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The Sharpham Trust offers mindfulness retreats close to nature in a portfolio of venues on the Sharpham Estate, close to the River Dart within a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
People can stay in several different locations on the 550-acre Estate, including in:
Sharpham House – a Grade I-listed Georgian mansion within Capability Brownian landscape offering secular mindfulness retreats
The Coach House – an 18th century quadrangle of newly-converted single rooms behind Sharpham House offering nature-based and stress-busting retreats
The Barn – a venue for small retreats in community, along Buddhist principles
The Woodland Campsite – comfy, furnished bell-tents for retreats with a particular emphasis on nature connection
The Cabin & The Kuti – two hermitages close to The Barn for solitary retreats
We offer retreats for beginners to mindfulness, as well as retreats for people who’ve been meditating a long time.
We have themed retreats for different audiences, as well as mindful walking retreats, leading people across our stunning Estate, and mindful canoeing retreats taking advantage of our position on the river.
All retreats are full-board and we serve home-cooked vegetarian and vegan food – much of it grown on the Estate in our organic gardens. Our food has won plaudits from retreatants – even the meat-eaters.
Elsewhere on the Estate, The Sharpham Trust is rewilding parts of its land, helping to restore nature. Retreat visitors will get a chance to view the rewilding areas of the landscape and find out much more about this important work.
Visitors to Sharpham enjoy its tranquillity, food, nature and sheer beauty, as well as the knowledge that they are guests of a charity with a vision to create a mindful, compassionate and sustainable planet.
"A superior venue with an unrivalled range of breaks centred on mindfulness and nature" – Psychologies Magazine
"Where else can you practise walking meditation among roses and lilies in a formal garden, or meditate in a blue-painted music room where the marble fireplace is a sculptured work of art?" – Daily Telegraph
"Full immersion in the natural world", in The Guardian’s listing of '10 of the best meditation retreats in the UK & Europe'
Sharpham House retreat, per person per retreat: £365 - £795
Coach House retreat, per person per retreat: £340 - £645
Woodland retreat, per person per retreat: £395 - £625
The Barn retreat, per person per retreat: £350 - £545
Solitary retreats, per person per 5-night retreat: £165 - £320
Sharpham Estate is three miles outside Totnes on the edge of Ashprington village.
From the A38/Devon Expressway take the Totnes/Buckfastleigh exit.
On arriving in Totnes, at the first traffic lights, turn right onto the A381 towards Kingsbridge. Half a mile outside Totnes turn left to Ashprington (about two miles).
On reaching Ashprington village turn left up the hill and onto the Sharpham Estate. Follow the road downhill until you get to three way junction and then follow signs to the back of Sharpham House, where there is a small car park. This is also the way to South Wing and the Sharpham Trust office.
Please note and observe the 20mph speed limit through Ashprington village and on the Estate.
On foot or cycle from Totnes
From Totnes railway station, walking takes 45-60 minutes and cycling takes about 25 minutes.
Out of Station Drive, turn left at the main road, crossing over at the pedestrian lights. At Morrisons petrol station take the road straight on-ish into town (you'll soon walk past Morrisons supermarket on left). Keep going straight on over the mini-roundabout. At the Doctors' Surgery the road swings right. You go straight on, passing the Doctors' Surgery to your right.
When the road bears left around the back of the Steam Packet Inn on your left, you turn right (signposted National Cycle Network 28), up the hill for 30 metres to a sign for footpath/cycle route to Ashprington. Follow this, taking the right hand route at the first fork, continue up a long hill, and through woodland.
Go through a gate at the top, then continue downhill along this path. You will reach another gate with the Sharpham compass logo on its post, and go through that gate. Continue on about 200 metres through a third gate and soon after you’ll pass a striking bench on your left commissioned by the Sharpham Trust as a wonderful sit-spot facing down the River Dart Valley towards Sharpham House. Follow the path down and through a fourth gate. Continue down and round and you’ll go through another gate.
Straight after that gate, you’ll reach a split in the path with a sign pointing toward Ashprington. Choose the left to take a more level route to Sharpham House. Take the right to climb (sometimes steeply), eventually reaching the pillars at the entrance to Sharpham Estate.
If you’re going to the Woodland Retreat parking and luggage drop-off, look out for signs directing you there. If you’re continuing to Sharpham House, walk or ride down the road or footpath beside until you reach the 3-way junction, where you’ll see signs to Sharpham House.
Frequent direct trains run from London, Birmingham, and the North. The journey time by train is less than three hours from London Paddington via GWR www.gwr.com and under four hours from London Waterloo.
Find train times and buy tickets from www.thetrainline.com
Trains to Totnes are on the Exeter, Plymouth and Penzance lines. Totnes railway station is a 5-10 minute walk from the town.
There are taxis available outside the railway station and in Totnes on The Plains. The journey to Sharpham House takes between 10 -15 minutes depending on traffic.
The journey time by National Express coach is just over six hours from London, (Victoria Coach Station, Departures Hall) and the route travels via Heathrow Airport, (Central Bus Station). The coach is the 501 - Route Exeter, Torbay to Heathrow Airport and London.
Learn more at www.nationalexpress.com
Community transport provider Bob The Bus goes between Totnes, Ashprington, Cornworthy, Tuckenhay and back on Wednesdays and Fridays only.
This information is self-assessed; therefore we accept no liability for its accuracy. Please contact the venue for further information.
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