Retreat Leaders

Here at The Sharpham Trust we are developing a collective practice - a community of mindfulness teachers and coordinators.

We work with experienced retreat leaders who warmly offer wisdom, practical advice and ideas to ensure that your mindfulness experience continues in your daily life.

The teachers were highly experienced with proper seriousness of purpose, but were never solemn.

Some of our regular retreat leaders are mentioned below, but we work with a wide pool. You'll see a tab on each retreat page where you can view the leaders/teachers on your retreat.

Patti Summerville

Patti Summerville, retreat leader at Sharpham Trust

Patti Summerville began a personal meditation practice in 1996 after attending a retreat at the Tushita Institute, Dharamsala, India. Over the years her practice has been influenced by Mahayana and Theravada Buddhist traditions and in 2013 she took on the role of co-ordinator at The Barn, an Insight Mindfulness Meditation Retreat centre on Sharpham Estate. Patti trained as an Integral Hatha Yoga teacher in 2009 at the Sri Swami Satchidananda Ashram and has undertaken a Mindfulness Teacher training retreat with Exeter University. 

Ramiro Ortega

Ramiro Ortega, retreat leader at The Sharpham Trust

Ramiro Ortega has practised mindfulness for over 15 years, and Insight Meditation since 2005. He teaches Mindfulness retreats at Sharpham House, as well as 8-week courses for the public, and also facilitates an Introduction to Buddhist Meditation at The Barn Retreat Centre. Ramiro trained to teach mindfulness with the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice at Bangor University.

Linda Vincent

Linda Vincent, retreat leader at Sharpham Trust

Linda Vincent has been practising meditation and yoga for over 40 years and is currently focusing on integrating mindfulness into all she does.  She has completed a 10 day Vipassana meditation retreat in the UK as well as yoga teacher training in the USA.  She spent 2 years at the Barn Retreat Centre as a residential co-ordinator where she had the opportunity to practise mindfulness and meditation on a daily basis.

Maite Alonso

Maite Alonso, retreat leader at The Sharpham Trust

Maite Alonso trained in 1991 in Sivananda Yoga in India, in Shakti Yoga Dance in 2009 and in Kundalini Yoga in 2011 in the UK. The major influences in Maite's work and teaching practice have been Yoga, Buddhist Meditation and chanting. She has been attending retreats (especially Zen and Insight Meditation) in spiritual centres in the UK, Europe, India, Thailand and California, since 1990.

Professor Katherine Weare

Katherine Weare, retreat leader at The Sharpham Trust

Katherine Weare is a respected international figure in mindfulness in education, and Professor at the University of Exeter teaching mindfulness. She also regularly teaches at Sharpham.

She published the widely-acclaimed book Happy Teachers Change the World co-authored with mindfulness pioneer, spiritual leader, poet and peace activist Thich Nhat Hanh. Read more about her here.

Katherine is also trained to teach the Mindfulness in Schools .b and .b foundation programmes.  She has made a long-term study of mindfulness and well-being for teachers

Ollie Frame

Ollie Frame, retreat leader at The Sharpham Trust

Ollie Frame has been co-leading yoga and meditation retreats for over five years. Trained in Mindfulness with Bangor University and the University of Exeter, he runs 8-week courses for members of the public as well as courses for teachers and students within schools and colleges. Ollie also works as an Integrative counsellor and has a particular interest in Psychosynthesis, depth psychology and inner journeying. Within the world of mindfulness, he is especially enthusiastic about self compassion, metta meditation and other heart-based approaches.

Lynne Holmes

Lynne Holmes, retreat leader at The Sharpham Trust

Lynne Holmes has a background as a nurse, health visitor and also trained as a psychotherapist at Metanoia in London in the early 1990s. While training as a therapist she became interested in meditation and has practiced for the last 15 +years. She has trained as a Mindfulness Teacher at Oxford Cognitive Therapy Centre, Bangor University and Exeter University. She teaches MBSR groups for the Mood Disorders Centre at Exeter University and also mentors and supervises students taking the Mindfulness Diploma. She is passionate about teaching Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction to people suffering from stress and brings a depth of experience and compassion to her work. She has a daily meditation practice, receives regular supervision and attends regular silent insight meditation retreats. Find her at

Roz Walker

Roz Walker, retreat leader at The Sharpham Trust

Roz Walker has been running choirs and singing workshops locally in the South Devon area and internationally for over 20 years, and is a member of the Natural Voice Practitioners’ Network. Roz found her passion for singing through working as a Community artist in the 80’s and later trained with the Open University and with numerous voice teachers – a journey that has taken her round the world in search of glorious music and communities that use singing to promote happiness and well-being.

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

Name: Ben Ballard, Programme & Development Manager
Tel: 01803 731801
Email: [email protected]
Address: The Sharpham Trust, Sharpham House, Ashprington, Totnes, Devon, TQ9 7UT