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Welcome to The Sharpham Trust

A charity on a stunning 550-acre estate on the River Dart in South Devon, UK, connecting people with nature & themselves… Find out more...


Contact Us

General enquiries For any other general enquiries about the organisation, phone 01803 732055 or email us or write… Find out more...







Mindfulness & Retreats - surrounded by natural beauty

Sharpham: an internationally-recognised centre for mindfulness retreats and teaching, with more than 30 years' experience… Find out more...


Retreats at The Barn - stay in kindly community

Visit our popular and acclaimed retreat centre in the Buddhist tradition, set in the stunning and peaceful River Dart valley.… Find out more...


Sharpham House Retreats - nurturing close to nature

Stay full-board in a Grade 1-listed mansion at the centre of the stunning Sharpham Estate, within beautiful Capability Brown… Find out more...


Woodland Retreats - connecting with mindfulness & nature

Experience mindfulness and a deep nature connection - staying in cosy, furnished single bell-tents amid Sharpham's trees,… Find out more...


Courses

Here at Sharpham, we can help introduce you to mindfulness - or deepen your existing practice. For more than 30 years, we've… Find out more...


Resources selected by us to help you

Audio Listen to or download Sharpham Trust meditations and audio to help you in your daily life. To download to your own… Find out more...


Ceremonies

Many of us want to mark the significant events that happen in our lives such as births, marriages and partnerships, as well… Find out more...


Weddings at Sharpham

Have your memorable wedding in a stunning, historical and breathtaking setting. On a few limited occasions each year, the… Find out more...


Natural Burials

With stunning views of the River Dart and across the South Hams Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Sharpham Meadow Natural… Find out more...


Celebrations

Sharpham House is a Grade 1-listed Palladian Mansion set in a Capability Brown landscape. While it is full of history, the… Find out more...


Our Venue

The Sharpham Estate is set in a majestic location high above the River Dart. The house and gardens exude a sense… Find out more...


Rooms in the House

Sharpham is a special house in a spectacular setting where we hope you can feel at home and enjoy the relaxed, friendly… Find out more...


Hire Sharpham House

Are you looking for a historic, beautiful venue to host your courses, retreats or training?   The surroundings are… Find out more...


Meetings & Away Days

Sharpham House and its 550-acre Estate offers a sought-after venue for small seminars, team building and away-days and training… Find out more...


The Bathing House

The Bathing House is a simple, romantic retreat where you can leave the frantic pace of the world behind you and unwind.… Find out more...


Camping

Are you looking for a venue for your group's overnight camping expedition or weekly camp? The site available for camping… Find out more...


The Gardens

Sharpham has been a dwelling since the 14th century but the present Palladian Mansion was built in the 1760s. The gardens… Find out more...


Our catering

For people hiring Sharpham House for non-residential courses we offer 2 types of lunches: A. Platters of assorted vegetarian… Find out more...


The Arts

The wealth of natural beauty that changes moment by moment around Sharpham House provides an ideal environment for creativity,… Find out more...


Artists in Residence

Our Artist in Residence Programme, launched to celebrate our 30th anniversary in 2012, helps to enrich all aspects of life… Find out more...


Parzival

Parzival was an Arts Council-funded outdoor promenade performance within the grounds of Sharpham House. It is without doubt,… Find out more...


Events & Outdoors

Events, Open Days and outdoor activities at The Sharpham Trust allow you to visit us, explore the Estate (and sometimes… Find out more...


Mindful-In-Nature Mental health recovery

  Funded by the Big Lottery Fund Reaching Communities Programme, Mindful-In-Nature is a new Sharpham project offering… Find out more...


Lower Sharpham Farm

Our organic farm at Lower Sharpham Barton is farmed to improve the natural environment and to increase biodiversity, while… Find out more...


Training

The Sharpham Trust is keen to offer training opportunities across the Estate. Garden Apprenticeship We offer an annual gardening… Find out more...


Events, Walks & Talks

We have a programme of events and retreats that happen outdoors on the Sharpham Estate throughout the year.  Do check… Find out more...


About Us

The Sharpham Trust is an educational charity set in a stunning location near Totnes, Devon. At the heart of the Sharpham… Find out more...


The Trust

The Sharpham Trust is an education and conservation charity connecting people with nature and fostering mindfulness… Find out more...


Vacancies

Part-Time Gardener Wanted for the Barn Retreat Centre (18 hrs per week) We are looking for a well-organised and flexible… Find out more...


How to find us

The Sharpham Estate consists of 550 acres with activity happening at different locations. Please click on the links below… Find out more...


Sharpham Wine & Cheese

Situated on the banks of the River Dart near Totnes in South Devon, Sharpham Wine & Cheese's vineyards… Find out more...


Donate to The Sharpham Trust

The Sharpham Trust is a registered charity and we rely on the help of our friends, visitors and supporters to help care… Find out more...


Leave a legacy

At the heart of the Sharpham Trust ethos is our desire to build a more mindful, compassionate and environmentally… Find out more...


Location, directions, visitor guide and Frequently Asked Questions

Sharpham Meadow Natural Burial Ground is on the Sharpham Estate, within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty near Ashprington… Find out more...


Case study: Maggie's simple, natural burial

Sharpham Meadow has been open for burials for two years now, and our community of souls is growing. The meadow was farmed… Find out more...


Fire Circle by Robin Lacey

A bronze ring emblazoned with the phrase ‘In my end is my beginning’ now surrounds the Ancestors’ Fire… Find out more...


Funeral directors and undertakers

You can use any funeral director or undertaker to arrange burials at Sharpham Meadow. Once you have selected a funeral director… Find out more...


Testimonials

I just wanted to say an absolutely huge thank-you to yourself and the Sharpham Trust for a truly wonderful wedding weekend.… Find out more...


Accommodation at Sharpham

Sharpham House has a selection of single, twin, double and triple rooms (with and without ensuite bathrooms). These are… Find out more...


Wedding packages & prices

To assist you with planning your wedding, we offer different wedding and event room packages. Our experienced House Manager… Find out more...


The Entrance Hall

The Entrance Hall is truly spectacular with its famous dramatic elliptical cantilevered staircase and domed rooflight. The… Find out more...


The Dining Room

The dining room seats 30 comfortably and when the weather is sunny, many of our visitors enjoy eating outside on the South… Find out more...


The Toasting Room

The Toasting Room is used for public events such as our music evenings and Estate Open Days, where we serve Sharpham… Find out more...


The Library

The Library houses our collection of books on spirituality, art, the environment and politics. It is a lovely space… Find out more...


The Maurice Ash Room

The Maurice Ash Room is on the ground floor of the main house, which makes it accessible for those who are disabled. It… Find out more...


The Music Room

The Music Room is on the first floor in Sharpham House. In days gone by this was the formal dining room. It is 28' x… Find out more...


The Octagonal Room

Sharpham House's Octagonal Room, so called because of its shape, is found on the first floor. The octagonal shape, being… Find out more...


The Bedrooms

We have 24 bedrooms available, made up of Heritage, Premium and Standard rooms, sleeping up to 47 guests in the main House,… Find out more...


The South Wing Hall

The South Wing Hall is an accessible room annexed to Sharpham House and has a light, peaceful, meditative quality that provides… Find out more...


Course Teachers

Shahin Popple Shahin is a Senior Counsellor in the NHS where she also teaches Mindfulness. She works with people with mental… Find out more...


Retreat Leaders

Here at The Sharpham Trust we are developing a collective practice - a community of mindfulness teachers and coordinators.… Find out more...


Our Food

In line with sustainable practices across the Sharpham Estate, our cooks produce very high quality seasonal, vegetarian… Find out more...


Terms & Conditions for booking with The Sharpham Trust

  1. Deposits 1.1 Your booking is only secured after payment of your deposit (where relevant) or full payment. 1.2… Find out more...


Christmas Retreat

This mindfulness and meditation retreat offers the chance to escape the often frantic festive period and to rest and be… Find out more...


Silent Meditation Days

A day at The Barn Retreat Centre spent in silence, alternating periods of sitting and walking meditation. There will be… Find out more...


Meditation Guidance

New to meditation? Never been to The Barn before? We recommend you listen to and practise one or two of these a few times… Find out more...


How to Book with The Barn

Fees include food, accommodation and teaching. Dana (donations) during or after your stay at the Barn Retreat Centre are… Find out more...


Become a Coordinator

A Retreat Coordinator is a one-year voluntary position at The Barn. There are three postings each year, with start dates… Find out more...


Barn People

Manager: Tasha Bassingthwaighte Tasha was interested in spiritual practice from a young age and did her first Buddhist meditation… Find out more...


Spring to Life

NB: This project is not currently running and we are seeking further funding. For more information please contact Ben… Find out more...


Spring to Life testimonials

"I feel Spring to Life has helped me through hard times in my life. I have made some good friends and it has improved… Find out more...


Spring to Life Case Studies

Seb came to Spring to Life with severe anxiety, lacking the confidence to interact with the group and shying away from conversations.… Find out more...


Sharpham Trustees

William Lana After working in The City and on Wall Street in the 1980s and for the Commission of the EU in Brussels in the… Find out more...


History & Heritage

Sharpham House is a majestic 18th Palladian villa overlooking the River Dart. But it wasn't always so. Sharpham is an… Find out more...


Calendar

Scroll down to browse our calendar of retreats, mindfulness courses, outdoor learning and the arts. Search by filtering… Find out more...


Prices, Terms & Conditions

We expect group leaders to have appropriate, current public liability and professional indemnity insurance to cover planned… Find out more...


Food & Drink

In line with sustainable practices across the Sharpham Estate, the cooks in Sharpham House produce high-quality, seasonal,… Find out more...


The House, grounds & facilities

Bedrooms We have 24 bedrooms sleeping up to 47 guests. External group leaders are responsible for allocating rooms unless… Find out more...


The Sharpham Archive

Do you have memories of Sharpham or Ashprington?  Maybe even artefacts or photographs to do with the… Find out more...


Mental health difficulties and Sharpham mindfulness courses and retreats

Although meditation and mindfulness can be helpful in managing stress, depression and anxiety, according to UK best practice… Find out more...


Sharpham in the news

Sharpham is making the news in the UK and the rest of the world. And people are blogging about us too. Here's where… Find out more...


Reviews of Sharpham nationally & internationally

"Stay in a gorgeous Palladian-style mansion on a 550-acre estate in Devon" - Psychologies magazine written by… Find out more...


Photography credits & links

Wedding photography used throughout this website and in our wedding publicity is supplied by the following: Photography… Find out more...


Accessibility in Sharpham House

Sharpham House is a Grade 1-Listed Palladian villa constructed in 1765 - but we're trying to make the buildsing as accessible… Find out more...


Swimming pool

We've got a small private swimming pool that's available to guests of Sharpham. The pool is unheated and available… Find out more...


Solitary retreats in The Kuti

For people who have participated in a Barn retreat, or a silent retreat elsewhere, and who are experienced meditators, we… Find out more...


Bespoke courses

Do you think your staff team or group could benefit from mindfulness? Many organisations and groups are discovering the… Find out more...


Burial ground prices from July 1, 2018

Burials   Burial plot single £1100 Burial plot child (half size) £600 Additional burial plot £900… Find out more...


Discovering Sharpham - a Heritage Lottery Fund project

We've received £57,400 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for the Discovering Sharpham project that will boost… Find out more...


Sharpham people

Here are some of the people who work for The Sharpham Trust. If you want to meet the people at The Barn, click here Director:… Find out more...


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Complaints procedure

The Sharpham Trust views complaints as an opportunity to learn and improve for the future, as well as a chance to put things… Find out more...


What is mindfulness?

Here at Sharpham, we can help introduce you to mindfulness - or deepen your existing practice. For more than 30 years, we've… Find out more...


Mindfulness at Sharpham

Here at Sharpham, we can help introduce you to mindfulness - or deepen your existing practice. For more than 30 years, we've… Find out more...


How will I find the time to meditate?

If you're joining our 8-week Mindfulness for Health & Well-being course, you'll feel the benefits if you commit… Find out more...


The Trust and data protection

How we use data Here at The Sharpham Trust, we work with people's personal information - and we always respect that… Find out more...


The Barn Retreat - old

Welcome to The Barn, a meditation retreat centre based on the Buddhist tradition in the beautiful Devon countryside of South… Find out more...


How to book

It's easy and secure to book mindfulness courses, retreats and events online with The Sharpham Trust.  Retreats… Find out more...


Ts & Cs for booking at The Barn

1. Deposits 1.1 Your booking is only secured after payment of your deposit (where relevant) or full payment. 1.2 If you… Find out more...


Mindful-in-Nature

A Sharpham Trust project, supported by the Big Lottery Fund, that is specifically designed to support mental health recovery,… Find out more...


How do I get to Sharpham House?

Sharpham House is 10 minutes drive from Totnes, Devon. Trains to Totnes run frequently from London and the North of England.… Find out more...


What is the difference between Sharpham House, The Barn and Woodland Retreats?

Sharpham House offers secular mindfulness retreats with the opportunity to stay in a beautiful Grade… Find out more...


Why do Sharpham House Retreats cost more than Barn retreats?

Costs are lower at the Barn because it is run by volunteer coordinators, and gardening and cooking is carried out by retreatants… Find out more...


Do I need to have prior knowledge or experience of mindfulness before coming?

All of the retreats at Sharpham House are suitable both for people new to meditation and mindfulness, as well as those looking… Find out more...


I have some mental health difficulties - is this retreat for me?

Mental health difficulties and Sharpham Mindfulness Courses and Retreats Although meditation and mindfulness can be helpful… Find out more...


What is the accommodation like?

Sharpham House has a mix of 24 bedrooms, made up of Premium and Standard rooms, sleeping up to 47 guests in the main House,… Find out more...


What's the food like at The Barn?

Excellent! All of our food is vegetarian, and 99.5% organic. Find out more...


What dietary needs can you accommodate?

We can accommodate gluten-free and/or vegan dietary needs. However, our kitchen is not gluten, dairy nor nut-free. Please… Find out more...


Accessibility and staying at Sharpham House

Sharpham House is a Grade 1-Listed Palladian villa constructed in 1765 and as such there are certain limitations that prevent… Find out more...


Is there Wi-Fi available?

Wi-Fi is available on some ground floor rooms, though we cannot guarantee a signal because of the thickness of our walls.… Find out more...


How sustainable is it to stay in the House?

We take sustainability seriously! All of the hot water and heating in the house is produced by a state of the art bio-mass… Find out more...


Can I come on retreat with a friend or partner?

We recommend you come on a retreat without anyone you know. Part of coming on a retreat is to take some time away from your… Find out more...


What I should wear and what should I bring with me?

We recommend that you bring loose comfortable clothes for indoors as well as a pair of slippers / indoor shoes. Although… Find out more...


Who do I contact if I have more questions?

Please contact our bookings secretary if you have any questions about the retreat [email protected] / 01803 732542 Find out more...


How do I find out more and book?

You can view all of our retreats, courses and events and book easily and securely online through our what’s on calendar… Find out more...


Do you offer bursaries at Sharpham House?

Limited bursaries are available for those experiencing financial hardship. Please contact the bookings secretary at… Find out more...


Can we buy and drink alcohol at Sharpham?

Alcohol is not available during the retreat and we ask retreatants to refrain from using drugs and alcohol during their… Find out more...


What previous meditation experience do Barn retreatants have?

All retreatants have had some (from little to lots) experience of meditation.  Meditation sittings are up to 40 minutes,… Find out more...


Can I come on a Barn retreat with a friend or partner?

We recommend you come on a Barn retreat without anyone you know.  If you bring an important part of your life with… Find out more...


Are Barn retreats helpful for people with mental health difficulties?

Mental health difficulties and Sharpham Mindfulness Courses and Retreats Although mindfulness can be helpful in managing… Find out more...


Why do retreats at the Barn cost less than at Sharpham House?

Costs are kept lower at the Barn because gardening, cooking and household tasks are shared in community by volunteer coordinators… Find out more...


Do I need to be fit to work in the garden?

No. The work is as easy as you like. We can find work to suit all abilities and physical conditions; even indoor tasks if… Find out more...


What time do Barn Retreats start and finish?

Arrival time for all Barn retreats is between 2pm and 4pm.  Departure time is after 9am and before 11am. Find out more...


How far from the station is The Barn?

Three miles by road and about 10-15 minutes. A taxi will cost about £12-18.  Alternatively some people choose… Find out more...


What is the difference between The Barn, Sharpham House and Woodland Retreats?

The Barn Retreat offers 6-day meditation retreats throughout the year in a wonderful converted old Devon Linhay.… Find out more...


How do I find out more and book?

You can view all of our retreats, courses and events and book easily and securely online through our calendar  or… Find out more...


What dietary needs can you accommodate?

We can accommodate the following dietary needs as long as you have included these on your Booking Form: vegan wheat-free… Find out more...


Can I arrive a day later or leave the retreat early?

We try to ensure you get the best out of coming to Sharpham and that your group develops a positive sense of cohesion… Find out more...


What's the food like at Sharpham House?

Our cooks regularly get rave reviews for the high quality seasonal, vegetarian food they produce. We source food whenever… Find out more...


Will I be required to do any day to day tasks as part of my retreat?

Building Community During your stay at Sharpham you will be invited to engage in building a spirit of community, generosity… Find out more...


When should I arrive to stay in The Kuti?

If you have not stayed at The Kuti before, it is important that you meet with a Barn Coordinator to receive the information… Find out more...


How do I eat and drink there?

The Kuti has a propane camp stove for you to use on the porch outside The Kuti. You will have access to a fully-stocked… Find out more...


What and where is The Kuti?

The Kuti is a small, rustic cabin in woodland near The Barn retreat centre. The Kuti has no electricity or running water,… Find out more...


Will I be working whilst in The Kuti?

As part of your stay in The Kuti, we ask that you work approximately two hours each day on the upkeep of The Kuti, the surrounding… Find out more...


What if someone needs to get hold of me in an emergency?

If someone needs to contact you urgently then please ask them to call us on 01803 732661 leaving a message if there is no… Find out more...


Where do I arrive for a Woodland Retreat?

The Woodland Retreat drop-off point is NOT at Sharpham House itself. Look out for and follow Woodland Retreat signs once… Find out more...


What do I need to bring on a Dusk Chorus or Marsh & Estuary bird walk?

It's a good idea to bring the following: Hat & warm clothes Waterproofs Good comfy shoes or wellies Paper and pen… Find out more...


What do I need to bring for the Food Fermenting Workshop?

•             a packed lunch •            … Find out more...


What do I need to bring for the Foraging for Wild Medicine workshop?

•             A packed lunch and snacks •            … Find out more...


What do I need to bring for the Forage & Feast workshop?

Snack - our lunch will be a late one and the foraging walk is a long one, so bring a healthy snack if you get peckish along… Find out more...


What do I need to bring for the Family Forage Day?

Snack - our lunch will be a late one and the foraging walk is a long one, so bring a healthy snack if you get peckish along… Find out more...


What do I need to bring on a Bat, Moth & Stargazing night?

It's a good idea to bring the following: Snack - bring a healthy snack if you get peckish along the way Hat Torch Waterproofs… Find out more...


Why are Sharpham retreats so cheap?

The Sharpham Trust is a registered charity (number: 285767) and a social enterprise which endeavours to keep the costs as… Find out more...


What dietary needs can you accommodate?

We can accommodate the following dietary needs as long as you have included these on your Booking Form: vegan wheat-free… Find out more...


Trustee Claire Ash Wheeler steps down

Our longest-standing Trustee Claire Ash Wheeler has stepped down from The Sharpham Trust board after 30 years'… Find out more...


Delicious feedback for Sharpham's food

We've been getting some superb feedback for the food served up at Sharpham. And it's informed our Programme. We're… Find out more...


Orchard Link launch

We were the venue for the launch of a new project to revitalise community orchards in South Devon. Orchard Link has… Find out more...


New partnership with Bodhi College

We are developing a new partnership with the Bodhi College who will be running the Committed Practitioners’ Programme… Find out more...


Trust annual report published

We've just published our Annual Report for the year 2014-2015. The report gives a great overview of the work and achievements… Find out more...


All Souls' Day at Sharpham Meadow

Join us at the Sharpham Meadow Natural Burial Ground for an evening of fiery remembrance on All Souls' Day Monday the… Find out more...


Apple Day on the BBC!

Our Apple Day and Autumn Festival become part of BBC Radio Devon's 'core' programming when DJ Jo Loosemore interviewed… Find out more...


More Sharpham cheese awards

Sharpham cheese has swept the (cheese) board at the prestigious Global Cheese Awards. Here's the haul of gold, silvers… Find out more...


Bench mark made

A new sit-spot is being created in the Woodland Garden. A paved area of stone and a dry stone wall has been created by our… Find out more...


Fern Britain at Sharpham

Our gardeners Jacqui and Jesse have been busy helping ferns procreate (!), with the aid of pieces of paper. The pair have… Find out more...


Apple Day Sunday October 9

Join us for our annual Apple Pressing Day and Autumn Festival - Sunday 9th October 10.30am - 4pm Try fresh Sharpham… Find out more...


Sharpham Meadow on the BBC

Our natural burial site has featured on the BBC. Sharpham Meadow Natural Burial Ground was the subject of a short feature… Find out more...


A retreatant writes...

A satisified retreatant who stayed here recently so enjoyed her stay that she wrote to tell us...in verse. She took part… Find out more...


Mindful singers at Sharpham

Our recent sellout Mindfulness & Singing retreat sounded the right note in the beautiful surroundings of Sharpham House.… Find out more...


Summer Wedding Offer

Get £1000 off if you book your 2016 wedding before the end of August 2015. If you pay your deposit before the end… Find out more...


Foxglove footage from on high

Our woodsman Paul Van Den Elst has been experimenting with an aerial camera - and he chose to film the foxgloves covering… Find out more...


Blackcurrant harvest

Our Walled Garden has been producing some fine soft fruit this summer. Assistant Gardener Jacqui Hallum picked 11 kilos… Find out more...


Our Open Day was a HUGE success

Our Sharpham Open Day - A Summer Celebration was a massive hit. We had record numbers, we had sunshine, music, performance,… Find out more...


Our Open Day - A Summer Celebration: Sunday July 5

Join us for a packed day of activities and the chance to enjoy the splendour of Sharpham House and Gardens at our Open Day… Find out more...


Symbolic artwork unveiled at our natural burial ground

Sharpham Meadow, our natural burial ground near Totnes overlooking the River Dart, saw the unveiling of a new art installation… Find out more...


We've been reviewed!

Retreats at Sharpham have been reviewed by royalty. Our Beginners' Mindfulness Retreats in Sharpham House have been… Find out more...


Gold medal for Sharpham Wine

Trust Partners Sharpham Wine & Cheese have won twin accolades in a significant wine contest. At the recent Sommelier… Find out more...


Launch event of new work by Artist in Residence Robin Lacey - 'Circle' at Sharpham Meadow Burial Ground

Date - 20th June 11.00am Venue - Sharpham Meadow Natural Burial Ground - Directions here Join us to unveil the… Find out more...


We've been reviewed!

Retreats at Sharpham have been reviewed by royalty. Our Beginners' Mindfulness Retreats in Sharpham House have been… Find out more...


Sharpham Trust team day 2015

We like practice here at Sharpham: mindful practice, wine & cheese-tasting practice and target practice. So we combined… Find out more...


New sheep in our orchards

New Shropshire sheep have been put into our orchard to help keep the grass - and the disease down. Jack Skuse, from our… Find out more...


Summer Open Day Sunday July 5

Join us for a jam packed day of activities and the chance to enjoy the splendour of Sharpham House and Gardens. The day… Find out more...


Anchorstone at Sharpham Vineyard now open

The Anchorstone at Sharpham Vineyard is now open! The café at Sharpham Wine & Cheese officially opened under… Find out more...


Carriage Drive improvements

New fencing has been erected as part of ongoing improvements to Sharpham Carriage Drive - the permissive cycle path running… Find out more...


Spring Garden Open Day April 25

Come and see beautiful bulbs in bloom at our Spring Garden Open Day on Saturday April 25. Wander through the formal and… Find out more...


Spring 2015 programme published

Our Spring Programme has been published - giving you all the information on the events, retreats and courses taking place… Find out more...


Sharpham Cheese & Wine open for business

The multi-award-winning Sharpham Wine & Cheese, based on Sharpham Estate, has opened its doors for the 2015 season.… Find out more...


New Retreat programme for 2015 with the chance to stay in beautiful Sharpham House

Building upon the success of our Barn Retreat Centre over the last 25 years, we are delighted to announce… Find out more...


Good news for wildlife and bio-diversity across the estate....

We are delighted to announce that in partnership with our tenant farmers Sharpham Wine and Cheese and David Camp,… Find out more...


New Sharpham Programme out now

The new Autumn 2014 Events Programme covering Sept, Oct and Nov is now out. You can download it here or request a printed… Find out more...


On the trail of cheeses

With the help of the British Cheese Board, Clare Bourke looks at some of the county’s cheese producers including Sharpham… Find out more...


Spring to life is relaunched

Following a successful funding bid, the Spring to Life project, is being relaunched from 8 October. This innovative… Find out more...


Calves, lambs and kids

Lower Sharpham Barton Farm has welcomed ten new South Devon cows and ten calves - iconic cattle of the region - as part… Find out more...


Sharpham Supports the Totnes Pound

The Sharpham Trust together with Sharpham Wine and Cheese and The Vineyard Café are supporting the new Totnes Pound launched… Find out more...


School children sow seeds at Sharpham Meadow

Last week, three classes, over 60 children aged between 8 and 11yrs, from The Grove School in Totnes took part in a… Find out more...


New Trustees for Sharpham

Two new Trustees have been introduced: Elizabeth Seward (right) and Charlotte Rathbone. Elizabeth has worked to provide… Find out more...


Our natural burial ground goes national

Sharpham Meadow Natural Burial Ground has featured in a national magazine. Our stunning site on the Sharpham Estate was… Find out more...


Sharpham's Capability Brown landscape...on radio

Sharpham's dramatic landscape has featured on two BBC radio programmes. Radio Devon's Jo Loosemore interviewed Richard… Find out more...


Dry stone walling...in the wet

Careful conservation work has been going on in our 18th century walled garden - despite this wet weather. Gary Grover, from… Find out more...


Words from a retreatant

A retreatant so enjoyed her recent time here with us that she was moved to write this:   The Sharpham Instruction Manual… Find out more...


Jesse's a class act!

Our gardener Jesse Hammond has left the classroom, after passing his NVQ Level 3 Horticulture (Higher Level Apprenticeship).… Find out more...


New faces at Sharpham

We've got new faces at Sharpham: hello to Maya, Milton and Helen.   Maya Herbolzheimer takes over from Ben… Find out more...


Portrait detective story ends in success for Sharpham

Members of The Sharpham Archive have traced two important pictures linked with the Estate. Captain Philemon Pownoll had… Find out more...


We've been nominated

We're delighted that we've been nominated in the Retreat/Healing Centre category of the 2016 Kindred Spirit awards.… Find out more...


Spring Garden Open Day 2016

Despite the un-springlike mizzle, people turned up to explore Sharpham House and gardens on our Spring Garden Open Day on… Find out more...


Peter's retiring!

Peter Mallard, The Barn's manager for the past 6 years, is retiring in September. No-one wants to see him go! However,… Find out more...


Goodbye to Elke

Elke, the 'face of Sharpham Wine & Cheese' for nearly the last five years, is leaving. Elke's work as Retail… Find out more...


Sharpham on radio

Our name has been floating around the local airwaves recently. Claire Ash Wheeler, daughter of Maurice Ash - whose principles… Find out more...


Share in a Sheep

There's still time to buy a Share in a Sheep - but the offer closes at the end of this month (July). Our tenants Ambios… Find out more...


BBC Countryfile films at Sharpham

The BBC have been filming at Sharpham! We welcomed John Craven and Naomi Wilkinson to The Sharpham Trust for a packed day… Find out more...


Summer Open Day at Sharpham

We welcomed people to explore and enjoy Sharpham House and grounds on Sunday July 3, 2016. We had music, poetry and storytelling,… Find out more...


A buzzy summer at Lower Sharpham Barton

Our partners at Ambios on Lower Sharpham Farm have had a busy (buzzy?) summer. In August they welcomed 8 colonies of bees… Find out more...


Apple Day 2016 was crammed

The sun came out and so did hundreds of visitors for Sharpham's Apple Day 2016. More than 600 people came to enjoy a… Find out more...


A song for Sharpham

A retreatant on our recent Taking Mindfulness Deeper retreat enjoyed his experience so much...he wrote us a song! According… Find out more...


Meet The Barn's new manager

Meet the new manager at The Barn: Tasha Bassingthwaighte. She's come from Canada to take over from Peter Mallard, who… Find out more...


The Barn's famous bread recipe

We've had lots of retreatants requesting the recipe for the bread that's made at The Barn Retreat Centre So here… Find out more...


Our latest Barn Co-ordinator

Say hello to Nina - the newest Volunteer Co-ordinator at the Barn.   She first came here three years ago on retreat… Find out more...


Peter Mallard retires from The Barn

Peter Mallard, manager at The Barn, retired this September, after six years in the post - overseeing perhaps 3,000 retreatants… Find out more...


Carrie Morgan, a valued and much-loved Trustee, has died

It is with huge regret that we announce the passing of one of our trustees, Carrie Morgan. Carrie died in Harrogate after… Find out more...


Acers at Sharpham

This autumn has seen spectacular colour at Sharpham - captured here in photos by assistant gardener Jacqui Hallum. The acers… Find out more...


Beautiful, even in the frost

Sharpham remains breathtakingly beautiful in the recent cold, frosty days. Trust Director Julian Carnell took this fantastic… Find out more...


Cirl Bunting success story

News that cirl buntings have bounced back from the brink of extinction has cheered Ambios, our partners at Lower Sharpham… Find out more...


The Sharpham Trust awarded Heritage Lottery Funds

The Sharpham Trust has received £57,400 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for a project that will boost volunteering… Find out more...


Sharpham Meadow in the frost

Sharpham Meadow looks so beautiful in the frost. A recent cold and crisp dawn was captured in these pictures of our natural… Find out more...


Fresh seeds have arrived

Jesse our gardener is excited with the arrival of some new seeds. Yesterday he took delivery of a dozen packets of flower… Find out more...


A new Barn Volunteer Coordinator

This is Craig Malpass, our newest Volunteer Coordinator at the Barn retreat centre on the Sharpham Estate. Not only is he… Find out more...


Green Oak Bench project begins

A project to make a dramatic piece of natural art & design that will feature on the beautiful Sharpham Estate begins… Find out more...


Welcome Luca!

Luca Middleton has joined the staff at the Sharpham Trust as an apprentice gardener. He arrived in January, having toured… Find out more...


Tree Care Day 2017 - pictures & video

Our Tree Care Day 2017 was cold - but we felt the glow of new volunteers. People who'd never volunteered before at Sharpham… Find out more...


Mapping our orchards

One of our organic orchards has been labelled and mapped, thanks to the efforts of one of our volunteers. Peter Simon is… Find out more...


News from our partners at Ambios and Lower Sharpham Farm

Our partners at Ambios and Lower Sharpham Farm have been busy with the results of their Share in a Sheep scheme. Here's… Find out more...


Poldark musician to appear at our Heritage & Spring Garden Open Day

You’ll get a Poldark preview if you come to our Heritage & Spring Garden Open Day on Sunday April 9. Musician… Find out more...


A retreatant's wonderful pictures of The Barn

Recent retreatant Marc Elliot shared some of his wonderful photography with us after he was inspired to look through his… Find out more...


Jane's running the Trust!

Our Administrator Jane Hutchinson helps to run the Trust - but she'll be running for the Trust shortly. She's wearing… Find out more...


Our marathon Jane

She did it! Our Administrator Jane Hutchinson completed the Brighton Marathon in April, raising around £700 for our… Find out more...


Our yew tree on show online

Our beautiful yew tree on the South Lawn at Sharpham has been highlighted by a tree photographer. David Russell - who lives… Find out more...


Our Heritage & Spring Garden Open Day 2017

Our Heritage & Spring Garden Open Day was packed! Of course, the glorious weather helped, but we're proud to say… Find out more...


Our Director Julian reports on his recent visit to Bhutan

I have recently had the good fortune to spend two weeks in Bhutan as part of a course organised by Schumacher College and… Find out more...


Sharpham Archivist finds buried treasure

One of our Sharpham archivists has unearthed buried treasure. Ruth Donaldson - who volunteers in the Sharpham Archive -… Find out more...


A breath-taking new sit-spot

A breath-taking new sit-spot has been unveiled on the Sharpham Estate, enabling walkers, cyclists, thinkers and ponderers… Find out more...


Sharpham inspiration for stone-carver

A stone-carver has crafted a new art-piece after being inspired by a view up the River Dart from Sharpham. Anne Henriksen… Find out more...


Say hi to our latest Barn coordinator

Lynette Robinson is the latest co-ordinator at The Barn Retreat Centre. She joined us in April and will be here for a year,… Find out more...


Sharpham Summer Open Day, Sunday 9 July

The Sharpham Trust is throwing open its doors and gates for its annual Summer Garden Open Day on Sunday July 9, from 10.30am… Find out more...


Camera reveals how batty we are at Sharpham

A bat detector positioned on the Sharpham Estate has shown us exactly how batty we are. Over the course of a single week,… Find out more...


Thanks for coming to our Summer Open Day!

Thanks so much for coming to our Summer Open Day 2017. More than 700 people enjoyed Sharpham House and grounds, our Walled… Find out more...


Construction students build shower block for Sharpham's woodland campsite

Future builders from South Devon College have tried out their new skills by creating a brand new toilet and shower block… Find out more...


A women's woodland retreatant writes

A retreatant on a Women's Woodland Retreat in June sent us this description of her rich experience: Snug as a bug in… Find out more...


A poem inspired by our woodland retreats

Retreatant Mike Cox wrote this poem after participating in a Woodland mindfulness retreat at Sharpham in May 2017: So can… Find out more...


Images from a photographer who stayed at The Barn

Gary Fielder couldn't leave his day job behind when he stayed at The Barn. But that meant that we have these wonderful… Find out more...


Sharpham rap

Now hear this! You'll need your speakers on to hear this rap, which was recorded from participants on a young person's… Find out more...


We've gone bananas!

Sharpham's banana plant has flowered for the first time in at least 10 years! Flowers have appeared on the plant, which… Find out more...


Autumnal poem

This poem was left in the library at Sharpham House after a retreat there last Autumn - it seems fitting to share it right… Find out more...


We're green AND clean

Our laundry is not just clean, but green here at Sharpham, now that we're working with a new supplier. We've taken… Find out more...


A new way to book

Our new online booking system has recently gone live. We've invested in a system that is dedicated to offering retreats… Find out more...


Clive's donation helps others to be here

Clive Sheppard surprised us in the offices at The Sharpham Trust when he turned up with a £100 cheque! He had such… Find out more...


Our new lantern skylight

Sharpham House has got a brand new ‘hat’ – helping to further conserve the Grade 1-listed Palladian mansion… Find out more...


Yellow Rattle helps make a meadow

Sharpham gardeners and volunteers are sowing the seeds for a new meadow - and richer biodiversity - along the South Lawn.… Find out more...


The Big Apple

Our gardener Jesse's just picked this giant fruit from our orchard. It's huge: 8cm wide and about the same deep,… Find out more...


Apple Day 2017 squeezed the people in

Core! This year's Apple Day at The Sharpham Trust may have been the busiest yet, with more than 800 people participating… Find out more...


South Quay and Withy Pool restoration

Significant conservation work on The Sharpham Trust’s South Quay has been completed. And improvements to the Withy… Find out more...


Our founder's 100th birthday

It was the centenary of the founder of The Sharpham Trust in October this year. Maurice Ash died in 2003, but he would have… Find out more...


Barn recipe: celeriac lasagne

This recipe is vegan & gluten-free Ingredients & method 2 celeriac Peel celeriac and slice as thinly as you can… Find out more...


Sharpham mindfulness teacher publishes book with Thich Nhat Hanh

One of Sharpham’s mindfulness teachers is helping her fellow teachers to change the world, with her new book co-authored… Find out more...


Meet our latest Barn coordinator

Say hello to Ethan Pollock, the latest co-ordinator at The Barn Retreat Centre. He has just joined us and will be here for… Find out more...


Poem: The Principle of Enoughness by Toko-Pa

In a time that would have us believe there is always more to strive for, more to accumulate, more enlightenment to reach… Find out more...


Annual Report 2016-17

A record 1477 people benefited from Sharpham's mindfulness courses and retreats, we awarded more than £10,000… Find out more...


Barn recipe: sweet potato, lentil and vegetable curry

This recipe is a new favourite of Barn Manager Tasha Bassingthwaighte, and was given to The Barn by a participant staying… Find out more...


Our new Trust Administrator

Amy Ruewell has joined us as Trust Administrator, replacing Jane Hutchinson who left in December. Amy has got great experience… Find out more...


Our new Programme Administrator

Meet Margot Eliadis, our new Programme Administrator. She'll be taking bookings over the phone and email for our retreats,… Find out more...


Our Barn Manager answers a few questions

Barn Manager Tasha Bassingthwaighte answers a few questions about her practice and her inspirations. Find out more about… Find out more...


Poem: I am not I by Juan Ramon Jimenez

I am not I.                   … Find out more...


Tree Care Day 2018

Our orchard is now fruitier, thanks to volunteers who turned out for our annual Tree Care Day in February. Visitors gave… Find out more...


Recipe: an early spring salad

Our cook Janet shares one of her recipes This is a time of transition from the deep, darker months (where we are nourished… Find out more...


Can you help Sharpham at our Open Day?

Could you help out at Sharpham House? Volunteers are needed to help with the annual Heritage and Spring Garden Open Day,… Find out more...


High-five for our food

We've got a high-five for our food hygeine! Following an inspection by South Hams District Council's food safety… Find out more...


A new defibrillator for Sharpham

We give heartfelt thanks to our former Trust Administrator Jane Hutchinson, who returned to Sharpham last month with the… Find out more...


My inspiration: Rupert Marques

Rupert Marques is leading a new retreat at The Barn this summer called Earth In Mind: Dharma, Deep Ecology and the Land.… Find out more...


Sheep in Sharpham's orchards

Sheep are now grazing in the organic orchards beside Sharpham House, thanks to the efforts of volunteers on our Tree Care… Find out more...


Volunteers work on a new sit-spot

Work on creating a riverside sit-spot on the Sharpham Estate is nearly finished. Volunteers are creating a new seat beside… Find out more...


Heidi's helping us to recycle more

Sharpham is shifting away from single use plastics where possible - and it's Heidi's job to help us. She's our… Find out more...


Goodbye Gardener Jesse

It's goodbye to our Head Gardener Jesse Hammond, who leaves us after more than six years working at Sharpham. Jesse… Find out more...


Hello to our new Head Gardener

Bryony Middleton is our new Head Gardener, She replaces Jesse Hammond, who worked in Sharpham's grounds for the last… Find out more...


Growing Awareness - making the beds

Welcome to the first of our regular articles with our (new) Head Gardener Bryony Middleton. She'll be talking about… Find out more...


Recipe: whipped Sharpham cheese with candied walnuts, beetroot, basil & rye crisps

The Cellar Door is the al fresco cafe at Sharpham Wine & Cheese, on the Sharpham Estate - and they're open for the… Find out more...


Recipe: quinoa and summer herb salad

Our cook Janet shares one of her recipes This is a lovely fresh and easy meal to make, one that I often make for myself… Find out more...


Growing Awareness - no boring salads!

Welcome to the latest news-post with our Head Gardener Bryony Middleton Here she writes about the work we do in Sharpham's… Find out more...


Come on you Yellow Hammers!

Our Yellowhammers play top-flight football...in our eyes, anyway. Sharpham United is a friendly football team formed by… Find out more...


Open Farm Sunday

The farm gates will be open soon for people to explore. Helen and David Camp, who farm organically at the Trust's Upper… Find out more...


Growing Awareness - what to do about slugs

Welcome to the latest news-post with our Head Gardener Bryony Middleton Here she writes about the work we do in Sharpham's… Find out more...


With Kindly Curiosity: Dene Donalds

Dene Donalds leads a retreat at The Barn this summer called Turning Towards Compassion He is a lay Ordained Dharma Teacher… Find out more...


Poem: Nature by Tony Hoagland

Poems that inspire The Sharpham Trust and its people. Nature, by contemporary US poet Tony Hoagland, about a man's wistfulness… Find out more...


Growing Awareness - Apprentice Gardener vacancy

Welcome to the latest news-post with our Head Gardener Bryony Middleton Here she writes about an opportunity in Sharpham's… Find out more...


Applicants invited for our new mental health recovery programme in the outdoors

A new Sharpham Trust project is offering a unique programme of mindfulness in nature to support mental health recovery,… Find out more...


Ruth is volunteering at The Barn

We welcome Ruth to join The Barn as Volunteer Coordinator. Here, she tells us about herself: "I had an interest in… Find out more...


Growing Awareness - harvest feast

Welcome to the latest news-post with our Head Gardener Bryony Middleton Here she tells us about the recent harvest feast.… Find out more...


Recipe: Beetroot, chard and cashew nut curry

Our cook Janet shares one of her recipes This is one of my favourite dishes to make at the moment that is sweet, richly-coloured… Find out more...


Growing Awareness at The Barn - planting beans and winter salads

Welcome to our latest gardening news-post with The Barn's gardener Jane Knight. Here she tells us about green compost… Find out more...


Pictures of The Barn's garden - September 2018

The Barn's gardens are full of colour - and produce - as we go into the Autumn. Here's a selection of September… Find out more...


Recipe: squash & apple soup

A recipe from The Barn's cookbooks A warming, autumnal soup that makes the most of the harvest, served at The Barn this… Find out more...


Lynette leaves The Barn

Lynette Robinson has given a year of her life in service to The Barn. Here she reflects on her time at The Sharpham Trust.… Find out more...


Can you give our library some love?

The libary at The Barn needs some compassion, so we've published a wish-list for people who want to practice generosity.… Find out more...


With Kindly Curiosity: Gavin Milne

Gavin Milne leads a retreat at The Barn in November called Your Life As Your Path He has been practising Insight Meditation… Find out more...


Foraging - still time to smell the roses

Go petal-detecting! Welcome to the latest news-post with our resident forager Brigit-Anna McNeill. Here she suggests making… Find out more...


Growing Awareness - endings and beginnings in Autumn

Welcome to the latest news-post with our Head Gardener Bryony Middleton Here she welcomes a new face, and talks about her… Find out more...


New faces at Sharpham this Autumn

We've got some new people at Sharpham for you to meet! Lucy Bell is a new staff member to go with a new project: Mindful-In-Nature.… Find out more...


Crunch time on Sharpham Apple Day 2018

The sun shone, people came, apples were delivered and juiced... A wonderful day for The Trust, with nearly 1,000 people… Find out more...


Foraging - cider as medicine!

Make a warming, pre-winter tonic Welcome to the latest news-post with our resident forager Brigit-Anna McNeill. Here she… Find out more...


Growing Awareness - nothing's lost with compost

Welcome to the latest news-post with our Head Gardener Bryony Middleton Nothing's lost with compost After Apple Day… Find out more...


Our volunteers win National Lottery funding

Our team of conservation volunteers will continue their valuable work on Sharpham Estate, thanks to National Lottery funding.… Find out more...