The Barn Retreat

Welcome to The Barn, a meditation retreat centre based on the Buddhist tradition in the beautiful Devon countryside of South West England.


This retreat deserves every accolade it receives


Set in a stunning hillside location overlooking the River Dart, the Barn has been a popular retreat centre since 1986. Retreatants reconnect with themselves and the natural environment, and are able to develop a mindfulness practice for everyday life. 

Listed in The Sunday Telegraph's 'Eight of the best retreats in Britain and Europe', our six-day community retreats run every week of the year for up to 10 people. Accommodation is all in single, comfortable rooms in a friendly atmosphere of fellowship.


Retreatants usually stay for one week and live as a community of 12 people, sharing household tasks, cooking and meals together. Through teacher-led inquiry and working meditation in our organic garden they develop a mindfulness practice for everyday life.

Who are Barn retreats suitable for?

Barn retreats are suitable for new and experienced meditators who wish to:

  • Follow our weekly schedule, balancing mindfulness and enquiry, work meditation in our organic gardens and quiet personal reflection.
  • benefit from Western Buddhist contemplation and discussion.
  • develop a compassionate, appreciative and generous approach to life.

The Five Precepts

Knowing they would lead to a happier and more fulfilling life, the Buddha suggested his lay followers take the following Five Precepts, and we ask our retreatants to do the same for the duration of their stay:

"I undertake the training to refrain from..."

  • harming any living being
  • taking what is not offered
  • sexual and sensual misconduct
  • false speech (including idle gossip, harsh and divisive speech)
  • taking substances which disturb the balance of the mind (and may lead me into committing any of the above)

I am beginning to learn to still my agitated mind and have lots of new tools to use in my everyday life


Get in touch

If you would like to know more about the information on this page, please contact:

Tel: 01803 732708

Address: The Sharpham Trust, Sharpham House, Ashprington, Totnes, Devon TQ9 7UT