Coronavirus arrangements and protocol

Woodland Retreats 2020

Specific Arrangements and Protocls Relating to Coronavirus

From the 4th July the government has given the go-ahead for the hospitality and accommodation sectors to re-open as part of easing the lockdown restrictions. In line with this advice we will be gradually re-starting our programme with our Woodland Retreats starting from the 7th July and Sharpham House Retreats from 24th July.

Social Distancing

We will be following social distancing guidelines and carefully developing our risk assessment planning to ensure that we can make your stay here as safe as possible. The risks of infection are greatly reduced in the outdoors. All participants will occupy a single bell tent and all activities will follow social distancing guidelines.

Hygiene and Cleaning

  • Handwashing points will be available together with hand sanitiser at multiple locations
  • Regular deep cleaning of communal spaces and shared facilities
  • Staff will wear appropriate PPE where necessary
  • Tents cleaned before each retreat
  • Participants asked to bring own sleeping bag


Catering Arrangements

  • Food prepared by staff following the appropriate guidelines
  • Participants split in to two groups with staggered meal times
  • Offering several spaces for smaller groups to eat together in order to maintain social distancing



  • All activities will take place outdoors
  • Covered spaces will be provided if the weather is inclement
  • When necessary participants will be split in to two groups to make social distancing easier


If Someone Falls ill?

  • If a participant becomes ill he or she will be able to self-isolate in their tent before leaving to return home where they can self-isolate as per the Public England guidelines.
  • If a member of staff falls ill they will leave the retreat and appropriate cover will be put in place


If Participants Fall ill prior to the Retreat?

  • If you have any of the symptoms associated with the virus you should take the appropriate advice
  • You should not attend the retreat if you have symptoms within two weeks of the start date
  • In this scenario a transfer will be given


Should I Wear a Mask?

  • The current advice is that masks are not necessary outdoors
  • We will not expect participants to wear masks but we will not prevent people doing so if they want to
  • Staff will wear masks when preparing or serving food


How Should I Travel to the Retreat?

  • This is a personal choice
  • We have sufficient car parking
  • If you use public transport such as the train you can get a taxi from Totnes station to Sharpham, however this will need to be booked in advance as there are less taxi's operating from the station taxi rank (see welcome letter for taxi numbers and travel information


What if I am Anxious?

  • This is understandable and our leaders and staff will do everything to try and reassure participants and ensure you are safe
  • For some people it might not be the right time to come on retreat, this is a personal decision and depends on many factors


What if the situation changes?

  • We are constantly monitoring the situation, if necessary we will cancel the retreat and refund participants
  • We would aim to do this with adequate notice


We are aware that this has been a difficult and stressful time for many and we are looking forward to welcoming you to Sharpham. Our hope is that our programme of retreats will offer a much needed opportunity for contemplation and personal reflection to help you take stock of the extraordinary times we are living in, as well as opportunities for connection with each other and with the natural world.



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