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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 where up to 11 people join together for a week living in community.

Stay in your own single room in a friendly atmosphere of fellowship, sit together for daily meditations, prepare communal meals, work in our organic vegetable gardens and explore the wonder of the Sharpham Estate on the River Dart. Or go on solitary retreat in The Kuti in woodland close to The Barn.

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The Barn Retreat

Our popular 6-night retreat that begins every Sunday throughout the year.

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Themed retreats

Retreats centred around a subject or for a specific group of people, including work retreats, weeks for young people & retreats with extra silence.

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Teacher-led retreats

Retreats led by a teacher, focusing on deeper Dharma teachings.

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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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Martyn Osborne

a month ago, on Google
The Barn is definitely a very special and magical place with an amazing team of coordinators and admin support. I went with a little trepidation which was totally unfounded - the whole experience was comforting and restorative both physically and emotionally. The location is stunning and the program well established to ensure you get the maximum out of your retreat. I totally underestimated the strength of community established in barely a week and the meditation/silence periods gave you ample time and space to reflect on whatever challenges you were facing. I will definitely be back on a regular basis to reinvigorate my faith in human nature.

Chris Nichols

2 weeks ago, on Google
Not long back from my second wonderful 'retreat' at the Barn .Personally I don't think 'retreat' is the right word to describe what is on offer there.What I have experienced both times there now has been life changing and for me an 'advance' to a new and more humane way of looking at the world and myself . Partly I think as a result of the excellent, wise and deeply compassionate team there, and also the because of the benefits of living together in community with a group of disparate but like minded souls , who begin the week as strangers but end it feeling blessed to have shared such a special time together. Both times I have been have been amazing . The situation overlooking the River Dart is stunning , the food is great , the bedrooms comfortable . Personally I can sometimes be a bit of a 'loner' and can often find it difficult in groups, but during my visits to the Barn , because I think the facilitators are so good at creating a space there where one feels safe and accepted, it has been possible for me to 'sit' with those and other uncomfortable feelings during the week and feel them come and go and ultimately to allow me to participate wholeheartedly without feeling any pressure to. There IS a magic at this place , partly coming from the beautiful countryside and food etc , but mostly coming from the people who run it , and the people who attend. GO!!

Georgia Hunt

a month ago, on Google
The Barn will forever hold a special place in my heart. Thank you to the coordinators and manager for making my time there so special. The structure and coordination throughout my weeks retreat was seamless, staff always more than happy to support you in whatever way needed and are masters at creating a beautiful and supportive atmosphere amongst retreatants. I know that I will be back again (already looking to book and just got back yesterday!)

Amardeep Kamboz

in the last week, on Google
An exceptional week at the Barn - stunning surroundings, a lovely structure to the days that combines giving to the group and being part of what makes it all run, and time to reflect, relax or make the most of the nature outside. The team that run the retreat are deeply caring and always there to support, and the groups are small enough to get to know people in a way that matters. I will be going back :)

Miranda Arnold

2 weeks ago, on Google
The Barn is the perfect place to kickstart or deepen your meditation practice, or just relax and self-heal within a supportive community, in a gorgeous location surrounded by woodland and the Devon hills. The view down the valley of the river Dart is the icing on the cake! Lovely people, perfect environment.

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