Retreats at Home: Nourishing the Heart - mindfulness & self-compassion - 1-day online retreat

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Our task must be...widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty - Albert Einstein

In a short space of time the coronavirus has profoundly affected our lives with many of us facing unprecedented uncertainty and challenge in our daily lives.

Self-Compassion practices can offer a real support, helping us to be steadier and kinder to ourselves in the face of anxiety, fear, uncertainty and other challenging feelings and situations that we may find ourselves in.

Meditation retreats in Sharpham House

During this day-long retreat you will explore how heart-based practices like self-compassion and loving kindness can enrich your meditation and nourish you in your daily life.

Compassion can be defined as "sensitivity to suffering and the willingness to alleviate it”.

Many people can be kind and supportive of others, whilst struggling to apply this same attitude to themselves. All too often we slip into patterns of judging and criticising ourselves, a habitual yet unhelpful strategy, making the challenges that we face even more difficult.

In recent years, there has been a growing interest in practices that cultivate self-compassion and kindness. There's an expanding body of research showing the positive effect such practices have on emotional well-being, self-care, physical health and personal relationships.

Some of these benefits appear to be specific to compassion practices rather than standard mindfulness practice alone.

This day long retreat, involving skilled and trained leaders, draws on recently-developed and evidence-backed approaches such as Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC), Mindfulness-based Compassionate Living (MBCL) and the work of Paul Gilbert, founder of Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT). 

The retreat will take place online using the platform Zoom (see further information below to ensure you have the minimum tech requirements). Guidance will be sent at the point of booking for using Zoom as well as a guide to getting the best out of your home retreat. 


This retreat is for you if you:

  • would like to connect more with the qualities of the heart, such as compassion, kindness, gratitude and sympathetic joy
  • want to deepen your mindfulness practice and learn a new set of practices within this approach
  • find yourself criticising or judging yourself harshly
  • want to learn wiser and more helpful ways to relate to difficulties
  • are interested in understanding yourself better and learning about how and why we get into unhelpful patterns


During this retreat you’ll:

  • Learn how mindfulness and self-compassion can help to keep us steady through uncertain and challenging times
  • Connect to your practice and to a wider sense of community
  • Experience teaching and guided self-compassion practices from experienced and compassionate teachers
  • Connect with teachers and each other to share our experience

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).

The 1-day 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 familiriase 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 at the point of booking. However you can also download the zoom app here to familiarise yourself with the application and to make sure it meets your system requirements and also run a test here to ensure it’s all working properly.

Mental health

This retreat is suitable for you if you already have some experience of mindfulness, or are seeking to renew or reconnect with your practice.

Although meditation and mindfulness can be helpful in managing stress, depression and anxiety the practice 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.

Retreats at Home from The Sharpham Trust



The 1-day 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 familiriase themselves with using Zoom

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.

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. 

Lucy Chan

Lucy Chan

Lucy is a teacher of mindfulness, compassion, and Buddhist meditation who leads retreats and courses worldwide. She also offers the 8-Week Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) programme having trained directly under the internationally renowned pioneers of this field; Kristin Neff and Chris Germer. As a practising doctor in the NHS for over a decade, she understands the importance of integrating mindfulness practices as a way to keep balance in everyday life. Her passions include helping people engage with self-compassion practices as a way to build inner resilience, and supporting the caregivers of society.

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