Coronavirus Arrangements: Barn Retreats

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Updated 12th May 2021

We are monitoring the changing government guidelines closely in relation to the coronavirus pandemic, the latest update can be found here. The safety of our staff and guests is paramount and we are carefully developing our risk assessment planning to ensure that we can make your stay here as safe as possible.

This page will be updated as the guidelines change so please check back here as your retreat date approaches. 


Vaccines, Testing and Symptoms

  • Do not attend if any symptoms in week prior to retreat – symptoms are - a high temperature, a new continuous cough and a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste
  • We ask you to take a Lateral Flow Test the day before your retreat but do not require it.  Lateral flow tests are freely available from local chemists and GP surgeries and you can find your nearest distribution centre by clicking here
  • We encourage participants and staff to be vaccinated but do not require it
  • Only a PCR test can rule out Covid if you have symptoms

Social Distancing

  • In support of our staff your fellow retreatants, please respect the 2m distancing rule both indoors and outdoors
  • Participants can interact indoors in the timetabled group sessions, otherwise all other social interaction indoors must take place in groups of less than six people whilst ensuring social distancing. If socially interacting outdoors there is a maximum limit of 30, however please observe social distancing


  • Masks are required indoors at all times except for when in your bedroom, dining room, outdoors and in group sessions

Hygiene and cleaning

  • The Barn will be deep-cleaned between retreats
  • Communal bathrooms and shared spaces will be regularly cleaned
  • Showers will be signed up for in advance and thoroughly cleaned between use
  • Disinfectant materials will be provided in all bathrooms for participants to use
  • Hand sanitiser will be provided at multiple locations
  • We will control and limit access to The Barn by people not involved in the retreat
  • Participants will be asked to bring their own thermos flask and drinking water bottle

Shower and bathroom facilities

  • If sharing please clean before and after each use with materials supplied. Staff will clean after your shower
  • Wash hands regularly before and after using bathroom and mealtimes, hand sanitizer is also available


  • We are only offering single-occupancy bedrooms
  • There are 10 bedrooms
  • All bed linen and towels are professionally laundered between retreats


  • Carefully managing catering arrangements
  • Food prepared by staff following the appropriate guidelines
  • Creating two dining rooms to allow for socially distanced seating
  • Participants can eat outside, weather permitting


  • We will organise any activities so that they follow the social distancing guidelines

How Should I Travel to the Retreat?

  • This is a personal choice
  • We have sufficient car parking
  • If you use public transport such as the train you can get a taxi from Totnes station to Sharpham

What if the situation changes?

  • We are constantly monitoring the situation: if necessary we will cancel the retreat and refund participants
  • We are constantly monitoring the situation: if necessary we will cancel the retreat and refund participants

We are aware that this has been a difficult and stressful time for many and we are looking forward to welcoming you to Sharpham. Our hope is that our programme of retreats will offer a much needed opportunity for contemplation and personal reflection to help you take stock of the extraordinary times we are living in, as well as opportunities for connection with each other and with the natural world.


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

Name: Programme Administrator
Tel: 01803 732542
Email: [email protected]
Address: Sharpham Trust, West Wing Office, Ashprington, Totnes, Devon, TQ9 7UT