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Summer Embrace: a 5-night retreat

Experience a longer stay at peaceful Sharpham, whilst exploring different pathways to mindful awareness.

Summer retreat at Sharpham

Our Summer Embrace retreat gives you the chance to be nourished by the best that Sharpham has to offer, including:

  • yoga and mindful movement
  • creative writing
  • activities and meditations surrounded by nature
  • singing
  • walking in the beautiful Devon landscape

You’ll experience many of the rich threads that are woven through the Sharpham programme, with a schedule of activities exploring mindful awareness through community, creativity, celebration and a deep connection to nature.

You’ll have free time to explore the stunning natural surroundings of Sharpham and time for connection, rest and renewal. 

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

Watch the short video below to give you a better feel for the stunning beauty of Sharpham House and Estate.

 


 

Exploring Sharpham’s different pathways to mindfulness


This retreat is for you if you are:

  • curious to experience the different elements of the Sharpham Programme
  • want a longer stay in this beautiful place
  • in need of rest, rejuvenation and renewal
  • are aged 18 and above

Experiences in community


You’ll have the chance to join in a range of workshops, from yoga and mindful movement to creative writing, nature sensing and singing.

This retreat is in shared accommodation with some single occupancy rooms available too.

When you share a room there’s a sense of community, but there’s also no obligation to chat or socialise. Retreats go into silence from 9pm to 9am each day, allowing you to drop into your own peace and quietude.

There will be a maximum of 32 participants on this retreat.

There are periods of silence on each of our retreats.

Be looked after at Sharpham

What you’ll experience on this retreat


During this retreat you’ll:

  • have the opportunity to develop mindfulness skills through guided meditations
  • practice morning yoga and mindful movement
  • access creativity through singing, creative writing and visual art
  • have guided and free time on this beautiful Estate, enjoying engaging nature connection and nature sensing activities
  • be in a safe and supportive space, with the chance to spend some evenings round the fire and under the stars in good company
  • be living in community with like-minded people, bringing mindfulness to everyday experiences and tasksDelicous vegetarian food at Sharpham
  • enjoy delicious, healthy, home-cooked vegetarian food that regularly receives rave reviews and have access to 24-hour hot teas, coffee & infusions in our Toasting Room
  • be cared for full-board in a Grade 1-listed Georgian House surrounded by history and art, with staff looking after you, in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty close to nature, amid breath-taking scenery on the banks of the River Dart

 

River Dart at Sharpham

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

Enjoy Sharpham in the Summer


What might you bring?


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. But you might consider the following:

  • Comfy clothes for meditation, movement and relaxation
  • Slippers (we supply some, but you might prefer your own)
  • A journal or notepad if you want to write or draw during your time here
  • Swimming gear – we have a small pool that’s open in summer. Click here to read more.
  • Walking boots – we have wonderful footpaths and routes to explore
  • Running gear if you’re a jogger. Some participants love to run on the lanes and footpaths near Sharpham

Find out more about staying in Sharpham House on our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Delicious food at Sharpham House

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. 

We can accommodate the following dietary needs: vegan, wheat-free, gluten-free, dairy-free as long as you have included these on your Booking Form. Please alert us to any food allergies you have. The booking form is sent as a link once you have booked and paid for a retreat.

Your physical and mental health


This retreat is suitable for you if you are new to mindfulness, or seeking to renew or reconnect with your practice.

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.

We have an accessible en-suite bedroom The Clare Milne Room – click here for details on how to book this room

If you have a medical condition that requires you to have an en-suite room, please contact our Programme Administrator on the number below as these rooms are limited and are bookable on a first-come first-serve basis.

 

The beauty of Sharpham House and its surroundings is readily apparent, but it’s the special alchemy that happens inside the house when that’s combined with mindfulness and human warmth and connectedness that makes a stay here so memorable and powerful to the soul.

 

The River Dart from Sharpham

If you're coming to stay with us on retreat, it is important to make a commitment to arrive in time for the first group meeting and to attend all the days.

This ensures you experience the retreat programme from start to finish and helps your group of participants to gel.


Example Schedule

With sessions including nature connection, creative enquiry (art, singing etc), mindfulness practice and exploration (self-compassion, gratitide and appreciation etc)

Time

Tuesday

7.10am

Wake Up Bell

8am

Early Bird

Movement

(Meet at main entrance)

8.30am

Breakfast / Tasks

9.50am

Guided Meditation

(Octagonal Room)

10.30am

Tea Break

 

11.30m

Morning Session

Groups A

Group B

1pm

Lunch / Tasks

2.15pm

Afternoon

free time

 

4.00pm

Afternoon Session

Group A

Group B

5.15pm

5.30pm

Guided Meditation (Octagonal Room)

6.00pm

(6.30 on first evening)

Supper / Tasks

Personal Time

8.00pm

Mindfulness

Exploration

(Octagonal Room)

8.40pm

Deep Relaxation

9.00pm

Personal Time
 



Departure by 11:45am on the final day.

A wonderful healthy and healing experience

 

Fabulous mindfulness retreat at Sharpham house. I have come home a better person

 

I had a wonderful stay with delicious food, inspiring nature and people. It felt like a home from home.

 

Sharpham has been truly inspirational...

This retreat takes place in the beautiful and historic Grade 1-listed Sharpham House set in a Capability Brown-designed landscape with stunning views over the steeply-wooded River Dart.

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

Click here to view, print or download directions and a map to Sharpham House

Click here view and download walking/cycling directions to Sharpham House

Aerial shot of Sharpham House

If you have a medical condition that requires you to have an en-suite room, please contact our Programme Administrator on the number below as these rooms are limited and are bookable on a first-come first-served basis.


Just to let you know, we have poor mobile phone coverage – which we see as a virtue. While there is wi-fi in Sharpham House, we encourage you to disconnect from ‘the network’ so you can fully retreat when you’re here.


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.

All of the hot water and heating in the House is produced by a state-of-the-art biomass woodchip boiler and we have 2 large photo-voltaic solar panel arrays on barn rooftops.

Eco-gardens at Sharpham

Our gardens are managed organically and we only use bio-degradable cleaning products.

5 nights

£350 – Shared room, full-board

£495 -  Single occupancy, full-board

£645 – Premium, single occupancy, full-board

 

Brigit-Anna McNeill - retreat leader

Brigit-Anna McNeill - 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. 


Rupert Marques

Rupert Marques

Rupert Marques has been practising in the Insight Meditation tradition for over 20 years. He has a background in ecospychology, environmental and outdoor education.

He currently lives and teaches at Ecodharma, a pioneering community in the Spanish Pyrenees supporting individuals and groups working toward social justice and ecological sustainability.

A guiding interest for him is the exploration of how inner work finds its expression in sustaining and enriching our work for ‘the more beautiful world our hearts know is possible’.


Jess Stein.

Jess Stein.

Jess has been practicing yoga all her life and teaching since 2010. Her practice is based in the Scaravelli approach as taught by Christine Borg. This yoga is playful, attentive and curious. It encourages fluidity and flexibility by working with the natural lines and curves of the body rather than forcing it into uncomfortable shapes. Her teaching also draws on her training in Dru Yoga, qigong and other movement practices. 

Jess' mindfulness practice began in 2008 when she took a year out to 'find herself'. She's still working on finding herself but she did come across the teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh. This lead to an involvement with Wake Up London, a group of young people interested in creating social change through personal peace. She spent several years facilitating Wake Up events and projects and in 2015 moved to the Barn to spend a year as a Retreat Coordinator.  Since then she has lead a series of retreats exploring this line between movement and stillness and is fascinated by the process of creating spaces where people can find freedom in their bodies and peace in their minds and hearts. Alongside this work Jess a palliative care nurse working in a hospice. 


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