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The Peace of Wild Things: 5-night Silence & Nature-connection Retreat


7 Reviews
5 nights - Seasonal
Extended periods
Max. Spaces: 18


"Let silence take you to the core of life
                                  - Rumi, Islamic poet and mystic

Deepen into silence and immerse yourself in the beauty of the natural world on this 5-night Coach House Retreat. 

In an increasingly frenetic world, with so many competing demands for our time and attention, this silent retreat offers a precious opportunity for spaciousness and stillness.

You'll be cared for full-board, with plenty of time for rest, reflection and nature connection in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Spending an extended period of time in silence with others can feel challenging and awkward at first, however participants often discover that the experience can also allow for a surprisingly rich sense of connection and fellowship.

This is a chance to experience quiet and stillness, yet still be in supportive company, with the opportunity to let go of the usual social conventions and distractions.

This retreat is for you if:

  • are inspired to spend some time in silence in supportive company
  • feel the need to slow down, rest deeply and reconnect with yourself
  • are interested in deepening or reconnecting with your practice and with nature
  • have some prior meditation experience
  • are aged 18 and above
What is Mindfulness?

What you'll experience on this retreat:

  • practice silence to develop a strong container for deepening meditation practice
  • be living in community with like-minded people, sharing experiences and tasks
  • experience guided meditations, relaxation sessions and periods of silence and quiet contemplation, amid breath-taking scenery on the banks of the River Dart
  • explore embodiment with simple mindful movement and exercises
  • have the chance to take mindfulness into the outdoors through walking, nature connection and sensing activities (weather permitting)
  • four mornings learning about and helping in our ornamental and kitchen gardens
  • a chance to learn about & witness our efforts to re-wild the Sharpham Estate 
  • full-board accommodation in a Grade II-listed Georgian Coach House set within Capability Brownian parkland, with Grade 2*-listed gardens designed by Percy Cane in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty close to nature, amid breath-taking scenery on the banks of the River Dart
  • a single-occupancy room and your own space in which to rejuvenate, with free time to deeply rest and reconnect with yourself, far from the busy-ness of daily life. 
  • a safe and supportive community with like-minded people, sharing experiences in the kitchen gardens and on the wider Estate
  • delicious, healthy, home-cooked vegetarian food that regularly receives rave reviews

Getting your hands in the earth:

This Coach House retreat features morning sessions helping in our ornamental and Walled Garden in the grounds of Sharpham House, alongside our experienced staff Frances, Bryony and Willow.

We manage the gardens organically and the produce we grow supplies the kitchens in Sharpham House and the Coach House.

There are a mixture of tasks on our nature-mindfulness retreats, depending on the season. We invite you to bring your awareness to the land, plants and the nature surrounding you at Sharpham.

You don't need to know anything about gardening to participate - our team will support and assist you.


This retreat includes the opportunity to explore our rewilding efforts on the Sharpham Estate.

About 50 acres of farmland are being rewilded (with our partners/tenants Ambios Ltd) and you'll have the chance to visit and practice on the lands, experiencing how we all are a part of - not apart from - nature.

Find Out More

What you'll need to know:

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 that we send out after you've booked.

You can also find out more about staying with us on our Frequently Asked Questions page, including:

  • accessibility information
  • why we encourage you to come on your own and not with partners or friends
  • what the difference is between our retreats
View our FAQs


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.


The retreat is not in total silence the whole time. Each morning there is the chance to connect with a smaller home group to share your experiences and some of the meditation sessions each day will be guided.

Other than this the rest of the retreat will be in silence, including meal times and group activities, such as silent walking, nature connection and gardening.

The retreats typically move into silence each evening from 9pm - 9am the following day

Typical Schedule

Day 1: Arrive between 3 - 5pm for Welcome Meeting at 5pm and settling in

Mornings Afternoons
6.00am - wake up  12.30pm - meditation
6.30am – morning movement/meditation 1.00pm - lunch
7.30am - household tasks 2.00pm – free time or group walk
8.00am – breakfast 4.30pm - personal time
9.00am – home Groups (silence ends)  6.30pm – supper
10.00am - gardening 7.30pm - meditation
  9.00pm – Personal time (Coach House moves into silence until 9.00am the next day)

Final day: depart by 11am

The retreat will move into silence each evening from 9pm – 9am and on one full day in each retreat.


The food alone would be enough to tempt me back
but then, the views alone are also worth the visit!

Everything about my retreat was absolutely gorgeous, I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to push the reset button and come back to themselves in a beautifully guided way.
I'm only back 24 hours and I'm already checking my calendar to see when I can come back!

Katie Crooks
June 2023

I attended the nature connection and yoga retreat in June . My room and bathroom were of a high standard , clean, spacious and comfortable. The leaders of the retreat were delightful, Maite led us through yoga sequences which were soothing and comfortable, the co-ordinations , Frank and Nikki were very kind and supportive which meant a lot me as I am recovering from Long Covid. I enjoyed the camaraderie of the kind members of our group and loved to watch the transformation in their well being. The food was outstanding being prepared by Wendy the vegetarian chef who was kind , supportive and welcoming. A transformative experience.

Carol Dobres
July 2023

I don't ordinarily leave reviews, but my 6 days at Sharpham last week changed my life.

Having been sliding down darker mental slopes for months now, battling feelings of low self esteem, stress, feeling lost, but crucially not really realising it, a week's detox at Sharpham helped me come to a measure of acceptance about who I am, reignite my purpose and worth, calm me and rejuvenate me. Not to mention the beautiful scenery, wonderful tasting and nourishing vegan food and ever helpful, loving and supportive staff.

Would HIGHLY recommend to ANYONE, especially if you've become trapped in the 21st century all-rush-no-play. 100% worth the money.

James Graham
May 2023
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The Coach House

When you stay at The Coach House, you'll be in comfy, single rooms in a beautifully converted 18th century stable block, set in the stunning scenery of Sharpham's grounds. You'll experience daily meditation and movement sessions, time in our gardens and on the land and you'll eat delicious and homegrown vegetarian and vegan meals.

Coach House retreats focus on nature connection through a varied programme of retreats designed to connect you to Sharpham's flora and fauna, with plenty of time for you to rest and reflect.

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The Sharpham Trust is committed to ensuring that retreats at The Coach House are accessible to all - regardless of income. 

All rooms are comfortable single rooms, with either an ensuite or a shared bathroom. All meals, bedding and towels are included. Rooms are randomly allocated, unless you have medical needs relating to your room allocation. If you have such a need, let us know on your booking form which will be sent to you once you have booked.

Participants at The Coach House can select which rate they pay according to need:

Supported Rate £495

The Sharpham Trust is committed to ensuring that retreats are accessible to all - regardless of income. The Trust therefore offers a heavily subsidised Supported Rate for those unable to pay the Standard or Benefactor Rate.

Standard Rate £545

Paying the Standard Rate means you will be contributing towards our running costs, supporting the work of The Coach House and helping retreatants on lower incomes to access our retreats.

Benefactor Rate £625

If you are able to pay the Benefactor Rate, that means that you'll be supporting others who cannot afford to benefit from a retreat on The Sharpham Estate. Your choice to pay this rate will help us with the running costs of The Coach House, enabling us to continue our charitable work connecting people to nature and fostering mindfulness and wellbeing, as well as caring for the land, wildlife and wider estate.

There will be a maximum of 18 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

Terms & Conditions

Please click here to see our booking and cancellations policy

Room Types

Click here for more information on our types of bedrooms and facilities.


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.

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

Available dates

2023 02 Oct

The Coach House: The Peace of Wild Things - 5-night silence & nature-connection retreat

2024 22 Jan

The Coach House: The Peace of Wild Things - 5-night silence & nature-connection retreat

2024 25 Feb

The Coach House: The Peace of Wild Things - 5-night silence & nature-connection retreat