This is a Buddhist retreat for those identifying as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, non-binary, genderqueer, and those who simply don’t fit into the gender identity or sexual orientation norms of our society.
Because of the heteronormality of most spaces in our society, at times we may not be comfortable or safe showing up as our whole selves, inclusive of our sexual orientation and gender identities. This retreat provides the space to bring those parts of ourselves within the context of a meditative and Buddhist environment.
We will join as a community, to meditate, garden, and learn from Buddhist teachers and each other. Meditation can be a powerful way not only to connect to ourselves and each other, but to also explore letting go of internalised oppressions.
Whether or not you have been on retreat before, you are welcome to become part of this community of practice.
Practising together we can discover new sources of peace and well-being and enjoy the beautiful nature of the Sharpham Estate.
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:
Note that we hold silence from 8.30pm to 9.00am each day, and all day Wednesday.
|2.00pm to 4.00pm – Your arrival|
|4.30pm – Welcome talk, introductions and tour|
|5.30pm – Guided meditation|
|6.30pm – Supper. Then settling in|
|8.30pm – The Barn goes into silence until 9.00am the next day|
This is a typical schedule.
|6.20am – Wake up||12.20pm – Meditation (some guided)|
|6.50am – Movement and meditation||1.00pm – Lunch|
|7.30am – Household tasks||2.00pm – Personal time|
|8.00am – Breakfast||4.30pm – Teaching|
|9.00am – Morning sharing and meeting||6.00pm – Supper prepared individually or in groups|
|10.00am – Gardening||7.50pm – Meditation (some guided)|
|8.30pm – Barn moves into silence until 9.00am the next day|
As above until 8.00am. Silence ends at breakfast. After that, there is time to clear your room and depart between 9.00am and 10.00am.
If I could give this more than five stars, I would. It defies words how wonderful an experience this has been. If you are thinking about coming but are unsure, this is your sign to take the leap
Being with other LGBTQIA+ people was so transformative and healing. I feel I have changed something fundamental about myself as a result
What I really liked about the retreat was my ability to connect with and witness the courage of my fellow LGBTQ+ people - a privilege and powerful - in a beautiful and nurturing space. LGBTQ+ people need more spaces like this to heal their traumas
Our popular meditation retreat venue in the Buddhist tradition is where up to 11 people join together living in community for weekly retreats, including a variety of themed retreats - scroll on to see them all.
You'll be staying within a friendly atmosphere of fellowship, sitting together in daily meditations and mindfully tending our organic vegetable gardens.
You'll have your own single room, you'll get to eat produce from what's grown on the land here and you'll also get time to explore the wonder of the beautiful and contemplation-inspiring Sharpham Estate.Get Directions View Venue
Participants at The Barn can select which rate they pay according to need:
Supported Rate £395
The Sharpham Trust is committed to ensuring that retreats at The Barn 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 £450
Paying the Standard Rate means you will be contributing towards our running costs, supporting the work of The Barn and helping retreatants of lower incomes to access our retreats.
Benefactor Rate £550
If you are able to pay the Benefactor Rate, that means that you'll be supporting others who cannot afford to benefit from a Barn retreat on The Sharpham Estate. Your choice to pay this rate will help us with the running costs of The Barn, 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.
Dana is the Pali word for generosity or donation. The volunteer coordinators are receiving only a small payment for expenses whilst living at The Barn and are generously giving their energy and understanding to us all. If you are able donations are welcome.
There will be a maximum of 11 participants on this retreat.
All rooms are single occupancy, giving you your own space in which to relax.
Book easily and securely online or by phoning 01803 732542
Please click here to see our booking and cancellations policy
All rooms are comfortable single rooms, with a shared bathroom. All 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 before the retreat begins.
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