Yoga Immersion Course (residential)

Yoga Immersion Course, May 2022

Would you like to immerse yourself into your personal yoga practice?  To refresh and inspire your own personal take on yoga teaching?

If you'd like to dive deep into yoga, to expand your understanding of our anatomy and functional movement and explore the amazing strength and elasticity of our tissues...

Join Catherine Annis and Gary Carter
for this year's Scaravelli Inspired Yoga Immersion Course.  Provides approximately 30 hours of continuing professional development (CPD).

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Breath, Body and Yoga

Scaravelli inspired yoga is unique and challenging – both to practice and to teach. Vanda’s approach to the body offers a fresh way of looking at the body and the postures, which nourishes and inspires our yoga practice.

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.
On this immersion we’ll take a deep dive to explore the rich potential of our yoga practice.  The Immersion invites a deep listening, providing a profound opportunity to develop awareness and a totally personal understanding of our practice, from the most simple movements to more subtle and sophisticated.  Leave with a rich palette of material to inspire your movement and teaching.

Join us to enrich your practice for:

Breath, Body and Yoga


During the Immersion course we will:

∗  Deepen our knowledge of anatomy and structural relationships

* Explore the magic and power of simple breathwork, particularly when working with Long Covid, post viral fatigue and stress

*  Investigate how yoga practice supports our autonomic nervous system, stimulating the natural restorative qualities of the parasympathetic

*  Learn more about our myofascial connections and biotensegrity and how they affect us in yoga

*   Discover the interplay between effort and ease, and how creating a balance between them sustains healthy movements and strong bodies

∗  Develop fresh subtle approaches to adjusting / assisting your students

∗  Refresh and reinvigorate your own personal practice and teaching

Continuing Professional Development

Provides approximately 30 hours of continuing professional development (CPD) with your awarding body.

Yoga Allaince, YAP, teacher, training, course, London
Scaravelli Inspired Yoga, Alliance, Senior Teacher
BWY accredited, training yoga, course, London

The Importance of Personal Practice

As teachers, we can only teach from our own practice.  Our personal practice nurtures our teaching, providing energy and inspiration which sustains us as we teach and support our students.

The annual immersion course is an opportunity for us to refine and refresh our own approach, helping us unpick our own approach so that we can pass it on 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.

The Immersion 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.


Posture Cinic

During the immersion 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

Once again we’ll be joined by Gary Carter, who 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 my 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. Immediately outside there is a large, decked, seated eating area which is wonderful for informal meals on warm sunny days.

The sleeping accommodation has been reconfigured and we can currently accommodate up to 17 guests, but this may change, depending on regulations.  The two dormitories have been thoughtfully updated: the Studio sleeps up to 8 people in 4 bunk beds and 4 singles, whilst the Playroom sleeps 4.  Each dorm is now fitted with sofas and tables providing space and freedom.  Duvets, pillows, linen and towels are provided.

In the main house, there are two further rooms - one single, and one twin, which is suitable for two friends (or a couple). If you prefer, there are is also capacity to camp in the picturesque gardens.

If you choose to camp, you can either bring your own tent or use the tents provided by the venue.  Campers will be provided with pillows and towels but will need to supply their own bedding and sleeping mats.  Campers have their own dedicated bathroom and the much loved "loo with a view".

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 - 17:00 .... Yoga Practice

18:00 - 19:30 .... Dinner


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


08:30 - 09:30 .... Breakfast

09:30 - 12:45 .... Yoga practice

13:00 - 14:15 .... Lunch

14:30 - 17:00 .... Yoga + breathing practice

18:00 - 19:30 .... Dinner


08:30 - 09:30 .... Breakfast

09:30 - 11:30 .... Yoga practice

11:45- 12:45 .... Q&A session / posture clinic

13:00- 14:15 .... Lunch

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

15:45- 17:00 .... Yoga practice

18:00- 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.


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.


The Immersion course is fully catered and Derry's nourishing cooking will be served to you individually in your room.  If the weather is good, there is the option of eating out in the open on the terrace.

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 you may 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.


Getting There

Dates & Prices

Terms & Conditions

A non-refundable deposit is required to confirm your place. The balance is due no less than 6 weeks prior to the event. You may also pay in full at the time of booking if you prefer. Payment is by bank transfer – we will contact you with bank details on receipt of your booking form. Bookings made less than 6 weeks prior to the event must be paid in full.
All bookings are final, and for this reason we strongly recommend that you take out travel insurance to cover you in the event of any need to cancel. If it is possible to sell your space to another guest, then it may be possible to transfer your booking to another guest. Please note that whilst I will do everything possible to adhere to the programme as given, some things are outside my control, and therefore I reserve the right to make changes if necessary.

Have you ever thought about becoming a qualified yoga teacher?

Take a look at Catherine's BWY accredited Intelligent Yoga Teacher Training course with renowned guest yoga and anatomy teacher, Gary Carter.

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