Sharpham House: Mindfulness for Beginners Retreat-(3 nights)
About This Event
If you're interested in starting or reconnecting with mindfulness practice, then this retreat at the beautiful and tranquil Sharpham House can help show you the way.
You'll be introduced to the practice of mindfulness meditation with guided sitting sessions, mindful walking, periods of silence, plus enough free time for rest and reflection.
You'll have opportunities to reconnect with nature and to benefit from the very special location of the historic Sharpham House and Estate, surrounded by stunning countryside in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
During this retreat you'll:
be introduced to ways of developing and sustaining a mindfulness practice and integrating your practice into daily life
experience guided meditation
have the opportunity to explore your mindfulness pracitce in the outdoors, helping you to connect with nature
experience the peace, tranquillity and beauty of Sharpham House and Estate
enjoy being cared for in Sharpham House, full-board, with delicious and healthy vegetarian food and staff to look after you
have the opportunity to deeply rest and reconnect to yourself, far from the busy-ness of daily life
experience periods of silence
have free time and time to yourself (all rooms for this retreat are single occupancy)
Who is the retreat for?
The retreat is suitable for most adults aged 18 and above who want to learn mindfulness as an aid to everyday health and well-being. This retreat uses techniques and approaches from Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) with trained and qualified teachers and is suitable for you if you are new to mindfulness, or seeking to renew or reconnect with your practice.
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 for our booking process.
The retreat programme will include 3 daily guided meditation sessions both indoors and outdoors, with periods of silence to help strengthen the practice. There will also be question-and-answer sessions and guidance in bringing mindfulness, compassion, joy and equanimity into daily life.
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 ensures you experience the retreat programme from start to finish and helps support your group of retreatants to gel.
All of our retreats usually include some short periods of silence as a way of deepening into mindful awareness. If you are new to spending time in silence in the company of other people, it can feel awkward to begin with. However people usually find this to be a useful experience and we encourage you to explore the silent periods with a spirit of openess and curiosity. The retreat moves into silence each evening from 9pm - 9am the following day and until 2pm on day 3 (see also schedule tab above for typical day)
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 Wifi
- Free Parking
- Gluten Free
- Dairy Free
- Nut 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.
Food allergies & intolerances
Please tell us well in advance of your stay of any food allergies or intolerances you may have.
You can tell us this on the Booking Form via a link we send you in your confirmation email, once you've booked.
DirectionsThe postcode of Sharpham House & Woodland is TQ9 7UT
The postcode of The Barn is TQ9 7DX
The Sharpham Estate is close to Totnes, which is on a major railway line from London and just off the A38 Devon Expressway road.
We use recommended taxis, or encouraging walking or cycling to us from Totnes.
More details about how to find us are available on our website. Google-search Sharpham Trust.