Here are some of the people who work for The Sharpham Trust.
If you want to meet the people at The Barn, click here
Director: Julian Carnell
Julian oversees the entire Trust and the 550-acre Sharpham Estate. Originally a teacher he has worked overseas in international development before returning to his roots in Devon. He loves canoeing on the River Dart which meanders past the Estate.
“Sharpham is a special place that people fall in love with and I am privileged to have a brilliant staff team who work hard to create the Sharpham experience, which is one of caring and nurturing the individual and our environment."
"The positive feedback and stories people share with us make it all worthwhile.”
Trust Administrator: Amy Ruewell
Amy's is the voice you'll hear when you ring the Trust's general number.
She makes sure the Trust runs efficiently, thanks to her many years in hospitality and hotels, where she was a general manager.
Now she's happy to have a more peaceful day-job. "I want to make a difference and work as part of a team, and I've found it," she said. "It's beautiful here and everyone's so friendly."
Programme Administrator: Margot Eliadis
Margot helps people book on events, retreats and courses that we run.
And when she's not here, she's meditating, practising yoga, eating vegan and volunteering.
"In recent years I've started to enjoy meditation and yoga, so for me it's my dream job to work with the things that I'm passionate about in my personal life," says Margot
House Manager: Denise Scribbins
Denise runs the House, making sure it's fit for retreats, weddings and ceremonies.
She likes the variety of her work. "It's never boring!" she says.
Witnessing visitors appreciate the surroundings, the House and benefiting from their stay here helps to make Denise's work worthwhile. And that's particularly satisfying when they return again and again.
Programme & Development Manager: Ben Ballard
Ben oversees the Sharpham programme of retreats and courses and develops new projects here on the estate.
Says Ben: "We live in a time of disconnection socially, environmentally and spiritually. Our programmes support people to reconnect through mindfulness and spending time with nature."
"It’s a privilege and an inspiration to work in an organisation that endeavours to support people to live a more compassionate and awake life."
Gardener: Bryony Middleton
Bryony's responsible for keeping our Grade II* gardens and parkland looking wonderful all-year-round, and ensuring that our Walled Garden feeds our participants properly with organic veg.
"It’s a great honour to work in these beautiful organic gardens, embedded in so much history. The heart of it for me is the beautiful walled vegetable garden and making it productive for the kitchen.
The team here are incredible, and it’s wonderful to be part of a place that supports the soil, the soul and society."
Garden apprentice: Amy Cairns
Amy relocated from Bristol to join the Sharpham team, having quit marketing and the corporate world in order to feel her hands in the soil.
She has experience in independent, female-led, community and urban horticulture projects - plus she regularly holidayed in the South Hams as she was growing up.
"Sharpham seems the perfect place to learn about horticulture and Bryony is an inspiring person to work with," says Amy.
Finance Manager: Helen Camp
Helen Camp makes sure that Sharpham's finances are all in order.
When she's not doing the numbers, she's farming organically at Upper Sharpham Barton with her husband David and her three children.
Marketing & Communications Officer: Katie Tokus
Katie helps to make sure this website looks and sounds good, writes and sends our newsletter, talks to the media and sings better than Julian.
What inspires her about Sharpham? The birdsong and the food. Especially when the staff get leftovers.
Click here to find out how to get in touch with her, and other parts of the The Sharpham Trust.
Cook: Janet Bird
Janet's vegetarian and vegan food makes our guests go wild as well as mindful.
Says Janet: “I want to feed love to these people…people always say that they know if the food’s been made with love…”
Housekeeper: Joanna Kleszczynki
Joanna lives in and looks after Sharpham House, and the people staying with us.
She loves the history of the House, as well as the garden, its trees and flowers.
She's a florist too and you might see her blooms adorning Sharpham House. She loves working on her flowerbeds in the Walled Garden, growing her own flowers to arrange.
Caretaker: Jacek Kleszczynki
Jacek makes sure that the House and grounds are in order, fixed, repaired and renewed.
He likes the quietness of Sharpham, the wildlife, the landscape and the proximity of the river.
But there are always too many jobs to do here...
Volunteer & Mindful-in-Nature Co-ordinator: Lucy Bell
Lucy helps volunteers engage with The Trust and leads on the Mindful-in-Nature project, offering mental health recovery in the Great Outdoors.
"I love being outdoors and connecting with all elements of nature - I'm often out exploring in my campervan," says Lucy. She also has a passion for pottery and enjoys harvesting herbs and making delicious teas.
Outdoor Learning: Maya Herbolzheimer
If you're interested in outdoor learning, talk to Maya - she loves it!
"I love walking down to the office every morning from the top car park on the Estate noticing the flowers, birdsong, magnificent views and changes through the seasons," she says.
"It’s such a refreshing and peaceful place. The food is also AMAZING."
Accounts: Verity Weedon
Verity is our book-keeper, working part-time at Sharpham.
Before that, she worked for 20 years in dentistry within the National Health Service.
These days the views are better, she says. "I just love the peacefulness and the work that we do - I wish everywhere was like this!"
Assistant Housekeeper: Maureen Saunders
Maureen helps to make sure Sharpham House is clean, comfy and tidy for us and our visitors - and she's great at it too.
She particularly likes the people who come here and the ethos of the place.
Assistant Housekeeper: Nathalie Clark
Nathalie is part of the vital housekeeping team that looks after Sharpham House.
She likes the people, the environment and the food at Sharpham. "I find that Sharpham nurtures me," she says.
Assistant Housekeeper: Maribel Aire Marino
Maribel is part of the vital housekeeping team that looks after Sharpham House.
She says: "I love working at Sharpham. I like the food and my work colleagues - they are special!"
Assistant Housekeeper: Sarah Blockley
Sarah is part of the vital housekeeping team that looks after Sharpham House.
She says: "It's genuinely beautiful and tranquil here. Every morning when I drive onto the Estate I feel blessed that this is where I come and that's a rare thing."
Assistant Housekeeper & Recycling Champion: Heidi Davie
Heidi Davie is not only one of our housekeeping team - she's the team member responsible for ensuring Sharpham recycles as much as possible.
Says Heidi: "For me Sharpham is about connecting with nature, away from noise, traffic and technology. I am passionate about natural and local food and products, and along with more and more people, am keen to play a part in reducing the amount of waste in the world."
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