Experience quiet and stillness for an extended time, within supportive company in a beautiful, nurturing setting.
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 in a safe and supportive setting, allowing you to deepen into mindfulness practice and your experience of silence, in the tranquil setting of Sharpham House and Estate.
This 5-night retreat is a chance to turn inward and to let go of the daily struggles that can so easily get in the way of the simplicity, freedom and joy in each present moment.
There will be a maximum of 28 participants on this retreat.
This retreat is for people who already have prior experience of being on a retreat or of mindfulness meditation. If you are new to mindfulness and retreats, you might like to consider joining our Mindfulness for Beginners retreats, which run on a monthly basis.
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.
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.
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 and nature connection.
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
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 experience. There will also be some discussion as part of Mindfulness teaching and enquiry sessions. Other than these the rest of the retreat will be in silence, including meal times and group activities, such as silent walking and nature connection.
|3.00pm - 5.00pm - arrival|
|5.15pm – Welcome meeting, House tour, settling in|
|6.30pm - Supper and washing up|
|8.15pm - Guided meditation|
|7.00am - wake-up bell||1.00pm – Lunch & tasks|
|7.30am - Mindful Movement||2.00pm – Personal time or estate walk|
|8.00am - Meditation||5.20pm - Guided meditation|
|8.30am - Breakfast / Tasks||6.00pm – Dinner, tasks and personal time|
|10.00am - Home Groups||8.00pm - Meditation|
|11.30am - Meditation||9.00pm - Personal time|
|7.00am - wake-up bell|
|7.30am - Mindful Movement|
|8.00am - Meditation|
|8.30am - Breakfast / Tasks|
|10.30am - Final meeting|
|12noon - Departure|
My first retreat. Didn’t disappoint. I read a lot about the beautiful scenery and food which don’t get me wrong helped massively but the teaching was what matter most to me. Jo and Steve truly embody mindfulness and their teaching was gentle yet insightful. I did the 3 day silent retreat and I would have happily stayed far longer. Appetite and excitement for this project very much refuelled. Paul
THE most magical and amazing place for a retreat. I cannot recommend Sharpham highly enough, I'm telling all my friends! The food is divine, the location is breathtaking and the facilitators are highly skilled. I'm creating space in my diary for the next one very soon!
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
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.Get Directions View Venue
There will be a maximum of 28 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
Please click here to see our booking and cancellations policy
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