Update from The Sharpham Trust

Update from The Sharpham Trust

Published: 14 September 2021

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14 September 2021 update

Julian CarnellTrust Director Julian Carnell says:

We are monitoring the changing Government guidelines closely in relation to the coronavirus pandemic, the latest update can be found here. The safety of our staff and guests is paramount and we are carefully developing our risk assessment planning to ensure that we can make your stay here as safe as possible.

This page will be updated as the guidelines change so please check back here as your retreat date approaches. 

We have been reviewing our Covid protocols against a backdrop of increasing cases and an expected rise in transmission as schools and universities resume for the Autumn term. Although many restrictions have been eased, we are continuing our commitment to keeping our staff and participants safe as we continue to navigate our way through the pandemic. 


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. 

Stay safe.


Sharpham House

Sharpham HouseSee our Covid-secure arrangements for retreats in Sharpham House here


The Barn Retreat

The Barn at SharphamSee our Covid-secure arrangements for retreats in The Barn here



Woodland Retreats

Woodland Retreats at SharphamSee our Covid-secure arrangements for our Woodland Retreats here



Solitary Retreats

Solitary Retreats at SharphamSee our Covid-secure arrangements for our Solitary Retreats here



Online Retreats & Courses

woman in headphones meditatingOur 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.

To discover more about our free weekly meditation sessions, click here

For details of our Retreats at Home, click here

For details of our 8-week course online, click here


Love natureOur 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:

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:

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 - we would be extremely grateful.

2. BUY BOOKS VIA OUR ONLINE SHOP: - 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:




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.

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