Deepening connection with nature (5-night Woodland Retreat)
This retreat offers the opportunity to deepen your connection with mindfulness and nature through a 5-night immersive retreat.
Accommodation is in fully-furnished, single, cosy bell-tents pitched in Sharpham's woodland, close to the River Dart in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
The retreat will offer:
- nature connection and nature sensing activities - cultivating moment to moment awareness in the outdoors
- the opportunity for some solo time on the land, with the chance to explore how nature can act as both a mirror and guide for our own unique experience
- time for rest and replenishment in a very special natural setting
- a sense of community and a safe and supportive space, with evening time around the fire and under the stars in good company
The retreat is for you if you:
- already have some experience of meditation or being on a retreat, or spending time in the outdoors
- would like to deepen your understanding of mindfulness and nature connection
- love the outdoors and nature, or would like to experience nature in a different way
- are looking for tools and resources to sustain you in your everyday life
- feel a longing to spend time in nature and the chance to reconnect with your true and authentic self
- opportunities to develop mindfulness skills through guided meditation
- accessible and engaging nature connection and nature sensing activities - cultivating moment to moment awareness in the outdoors
- delicious food including foraging and wild food
- time for rest and replenishment in a very special natural setting
- a safe and supported space with time around the fire and good company
The benefits of connecting with nature and spending time in the natural world are well documented, as are those of developing a mindfulness practice. Together they combine to create a powerful synthesis, often resulting in feelings of gratitude, wonder, calm, self-insight and positive emotions.
This Woodland Retreat offers the chance to feel more fully alive and ‘in your skin’ as well as the opportunity to experience yourself as connected to and part of nature rather than separate – a return to nature as your true home.
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 details of our booking process
Parts of the site are on uneven ground and our programme includes walking in the hilly countryside of Devon. Please contact us if you have physical health or mobility difficulties to make sure we can best accommodate your needs.
A welcome letter and suggested kit list of what to bring will be provided at the point of booking.
Arrive between 4-5pm for unload, welcoming talk and settling in
|7am – wake up||2pm – personal / free time|
|7.30am – simple movement/warm-up exercises & meditation||4pm – mindfulness and nature connection activity|
|8.30am – breakfast / tasks / make packed lunch||6.30pm - Supper / Tasks|
|9.30am – mindfulness and nature connection activity||7.45pm - Meditation|
|1pm - lunch||8pm – personal time / fireside time / night time activity|
|9pm – *camp moves into silence except fireside area|
Depart 12pm - 1pm on the final day
I cannot recommend this highly enough - the more you give up to the activities and people around you, the more the reward. A beautiful 3 days.
A 5-star setting with the added bonus of really being grounded in nature.
The most perfect introduction to mindfulness, in an awe-inspiring setting.
I came with an open heart and open mind and left with an expanded heart and expanded mind.
One of the best retreats I have attended.
It’s perfect! Please don’t change it!
The situation of the camp was idyllic and food delicious. The last morning was for me truly golden.
Please click here and follow the directions as per Sharpham House - HOWEVER PLEASE NOTE THAT THE WOODLAND RETREAT DROP OFF POINT IS NOT AT SHARPHAM HOUSE ITSELF - Look out for and follow Woodland Retreat signs once on the estate. Please note that if coming by taxi - the drivers will know the way to Sharpham House but not to the luggage drop off point. Please look out for the signs.
This retreat takes place in our beautiful woodland campsite area in the grounds of Sharpham House, surrounded by nature and with the River Dart and 550 acres of the Sharpham Estate to explore. The Estate includes a diversity of natural habitats including reed beds, salt marsh, ancient woodland with a rich variety of wildlife, flora and fauna – all set within a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Your accommodation will be in comfortable and spacious bell tents, which includes a foam mattress, warm 13.5 tog duvet and bedding, a small table and a solar light. We like to call it comfortable camping rather than glamping! The tents offer a good opportunity for those new to camping and a bit of extra comfort for more seasoned campers. There is a covered fire hearth area for wet weather.
We have created a new shower and toilet block at the campsite featuring four hot showers and three flushing loos. It's a lovely timber framed building constructed by students from South Devon College.
Our cooks produce high-quality 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:
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.
All bell tents are single occupancy to give you time to yourself for rest and contemplation. The woodland campsite includes a covered outdoor kitchen and dining area and the retreat is fully catered with delicious and locally-sourced vegetarian food, as well as food foraged from the wild.
£325 - full board - includes furnished bell tent (single occupancy) and bedding. Please bring your own towel.
£395 - full board - includes furnished bell tent (single occupancy) and bedding. Please bring your own towel.
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’.
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.
How to book easily and securely:
- online on this page
- by phoning 01803 732542
- or by emailing us on [email protected]
Ring us or email if you've got any questions.
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