Self-Compassion Retreats at Sharpham Trust
Self-Compassion Retreats at Sharpham Trust
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Nourishing the Heart: 5-night Mindfulness & Self-compassion Retreat

Summary

6 Reviews
5 nights - Seasonal
Any
Single
Short Periods
Max. Spaces: 20

Overview

Compassion can be defined as "sensitivity to suffering and the willingness to alleviate it”.

Many people can be kind and supportive of others, whilst struggling to apply this same attitude to themselves. All too often we slip into patterns of judging and criticising ourselves, a habitual yet unhelpful strategy, making the challenges that we face more difficult.

In recent years, there has been a growing interest in practices that cultivate self-compassion and kindness. There's an expanding body of research showing the positive effect such practices have on emotional well-being, self-care, physical health and personal relationships.

Some of these benefits appear to be specific to compassion practices rather than standard mindfulness practice alone.

These retreats, involving skilled and trained leaders, draw on recently-developed and evidence-backed approaches such as Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC), Mindfulness-based Compassionate Living (MBCL) and the work of Paul Gilbert, founder of Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT). 

*Given the nature of self-compassion practices, it is common for old trauma to arise, particularly around Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). We ask that if you have been subject to any ACEs that you discuss with a psychologist or therapist before attending to see if this retreat is appropriate for you at this time.

This retreat is for you if:

  • would like to connect more with the qualities of the heart, such as compassion, kindness, gratitude and sympathetic joy.
  • want to deepen your mindfulness practice and learn a new set of practices within this approach.
  • find yourself criticising or judging yourself harshly.
  • want to learn wiser and more helpful ways to relate to difficulties.
  • are interested in understanding yourself better and learning about how and why we get into unhelpful patterns.
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
  • be able to explore our tranquil Capability Brownian 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. Click here to explore our rooms.
  • enjoy delicious, healthy, home-cooked vegetarian food that regularly receives rave reviews and have access to 24-hour hot teas, coffee & infusions in our Toasting Room
  • be cared for full-board in a Grade I-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

Fierce Compassion

Lucy Chan, one of the leaders on this retreat, gave this TEDx talk about the need for cultivating fierce compassion.

She also leads this downloadable meditation on the same aspect of compassion, helping to halt people-pleasing and enabling you to protect, say no or disagree with tender strength:

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Self-Compassion Retreats at Sharpham Trust

What you 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 - 10.15am the following day

Typical retreat schedule

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

Mornings Afternoons
7.00am - wake up 12.15pm - meditation
7.30am – mindful movement 1.00pm - lunch and household tasks
8.00am - meditation 3.30pm – personal time or group walk
8.30am – breakfast and household tasks 5.00pm -  teaching/meditation
10.15am – daily meeting, break the silence  6.00pm – supper and household tasks
11.30am - personal time 8.00pm – evening session
  9.00pm – House moves into silence until 9.50am the next day

Final day: There is a closing meeting at 10.15am, and your departure by 12noon.

Reviews

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

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.

Cristina Vulcan
June 2023

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
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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

Armel
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Barry Thurgood
Barry Thurgood Read more +
Ethan Pollock
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Jenny
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Ramiro Ortega
Ramiro Ortega Read more +

Costs

  • £575 - Standard room, single occupancy, full-board 
  • £625 Premium room, single occupancy, full-board 
  • £745 - 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

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 25 Sep

Sharpham House: Nourishing the Heart – mindfulness & self-compassion retreat (5 nights)

With Armel Wraight & Barry Thurgood