Rest and be supported by the beautiful setting of Sharpham House at the beginning of a fresh year.
New Year can be a good opportunity for reflection and consideration.
And if you are to listen to yourself, the tranquillity of Sharpham will support that – even at a time in the calendar that’s often hectic and noisy. This retreat offers meditation and plenty of free time to rest and connect with nature as you prepare for another year. The leaders of this retreat – drawn from our wide pool of experienced leaders – will help you to develop and extend your mindful experience.
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
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.
Periods of silence including a whole day of silence on New Years Day to allow time for contemplation and resting deeply.
Day 1: Arrive between 3-5pm for welcoming talk and settling in
|7.00am - wake up bell. Silence until 10am
|12.30pm - meditation
|7.30am – mindful movement
|1.00pm - lunch and household tasks
|8.00am - meditation
|2.30pm – personal time or group walk
|8.30am – breakfast and household tasks
|5.20pm – meditation
|10.00am – daily meeting, break the silence
|6.00pm – supper and household tasks
|8.00pm – evening session
|9.00pm – House moves into silence until 10am the next day
Final day: There is a closing meeting at 10.30am, and your departure by 12noon.
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
Wonderful haven of nature, beautiful views, lovely food, great teachers. I stayed for 5 nights for the summer retreat and left restored, invigorated and inspired. I have already recommended this to friends of mine and I will continue to do so. If you're feeling run down, overwhelmed, anxious/depressed or just in need of some 'me' time, then I highly recommend spending as long as you can at Sharpham House Trust.
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
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.
Rooms are shared and single occupancy.
Book easily and securely online or by phoning 01803 732542
Please click here to see our booking and cancellations policy
This retreat does not have any bursary places but limited 50% bursaries offering reduced-price retreats are available for those experiencing financial hardship on our other retreats. 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