Scaravelli Inspired Yoga Immersion Course: Under the Skin

Scaravelli Inspired Yoga Immersion Course (residential) …. with Catherine Annis and guest teacher Gary Carter.

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

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

Each year this 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 2018 we’ll look under the skin, developing our understanding of the myofascia, its functional role as fundamental structural support in the body, and its role in all our movement, in yoga, and beyond.

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.

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 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 course is designed specifically for yoga teachers, yoga teacher trainees and anyone with a serious interest in exploring their practice, 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 is constantly evolving in response to requests from current and returning attendees.


Vanda focused on three main elements in practice: the pull of gravity, the breath, and the resulting response in the spine. This course will focus on developing our own authentic approach to practice, with attention to all these areas, but particularly to our evolving understanding of the role of fascia, and its role as structural support. We’ll explore how it supports our bodies, and brings a sense of elasticity, lightness and spring into our movements.

There will be a Posture Clinic session, dedicated to answering specific questions on asanas or aspects of the practice you may be working with, or would like to explore in more depth.

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.

Limited to just 20 attendees (17 residential, 3 non-residential), the course will help you:

• Discover a clearer understanding of the principles of this approach to yoga, with specific focus on how the structures under our skin, particularly the fascia and myofascial connections, affect our practice
• Deepen your knowledge of anatomy and structural relationships
• Understand the mechanics of connective tissues and explore our myofascial connections
• Develop fresh subtle approaches to adjusting / assisting your students
• Refresh and reinvigorate your own personal practice and teaching

This has been a fully residential course since 2012, and has proved so successful that once again we’ll be staying at Gayles Retreat (East Sussex). Gayles is a simple and beautiful retreat centre, set deep in the heart of the countryside on the East Sussex coast, and just a short walk from the beach.


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 doesn’t 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. We believe that retreats should be fulfilling and inspiring; unobtrusive but available, we do all we 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 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 and excellent walking opportunities all around.

Venue and address

Retreat to Gayles, Little Gayles, BN200BA Eastbourne, United Kingdom

    Tickets for 15. May 2018

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Scaravelli Inspired Yoga Immersion Course: Under the Skin

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