Retreat Information

June 1-6th 2019, Powys

Hill Cottage

We've forgotten the radical and potent possibilities of being human. We have forgotten our true nature.

Being human is a radical opportunity to go beyond suffering, to break out of the small sense of self and to see through the cultural stories that prescribe and limit our lives. Each and every moment life offers us the possibility to realise our potential, to heal ourselves and our world.


The Retreat Team

Colette Power PhD is a mindfulness and self-compassion teacher, trainer and supervisor. She teaches on mindfulness and compassion-based training and silent retreats in the UK and Europe. For the last two years Colette has been guided by Christiane Michelberger exploring insight practices focusing on direct experience and the nature of self.

Maya Simson
Maya has been meditating for 35 years. She is trained in kundalina yoga and Tai Chi. Maya spent 12 years practicing within the zen tradition and later was ordained within the Triratna buddhist movement. She spent the last 6 years living in and managing retreats centres in Sweden and Spain. In her personal practice Maya combines aspects of Qi gong, yoga and mindful-movement. For the last two years Maya has been guided by Christiane Michelberger exploring insight practices, focusing on direct experience and the nature of self.


What to expect

This week-long retreat offers space to examine the raw materials for transformation - our direct experience. We'll be drawing upon mindfulness
and compassion practices which will enable us to look beyond the layers of armour, story and habit, to what has always been there - our original goodness, wisdom, strength, creativity, courage and joy. We will be looking more closely at self and group-based inquiry enabling us to see more clearly how we create unnecessary suffering through perception and through the creation of self.
During the retreat there will be meditation instruction, movement and teachings.

Lake and summerhouse

There will be opportunities to meet in small groups and for personal interviews with the teachers. Outside of these times, the retreat will remain largely in silence.

This spacious week-long format includes opportunities to connect with the natural environment, walking and relaxing in the beautiful Welsh countryside and swimming in the retreat centre's natural swimming pool.


Who is the retreat for?

This retreat is appropriate for people who have had some experience of mindfulness or meditation practice and also for more experienced practitioners. Please get in touch if you are unsure whether this retreat is right for you.

This 5-day teacher led retreat meets the annual retreat CPD requirement.


The Venue

Hill Cottage Retreat Centre is situated in the Marches of mid-Wales, near Knighton, just into Wales, in Powys. The retreat centre offers space for reflection, creativity and interaction with others and the environment in mutually beneficial ways. The centre welcomes people from a wide range of philosophical and professional perspectives for workshops, courses and retreats. Set in ten acres of land, the centre includes a young orchard and woodland, a natural swimming pond, gardens for contemplation, and wildflower pastures bordered by a meandering brook. The Centre, which welcomes individuals and groups from a broad spectrum of philosophies and professional disciplines, is run on principles of sustainability and mutuality.

Accommodation is provided within a number of carefully designed barns. There is a range of single and shared accommodation (2 people) spread across the barns. There is also a small number of sleeping spaces available in traditional style 'crog lofts'. The crog lofts are comfortable and spacious rooms built into the roof of the barns. They are accessed by ladder-stairs and are therefore not best suited for people with limited mobility. Bedding, bed linen and towels are provided. Toilet and shower are shared and there are in addition kitchens and sitting room areas. Vegetarian and vegan meals are prepared on site using fresh local ingredients.




We will provide a simple breakfast of porridge at 7.15am. There will be a vegetarian main meal at lunchtime. Teas, coffee and soft drinks will be available during the day and light refreshments in the evening.


How To Get There By Public Transport

Knighton is around 2-2½hrs by train from Birmingham New Street, with a change in Shrewsbury.

By Car From Knighton
Turn onto Presteigne Road/B4355 after 1.7 miles turn right onto B4367 signposted to Whitton. Take the first right, sign posted Rhos-y-meirch (just beyond the phone box). On this single track lane you will pass a grey metal shed which will alert you to look carefully for the next left hand turning which is obscured from view until you are beside it. Take this next left and finally turn left onto Hill Cottage track.
For full details of how to travel to Hill Cottage, go to:




Retreat Start and Finish times

Participants should arrive between from 3.00 and 5.00pm on the first day of the retreat and depart by 4.00pm on the last day. The first session will start at 5pm on the first day. Dinner will be at 6.30pm.

Arriving early and leaving late
It is possible for participants to arrive early for the event or to leave later by prior arrangement and agreement. A charge of 30 pounds per night will be made which is payable by the individual directly to us. This does not include food which is not normally provided.



Please  download a booking form:



The cost of the retreat includes accommodation, all meals and teaching.
Single room £620
Shared twin £550
Camping £490 (one camping place available)



Please complete the booking form and make a deposit of £70.00 to secure accommodation and to cover food. Once your booking form has been received your place is confirmed.

Payment is required on registration. You may pay by credit or debit card online, or you may choose to pay by cheque. Cheques must be received within 7 days of registration and made payable to C. Power. Please contact Colette if you need to ask about other payment options, including paying in instalments (i.e. in two payments). If you want to make staged payments, an initial deposit of £70 will secure your place, and the final payment is due one month before the retreat.



After registering you may withdraw your application up to 8 weeks prior to the event start date, at which point you will be offered a refund, minus a 20% administration fee. If you cancel your place within 8 weeks of the event commencement date, we regret that no refund can be offered. If therefore there are circumstances in your life that create a risk of cancellation, we recommend that you take out cancellation insurance in case you find you are unable to attend. In the unlikely event that we need to cancel or postpone, a full refund of the retreat fees will be offered. Our liability is limited to the retreat fee, and travel insurance is therefore recommended.


Hill Cottage Retreat Centre Information

If you have any questions about the retreat centre, please do not hesitate to contact the centre - please visit: 
Jeremy Bruce, Hill Cottage Retreats, Rhos-y-meirch, Knighton, Powys, LD7 1PD. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 01547 520044 or 07768 650106


Lift Sharing

Please get in touch if you are able to offer or would like to lift share. If coming by train, we are happy to pick you up from Knighton Station.

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