Published: 24 March 2020
Statement from our Director
Trust Director Julian Carnell says:
"Like so many charities and small businesses we are having to take extraordinary measures in response to the Coronavirus outbreak. Our priority here at Sharpham is the welfare of our users, staff and volunteers so we have taken the difficult decision to close for six weeks until the end of April.
This means that the retreats scheduled to take place at Sharpham House and at the Barn Retreat during this time are cancelled. We are also cancelling our courses, events and volunteering activities.
We will be emailing everyone who has booked explaining this decision and offering them a credit to transfer to a future retreat or course, or to make a donation to the Trust in lieu of this. 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 transferring your booking or making a donation here – www.sharphamtrust.org/donate - we would be extremely grateful.
We have updated our Terms & Conditions to reflect the above and we will be offering refunds to people who do not want to transfer or make a donation. Please bear with us as we work through the situation and transfer our staff to home working. It is best to communicate with us via email rather than telephone.
Our aim is to ensure the long-term viability of The Trust and the Sharpham Estate so that we can re-open in the future and continue to help benefit all the people that visit us. It may prove necessary to extend the closure period and 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 currently considering a variety of ways to support and maintain our community here at Sharpham through this time. One of those ways is through 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.
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.
On 24 March 2020 we updated our Sharpham Meadow natural burial ground terms and conditions. Click here to view them