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Mental health difficulties and Sharpham mindfulness courses and retreats

Although meditation and mindfulness can be helpful in managing stress, depression and anxiety, according to UK best practice guidelines, the practice might not be suitable if you are experiencing major depression or other clinically diagnosed psychiatric illness such as bipolar disorder, psychosis or current self-harming.

To attend a course or retreat you need to be in a relatively stable period of mental well-being.  Our leaders might not be able to offer the level of individual support you need if things are very difficult for you.

For these reasons we have a booking process designed to make sure that a course or retreat is right for you at this point in time.

Our booking process


Once you have booked on to a retreat or course, you'll receive a link to a confidential booking form where you can provide information about any physical or mental health issues and your booking is not confirmed until you have completed this form. 

It’s essential you complete our confidential booking form as soon as possible to ensure we can best accommodate your dietary or health-related needs. The Trust also needs this information for insurance purposes.

If you do not fill in the booking form at least one week prior to the retreat or course you may not be able to attend. In these circumstances no refund can be offered. If for any reason you cannot complete the form please get in touch.


Click here to see a sample booking form


If you are supported by a community mental health care team, we ask you to confirm that you have spoken to a psychiatric nurse or other relevant professional or therapist to help you decide if a mindfulness course or retreat is right for you at this time. We may follow up with you to discuss this further.

In some cases it might be advisable for you to wait until you’re feeling more psychologically resilient or try a more gentle introduction to mindfulness such as a 1-day Introduction to Mindfulness course or similar. If it is not the right time to come on a retreat you will be offered a full refund, or transfer to a course at a later date. If you have any questions or concerns or would like to discuss whether a retreat or course is suitable for you then please contact us.

Partipant behaviour on a course or retreat


The Trust reserves the right to ask participants to leave a course, retreat or event if their behaviour is deemed inappropriate or is impacting negatively on the experience of other participants. The full fee may not be returned in such cases.

We also ask participants who want to leave any of our courses or retreats unexpectedly to inform the leader beforehand.

If you would like to know more about the information on this page, contact:

Name: Ben Ballard, Programme Administrator
Email: [email protected]