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.
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:
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
|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|
|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.
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.
First off the setting is beautiful... and magical! The bell tents are set into the wood, it's pitch black at night and you can see the stars, perfect around the campfire 🔥 . Little paths take you all round the wood underneath the woodland canopy... perfect for exploring and finding private corners.
The food is fabulous, I was more than happy to refrain from meat and my body seemed to really appreciate it.
Most importantly you are guided and looked after by a team that are very knowledgeable and very in tune with nature and human nature. You are led into secret areas inside yourself without even knowing you were going to go there. This was very surprising for me, I was coaxed along up to my limits but with no pressure. I think this was needed for me, I'm not a sharing person and everything usually stays inside. I had some amazing experiences with nature and myself.
I can not recommend this course highly enough whether as an individual looking for a deeper meaning to life, a reconnection with nature or just a way to reset from the stress of daily life and meet like minded individuals with some type of itch to scratch.
And on this final note take plenty of mosquito repellant. These were the only unwelcome guests. Namaste 🙏
This woodland retreat was so nourishing and nurturing. I learnt how to connect to nature in a much deeper way. I slowed right down so that I was really in the moment, and was not aware of time at all. It was wonderful to spend the whole retreat outside in the fresh air in such a beautiful place, the views are awe inspiring. The retreat was well led, the food was delicious and nutritious, and our group bonded well and our hearts opened. We all blossomed :-)
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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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.
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.
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]
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