UK
    10 out of 10

    "After attending Charlottes classes and workshops for years, I finally went on a retreat with her and it was such a joy to be able to immerse myself in practice more and have the time to fully relax between sessions. Charlotte held and managed the group and programme really well, so we were free to enjoy ourselves fully and relax knowing that everything was in hand. She was friendly, fun and there to talk to if we needed."

    December 30, edited

  • Review by Linda from Brighton, UK
    10 out of 10

    "Weekends at Gayles with Charlotte offer us the opportunity to relax and nourish ourselves in so many ways. We arrive as a couple and come away feeling like individuals. The programme is structured yet gentle, non-competitive and hugely restorative which is a relief in itself. It`s so lovely to be able to base ourselves in comfortable and beautiful surroundings a few miles from home. It takes going away for the weekend to another level."

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  • Review by Lucy from London, England
    4 out of 10

    "I would not recommend Charlotte Watts as a mindfulness teacher or a yoga instructor. She is very narrow minded and rude. The retreat was supposed to be vegetarian, and as a vegan, I was assured I could be catered for. The food was bland at best. When others were given chocolate brownies, I was given fruit. Its unacceptable as I was paying the same money.Additionally some women attending the retreat brought meat which I found offensive, and Charlotte did nothing to manage this. The retreat itself was overly rigid and quite unwelcoming. I would never go to an event run by Charlotte again and I have actively encouraged friends not to."

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  • Review by Sophie from Brighton, UK
    10 out of 10

    "Four days after the retreat I still feel as relaxed and calm and positive as I did whilst there! I loved the restorative yoga parts we did and feel very positive and motivated about taking this forward. I will go as far as to say I have raised happiness levels and I know that I can draw on Charlottes mindfulness approach on a daily basis to gradually improve my wellbeing (and parenting skills)."

    2014, edited

  • Review by Jackie from London, UK
    10 out of 10

    "Thank you for an amazing weekend. Everything was perfect, I feel a lot more energised and like Ive had a holiday!"

    2014, edited

  • Review by Joanne from Sussex, UK
    10 out of 10

    "It was a brilliant weekend your kindness and firm but gentle holding of the sessions was perfect and much appreciated."

    2014, edited

  • Review by Martin Clark from Europe
    9 out of 10

    "Charlottes clear enthusiasm meant time practicing yoga seemed to fly by. Clear and concise instruction, delivered in a fun and friendly way, meant the yoga was the star of the show. Throw in incredible food, some de-stress nutrition talks, meditation, silent walks, massage from local therapists, and plenty of laughter and good company along the way, and you have a recipe for restoring body, mind and soul."

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  • Review by Sarah from Brighton, UK
    9 out of 10

    "The time flew by and we felt really rejuvenated from the whole experience. Yoga with Charlotte was both restorative and energizing and she added to the depth of the yoga experience by taking us on mindful walks, leading mindful eating and evening meditations. I can honestly say that this was one of the best holidays Ive ever had!"

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  • Review by Caroline from Brighton, UK
    9 out of 10

    "Charlotte, I just wanted to say a proper thank you for an amazing yoga trip. The setting, the people and most of all your whole approach to the holiday made it such a lovely experience to start feeling and thinking about things differently. I came home feeling calmer, healthier and more connected to my body than I can honestly ever remember!"

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London, United Kingdom

Charlotte Watts is an experienced nutritional therapist and yoga teacher. She will guide you through yoga, body awareness, mindfulness, and nutritional choice.

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3 days / 2 nights

Early bird discount

Book the retreat 6 weeks before the start date and get an early bird discount of 20 GBP per person.

Departure:
Sunday September 10, 2017
(3 days / 2 nights)

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