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 20 people, with the opportunity to experience both teaching styles in 2 smaller groups.  

Yoga teachers and their styles

Patti Summerville, mindfulness retreat leader at The Sharpham TrustPatti Summerville's core yoga teacher training is Integral Hatha and 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.
The retreat is suitable for beginners or those with some previous yoga experience.

Cami RoseCami Rose - Cami has facilitated embodiment classes & workshops for the passed 12 years. She 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.

This retreat is for you if you are:

  • New to mindfulness or are looking to sustain and reconnect with your practice in a new way  
  • 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. 



All of our retreats usually include some short periods of silence as a way of deepening into mindful awareness. If you are new to spending time in silence in the company of other people, it can feel awkward to begin with. However people usually find this to be a useful experience and we encourage you to explore the silent periods in a spirt of openess and curiosity. The retreat moves into silence each evening from 9pm - 9am the following day and until 2pm on day 3 (see also schedule tab above for typical day)

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

Mornings Afternoons/evenings
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 11.45am 

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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Aerial shot of Sharpham House

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.

Eco-gardens at Sharpham

Our gardens are managed organically and we only use bio-degradable cleaning products.

£325 - Standard room

£365 - Premium room

£395 - Heritage room

Patti Summerville - Mindfulness & Yoga retreat leader

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. On a personal level Patti has found great benefit integrating mindfulness practice into her busy, everyday, private and professional life as an Occupational Therapist and is passionate about supporting others on their journey towards more contented, peaceful and compassionate lives.


Cami Rose

Cami Rose

Born in Vancouver, Canada, Cami returned to her ancestral home in 2013, landing in the rolling Devonshire hills on the Dartington Estate. With nearly 20 years of experience in Somatics, she has studied Yoga, Continuum Movement, Sensory Tracking & Perceptual Enquiry. Cami has facilitated embodiment classes & workshops for the passed 12 years – certified in Yin, Hatha & Prenatal Yoga. She is currently enrolled in the Holistic Anatomy Training with The School of Experiential Learning and has recently completed the first year of a Medical Herbalist Apprenticeship with Betonica.

Cami’s inspiration flows from listening deeply to the land and giving voice to the more than human world. She is dedicated wholly to strengthening our relationship with the earth and believes that this work begins with the care of our body.

Lynne Holmes

Lynne Holmes

Lynne has a background as a nurse, health visitor and also trained as a psychotherapist at Metanoia in London in the early 1990s. While training as a therapist she became interested in meditation and has practiced for the last 15 +years. She has trained as a Mindfulness Teacher at Oxford Cognitive Therapy Centre, Bangor University and Exeter University. She teaches MBSR groups for the Mood Disorders Centre at Exeter University and also mentors and supervises students taking the Mindfulness Diploma. She is passionate about teaching Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction to people suffering from stress and brings a depth of experience and compassion to her work. She has a daily meditation practice, receives regular supervision and attends regular silent insight meditation retreats. Find her at

Maite Alonso

Maite Alonso

Maite trained in 1991 in Sivananda Yoga in India, in Shakti Yoga Dance in 2009 and in Kundalini Yoga in 2011 in the UK. Her major influences have been yoga, Buddhist meditation and chanting. She has been attending retreats (especially Zen and Insight Meditation) in spiritual centres in the UK, Europe, India, Thailand and California, since 1990. Read more on her website here.

She loves creating, nurturing, healing and forming life-giving spaces in her work as a Shakti yoga dance teacher, and in her massage work in the Totnes area.

Maite's Shakti yoga

  • incorporates slow, flowing stretches coordinated with the breath, softening and opening up the body and letting the energy flow through freely. 
  • Focuses the mind in the subtle changes happening in body-mind moment by moment, opening and expanding into deeper states of awareness beyond the physical. 
  • Helps rediscover and embody the joy of movement, breath and awareness.


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