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Spring Retreat - 5 nights

Susan Papas

4 months ago, on Google
The 6-day mindfulness retreat I attended at The Coach House on the Sharpham Estate in Devon, England, was an oasis of peacefulness, meditation, rural beauty, and - far more than I had expected - connection with a group of strangers (including two wonderful coordinators) who quickly became mindful companions. An unforgettable experience in gorgeous surroundings. 🧘‍♀️🌳🌼

Billie

4 months ago, on Google
Have just returned from the mindfulness for beginners retreat at Sharpham House and what a magical, transformative experience it was! The house and the grounds are truly breath-taking, the natural beauty of the place is a big aspect of what you take away with you; a deeper connection with nature. The facilitators Steven and Lynette were both holding, humorous and skilled mindfulness leaders. Wonderful to learn from and be around. I felt taken care of on this retreat in many ways which I realised was something I deeply needed. The food is delicious and nourishing and the walled garden of veggies was one of my favourite places to spend time. The retreat strikes a good balance between discipline/structured practice with extended periods of silence and time to yourself. In my downtime I enjoyed chatting with others on the retreat, spending time alone reading, swimming in the pool or colouring, just sitting in the gardens. I left the retreat rested, calm and inspired. For anyone feeling a little frazzled by life and in need of slowing down for a reset, this is a good retreat for you. I will be back!

Louise Neicho (lou lou)

2 months ago, on Google
THE most magical and amazing place for a retreat. I cannot recommend Sharpham highly enough, I'm telling all my friends! The food is divine, the location is breathtaking and the facilitators are highly skilled. I'm creating space in my diary for the next one very soon!

Scotia Spice

5 months ago, on Google
I had a truly wonderful experience at Sharpham on the 5 day silent retreat. It was a deep delve into stillness and meditation, which was life affirming and nourishing. Sharpham looked after us in every detail, from the kind supportive knowledgeable retreat leaders to the truly delicious food and calm and beautiful atmosphere of the house. And of course the surroundings themselves take centre stage, beautiful gardens, stunning countryside and breath-taking views. Thank you to every one of you who made my stay so special.

Tessa Turner

2 months ago, on Google
A wonderfully run property, very very beautiful, with various venues for meditation, to suit all tastes (and pockets?). I've been on two different retreats and although I really loved my time there, I don't feel the need to rush back but I may feel differently in a couple of years' time. It's all about "the group" you share your time with while there and it felt very middle class and not at all representative of "real life" here in the UK. This probably would not worry most people and I would very much recommend Sharpham to anyone looking for a retreat giving them meditation, peace and beauty.

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Refresh and reconnect with yourself as Mother Nature stirs from her slumber.

Experience Spring Unfolding on meditation retreat at Sharpham

Our Spring Unfolding retreat gives you the chance to be nourished by the best that Sharpham has to offer, including:

  • mindful movement
  • creativity 
  • 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 reflection and contemplation.

You’ll also have enough free time to explore your stunning surroundings during Spring – and Sharpham Estate and gardens are bursting with vitality in this season.

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

Experience Spring Unfolding 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, as Spring develops
  • are aged 18 and above

 

There are periods of silence on each of our retreats - incuding a day of silence usually on day 3

 

Experience Spring Unfolding 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 mindful movement
  • access your creativity through a series of creative activities such as writing and environmental 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
  • 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
  • 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 Spring Unfolding 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

Experience Spring Unfolding on meditation retreat at Sharpham

What you need to know


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 that we send out after you've booked.

You can also find out more about staying with us on our Frequently Asked Questions page, including

  • accessibility information
  • why we encourage you to come on your own and not with partners or friends
  • what the difference is between our retreats

See our Sharpham House Covid-19 measures here

Experience Spring Unfolding on meditation retreat at Sharpham

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. 

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


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.

 

Every time I come here, the ambience of the House and surroundings infuse me with a wonderful sense of well-being

Experience Spring Unfolding on meditation retreat at Sharpham

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, mindfulness practice and exploration (including work on self-compassion, gratitide and appreciation)

Day 1

Afternoon/evening
3.00pm - 5.00pm - arrival
5.15pm – Welcome meeting, House tour, settling in
6.00pm - Supper and tasks
8.15pm - Guided meditation
9.00pm - House moves into silence until 8.30am, supporting individual mindfulness and reflection


Typical day

Mornings Afternoons
7.00am - wake-up bell (silence until 9.50am) 1.00pm – Lunch & tasks
7.30am - Early Bird Movement (meet at main entrance) 2.00pm – Personal time
8.00am Guided meditation 4pm & 5.15pm – Afternoon sessions
8.30am - Breakfast & tasks 5.30pm - Guided meditation (Octagonal Room)
9.45 - Home groups 6.00pm – Dinner, tasks and personal time
 11.00am - Morning session 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
12 noon - Departure

 

These 5 days have truly changed the way I value myself and the world around me

 

This was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life.

 

A safe, healing space for self-exploration. Highly recommended.

 

The retreat leaders were knowledgeable and compassionate, the food was incredible and the house and grounds are simply beautiful.

 

It really was a life-changing experience

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

£545 – Standard room, full-board

£595 -  Premium room, full-board

£695 – Heritage room, full-board

(see also bursaries below)


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.


 

Lynette Robinson

Lynette Robinson

Lynette Robinson is a qualified Breathworks mindfulness teacher and accredited life coach. She teaches mindfulness to a diverse range of groups, such as seniors living in residential complexes, men in prison and women’s groups.  During 2020 lockdowns this diversity expanded to teaching online mindful-working courses for home-workers. Her freely given Zoom group ‘Stop The Week & Rest to Calm' supported the mental and emotional well-being of attendees from four different countries.  Author of the book 'Reclaimed', and' Mindfulness Mediations for Modern Day Women' CD, Lynette lives life with passion, following the energies of creativity and contribution. In 2016 she volunteered as Retreat Coordinator for three summers, at The Barn.


Barry Thurgood

Barry Thurgood

For over 10 years, Barry has been guiding meditation groups and coordinating retreats at Lam Rim Buddhist Centre in Bristol, The Sharpham Barn Retreat and also online. He has also worked as the Sharpham Woodland Camp Retreat Manager and is a qualified Integrating Mindfulness & Compassion (CPCAB accredited) teacher.

Barry is inspired by sharing his passion for deepening a sense of connection with ourselves, each other, nature and something bigger than ourselves, all in a spirit of kindness.


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