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Solitary retreats in The Kuti


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For people who have participated in a Barn retreat, or a silent retreat elsewhere, and who are experienced meditators, we offer the opportunity for a solitary, silent, and self-sufficient retreat.

The Kuti at The Barn on the Sharpham Estate

Silence is not a deprivation, an empty void.
The more space we make for stillness and silence, the more we have to give both to ourselves and to others"

- Thich Nhat Hanh

Inside the KutiYou will stay in a little hermitage, or 'Kuti', in a quiet, secluded and relatively remote part of the Barn's woodland. Kuti is the Thai word for meditation hut.

Situated in your own private acre of secluded grounds, the kuti contains a bed, meditation mat, wood burning stove, calor cooking stove and cooking equipment, table and chair. There is no electricity - just candles - and no running water. There is a compost loo in the kuti grounds, and you can use a shower in The Barn when arranged in advance.

 

I truly recommend this for anyone looking for some space, being it inside space or outside. I left the place feeling much more at ease"

- Kuti retreatant

 

Lunch, prepared by Barn coordinators, can be discreetly collected from outside the main building daily (Monday to Thursday). All other food is provided in the Kuti or by asking a coordinator for it.

You will be expected to create your own personal daily structure which includes meditation and 1-2 hours (or optionally more) work meditation on the land. Support is given with this on your arrival. 

Inside the Kuti

During our Covid physical-distancing period, the Kuti can only be booked from Sundays to Fridays. If you want to stay shorter than this, you will have to pay the same rate as staying for the five nights. If you want to stay longer, you can book for two weeks. The cost is £216/£165 for the five nights.

Inside the Kuti

 

 

 

I had a wonderful 5 days of solitude at the kuti. Immersed in nature, eating food straight from the land and being offered a place of peacefulness and tranquility was just what I needed after a really busy period"

- Kuti retreatant

 

Please contact us about further availability and booking via email on [email protected] or on 01803 732661. A booking form and details for payment will be provided once we've discussed whether the solitary retreat is appropriate for you and your practice.

Click here to view Frequently Asked Questions about our Solitary Retreats

Inside the Kuti

 

 

Read a blog post on a participant's experience in The Kuti here

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

Name: The Barn Team
Tel: 01803 732661
Email: [email protected]
Address: The Barn Retreat Centre, Lower Sharpham Farm, near Totnes, Devon, TQ9 7DX