New Year retreat at Sharpham House: a clear start
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Rest and be supported by the beautiful setting of Sharpham House at the beginning of a fresh year.
New Year can be a good opportunity for reflection and consideration.
And if you are to listen to yourself, the tranquillity of Sharpham will support that – even at a time in the calendar that’s often hectic and noisy.
This retreat offers meditation and plenty of free time to rest and connect with nature as you prepare for another year.
The leaders of this retreat – drawn from our wide pool of experienced leaders – will help you to develop and extend your mindful experience.
Read on for more details on this retreat and click the Leaders, Schedules and Venue & Directions tabs above for further information.
A New Year with peace and silence
This retreat is for you if you:
- want a New Year that is peace-filled, tranquil and contemplative
- are prepared to experience a New Year's Day in nourishing silence
- are aged 18 and above
We regret that this retreat is not suitable for couples.
The New Year retreat programme includes 3 daily meditation sessions with periods of silence to help strengthen the practice.
New Year's Day will be spent in silence.
During this retreat, there will be question-and-answer sessions and guidance in bringing mindfulness, compassion, joy and equanimity into daily life.
There will be a maximum of 24 participants on this retreat – with the opportunity to share rooms or choose single occupancy rooms. Click here to view Costs and Rooms
There are periods of silence on each of our retreats.
Because Sharpham House is a Grade 1-listed mansion (with limits to the changes we are allowed to make to the building), few bedrooms come with an en-suite bathroom and toilet. There are shared bathrooms on every floor.
During this retreat you’ll:
- practice guided and non-guided meditations, exploring and developing mindfulness in the supportive company of others with time for discussion and personal practice
- be living in safe community with like-minded people
- 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 and have access to 24-hour hot teas, coffee & infusions in our Toasting Room
- have relaxation sessions and free time to deeply rest and reconnect with yourself, far from the usual busy-ness of the New Year period.
- be cared for full-board in a Grade 1-listed Georgian House surrounded by history and art, with staff looking after you, in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty close to nature, amid breath-taking scenery on the banks of the River Dart
- experience periods of silence and quiet contemplation, including a whole day of silence on New Year’s Day
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
- 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 in Sharpham House on our Frequently Asked Questions page
Our food & your dietary needs
The retreat is full-board with delicious home-cooked vegetarian food.
In line with sustainable practices across the Estate, our cooks produce seasonal, vegetarian food for our guests. 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
We have an accessible en-suite bedroom The Clare Milne Room – click here for details on how to book this room
This was the best New Year’s Eve I have ever had. I’ve never felt so nurtured, supported and cared for.
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.
This ensures you experience the retreat programme from start to finish and helps your group of participants to gel.
This retreat includes a complete day of silence on New Year's Day (Day 3).
|3.00pm - 5.00pm - Arrival||
6.15pm - Supper and washing up
|5.15pm - Welcome meeting, House tour, settling in||8.15pm - Guided meditation|
|9.00pm - House moves into silence until 9.50am, supporting individual mindfulness and reflection|
|7.00am - Wake up||12.30pm - Meditation|
|7.30am - Mindful movement (optional)||1.00pm - Lunch and tasks|
|8.00am - Meditation||
2.00pm - Personal time
|8.30am - Breakfast and tasks||4.00pm - Mindful movement (optional)|
|9.50am - Daily group meeting||5.30pm - Meditation|
|10.30am - Walk of the grounds/personal time/teaching/Q&A||6.00pm - Supper and tasks|
|7.45pm - Personal time/Mindfulness in daily life Q&A|
|8.00pm - Deep relaxation|
|9.00pm - House moves into silence until 9.50am, supporting individual mindfulness and reflection|
The final day is as above with a closing meeting at 10.30am, and your departure by midday.
Wonderful and blissful way to ease into the New Year
A great way to spend New Year’s Eve and Day in quiet contemplation
I could not have started the New Year better than I have done on this retreat
I would highly recommend this retreat to anyone looking for a calm and relaxing New Year’s experience
It provided the perfect New Year retreat - all that you could wish for
The New Year retreat is the best way to start the year - in a beautiful place, with kind, supportive people, with peacefulness and joy
I feel completely rejuvenated and ready - and excited - for what lies ahead
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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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.
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.
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.
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