- The Sharpham Trust
- Sharpham House, Ashprington Totnes South Devon TQ9 7UT
- Feb 23 - 28, 2019 (6 days)
- Sharpham House - Standard Single - £435.00 Sharpham House - Premium Single - £475.00 Sharpham House - Heritage Single - £495.00 Claire Milne - Accessible single room - £435.00
About This Event
Strengthen your existing practice at a Sharpham House retreat with extended periods of meditation and silence, exploration of self-compassion, nature connection, yet with plenty of time for rest and replenishment – all within our tranquil setting.
This 5-night retreat is ideal for anyone who has been on a retreat previously, either at Sharpham or another retreat venue, or undertaken an 8-week Mindfulness Course.
It is an opportunity to sustain your mindfulness practice, consolidating the skills and techniques you’ve already learnt and deepening your knowledge and experience of moment-by-moment awareness.
The retreat will take place in Sharpham House, our beautiful Grade 1-listed Georgian mansion set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with views over the steeply wooded River Dart.
Each retreatant will have his or her own bedroom in the House, fully catered for by our House staff, and the chance to explore the surrounding gardens and Capability parkland.
All retreat food and drink is vegetarian, prepared by our in-house cooks and regularly receives rave reviews.
The retreat is for you if you are:
Interested in exploring secular mindfulness practice further or reconnecting to your practice
Curious about experiencing longer periods of sitting meditation and silence as a way to strengthen and support your practice
In need of rest and replenishment
Feel inspired by spending time reconnecting with nature
Would like to learn how to sustain your practice when you return to everyday life
Although meditation and mindfulness can be helpful in managing stress, depression and anxiety our retreats might not be suitable if you are experiencing major depression or other clinically diagnosed psychiatric illness such as bipolar disorder, psychosis or current self-harming. Click here for more information and details of our booking process.
The retreat is for most adults aged 18 and above.
Taking your practice deeper
This retreat will use approaches from Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) with trained and qualified teachers and is suitable for anyone aged 18 and above.
During the retreat you will:
Enquire into the role of self-compassion in mindfulness
Explore embodiment, with simple movement and yoga exercises
Offer opportunities for you to take mindfulness into the outdoors through nature connection and sensing activities (weather permitting)
Question-and-answer sessions, as well as a one-to-one session with a teacher will give you the chance to explore your individual practice in greater depth on this retreat.
If you’re coming to stay with us on retreat, it is important to make a commitment to arrive in time for the first group meeting and to attend all the days. This is to ensure you get the most out of coming here and to support a positive sense of group cohesion.
It would be difficult to find a more ideal setting for a retreat. The beautiful natural environment really provides the opportunity to connect at a deeper level
Venue HighlightsThe Sharpham Estate runs alongside a three-mile stretch of the River Dart in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, in a tranquil setting surrounded by nature.
All heating and hot water systems in Sharpham House are run on an environmentally-friendly biomass woodchip boiler whilst The Barn's is run from a log furnace and solar thermal panels.
Participants have access to the formal and walled gardens surrounding Sharpham House as well as the unheated open air swimming pool (available only in summer months).
We also have two large photovoltaic solar panel arrays on the Estate and use biodegradable cleaning products wherever possible.
Mobile phone signal and our wifi internet is poor - which we see as a virtue - and we encourage participants to switch off from 'the network' whilst here, to help you and everyone else disengage from daily life and live fully in the simplicity and quietude of a country retreat.
AccommodationsSharpham House has 24 bedrooms, ranging from the modest and cosy to historic and grand. All are made to be as comfortable as possible for you, including facilities to make hot drinks (you’ll also have access to 24-hour tea and coffee-making in the Toasting Room on the ground floor).
There is an accessible bedroom on the ground floor at Sharpham House, and a lift connecting all floors, although the limitations of an 18th century building mean we can't offer full accessibility. Do get in touch to discuss your needs.
Only some of the rooms are en-suite, and there are shared bathrooms on each floor.
There are no locks on the bedroom doors as every effort is made to keep the atmosphere of an informal family home. Please speak to the House Manager about keeping your valuables safe. Towels and bedding are supplied and a hairdryer and iron are available upon request.
Accommodation at The Barn is in single, comfortable rooms in a friendly atmosphere of fellowship. Barn rooms are randomly allocated, unless you have medical needs relating to your room allocation. There are shared bathrooms at The Barn.
Accommodation at the Woodland is in comfortable and spacious bell tents, which includes a single foam mattress, warm 13.5 tog duvet and bedding, a box for muddy shoes, a simple table and a solar light. There is no electricity at the tents, only at the main camp kitchen and the shower block. There is a shower and toilet block at the campsite featuring four hot showers and three flushing loos. There is a covered fire hearth area for wet weather and a yurt.
The Kuti is a small, rustic cabin in woodland near The Barn retreat centre. The Kuti has no electricity or running water, though there is water nearby and torches provided. There is a wood burner in The Kuti for heat, which you will be responsible for lighting, if required. Clean bedding and wood are provided.
- Free Parking
- Gluten Free
- Dairy Free
Menu/CuisineAt Sharpham House and Woodland, all of our meals are home-cooked, seasonal and vegetarian (and we earn a lot of praise for our food!). In line with sustainable practices across the Estate, we source food whenever possible from our Walled Garden (which is run on organic practices) and we support local food suppliers.
At The Barn, we supply as much food as possible from our organic gardens. The rest comes from organic farms and a trading collective.
DirectionsFind us on Google Maps here
You can read, download or print a map & directions here and/or walking/cycling directions here, or directions are here on our website