3-night retreat at The Barn
A short version of our regular meditation retreat at The Barn.
This retreat is only available to people who have come to The Barn before
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 3-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
Accommodation and Community Living
Every retreatant has a single room. Living as a small community of 12 people, 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.
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 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, plus total silence all day Tuesday.
Barn 3-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
8.00pm - Silence starts
Monday to Wednesday:
|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 – Barn meeting||6.00pm – light supper prepared individually or in groups|
|10.30am – mindful gardening||8.20pm – meditation|
|12.20pm – meditation||8.00pm – silence until 9.00am the next day|
Wednesday: 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
This retreat takes place at The Barn, with superb views over the River Dart.
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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
We take sustainability seriously.
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.
Places on this 3-night retreat at The Barn cost £145 or £170.
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.