Celebrating 40 Years of the Sharpham Trust

The Trust came in to being in 1982 thanks to Maurice and Ruth Ash who had come to Sharpham twenty years before.  Maurice and Ruth’s interests are reflected in many of the Trust’s activities today including our programme of mindfulness retreats and courses and our environmental conservation work.

Picture of Maurice and Ruth?


Our first of four retreat centre's called the Barn Retreat, was started in the mid 1980s and the Trust now runs a programme of over 150 retreats a year with the newest Coach House retreat centre opening early this year.

This year has also seen the estate become fully organic and the Trust is currently pursuing a rewilding project in partnership with Ambios who deliver conservation training at Lower Sharpham Barton. As well as caring for the historic buildings and land at Sharpham the Trust has undertaken many projects over the forty years including creating a Natural Burial ground Sharpham Meadow with amazing views down the River Dart.

The heart of the Trust’s work is connecting people to the natural world through a mix of nature-based mindfulness, volunteering, public events, group visits, organic food production and nature conservation. A great many staff and volunteers have contributed to the success of the Trust over the last forty years and the current volunteer Trustee Board want to thank these many individuals.

The Trust has always tried to respond to the big challenges facing our world and help individuals find ways to navigate these challenges in their own lives, we hope to continue doing this for many years to come.

Celebration Plans 

[email protected] - support for the cost of living crises: 40 free retreats

To celebrate the fortieth anniversary of the founding of the Sharpham Trust we are delighted to announce that the Trust will be offering FREE places for forty people to come stay in our Barn or Coach House Retreat Centres. These free places will be in addition to the regular subsidised Bursary places that the Trust offers every year.

 “We are aware that many people are struggling both financially and in terms of their mental health and we hope that these free retreats will help people benefit from coming to Sharpham who otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford to do so,” said Julian Carnell Trust Director.

As well as celebrating our fortieth year these free retreats are one of the ways that the Trust is responding to the current cost of living crisis which follows hard on the heels of the Covid pandemic. In addition The Trust is also freezing it’s retreat prices for nine months and offering more shorter, less costly, retreats which offer tremendous value for money.

The free retreat places will be aimed at those facing financial hardship who haven’t been able to come on retreat at Sharpham before. 

To apply or If you know someone who might benefit from a free retreat at Sharpham then please signpost them to this link.... 

40th Anniversary Crowd Funder Appeal

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