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For the Benefit of All: Becoming Bodhisattvas - with Kyira Korrigan

If you feel committed to helping others and you want to do that without becoming overwhelmed, this retreat could help.

Buddhist meditation retreat at The Barn at Sharpham, Devon, UK

Bodhisattvas are the heroes of Buddhism.

Committed to awakening not just for themselves but for everyone, they are overflowing with boundless compassion and skill, ready to aid all the suffering beings of the world.Kyira Korrigan, leading a retreat at The Barn at The Sharpham Trust

Such a story of selfless dedication might seem inspiring, or overwhelming - or impossible.

But when we talk about the ideal of the bodhisattva what we are really talking about is how we - ordinary people - could aim for an unsurpassable level of kindness, understanding, and bravery.

This retreat - led by Kyira Korrigan - will offer a combination of teachings, meditative practices and personal reflections to plant the seeds that grow into the qualities of a bodhisattva.

Meant for those with some experience with meditation and a calling to help, the retreat is open to people of any religion, or none.

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

Buddhist meditation retreat at The Barn at Sharpham, Devon, UK
 

Staying alongside an inspirational teacher



Daily teachings will be drawn from several different schools of Buddhism, as well as from the struggles and joys of life.

Plan to dive into what it is that inspires you, moves you and gives you courage.

This retreat is for you if you:

  • with some experience of meditation
  • are working towards positive change in the world or have a calling to help
  • are facing burn-out or fatigue
  • are prepared to live and work in community, preparing meals together and working in the gardens
  • are aged 18 and above

Retreats with residential teachers


Our retreats with residential teachers are similar to standard retreats with extra teaching.

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

There are periods of silence on each of our retreats.

Our programme of standard 6-night retreats at The Barn can be viewed and booked here

 

Daily meditations


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.
 

Buddhist meditation retreat at The Barn at Sharpham, Devon, UK

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.

 

What you’ll experience on this retreat


During this retreat you’ll:

  • experience guided meditations and periods of silence and quiet contemplation
  • be living in community with like-minded people, sharing experiences and tasks, including the making of meals and taking care of the house
  • 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 down the River Dart Valley - by Barn 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

 

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 for reflection during your time here

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

Buddhist meditation retreat at The Barn at Sharpham, Devon, UK

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.

 

A loving, brilliant, warm teacher with an exceptional sense of timing

 

Buddhist meditation retreat at The Barn at Sharpham, Devon, UK

Retreats with residential teachers have a tighter schedule and have less free time than our standard 6-night retreats.

Note that we hold silence from 8.30pm to 9.00am each day, and all day Wednesday.


Sunday

Afternoon
2.00pm to 4.00pm – Your arrival
4.30pm – Welcome talk, introductions and tour
5.30pm –  Guided meditation
6.30pm – Light evening meal. Then settling in
8.30pm – The Barn goes into silence until 9.00am the next day
 

 

Monday to Friday:

This is a typical schedule and will be adjusted to meet each teacher's needs.

Mornings Afternoons
6.20am – Wake up 12.20pm – Meditation (some guided) 
6.50am – Meditation 1.00pm – Lunch
  2.00pm – Personal time
7.30am –  Household tasks 4.30pm – Optional sitting meditation
8.00am – Breakfast 5.00pm – Teaching 
9.00am – Morning sharing and meeting  6.00pm – Light supper prepared individually or in groups
10.00am – Mindful gardening  8.00pm – Practice discussion
   

 

Saturday:  

As above until 8.00am. Silence ends at breakfast. Then it's time to clear your room and depart between 9.00am and 11.00am.

Fantastic! Kyira is such a beautiful person and an accessible and knowledgeable teacher. I like her down-to-earth approach and she really embodies what she teaches.

 

Kyira was AMAZING! So articulate...such an inspirational, engaging and enlightening teacher. I really enjoyed her teachings. Thank you for the guidance and wisdom!!!

 

I've found the retreat very powerful and in many ways it's difficult to put this into words. I have found Kyira really well informed, very congruent and very funny! I can only hope she'll come back here and I feel very privileged to have attended her week.

 

Her guided meditations were spot-on. Using humour, showing HER personality and previous experiences - these are skills/talents that endear a teacher to students, allowing them to really connect and get maximum from the teachings.

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: £400 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: £345 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

Kyira Korrigan

Kyira Korrigan

Kyira Korrigan lives in Vancouver, Canada, where she serves as a Buddhist prison chaplain.

She took refuge in the Buddhist path in 1997, and has studied and practised Buddhism seriously, if eclectically, since, including receiving an MA in Buddhist Studies.

She is currently training to ordain as a Dharmacharya in the Embracing Simplicity Contemplative Order.


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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