Yoga Immersion Course (residential)

Have you ever considered a yoga immersion course?

Would you like to fine-tune your personal yoga practice?

Do you want to expand your understanding of yoga and develop creativity in your teaching?

Then join Catherine Annis and Gary Carter
for this year's Scaravelli inspired immersion course

Catherine Annis, Gary Carter, Yoga, Scaravelli, Course, Training, Immersion, Sussex

Integrated Movement - It's All Connected

Scaravelli inspired yoga is unique and challenging – both to practice and, particularly, to teach. Vanda’s approach to the body offers a fresh way of looking at the body and the postures, which will nourish and inspire you in your yoga journey.

Each year the Immersion course evolves, focusing on a different aspect of how we approach our yoga practice in response to requests from current and returning attendees. In 2019 we’ll look at how our bodies function in:
Integrated Movement – It’s all connected.


Limited to just 20 attendees, the immersion course will help you:

∗  Explore fascia and biotensegrity and how they affect us in yoga

∗  Discover why we need the opposing forces of compression and tension and how they work together to create harmony

∗  Develop approaches to unwind the fascial web

∗  Discover a clearer understanding of the principles of this approach to yoga

∗  Deepen your knowledge of anatomy and structural relationships

∗  Explore how our tissues store energy and release it when we need a burst of explosive energy

∗  Develop fresh subtle approaches to adjusting / assisting your students

∗  Refresh and reinvigorate your own personal practice and teaching

The Importance of Self Practice

As teachers, we can only teach from our own practice.  We will therefore focus on nurturing our own individual approach to self practice; refining and refreshing it, so that we can pass on our discoveries and revised understanding to others with skill and clarity.  Each day on this immersion we’ll look at a different aspect or approach to practice, so that you leave with some fresh inspiration and answers to your specific questions.

This immersion course is designed specifically for yoga teachersyoga teacher trainees and anyone with a serious interest in exploring their practice who would like to refine their practice and teaching.  This Scaravelli Inspired Immersion Course is an opportunity to expand the ways we teach yoga as inspired by the work of Vanda Scaravelli, and evolves each year in response to the most current thinking in bodywork and movement practices and requests from current and returning attendees.

Immersion Course Outline

In 2019 we’ll look at Integrated Movement – It’s all Connected!

In yoga, we’re constantly looking for balance.  Balance between effort and ease, expansion and gathering, tension and compression.  Balancing these opposing forces helps us feel light, spacious and stress-free in our postures, as if we are in flow with the forces of gravity.

During this Immersion, we’ll be exploring how our understanding of Fascia and Biotensegrity help us to achieve this balancing act in our yoga practice and our everyday movements.

Posture Clinic

There will be a Posture Clinic session, dedicated to answering specific questions on your favourite (or least favourite!) posture or any aspects of the practice you would like to explore in more depth.


Gary Carter

We’ll be joined by Gary Carter once more, and he will share his profound understanding of the body, and his innovative approach to anatomy and the art and science of moving with ease.

He will present a full day of explorations and share with us his unique understanding including the latest discoveries from the world of fascia.

Fascia and Biotensegrity

Viewing the anatomy of the body from the perspective of fascia, rather than the more classical anatomy of bones and muscles, gives us a new understanding of the relationship between muscle and fascia.

We’ll be looking at the role fascia plays in our habitual movement patterns and how it combines with our anatomy to create structure, support and shape. This helps us deepen our understanding of our movement in all its forms.


The Immersion course is held at Gayles Retreat, one of our favourite venues, which is  set in ten acres of land next to the Seven Sisters Country Park (an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty), The National Trust Crowlink Estate and Friston Forest.  The surrounding countryside is extraordinarily beautiful, and there are excellent walking opportunities all around.

With its open fire, high ceiling and refreshing artworks, The Stables is a beautifully converted 1930s stable which provides a warm and practical area for eating, chatting and relaxing. The ground level has an open-plan kitchen and dining room with under-floor heating. Immediately outside there is a large, decked, seated eating area which is wonderful for informal meals and gatherings on warm sunny days.

All indoor sleeping accommodation is in comfortable dormitories. The accommodation, studio and eating areas are situated close together around thoughtfully maintained gardens.  The gentle meadows offer stunning panoramic views and allow space between activities to wander and reflect. There are two dormitories, ‘The Studio’ and ‘The Playroom’, which offer comfortable and spacious accommodation for up to seventeen people.

All indoor 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.

We are free to wander through the sensitively managed estate, and encouraged to make use of the private hard surface tennis court and even the open air swimming pool during summertime!

The environment and ambience at Gayles encourages an open, relaxed and intimate atmosphere that promotes learning and self-development. The venue owners share our belief that retreats should be fulfilling and inspiring and we all work together to do we can to support you in making the most of your time here so that everybody leaves feeling stimulated, nourished and refreshed.

Sample Schedule


17:00 .... Arrive at venue

19:00 .... Dinner

20:00 - 21:00 .... Meditation


08:30 - 09:30 .... Breakfast

10:00 - 12:45 .... Introductions + yoga practice

13:00 - 14:00 .... Lunch

14:30 - 18:00 .... Yoga Practice

18:30 - 19:30 .... Dinner

20:00 - 21:00 .... Background on Vanda Scaravelli (video + discussions)


08:30 - 09:30 .... Breakfast

09:30 - 12:30 .... Anatomy theory with Gary Carter

12:45 - 13:45 .... Lunch

14:15 - 17:30 .... Anatomy / yoga practice with Gary Carter

18:30 - 19:30 .... Dinner

19:30 .... Free time


08:30 - 09:30 .... Breakfast

09:30 - 13:00 .... Yoga practice

13:15 - 14:15 .... Lunch

14:30 - 18:00 .... Yoga + breathing practice

18:30 - 19:30 .... Dinner

20:30 - 21:30 .... Kirtan meditation + chanting with Anil and Rebecca


08:30 - 09:30 .... Breakfast

09:30 - 11:45 .... Yoga practice

12:00- 13:00 .... Q&A session / posture clinic

13:15- 14:15 .... Lunch

14:30 - 15:45 .... Q&A session / posture clinic

16:00- 18:00 .... Yoga practice

18:30- 19:30 .... Dinner


08:30 - 09:30 .... Breakfast

09:30- 12:30.... Yoga + breathing practice

13:00 - 14:00 .... Lunch

14:30 .... Departure

Please note that whilst we will do everything possible to adhere to the programme and details laid out above, some things are outside our control, and therefore we reserve the right to make changes if necessary.


Good quality, locally sourced, tasty and nourishing food 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.

Much of the food we eat is grown on site in the vegetable garden, and all of it is delicious.  Derry is our cook for the week, and his recipes are in constant demand. . Food is vegetarian and organic, and is a highlight of our stay at Gayles.

Dietary Restrictions and Allergies

It is essential that you inform Catherine of any dietary requirements when you book so that she can liaise with the retreat venue and make the necessary arrangements.

If you are prone to a severe reaction to an allergen, for example, a very small amount on a kitchen knife or board, it is essential that you give us advance notice. Please note that we are unable to offer absolute guarantees for such allergic conditions.

If, for medical reasons, you follow a highly-restricted diet, we advise you to bring with you any essentials you might need for your well-being.  There is a small fridge, which we are welcome to use to store small amounts of perishable items for the duration of your stay.


Gayles retreat centre is situated in an area of outstanding natural beauty on the South Downs, surrounded by stunning countryside and beautiful coastline.

The Seven Sisters Country Park is on the doorstep.  It’s made up of 280 hectares of chalk cliffs, meandering river valley and open chalk grassland.

Friston Forest offers a number of waymarked routes for visitors to explore the beech woods. Its undulating terrain makes it popular with walkers who enjoy being outdoors.  Quiet valleys within the forest offer sheltered habitats for many species of wildlife. Glimpses of rare butterflies, such as fritillaries, and elusive deer can reward patient observers.


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