Autumn Nurturing: a 5-night retreat
Give yourself much-needed nurturing as the nights draw in, experiencing a longer, deeper retreat in Sharpham House.
Our Autumn Nurturing retreat gives you the chance to be nourished by the best that Sharpham has to offer, including:
- yoga and mindful movement
- creative writing
- activities and meditation surrounded by nature
- walking in the beautiful Devon landscape
You’ll experience many of the rich threads that are woven through our programme, exploring mindful awareness through community, creativity, celebration and a deep connection to nature, yet with plenty of space for your own reflections and contemplations.
You’ll also have enough free time to explore your stunning surroundings during Autumn – and Sharpham Estate looks fantastic in this season.
There will be a maximum of 32 participants on this retreat. With a mix of single and shared rooms on offer.
Read on for more details on this retreat and click the Leaders, Schedules and Venue & Directions tabs above for further information.
Exploring Sharpham’s different pathways to mindfulness
This retreat is for you if you are:
- curious to experience the different elements of the Sharpham Programme
- want a longer stay in this beautiful place
- in need of rest, rejuvenation and renewal, just before winter sets in
- are aged 18 and above
Experiences in community
You’ll have the chance to join in a range of workshops, from yoga and mindful movement to creative writing, nature sensing and singing.
This retreat offers both single occupancy as well as shared rooms.
When you share a room there’s a sense of community, but there’s also no obligation to chat or socialise. Retreats go into silence from 9pm to 9am each day, allowing you to drop into your own peace and quietude.
There are periods of silence on each of our retreats.
What you’ll experience on this retreat
During this retreat you’ll:
- have the opportunity to develop mindfulness skills through guided meditations
- practice morning yoga and mindful movement
- access creativity through singing, creative writing and visual art
- have guided and free time on this beautiful Estate, enjoying engaging and seasonal nature connection and nature sensing activities
- be in a safe and supportive space, with the chance to spend some evenings round the fire and under the stars in good company
- be living in community with like-minded people, bringing mindfulness to everyday experiences and tasks
- 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
- 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.
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
- Slippers (we supply some, but you might prefer your own)
- 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.
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
If you have a medical condition that requires you to have an en-suite room, please contact our Programme Administrator on the number below as these rooms are limited and are bookable on a first-come first-serve basis.
The beauty of Sharpham House and its surroundings is readily apparent, but it’s the special alchemy that happens inside the house when that’s combined with mindfulness and human warmth and connectedness that makes a stay here so memorable and powerful to the soul.
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.
With sessions including nature connection, creative enquiry (including art & singing ), mindfulness practice and exploration (including work on self-compassion, gratitide and appreciation)
|4.00pm - 5.00pm - arrival|
|5.15pm – Welcome meeting, House tour, settling in|
|6.30pm - Supper and washing up|
|8.15pm - Guided meditation|
|9.00pm - House moves into silence until 8.30am, supporting individual mindfulness and reflection|
|7.10am - wake-up bell (silence until 9.50am)||1.00pm – Lunch & tasks|
|8.00am - Early Bird Movement (meet at main entrance)||2.15pm – Personal time|
|8.30am - Breakfast & tasks||4pm & 5.15pm – Afternoon sessions, Groups A & B|
|9.50am - Guided meditation in the Octagonal Room||5.30pm - Guided meditation (Octagonal Room)|
|10.30am - Tea||6.00pm – Dinner, tasks and personal time|
|11.30am - Morning session, Groups A & B||8.00pm - Mindfulness exploration (Octagonal Room)|
|8.40pm - Deep relaxation|
|9.00pm - Personal time. House moves into silence.|
|7.10am - wake-up bell (silence until 9.50am)|
|8.00am - Early Bird Moving Mindfulness|
|8.30am - Breakfast & tasks|
|9.50am - Guided meditation|
|10.30am - Final meeting|
|11.45am - Departure|
Sharpham is a place of peacefulness and magic. I am leaving this retreat feeling rested and energised, with a deeper understanding of mindfulness and forward momentum for continuing my practice"
This retreat is a marvellous opportunity to explore and expand our lives through mindfulness, movement, voice and sharing. The venue is a sheer joy to stay in, the food wonderful and the people are always perfect. I hope to return"
A beautiful, nourishing space which helped me to reconnect with my creativity and love for life surrounded by people who share my values"
If this is not already on your bucket list, stick it close to the top. Something to be treasured. Unmissable"
This Sharpham retreat has given me the nourishment I needed to go and show the world who I am. It has been a phenomenal retreat full of creativity, wisdom-sharing, reflection, nature and pure happiness"
Panoramic views to feed your soul and a comfortable room in a fantastic house, to lay your weary head at the end of each day. A journey of body, mind and spirit that is well worth taking"
Life-changing, heart-opening, deep natural wisdom. I'll be back for more"
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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If you have a medical condition that requires you to have an en-suite room, please contact our Programme Administrator on the number below as these rooms are limited and are bookable on a first-come first-served basis.
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.
Ollie Frame has been co-leading yoga and meditation retreats for over five years. Trained in Mindfulness with Bangor University and the University of Exeter, he runs 8-week courses for members of the public as well as courses for teachers and students within schools and colleges. Ollie also works as an Integrative counsellor and has a particular interest in Psychosynthesis, depth psychology and inner journeying. Within the world of mindfulness, he is especially enthusiastic about self compassion, metta meditation and other heart-based approaches.
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.
Jess has been practicing yoga all her life and teaching since 2010. Her practice is based in the Scaravelli approach as taught by Christine Borg. This yoga is playful, attentive and curious. It encourages fluidity and flexibility by working with the natural lines and curves of the body rather than forcing it into uncomfortable shapes. Her teaching also draws on her training in Dru Yoga, qigong and other movement practices.
Jess' mindfulness practice began in 2008 when she took a year out to 'find herself'. She's still working on finding herself but she did come across the teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh. This lead to an involvement with Wake Up London, a group of young people interested in creating social change through personal peace. She spent several years facilitating Wake Up events and projects and in 2015 moved to the Barn to spend a year as a Retreat Coordinator. Since then she has lead a series of retreats exploring this line between movement and stillness and is fascinated by the process of creating spaces where people can find freedom in their bodies and peace in their minds and hearts. Alongside this work Jess a palliative care nurse working in a hospice.
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- or by emailing us on [email protected]
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