Mixed nature connection retreats
Experience a combination of mindfulness and connection to the natural world, with time away from the frantic pace of everyday life on our nature connection Woodland Retreats.
Accommodation is in fully-furnished, cosy bell tents pitched in Sharpham's woodland, close to the River Dart in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
- opportunities to develop mindfulness skills through guided meditation
- accessible and engaging nature connection and nature sensing activities - cultivating moment to moment awareness in the outdoors
- delicious food including foraging and wild food
- time for rest and replenishment in a very special natural setting
- a safe and supported space with time around the fire and good company
The benefits of connecting with nature and spending time in the natural world are well documented, as are those of developing a mindfulness practice. Together they combine to create a powerful synthesis, often resulting in feelings of gratitude, wonder, calm, self-insight and positive emotions.
This Woodland Retreat offers the chance to feel more fully alive and ‘in your skin’ as well as the opportunity to experience yourself as connected to and part of nature rather than separate – a return to nature as your true home.
The retreat is for you if you are:
- New to mindfulness or are looking to sustain and reconnect with your practice in a new way
- Feeling overwhelmed or stressed by the demands and pace of modern life
- Love the outdoors and nature or would like to experience nature in a different way - you don't have to be an experienced camper to attend
- Looking for tools and resources to sustain you in your everyday life
- Feeling a longing to spend time in nature and the chance to reconnect with your true and authentic self
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
Parts of the site are on uneven ground and our programme includes walking in the hilly countryside of Devon. Please contact us if you have physical health or mobility difficulties to make sure we can best accommodate your needs.
A welcome letter and suggested kit list of what to bring will be provided at the point of booking.
Arrive between 4-5pm for unload, welcoming talk and settling in
|7am – wake up||2pm – personal / free time|
|7.30am – simple movement/warm-up exercises & meditation||4pm – mindfulness and nature connection activity|
|8.30am – breakfast / tasks / make packed lunch||6.30pm - Supper / Tasks|
|9.30am – mindfulness and nature connection activity||7.45pm - Meditation|
|1pm - lunch||8pm – personal time / fireside time / night time activity|
|9pm – camp moves into silence except fireside area|
Depart 12pm - 1pm on the final day
I cannot recommend this highly enough - the more you give up to the activities and people around you, the more the reward. A beautiful 3 days.
A 5-star setting with the added bonus of really being grounded in nature.
The most perfect introduction to mindfulness, in an awe-inspiring setting.
I came with an open heart and open mind and left with an expanded heart and expanded mind.
One of the best retreats I have attended.
It’s perfect! Please don’t change it!
The situation of the camp was idyllic and food delicious. The last morning was for me truly golden.
Please click here and follow the directions as per Sharpham House - HOWEVER PLEASE NOTE THAT THE WOODLAND RETREAT DROP OFF POINT IS NOT AT SHARPHAM HOUSE ITSELF - Look out for and follow Woodland Retreat signs once on the estate. Please note that if coming by taxi - the drivers will know the way to Sharpham House but not to the luggage drop off point. Please look out for the signs.
This retreat takes place in our beautiful woodland campsite area in the grounds of Sharpham House, surrounded by nature and with the River Dart and 550 acres of the Sharpham Estate to explore. The Estate includes a diversity of natural habitats including reed beds, salt marsh, ancient woodland with a rich variety of wildlife, flora and fauna – all set within a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Your accommodation will be in comfortable and spacious bell tents, which includes a foam mattress, warm 13.5 tog duvet and bedding, a small table and a solar light. We like to call it comfortable camping rather than glamping! The tents offer a good opportunity for those new to camping and a bit of extra comfort for more seasoned campers.
There is a covered fire hearth area for wet weather. We use compost toilets on the site and there is an indoor shower available in the courtyard of the house approximately 3-4 minutes walk away as well as 2 flushing toilets for those that prefer.
Our cooks produce high-quality seasonal, vegetarian food for our guests. We source food whenever possible from our kitchen garden and support local food suppliers - we can accommodate a range of dietary needs.
All bell tents are single occupancy to give you time to yourself for rest and contemplation. The woodland campsite includes a covered outdoor kitchen and dining area and the retreat is fully catered with delicious and locally-sourced vegetarian food, as well as food foraged from the wild.
£315 - full board - includes furnished bell tent (single occupancy) and bedding. Please bring your own towel.
£425 - full board - includes furnished bell tent (single occupancy) and bedding. Please bring your own towel.
Camp Manager, Woodland Retreats
Karin is an experienced holder of safe and transformational space in which people can
authentically stretch and grow. Passionate about enabling people to find their latent talent and
motivation through connecting to the wild, she works as a business, creativity and life coach,
nature connection guide, mentor, group facilitator and conscious cook. In this work she enjoys a
wide range of clients from artists and makers, Masters students, charities, social enterprise
leaders and conscious business entrepreneurs to trainee doctors and qualified GPs. Karin thrives
if she can be outdoors every day connecting mindfully to the sights, sounds and sensations.
Waking up to the morning chorus in the Sharpham campsite realises a long held dream and she
looks forward to sharing this with you.
Brigit-Anna McNeill - Woodland Retreat leader
Brigit-Anna trained in wilderness therapy, counselling and mentoring following her MA in Art Psychotherapy. She empowers others to feel safely held in a group setting, and her approach is strong, safe, transformational and loving. With a rare gift for getting to the heart of the matter and helping others find the deeper truth, Brigit-Anna's knowledge and passion for plants and the natural world is infectious, whether for food, medicine or spiritual ally. She loves to guide us in nature to see it as we have never seen it before; as the missing community we always craved.
Ollie Frame has been co-leading yoga and meditation retreats for over five years. Trained in Mindfulness with Bangor University and the University of Exeter, he runs 8-week courses for members of the public as well as courses for teachers and students within schools and colleges. Ollie also works as an Integrative counsellor and has a particular interest in Psychosynthesis, depth psychology and inner journeying. Within the world of mindfulness, he is especially enthusiastic about self compassion, metta meditation and other heart-based approaches.
Rupert brings over two decades of practice in the Insight Meditation tradition and a background in ecopsychology and outdoor education.
A long-time lover of wilderness, Rupert trained and guided in Contemporary Wilderness Rites of Passage with the School of Lost Borders in the U.S.
He currently lives, works and teaches at EcoDharma, a community in the Spanish Pyrenees exploring the engagement of contemplative practice with issues of social justice and ecological sustainability.
Woodland Retreat: Nature Connection Mixed - 3 nights (with Brigit-Anna McNeill & Ollie Frame)
Woodland Retreat: Coming to Our Senses - 3 nights (with Brigit-Anna McNeill and Ollie Frame)
All tents are single occupancy, giving you your own space in which to relax.
There will be a maximum of 14 retreatants on this retreat.
How to book easily and securely:
- online on this page
- by phoning 01803 732542
- or by emailing us on [email protected]
Ring us or email if you've got any questions.
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