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3 Days Social Media Detox Yoga Retreat in England

  • Retreat to Gayles, Little Gayles, Eastbourne, East Sussex, England


Social Media Detox Yoga Retreat England

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!


  • 2 daily yoga classes
  • Daily meditation sessions
  • Discover clarity and focus in your thoughts
  • Rediscover human connection and the power of single tasking
  • Daily healthy delicious vegetarian meals
  • 2 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner

  • 3 days with instruction
  • English
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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 Grabiec

    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.

  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Swimming
  • Tennis court
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Hammock
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Yoga studio
  • Free parking
  • Parking lot

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.

  • 2 daily yoga sessions
  • 2 nights accommodation
  • 3 vegetarian meals daily
  • Daily meditation sessions
  • Mindful walks
  • Extra activities

Driving directions from the West

  • One and a quarter mile past the Seven Sisters Barn Country Park entrance or car park going toward con Eastbourne on the A259 the second steep climb levels out.
  • The entrance to New Barn Cottage, Exceat, is on the right and there are two 'get back in lane' white arrows on the road as you approach a sharp bend.
  • Just around that, there is a cement bus stop post on either side of the road.
  • The turning for Gayles is on the right in a small lay-by there.
  • Go through the gate and down the cement drive to the first barn on your left.
  • Turn left as you reach it and you will see a slatted wood building on your left.
  • Go through the gap between it and the brick outbuilding and please park in the paddock (there is hard standing beneath the grass).

Driving directions from the East

  • One third of a mile past Friston Church (and heading toward Seaford on the A259, far end of a long, slow curve in the road is a 'Skiddy Road' warning sign and then cement request bus stop post on either side road.
  • Turn left into the lay-by there
  • Go the gate and down the concrete drive first barn on your left.
  • Turn left as you it and you will see a slatted wood building on your left.
  • Go through the gap between it and the brick outbuilding and please park in the paddock (there is hard standing beneath the grass).

Arrival by bus

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.

Arrival by train

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.

Arrival by taxi

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.

For information about the booking conditions, please send Wellness Experience an inquiry.
  • Review by Yvonne
    10 out of 10

    "Thanks for a lovely couple of days. Gayles is such a beautiful retreat in such a wonderful location. The food was scrumptious and the balance of yoga, meditation, and walks were just right."

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  • Review by Sarah
    10 out of 10

    "Thank you for welcoming us into this beautiful, incredibly special, place. I really had the most wonderful time here, enjoying the peace and solitude, the time to reflect, and to be with nature. It has been a very special weekend. You have provided a very comfortable, safe environment in which to explore myself, and it has been perfect. The food was wonderful too. I do hope to return some day soon."

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  • Review by Ali
    10 out of 10

    "Thank you so much for making this New Year a nourishing and grounding start to 2015. I’m starting to wonder whether I will ever stop coming here!"

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  • Review by Chris
    10 out of 10

    "My first retreat of any kind, and I had a great new experience. I found the walking a challenge but in a good way. Sunday’s walk was very special. I loved the yoga and the meditation. Overall it was a very valuable and enjoyable weekend. The people who run the retreat care for it very deeply and it feels special. Thank you!"

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  • Review by A visitor
    10 out of 10

    "Thank you for the opportunity to get out of London into the beautiful countryside and for the warmth of your welcome."

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