Sharpham Trust has Christmas crafts and new retreats for the New Year
As the Christmas season approaches and retailers promote their ‘Black Friday’ deals, the Sharpham Trust is asking people to take a moment to reflect on alternatives to the usual annual shopping binge.
The Trust is offering a wide range of mindfulness courses and themed retreats taking place on the beautiful Sharpham Estate on the River Dart near Totnes.
“Instead of buying your loved ones more ‘stuff’, consider gifting them the opportunity to develop insights and techniques that will last them the rest of their lives, helping them to consider their thoughts, to give themselves space to just breathe and regain control over over-busy minds and actions,” suggested Ben Ballard programme manager for the Trust.
“If you are planning to buy someone a mindfulness retreat, it’s important they’re receptive to it, because the experience is really valuable when they are,” he added.
Retreats planned for next year at Sharpham House include Mindfulness with Art, Conscious Cookery and Mindful Eating, as well as the popular Beginners’ Mindfulness, Yoga and Walking Retreats.
“We’ve extended our themed retreats to include new areas of art and food as these are an integral part of the vision at Sharpham,” said Ben.
“We’ve always been a place for the arts, and our approach to mindfulness is rooted in developing an appreciation for the natural world.
“In terms of our food, we grow a lot of the produce served to retreatants in our gardens here and our vegetarian food consistently gets high praise from our visitors. Harvesting, preparing and cooking good food is an excellent path to mindfulness, so a Conscious Cookery and Mindful Eating retreat seemed ideal for us here.”
A seasonal craft event is also planned for Sharpham House this Christmas.
Christmas at Sharpham
This year, Christmas at The Sharpham Trust is hand-made.
There’s a day-long craft session of Christmas wreath-making on Saturday 12 December from 10am to 2pm.
Teacher Vivienne Turner will demonstrate how to weave a beautiful Christmas wreath, using a mix of seasonal foliage and natural materials gathered from Sharpham Estate’s gardens.
All materials and tools will be provided. Vivienne is a professional basket-weaver and willow-worker, regularly teaching in Totnes and South Devon. Her sculptures have been shown at Birmingham NEC and at the Chelsea Flower Show and she has worked on pieces for the Eden Project in Cornwall.
The event is happening in The South Wing of Sharpham House. The workshop is suitable for people aged 16 and above and costs £20. Other craft events for Christmas are in the pipeline too, so keep an eye on the website.
Christmas and New Year retreats
Sharpham House and the Barn Retreat Centre are both hosting mindfulness retreats over Christmas and New Year. These both sold out in Autumn.
There is a 2016 season of themed retreats at The Barn Retreat Centre on Sharpham Estate, beginning in January, including Loving Kindness, Transition and Transformation, Discovering the Boundless Heart, Embodied Mindfulness and Buddhist Mindfulness – What Is It?
Draw Breath – a new mindfulness through art retreat
Pause and engage with the present moment on our new Mindfulness through Art Retreat, helping participants use drawing and mark-making to explore, express and communicate the experience of mindfulness meditation, explore or rediscover their natural creativity in a supportive and non-judgmental setting and immerse their senses in colour, shape and form.
This retreat uses the rich visual setting of Sharpham House, gardens and Sharpham Estate as a backdrop – as other artists have done in the past. Sharpham has a long history of supporting the arts dating back to the 1960s with the Ash family, who owned the house at the time and who were generous patrons of the arts. This retreat takes place from January 14-17, 2016.
This retreat features creative exercises to teach different ways to respond to stress and anxiety and techniques to develop mindfulness through creativity. It is ideal for women who feel stuck creatively or who want to explore their natural creative flow in a supportive, female environment. This retreat takes place from February 4-7, 2016.
Moments to Savour – conscious cooking and mindful eating
New food-centred mindfulness retreats are on the menu at Sharpham.
Participants can explore mindful awareness with the food that they’ll harvest, cook and eat on retreat in beautiful and historic Sharpham House.
The retreats are partly in response to some fantastic feedback from retreatants responding to the vegetarian food grown and served at Sharpham House, and offer the chance for participants to connect with the land, the process of food preparation and themselves. These retreats takes place from April 7-10 and July 7-10, 2016.
Retreats and courses now and into 2016
Our regular 8-week Mindfulness for Health & Wellbeing courses will be taking place at Sharpham and in Totnes. We’ll also be offering 1-day introductions to Mindfulness during this time as well.
Our Woodland retreats begin again in 2016 too, offering people the chance to explore mindfulness outdoors in our tranquil campsite.
More information and how to book
There is more information and pictures at the website here www.sharphamtrust.org Or call 01803 732542 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
(from a press release)