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A social media detox retreat is something you long for but is not always what you think you need. You are invited on a journey to discover clarity and focus in your thoughts and a personal perspective on your digital life, the rediscovery of human connection, and the power of single tasking. This weekend is for everyone whose mission is to live well and expand their horizons. Grab this amazing opportunity to rejuvenate, relax, and de-stress!
All guests will be staying at Retreat to Gayles. The accommodation is mainly in dormitories and guests 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 to 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.
Duvets, pillows, bed linen and towels, yoga mats, meditation cushions, and blankets are provided, although you are welcome to bring your own. Basic hot drink making facilities are also available in the dormitories.
Most of you won’t admit how much social media means, or has meant, to you. You start and finish your day checking Facebook and Twitter feeds or Instagram accounts or mailboxes, all to make sure you are up-to-date with the news, every like, or comment attention you have received or given in the virtual world. Isn’t this all so draining, distracting, and challenging towards your focus and concentration?
According to British philosopher, Alain de Botton, deleting Twitter from at least your phone really improves mental health and inner conversation. What if you used the time away to rest your eyes, your mind, to read the book you have always wanted to read, to indulge in a magazine or newspaper, to have a conversation you have always wanted, or to enjoy a mindful rural walk without feeling the need to feed your social media followers with posts of the on-route photos?
This weekend is for everyone whose mission is to live well and expand their horizons. No experience of yoga or mindfulness and meditation is necessary. Everyone will be respected and encouraged to move forward.
You will be spoilt with all things wellness, including twice daily yoga. Your morning yoga practice and meditation will be dedicated to boosting the start of your day by enhancing your dynamics, metabolism, and immune system. In the afternoon, you will experience yoga to restore bliss for the body and mind practice. You will also be joining mindful walks.
You may join in mindful walks to explore the beauty of the local area.
Aneta, or Yoganeta, is a London-based yoga teacher and practitioner. She shares and teaches what she believes in and what she is passionate about, which is that life is to be lived with all its glory and yoga is a therapeutic tool to serve you. She dances, hikes, surfs, snowboards, and cycles, adding the hint of a no-nonsense yoga to make it available in the form of playful, therapeutic and adventures class, workshop, a weekend away, or a holiday escape with a difference.
Gayles is a small retreat centre ideally situated in outstanding countryside on the South Downs - five miles from Eastbourne and fifteen from Brighton. It is an open, safe, relaxed, and intimate atmosphere. It is set in ten acres of land adjacent to farmland and the Seven Sisters Country Park (an area of outstanding natural beauty), the National Trust Crowlink estate, and Friston forest.
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All the food served is good quality, locally sourced, vegetarian, and organic. Alternatives to dairy and wheat products are available. The cooks would be happy to cater for you if you are vegan, dairy, or gluten-free. Please contact Wellness Experience in advance to arrange special dietary requirements. If you have such constraints, you are also welcome to bring your own food and to use the kitchen facilities in the dining or social area.
The price of this retreat includes three meals a day, with two courses for lunch and the evening meals. Usually, one of the two main meals will be more substantial, with one meal lighter served with fruits provided for dessert. Breakfasts offers several choices such as porridge, homemade granola and compote, bread or toast, hard-boiled eggs, and so on.
A variety of fresh fruits, teas, and coffee are always available. Herbal teas and honey are also available in the dormitories.
Your accommodation, studio, and eating areas are situated close together around a thoughtfully maintained garden, next to gentle meadows that offer stunning, panoramic views, allowing you room to wander and reflect. There are benches carefully sited throughout the grounds and some very comfortable hammocks hung under trees near the dormitories.
The extraordinarily beautiful countryside is an excellent walking opportunity. If you're feeling more adventurous, take a walk to Cuckmere Haven and Birling Gap beaches, which are less than one hour’s walk away.
There is also a hard surface tennis court and a large swimming pool (open usually from mid-June to early September) that you can use.
From Eastbourne station, look for bus stop J or H and take the number 12 bus or number 13 if you would like the scenic route. The destination will usually be Brighton. Gayles is the next stop after you pass a small church and pond on the left at the top of a tree-lined hill. This will take you about 15 to 20 minutes.
Eastbourne offers the most accessible railway station as it has direct links with London Victoria, Gatwick, Ashford International, Brighton and, of course, many other places.
For a taxi, there is a rank at Eastbourne Station, take the exit opposite the train platforms and it is immediately outside. This journey would cost you about 10 GBP.