The Barn: Liberation Through a Different Lens (6 nights)
About This Event
Whatever we’re doing – whether we’re in meditation, or eating, or chatting with friends – we’re always looking at the world through some lens or other.
Most of the time this is unconscious and conditioned, and we’re not aware of the view that we’re taking. But this view, the Buddha taught, is everything.
Within it lies the difference between heaven and hell, between joy, boredom, rapture, and sorrow.
It’s a radical teaching, and one that we’ll explore and unpack during the week as we experiment and play with different lenses.
We’ll see that the deepest freedoms possible as human beings, and the most profound senses of love and sacredness, are opened not through particular experiences, but through particular views.
Read on for more details on this retreat and click the Leaders, Schedules and Venue & Directions tabs above for further information.
Staying alongside an inspirational teacher
This retreat is open to all, but is likely to be most beneficial to those comfortable with basic mindfulness practice, and who wish to expand their sense of what’s possible in meditation.
During this retreat there will be talks, guided meditations and discussions, as well as opportunities to meet individually with the teacher.
This retreat is for you if you:
want to go deeper into dharma, with an experienced teacher close at hand
are prepared to live and work in community, preparing meals together and working in the gardens
are aged 18 and above
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