What meditation experience do people who come on Barn retreats have?
Most retreatants have had some experience, and/or have been on retreat. Beginners do come, and we give plenty of guidance. However, our sittings are up to 40 minutes, and many are not guided, so we recommend complete beginners attend a Sharpham House Beginners' Retreat before coming to the Barn.
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.
Do I need to be fit to work in the garden?
No. The work is as easy as you like. We can find work to suit all ablities and physical conditions; 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.