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Woodland Retreats - 3 nights of mindfulness in nature

Experience mindfulness and a transformative connection to nature – in an incredible setting far from the frantic pace of everyday life.

Get close to nature on woodland meditation retreats at Sharpham

Sharpham Woodland Retreat participants speak of feelings of gratitude, wonder, calm, self-insight and positive emotions afterwards.

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

Make an inner journey in the Great Outdoors


This retreat gives you the chance to feel more fully alive and ‘in your skin’ – experiencing yourself as part of the natural world rather than separate. A return to nature as your true home.

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This retreat is for you if you:

  • Love the outdoors and nature or would like to experience nature in a different way (you don't have to be an experienced camper to attend) 
  • Are longing to spend time in nature with the chance to reconnect with your true and authentic self
  • Are new to mindfulness or are looking to sustain and reconnect with your practice in a new way 

Get close to nature on woodland meditation retreats at Sharpham

Be nurtured in nature


Accommodation is in spacious, cosy, single bell tents pitched in Sharpham's woodland, close to the River Dart in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Beds and bedding are supplied: a single foam mattress, warm 13.5 tog duvet and bedding.

There’s a box for muddy shoes, a simple table and a solar light. There is no electricity at the tents, only at the main camp kitchen and the shower block.

There is a shower and toilet block at the campsite featuring four hot showers and three flushing loos.

Click the Venue & Directions tab above for further information.

A covered hearth area gives you access to the wisdom of the campfire, whilst protecting you from the elements.

There will be a maximum of 14 participants on this retreat.

There are periods of silence on each of our retreats.

Get close to nature on woodland meditation retreats at Sharpham

What you'll experience on this retreat


During this retreat you’ll:

  • experience guided meditations, relaxation sessions and periods of silence and quiet contemplation, amid breath-taking scenery on the banks of the River Dart
  • have a single-occupancy furnished bell-tent, and your own space in which to rejuvenate, with free time to deeply rest and reconnect with yourself, far from the busy-ness of daily life.
  • participate in accessible and engaging nature connection and nature sensing activities - cultivating moment to moment awareness in the outdoors 
  • be able to explore our tranquil Capability Brown-designed parkland and our Grade 2*-listed gardens designed by Percy Cane
  • enjoy delicious, healthy, home-cooked vegetarian food that regularly receives rave reviews
  • be nurtured within a safe and supported space with time around the fire


Accessibility


Parts of the campsite and Sharpham’s grounds are on uneven ground and the retreat includes some walking on hilly terrain. Please contact us if you have physical health or mobility difficulties to make sure we can best accommodate your needs.

Get close to nature on woodland meditation retreats at Sharpham

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:

  • Comfy clothes for meditation, movement and relaxation
  • A journal or notepad if you want to write or draw during your time here
  • Swimming gear – we have a small pool that’s open in summer. Click here to read more
  • Walking boots – we have wonderful footpaths and routes to explore
  • Running gear if you’re a jogger. Some participants love to run on the lanes and footpaths near Sharpham

Find out more about staying on retreat in Sharpham Woodland on our Frequently Asked Questions page

Get close to nature on woodland meditation retreats at Sharpham

Our food & your dietary needsGet close to nature on woodland meditation retreats at Sharpham


The retreat is full-board with delicious home-cooked vegetarian food, served in the Woodland Campsite’s covered outdoor kitchen and dining area.

In line with sustainable practices across the Estate, our cooks produce seasonal, vegetarian food for our guests, and you’ll get a chance to eat food foraged from the wild.

We source food whenever possible from our kitchen garden and support local food suppliers. The Estate's farm tenants produce award-winning wine and cheese as well as organic eggs, meat and vegetables.

We can accommodate the following dietary needs: vegan, wheat-free, gluten-free, dairy-free 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.

Your physical and mental health


This retreat is suitable for you if you are new to mindfulness, or 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

 

A 5-star setting with the added bonus of really being grounded in nature.

If you're coming to stay with us on retreat, it is important to make a commitment to arrive in time for the first group meeting and to attend all the days.


Silence

All our retreats include 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. But we encourage you to explore the silent periods with a spirit of openness and curiosity - people usually find it to be a useful experience. 

The retreats typically move into silence each evening from 9pm - 9am the following day and until 2pm on day 3.

This ensures you experience the retreat programme from start to finish and helps your group of participants to gel.


Typical Schedule

Day 1: 

Afternoon Evening
4.00pm - 5.00pm – Arrival and unload 6.15pm - Supper and washing up
5.30pm - Welcome meeting, settling in 8.15pm - Guided meditation
  9.00pm - Camp moves into silence until 8.30am, supporting individual mindfulness and reflection

Typical Day:

Morning Afternoon/Evening
7.00am – wake up 1.00pm - lunch 
7.30am – simple movement/warm-up exercises & meditation 2.00pm - free time
8.30am – breakfast, tasks and make packed lunch 4.00pm – mindfulness and nature connection activity
9.30am – mindfulness & nature connection activity 6.30pm - supper & tasks
  7.45pm - meditation
  8.00pm – personal / fireside time, night-time activity
  9.00pm – camp moves into silence (except fireside area)

Final day is as above, with a closing meeting at 10.30am, and your departure by 12pm – 1pm.

I was really looking forward to spending time outdoors and reconnecting with nature, but the actual experience far surpassed all of my expectations...I was blessed to attend the retreat with a group of beautiful beings who shared deep reflections and supported one another with real kindness, respect and a sense of shared humanity. I can't believe how deeply we bonded and how much healing we experienced in three days. I shall most definitely return and I cannot recommend this retreat too highly.
 

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.
 

The situation of the camp was idyllic and food delicious. The last morning was for me truly golden.

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.

Get close to nature on woodland meditation retreats at Sharpham

The Estate includes a diversity of natural habitats including reed beds, salt marsh and ancient woodland with a rich variety of wildlife, flora and fauna – all set within a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty


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 Sharpham Estate.

If you’re coming by taxi, the drivers will know the way to Sharpham House but not necessarily to the Woodland Retreat luggage drop-off point. Please look out for the signs.


Click here for our How to Find Us page on this website.

Click here to view, print or download directions and a map to Sharpham Woodland

Click here to view and download walking/cycling directions to Sharpham Woodland


There is a shower and toilet block at the campsite featuring four hot showers and three flushing loos. 

It is a timber-framed building constructed by students from South Devon College.

Get close to nature on woodland meditation retreats at Sharpham

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


Sustainability

We take sustainability seriously.

We have two large photovoltaic solar panel arrays on the Estate.

Get close to nature on woodland meditation retreats at Sharpham

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

3 nights

£325 - full board - includes furnished bell tent (single occupancy) and bedding. Please bring your own towel.


Bursaries

Limited 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.

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

Brigit-Anna McNeill - Woodland Retreat leader

Brigit-Anna McNeill - Woodland 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. 


Ollie Frame

Ollie Frame

Ollie Frame has been co-leading yoga and meditation retreats for over five years. Trained in Mindfulness with Bangor University and the University of Exeter, he runs 8-week courses for members of the public as well as courses for teachers and students within schools and colleges. Ollie also works as an Integrative counsellor and has a particular interest in Psychosynthesis, depth psychology and inner journeying. Within the world of mindfulness, he is especially enthusiastic about self compassion, metta meditation and other heart-based approaches.


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