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Self-Guided retreat: 4-night Sharpham House Retreat


5 Reviews
4 nights - Annually
Max. Spaces: 20


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.

  • Morning movement - Yoga or Qi Gong
  • 3 meditation sessions per day before each meal
  • 1-1 mindfulness teacher enquiry session (optional)
  • Delicious full board food – at set times 8.30am, 1pm and 6pm in a shared dining room
  • A comfortable single room
  • Some simple household tasks to bring mindfulness into an everyday activity
  • Silent spaces for those who prefer more time for reflection and contemplation

Read on for more details on this retreat and click the Leaders, Schedules and Venue & Directions tabs above for further information.


This retreat is for you if:

  • Would like a more flexible stay at Sharpham with the opportunity to immerse yourself in the beauty and peace of Sharpham house and the wider estate, outside of a group context
  • In need of rest, recuperation and renewal in comfortable surroundings
  • Have a project to work on in an intentional way – you might be an artist or a writer and looking for some time away to meditate, be catered for and focus on your work
  • Love spending time in nature and would like some time out from your busy life, where day to day needs such as food are catered for
  • Looking for a digital detox and the chance to step away from your digital devices
  • Need some time away for contemplation and reflection – this might be in relation to life changes and transitions or just time away from the busy distractions of everyday life
What is Mindfulness?

What you'll experience on this retreat:

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:

  • Meditation and movement-based practices
  • Nature connection and self-guided walks exploring the beautiful 550 acres Sharpham Estate
  • Letting go of your digital devices
  • Time for resting and recuperation, slowing down and time alone
  • Reading, journaling or writing or other creative activities such as visual art / making / poetry
  • Swimming in the summer months in our pool
  • Listening to pre-recorded teachings (which you select and bring in advance along with a means to listen to them)  
  • Self-generated ceremony and ritual
  • Time for contemplating life changes, transitions and decisions
Sharpham House

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


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

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
7.20am – mindful movement  1.00pm - lunch and tasks
8.00am - meditation 4.00pm - optional session
8.30am – breakfast and tasks 5.20pm - meditation
10.30am - one to one enquiry sessions 6.00pm – supper and tasks
  8.00pm - evening practice
  9.00pm – House moves into silence until the next day

Final day: There is a closing circle at 10.30am and depart at 12 noon.


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

April 2023

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!

Louise Neicho
September 2022

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
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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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Maite Alonso, yoga meditation retreat leader at The Sharpham Trust
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Nadia Abdel-Karim
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Ramiro Ortega
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  • £475 - Standard room, single occupancy, full-board 
  • £525 Premium room, single occupancy, full-board 
  • £645 - 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.


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 18 Aug

Sharpham House: Self-Guided retreat (4 nights)

With Nadia Abdel-Karim & Ramiro Ortega