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Solitary Retreats

For people who have participated in a Barn retreat, or a silent retreat elsewhere, and who are experienced meditators, we offer the opportunity for a solitary, silent, and self-sufficient retreat.

Kuti and woodburner

You will stay in a little hermitage, called the Kuti, in a quiet, secluded and relatively remote part of the Barn's woodland.  Kuti is the Thai word for meditation hut. Situated in your own private acre of secluded grounds, contains a bed, meditation mat, wood burning stove, calor cooking stove, table and chair.  The kuti grounds also contain an earth toilet.

Lunch, prepared by Barn retreatants, can be discretely collected from the main building daily (Monday to Friday).  All other food can be collected from the Barn food store, usually when other Barn retreatants are in meditation. Most kuti retreatants like to take a shower in the main house at this time too.

The retreatant is expected to create their own personal daily structure which includes meditation an hour's (or optionally more) work meditation on the land.  Support is given with this on your arrival. Retreatants are welcome to stay in the kuti for a full seven day week. 

kuti grounds


Fees are £200/£160 (standard/supported rate) per week. 

In the winter (October - April) you are also welcome to stay for shorter periods of three days or more for which standard/supported rates are £34/£27 per day. Or you can extend your stay beyond a week.

Current availability:    10 - 30 Jan, 1-8 Feb, then 15 Feb onwards

Please contact us about further availability and booking, then download, complete and return this form:

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 Email:barn@sharphamtrust.org

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