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Spring Retreat - 6 nights

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

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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 activities 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, with the chance to spend some evenings round the fire and under the stars in good company (weather and covid permitting)
  • 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 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.

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.

6 nights

£550 – Standard room, full-board

£650 -  Premium room, full-board

£750 – 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.


 

Ethan Pollock

Ethan Pollock

Ethan has been supporting retreats and mindfulness groups for over a decade. He spent five years training at Plum Village with the internationally recognised Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh. He currently offers retreats and classes on mindfulness and buddhism at meditation centers and local groups around the UK. His teaching helps people touch more calm and ease in their everyday lives by bringing awareness and appreciation to simple daily activities, retreatants especially love his guided meditations!


Nina Jankelson

Nina Jankelson

Nina began practising mindfulness in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, attending retreat in Northern India and Nepal and later drawing inspiration from the Insight Meditation tradition and the teachings of Zen monk Thich Nhat Hanh.

A former residential coordinator at Sharpham's Barn Retreat, Nina has been facilitating meditations, ceremony and retreats for the past five years. Her practice is grounded in a connection to the land and in contacting moments of ordinary beauty and grace in the every day.

She is interested in exploring how contemplative practices can open up our experience of the world and is passionate about creating opportunities for others to do the same. 


Patti Summerville - Retreat and Course Leader

Patti Summerville - Retreat and Course Leader

Patti began a personal meditation practice in 1996 after attending a retreat at the Tushita Institute, Dharamsala, India. Over the years her practice has been influenced by Mahayana and Theravada Buddhist traditions and in 2013 she took on the role of co-ordinator at The Barn Retreat Centre, an Insight Mindfulness Meditation Retreat centre at Sharpham. Patti has trained to be a Mindfulness Meditation Teacher with Exeter University and an Integral Hatha Yoga Teacher in 2009 at the Sri Swami Satchidananda Ashram. On a personal level Patti has found great benefit integrating mindfulness practice into her busy, everyday, private and professional life as an Occupational Therapist and is passionate about supporting others on their journey towards more contented, peaceful and compassionate lives.


Ramiro Ortega

Ramiro Ortega

Ramiro has practised mindfulness for over 15 years, and Insight Meditation since 2005.

He teaches mindfulness retreats at Sharpham House and The Barn Retreat Centre, as well as 8-week courses for the public.

Ramiro trained to teach mindfulness with the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice at Bangor University.


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