Rest and renewal meditation retreat at Sharpham

Rest and Renewal: 3-night Sharpham House Retreat

Summary

6 Reviews
3 nights - Seasonal
Any
Single
Short periods
Max. Spaces: 20

Overview

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 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.

This retreat is for you if:

  • you need rest, replenishment, renewal and inspiration
  • you want a shorter stay in this beautiful place
  • you'd benefit from reflection and connecting to nature and your creativity, far away from the busy-ness of your day-to-day life and work
  • you are aged 18 and above
What is Mindfulness?

What you'll experience on this retreat:

  • guided meditation and practices to support you in everyday life
  • periods of silence and quiet contemplation
  • lliving in community with like-minded people, sharing experiences and the opportunity to bring mindfulness to some everyday household tasks
  • explore our tranquil Capability Brown-designed parkland and our Grade 2*-listed gardens designed by Percy Cane
  • have a single-occupancy room and your own space in which to rejuvenate, with free time to deeply rest and reconnect with yourself, far from the busy-ness of daily life
  • enjoy delicious, healthy, home-cooked vegetarian food that regularly receives rave reviews
  • be cared for full-board in a Grade 1-listed Georgian House surrounded by history and art, with staff looking after you, in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty close to nature, amid breath-taking scenery on the banks of the River Dart
Rest and renewal meditation retreat at Sharpham

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
View our FAQs

Schedule

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.


Silence

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

Typical retreat schedule

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

Mornings Afternoons
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.

Reviews

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

Dan
April 2023

Had a fantastic 3-night stay for Rest & Renewal. Fabulous venue, with wonderful views and wild field meadows. Food, staff and teaching were immeasurable. One of the best things I've ever done!

a participant on our Rest & Renewal retreat

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

Angy Panda 6863
July 2023
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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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Leaders

Barry Thurgood
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Ethan Pollock
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Lynette Robinson
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Nadia Abdel-Karim
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Patti
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Steve Banks
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Costs

Retreats taking place up to September

  • £375 Standard room, single occupancy, full-board
  • £425 Premium room, single occupancy, full-board
  • £525 Heritage room, single occupancy, full-board

Retreats taking place from October onwards

  • £395 Standard room, single occupancy, full-board
  • £455 Premium room, single occupancy, full-board
  • £555 Heritage room, single occupancy, full-board

(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

Terms & Conditions

Please click here to see our booking and cancellations policy

Room Types

Click here for more information on our types of bedrooms and facilities.

Bursaries

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

2024 02 Aug

Sharpham House: Rest and Renewal (3 nights)

With Patti Summerville & Lindsay Alderton
2024 17 Nov

Sharpham House: Rest and Renewal (3 nights)

With Barry Thurgood & Lynette Robinson
2025 04 Feb

Sharpham House: Rest and Renewal (3 nights)

With Lindsay Alderton & Steve Banks