This retreat offers an opportunity to access your creativity and imagination through a unique blend of mindfulness and nature connection.
Together we will experience present-moment awareness using different creative mediums including visual arts, creative writing, movement, song and more.
The emphasis of this retreat is being playful and open to exploring our creative spirit rather than becoming an expert in a particular medium or focusing on an end product.
Absolutely no artistic skills or experience are necessary - just a willingness to play and experiment in a supportive and non-judgmental setting. Materials will be supplied, but please bring your own if you would like to use them in your free time.
Experienced leaders are there to support you, plus you'll enjoy periods of free time to rest and reflect on your learning, in a place far from the busy-ness of every day life.
You'll be staying in The Coach House - our retreat centre specifically aimed at connecting you with nature.
See the Leaders tab above for teachers and their styles.
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.
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 - 9am the following day
Day 1: Arrive between 3 - 5pm for Welcome Meeting at 5pm and settling in
|6.00am - wake up||12.30pm - meditation|
|6.30am – morning movement/meditation||1.00pm - lunch|
|7.30am - household tasks||2.00pm – free time or group walk|
|8.00am – breakfast||4.30pm - personal time|
|9.00am – home Groups (silence ends)||6.30pm – supper|
|10.00am - gardening||7.30pm - meditation|
|9.00pm – Personal time (Coach House moves into silence until 9.00am the next day)|
Final day: depart by 11am
The retreat will move into silence each evening from 9pm – 9am and on one full day in each retreat.
One of the best decisions I have ever made was deciding to come to this beautiful place for a meditation retreat. Frank, Rachel and Elaine were so kind and welcoming and the food was amazing. The whole experience was transformative for me, and has helped me to live more in the present through mindfulness. I am so happy I found Sharpham House/Coach House. I will be making this a yearly pilgrimage going forward. Thank you to the whole staff for being amazing!
The Coach House retreat was a very welcome pause in my life. Not only was the accommodation very clean and comfortable, the food was superb too. The structure of the days is really helpful with plenty of time to explore the local landscape and views which are inspirational. The team are also amazing with a genuine skill in looking after everyone, as well as providing a really supportive environment to practice meditation. I will return and would highly recommend this glorious place. Thank you.
A very well facilitated retreat with two skilled and empathic coordinators in a glorious setting on the Sharpham estate. Comfortable Coach House accommodation with most rooms ensuite. An opportunity to begin meditating or deepen existing practice and learn new ways of being in the world. Excellent, plentiful vegetarian food. Free time in the afternoon provides an opporltunkity to chill out or explore the many wonderful nature walks around the estate. A calming and enjoyable experience.
When you stay at The Coach House, you'll be in comfy, single rooms in a beautifully converted 18th century stable block, set in the stunning scenery of Sharpham's grounds. You'll experience daily meditation and movement sessions, time in our gardens and on the land and you'll eat delicious and homegrown vegetarian and vegan meals.
Coach House retreats focus on nature connection through a varied programme of retreats designed to connect you to Sharpham's flora and fauna, with plenty of time for you to rest and reflect.Get Directions View Venue
The Sharpham Trust is committed to ensuring that retreats at The Coach House are accessible to all - regardless of income.
All rooms are comfortable single rooms, with either an ensuite or a shared bathroom. All meals, bedding and towels are included. 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 which will be sent to you once you have booked.
Participants at The Coach House can select which rate they pay according to need:
Supported Rate £495
The Sharpham Trust is committed to ensuring that retreats 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 £545
Paying the Standard Rate means you will be contributing towards our running costs, supporting the work of The Coach House and helping retreatants on lower incomes to access our retreats.
Benefactor Rate £625
If you are able to pay the Benefactor Rate, that means that you'll be supporting others who cannot afford to benefit from a retreat on The Sharpham Estate. Your choice to pay this rate will help us with the running costs of The Coach House, 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.
There will be a maximum of 18 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