Mindfulness & Yoga
A retreat that brings together two different styles of yoga that are a perfect fit to cultivate mindfulness in your yoga practice.
The retreat offers an opportunity to enjoy classes in classical Hatha yoga and gentle Yin yoga to explore how with different levels of intensities, movement and stillness, you can develop a mindful trust in your body's intelligence to promote wellness of body, mind, spirit and soul.
Working with the breath and the body, you'll be guided through movements, asanas (postures) and pranayama (breathing) practices to facilitate moment-by-moment awareness.
The retreat programme includes dedicated yoga sessions alongside sitting meditation, connecting both practices to deepen your sense of mind-body awareness.
Experienced leaders are there to support you, plus you'll enjoy periods of free time to rest and reflect on your learning, in a place far from the busy-ness of every day life.
This group will be for a maximum of 28 people, with the opportunity to experience both teaching styles in 2 smaller groups.
See also leaders tab above for teachers and their styles.
This retreat is for you if you are:
- Feeling overwhelmed, stressed or anxious by the demands and pace of modern life
- New or experienced in yoga
- Keen to work with mindfulness principles in your yoga practice
- Looking for tools and resources to sustain you in your everyday life
During this retreat you'll:
- experience yoga practice perfect for beginners and the more experienced alike
- have free periods each day to relax, reflect and rejuvenate
- enjoy delicious home-cooked vegetarian food
- gain opportunities to reconnect with nature and to benefit from the very special location of Grade 1-listed Sharpham House and Estate, set within a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
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.
This retreat is for adults aged 18 and above.
Example yoga retreat programme
Arrive between 4-5pm for welcoming talk and settling in
|6.45am – wake up||12.30pm – guided meditation|
|7.15am – guided yoga||1.00pm - lunch|
|8.00am - sitting meditation||2.30pm – personal time|
|8.30am – breakfast||5.00pm – yoga|
|10.30am – walk or personal time||6.30pm – teaching or guided sitting meditation|
|7.00pm – supper|
|7.45pm – personal time|
|8.45pm – yoga nidra deep relaxation|
|9.00pm – House moves into silence until 10.00am the next day|
Final day: depart 12noon
Typically our retreats move into silence each evening from 9pm – 9am, and there is normally an extneded period of silince till 2pm on day 3.
Your knowledge is incredible. Yoga has never felt so good
A wonderful, well-planned retreat for people of all levels of experience with yoga and meditation. Wonderfully good people and set in a truly amazing location. Thank-you so much!
Sharpham is the perfect place to experience the benefits that come from mindfulness and yoga
I really enjoyed the 3 days. I wish it could be longer! Amazing experience - I will be doing it again
This retreat takes place in the beautiful and historic Grade 1-listed Sharpham House set in a Capability Brown-designed landscape with stunning views over the steeply-wooded River Dart.
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If you have a medical condition that requires you to have an en-suite room, please contact our Programme Administrator on the number below as these rooms are limited and are bookable on a first-come first-served basis.
Just to let you know, we have poor mobile phone coverage – which we see as a virtue. While there is wi-fi in Sharpham House, we encourage you to disconnect from ‘the network’ so you can fully retreat when you’re here.
We are 3 miles from Totnes – famous for its Transition Town movement
We are in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
We take sustainability seriously.
All of the hot water and heating in the House is produced by a state-of-the-art biomass woodchip boiler and we have 2 large photo-voltaic solar panel arrays on barn rooftops.
Our gardens are managed organically and we only use bio-degradable cleaning products.
4 night stay:
£295 - Shared room
£435 - Single room
£495 - Premium single room
Limited 50% bursaries offering reduced-price retreats are available for those experiencing financial hardship. Please contact the Programme Administrator at least 4 weeks in advance if you wish to apply.
Bursaries for Young People
Thanks to a generous donor, we are also able to offer a reduction of 70% of the total costs of a retreat for young people experiencing financial hardship aged between 18-25 years of age. Please contact the Programme Administrator and ask for a Young Person's Bursary application form 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
Patti Summerville - Mindfulness & Yoga retreat leader
Patti began a personal meditation practice in 1996 after attending a retreat at the Tushita Institute, Dharamsala, India. Over the years her practice has been influenced by Mahayana and Theravada Buddhist traditions and in 2013 she took on the role of co-ordinator at The Barn Retreat Centre, an Insight Mindfulness Meditation Retreat centre at Sharpham. Patti has trained to be a Mindfulness Meditation Teacher with Exeter University and an Integral Hatha Yoga Teacher in 2009 at the Sri Swami Satchidananda Ashram. She creates a framework that links traditional yogic and modern secular mindfulness principles where 'your yoga practice becomes your meditation'. Classes will include pranayama (breathing), asana (posture) and nidra (deep relaxation) to cultivate a mindful practice and prepare for other formal mindfulness meditations.
Cami Rose Yoga Leader
Born in Vancouver, Canada, Cami returned to her ancestral home in 2013, landing in the rolling Devonshire hills on the Dartington Estate. Cami has facilitated embodiment classes & workshops for the past 12 years and is certified in Yin and Hatha Yoga. Yin yoga offers a meditative space to listen deeply to your body. Through long yin holds (1-5mins), we explore our sensorial, emotional and mental edges with mindfulness and gentleness. Rather than ‘pushing through’ we learn to meet these edges with breath and compassion. Yin Yoga supports the health and vitality of our whole body and is often called ‘yoga for the joints’ as it can increase mobility, flexibility and circulation.
Monica has been practising yoga for over 10 years and started teaching 5 years ago after completing her training with Still Flowing Yoga which combined Buddhist Mindfulness and Loving Kindness techniques with Hatha yoga.
She has gone on to complete training at the Devon School of Yoga and the Swara Yoga School focusing on Yin Yoga.
Professor Katherine Weare
Katherine is a keen and committed member of the team of teachers at Sharpham, teaching on the secular retreats and 8 week courses, and regularly delivers dharma talks at the Sharpham Barn Retreat Centre. She was drawn into mindfulness 15 years ago when she found it a personal lifesaver during a major health crisis and trained to be a secular MBSR/MBCT teacher at the University of Exeter. Since then she has reframed her life around mindful awareness, with a daily vipassana practice supported by regular silent retreats, and was inspired by following the Committed Practitioner Programme at the Bodhi College on "early Buddhism for a secular age". She has also long been inspired by close contact with Plum Village and recently co-authored a best-selling book with Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh 'Happy Teachers Change the World' https://www.amazon.co.uk/Happy-Teachers-Change-World-Cultivating-ebook/dp/B01LZONSX3 which has been translated into 6 languages.
She is further nurtured by a daily practice of yoga and pilates, and close contact with animals and nature, enjoying the outdoor life with her family in south Devon.
Her practice and teaching is based within a long professional career in Universities and in policy work to promote wellbeing and mindfulness across the UK and Europe, all of which helps her keep up with current thinking and practice on mindfulness in the wider world. She is Emeritus Professor at the University of Southampton, and Honorary Professor and Associate at the University of Exeter. She is currently leading work with Mind and Life Europe to help their mission to bring together modern science and contemplative wisdom, heading up a growing Community of Contemplative Education of experts and practitioners across Europe. https://www.mindandlife-europe.org/ She is also co-lead for Education for the Mindfulness Initiative, set up by the All Party Parliamentary Group on mindfulness and wellbeing to develop evidence-based secular mindfulness across the UK. https://www.themindfulnessinitiative.org/children-and-education
Gavin has been practising Insight Meditation since 2004, including extended periods of retreat in Asia and the USA.
He is currently training to be a Dharma Teacher (under the guidance of Yanai Postelnik), and is particularly interested in exploring practice wherever we find ourselves - everything from family life to responding to the wider challenges of our era.
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