Song, Sound & Silence: Mindfulness through Singing

This retreat will offer an opportunity to bring mindfulness to singing and singing to mindfulness.

Mindfulness through Singing retreat at Sharpham

Singing can be uplifting, soulful and life enriching. Like mindfulness, singing can bring us into direct contact with our moment-to-moment experience, allowing us to explore and access a different way of being. A way of being that is different to our often habitual and automatic patterns of thinking and feeling. 

The retreat will follow our usual schedule for retreats, including three 30-minute guided meditation sessions and opportunities to sing and explore your voice in the extraordinary acoustics of the spiral staircase at Sharpham House.


The only thing better than more singing

                                                                                    - Ella Fitzgerald


This retreat is for you if you:

  • are interested in exploring how mindfulness can be a support for 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 sprit.
  • develop mindful awareness of your relationship to your voice and singing.
  • experience singing as a resource for well-being.

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 details of our booking process.

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 11.45am

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.

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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


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.

£325 - Standard room

£365 - Premium room

£395 - Heritage room



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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