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 and regularly receives rave reviews.

The 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 and is suitable for anyone aged 18 and above.

During the retreat you will:

  • Enquire into the role of self-compassion in mindfulness
  • Explore embodiment, with simple movement and yoga exercises
  • Offer 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:

Mornings Afternoons
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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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.

Up to September 2019

£445 - Standard room

£495 - Premium room

£535 - Heritage room

From October 2019

£445 - Standard room

£495 - Premium room

£645 - 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

Please click here to see our booking and cancellations policy


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


Lynne Holmes

Lynne Holmes

Lynne is a Counsellor/Gestalt Psychotherapist, Mindfulness teacher, Supervisor and Assessor.

She has worked in the helping professions since 1976 and has seen the impact of burnout in colleagues and in herself. She initially trained as a nurse then Health Visitor while also training as a Gestalt Psychotherapist at Metanoia in London in the early 1990’s. It was at this time she became interested in Meditation and trained in Mindfulness in 2008 with Professor Mark Williams, then subsequently with Becca Crane and Professor Willem Kuyken. Lynne adheres to the UK guidelines for practicing teachers and therefore has a daily meditation practice and attends her own personal retreats as a way of nourishing herself.

Lynne is passionate about care for the carers and has worked as a Therapist with NHS staff  suffering from burn-out and stress. She co-ran a Mindfulness course within the hospital for staff suffering from stress. She believes that people need to connect with their innate “being” through meditation and the natural world to ignite their passionate heart. Walking barefoot in the wet grass is one of her Mindfulness delights!

Patti Summerville.

Patti Summerville.

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.

Lynne Roberts

Lynne Roberts

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 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.

Ollie Frame

Ollie Frame

Ollie Frame works as an integrative therapist, mindfulness teacher and retreat leader. Trained in Mindfulness-based approaches with the University of Exeter, he runs 8-week courses for the general public, for teachers and students in schools and colleges, and for various other client groups on behalf of Devon County Council. Having completed additional training in Mindfulness-Based Compassionate Living (MBCL), he is especially enthusiastic about self compassion, Metta meditation and other heart-based approaches within the world of mindfulness. Ollie also works as a Polarity therapist and an integrative counsellor, with a particular interest in Psychosynthesis, depth psychology and inner journeying.

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