Self-guided retreats offer you the chance to stay at Sharpham and design and structure your own retreat rather than following a group retreat schedule. The retreat is suitable for those who already have some experience of meditation and of retreating.
We offer the following sessions as a simple outline structure for your retreat and the rest is up to you.
Read on for more details on this retreat and click the Leaders, Schedules and Venue & Directions tabs above for further information.
To make your stay meaningful we recommend that you spend some time setting your intention before the retreat and designing your own schedule, considering how you might spend your time here. Your schedule and stay might include:
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 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: depart at 12 noon. The retreat will move into silence each evening from 9pm – 9am, and till 2pm on day 3.
THE most magical and amazing place for a retreat. I cannot recommend Sharpham highly enough, I'm telling all my friends! The food is divine, the location is breathtaking and the facilitators are highly skilled. I'm creating space in my diary for the next one very soon!
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.
Had a fantastic experience at Sharpham Retreat, I came home feeling relaxed, peaceful and calm. The community feeling was so lovely, I met a wonderful group of people that enriched my journey. The meditation activities were really good for a beginner like myself and I have taken home skills and techniques to use in my daily life. Really great memories, I would definitely recommend
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
£465 Standard room, single occupancy, full-board
£525 Premium room, single occupancy, full-board
£625 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
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