Friday 5 September – Sunday 7 September 2021 at The Abbey, Sutton Courtenay

With Gayl Long and Janet George

“True yoga is not about the shape of your body, but the shape of your life. Yoga is not to be

performed; yoga is to be lived.” Aadil Palkhivala

Yoga is more than a physical practice, it’s a whole way of being that helps people to flourish in life – physically, emotionally and mentally. On this weekend you will learn the core principles and philosophy of yoga, explore the links between the body, breath and mind that lead to wellbeing and practise the balance between effort and ease. It’s an opportunity to rest, refocus and re-balance, to establish or go deeper into and extend your practice.

What exactly is a retreat? Quiet time away from your normal life for the purpose of restoring balance in your mind and body which in turns enables your own personal self-discovery.  

Go on re-treat yourself, you know you want to!


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The retreat will run from 3pm Friday 5the September finishing at 3pm Sunday 7th September 2021. Activities include:

  • Daily yoga
  • Daily meditation
  • Walking in the beautiful village and along the river
  • Quiet time for relaxing, personal reflection, reading
  • Fresh home cooked vegetarian food
  • Connecting with like-minded people

Who would value this retreat?

  • Those wanting a rest, time for themselves
  • Those with an interest in, and/or a love of, yoga
  • Those keen to explore how yoga can enhance their wellbeing
  • Those, whether experienced or new to yoga, who want to know more about true yoga beyond physical practice and how it works

What’s the cost per person?

£390 single room, £350 twin shared room – this includes all meals, teas, coffees throughout the
weekend. Early bird (booked and deposit paid before end May) £375/£325).

What next?

To apply for your place, email  To secure a booking you will need to pay a  £250 deposit per person, with the remainder due 8 weeks beforehand. Gayl will send you the details.

All deposits are non-refundable if you cancel. If we have to cancel the retreat due to Covid, your deposit will be refunded.


The Abbey is a small and delightful retreat and conference centre. It is a Grade 1 listed Medieval building with a 20th century Guest House, nestled in four acres of gardens and woodland. It has a lovely ’energy’ in the hall and main rooms which is one of the main reasons we chose the Abbey for our venue. It is a registered charity with aims and ethos of an intentional community and holding a space for spiritual development, education, exploration and transformation of community. It’s run by a small core residential community of four members, and helped by two volunteers.

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A qualified Hatha Yoga teacher with Friends of Yoga Society International, holding a
200 hours Diploma, and is currently training to become a yoga therapist. She has been teaching since 2015 and practising regularly since 2005. She is also a trained Mindfulness Teacher with The Mindfulness Exchange. She believes that yoga can help us to flourish as human beings, when we experience “being” yoga, not just “doing” the physical asana/postures, embracing

the whole practice to include pranayama – breathing, relaxation and meditation.
Strongly committed to the idea that yoga is for Every-Body – regardless of age, level of fitness or
body shape. Gayl’s yoga teaching is grounded, practical, experiential and adaptive to fit with
individual needs. This is balanced with inviting students to their “edge” so they can progress in their

Gayl loves to help clients and yoga students to experience themselves in a different, more positive
and fulfilling way, tuning into a calmer, more peaceful and resourceful inner self. Gayl is also an Executive, Team, Career and Life Coach and facilitator with her own business

Married with two grown up children, Gayl loves to spend time with family, do yoga, run, travel, be in
nature, read books and watch films.

Janet George

Trained with the British Wheel of Yoga, Janet has been a teacher for 13 years – and a practitioner for
nearly 40. Much of her practice follows the teachings of T.K.V. Desikachar – one of the most respected 20th century teachers from India, who also taught in the west. He developed the Viniyoga approach which advocates the adaptation of the ancient principles of yoga to the needs, aspirations and culture of modern individuals – particularly those in the west. However, she also draws on other teachings – and importantly – from her own experience. She invites students to explore yoga practices, and find those that enable their bodies and breath to become stronger and more flexible, and their minds to become clearer and calmer.

On a personal note, Janet is married and has lived in Devon since 2015. She moved there after a career in business where she was a Coach and Leadership Development Consultant working with large organisations in the private and public sector. As well as doing and teaching yoga, she enjoys travelling, books, music, films and being outdoors – whether walking, gardening or playing tennis. She is also a Trustee for Citizens Advice in Devon.