Barn FAQ's


Can I come on retreat with a friend or partner?

We recommend you come on a Barn retreat without anyone you know.  If you bring an important part of your life with you then you aren’t really retreating!  However, we realise for some people it isn’t possible to come separately (eg visiting the country together). In this case we ask you to engage with the retreat as individuals.


Why are Sharpham House retreats more expensive than Barn retreats?

Costs are very low at the Barn because 1) it is run by volunteer coordinators, and 2) gardening and cooking is done by retreatants in mindful work periods.  

Retreats at Sharpham House are fully catered. Also, Sharpham House is a large grade one listed building with far higher overheads.


What’s the food like? 

Excellent! All of our food is vegetarian, and 99.5% organic.  We can accommodate most dietary requirements – eg vegan, gf, etc.


What experience of meditation do people who come on Barn retreats have?

Most retreatants have had some experience, some have been on retreat, and others have no experience.  We offer plenty of guidance for beginners.


How hard is the work at the Barn? Do I need to be fit enough to work in the garden?

The work is as easy as you like. We can find very easy sitting down jobs, or even indoor tasks if you wish.


What time do retreats start and finish?

Arrival time for all Barn retreats is between 2:00pm and 4:00pm.  Departure time is after 9:00am and before 12 noon.


How far from the station is the Barn

Not far.  We offer a free pick up from the station at 3:00pm, or a taxi will cost about £11.  Alternatively a lot of people choose to follow the very pleasant 40 minute walk: a great way to draw yourself out of the world and into retreat.


Get in touch

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

Name: Barn Manager Tel: +44 (0)1803 732661

Address: The Barn Retreat, Lower Sharpham Barton, Ashprington, Totnes, Devon, TQ9 7DX