Woodland Retreats - 3 nights

Our Woodland Retreats run seasonally from June to September

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Experience mindfulness meditation and a transformative connection to nature – in an incredible Woodland Retreat setting far from life's frantic pace.

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.

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

Your accommodation will be in comfortable and spacious bell tents, which include a single foam mattress and protective cover, pillows and a box for muddy shoes and a simple table. Guests are asked to bring their own sleeping bag. We like to call it comfortable camping rather than glamping! 

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 16 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


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 you need to know

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 that we send out after you've booked.

You can also find out more about staying with us on our Frequently Asked Questions page, including

  • accessibility information
  • why we encourage you to come on your own and not with partners or friends
  • what the difference is between our retreats

See our Woodland Retreat Covid-19 measures here


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.

Food allergies & intolerances
Please tell us well in advance of your stay of any food allergies or intolerances you may have.

You can tell us this on the Booking Form via a link we send you in your confirmation email.

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 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.


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
3.00pm - 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

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


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


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.

Cost & Booking

£395 - Supported Rate

The Sharpham Trust is committed to ensuring that its retreats are accessible to all - regardless if income. The Supported Rate is for those unable to pay the Standard or Benefactor Rate.

£445 – Standard Rate

Paying the Standard Rate means you will be contributing towards our running costs, supporting the work of The Sharpham Trust and helping retreatants of lower incomes to access our retreats.

£495 – Benefactor Rate

If you are able to pay the Benefactor Rate, that means that you'll be supporting others who cannot afford to benefit from a retreat on The Sharpham Estate. Your choice to pay this rate will help us with the running costs of The Sharpham Trust, enabling us to continue our charitable work connecting people to nature and fostering mindfulness and wellbeing, as well as caring for the land, wildlife and wider estate.

You can book easily and securely online below, by phoning 01803 732542 or by [email protected]


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

Maite Alonso

Maite Alonso

Maite has a background in general and psychiatric nursing, and Movement and Drama Therapy. Since 1990 she has been practicing meditation and attending retreats in different traditions, mainly Insight Meditation and Zen, in India, Europe, the UK, and the USA. 

She has trained in Sivananda Yoga, Kundalini Yoga, and Shakti Dance and has been working for the last 12 years as a yoga teacher and massage therapist. In the last 6 years, she has been co-leading retreats at Sharpham.

Maite's passion is co-creating spaces where people can find insights through connecting with their bodies, with nature, and with each other. Embodiment practices and using the body as a source of wisdom are also her passion.

Barry Thurgood

Barry Thurgood

For over 10 years, Barry has been guiding meditation groups and coordinating retreats at Lam Rim Buddhist Centre in Bristol, The Sharpham Barn Retreat and also online. He has also worked as the Sharpham Woodland Camp Retreat Manager and is a qualified Integrating Mindfulness & Compassion (CPCAB accredited) teacher.

Barry is inspired by sharing his passion for deepening a sense of connection with ourselves, each other, nature and something bigger than ourselves, all in a spirit of kindness.

Brigit-Anna McNeill - retreat leader

Brigit-Anna McNeill - 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. 

Nina Jankelson

Nina Jankelson

Nina began practising mindfulness in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, attending retreat in Northern India and Nepal and later drawing inspiration from the Insight Meditation tradition and the teachings of Zen monk Thich Nhat Hanh.

A former residential coordinator at Sharpham's Barn Retreat, Nina has been facilitating meditations, ceremony and retreats for the past five years. Her practice is grounded in a connection to the land and in contacting moments of ordinary beauty and grace in the every day.

She is interested in exploring how contemplative practices can open up our experience of the world and is passionate about creating opportunities for others to do the same. 

Ollie Frame

Ollie Frame

Ollie Frame works as an integrative therapist, mindfulness teacher and retreat leader. He is a co-leader on the Mindful in Nature programme at Sharpham, for which he has produced a large range of meditations and resources. He teaches the eight-week course in various settings, including to the general public, to teachers and students in schools and colleges, and to various other client groups on behalf of Devon County Council. Also trained to teach the Mindfulness-Based Compassionate Living (MBCL) course, he is especially enthusiastic about self-compassion, Metta meditation and other heart-based approaches within the world of mindfulness. As an integrative therapist, Ollie has a particular interest in Psychosynthesis, depth psychology, inner journeying and the therapeutic use of meditation and the imagination. 

Shoshana Moskowitz

Shoshana Moskowitz

Shoshana’s personal journey led her to Buddhism, Yoga and Health. She lived in India and Sri Lanka for 4 years, training and practicing insight meditation, retreating for months each year in silent meditation in a monastic environment. She has been leading and facilitating groups for over 20 years.

She moved to Spain in year 2000, co-founding a raw-food land based permaculture community where she started teaching meditation, yoga and health practices on mind-body-spirit healing events, centres and on Karuna Detox Retreats.

Shoshana's meditation influences are wide - including theravada vipassana as taught by S.N. Goenka, the essence of Love and Kindness (Maitri and Karuna) prescribed by the Dalai Lama, profound heart felt healing teachings and meditations of Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh of Plum village, and the reconnecting earth based meditation of Reggie Ray of Dharma Ocean of the Chogyam Trungpa lineage.

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