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3-night retreat

Sanjay Soni

10 months ago, on Google
The Barn is a very special place set in a beautiful location with amazing views. You can feel the calm harmonising energy of the barn and the wonderful team create a safe space to share and learn. I've stayed at the barn twice in the last couple of years and will definitely be returning. Highly recommended if you would like to connect with nature, community and yourself.

Two Rivers Paper Co

6 months ago, on Google
I’ve just come back from a week away at the Barn. I can honestly say it’s one of the best weeks of my life! The whole place is filled with such honest, down to earth kindness. I felt totally accepted and the group were amazingly supportive of each other. The coordinators were extremely knowledgeable, open and friendly. I feel like I’ve had new life blown into my soul. I will definitely be booking again for a second time possibly a third and fourth! Thank you 🙏

Mike Howell

a month ago, on Google
The location is serene; the venue and accommodation is very comfortable. My first retreat, and not my last, was for 55+'s. Ten of us shared a peaceful week where we felt at ease. There was a great sense of community, sharing and kindness within the group - a welcome escape from the frenetic, combative, angry environment of the world today. Highly recommended.

Caroline Gracie

3 months ago, on Google
A retreat at the Barn is a very special experience. The landscape is breathtaking, the food delicious and the cooking, gardening and house care tasks carefully handled so that one need never feel overwhelmed. Accommodation is simple but comfortable. Everything runs to a calm, clear schedule and the co-ordinators handle all challenges - from the practical to the emotional and spiritual - with a miraculously light touch.

clare salter

2 months ago, on Google
Staying at the barn on a 6-night retreat feels like the best, life changing experience I have ever had. My heart feels nourished, my connection with nature enhanced and a feeling of community that goes beyond words. The insight of the Buddhist wisdom taught by beautiful caring people, the meditations have deepened my practice and continue to bring a sense of harmony to my day-to-day life. Barn team thank you so much. Clare

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A short version of our regular 6-night meditation retreat at The Barn, where you can live, work and practice in community.

View from The Barn retreat centre at The Sharpham Trust

The Barn Retreat is based on the three pillars of

  • meditation
  • community
  • and connection to the land.

Our retreats help to develop a mindful approach to our lives, work and relationships and are for up to 11 people.

You’ll experience three 40-minute meditation sessions each day, outdoor walking meditation, mindful work in the organic gardens and woods and inquiry led by Buddhist teachers.

Read on for more details on this retreat and click the Schedules and Venue & Directions tabs above for further information.

 

Staying in community


This retreat is for you if you:

  • are prepared to live and work in community, working in the gardens
  • Want to experience a shorter retreat in the Buddhist tradition
  • are aged 18 and above

There are periods of silence on each of our retreats.

A volunteer uses a singing bowl for meditation

Daily meditations


There are approximately three 40-minute meditation sittings each day, and it's important that you commit to them to deepen your practice and connect to the community here.

 

Working on the land


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.

A gardener in the Barn's gardens

What you’ll experience on this retreat


During this retreat you’ll:

  • be living in community with like-minded people, sharing experiences and tasks
  • experience guided meditations and periods of silence and quiet contemplation
  • have a single-occupancy room and your own space in which to rejuvenate, with free time to deeply rest and reconnect with yourself
  • have access to 24-hour hot teas, coffee & infusions in the kitchen
  • be able to explore the beautiful Sharpham Estate, set within a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty close to nature, amid breath-taking scenery on the banks of the River Dart

 

The view from The Barn's kitchen window, with a vase of flowers

What's the difference between retreats at The Barn and in Sharpham House?


Costs are kept lower at The Barn because gardening, cooking and household tasks are shared in community by volunteer coordinators and retreatants.  

Retreats at Sharpham House are fully catered and staff. Also, Sharpham House is a large Grade I-listed building with far higher overheads.

 

Mindfulness in nature at Sharpham


When you experience Sharpham's inspiring and nourishing environment, we hope you'll connect spiritually with the natural world, so you’ll:

  • become aware of how we are all part of nature - not artificially separate from it
  • pay attention to and appreciate the natural world surrounding us
  • explore nature through your senses and your natural creativity
  • Tread more lightly on our finite planet, developing a respect and reverence for all living things

Click here to read our ethos and principles

Nimbus - the cat at The barn at The Sharpham Trust retreat centre

What you need to know


If you decide to stay with us, we’ll send you a list of what you need to bring for this retreat in your Welcome Letter that we send out after you've booked.

You can also find out more about staying with us on our Frequently Asked Questions page, including

  • accessibility information
  • why we encourage you to come on your own and not with partners or friends
  • what the difference is between our retreats

See our Barn Covid-19 measures here

Delicious vegetarian and vegan food at The Barn meditation retreat centre at The Sharpham Trust

Food & your dietary needs


We have a fully stocked organic and vegetarian kitchen. The main meal is at lunch time.

We can accommodate gluten-free and/or vegan dietary needs. However, our kitchen is not gluten, dairy nor nut-free. We do not provide gluten-free bread, but you are welcome to bring your own.

Please make sure you include dietary restrictions and any food allergies on your Booking Form. We may need to communicate further with you about specifics. The booking form is sent as a link once you have booked and paid for a retreat.

Our water is provided from our own spring, UV treated and filtered.


Your physical and mental health


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 for our booking process

If you have a medical condition that requires you to have a room close to a toilet, please contact The Barn team on the number below and we'll try to help.

 

A truly magical place, couldn't recommend more highly

 

The 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 retreat. This includes three 40-minute formal meditation periods each day.

Note that we hold silence from 8pm to 9am each day.

Barn 3-night retreat schedule


Arrival day: Arrive between 2pm and 4pm

4.30pm - Welcome talk, introductions and tour

5.30pm - Guided meditation

6.30pm - Light evening meal

8.00pm - Silence starts

Sample schedule:

Mornings Afternoons
6.20am – wake up 1.00pm – lunch
6.50am – movement & meditation 2.00pm – personal time
7.30am –  household tasks 3.30pm - group walk on one of the days
8.00am – breakfast 5.00pm – teaching by visiting teachers 
9.15am – morning gathering 6.30pm – light supper prepared individually or in groups
10.30am – mindful gardening 8.00pm – meditation & silence until until 9.00am the next day
12.20pm – meditation   

Final day:  As above until 8.00am - silence ends at breakfast.

Then clear rooms and depart between 9.00am and 10.00am

 

 

A truly magical place, couldn't recommend more highly.

 

For anyone wanting to take their mindfulness practice deeper, this is the place!          

 

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

 

The Barn Retreat is a wondrous, life-changing experience.

 

I feel like my soul has been on holiday

This retreat takes place at The Barn, with superb views over the River Dart.


Click here for our How to Find Us page on this website.

Click here to view and download directions and a map to The Barn

Click here view and download walking/cycling directions to The Barn

view of The Barn at The Sharpham Trust

If you have a medical condition that requires you to have a room close to a toilet, please contact The Barn team on the number below and we'll try to help.


Phones and laptops
We ask all participants to turn off mobile phones and electronic devices for the whole of your retreat. This helps you and everyone else to disengage from daily life and live fully in the simplicity and quietude of a Buddhist retreat.


We are 3 miles from Totnes – famous for its Transition Town movement

We are in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty


Sustainability


We take sustainability seriously.Meditation retreats at The Barn at The Sharpham Trust, Devon, England

Heating and hot water in The Barn is run from our log furnace and solar thermal panels. We supply as much food as possible from our organic gardens; the rest comes from Riverford Organic Farms and Essential Trading Cooperative. We also have two large photovoltaic solar panel arrays on the Estate and use biodegradable cleaning products wherever possible.

£175 - Supported Rate

The Sharpham Trust is committed to ensuring that retreats at The Barn are accessible to all - regardless of income. The Supported Rate is for those unable to pay the Standard or Benefactor Rate.

£225 – Standard Rate

Paying the Standard Rate means you will be contributing towards our running costs, supporting the work of The Barn and helping retreatants of lower incomes to access our retreats.

£275 – Benefactor Rate

If you are able to pay the Benefactor Rate, that means that you'll be supporting others who cannot afford to benefit from a Barn retreat on The Sharpham Estate. Your choice to pay this rate will help us with the running costs of The Barn, enabling us to continue our charitable work connecting people to nature and fostering mindfulness and wellbeing, as well as caring for the land, wildlife and wider estate.



Accommodation & facilities

Rooms at The Barn at The Sharpham Trust

All rates include all meals, bedding and towels. All rooms are comfortable single rooms, with a shared bathroom.

All rooms are randomly allocated, unless you have medical needs relating to your room allocation. If you have such a need, let us know on your booking form before the retreat begins. 

Hot drinks are available 24 hours in the kitchen.

The Barn is on the Sharpham Estate, set in a stunning hillside location overlooking the River Dart within a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.


Bursaries

Limited bursaries are available for those experiencing financial hardship. Contact the Barn team on the number or email below at least 4 weeks in advance if you wish to apply.

Our bursary fund relies on donations. If you’d like to help another to go on retreat here through our bursary scheme, you can give online quickly and easily by clicking here

 

Retreats & Events

All rooms are single occupancy.

How to book easily and securely:

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.


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