Coronavirus Arrangements: Woodland Retreats

We're good to go logoWe are monitoring closely the changing guidelines in relation to the coronavirus pandemic. The safety of our staff and guests is paramount. This page will be updated as the guidelines change so please check back here as your retreat date approaches.


Social Distancing

We will be following social distancing guidelines and carefully developing our risk assessment planning to ensure that we can make your stay here as safe as possible. The risks of infection are greatly reduced in the outdoors. All participants will occupy a single bell tent and all activities will follow social distancing guidelines.

Hygiene and Cleaning

  • Handwashing points will be available together with hand sanitiser at multiple locations
  • Regular deep cleaning of communal spaces and shared facilities
  • Staff will wear appropriate PPE where necessary
  • Tents cleaned before each retreat
  • Participants will be asked to bring own sleeping bag, cup and flask

Catering Arrangements

  • Food will be prepared by staff following the appropriate guidelines
  • Participants will be split into groups with staggered meal times
  • We will offer several spaces for smaller groups to eat together in order to maintain social distancing


  • All activities will take place outdoors
  • Covered spaces will be provided if the weather is inclement
  • When necessary participants will be split into groups to make social distancing easier

If Someone Falls ill?

  • If a participant becomes ill they will be able to self-isolate in their tent before leaving to return home where they can self-isolate as per the Public England guidelines
  • If a member of staff falls ill they will leave the retreat and appropriate cover will be put in place

If Participants Fall ill prior to the Retreat?

  • If you have any of the symptoms associated with the virus you should take the appropriate advice
  • You should not attend the retreat if you have symptoms within two weeks of the start date
  • In this scenario a transfer will be given

Should I Wear a Mask?

  • The current advice is that masks are not necessary outdoors
  • We will not expect participants to wear masks however we will not prevent people doing so if they want to and if it helps them to feel at ease
  • Staff will wear masks when preparing or serving food

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, however this will need to be booked in advance as there are fewer taxis operating from the station taxi rank (see Welcome Letter for taxi numbers and travel information)

What if I am anxious?

  • This is understandable and our leaders and staff will do everything to try and reassure participants and ensure you are safe
  • For some people it might not be the right time to come on retreat. This is a personal decision and depends on many factors

What if the situation changes?

  • We are constantly monitoring the situation: if necessary we will cancel the retreat and refund participants
  • We would aim to do this with adequate notice


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