Update from The Sharpham Trust
Published: 14 September 2021
14 September 2021 update
Trust Director Julian Carnell says:
Vaccines, testing and symptoms
At this time we are not going to insist everyone should be vaccinated. Instead, we are asking all participants - regardless of their vaccination status - to provide proof of a negative Lateral Flow Test taken in the 48 hours before attending a retreat. We feel this is the best way to minimise any ongoing risk.
Please go through the following process:
Step 1: Ensure you have lateral flow tests to use
Lateral Flow Tests are freely available from GP surgeries and local chemists and you can also order them online. For further details please click here
Step 2: Report your results
Once you have tested, please report your results on the Government website here If you have tested negative you can attend the retreat. If you have tested positive you will not be able to attend the retreat and should book a PCR test as soon as possible to confirm the results. If you have tested positive click here for our Cancellation Ts and Cs
Step 3: Retain your proof to show us
When you log on to the Government website to report your result you will be asked to enter an email or mobile phone number and the result will be sent to you. On arrival at your course or retreat you will be asked for evidence of a negative test on your phone or a print of confirmation from your email. If you are unable to provide this we will ask you to take a Lateral Flow Test when you arrive. If the result is positive you will not be able to attend.
If you have any questions about the above, please let us know.
- Do not attend if you have any symptoms in the week prior to your retreat. Symptoms are - a high temperature, a new continuous cough and a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste
- We encourage participants and staff to be vaccinated but do not require it
- If you are double-vaccinated and get pinged by the NHS App whilst you're here, we'll ask you to do a Lateral Flow Test
What happens if you develop symptoms whilst on retreat?
If you develop any of the main symptoms during a retreat you will be asked to self-isolate and return home as soon as possible.
The main symptoms of Coronavirus/COVID-19 are:
- a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
- a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
- a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal
If you think you might be developing any of these symptoms prior to the retreat please do not travel.
We are unable to offer refunds to people who have to leave a retreat early.
Retreatants have responded positively to how we've been taking care of people here at Sharpham and we'd like to carry on with this approach.
We have worked hard to make Sharpham House, The Barn and our Woodland Campsite Covid-secure to ensure your safe stay with us, and we'll be taking a cautious approach to the relaxation of restrictions.
For more details, see the Covid-secure arrangements for each of our retreat venues below.
The Barn Retreat
Online Retreats & Courses
Our online experiences are proving very popular.
We have FREE weekly meditation sessions, open to all.
With our Retreats at Home, 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.
We are also offering our 8-week course in Mindfulness & Wellbeing online too, offering a tried-and-tested route into meditation.
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.
If you would like to help Sharpham through this difficult time there are three ways to do so. You can:
1. MAKE A DONATION: www.sharphamtrust.org/donate - we would be extremely grateful.
2. BUY BOOKS VIA OUR ONLINE SHOP: https://uk.bookshop.org/shop/Sharpham - we get 10% every time and a further 10% is donated to local small bookshops
3. BUY BOOKS THAT WE'VE PUBLISHED OURSELVES, including our Sharpham House cookbook: www.sharphamtrust.org/books
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.