The Sharpham Trust are to offer ‘rewilding burnout breaks’ starting in April and hosting mindfulness retreats specifically for deepening a connection to nature and tackling the effects of stress and burnout. The Sharpham Estate, which is world-renowned for its high quality cheeses and wines, will be incorporating nature’s ability to comfort and heal using their stunning setting beside the River Dart near Totnes in South Devon.
Part of the estate is being rewilded and those booking retreats at the Coach House will be invited to experience and explore the restored fields, performing mindful tasks and nature practices that will help them connect to the land.
Ben Ballard, Sharpham Trust’s Programme Manager, said: “It’s long been known that re-connecting with nature has the power to heal and help us come back to ourselves, and these retreats will take this a step further – offering participants the opportunity to rest, rejuvenate and get their hands in the soil.”
Retreatants at the Coach House will also be helping to grow organic food in the estate’s walled garden, as well as tasting it – the vegetables served during the retreats are grown onsite by Head Gardener, Bryony Middleton, with the help of guests.
Patti Summerville, Manager at the Coach House, said: “The benefits of mindfulness practice and of connecting with nature are well proven. These new retreats give participants time out on the stunning Sharpham Estate to discover nature as our true home.”
The new Coach House building offers 4 and 6 night nature based retreats where participants stay full board in single rooms, experiencing daily nature connection practices on the stunning Sharpham Estate, mindful gardening in an 18th century Walled Garden and the chance to explore and meditate alongside the charity’s rewilding area. The retreats are designed to support sufferers of stress and burnout. The retreats at the Coach House joins a portfolio of retreat venues hosted by the Sharpham Trust that are helping people discover mindfulness in an incredible natural setting.