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Creating Space - Mindfulness for Women

Everything we do is an act of poetry or a painting if we do it with mindfulness

                                                                    - Zen Master Thich Nhat Hahn


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.


Kamini is a warm and skilful facilitator...with beautiful mirth, humanity and humour. Her process is considered and effective - her vision for this work is really clear.


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

Although meditation and mindfulness can be helpful in managing stress, depression and anxiety our retreats might not be suitable if you are experiencing major depression or other clinically diagnosed psychiatric illness such as bipolar disorder, psychosis or current self-harming. Click here for more information and details of our booking process

 

Typical schedule

(This is an example of a retreat day schedule and is flexible, subject to changes by the retreat leader).

Day 1: Arrive between 4-5pm for welcoming talk and settling in

Mornings Afternoons
7.00am - wake up  1.00pm - lunch and personal time
8.00am - guided sitting meditation/yoga session 4.30pm - afternoon guided session
8.30am - breakfast  6.00pm – supper 
10.30am- 12.30pm – morning guided session 8.00pm - evening meditation/guided relaxation

The retreat will move into silence each evening from 9pm – 9am and there will be an extended period of silence on day 2.


Final day - Depart 11.45am

As it was a women-only retreat, I felt very safe and secure to let down my guard and truly experience what to 'retreat' means. I am grateful that the staff are sensitive to retreatants and what their needs are.

I came to the retreat feeling very tired and low in energy and in need of connection and support. The retreat exceeded my expectations. I feel restored, reconnected with myself and loved the company and warmth that I received.

Thank-you. My spirit is breathing again

This has been a wonderul experience of self-discovery, relaxation, expression and love. I feel truly nurtured by the experience both physically (the food was a revelation!) and spiritually. I would come again in a heartbeat! 

I loved the feeling of empowerment during the sessions, and the celebration and attention paid to the body.

Our venue and directions

This retreat takes place in the beautiful and historic Grade 1-listed Sharpham House set in a Capability Brown-designed landscape with stunning views over the steeply-wooded River Dart. The retreat is full-board with delicious home-cooked vegetarian food. Click here for directions.

Our food & your dietary needs

In line with sustainable practices across the Estate, our cooks produce seasonal, vegetarian food for our guests. We source food whenever possible from our kitchen garden and support local food suppliers. The Estate's farm tenants produce award-winning wine and cheese as well as organic eggs, meat and vegetables.

We are used to accommodating a wide range of dietary needs including wheat-free, diary-free, vegan etc. Please indicate on your booking form if you have a dietary need. The booking form is sent as a link once you have booked and paid for a retreat.


Sustainability

We take sustainability seriously. All of the hot water and heating in the House is produced by a state-of-the-art bio-mass woodchip boiler and we have 2 large photo-voltaic arrays on barn rooftops. Our gardens are managed organically and we only use bio-degradable cleaning products.


Costs

4 nights

£365 Standard roomfull-board.

£415 Premium room - with views over the River Dart, full-board

Kamini Gupta

Kamini Gupta has been practising meditation and mindfulness in the Buddhist tradition for over 22 years. She is a graduate of the year-long residential course in Buddhist Studies and Contemporary Inquiry at Sharpham (which was offered between 1996-2001).  Her professional creative career spans a wide range of experience including teaching and community arts.

Drawing from her personal experience of the therapeutic qualities of mindfulness and creative expression (which supported her through critical illness and major life trauma) she has been developing and facilitating mindfulness and creative inquiry retreats since 2007.

She is also inspired by the study of the feminine archetypes across cultures, ritual and sacred art, Shamanism, dance, free movement, and yoga. Her website is at www.heartofcalm.com 


Maite Alonso

Maite Alonso trained in 1991 in Sivananda Yoga in India, in Shakti Yoga Dance in 2009 and in Kundalini Yoga in 2011 in the UK. Her major influences have been yoga, Buddhist meditation and chanting. She has been attending retreats (especially Zen and Insight Meditation) in spiritual centres in the UK, Europe, India, Thailand and California, since 1990. Read more on her website here.

She loves creating, nurturing, healing and forming life-giving spaces in her work as a Shakti yoga dance teacher, and in her massage work in the Totnes area.


Retreats & Events
Sharpham House: Creating Space- A mindfulness & Creative Enquiry Retreat for Women- 4 nights (Kamini Gupta and Maite Alonso)

13

Oct

2017

Sharpham House: Creating Space- A mindfulness & Creative Enquiry Retreat for Women- 4 nights (Kamini Gupta and Maite Alonso)


All rooms are single occupancy, giving you your own space in which to relax.

There will be a maximum of 16 retreatants on this retreat.

If you have a medical condition that requires you to have an en-suite room, please contact the Programme Administrator on the number below as these rooms are limited and are bookable on a first-come first-serve basis.

How to book easily and securely:

Ring us or email if you've got any questions.

Limited bursaries are available for those experiencing financial hardship. Please contact the Programme Administrator at least 4 weeks in advance if you wish to apply.

Please click here to see our booking and cancellations policy.