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Nature connection retreats for women

This women-only Woodland Retreat offers the opportunity to experience a combination of mindfulness skills and connection to the natural world, with time away from the frantic pace of everyday life.

You'll experience a spacious & sensuous immersion in mindfulness & in nature in the supportive company of women & the outstanding natural beauty of Sharpham Estate, South Devon.

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.


You'll experience:

  • guided meditations
  • movement & sitting practice
  • nature awareness and nature sensing activities 
  • medicine walks
  • foraging and feasting on wild food

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, stressed or anxious by the demands and pace of modern life
  • Love the outdoors and nature or would like to experience nature in a different way
  • 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.

This retreat is for adults aged 18 and above.



Accommodation & surroundings

This retreat takes place in our beautiful woodland campsite area in the grounds of the historic Grade 1-listed Sharpham House, set in a Capability Brown-designed landscape with stunning views over the steeply-wooded River Dart. You'll be surrounded by nature with 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 include a mattress, bedding with duvet and a table. We like to call it comfortable camping rather than glamping!

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. There is a covered fire hearth area for wet weather. We use compost toilets on the site and there is a shower available in the courtyard of the house.

A welcome letter and suggested kit list of what to bring will be provided at point of booking.

Parts of the site are on uneven ground. Please contact us if you have physical health or mobility difficulties to make sure we can best accommodate your needs.

Please click here for directions to Sharpham Estate and follow signs on arrival to drop-off point for luggage and registration.


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 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. We use compost toilets on the Woodland Campsite, while 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 biodegradable cleaning products.

Typical Programme

Arrive between 4-5pm for unload, welcome talk and settling in

Mornings Afternoons
7am – wake up call 2pm – personal / free time
7.30am – walk & movement exercises  4pm – mindfulness and nature connection activity 
8am  - guided sitting meditation 6:30pm – Supper / Tasks
8.30am – breakfast / tasks / make packed lunch 7.45pm - Meditation
9.30am – mindfulness and nature connection activity  8.30pm – personal time / fireside time / night time activity 
1pm - lunch  9pm – camp moves into silence except fireside area

Depart 12pm - 1pm on the final day 

This has been a very cleansing and empowering experience for me. I leave feeling refreshed and excited about life again.

I arrived frazzled and stressed by modern day life and I left soothed and calmed by nature and reconnected to my body and heart.

The retreat completely surpassed my expectations. The energy created and held by the retreat leaders and the other participants was so strong you could almost touch it. I reached parts of myself I didn’t know existed.

I’m rested, nourished, nurtured, fed, challenged and looked after. Lovely.

I have become a happier person and feel this is the beginning of a new chapter in my life. I have been shown that I can be strong and I do have inner power if I get back to nature.

Stunning location with inspiring teachers. A great insight into plants and nature...and the connection to life. An awakening experience to the need for wildness in life and to reconnect to nature. So grateful to be on a women-only retreat and to gain strength and empowerment from them. Would recommend to everyone.

The combination of mindfulness in nature works so well. I've been on hundreds of retreats over the years, but none so nurturing as this.

This retreat takes place in our beautiful woodland campsite area in the grounds of beautiful and historic Grade 1-listed Sharpham House, set in a Capability Brown-designed landscape with stunning views over the steeply-wooded River Dart. You'll be surrounded by nature with 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.

Please click here and follow the directions as per Sharpham House - BUT 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.

If you're coming by taxi, the drivers will know the way to Sharpham House but not to the Woodland Retreat drop-off point.  Please look out for the signs.

Karin Jordan

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. 


Shoshana Moskowitz

Shoshana is an experienced meditator, yogini, healer and facilitator and is a catalyst for change. Over the last 16 years she's been an influential, passionate voice for cultivating inner and outer health, leading over 100 groups and teaching group leaders in the detox field.

The essence of her mindfulness teaching is bringing a warm, open ‘listening’ to this present moment in the body. Her approach is transformational, deep, humorous and loving. With her ‘tool kit’ of mindfulness practices and storytelling she creates a safe, nourishing space to weave connection internally of body and heart, mind and spirit and externally, with the land and the world around us. 

Shoshana's approach to mindfulness is derived from living in India where she was immersed in four years of training in Vipassana (insight) meditation following her BA in psychology, studies and understanding of deep feminine, yoga and nutrition, her personal path of transformation and more. Intuitive and practical, she is an advocate for sisterhood and brotherhood, where we all support each other's unfolding.

Shoshana lives locally in Devon, in the Dartmoor national park, and leads healing detox retreats.


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Woodland Retreat: Nature Connection for Women  - 3 nights (with Brigit-Anna McNeill & Shoshana Moskowitz)

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Woodland Retreat: Nature Connection for Women  - 3 nights (with Brigit-Anna McNeill & Shoshana Moskowitz)

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Woodland Retreat: Nature Connection for Women - 3 nights (with Brigit-Anna McNeill & Shoshana Moskowitz)


Woodland Retreat: Nature Connection for Women  - 3 nights (with Brigit-Anna McNeill & Shoshana Moskowitz)

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Woodland Retreat: Nature Connection for Women - 3 nights (with Brigit-Anna McNeill & Shoshana Moskowitz)


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