Women Woodland Retreats at Sharpham Trust

Women's Woodland Retreat: 5-night


11 Reviews
5-nights - Seasonal
Any meditation experience
Single occupancy, furnished bell tent
Short periods of silence
Max. Spaces: 16


This Woodland Retreat offers a spacious & sensuous immersion in mindfulness & nature within the supportive company of women on the beautiful Sharpham Estate in South Devon.

Sharpham Woodland Retreat participants speak of feelings of gratitude, wonder, calm, self-insight and positive emotions afterwards.

Participants explore the gardens and the wider estate guided by our experienced leaders.

This retreat is for all women (as self-identified) aged 18 and above.

It’s much better than a spa because not only does it sort out your body but it sorts out your mind. I just can’t recommend it highly enough

This retreat is for you if you:

  • Are new to mindfulness or are looking to sustain and reconnect with your practice in a new way
  • Are feeling overwhelmed, stressed or anxious by the demands and pace of modern life
  • Love the outdoors and nature or would like to experience nature in a different way
  • Are looking for tools and resources to sustain you in your everyday life
  • Are feeling a longing to spend time in nature and the chance to reconnect with your true and authentic self
  • Are aged 18 and above
What is Mindfulness?

What you'll experience on this retreat:

  • guided meditations, relaxation sessions and periods of silence and quiet contemplation, amid breath-taking scenery on the banks of the River Dart
  • nurturing within a safe and supported space with time around the fire
  • a single-occupancy furnished bell-tent, 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
  • accessible and engaging nature-connection and nature-sensing activities - cultivating moment-to-moment awareness in the outdoors 
  • a chance to explore our tranquil Capability Brownian parkland and our Grade II*-listed gardens designed by Percy Cane
  • delicious, healthy, home-cooked vegetarian food that regularly receives rave reviews

In this video, one of our regular Women's Woodland retreat leaders Jess paints a picture of what happens on a Women's Woodland Retreat.

There's nothing quite like a Women's Woodland Retreat at Sharpham. There's something magical that happens when women gather in the woods. It's quiet, it's gentle, there's laughter, there's tears and even though we're all away from home, there's a kind of effortless homecoming

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 - 10am the following day

Typical Schedule

Day 1: 

Afternoon Evening
3.00pm - 5.00pm – Arrival and unload 6.30pm - Delicious vegan and vegetarian supper, washing up
5.00pm - Welcome meeting, settling in 8pm - Evening gathering
  9.00pm - Camp moves into silence till the following morning, supporting individual mindfulness and gentle reflection

Typical Day:

Morning Afternoon/Evening
7.00am – wake up 1.00pm - delicious vegetarian/vegan lunch & tasks followed by personal time, exploring the beautiful grounds or resting in your own peaceful, furnished bell-tent
7.30am – mindful movement & meditation 4.00pm – afternoon practice session of mindful awareness & stillness practices
8.30am – delicious vegetarian/vegan breakfast & tasks 6.30pm - delicious vegetarian/vegan supper & tasks
10am - sharing circle 8pm - evening gathering
11am – morning practice session of mindful awareness & stillness practices 9.00pm – retreat moves into nourishing silence

Final day: There is a closing circle at 10am and depart at 12 noon. 


The combination of mindfulness in nature works so well. I've been on hundreds of retreats over the years, but none so nurturing as this

Women's Woodland retreatant


Everyone on this retreat has really bonded and it’s a very safe environment. People have felt comfortable sharing their stories

A participant on a Woodland Retreat for Women

I have become a happier person and feel this is the beginning of a new chapter in my life. I have been shown that I can be strong and I do have inner power if I get back to nature

Women's Woodland retreatant
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Sharpham Trust Woodland Retreats

Woodland Retreats

Immerse yourselves in the great outdoors through one of our Woodland retreats. You'll stay in single-occupancy, furnished bell-tents, spend time mindfully in nature and dine on delicious vegetarian and vegan food.

You'll benefit from daily meditation and supportive mindfulness leaders, with ample time to explore the incredible Sharpham Estate. We offer 3-night, 5-night, canoeing and women's woodland retreats.


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£525 - Supported Rate

The Sharpham Trust is committed to ensuring that its retreats are accessible to all - regardless if income. The Supported Rate is for those unable to pay the Standard or Benefactor Rate.

£575 – Standard Rate

Paying the Standard Rate means you will be contributing towards our running costs, supporting the work of The Sharpham Trust and helping retreatants of lower incomes to access our retreats.

£625 – Benefactor Rate

If you are able to pay the Benefactor Rate, that means that you'll be supporting others who cannot afford to benefit from a retreat on The Sharpham Estate. Your choice to pay this rate will help us with the running costs of The Sharpham Trust, 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.

You can book easily and securely online below, by phoning 01803 732542 or by [email protected]

Tents & facilities

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

Thanks to the generosity of the Hollick Family Foundation we are able to offer up to two 75% bursaries for 18-25 years olds experiencing financial hardship on this retreat. To find out more and apply please contact [email protected]

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Available dates

2024 26 Aug

Woodland Retreat: Deepening Connection with Nature, Self and Community for Women (5 nights)

With Shoshana Moskowitz & Lindsay Alderton