Sharpham House: Creating Space – a Mindfulness and Creative Enquiry Retreat for Women (4 nights)

  • The Sharpham Trust The Sharpham Trust
  • Sharpham House Sharpham Estate Ashprington Totnes Devon TQ9 7UT
  • Oct 7 - 11, 2019 (5 days)
  • Sharpham House - Standard Single - £385.00 Sharpham House - Premium Single - £435.00 Sharpham House - Heritage Single - £495.00 Claire Milne - Accessible single room - £385.00

About This Event

Imagine a space where you can take time out for yourself, relax, breathe deeply, play and experiment with mindfulness in the supportive company of other women. A space to be guided into your natural creative flow of wellbeing.

During this retreat you’ll have a safe and supportive setting in which to discover – or rediscover – your internal resources, finding your way to a more joyful, harmonious life with focus and enhanced insight.

This retreat is not a course in creativity, but a chance to engage with mindfulness in a creative and non-judgmental way.

Using simple mark-making exercises, journaling, creative writing, stillness and movement, sound-making and listening, simple games and partner-work, we explore the present moment in fun and interesting ways.

This creative approach helps us to examine and identify the thoughts and feelings, the habitual responses and repetitive stories that inhibit our joy.

By engaging and reconnecting with our bodies, we can learn ways of releasing stress, ways to respond differently and more creatively to life.

The retreat is for women aged 18 and above.

This retreat is for you if you’re:

new to mindfulness practice or are looking to sustain and reconnect with your practice in a new way

interested in exploring your own spontaneous creative response

feeling stuck creatively and would like the chance to experiment and play

in need of rest, rejuvenation and renewal

looking for tools and resources to sustain you in your everyday life

looking to deepen your experience in a relaxed, supportive environment with other women

a coach, therapist or other professional looking for new ways to explore your mindfulness in your work with women

On this retreat, you’ll:

learn how to bring mindfulness to everyday activities

have free time each day to relax, reflect and rejuvenate

enjoy delicious home-cooked vegetarian food

gain opportunities to reconnect with nature and to benefit from the very special location of Grade 1-listed Sharpham House and Estate, set within a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

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 Highlights

The 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.


Sharpham 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.


  • Pool
  • Towels
  • Free Parking
  • Coffee/Tea
  • House-Keeping

Menu Types

  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Organic
  • Gluten Free
  • Dairy Free


At 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.


Find 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


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We believe human beings are innately wise, strong and kind. This wisdom, although not always experienced, is always present. Going on retreat is a beautiful way to reconnect to our basic sanity and health. Our aspiration at Retreat Guru is to inspire people to experience authentic retreats and reconnect with their innate wisdom, strength and kindness.

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