Solitary retreats in The Kuti

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

You 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 an earth toilet in the kuti grounds, and you are also welcome to use the Barn toilets and showers when retreatants are in meditation, meeting or teaching.


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 participants, can be discreetly collected from the main building daily (Monday to Friday). All other food can be collected from the Barn food store, usually when other Barn retreatants are in meditation.

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. 

The Kuti at The Barn on the Sharpham Estate

In the winter (October - April) you are welcome to stay for periods of three nights or more for which standard/supported rates are £36/£27.50 per night. Or you can extend your stay beyond a week.

In the summer (May - September) you can stay for 6 nights beginning on Sunday and ending the following Saturday.

Based on these rates a 6 night stay costs £216/£165 (standard/supported rate).


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