Ageing well, living mindfully

Ageing Mindfully, Living Well: A Sharpham House retreat for the over-55s


2 Reviews
5 nights
Short periods of silence
Max. Spaces: 20


What does it mean to age mindfully - and how can mindfulness support us to do that? How can we live well as we journey through the second half of our life?

On this 5-night retreat, we'll be acknowledging and enquiring into the challenges and rewards of ageing, the possibility of growing wisdom, and a more authentic journey forward.

We'll be gently and non-judgmentally exploring the joys and fears around ageing, finding out what is right here, right now, in our bodies, our mental and our emotional states.

The Sharpham Estate provides the perfect backdrop of Nature's beauty, allowing us space to breathe deeply into our ageing process: the ever-present, ever changing Now.

This retreat is for you if you:

  • Are over 55
  • Wish to explore ageing well
  • Are curious to explore mindful approaches, new attitudes and new possibilities
  • Would like to cultivate more awareness, kindness, care and compassion towards yourself
  • Are ready to rest, reflect and rejuvenate
  • Would like to meet like-minded retreatants and learn from each other
What is Mindfulness?

What you will experience:

  • Guided and silent periods of meditation practice
  • a chance to deepen into mindfulness and meditation practice at your own pace
  • teachings, group discussions, self-inquiry and daily personal time
  • guided walks, morning movement sessions, and nature connection
  • periods of silence each day with one silent day in the middle of the week schedule
  • a gently-held space supported by of dedicated and experienced retreat leaders and caring house staff
  • an invitation to find joy and inner peace. A place of self-discovery, of connection with yourself and the journey of others, as we explore together how to live well and age mindfully.
  • a single-occupancy room and your own space in which to rejuvenate, with free time to deeply rest and reconnect with yourself
  • living in community with like-minded people, sharing experiences and the opportunity to bring mindfulness to some everyday household tasks
  • our tranquil Capability Brown-designed parkland and our Grade II*-listed gardens designed by Percy Cane
  • delicious, healthy, home-cooked vegetarian & vegan food that regularly receives rave reviews
  • full-board accommodation in a Grade I-listed Georgian house surrounded by history and art, with staff looking after you, within a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on the banks of the River Dart
The Octagonal Room at Sharpham House

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
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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.


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

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

Mornings Afternoons
7.00am - wake up bell. Silence until 10.00am 1.00pm - lunch and household tasks
7.30am – mindful movement 2.30pm – optional group walk and personal time
8.00am - meditation 5.30pm  – meditation
8.30am - breakfast and household tasks 6.00pm – supper and household tasks
10.00am - home groups, break the silence  8.00pm - evening gathering
11.30am - morning session 9.00pm – House moves into silence until 10.00am the next day

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




This retreat did not disappoint. I spent a wonderful few days with my fellow (also ageing) retreatants. 

We shared life stories, discussed our feelings about ageing and did a lot of laughing. 

One exercise was about our own life achievements, something I had never really considered as a whole and I was amazed at just how much had happened in my life. 

The retreat was held in a very positive environment, with respect and acknowledgement of our lives. I came away feeling very positive and with a renewed enthusiasm that anything is possible at any age if you want to do it. One is never 'too old', but instead can bring a wealth of experience to anything we want to turn our mind to.  

Thank you for this retreat, I totally recommend it.    

A participant on a Sharpham Trust retreat for elders


I attended the Ageing in Awareness Retreat at The Barn...led by Charlie and Felice. 

It was a life-changing experience, my first visit to was good to spend time with people of a similar age with common concerns and interests.

It was also good to think about the joys of ageing as well as the challenges, recall our timelines and our achievements - so much to be thankful for.

And, of course, it was wonderful to see the incredible autumn colours at Sharpham, to walk along the Dart, work in the kitchen garden, hear the owl calls give way to the dawn chorus during our morning tai chi and watch the sun rise over the valley. Unforgettable.

A participant on a Sharpham Trust retreat for elders
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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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  • £595 - Standard room, single occupancy, full-board 
  • £655 Premium room, single occupancy, full-board 
  • £755 - Heritage room, single occupancy, full-board 

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

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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 24 Jan

Sharpham House: Ageing Mindfully, Living Well for the over-55s (5 nights)

With Lynette Robinson & Felice Rhiannon