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Walking retreats: connect to yourself through the land

Explore mindfulness and connect with yourself as you experience the incredible landscape of Devon.

Walking retreat at Sharpham

You’ll develop mindfulness and your meditation practice as you immerse yourself in the wildness of Dartmoor, Devon’s coast paths and the Sharpham Estate’s breath-taking surroundings. Increasing your mindful awareness will bring added appreciation to your walking and to the landscape.

If you’re new to mindfulness, you’ll be introduced to ways of developing a meditation practice that you can easily apply to your daily life. If you’re more experienced, you’ll be supported in deepening existing practices and ways of being.

The leaders of this retreat – drawn from our wide pool of experienced teachers – help you to develop and extend your mindful experience.

Click the Schedules tab above to see the retreat programme in more detail and find out more about staying with us on the Venue & Directions tab.

Be cared for at Sharpham

This retreat is for you if you:

  • Want to combine mindfulness teachings with the beauty of the Devon countryside
  • Enjoy an active, physical retreat
  • Are aged 18 and above
  • Have medium to good levels of fitness

The walks average 7-8 miles and Devon is a very hilly county. The walks are suitable for people with medium to good levels of fitness.

Please contact us using the details below if you are unsure whether this applies to you.

Sections of each walk will be held in silence (20-45 minutes).

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

Be looked after at Sharpham

During this retreat you’ll:

  • have a single-occupancy room and your own space in which to rejuvenate, with free time to deeply rest and reconnect with yourself, far from the busy-ness of daily life. Click here to explore our rooms
  • be cared for full-board in a Grade 1-listed Georgian House surrounded by history and art, with staff looking after you, in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty close to nature, amid breath-taking scenery on the banks of the River DartDelicous vegetarian food at Sharpham
  • experience guided meditations, relaxation sessions and periods of silence and quiet contemplation
  • enjoy delicious, healthy, home-cooked vegetarian food that regularly receives rave reviews and have access to 24-hour hot teas, coffee & infusions in our Toasting Room
  • be living in safe community with like-minded people, sharing experiences and tasks, including the washing-up
  • be able to explore our tranquil Capability Brown-designed parkland and our Grade 2*-listed gardens designed by Percy Cane

 

What might you bring?

  • Comfy clothes for you to relax in
  • Slippers (although we supply some, if you prefer your own, bring them)
  • A camera (if it’s your phone, consider switching the phone off just to use the camera function)
  • A journal or notepad if you want to write or draw during your time here
  • Swimming gear – we have a small pool that’s open during the summer months. Click here to read more
  • Walking boots – we have wonderful footpaths and routes to explore
  • Running gear if you’re a jogger. Some retreatants love to run on the lanes and footpaths near Sharpham

Find out more about staying in Sharpham House on our Frequently Asked Questions page. We'll also send you a link to further information with our welcome letter after you book.

Delicious food at Sharpham House

Our food & your dietary needs

The retreat is full-board with delicious home-cooked vegetarian food. 

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.

River Dart at Sharpham

Mindfulness in nature at Sharpham

When you experience Sharpham's inspiring and nourishing environment, we hope you'll connect spiritually with the natural world, so you’ll:

  • become aware of how we are all part of nature - not artificially separate from it
  • pay attention to and appreciate the natural world surrounding us
  • explore nature through your senses and your natural creativity
  • Tread more lightly on our finite planet, developing a respect and reverence for all living things

Click here to read our ethos and principles


Your physical and mental health

This retreat uses techniques and approaches from Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) with trained and qualified teachers and is suitable for you if you are new to mindfulness, or seeking to renew or reconnect with your practice.

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 for our booking process.

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

 

I can't praise the Sharpham Trust enough for the wonderful experience I had on the mindfulness & walking retreat. I can highly recommend it. I have come away calm and relaxed and ready to go forth with gratitude

 

The River Dart from Sharpham

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.

Click here for directions to Sharpham House.

Aerial shot of Sharpham House

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

We have a variety of rooms, from Premium rooms with a river view to standard rooms and our accessible en-suite bedroom The Claire Milne Room

All have tea & coffee-making facilities. Click here to see more about our rooms

Just to let you know, we have poor mobile phone coverage – which we see as a virtue. While there is wi-fi in Sharpham House, we encourage you to disconnect from ‘the network’ so you can fully retreat when you’re here.


We are 3 miles from Totnes – famous for its Transition Town movement

We are in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty


Our food & your dietary needs

Delicious food at Sharpham House

The retreat is full-board with delicious home-cooked vegetarian food. 

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.

Eco-gardens at Sharpham

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.

All rooms have tea & coffee-making facilities. Click here to see more about our rooms


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.

 

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