The Barn Retreat - old

Welcome to The Barn, a meditation retreat centre based on the Buddhist tradition in the beautiful Devon countryside of South West England.

This retreat deserves every accolade it receives


Set in a stunning hillside location overlooking the River Dart, the Barn has been a popular retreat centre since 1986. Participants reconnect with themselves and the natural environment, and are able to develop a mindfulness practice for everyday life.

The Barn Retreat Centre - a pic by Kevin Harbottle

Listed in The Sunday Telegraph's 'Eight of the best retreats in Britain and Europe', our six-night community retreats run every week of the year for up to 10 people. Accommodation is all in single, comfortable rooms in a friendly atmosphere of fellowship.

Participants usually stay for one week and live as a community of 12 people, sharing household tasks, cooking and meals together. Through teacher-led inquiry and working meditation in our organic garden they develop a mindfulness practice for everyday life.

Who are Barn retreats suitable for?

Anyone with some meditation experience who wishes to:

  • develop a mindfulness practice for daily life, supported by western Buddhist enquiry.
  • balance community life and quiet personal reflection, following our weekly schedule.
  • experience and develop a compassionate, appreciative and joyous approach to life.

See our FAQs for more information about suitability.

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