Young people's tree planting mindfulness retreat at Sharpham

The Mindfulness of Trees FREE tree-planting retreat for Young People


9 Reviews
4 nights - Seasonal
Any meditation experience
Short periods of silence
Max. Spaces: 18


This is a free retreat for young people aged 18-25 years funded by the Nature for Climate Fund.

A payment of £50 is required to secure a place which will be refunded to you once you have attended the retreat. Read on for more info.

Spend nurturing time in Nature AND help rewilding on this 4-night mindfulness retreat.

You'll be immersed in the amazing landscape of The Sharpham Estate, cared for in our Coach House venue and directly involved in helping to restore Nature.

This is a physically-active and mentally-stimulating retreat, where you'll be learning all about our native trees as you plant them.

But there will also be periods of forest-bathing, meditation, silence and plenty of free time for you to deepen into the peace and tranquillity of our designated-organic estate next to the River Dart.

You'll have the chance to mindfully (re-)connect to Nature, in a place with abundant flora and fauna to witness, whilst being cared for with delicious and healthy, fresh-cooked food and drink - all within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

This retreat is for you if you'd like to:

  • Explore the benefits of mindfulness-based nature connection
  • Get close to wildlife and nature in an amazing location on the banks of the River Dart
  • Get your hands in the soil: planting native trees
  • Develop a wider ecological awareness and understanding of your place in the world as part of, rather than separate from, nature
  • Learn more about nature & rewilding

What you’ll experience on this retreat:

  • mindful forest-bathing sessions, guided meditations, relaxation and periods of silence and quiet contemplation
  • trees and wildlife immersion - learning from our local experts
  • all-inclusive accommodation in a Grade II-listed Georgian Coach House set within Capability Brownian parkland, with Grade 2*-listed gardens designed by Percy Cane in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on the banks of the River Dart
  • a single-occupancy room 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. 
  • a safe and supportive community with like-minded people, sharing experiences in the kitchen gardens and on the wider Estate
  • delicious, healthy, home-cooked vegetarian food that regularly receives rave reviews
The Yew tree at Sharpham
Emily Smith

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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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 - 9/9.30am the following day

Typical Schedule

Day 1: Arrive between 3 - 5pm for welcome meeting and settling in

Mornings Afternoons
6.45am - wake up  1.00pm - meditation
7.00am – morning movement/meditation 1.30pm - lunch
8.00am - household tasks 3.00pm – free time or group walk
8.30am – breakfast 6.00pm – supper
9.30am – home group (silence ends)  8.00pm - meditation and deep rest
10.45am - nature activity 9.00pm – Personal time (Coach House moves into silence until 9.30am the next day)

Final day: depart by 11am

The retreat will move into silence each evening from 9pm – 9/9.30am and on one full day in each retreat.


The Coach House retreat was a very welcome pause in my life. Not only was the accommodation very clean and comfortable, the food was superb too. The structure of the days is really helpful with plenty of time to explore the local landscape and views which are inspirational. The team are also amazing with a genuine skill in looking after everyone, as well as providing a really supportive environment to practice meditation. I will return and would highly recommend this glorious place. Thank you.

Clive Everist
April 2023

A great spirit of co-operation and mutual helpfulness quickly developed in the group. I would recommend a retreat here to anyone feeling overladen with life's demands or who wants to spend time in a supportive community.

Coach House retreatant

I attended the nature connection and yoga retreat in June . My room and bathroom were of a high standard , clean, spacious and comfortable. The leaders of the retreat were delightful, Maite led us through yoga sequences which were soothing and comfortable, the co-ordinators Frank and Nicki were very kind and supportive which meant a lot me as I am recovering from Long Covid. I enjoyed the camaraderie of the kind members of our group and loved to watch the transformation in their wellbeing. The food was outstanding being prepared by Wendy the vegetarian chef who was kind, supportive and welcoming. A transformative experience.

Carol Dobres - yoga retreatant
July 2023
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The Coach House nature mindfulness retreat centre at The Sharpham Trust

The Coach House

When you stay at The Coach House, you'll be in comfy, single rooms in a beautifully converted 18th century stable block, set in the stunning scenery of Sharpham's grounds. You'll experience daily meditation and movement sessions, time in our gardens and on the land and you'll eat delicious and homegrown vegetarian and vegan meals.

Coach House retreats focus on nature connection through a varied programme of retreats designed to connect you to Sharpham's flora and fauna, with plenty of time for you to rest and reflect.

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The Sharpham Trust is committed to ensuring that retreats at The Coach House are accessible to all - regardless of income. 

This is a free retreat for young people aged 18-25 years funded by the Nature for Climate Fund. A payment of £50 is required to secure a place which will be refunded to you once you have attended the retreat.

All rooms are comfortable single rooms, with either an ensuite or a shared bathroom. All meals, bedding and towels are included. Rooms are randomly allocated, unless you have medical needs relating to your room allocation. If you have such a need, let us know on your booking form which will be sent to you once you have booked.

There will be a maximum of 18 guests on this retreat.

Book easily and securely online or by phoning 01803 732542

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Available dates

2024 19 Nov

The Coach House: The Mindfulness of Trees - FREE tree-planting retreat for Young People (4-nights)