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Sharpham Trust Woodland Retreats
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Sharpham Trust Woodland retreats and courses
Sharpham Trust Woodland Retreats
Sharpham Trust Woodland retreats and courses

Be at one with Nature: 3-night Woodland Retreat

Summary

8 Reviews
3 nights - Seasonal
Any
Single Bell Tent
Short periods of Silence
Max. Spaces: 16

Overview

Experience mindfulness meditation and a transformative connection to nature – in an incredible Woodland Retreat setting far from life's frantic pace.

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.

Our Woodland Retreats run seasonally from June to September.

This retreat is for you if:

  • You love the outdoors and nature or would like to experience nature in a different way (you don't have to be an experienced camper to attend) 
  • You are longing to spend time in nature with the chance to reconnect with your true and authentic self
  • You are new to mindfulness or are looking to sustain and reconnect with your practice in a new way
  • Are aged 18 and above
What is Mindfulness?

What you'll experience on this retreat:

  • be living in community with like-minded people, sharing experiences and tasks
  • experience guided meditations, relaxation sessions and periods of silence and quiet contemplation, amid breath-taking scenery on the banks of the River Dart
  • have 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.
  • participate in accessible and engaging nature connection and nature sensing activities - cultivating moment to moment awareness in the outdoors 
  • be able to explore our tranquil Capability Brown-designed parkland and our Grade 2*-listed gardens designed by Percy Cane
  • enjoy delicious, healthy, home-cooked vegetarian food that regularly receives rave reviews
  • be nurtured within a safe and supported space with time around the fire

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
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Schedule

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.


Silence

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 Schedule

Day 1: 

Afternoon Evening
3.00pm - 5.00pm – Arrival and unload 6.30pm - Supper and washing up
5.15pm - Welcome meeting, settling in 8pm - Evening gathering
  9.00pm - Camp moves into silence till the following morning, supporting individual mindfulness and reflection

Typical Day:

Morning Afternoon/Evening
7.00am – wake up 1.00pm - lunch & tasks followed by personal time
7.30am – movement & meditation 4.00pm – afternoon session
8.30am – Breakfast & tasks 6.30pm - supper & tasks
10am - Group Sharing Circle 8pm - Evening gathering
11am – morning session 9.00pm – camp moves into silence

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

Reviews

There are no adequate words to describe the beauty & magic of this place. The Woodland Retreat has been a salvation and I cannot recommend it highly enough

Lisa
September 2023

I'm recently back from a 5 day woodland retreat and all I can say is wow. Wonderful.

Everything about the experience was exceptional. The facilitators were skilful and compassionate. Of note, the experience was more intense than most of the participants (inc me) had anticipated and that is entirely in its favour. This isn't "just" meditating in nature, although there is plenty of that. This is deep work that I haven't even began integrating it yet.

I'll be back for more Sharpham goodness in the future.

Peter Richards
September 2022

New to mindfulness and meditation, I could not have picked a more perfect first retreat experience. In the most beautiful Sharpham estate, tucked away in the woods amongst our little yurts, the Deepening Connection with Nature programme did just that. Much time around the fire, talking or listening or singing (even I gave in to it) or just being, much wandering of the stunning gardens, grounds and countryside, supportive leaders, kind retreatants, delicious food, under the sun, storms and stars, it was all wonderfully grounding, gentle and insightful. A very beginner friendly retreat for anyone unsure and outdoor living beginner friendly with an excellent shower block, camp kitchen and individual spacious yurts. Take me back to morning movement looking across that gorgeous view along the Dart.

Sonja Wanders
July 2022
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Sharpham Trust Woodland Retreats

Woodland

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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Leaders

Barry Thurgood
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Israh Goodall
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Lindsay 2
Lindsay Alderton Read more +
Nina Jankelson - assistant manager of The Barn retreat centre at Sharpham
Nina Jankelson - Assistant Barn Manager Read more +
Steve Banks
Steve Banks Read more +

Costs

£395 - 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.

£445 – 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.

£495 – 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.

Bursaries

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 17 Jun

Woodland Retreat: Nature Connection (3 nights)

With Steve Banks & Israh Goodall
2024 01 Aug

Woodland Retreat: Nature Connection (3 nights)

With Steve Banks & Nina Jankelson
2024 03 Sep

Woodland Retreat: Nature Connection (3 nights)

With Barry Thurgood & Lindsay Alderton