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Mindfulness & Walking

This mindful walking retreat offers the chance to immerse yourself in the natural world. The walks will introduce you to the wildness of Dartmoor, the beauty of the Devon coast path, and the diversity of the delightful Sharpham Estate and surroundings.

Mindfulness practice will increase your awareness and bring appreciation to walking and to the landscape. During the retreat you will be introduced to ways of developing a mindfulness practice that can be integrated in to your daily life.

The walks average 7-8 miles and sections of each walk will be held in silence (20-45 minutes). Devon is a very hilly county and the walks are suitable for people with medium to good levels of fitness. Please contact us if you are unsure whether this applies to you.


Who is the retreat for?

The retreat is suitable for most adults aged 18 and above who want to experience the simple structure of a mindfulness retreat and the beauty of walking in the Devon countryside.

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

Day 1: 

Afternoon Evening
4.00pm - 5.00pm - Arrival

6.15pm - Supper and washing up

5.15pm - Welcome meeting, house tour, settling in                                                        8.15pm - Guided meditation
                       9.00pm - House moves into silence until 8.30am, supporting individual mindfulness and reflection     

Typical Day:

Morning/afternoon Evening
7.00am - Wake up 6.00pm - Supper and tasks
7.30am - Meditation 8.30pm - Meditation 
8.00am - Breakfast, tasks & make packed lunch 9.00pm - House moves into silence until 8.30 am, supporting individual mindfulness and reflection               
9.15 to 9.30am Walk (or minibus departure to walking destination)                                                           

On one of the evenings there will be a mindfulness and meditation question-and-answer session and also a yoga and relaxation class.

Final day - As above, closing meeting at 10.30am, depart by 11:45am.

We enjoyed walks surrounded by outstanding natural beauty, and were gently guided through mindful meditation in a friendly and supportive environment within the majestic house, which very quickly felt like home.

I opted for the walking, meditation and mindfulness retreat as I needed an escape from a stressful job and a busy London life. I'd never done anything like this before but I loved every minute. My phone was switched off from the moment I arrived and it was like transcending into a different life. The silence allowed for an new-found appreciation of our beautiful countryside and coastline as well as some much-needed time to clear the mind and recharge. A week without worry - bliss!

I had a fantastic time at the mindfulness and walking retreat at Sharpham. The people, the meditations, the silence, the setting, the walks, and the fantastic food made for a brilliant week when I was going through a difficult time in life. The week inspired me to continue with my practice, and also to look into the possibilities and start teaching mindful meditation to some of the patients I rehabilitate who suffer from recurrent or chronic dizziness. All in all, a great week which I would recommend to anyone who is interested in mindfulness - beginner or more advanced

It is the most amazing place; I had a fantastic time. The walks, the company, the food, the meditations and silences all really helped me re-balance and return to the world with fresh vigour. Highly recommended.

I came to Sharpham House quite tired and jaded. In a matter of days I was revitalised and able to practice mindfulness in a way that had evaded me before.

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.


4 nights

£365 - Standard room, full-board.

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

5 nights

£425 - Standard room, full-board.

£465 - Premium room, with views over the River Dart, full-board.

 

Linda Vincent - walking retreat leader

Linda has been practising meditation and yoga for over 40 years and is currently focussing on integrating mindfulness into all she does. Linda spent 2 years at the Barn Retreat Centre as a residential co-ordinator where she had the opportunity to practise mindfulness and meditation on a daily basis, as well as oversee the weekly retreat programme. Linda completed the 8-week mindfulness course via Palouse Mindfulness in the USA as well as Vispassna retreats and yoga teacher training, also in the USA. 

Linda is an enthusiastic walker in all sorts of terrains and all sorts of weather!  She has led walking holidays and a weekly walking group in Greece, led treks in Morocco and to Kilimanjaro, and walked many miles of the Southern English coastline.  She is a great lover of Devon, with its variety of scenery – Dartmoor, the coastline, the villages and lanes, and is keen to share her knowledge of this area with you.


Nigel Ohlson

Nigel trained in professional youth work and was a Senior Youth Worker for Torbay Council for 20 years. He uses mindfulness within his therapeutic work and has completed the 8-week course at Sharpham Trust.

After leaving the Youth Service, Nigel worked as the Head of Risk Management for a large expedition company, planning and leading remote journeys in the Australian outback. He has also worked as an Outdoor Education advisor for local authorities in Devon and Scotland.

A keen and experienced climber, mountaineer, caver and 5* canoe guide, he loves the outdoors and believes passionately in the therapeutic benefit of spending time in nature.

Nigel has worked alongside Sharpham for a number of years and is currently one of the directors of Sky Blue, a Community Interest Company that operates canoe expeditions on the River Dart from the Sharpham Estate.


Retreats & Events
Sharpham House: Mindfulness & Walking retreat - 4 nights (with Linda Vincent & Nigel Ohlson)

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Sharpham House: Mindfulness & Walking retreat - 4 nights (with Patti Summerville & Nigel Ohlson)


Sharpham House: Mindfulness & Walking retreat - 4 nights (with Linda Vincent & Nigel Ohlson)

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Sharpham House: Mindfulness & Walking retreat - 4 nights (with Linda Vincent & Nigel Ohlson)


Sharpham House: Mindfulness & Walking retreat - 5 nights (with Linda Vincent & Nigel Ohlson)

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2017

Sharpham House: Mindfulness & Walking retreat - 5 nights (with Linda Vincent & Nigel Ohlson)


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.