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Sound, Song & Silence: Mindfulness through Singing

Bring mindfulness to singing and singing to mindfulness - using the incredible acoustics and architecture of Sharpham House.

Meditation retreats at The Sharpham Trust

Singing can be uplifting, soulful and life enriching. And like mindfulness, singing can bring us into direct contact with our moment-to-moment experience.

The retreat gives you the chance to explore your voice in the extraordinary atmosphere of the elliptical staircase at Sharpham House, and throughout the grounds.

You’ll be cared for, full-board, in the peaceful surroundings of Sharpham House and Estate, set within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Read on for more details on this retreat and click the Leaders, Schedules and Venue & Directions tabs above for further information.

 

A liberating and life-affirming retreat that connects mind, body and soul as one

                                                                                    - Planet Mindful magazine

                                                     CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL REVIEW
 

Mindfulness through Singing retreat at Sharpham

This retreat is for you if you:

  • are interested in exploring how mindfulness can support your singing experience
  • love to sing and have some experience and familiarity with singing – this might be in a local choir, at home in the shower or with family and friends
  • are in need of rest, replenishment and renewal
  • are new to mindfulness, or are looking to explore and deepen your practice in a new way
  •  aged 18 and above

This retreat offers the opportunity to:

  • learn some new songs in a supportive and accessible way – all songs taught by ear
  • experience singing in harmony as meditation
  • explore your own voice as a means of self-expression and communication
  • listen to the silence from which sound is birthed
  • attune to the rhythm of the breath and experience the intimacy of your own belonging
  • use breath, sound and song to explore the meeting of mind, body and spirit
  • develop mindful awareness of your relationship to your voice and singing
  • experience singing as a resource for well-being

 

There will be a maximum of 20 participants on this retreat.

There are periods of silence on each of our retreats.

Meditation retreats at The Sharpham Trust

 

What you’ll experience on this retreat


During this retreat you’ll:

  • experience guided meditations, relaxation sessions and periods of silence and quiet contemplation
  • be living in community with like-minded people, sharing experiences and tasks, including the washing-up
  • be able to explore our tranquil Capability Brown-designed parkland and our Grade 2*-listed gardens designed by Percy Cane
  • have a single-occupancy room and your own space in which to rejuvenate, with free time to deeply rest and reconnect with yourself, far from the busy-ness of daily life. Click here to explore our rooms.
  • 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, close to nature, amid breath-taking scenery on the banks of the River Dart

 

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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

Meditation retreats at The Sharpham Trust


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 needsMindfulness meditation retreats at The Sharpham Trust


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. 

Food allergies & intolerances
Please tell us well in advance of your stay of any food allergies or intolerances you may have.

You can tell us this on the Booking Form via a link we send you in your confirmation email.


Your physical and mental health


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 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-served basis.


 

The only thing better than singing...is more singing

                                                                                    - Ella Fitzgerald

Arrive on the first day between 4.00pm and 5.00pm

Typical daily program
7.30am Mindfulness Meditation
8.00am Breakfast
9.00am Group meeting
10.30am-12.00pm Stretch, breathe, sing
12.30pm-1.00pm Walking or sitting meditation
1.00pm Lunch
2.00pm-4.00pm Optional guided walk or free time
4.00pm-5.30pm Singing session
6.00pm        Supper
8.15pm Meditation
9.00pm House goes into silence until 8.30am the following day

Final day - closing circle and depart by 12noon

It was utterly joyful as waves of sound washed over me and reverberated through me. And it soon dawned on me that singing is mindfulness personified. I was totally in the moment, absorbed in something I loved - the perfect mindful practice. As our voices mingled and swelled, rising to a crescendo in the wonderful acoustics of the domed atrium of Sharpham, it became highly emotional.

Review of our Mindfulness Through Singing retreat in UK/international magazine Kindred Spirit. Read the whole piece here and click here to see more reviews of Sharpham retreats.


 

I have benefited from being here hugely! it has provided contemplation and peace and inspiration from both teachers and the confidence to sing my heart out.

 

[What I really liked about the retreat was]...the excellent care and thoughtfulness by all staff...the warmth of everyone I met...the fact I felt I CAN sing (wish I had discovered this a couple of years ago!!). Thank you from my heart.

 

The combination of mindfulness and singing worked really well...we all said how the place was wonderful, the nature, the building, the delicious food, the friendly atmosphere amongst the staff and all us participants

 

The Sharpham experience was special in many ways - the place, the people and the event itself. I will come away more positive, invigorated and uplifted

 

I feel as though I have rediscovered some parts of myself that I had almost lost sight of.

 

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.

£385 - Standard room

£435 - Premium room

£495 - Heritage 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

Dr Jo Gosling

Dr Jo Gosling

Jo has over 30 years’ experience in the NHS, initially as a Macmillan nurse in cancer care then, after gaining a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology in 1996, as a Clinical Health Psychologist. She has a longstanding mindfulness practice and has undergone extensive training with teachers from Bangor and Exeter Universities.

She has regular mentoring and attends silent meditation retreats to deepen her practice. As a freelance mindfulness teacher she has delivered numerous MBCT groups for people with recurrent depression at the Mood Disorders Centre, University of Exeter, and is a tutor and supervisor on their post-graduate mindfulness-based cognitive therapies programme. 

Meditation and cultivation of joy greatly support her well-being and creativity.


Emily Roblyn

Emily Roblyn

Emily is an experienced voice teacher and performer. She has been running community choirs for over 10 years and belongs to the Natural Voice Practitioners Network. She has been exploring "embodied presence" and mindfulness through the 'Movement of Being' work in Devon for the last 5 years, and has used singing as a meditation throughout her life. She is passionate about sharing her love of music and its potential for supporting connection to ourselves and each other.


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