House in Winter
Christmas Retreats at Sharpham House
Christmas Retreats at Sharpham House
Sharpham House Rooms

Christmas retreat at Sharpham House: a gift to yourself

Summary

5 Reviews
5 nights - Seasonal
Any
Single/Shared
Short periods
Max. Spaces: 28

Overview

Rest and be supported by the beautiful setting of Sharpham House at Christmas-time.

Escape the frantic festive season for a Christmas that gives you the present: space and time for yourself.

This retreat offers meditation and plenty of free time to rest and connect with nature – at a time that’s usually associated with consumerism, stress and busy-ness.

The leaders of this retreat – drawn from our wide pool of experienced leaders – will help you to develop and extend your mindful experience.

This retreat is for you if:

  • want a Christmas that is peace-filled, tranquil and contemplative
  • are prepared to experience a Christmas Day in nourishing silence
  • are aged 18 and above
What is Mindfulness?

What you'll experience on this retreat:

  • Have relaxation sessions and free time to deeply rest and reconnect with yourself, far from the usual busy-ness of the Christmas period
  • 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 on Christmas Day to allow time for contemplation and resting deeply
  • living in community with like-minded people, sharing experiences and the opportunity to bring mindfulness to some everyday household tasks
  • be able to explore our tranquil Capability Brownian parkland and our Grade 2*-listed gardens designed by Percy Cane
  • have 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. Click here to explore our rooms.
  • enjoy delicious, healthy, home-cooked vegetarian food that regularly receives rave reviews and have access to 24-hour hot teas, coffee & infusions in our Toasting Room
  • be cared for full-board in a Grade I-listed Georgian House surrounded by history and art, with staff looking after you, in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty close to nature, amid breath-taking scenery on the banks of the River Dart
Landscape in winter

What you 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

Schedule

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.


Silence

All our retreats include 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. But we encourage you to explore the silent periods with a spirit of openness and curiosity - people usually find it to be a positive experience. 

The retreats typically move into silence each evening from 9pm - 10am the following day.

Typical retreat schedule

Periods of silence including a whole day of silence on Christmas Day to allow time for contemplation and resting deeply.

Day 1: Arrive between 3-5pm for welcoming talk and settling in

Mornings Afternoons
7.00am - wake up bell. Silence until 10am 12.30pm - meditation
7.30am – mindful movement 1.00pm - lunch and household tasks
8.00am - meditation 2.30pm – personal time or group walk
8.30am – breakfast and household tasks 5.20pm  – meditation
10.00am – daily meeting, break the silence  6.00pm – supper and household tasks
  8.00pm – evening session
  9.00pm – House moves into silence until 10am the next day

Final day: There is a closing meeting at 10.30am, and your departure by 12noon.

Reviews

Sharpham House is the most idyllic and tranquil places for a mindfulness retreat. It offered us the perfect conditions to facilitate a deeper connection with ourselves, with the beautiful nature and the rich wild life surrounding the area. Being under the skilful, generous and mindful guidance of our kind, open-hearted coordinators Nina and Will has created the perfect space to bring to light deep powerful insights. I am truly grateful for this life-changing experience.

Cristina Vulcan
June 2023

Wonderful haven of nature, beautiful views, lovely food, great teachers. I stayed for 5 nights for the summer retreat and left restored, invigorated and inspired. I have already recommended this to friends of mine and I will continue to do so. If you're feeling run down, overwhelmed, anxious/depressed or just in need of some 'me' time, then I highly recommend spending as long as you can at Sharpham House Trust.

Rebecca Watson
September 2023

My experience of staying at Sharpham House for a 3-day silent meditation retreat was extremely positive... the venue and grounds are stunning but really the teachers and organisers, and all involved in making it a place that feels safe, grounding and supportive, is what makes it such a special place. As someone who has been on several meditation retreats, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Sharpham House. Thank you to everyone involved

Dan
April 2023
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Sharpham House in Spring

Sharpham House

Sharpham House is the perfect place to experience a mindfulness retreat: a Grade I-listed Georgian mansion at the centre of the stunning Sharpham Estate, where you're nurtured with delicious vegetarian and vegan food (much of it grown organically in our Walled Garden).

The House is set in beautiful gardens, surrounded by a parkland designed originally by Capability Brown, offering calming views over the River Dart, in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

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Leaders

Maite Alonso, yoga meditation retreat leader at The Sharpham Trust
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Martha
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Ramiro Ortega
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Costs

  • £595 - Shared room, full-board 
  • £695 Standard room, single occupancy, full-board 
  • £850 - Premium room, single occupancy, full-board 

There will be a maximum of 28 guests on this retreat.

Rooms are shared and single occupancy.

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.

Bursaries

This retreat does not have any bursary places but limited 50% bursaries offering reduced-price retreats are available for those experiencing financial hardship on our other retreats. 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

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