Top
Top

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.

Meditation retreats at The Sharpham

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.

You'll experience:

  • 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.

Meditation retreats in woodland at Sharpham

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.

Woodland meditation retreats at Sharpham

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.


Silence


All of our retreats usually include some short periods of silence as a way of deepening into mindful awareness. If you are new to spending time in silence in the company of other people, it can feel awkward to begin with. However people usually find this to be a useful experience and we encourage you to explore the silent periods with a spirit of openess and curiosity.


Sustainability


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.

Typical Programme

Arrive between 4-5pm for unload, welcome talk and settling in

Mornings Afternoons
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 

*Silence

All of our retreats usually include some short periods of silence as a way of deepening into mindful awareness. If you are new to spending time in silence in the company of other people, it can feel awkward to begin with. However people usually find this to be a useful experience and we encourage you to explore the silent periods with a spirit of openess and curiosity. The retreats typically move into silence each evening from 9pm - 9am the following day and until 2pm on day 3 (see also schedule tab above for typical 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.

Please click here and follow the directions as per Sharpham House - HOWEVER PLEASE NOTE THAT THE WOODLAND RETREAT DROP OFF POINT IS NOT AT SHARPHAM HOUSE ITSELF - Look out for and follow Woodland Retreat signs once on the estate. Please note that if coming by taxi - the drivers will know the way to Sharpham House but not to the luggage drop off point.  Please look out for the signs.


Venue/Accommodation

This retreat takes place in our beautiful woodland campsite area in the grounds of Sharpham House, surrounded by nature and with the River Dart and 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 includes a foam mattress, warm 13.5 tog duvet and bedding, a small table and a solar light. We like to call it comfortable camping rather than glamping! The tents offer a good opportunity for those new to camping and a bit of extra comfort for more seasoned campers. There is a covered fire hearth area for wet weather.

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.

Shower block at Sharpham's woodland campsite


Food

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:

  • 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.


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.

 

Cost & Booking

FOR 3 NIGHTS

£335 - Full Board - Includes furnished bell tent (single occupancy) and bedding. Please bring your own towel.

You can book easily and securely online below or by phoning 01803 732542


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.

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

Brigit-Anna McNeill - Woodland Retreat leader

Brigit-Anna McNeill - Woodland Retreat leader

Brigit-Anna trained in wilderness therapy, counselling and mentoring following her MA in Art Psychotherapy. She empowers others to feel  safely held in a group setting, and her approach is strong, safe, transformational and loving. With a rare gift for getting to the heart of the matter and helping others find the deeper truth, Brigit-Anna's knowledge and passion for plants and the natural world is infectious, whether for food, medicine or spiritual ally. She loves to guide us in nature to see it as we have never seen it before; as the missing community we always craved. 


Shoshana Moskowitz

Shoshana Moskowitz

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. 


Retreats & Events

How to book easily and securely:

Ring us or email if you've got any questions.

Please click here to see our booking and cancellations policy.


Do check our Calendar to see and book for our events - or join our mailing list by clicking here to be kept in touch about Sharpham Trust news, retreats & events.