Nature Connection for women - 3 nights
This women-only Woodland Retreat offers the opportunity to experience a combination of mindfulness skills and connection to the natural world, with time away from the frantic pace of everyday life.
You'll experience a spacious & sensuous immersion in mindfulness & in nature in the supportive company of women & the outstanding natural beauty of Sharpham Estate, South Devon.
Accommodation is in spacious, single cosy bell tents pitched in Sharpham's woodland, close to the River Dart in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
- guided meditations
- movement & sitting practice
- nature awareness and nature sensing activities
- medicine walks
- foraging and feasting on wild food
The retreat is for you if you are
- New to mindfulness or are looking to sustain and reconnect with your practice in a new way
- Feeling overwhelmed, stressed or anxious by the demands and pace of modern life
- Love the outdoors and nature or would like to experience nature in a different way
- Looking for tools and resources to sustain you in your everyday life
- Feeling a longing to spend time in nature and the chance to reconnect with your true and authentic self
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.
This retreat is for adults aged 18 and above.
Accommodation & surroundings
This retreat takes place in our beautiful woodland campsite area in the grounds of the historic Grade 1-listed Sharpham House, set in a Capability Brown-designed landscape with stunning views over the steeply-wooded River Dart. You'll be surrounded by nature with 550 acres of the Sharpham Estate to explore. The Estate includes a diversity of natural habitats including reed beds, salt marsh, ancient woodland with a rich variety of wildlife, flora and fauna – all set within a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Your accommodation will be in comfortable and spacious bell tents, which include a mattress, bedding with duvet and a table. We like to call it comfortable camping rather than glamping!
All bell tents are single occupancy to give you time to yourself for rest and contemplation. The woodland campsite includes a covered outdoor kitchen and dining area and the retreat is fully catered with delicious and locally-sourced vegetarian food, as well as food foraged from the wild. There is a covered fire hearth area for wet weather. We use compost toilets on the site and there is a shower available in the courtyard of the house.
A welcome letter and suggested kit list of what to bring will be provided at point of booking.
Parts of the site are on uneven ground. Please contact us if you have physical health or mobility difficulties to make sure we can best accommodate your needs.
Please click here for directions to Sharpham Estate and follow signs on arrival to drop-off point for luggage and registration.
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 kitchen garden and support local food suppliers. The Estate's farm tenants produce award-winning wine and cheese as well as organic eggs and vegetables.
Food allergies & intolerances
Please tell us well in advance of your stay of any food allergies or intolerances you may have.
You can tell us this on the Booking Form via a link we send you in your confirmation email.
We take sustainability seriously. We use compost toilets on the Woodland Campsite, while all of the hot water and heating in the House is produced by a state-of-the-art bio-mass woodchip boiler and we have 2 large photo-voltaic arrays on barn rooftops. Our gardens are managed organically and we only use biodegradable cleaning products.
Arrive between 4-5pm for unload, welcome talk and settling in
|7am – wake up call||2pm – personal / free time|
|7.30am – walk & movement exercises||4pm – mindfulness and nature connection activity|
|8am - guided sitting meditation||6:30pm – Supper / Tasks|
|8.30am – breakfast / tasks / make packed lunch||7.45pm - Meditation|
|9.30am – mindfulness and nature connection activity||8.30pm – personal time / fireside time / night time activity|
|1pm - lunch||9pm – camp moves into silence except fireside area|
Depart 12pm - 1pm on the final day
This has been a very cleansing and empowering experience for me. I leave feeling refreshed and excited about life again.
I arrived frazzled and stressed by modern day life and I left soothed and calmed by nature and reconnected to my body and heart.
The retreat completely surpassed my expectations. The energy created and held by the retreat leaders and the other participants was so strong you could almost touch it. I reached parts of myself I didn’t know existed.
I’m rested, nourished, nurtured, fed, challenged and looked after. Lovely.
I have become a happier person and feel this is the beginning of a new chapter in my life. I have been shown that I can be strong and I do have inner power if I get back to nature.
Stunning location with inspiring teachers. A great insight into plants and nature...and the connection to life. An awakening experience to the need for wildness in life and to reconnect to nature. So grateful to be on a women-only retreat and to gain strength and empowerment from them. Would recommend to everyone.
The combination of mindfulness in nature works so well. I've been on hundreds of retreats over the years, but none so nurturing as this.
We have created a new shower and toilet block at the campsite featuring four hot showers and three flushing loos. It's a lovely timber framed building constructed by students from South Devon College.
Our cooks produce high-quality seasonal, vegetarian food for our guests. We source food whenever possible from our kitchen garden and support local food suppliers.
We can accommodate the following dietary needs:
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.
FOR 3 NIGHTS
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
Shoshana’s personal journey led her to Buddhism, Yoga and Health. She lived in India and Sri Lanka for 4 years, training and practicing insight meditation, retreating for months each year in silent meditation in a monastic environment. She has been leading and facilitating groups for over 20 years.
She moved to Spain in year 2000, co-founding a raw-food land based permaculture community where she started teaching meditation, yoga and health practices on mind-body-spirit healing events, centres and on Karuna Detox Retreats.
Shoshana's meditation influences are wide - including theravada vipassana as taught by S.N. Goenka, the essence of Love and Kindness (Maitri and Karuna) prescribed by the Dalai Lama, profound heart felt healing teachings and meditations of Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh of Plum village, and the reconnecting earth based meditation of Reggie Ray of Dharma Ocean of the Chogyam Trungpa lineage. On woodland retreats meditations take place in nature, supporting us to come home to our true nature.
Jess completed a two year teacher training course with Dru Yoga in 2010. Since then she has been privileged to work closely with Scaravelli-inspired teacher Christine Borg and since 2012 this has been her major yoga influence. This approach is gentle yet strong, working with the natural alignment and rhythms of the body to deepen into the physical practice of yoga.
Jess’ teaching style is playful and poetic. She particularly loves to practice outside where yoga can take inspiration from nature and the cycles of the seasons. Her yoga practice is inspired by study in Qi Gong and conscious dance practices such as Five Rhythms. She also leads group pilgrimages which combine awareness and movement practices with connection to nature and sacred spaces.
Jess started facilitating meditation groups and retreats with Wake Up UK, based on the work of Zen monk Thich Nhat Hanh. Later she spent a year living and working at the Barn Retreat at Sharpham and has been facilitating retreats at Sharpham House and other venues since 2016. Alongside this she works as a palliative care nurse, supporting people as they face the end of life.
Nina began practicing 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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- online on this page
- by phoning 01803 732542
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