Retreats at Home (1-day): Mindfulness for Challenging Times

In a short space of time Covid-19 has profoundly affected our lives. This 1-day Retreat at Home can help support and nourish you as you face new challenges and uncertainties.

Retreats at Home from The Sharpham Trust

This mindfulness retreat offers support from experienced meditators via The Barn Retreat centre.

You'll be held in supportive community, connecting with each other and sharing experiences.


I found the online 1-day retreat inspirational, calming and it definitely had the touch of the 'Sharpham magic' that we all crave in these strange times.

There will be a maximum of 15 people on this retreat with opportunities for smaller group sharing. 

You'll be encouraged to bring mindfulness to your home life in mindful activity breaks throughout the day as a way to support your continued practice.

The retreat will take place online using the platform Zoom (see further information below to ensure you have the minimum tech requirements). We'll send out guidance for using Zoom when you book and a guide to getting the best out of your Retreat at Home. 

Retreats at Home from The Sharpham Trust

This 1-day retreat offers:

  • Connection to a supportive and nurturing community of fellow retreatantsRetreats at Home from The Sharpham Trust
  • Teaching and guided meditation sessions from experienced and compassionate coordinators
  • Mindful movement routines and practices such as qi-gong and yoga that can be used in daily life
  • Ways to use mindfulness and self-compassion to stay steady in uncertain and challenging times
  • Mindful activity breaks & tasks during the day as a way to support your continued practice at home

Is this retreat for me & how can I do this at home?

Retreats at Home from The Sharpham Trust

This retreat is for people who have some experience of mindfulness meditation and who would like to connect with their practice in the supportive company of others.

To get the most out of this retreat you will need a room in your home where you will not be distracted by other people and which can serve as a confidential space.

To join you will need to be fully available for the duration of the retreat (this helps create a greater sense of group coherence with less distraction for your fellow retreatants).

The retreat will run from 9am - 5pm with a 15 minute ‘tech check’ at 8.45am prior to the start of the retreat for those who need to familiarise themselves with using Zoom.

Technical requirements

We will be using the online application Zoom to connect with each other during this retreat.

To use Zoom you will need a computer or a phone with a speaker and camera. Full instructions will be sent with your Welcome email when you book.

You can also download the Zoom app here to familiarise yourself with it and make sure it meets your system requirements.

Morning Afternoon
8:45am -
Welcome, and run through the schedule for the day
12.45pm - Lunch break with downloadable mindful eating instructions and contemplations
9.00am – Introductions: name and location. 2.00pm - Deep relaxation with downloadable guidance
9:10am - guided landing meditation 3.00pm – Walking meditation, away from screen 
9.30am – sharing in small groups 3.30pm - Guided Barn metta meditation
9.50am – movement, video 4.00pm  – Closing round in home groups followed by short share in large group
10.10am - Group sharing in two home groups  
10.55am - Guided meditation of breath, body and emotions  
11.35am - Quick ‘weather report’ followed by Dharma talk and question & answer session  

This retreat includes the opportunity to meet via Zoom for a 20 minute meditation and an
hour of sharing on Thursday 13 August at 7:00pm.


A refreshing chance to feel part of Sharpham again, connect with some lovely people and reinvigorate my practices in this time of isolation. A much needed and welcome change to my routine/rut!


I thoroughly enjoyed the online retreat and felt a great sense of peace and inner calm both during the day and afterwards. It was a wonderful and inspiring experience, sprinkled with Sharpham magic. Highly recommended


I found the online 1-day retreat inspirational, calming and it definitely had the touch of the 'Sharpham magic' that we all crave in these strange times. Considering it was the experimental first one online it was remarkable, and with a little bit of fine tuning it will be even better. Personally I was anxious about managing the technology side of things but with Ben's patient help I managed to make it through with only a couple of minor hiccups! A big 'thank you' to Patti, Ethan, Ben and the group for making it such a special day

I started the day unsure if an online retreat could replicate the Sharpham magic that I have enjoyed on other retreats, but from the moment I logged in I was put at ease. The retreat leaders and fellow retreatants helped create a warm, open, safe, reassuring space. The retreat has given me a chance to slow down, and to approach the reality of the world we now find ourselves in with a new mindset and with greater compassion for myself and others. Thank you Sharpham!

In these difficult times we are asking people to pay what they can to support the future of the Trust. We suggest £45, however we also understand if you cannot afford this and if you can pay more thank you.

All income from this retreat will go to The Trust's General Fund to help us survive this crisis and continue to care for people, for wildlife and the land.


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