droplets on leaves to illustrate the digital detox mindfulness retreat at The Sharpham Trust
Debbie Geraghty

Reclaim Your Attention – 3-night digital detox retreat in Sharpham House

Summary

6 Reviews
3 nights - Annually
Any meditation experience
Single
Short periods of silence
Max. Spaces: 20

Overview

Digital technology gives us huge benefits in organising our lives, delivering information or staying in touch with friends & family.

But spending too much time on our devices can also leave us feeling stressed, anxious, depressed and numbed out.

It’s something of an irony that our heightened digitally connections can give us fewer chances for meaningful and authentic connection.

Time in nature, combined with mindfulness – training our attention to stay in the present moment - can offer a powerful antidote to digital distraction. A way to reclaim our attention.

This retreat is for you if you

  • are concerned about the amount of time you spend online
  • could benefit from disconnecting from digital devices to spend more time connecting to yourself, nature and community
  • would like to develop a healthier relationship to your digital devices
  • suffer from low energy or feelings of anxiety or stress from spending too much time online
What is Mindfulness?

What you'll experience on this retreat

  • a break from screens and digital devices
  • the chance to slow down and reset your nervous system 
  • restorative mindfulness, meditation, self-compassion and nature connection practices
  • gentle, mindful movement practices
  • a simple and spacious programme
  • periods of silence
  • life in community with like-minded people, sharing experiences and the opportunity to bring mindfulness to some everyday household tasks
  • the chance to explore our tranquil Capability Brownian parkland and our Grade 2*-listed gardens designed by Percy Cane
  • 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.
  • Delicious, healthy, home-cooked vegetarian food that regularly receives rave reviews, with access to 24-hour hot teas, coffee & infusions in our Toasting Room
  • being 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
A retreatant reads in his room

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

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 - 9.50am the following day

Typical retreat schedule

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

Mornings Afternoons
7.00am - wake up  12.30pm - guided sitting meditation
7.30am – mindful movement  1.00pm - lunch
8.00am - guided sitting meditation 2.30pm – Personal time
8.30am – breakfast and tasks 5.20pm - guided sitting meditation
9.50am – home groups 6.00pm – supper and tasks
10.30am - walk of the grounds or personal time 8.00pm - Meditation / Teaching
  9.00pm – House moves into silence until 9.50am the next day

Final day: There is a closing circle at 10.30am and depart at 12 noon. The retreat will move into silence each evening from 9pm – 9.50am, and till 2.30pm on day 3.

Reviews

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

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

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

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

Nina Jankelson - assistant manager of The Barn retreat centre at Sharpham
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Ollie Frame
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Costs

£395 Standard room, single occupancy, full-board
£455 Premium room, single occupancy, full-board
£555 Heritage room, single occupancy, full-board

(see also room types below)


There will be a maximum of 20 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.

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.

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

2025 30 Jan

Sharpham House: Reclaim Your Attention - digital detox retreat (3 nights)

With Nina Jankelson & Ollie Frame