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Rest deeply: a 5-night Winter Retreat

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Winter is the season of hibernation and this retreat will explore the transformative power of resting deeply.

See our Sharpham House Covid-19 measures here

Nurture yourself on meditation retreat at Sharpham

Our daily lives often demand that we are constantly active and productive, however at this time of year Nature reminds us that we need to slow down, withdraw our energy and recuperate. 

It can be difficult to allow ourselves rest in this way, but when we do, we stand a much better chance of being more resilient with greater capacity to face challenges and care for ourselves and others.

Sharpham House in the frost

What you’ll experience on this retreat


  • The chance to slow down and reset your nervous system 
  • Restorative mindfulness and self-compassion practices
  • Gentle movement practices and tuning into what our bodies need
  • A simple and spacious programme
  • Periods of silence including a whole day of silence to allow time for contemplation and resting deeply
  • The chance to engage in seasonal nature connection and nature-sensing activities (as the weather allows) with walks in the beautiful Devon landscape
  • Delicious, healthy, home-cooked vegetarian food that regularly receives rave reviews
  • Nurturing full-board accommodation in a Grade 1-listed Georgian House - your home for your stay and set in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty 

There are periods of silence on each of our retreats, including a full day of silence.

Read on for more details on this retreat and click the Leaders, Schedules and Venue & Directions tabs above for further information.

Winter view of mirrorlike River Dart

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


Winter sun through the treeWhat 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
  • Your own slippers
  • 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.

Beetroot burgers and chips

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 Walled Garden and we support local food suppliers. 

We can accommodate the following dietary needs: vegan, wheat-free, gluten-free, dairy-free as long as you have included these on your Booking Form. Please alert us to any food allergies you have. The booking form is sent as a link once you have booked and paid for a retreat.


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.

 

The beauty of Sharpham House and its surroundings is readily apparent, but it’s the special alchemy that happens inside the house when that’s combined with mindfulness and human warmth and connectedness that makes a stay here so memorable and powerful to the soul.
 

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.

There will be periods of silence each day as well as a full day of silence offering the chance to deepen into mindfulness and the theme of the retreat


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
6.30pm - Supper
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 (optional) 2.00pm – Resting time
8.00am - Guided Meditation 4pm - Afternoon session
8.30am - Breakfast / Tasks 5.30pm - Guided meditation (Octagonal Room)
10.00am - Home groups 6.00pm – Dinner, tasks and personal time
11.30am - Morning session 8.00pm - Mindfulness exploration 
  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
11.45am - Departure

 

Sharpham is a place of peacefulness and magic. I am leaving this retreat feeling rested and energised, with a deeper understanding of mindfulness and forward momentum for continuing my practice"

 

This retreat is a marvellous opportunity to explore and expand our lives through mindfulness, movement, voice and sharing. The venue is a sheer joy to stay in, the food wonderful and the people are always perfect. I hope to return"

 

A beautiful, nourishing space which helped me to reconnect with my creativity and love for life surrounded by people who share my values"

 

If this is not already on your bucket list, stick it close to the top. Something to be treasured. Unmissable"

 

This Sharpham retreat has given me the nourishment I needed to go and show the world who I am. It has been a phenomenal retreat full of creativity, wisdom-sharing, reflection, nature and pure happiness"

 

Panoramic views to feed your soul and a comfortable room in a fantastic house, to lay your weary head at the end of each day. A journey of body, mind and spirit that is well worth taking"

 

Life-changing, heart-opening, deep natural wisdom. I'll be back for more"

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.

5 nights

£525 – Standard, single occupancy, full-board

£595 -  Premium, single occupancy, full-board

£695 – Heritage, single occupancy, full-board

(see also bursaries below)


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

 

 

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.

 


 

Barry Thurgood

Barry Thurgood

For over 10 years, Barry has been guiding meditation groups and coordinating retreats at Lam Rim Buddhist Centre in Bristol, The Sharpham Barn Retreat and also online. He has also worked as the Sharpham Woodland Camp Retreat Manager.

Barry is inspired by sharing his passion for deepening a sense of connection with ourselves, each other, nature and something bigger than ourselves, all in a spirit of kindness.


Lynette Robinson

Lynette Robinson

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.


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. 


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Please click here to see our booking and cancellations policy.


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