Mindfulness retreats are a great way in starting or reconnecting with mindfulness practice. then this retreat at the beautiful and tranquil Sharpham House can help show you the way.
You'll be introduced to the practice of mindfulness meditation with guided sitting sessions, mindful walking, periods of silence, plus enough free time for rest and reflection.
You'll have opportunities to reconnect with nature and to benefit from the very special location of the historic Sharpham House and Estate, surrounded by stunning countryside in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
During this retreat you'll:
One of the many views from Sharpham Trust land
The retreat is suitable for most adults aged 18 and above who want to learn mindfulness as an aid to everyday health and well-being. This retreat uses techniques and approaches from Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) with trained and qualified teachers and is suitable for you if you are new to mindfulness, or seeking to renew or reconnect with your practice.
Although meditation and mindfulness can be helpful in managing stress, depression and anxiety our retreats might not be suitable if you are experiencing major depression or other clinically diagnosed psychiatric illness such as bipolar disorder, psychosis or current self-harming. Click here for more information and for the Sharpham booking process.
The retreat programme will include 3 daily guided meditation sessions both indoors and outdoors, with periods of silence to help strengthen the practice. There will also be question-and-answer sessions and guidance in bringing mindfulness, compassion, joy and equanimity into daily life.
If you're coming to stay with us on retreat, it is important to make a commitment to arrive in time for the first group meeting and to attend all the days. This ensures you experience the retreat programme from start to finish and helps support your group of retreatants to gel.
All of the retreats usually include some short periods of silence as a way of deepening into mindful awareness. If you are new to spending time in silence in the company of other people, it can feel awkward to begin with. However people usually find this to be a useful experience and we encourage you to explore the silent periods with a spirit of openness and curiosity. The retreat moves into silence each evening from 9pm - 9am the following day and until 2pm on day 3.