Christmas Meditation Retreat at The Barn

Experience the peace of the Barn Retreat over Christmas. Join others to spend 6 nights of simplicity centred on meditation in the Buddhist tradition. 

We will follow the normal Barn weekly structure. This includes periods of silence from 9pm to 9am daily and all day on Christmas Day, outdoor work, walks and community living in a friendly environment.  

Based on the three pillars of meditation, community and nature-connection, and guided by non-doctrinal Buddhist principles, the Barn has been a successful retreat centre since 1986. 

Please note:

Our Christmas/New Year retreats usually become fully booked by early autumn.

If you're looking for a party atmosphere, this retreat is not for you. This is about meditation and peace.

Accommodation and Community Living

Every retreatant has a single room.

Living as a small community of 12 people (including 2 coordinators), we share household tasks, cook and eat together. In the afternoons there is time to practise individually: use our extensive library, talk to like-minded people, or walk in our beautiful 550 acre Sharpham Estate. Evening meals are prepared individually or in groups.

Enjoy peace and tranquillity at The Barn at Christmas

MeditationWinter view from The Barn

We provide six guided meditation sessions and also offer further guidance in meditation practice for beginners on request. Our experienced staff and visiting teachers help deepen your understanding of mindfulness based meditation and its relation to Buddhist philosophy.

Working the land whilst on retreat

We grow most of our own vegetables in our organic gardens. When on retreat you will be eating produce grown by previous retreatants, and being kept warm by the wood they chopped - the house is heated by a wood furnace. We therefore spend our mornings gardening and working in the woodlands. This is a chance to practise bringing the awareness cultivated in our meditation into meaningful activity, and to ensure that future retreatants enjoy fresh organic produce. This also helps us to keep our fees low. We cater for people with all physical abilities.


The Barn is not a silent retreat.  However, we are in silence from 9.00pm to 9.00am daily, and all day on the 4th day.  


Arrive between 2.00pm and 4.00pm

4.30pm - Introductory meeting and Barn tour.

5.45pm - Guided meditation, followed by supper

9.00pm - Barn moves into silence

Wednesday to Sunday

Mornings Afternoons
6.20am – Wake up 1.00pm – Lunch
6.50am – Meditation 2.00pm – Free time for personal practice: walks, reading, relaxing, etc
7.30am – Morning tasks 5.00pm Wednesday – Buddhist teachings
8.00am – Breakfast 6.00pm – Light evening meal prepared individually or in groups. 

9.00am – Silence ends with house meeting.

(Except Friday - silence continues all day)

7.00pm – Meditation (Weds to Sat)
10.00am – Work on the land  /mindfulness practice 7.00pm – Sunday - group sharing
12.20pm – Sitting or walking meditation, guided Weds, Thurs and Sat. 9.00pm – House moves into silence until 9.00am the next day (except Friday)


As Wednesday to Sunday until:

8.00am -  Silence ends at breakfast. 

Depart between 10.00am and 11.00am (unless staying on for further week).

The location is so special, Views are amazing and great to be immersed in nature. Great balance of activity and quiet contemplation. A community feel but plenty of places to find space. Such a special place and time – thank you  

Very well thought out and well run by genuinely caring people. Fantastic location and setting for meditation and awareness practice.

Just taking life back to basics has shown me that I can live a healthier life.

Retreats take place at the Barn Retreat Centre - a beautiful and peaceful retreat centre based on the Sharpham Estate, surrounded by nature, with views over the River Dart and 550 acres of the Sharpham Estate to explore. All set within a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Click here for directions.

*Please note that The Barn Retreat is in a different location to Sharpham House. Make sure to follow the directions to the Barn Retreat, rather than Sharpham House.

Places on a Christmas/New Year retreat at The Barn cost £345 or £400.


Retreats & Events

All rooms are single occupancy.

How to book easily and securely:

If you've got any questions about this retreat, call The Barn team on 01803 732661 or email [email protected]

We’re not always in the office, so be prepared to leave a message saying when we could call you back.

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