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Autumn Retreat - 5-nights

Give yourself much-needed nurturing as the nights draw in, experiencing a longer, deeper retreat in Sharpham House.

Nurture yourself on meditation retreat at Sharpham

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
  • singing
  • 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.

Experience Autumn nurturing on meditation retreat at Sharpham

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 communityExperience Autumn nurturing on meditation retreat at Sharpham


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.

Experience Autumn nurturing on meditation retreat at Sharpham

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.

Experience Autumn nurturing on meditation retreat at Sharpham

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

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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.

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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.

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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.


Typical schedule

With sessions including nature connection, creative enquiry (including art & singing ), mindfulness practice and exploration (including work on self-compassion, gratitide and appreciation)

Day 1

Afternoon/evening
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


Typical day

Mornings Afternoons
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.


Final day

Afternoon/evening
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.

Click here for our How to Find Us page on this website.

Click here to view, print or download directions and a map to Sharpham House

Click here view and download walking/cycling directions to Sharpham House

Aerial shot of Sharpham House

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


Sustainability

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.

Eco-gardens at Sharpham

Our gardens are managed organically and we only use bio-degradable cleaning products.

 

5 nights

£350 – Shared room, full-board

£495 -  Single occupancy, full-board

£645 – Premium, single occupancy, full-board

(see also bursaries below)


A single or a shared room?

Room-sharing

Our shared rooms accommodate between 2 to 4 people at a lower price.

There are male and female rooms – not mixed.

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.


Bathrooms

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.

A shared bathroom at Sharpham

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.


Our accessible rooms

We have an accessible en-suite bedroom The Clare Milne Room – click here for details on how to book this room


Bursaries

Limited 50% bursaries offering reduced-price retreats are available for those experiencing financial hardship. Please contact the Programme Administrator at least 4 weeks in advance if you wish to apply.

Bursaries for Young People

Thanks to a generous donor, we are also able to offer a reduction of 70% of the total costs of a retreat for young people experiencing financial hardship aged between 18-25 years of age. Please contact the Programme Administrator and ask for a Young Persons Bursary application form at least 4 weeks in advance if you wish to apply.

Our bursary fund relies on donations. If you’d like to help another to go on retreat here through our bursary scheme, you can give online quickly and easily by clicking here


 

Ollie Frame

Ollie Frame

Ollie Frame works as an integrative therapist, mindfulness teacher and retreat leader. Trained in Mindfulness-based approaches with the University of Exeter, he runs 8-week courses for the general public, for teachers and students in schools and colleges, and for various other client groups on behalf of Devon County Council. Having completed additional training in Mindfulness-Based Compassionate Living (MBCL), he is especially enthusiastic about self compassion, Metta meditation and other heart-based approaches within the world of mindfulness. Ollie also works as a Polarity therapist and an integrative counsellor, with a particular interest in Psychosynthesis, depth psychology and inner journeying.


Cami Rose

Cami Rose

Born in Vancouver, Canada, Cami returned to her ancestral home in 2013, landing in the rolling Devonshire hills on the Dartington Estate. 

With nearly 20 years of experience in Somatics, she has studied Yoga, Continuum Movement, Sensory Tracking & Perceptual Enquiry. Cami has facilitated embodiment classes & workshops for the past 12 years – certified in Yin, Hatha & Prenatal Yoga. 

She is currently enrolled in the Holistic Anatomy Training with The School of Experiential Learning and has recently completed the first year of a Medical Herbalist Apprenticeship with Betonica.

Cami’s inspiration flows from listening deeply to the land and giving voice to the more-than-human world. She is dedicated wholly to strengthening our relationship with the Earth and believes that this work begins with the care of our body.


Brigit-Anna McNeill - retreat leader

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 Stein.

Jess Stein.

Jess completed a two year teacher training course with Dru Yoga in 2010. Since then she has been privileged to work closely with Scaravelli-inspired teacher Christine Borg and since 2012 this has been her major yoga influence. This approach is gentle yet strong, working with the natural alignment and rhythms of the body to deepen into the physical practice of yoga.

Jess’ teaching style is playful and poetic. She particularly loves to practice outside where yoga can take inspiration from nature and the cycles of the seasons. Her yoga practice is inspired by study in Qi Gong and conscious dance practices such as Five Rhythms. She also leads group pilgrimages which combine awareness and movement practices with connection to nature and sacred spaces. 

Jess started facilitating meditation groups and retreats with Wake Up UK, based on the work of Zen monk Thich Nhat Hanh. Later she spent a year living and working at the Barn Retreat at Sharpham and has been facilitating retreats at Sharpham House and other venues since 2016. Alongside this she works as a palliative care nurse, supporting people as they face the end of life. 

 


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