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Meditation retreats at The Barn - stay in kindly community


Visit our popular and acclaimed meditation retreat centre in the Buddhist tradition, set in the stunning and peaceful River Dart valley.

Meditation retreats at The Barn at The Sharpham Trust

Stay in single, comfortable rooms in a friendly atmosphere of fellowship, sit together for meditations three times daily, work in our organic gardens and explore the wonder of the Sharpham Estate.

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The Barn Retreat

The Barn Retreat is our popular 6-night retreat that begins every Sunday throughout the year.

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Give back to The Barn - work retreats

Sept 22-28 & Mar 22-28- Join us for working and practising in community for our work retreats at the Barn.

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The Barn Retreat with extra silence

June 9-15 - A version of our regular 6-night meditation retreat at The Barn, with extra periods of silence for quiet contemplation.

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Young People's retreat

June 30-July 6 - A young people's version of The Barn Retreat.

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Teacher-led: Earth In Mind with Rupert Marques

July 7-13. This retreat connects mindfulness and The Dharma with the natural world, when the world urgently needs our care.

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Women's Retreat

21 July. A women-only edition of our popular 6-night Barn retreat.

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Deepening Practice: Returners' Retreat

August 4-10 - A retreat just for those who've been to The Barn before.

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Men's retreat

25 August. A men-only edition of our popular 6-night Barn retreat.

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Teacher-led: Making Less The Suffering

Sept 8-14 - Explore letting go of suffering to move towards greater freedom. With Ajahn Jutindharo.

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Teacher-led: For The Benefit of All

Oct 20-26. If you feel committed to helping others (without getting overwhelmed) this retreat could help. With Kyira Korrigan.

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Teacher-led: with The Venerable Canda

Dec 8-14. This Metta retreat will encourage loving kindness to develop, opening your heart to well-being, calm and insight.

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Spend Christmas at The Barn

December 22-28 - Experience the peace of the Barn Retreat over Christmas with 6 nights of simplicity centred on meditation in the Buddhist tradition.

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Spend New Year at The Barn

Dec 29-Jan 4 - Experience the peace of the Barn Retreat as you see in a New Year on a meditation retreat.

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Teacher-led: The Heart of Stillness

Jan 26 - Feb 1 - We'll be considering the heart not only as a physical organ, but as an imaginal & spiritual centre of stillness. With Suvaco.

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Teacher-led: Pathways to the Beautiful Mind

Feb 9-15 - In this retreat, we'll be cultivating a clear-seeing & free mind, towards awareness and wisdom. With Vajradevi.

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Teacher-led: Deep Rest with Gemma Polo

March 8-14 - A beautiful opportunity to take time out and discover the power and deep restfulness of going inwards.

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Solitary retreats in The Kuti

We offer the opportunity for a solitary, silent, and self-sufficient retreat.

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Isla Macleod

2 weeks ago, on Google
Returning to the Barn for some retreat time in the Kuti was one of the greatest gifts I have given myself since becoming a mum! The beautiful space enabled a deep practice of meditation, reflection and integration to unfurl, along with soaking up the beauty of the surroundings, birdsong and solitude. Truly nourishing and supportive. I’ll be back again soon!

Becca Flintham

2 months ago, on Google
A truly wonderful retreat in a truly beautiful location... Sharpham Barn retreat is in a peaceful rural setting overlooking the glorious River Dart valley, surrounded by nature and birdsong. The accommodation is simple but comfortable (having your own room is a definite plus); the organic food is excellent; and the retreat coordinators are always warm and friendly, and supportive of your practice. There is a perfect balance of practical gardening work, meditation sessions, dharma teachings, and time for exploring and walking in the locality. I am a returning guest to the Barn, and hope to keep returning regularly in the future. Thank you!

Charlie Ivermee

a week ago, on Google
Once again the Barn works it's magic - there must be something in the walls! The mens retreat creates a very special space where we men can drop our guard and relate to each other simply as emotional beings with so much in common. Oh, and the Dart valley also has some magic to impart!

James Fish

3 months ago, on Google
Brilliant. Beautiful location. Very supportive atmosphere. I had a really great week and I would recommend it to anyone who would like to learn, develop or support a meditation practice. The connection with the land through gardening and walking was a new experience that has had a big effect on me. Thank you.

Tom Ball

a week ago, on Google
A fantastic and nurturing experience. The grounds are beautiful and the ethos of the Barn is awesome. I will be returning in the future!

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

Name: Barn Manager
Tel: 01803 732661
Email: [email protected]
Address: The Barn Retreat, Lower Sharpham Barton, Ashprington, Totnes, Devon, UK, TQ9 7DX