“Connection”, mindfulness retreat with Colette Power

Dates : Sunday 24th to Friday 29th July 2022.

With Colette Power

Organization Ker an Avalenn

French translation by Gaye Lloyd-Morris and Françoise McLean.

« We are like islands in the sea, separate on the surface but connected in the deep». William James

We frequently seek connection outside ourselves hoping to find it in an activity or with another person. Connection can then so easily become dependent and conditional. What if connection was everywhere, always present and always available? How would this change the way we feel, the way we practice and the way we live? Resting the mind, the body and heart enables us to heal as well as explore more deeply the nature of experience. Connecting with our environment, ourselves and each other, we align with the undivided nature of our being.

This retreat includes exploration of compassion-based meditation practices, enquiry, gentle movement and close connection with nature.


Colette Power PhD www.colettepower.com

Colette is a mindfulness and self-compassion teacher, trainer and supervisor delivering retreats in the UK and Europe. She trained with Vidyamala Burch (2009) and is a senior Breathworks trainer. She also teaches Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction, Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy, and is a certified Mindful Self Compassion teacher.

Her teaching is informed by non-dualism (meaning ‘not-two’ or undivided). This approach helps us understand that we are not the objects of our experience (the thoughts and sensations that we regularly identify with) but pure awareness. The alleviation of human suffering is inextricably linked with the realisation that we are not separate, isolated units, but expressions of open, limitless awareness that is single and indivisible.

She explores ways of applying insights from meditation practice and dharma teachings to situations of social, political, environmental, and economic suffering and injustice. She facilitates ‘The Work That Reconnects,’ Deep Ecology workshops based on the work of Joanna Macy. Colette offers equality, diversity and inclusion training for groups and organisations and is engaged in developing mindfulness-based approaches for social change.


Colette qualified as an integrative therapist in 1995. She incorporates insight and compassion-based inquiry to gently invite us back to the source of our power, wisdom and ability to self heal. Colette holds a doctorate from The University of Liverpool.


Retreat dates

  • Sunday 24th to Friday 29th July 2022


Arrival and departure times for those with accommodation in the hamlet

Arrival : the holiday cottages will be ready from 2pm Sunday 24th July

Departure : please vacate your accommodation by 12 noon at latest on 29th July

If you are staying outside the hamlet please arrange arrival and departure times with your host.


Retreat times


5pm: Introduction to the retreat

6.30 pm: Dinner

7.45 pm: Retreat organization and practice period

8.30 pm Retire

Monday to Friday morning:

7.15 am: Practice Periode

8.30: am BREAKFAST

10.30: am Practice Period

11.30: am Refreshments

11.50: am Practice Period

1pm-4 pm: LUNCH and free time

4 pm: Practice Period

5.30 pm: Refreshments

5.45 pm: Practice Period

6.30 pm: DINNER

7.45 pm: Practice Period

8.45 pm: Retire


The retreat will finish at the end of the morning. Time to be confirmed.

Terms and Conditions – Accommodation and Full-Board


1/ Accommodation in the hamlet

There are 4 holiday cottages within the hamlet (accommodation for 13 people):

  • Ti Dour : 1 twin with ensuite shower and toilet
  • Ti Gwez : 1 twin with ensuite shower and toilet
  • Ti Sistr : 2 twins each with ensuite shower and toilet
  • Ti Aval :
    • 2 twins each with ensuite shower and toilet
    • 1 room with convertible sofa bed and ensuite shower and toilet (-5%)


1 medium-sized towel is provided per person as well as tea-towels.

  • Camping-car. Spaces are available for 2 independent camping cars.
    Please note that an electricity hook-up is not available. Water and a toilet are available in
    the hamlet’s auberge


2/ Accommodation outside the hamlet


3/ Full board

Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be taken in the hamlet. Wherever possible we favour organic and local produce. Vegan menus are put together by our chef.

Please let us know at the time of your registration of any food allergy or intolerance.

There will be 2 refreshment periods per day during which teas, herb teas, coffee and biscuits will be provided. Tea and coffee making facilities are also available in your accommodation.


The sanitory pass is required to participate (to be seen according to current health conditions).



Basic rate: 750,00 €

Includes teachings, accommodation and full board.


Supported rate: 600,00 €

For those who cannot pay the basic rate. Our relationship with you is founded on trust, please choose this rate in all conscience.

Includes teachings, accommodation and fullboard.


Shared room at Château de Brélidy : 760,00 €

Includes teachings, accommodation at the Chateau de Brélidy and all meals at the hamlet.


Single room at the Château de Brélidy : 890,00 €

Includes teachings, accommodation at the Chateau de Brélidy and all meals at the hamlet.


Rate without accommodation : 640,00 €

Includes teachings and all meals.


Rate for camping-car : 640,00 €

Includes teachings and all meals
.Water flat rate : 10€ for 1m3 = 2 people.


Supplement to all rates : taxe de séjour (local government tax for vacationers)



All payments are due at the time of registration by :

  • French cheque made out to Ker an Avalenn and sent to :
    • Ker an Avalenn
    • Ker Riwalan/Trézélan
    • 22140 Bégard
    • France


  • bank transfer : our bank details will be available at time of registration


  • Chèques-Vacances (French holiday cheques)


Payment by credit card or cash not accepted.

If you wish to discuss payment options please contact us.

To register and for further questions :

Cancellation policy 


  • 2 months in advance : reimbursement = totality minus 80€ administration fee
  • 1 month before the event : reimbursement = 50 %
  • Less than 1 month: no reimbursement possible.


In the case of the event being cancelled by Ker an Avalenn, all amounts already paid will be reimbursed in full.

To bring with you 


What to pack: the Breton weather adhers to the law of impermanence, even though, as the local saying goes « the weather is beautiful several times a day » and it is quite possible that even in mid-summer, there are a few showers and the evenings can be quite cool.

Suggested packing list : : Warm pullover, waterproof jacket, flip-flops, comfortable clothes, a blanket or shawl, a large towel to place on the mat. We request that all towels and bed covers provided by the hamlet stay in the rooms.
Use of the méditation hall : slippers and warm socks are welcome. Shoes to be left at the entrance.

Torch : it is suggested you bring a torch in case you wish to take a walk in the late evening, even though the hamlet has an automatic lighting system all the way along the principal alley.

Eye-masks and ear plugs : Please be aware that night falls late in the west of France (around 11pm in summer). The cottages are not equipped with shutters although there are black-out curtains. As the accommodation is in shared rooms, ear-plugs might be useful !

Alarm clock: : as only a very limited use of mobile phones will be encouraged it is suggested you bring an alarm clock

Adapter plug : if necessary…


The guide to the hamlet will be available for download shortly.