Have just come back from 4 days on the Canoeing and Mindfulness Retreat where we slept in yurts in the wood. Am still feeling moved by the experience. The place was beautiful (one participant calling it Narnia), comfortable and most importantly, we were held by five very capable people who gently guided us in a non intrusive way, through the whole journey. An experience that I whole heartedly recommend.
Just had a fantastic thought-provoking and thoroughly lovely day on the 'Foraging for Medicine' course. The atmosphere was calm and gentle, set in beautiful grounds with quality teaching from Brigit. I learnt lots of new ideas and came away keen to go on another Sharpham course. Thank you for a special memorable day!
I took part in a 6-day silent mindfulness and meditation retreat.
It was the first retreat back after lockdown had lifted so naturally there were 'rules' to follow ie- masks / allocated bathroom/split retreat groups / the pool wasn't in use / communal spaces not in use/non-self serving buffet.
Even with these restrictions in place, I had the most incredible journey.
My intention for going on such a retreat was to disconnect from mainstream life and get in touch with my loving and compassionate self. The part of me that doesn't always get a fair run when I'm off doing my thing in London.
The environment held me in the most special way. The woodlands, the river, the vineyards, the walking paths, the gardens, the hills... oh my! Absolutely stunning.
It has been three and a half weeks since I returned from the retreat and I am still carrying with me the peace, harmony, teachings and bliss I encountered when I was there.
The food is literally out of this world and it is grown and harvested in the Sharpham Trust garden. So it truly is: from the seed to the plate.
I am plant-based ( vegan ), and I felt completely catered for. Spoilt in fact!
I guess what I am trying to say is, going 'off grid' for 6 days in silence with a group of people you don't know in a house and environment that isn't familiar can be scary.
The Sharpham Trust know how to curate a nourishing, nurturing, exciting and safe experience.