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The Barn: a 10-night retreat

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Stay at The Barn for longer, on this new 10-night retreat.

See The Barn's Covid-19 measures here

View from The Barn retreat centre at The Sharpham Trust

This is a chance to experience The Barn over a more spacious length of time. 

The retreat will have the same foundation of community, meditation and land connection with two full days of silence. 

This retreat is especially wonderful for those who have been to The Barn previously: we ask that you have been on previous retreats in order to book on to this one.

Barn retreats run throughout the year and are 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 10 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:

  • have been to The Barn before
  • are prepared to live and work in community, working in the gardens
  • Want to experience a retreat in the Buddhist tradition
  • are aged 18 and above

There will be a maximum of 10 participants on this retreat.

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 is 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 during the week.

people gardening together in the Barn's gardens

What you’ll experience on this retreat


During this retreat you’ll:

  • experiencing a longer, more spacious time at The Barn
  • 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
  • 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

 

A retreatant feeds the chickens at The Barn

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.

Find out more about staying at The Barn on our Frequently Asked Questions page
 

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

a retreatant putting out the washing at The Barn

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:

  • Comfortable, loose clothing for meditation and movement sessions
  • Indoor footwear/slippers
  • Suitable seasonal clothes – it can get cold in the evening and in the winter
  • Boots or comfy waterproof outdoor shoes and a waterproof jacket are advisable for local walks
  • A journal or notepad if you want to write or draw during your time here

Find out more about staying at The Barn on our Frequently Asked Questions page

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

Food & your dietary needs


We produce a lot of our own organic fresh produce and provide mostly organic produce where we can for our 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


This retreat is suitable for you if you have some meditation experience, or you are 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

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.

 

If we all did this once a year, the world would be all the brighter for it…


 

Schedule

The weekly 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 week. This includes three 40 minute formal meditation periods each day.


Sunday

Afternoon
2pm - 4pm – arrival
5.00pm - Welcome
6.30pm – Supper & personal time
7.50pm – Meditation
9.00pm – Personal time

Daily

Mornings Afternoons
6.20am – Wake up bell 12.20pm – Meditation
6.45am – Movement (optional) 1.00pm – Lunch
7.00am – Meditation 2.30pm – Personal time
7.30am – Tasks 5.00pm – Teaching & enquiry

8.00am – Breakfast & personal time

6.30pm – Supper & personal time
9.30am – Morning meeting 7.50pm – Meditation
10.30am - Gardening 9.00pm – Personal time

Penultimate day

Mornings Afternoons
6.20am – Wake up bell 12.20pm – Meditation
6.45am – Movement (optional) 1.00pm – Lunch
7.00am – Meditation 2.30pm – Personal time
7.30am – Tasks 5.00pm – Closing circle

8.00am – Breakfast & personal time

6.30pm – Supper & personal time
10.30am - Gardening 7.50pm – Meditation
  9.00pm – Personal time

Your final day

Morning
6.20am – Wake up bell
6.45am – Movement (optional)
7.00am – Meditation
7.30am – Tasks
8.00am – Breakfast, pack up, departure

 

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

Please note that The Barn Retreat is in a different location to Sharpham House. Make sure to follow the directions to The Barn Retreat, rather than Sharpham House.


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.

£700 - Supported Rate

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

£850 – 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.

£990 – 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:

  • online on this page
  • by phoning 01803 732542

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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