Retreats at Home: Mindfulness for Challenging Times - 1-day online retreat

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I thoroughly recommend it. I've booked up for two more! A very well-organised and excellent home retreat experience. Thank you Sharpham Trust 

                        - a previous participant

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. 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. 

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. 


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
  • Ways to use mindfulness and self-compassion to stay steady in uncertain and challenging times


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

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). This is a small group retreat with the expectation that you will attend from the start to the end.

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.


The 1-day retreat will run from 8.40am through to 4.30pm.

The programme below may change slightly - for the most up-to-date schedule, click here

Time Activity Location
8.40am Welcome & introduction Zoom
9.00am Movement meditation Pre-recorded video
9.20am Landing meditation Zoom
9.45am Small group sharing Zoom
10.00am Break Offline
10.15am Walking meditation Pre-recorded audio
11.00am Guided mediation Zoom
11.30pm Large group sharing Zoom
12.30pm Lunch Offline with eating meditation
1.45pm Deep relaxation meditation Pre-recorded audio
2.30pm Talk Zoom
3.30pm Guided meditation Zoom
4.00pm Closing round Zoom


I did an online day retreat. It was so incredibly eye opening. I didn’t realise online could be so powerful but it can.


It was a beautiful way to spend the day and much needed following some severe turbulence in my life. The day also featured a dharma talk by Ethan Pollock from The Sharpham Trust about navigating difficult times mindfully. Very timely guidance for me. I've done Sharpham Trust online retreats before and thoroughly recommend them. I'm hoping to do an in-person one this year  at their location in Devon just as soon as I can afford it. That, I'm assured, will be magical! Thank you to all in the team at Sharpham who make these opportunities possible.


I thoroughly recommend it. I've booked up for two more! A very well-organised and excellent home retreat experience. Thank you Sharpham Trust




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!

We recognise this is a difficult time financially for many people.

These retreats are offered on a sliding scale to ensure as many people as possible can benefit. 

We suggest paying £50 - £100 for this retreat, depending on what you can afford. 

There is a minimum payment of £20. 


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 - and now Assistant Manager - 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. 

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.

Nadia Abdel-Karim

Nadia Abdel-Karim

Nadia Abdel-Karim has practised mindfulness and meditation since 2015, influenced primarily by Insight Meditation and Mahayana Buddhist traditions.

As a freelance mental health worker, she spent several years facilitating support groups and offering one-to-one crisis support across London for the mental health charity Mind.

After training as a Mindfulness Practitioner in 2019, she began co-facilitating 8-week Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction courses specifically for people experiencing depression and anxiety.

Nadia relocated to Devon to live at The Barn Retreat Centre, where she spent almost two years co-leading meditation retreats. Alongside leading retreats for Sharpham, she works as a Focusing Practitioner and facilitates spaces for people to connect with their grief.

Her journey continues to be guided by her love for exploring and understanding spiritual traditions and practices.

Martyna Raczka

Martyna Raczka

Martyna is a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Teacher who trained at Bangor University. 

Her background in education allowed her to develop and deliver mindfulness courses for children and young people at schools and charity organisations in Poland and the UK. She has trained and delivered courses based on the Mindfulness in Schools Project Curriculum and ‘The Present’ Approach.

As a certified mental health trainer, Martyna draws upon and uses a wide range of approaches to help each individual bring the benefits of mindfulness into their daily life. 

She is a trained Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy for Life (MBCT-L) teacher. She has delivered these courses to the general public, charity organisations and schools. 

Martyna is passionate about supporting participants as they begin to make conscious steps towards transformation and discovering their full potential. She has a genuine compassion and empathy for the challenges that bring people to mindfulness and through her experience and teaching she aims to pass on tools that will help others alleviate their own suffering. 

She is an advocate of openness and awareness as the first steps towards realising one’s full potential as we begin, without judging ourselves, to recognise how the consequences of long-held habits might hold us back.  

Martyna has a deep sense of connection with nature, mountains and trees in particular. The simplicity, yet profoundness of these connections offers her a space for clearer and sharper focus and understanding as well as humbleness and compassion towards herself and others.

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