We live in a time of increasing pressure and challenge where the stresses and demands of everyday life can feel overwhelming. This short retreat offers the opportunity to step out of your busy schedule and find connection, rest and renewal through mindfulness practice and time spent in nature.
The retreat is ideal for those looking for a shorter retreat and who might find it difficult to come for a longer time due to work and family commitments.
Each day will include a simple and spacious schedule of meditation and self-compassion practices, personal reflection in a supportive group context and time to reset, recharge and build your resilience to help you step back into the demands of your everyday life.
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 - 9.50am the following day
Day 1: Arrive between 3-5pm for welcoming talk and settling in
|7.00am - wake up||12.30pm - guided sitting meditation|
|7.30am – mindful movement||1.00pm - lunch|
|8.00am - guided sitting meditation||2.30pm – Personal time|
|8.30am – breakfast and tasks||5.00pm - guided sitting meditation|
|9.50am – meeting||6.00pm – supper and tasks|
|10.30am - walk of the grounds or personal time||8.00pm - Meditation / Teaching|
|9.00pm – House moves into silence until 9.00am the next day|
Final day: There will be a closing circle at 10.30am and depart at 12 noon. The retreat will move into silence each evening from 9pm – 9am, and till 2pm on day 3.
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
Sharpham House is the most idyllic and tranquil places for a mindfulness retreat. It offered us the perfect conditions to facilitate a deeper connection with ourselves, with the beautiful nature and the rich wild life surrounding the area. Being under the skilful, generous and mindful guidance of our kind, open-hearted coordinators Nina and Will has created the perfect space to bring to light deep powerful insights. I am truly grateful for this life-changing experience.
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.
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
From April 2024 onwards
(see also room types below)
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
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