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

6 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

A lovely stay in the Hermitage, just perfect for a solitary retreat and excellent food served each lunchtime in the week.

Solo retreatant

I stayed in the Kuti for a solitary retreat in November 2021. It was a wonderful experience, seclusion and peace but the knowledge that someone could be on hand if I needed them. I was provided with a delicious cooked lunch everyday. I would recommend a stay to anyone thinking of a solitary retreat. I will be going back again many times.

Alex Lodge
November 2021

I’ve been to many different meditation retreats and of course, have been meditating on my own for decades. This Solitary Retreat has just suited my state of mind perfectly. Thank you so much, Sharpham Trust x

Yuan Hollingsworth
August 2023
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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 until March £260 £390 £650
Standard rate from April £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 until March £190 £285 £475
Supported Rate from April £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 until March £350 £495 £795
Benefactor Rate from April £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 25 Feb

Solitary retreat in The Hermitage - 6 nights

2024 03 Mar

Solitary retreat in The Hermitage - 6 nights

2024 10 Mar

Solitary retreat in The Hermitage - 6 nights

2024 19 Mar

Solitary retreat in The Hermitage - 4 nights

2024 24 Mar

Solitary retreat in The Hermitage - 4 nights

2024 31 Mar

Solitary retreat in The Hermitage - 6 nights

2024 07 Apr

Solitary retreat in The Hermitage - 6 nights

2024 14 Apr

Solitary retreat in The Hermitage - 6 nights

2024 23 Apr

Solitary retreat in The Hermitage - 4 nights

2024 28 Apr

Solitary retreat in The Hermitage - 6 nights

2024 05 May

Solitary retreat in The Hermitage - 6 nights

2024 12 May

Solitary retreat in The Hermitage - 6 nights

2024 21 May

Solitary retreat in The Hermitage - 4 nights

2024 26 May

Solitary retreat in The Hermitage - 6 nights

2024 09 Jun

Solitary retreat in The Hermitage - 6 nights

2024 18 Jun

Solitary retreat in The Hermitage - 4 nights

2024 23 Jun

Solitary retreat in The Hermitage - 6 nights

2024 02 Jul

Solitary retreat in The Hermitage - 4 nights

2024 07 Jul

Solitary retreat in The Hermitage - 6 nights

2024 14 Jul

Solitary retreat in The Hermitage - 6 nights

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