Taking Mindfulness Deeper
Strengthen your existing practice at a Sharpham House retreat with extended periods of meditation and silence, exploration of self-compassion, nature connection, yet with plenty of time for rest and replenishment – all within our tranquil setting.
I am inviting you to go deeper, to learn and to practise so that you become someone who has a great capacity for being solid, calm, and without fear
- Thich Nhat Hanh
Deepen your knowledge and your practice
This 5-night retreat is ideal for anyone who has been on a retreat previously, either at Sharpham or another retreat venue, or undertaken an 8-week Mindfulness Course.
It is an opportunity to sustain your mindfulness practice, consolidating the skills and techniques you’ve already learnt and deepening your knowledge and experience of moment-by-moment awareness.
The retreat will take place in Sharpham House, our beautiful Grade 1-listed Georgian mansion set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with views over the steeply wooded River Dart.
Each retreatant will have his or her own bedroom in the House, fully catered for by our House staff, and the chance to explore the surrounding gardens and Capability parkland.
All retreat food and drink is vegetarian, prepared by our in-house cooks - it regularly receives rave reviews.
This retreat is for you if you are
- Interested in exploring secular mindfulness practice further or reconnecting to your practice
- Curious about experiencing longer periods of sitting meditation and silence as a way to strengthen and support your practice
- In need of rest and replenishment
- Feel inspired by spending time reconnecting with nature
- Would like to learn how to sustain your practice when you return to everyday life
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.
The retreat is for most adults aged 18 and above.
Taking your practice deeper
This retreat will use approaches from Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) with trained and qualified teachers.
During the retreat you will:
- Enquire into the role of self-compassion in mindfulness
- Explore embodiment, with simple movement and yoga exercises
- Be offered opportunities for you to take mindfulness into the outdoors through nature connection and sensing activities (weather permitting)
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 is to ensure you get the most out of coming here and to support a positive sense of group cohesion.
The retreat programme will include three 40-minute meditation sessions per day and optional yoga with periods of silence to help strengthen the practice. Day 3 will be spent in silence.
Day 1: Arrive between 4-5pm for welcoming talk and settling in:
|6.45am - wake up bell. Silence until 9.50am||12.20pm - meditation|
|7.15am – yoga||1.00pm - lunch and shared tasks|
|7.50am - meditation||2.00pm – personal time|
|8.30am – breakfast and shared tasks: table clearing, washing up, kitchen cleaning||3.00pm - Q&A|
|9.50am – daily meeting, break the silence||5.20pm – meditation|
|10.45am - personal time||6.00pm – supper and shared tasks|
|11.00am - teaching and Q&As||7.45pm – personal time|
|8.45pm – Deep relaxation|
|9.00pm – House moves into silence until 9.50am the next day|
Departure time on final day is 12noon
Thank-you for the much-needed recharge
A rare opportunity for rest and reflection in a wonderful settingI absolutely loved it, and Sharpham is a very special place
Amazing food and environment, and a real chance to reconnect
I made a lot of connections with nature, with others and with myself. It’s given me food for thought/body. I also laughed a lot, which was unexpected but wonderful.
The environment is conducive to really getting involved and getting the most out of the retreat - and hence one’s life.
A life-changing experience on so many levels. A most beautiful & comforting place to retreat
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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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.
Our gardens are managed organically and we only use bio-degradable cleaning products.
Up to March 2020
£445 - Standard room
£495 - Premium room
£645 - Heritage room
From April 2020
£455 - Standard room
£515 - Premium room
£645 - Heritage room
All rooms are single occupancy, giving you your own space in which to relax.
If you have a medical condition that requires you to have an en-suite room, please contact the Programme Administrator on the number below as these rooms are limited and are bookable on a first-come first-serve basis.
Book easily and securely online or by phoning 01803 732542
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
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.
Gavin has been practising Insight Meditation since 2004, including extended periods of retreat in Asia and the USA.
He is currently training to be a Dharma Teacher (under the guidance of Yanai Postelnik), and is particularly interested in exploring practice wherever we find ourselves - everything from family life to responding to the wider challenges of our era.
Lynne qualified as a chartered physiotherapist in 1987 and was a team leader in the out-patients department at Torbay Hospital.
Since graduating she has specialised in the management of acute and chronic musculoskeletal conditions and the emotional impact of these. She has been delivering mindfulness programmes for over 10 years within the NHS and at Sharpham.
Lynne runs MBSR/MBCT courses having completed training at Bangor and Exeter University. She runs Mindfulness for Health courses as an accredited Breathworks teacher and .b courses having completed training through the Mindfulness in Schools Project.
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.
How to book easily and securely:
- online on this page
- by phoning 01803 732542
Ring us or email us on [email protected] if you've got any questions.
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