For the Benefit of All - with Kyira Korrigan

If you feel called to a life that's committed to helping others and you want to do that without becoming overwhelmed or apathetic, this retreat could help.

Misty morning from The Barn at Sharpham

You'll explore growing in joy, kindness and wisdom, studying Buddhist teachings that can sustain you whilst you work in the world.

Kyira Korrigan commited herself to volunteering and activism for years, fighting for what she believed in. One day, she says, she woke up and was "exhausted, filled with frustration and resentment". It was then that she turned to Buddhist teachings to find a different way to live in the world.

Said Kyira: "Somehow that I could still act but I would also be growing in joy and kindness, even wisdom".

In this 6-night retreat, she will be sharing the teachings that have sustained her work benefiting others (she is an activist and prison chaplain), as well as focusing each day on cultivating a certain quality, such as inspiration, warmth, patience, commitment.


As ordinary people, with this body, this mind, these problems, we can still incline our intentions in everything we do towards an unsurpassable level of kindness and understanding of ourselves and others. We will be cultivating and balancing our sensitivity in body, heart and mind.

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.

Buddhist teachings at The Barn, Sharpham

This retreat is for you if you:

  • are working towards positive change in the world
  • are facing burn-out or fatigue
  • want to explore how to create a safe space inside that's also a solid foundation for working in the world.

Our themed retreats are similar to standard retreats with extra teaching in the afternoons.

(Our programme of standard 6-night Barn Retreats continues as usual and can be viewed and booked here)

Click the Schedules tab above to see this retreat's programme in more detail and find out more about staying with us on the Venue & Directions tab.


Themed retreat weeks have a tighter schedule and are more busy (ie allowing less free time) than our standard Six day retreats.

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 themed retreat schedule

Sunday: Arrive between 14.00 and 16.00

16.30 Welcome talk, introductions and tour

17.30 Guided meditation

18.30 Light evening meal. Then settling in

21.00 Silence starts

Monday to Friday:

This is a generic guide and will be adjusted to meet each teacher's needs.

Mornings Afternoons
6.20 – Wake up 13.00 – Lunch
6.50 – Meditation 14.00 – Personal time
7.30 –  Household tasks 14.30 – Teaching
8.00 – Breakfast 17.00 – Meditation 
9.00 – Silence ends, house meeting (except Wednesday) 18.00 – Light supper prepared individually or in groups
10.30 – Mindful gardening (except Wednesday) 19.00 – Meditation (Some guided)
12.20 – Meditation (Some guided)  21.00 – House moves into silence until 9.00am the next day

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

Then room clear and depart between 9.00 and 12.00

These retreats will take place at the Barn Retreat Centre, with superb views over the River Dart. They include full board with delicious home-cooked vegetarian food. Click here for directions.

Cost: £285 plus dana*

*Dana is the Pali word for generousity 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 themed retreats.

Limited bursaries are available for those experiencing financial hardship. Please contact the Barn team for more details at least 4 weeks in advance if you wish to apply - [email protected], 01803 732661.

Kyira Korrigan

Kyira Korrigan

Kyira Korrigan (M.A. Buddhist Studies) lives in Vancouver, Canada, and serves full-time as a Buddhist chaplain in a federal correctional centre for men. She took her refuge vows in 1997, and has studied and practiced seriously, if eclectically, since then. Empowered to teach in 2009 by Noah Levine (Dharma Punx, Against the Stream), it was in subsequently taking up graduate studies that her winding path brought her to the wellspring of the Nikayas, and the study of Early Buddhism.

Rooted in that solid ground, Kyira works and teaches inspired by values and perspectives drawn from various radical educational and therapeutic schools of thought. Reflection, unlearning, authenticity, empathy, and praxis: these principles form the backdrop of her presentation of the Dharma.

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All rooms are single occupancy.

How to book easily and securely:

  • online on this page
  • by phoning 01803 732661
  • or by emailing us

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