6-night retreats at The Barn
Based on the three pillars of meditation, community and connection to the land, Barn retreats help develop a mindful approach to our lives, work and relationships. They run every week of the year for up to 10 people.
The 6-night retreat structure is based on the following:
- Three 40-minute meditation sessions a day
- Outdoor walking meditation
- Meditation and mindfulness guidance
- Mindful work in the organic garden and woods
- Community living and fellowship in a small group
- Daily periods of silence, and one full day of silence
- Inquiry led by Buddhist teachers
Retreatants usually stay for one week, although many stay for longer.
Accommodation and Community Living
Every retreatant has a single room. Living as a small community of up to 12 people (including 2 coordinators), we share household tasks, and cook and eat together. In the afternoons there is free time to practise individually: use our extensive library, talk to like minded people, or walk in our beautiful 550 acre Sharpham Estate. Evening meals are prepared individually or in groups.
Meditation can bring a deep sense of calm and awareness. We provide guided meditation sessions and also offer further basic instruction in meditation practice for beginners, on request. Our regular visiting teachers come three times a week to help deepen your experience of meditation and answer any questions you may have.
We grow most of our own vegetables in our organic gardens. When on retreat you will be eating produce grown by previous retreatants, and being kept warm by the wood they split - the house is heated by a wood furnace. We therefore spend our mornings gardening and working in the woodlands. This is a chance to practise bringing the awareness cultivated in our meditation into meaningful activity, and to ensure that future retreatants enjoy fresh organic produce.
The weekly schedule provides opportunities for both individual reflection and group meditation.
It is important that you are willing to participate in working on the land as part of your mindfulness practice (we can easily find suitable tasks for people with health difficulties) and that you can commit to all the scheduled activities during the week. This includes three 40 minute formal meditation periods each day.
Note that we hold silence from 9pm to 9am each day, and all day Wednesday.
Barn 6-night retreat schedule
Sunday: Arrive between 2pm and 4pm
4.30pm - Welcome talk, introductions and tour
5.30pm - Guided meditation
6.30pm - Light evening meal
9.00pm - Silence starts
Monday to Friday:
|6.20am – wake up||1.00pm – lunch|
|6.50am – meditation||2.00pm – personal time|
|7.30am – household tasks||optional afternoon activities include yoga, therapies (shiatsu, etc), reading, walking...|
|8.00am – breakfast||5.00pm – teaching by visiting teachers|
|9.00am – house meeting||6.00pm – light supper prepared individually or in groups|
|10.30am – mindful gardening||8.20pm – meditation|
|12.20pm – meditation||9.00pm – silence until 9.00am the next day|
Saturday: As above until 8.00am - silence ends at breakfast.
Then clear rooms and depart between 9.00am and 11.00am
For anyone wanting to take their mindfulness practice deeper, this is the place!
- Clare, psychotherapist
Possibly the most nourishing week of my life!
- Catherine, translator
I came here empty and I go home connected and alive.
The Barn is such a special special place! You will never be the same afterwards.
The greatest thing I have done in my life
- Ben, care worker
The Barn Retreat is a wondrous, life-changing experience.
I feel like my soul has been on holiday
- Anne, teacher
Retreats take place at The Barn Retreat Centre - a beautiful and peaceful retreat centre based on the Sharpham Estate, surrounded by nature, with views over the River Dart and 550 acres of the Sharpham Estate to explore. All set within a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Please note that The Barn Retreat is in a different location to Sharpham House. Make sure to follow the directions to The Barn Retreat, rather than Sharpham House.
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Places on a 6-night retreat at The Barn cost £290.
Limited bursaries are available for those experiencing financial hardship who would not otherwise be able to attend. Currently we have only one bursary placement per retreat. Please contact The Barn team for more details if you wish to apply - [email protected] or call 01803 732661.
All rooms are single occupancy.
How to book easily and securely:
- online on this page
- by phoning 01803 732542
- or by emailing [email protected]
If you've got any questions about this retreat, call The Barn team on 01803 732661 or email [email protected]
We’re not always in the office, so be prepared to leave a message saying when we could call you back.