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Find Your Peace: a 5-night Silent Retreat

Summary

5 Reviews
5 Nights - Bi-Monthly
Not for Beginners
Single/Shared
Longer Periods
Max. Spaces: 28

Overview

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. 

This retreat is for you if:

  • you have previous retreat and meditation experience
  • in need of rest and replenishment
  • interested in deepening or reconnecting with your practice in a silent setting
  • inspired by spending time reconnecting with nature
  • 18 years or above
What is Mindfulness?
mindfulness in nature

Connecting through quietude:

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.

What you'll experience on this retreat:

  • practice silence to develop a strong container for deepening meditation practice
  • 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)
  • experience Mindfulness enquiry sessions in smaller groups
  • be living in community with like-minded people, bringing mindfulness to everyday experiences and tasks
  • enjoy delicious, healthy, home-cooked vegetarian food that regularly receives rave reviews
  • be cared for full-board in a Grade 1-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.
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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
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

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.

Typical schedule

Arrival Day

Afternoon/evening
3.00pm - 5.00pm - arrival
5.00pm – Welcome meeting
6.00pm - Supper and washing up
8.00pm - Evening session
9.00pm - Personal time

Typical day

Mornings Afternoons
7.00am – wake-up bell  12.30pm – Meditation
7.30am – Mindful Movement 1.00pm – Lunch & tasks
8.00am – Meditation 2.30pm – Personal time or estate walk
8.30am – Breakfast / Tasks 5.20pm - Guided meditation 
10.00am – Home Groups 6.00pm – Dinner, tasks and personal time
  8.00pm – Evening session
  9.00pm - Personal time

Final day

Morning
7.00am - wake-up bell
7.30am - Mindful Movement 
8.00am - Meditation
8.30am - Breakfast / Tasks
10.30am - Closing session
12 noon - Departure

Reviews

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

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!

Louise Neicho
September 2022

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

Angy Panda 6863
July 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

Barry Thurgood
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Ethan Pollock
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Maite Alonso, yoga meditation retreat leader at The Sharpham Trust
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Martyna Raczka at The Sharpham Trust meditation centre
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Nadia Abdel-Karim
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Will Evans
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Costs

  • £465 – Shared room, full-board
  • £565 – Standard room, full-board
  • £665 - Premium room, 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

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

2024 14 May

Sharpham House: Find Your Peace a 5-night silent retreat

With Ethan Pollock & Martyna Raczka
2024 20 Sep

Sharpham House: Find Your Peace a 5-night silent retreat

With Will Evans & Maite Alonso