The Hermitage solo solitary retreat venue at The Sharpham Trust - exterior
The Hermitage solo solitary retreat venue at The Sharpham Trust - exterior
The Hermitage solo solitary retreat venue at The Sharpham Trust - interior
The Barn Gardens

Solitary Retreat

Summary

7 Reviews
6 nights - Weekly
Non-Beginner
Self-contained wood cabin
Self-led

Overview

"We enter solitude, in which also we lose loneliness…True solitude is found in the wild places, where one is without human obligation. One’s inner voices become audible. One feels the attraction of one’s most intimate sources. In consequence, one responds more clearly to other lives. The more coherent one becomes within oneself as a creature, the more fully one enters into the communion of all creatures.

- Wendell Berry

 

For people who have participated in a Barn retreat, or a silent retreat elsewhere, and who are experienced meditators, we offer the opportunity for a solitary, silent, and self-sufficient retreat in a small cabin in the grounds of The Barn Retreat Centre. 

The Hermitage is located in a private area of woodland a short walk from the Barn’s main building. The space contains a double bed, meditation mat and cushion, table, chair and cooking equipment. Facilities include cold running water, a gas cooking stove, wood-burner and a compost loo nearby. There is no electricity except for solar-powered lights. 

A hearty vegan lunch is available on weekdays. Supplies for other meals, which you will cook yourself, are provided.

You will be expected to create your own personal daily structure which includes meditation and two hours (or optionally more) working meditation in the garden. Support is given with this on your arrival. 

This retreat is for you if:

  • You need rest, replenishment, renewal and inspiration
  • You have an established meditation practice
  • 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
  • Are aged 18 and above
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The Hermitage solo solitary retreat venue at The Sharpham Trust - exterior

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

You will be expected to create your own personal daily structure which includes meditation and 1-2 hours (or optionally more) work meditation on the land. Support is given with this on your arrival.

Please depart by 10am on your final day.

Reviews

''It’s such a precious and rare gift to be in a space where one feels totally safe and held, yet also alone.

The [Hermitage] is in a beautiful and secluded spot, so I felt a more intimate connection with nature (I was lucky enough to experience one night with a fierce and magical thunderstorm!).

This setting gave me the courage to sit with difficult things and experience them as they are, which really helped to shift my relationship with them"

Hermitage participant
October 2023

I booked the Cabin for a week of solitary retreat in November 2022. Before, during and after my week, the Sharpham Barn Retreat team were friendly, welcoming, kind and helpful, helping me to settle into the Cabin for the week, providing delicious home cooked food each day in a tiffin left on a wall, being supportive yet leaving me to retreat in silence. In short, helping me to make the most out of a week of precious time of meditation. The Cabin itself was a wonderful space and had everything I needed to enjoy a week of comfortable simplicity - warm and snug with the log burner, beautifully secluded set in a stunning backdrop of woodland, with views down to the River Dart and a sense of peace pervading through the retreat centre. Thank you Sharpham Trust!

Naomi Chunilai
December 2022

I recently returned from a rejuvenating 6-day solitary retreat at the Hermitage. If you are drawn to silently spending your days, being surrounded by nature, and deepening your practice, this place might be the right one for you.

A simple but comfortable accommodation, delicious organic food, and the support of The Barn coordinators, that's all you need :-) Thank you, may you all flourish! Much metta!

Hermitage retreatant
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The Hermitage solo solitary retreat venue at The Sharpham Trust - exterior

Hermitage

This is our solitary retreat venue, a new Shepherd's Hut located in the woods above The Barn Retreat.

The Hermitage features a double bed, sink and hob, solar lighting and a deck to sit out on. It is served by a compost loo.

Food is provided to make your own breakfast and evening meal, and a daily home-cooked lunch is provided by The Barn Retreat.

Showers can be taken at certain times in The Barn.

Costs

You can pay a deposit of £100 to secure your place, then the remaining amount will need to be paid four weeks before you are due to come on retreat.

If you are booking your retreat with less than four weeks until you’re due to arrive, then you are required to pay the whole amount. 

You don’t need to contact us to ask to pay the supported rate, you can determine this for yourself and select whichever option feels more suitable when you book online.

Rate 4 nights 6 nights 10 nights
Standard rate £295 £395 £650
Paying the Standard Rate means you will be contributing towards our running costs, supporting the work of The Barn and helping retreatants of lower incomes to access our retreats.      
       
Supported Rate £195 £295 £495
The Sharpham Trust is committed to ensuring that retreats are accessible to all - regardless of income. The Supported Rate is for those unable to pay the Standard rate.      
       
Benefactor Rate £395 £495 £795
If you are able to pay the Benefactor Rate, that means that you'll be supporting others who cannot afford to benefit from a Barn retreat on The Sharpham Estate. Your choice to pay this rate will help us with the running costs of The Barn, enabling us to continue our charitable work connecting people to nature and fostering mindfulness and wellbeing, as well as caring for the land, wildlife and wider estate.      

 


Solo retreats follow the flow of the group retreats at The Barn, therefore they are normally six-night retreats, with occasional four- and ten-night stays available. If you are wanting to stay for fewer nights than this, that is possible, but there isn’t a discounted rate for that.

Terms & Conditions

Please click here to see our booking and cancellations policy

Available dates

2024 21 Jul

Solitary retreat in The Hermitage - 6 nights

2024 28 Jul

Solitary retreat in The Hermitage - 6 nights

2024 04 Aug

Solitary retreat in The Hermitage - 6 nights for Men

2024 11 Aug

Solitary retreat in The Hermitage - 6 nights

2024 18 Aug

Solitary retreat in The Hermitage - 6 nights

2024 25 Aug

Solitary retreat in The Hermitage - 6 nights

2024 01 Sep

Solitary retreat in The Hermitage - 6 nights

2024 08 Sep

Solitary retreat in The Hermitage - 6 nights

2024 17 Sep

Solitary retreat in The Hermitage - 4 nights

2024 22 Sep

Solitary retreat in The Hermitage - 6 nights

2024 29 Sep

Solitary retreat in The Hermitage - 6 nights

2024 08 Oct

Solitary retreat in The Hermitage - 4 nights

2024 13 Oct

Solitary retreat in The Hermitage - 6 nights

2024 20 Oct

Solitary retreat in The Hermitage - 6 nights

2024 27 Oct

Solitary retreat in The Hermitage - 6 nights

2024 10 Nov

Solitary retreat in The Hermitage - 6 nights

2024 17 Nov

Solitary retreat in The Hermitage - 6 nights

2024 24 Nov

Solitary retreat in The Hermitage - 6 nights

2024 01 Dec

Solitary retreat in The Hermitage - 6 nights

2024 08 Dec

Solitary retreat in The Hermitage - 6 nights

2024 17 Dec

Solitary retreat in The Hermitage - 4 nights

2024 22 Dec

Solitary retreat in The Hermitage - 6 nights Christmas

2024 29 Dec

Solitary retreat in The Hermitage - 6 nights New Year

2025 05 Jan

Solitary retreat in The Hermitage - 6 nights

2025 14 Jan

Solitary retreat in The Hermitage - 4 nights

2025 19 Jan

Solitary retreat in The Hermitage - 6 nights

2025 26 Jan

Solitary retreat in The Hermitage - 6 nights

2025 02 Feb

Solitary retreat in The Hermitage - 6 nights for Person of Colour

2025 09 Feb

Solitary retreat in The Hermitage - 6 nights

2025 18 Feb

Solitary retreat in The Hermitage - 4 nights

2025 23 Feb

Solitary retreat in The Hermitage - 6 nights

2025 02 Mar

Solitary retreat in The Hermitage - 6 nights

2025 09 Mar

Solitary retreat in The Hermitage - 6 nights

2025 20 Mar

Solitary retreat in The Hermitage - 10 nights