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Barn meditation retreat for men

Lucy West

2 weeks ago, on Google
I had such a special time at the Barn this August. It was a beautiful experience of building community and engaging in mindful activity. The Co-ordinators and visiting teachers were excellent and the accommodation was lovely. It's located in a stunning area of Devon with an extraordinarily high density of retreat and education centres. Totnes is also a great town to explore. I can't recommend the whole experience more!

Trebes Disease

in the last week, on Google
The Barn may be the most beautiful and thought provoking place I've ever been. The sense of community. The time to contemplate. The knowledge to absorb. The people to befriend. Thank you to Huli for her dedication, Anne, for her Serenity and Charli for his compassion, thank you all for your warm hearts. Embrace everything about the place and the people and you will nourish the soul, of that I have no doubt - Bobby

Becca Flintham

6 months ago, on Google
A truly wonderful retreat in a truly beautiful location... Sharpham Barn retreat is in a peaceful rural setting overlooking the glorious River Dart valley, surrounded by nature and birdsong. The accommodation is simple but comfortable (having your own room is a definite plus); the organic food is excellent; and the retreat coordinators are always warm and friendly, and supportive of your practice. There is a perfect balance of practical gardening work, meditation sessions, dharma teachings, and time for exploring and walking in the locality. I am a returning guest to the Barn, and hope to keep returning regularly in the future. Thank you!

Nenés P

4 weeks ago, on Google
Magical! Inspirational. A life-changing experience. A big thank you to Hüly, Anne and the rest of coordinators, teachers, retreatants and therapists, who contributed to making this retreat a peaceful and nourishing environment for personal growth. Namaste

Isla Macleod

4 months ago, on Google
Returning to the Barn for some retreat time in the Kuti was one of the greatest gifts I have given myself since becoming a mum! The beautiful space enabled a deep practice of meditation, reflection and integration to unfurl, along with soaking up the beauty of the surroundings, birdsong and solitude. Truly nourishing and supportive. I’ll be back again soon!

This version of our popular 6-night retreat is for men only, providing an ideal space to begin, maintain or kick-start a mindfulness practice.


With men's spaces so rare, in a culture that has put great pressure on men to conform to certain ways of being, The Barn offers a respectful space for meditation practice, reflection and a respectful sense of community where men can experience a sense of Brotherhood - supported in their own practice within a circle of men.

Craig Malpass - previously a Barn coordinator with experience in holding retreats and other spaces for men - will be returning to co-coordinate this retreat.

 

The men's retreats at The Barn have been the most meaningful and insightful for me, whilst they have introduced me to a level of comfort and brotherhood with other men I once thought impossible

                                                                                               - Craig Malpass

Like all retreats at The Barn, this men's version is based on the three pillars of

  • meditation
  • community
  • connection to the land

The 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 the retreat leaders and visiting teachers.

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

Retreat for men at The Barn at The Sharpham Trust

Staying in community


This retreat is for you if you:

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

There will be a maximum of 11 participants on this retreat.

There are periods of silence on each of our retreats.

 

Daily meditationsRetreat for men at The Barn at The Sharpham Trust


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

meditation retreats at The Barn

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.

 

What you’ll experience on this retreat


During this retreat you’ll:

  • be living in community with like-minded people, sharing experiences and tasks, including the making of meals and taking care of the house
  • 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

View from The Barn - by participant Gary Fielder

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 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

Food at The Barn

Food & your dietary needs


We have a fully stocked organic and vegetarian kitchen. The main meal is at lunch time. Everyone takes a turn to prepare this meal in pairs (this will be organised at the Sunday welcome meeting). We have plenty of simple recipes for you to choose from, or we can direct you to one in particular. Some participants like to use their own recipe ideas.

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.

 

The men’s retreat creates a very special space where we men can drop our guard and relate to each other simply as emotional beings with so much in common

                                  - a participant on a previous Barn retreat for men

 

View from The Barn

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 30-40 minute meditation sittings each day.

Note that we hold silence from 9pm to 9am each day, and all day Wednesday.

Barn Six day retreat schedule

Sunday: Arrive between 2pm and 4pm

4.30pm - Welcome talk, introductions and tour

5.30pm - Guided meditation

6.30pm - Light evening meal. Then settling in.

9.00pm - Silence starts

Monday to Friday:

Mornings Afternoons
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 – silence ends, house meeting (except Wednesday) 6.00pm – Light supper prepared individually or in groups
10.30am – mindful gardening 7.00pm – Meditation (guided Tuesday & Friday)
12.20pm – meditation (guided on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday)  9.00pm – Barn moves into silence until 9.00am the next day

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

Then clear rooms and depart between 9.00am and 11.00am

Click here to download the Barn Retreat weekly schedule as a PDF (38k)

The men’s retreat creates a very special space where we men can drop our guard and relate to each other simply as emotional beings with so much in common.

 

It struck me early on that I was with a group of gentle men who were able to be courageous and vulnerable with their feelings. I experienced a lot of respect, sensitivity and active listening within the group.There was a lot of cooperation, honesty and no posturing or desire to be the dominant character. It was a very cohesive and compassionate group of men.

 

I felt like I belonged with the group. I could be completely myself, warts and all. I didn't have to just fit in, that is, behave in such a way to be accepted by the group. There was a tremendous amount of trust within the group created by integrity, non-judgment and generosity.
 

The all-male Barn retreat was a wonderful environment to develop my personal practice, deepen my understanding of Buddhism and explore my relation to the world. The all-male aspect enhanced that by providing a unique situation where what it meant to be a male could be discussed and personally related to, but this was only part of the Barn experience. It was a place infused with loving kindness, compassion, insight and everyday mindfulness. I plan to return as this place has become part of me and part of my life’s journey.
 

There was something mysteriously satisfying about a group of mindful men being together, held in the loving embrace of The Barn. Delightful and positively challenging.

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.

Standard rate: £350 plus dana

We are committed to ensuring that retreats at The Barn are accessible to all - regardless of income. Paying the Standard rate allows us to support those who are only able to afford the Subsidised Rate and contributes towards our operating and running costs.

The Standard rate includes all meals, bedding and towels.

Supported rate: £295 plus dana

This is for those unable to pay the Standard rate. The Supported rate includes all meals, bedding and towels.


Dana
Dana is the Pali word for generosity or donation. The teachers are receiving only a small payment for teaching at The Barn and are generously giving their energy and understanding to us all. Please consider giving a donation to teachers for the retreats that they lead.


Room types

Rooms at The Barn at The Sharpham Trust

All rooms are comfortable single rooms, with a shared bathroom.

Hot drinks are available 24 hours for you to get for yourself in the kitchen.


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

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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