See and Do Category: Retreats

Snark Sailing Retreat

‘Snark’ is a 26 metre fully functional spritsail Thames sailing barge. She is newly commissioned and fully coded (licenced) for sailing in the coastal waters and rivers of the English Channel. Our tariffs are fully inclusive with plenty of good home-cooked food, comfortable accommodation and hands-on experience. Snark Limited offer a diverse range of events including: • One, two and seven day sailing cruises around the S and SW coasts of England and associated rivers and estuaries • Yoga and meditation retreats • Birdwatching, painting and culinary cruises by arrangement • Quayside pop up events including yoga suppers, jazz cafe, food demos and dining They are also available for commercial and private charter and events taking up to 12 passengers for day trips, 8 if staying on board overnight and up to 32 for quayside events. This year Dartmouth is also celebrating the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower voyage by sailing to London and following her route and dates along the South coast to Plymouth If we lose a day or two to bad weather don’t worry there is always plenty to do onboard from basic seamanship and knot tying to an extensive library or take an excursion ashore. And of course, there’s always the food and drink to prepare and eat. All food is prepared and cooked freshly on board by the crew from locally sourced organic produce catering for most dietary needs (a couple of days notice required). Events are generally all inclusive but for pop-ups they normally run a cash bar. For full listings, further information and booking visit their website.

The Sharpham Trust

We have been awarded with the Visit England Good to Go Industry Standard Certificate.   An internationally-renowned mindfulness centre sits on the edge of Totnes, on the beautiful Sharpham Estate. The Sharpham Trust administers three retreat venues on the Estate, where participants stay and learn mindful meditation techniques amid breathtaking natural scenery. Grade 1-listed Sharpham House is a Palladian villa high on the banks of the River Dart, at the centre of the Estate, and it hosts retreats all-year-round. Visitors can also stay in Sharpham’s woodland campsite, meditating close to nature, and at the acclaimed Barn Retreat Centre. Sharpham’s retreats have featured in national and international media. The whole Estate is within the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and much of it is run using sustainable and organic practices. It is home to rich flora and fauna – including the endangered Cirl Bunting. Although Sharpham House is only open to the public on certain days (see our events listing here), the Estate is also home to the award-winning Sharpham Wine & Cheese. You can walk or ride there from Totnes, taking the National Cycle Route 28 towards Ashprington. The Sharpham Trust, a registered charity administering the Estate, also operates Sharpham Meadow Natural Burial Ground. You can get married in Sharpham House too. If you’re interested in volunteering weekly on the Sharpham Estate, read more on the website or email volunteer@sharphamtrust.org     Google map for The Sharpham Trust: https://goo.gl/maps/qdAee8PQEFo     Google map for Sharpham Meadow Natural Burial Ground: https://goo.gl/maps/SNCpumtuHjr
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