Updates on how we're Covid-secure at Sharpham
Published: 15 October 2020
15 October 2020 update
Trust Director Julian Carnell says:
The Government have now introduced a three Tier system of rules for England. Here at Sharpham we remain in the lowest Tier 1 and the guidelines applying to us have not changed.
At the moment those living in Tier 1 (medium) and Tier 2 (high) are permitted to travel as long as they follow the guidelines.
Those living in Tier 3 (Very High) should not travel outside of their local area and therefore should not come on retreat at this time. There is a more detailed explanation here
We are reviewing these on a daily basis and updating our procedures and risk assessments where necessary.
We are pleased to say that as a charitable and educational setting we are currently still able to offer retreats at this time. The team here have been working really hard to make sure we are Covid-secure.
Because of the guidelines and as part of working securely, there will however need to be a reduction in the amount of time we can spend sharing and interacting together. We will be working in smaller groups of people to ensure this can still happen, albeit to a lesser extent.
In spite of the changes we are having to make, we are still confident that we can offer a meaningful and beneficial experience to our participants, with time for personal reflection, contemplative practice, nature connection, delicious and safely prepared food and of course the wonderful setting of the Sharpham Estate. We are looking forward to welcoming you.
As a small charity we are facing a serious financial challenge, particularly in terms of our cash flow over the coming months. If you can help by making a donation here – www.sharphamtrust.org/donate - we would be extremely grateful.
Our aim is to ensure the long-term viability of The Trust and the Sharpham Estate so that we can continue to help benefit all the people that visit us. We will keep people updated through our website and newsletter – sign up here: www.sharphamtrust.org/subscribe
Lastly all of us here at The Trust hope that you have the support needed to navigate these difficult times. We are supporting and maintaining our community here at Sharpham through this time via our large collection of free meditations that you can play or download from our website here: www.sharphamtrust.org/resources
We hope that your involvement with Sharpham will help to sustain you in these difficult times and we look forward to welcoming you back to the Estate in the near future.
We are operating with a reduced capacity and all participants will have a single-occupancy room. We have put in place measures and procedures to ensure social distancing can be maintained, together with an enhanced cleaning regime.
The Barn Retreat
We are aiming to re-open the Barn Retreat at the beginning of December. We are making the changes necessary to ensure we can follow the guidelines.
Our online retreats are proving very popular. We are keen to retain the unique characteristics of a Sharpham experience so, unlike many online offerings, we limit the numbers to retain small group interaction and sharing opportunities.
For details of our Retreats at Home, click here
Updates from The Sharpham Trust
We are reviewing the situation daily and will communicate any changes quickly if it becomes necessary via this page, via email and through our social media networks.