Taking Mindfulness Deeper - 5 nights
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 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 periods of 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.
During the retreat you will:
- Enquire into the role of self-compassion in mindfulness
- Explore embodiment, with simple mindful movement 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 ensures you get the most out of coming here and supports a positive sense of group cohesion.
The retreat programme will include three 40-minute meditation sessions per day with periods of silence to help strengthen the practice. There will be one full day spent in silence.
Day 1: Arrive between 3-5pm for welcoming talk and settling in:
|7.00am - wake up bell.||12.20pm - meditation|
|7.30am – mindful movement||1.00pm - lunch and shared tasks|
|7.50am - meditation||2.00pm – personal time|
|8.30am – breakfast and shared tasks||3.00pm - Q&A or Silent Group Walk|
|10.00am – daily meeting, break the silence in home groups||5.20pm – meditation|
|6.00pm – supper and shared tasks|
|8.00pm – Mindfulness Exploration|
|9.00pm – House moves into silence until 9.50am the next day|
Departure time on final day is 12 noon
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.
£525 - Standard room
£595 - Premium room
£695 - Heritage room
£545 - Standard room
£595 - Premium room
£695 - Heritage room
There will be a maximum of 20 guests on this retreat.
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.
Our Bursary Fund relies on donations. If you’d like to help another person to go on retreat here through our bursary scheme, you can give online quickly and easily by clicking here
Rupert has practiced in the insight meditation tradition for nearly 25 years in Europe, America and Asia. His primary teachers have been Christina Feldman and Joseph Goldstein. The work of Toni Packer and John Tarrant have also been influential in his practice and teaching. He teaches at various retreat centres in Europe and beyond. For the past 4 years Rupert has lived and worked at Ecodharma, a contemplative retreat community in the Spanish Pyrenees dedicated to exploring the role of the Dharma in the movements for social justice and ecological sustainability. At Ecodharma he directed the Nature based Practice strand of their work that marries contemplative practice with a range of approaches within the field of experiential ecopsychology in a wilderness setting.
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.
Patti began a personal meditation practice in 1996 after a retreat at the Tushita Institute, Dharamsala, India. Over the years her practice has been influenced by Mahayana and Theravada Buddhist traditions. In 2013 she was a co-ordinator at The Barn Retreat Centre, an Insight Mindfulness Meditation Retreat centre at Sharpham. Patti trained to be a Mindfulness Meditation Teacher with Exeter University in 2014 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 everyday, private and professional life as a retreat leader at Sharpham and Occupational Therapist and is passionate about supporting others on their journey towards more contented, peaceful and compassionate lives.
Ramiro is a mindfulness teacher and a retreat leader, and also a philosophical counsellor in training. He started practising in Spain in 2005 in the Soto Zen tradition, moving later to the UK to finish his studies in philosophy, where he came into contact with other different schools of meditation practice.
Finally Ramiro made his home in the UK and after spending two years living in Gaia House, a Buddhist meditation retreat centre in the Insight Meditation tradition in Devon, he trained to teach mindfulness with the University of Bangor and with the University of Exeter. He is also participating in the teacher training programme with the Bodhi College.
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.
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 and 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!
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