Heart Work for Hard Times

with Colette Power and Wiebke Pausch,
25th September - 1st of October 2017

Colette Power’s biography


Wiebke Pausch’s boigraphy

Heart Work for Hard Times Retreat

There is nowhere to go but the heart


with Colette Power and Wiebke Pausch
25th September  – 1st October 2017

Language: English

Difficult and challenging times, personally and globally, offer us a great opportunity to heal. This retreat offers a space to honour, turn toward our fear, anger, grief and despair and develop compassion.

Holding ourselves and our present experience with honesty and kindness, we are able to respond to ourselves and the world around us with clarity and compassion. We become more able to be of service to ourselves, our communities and our planet.

The retreat offers a space to practice together, to rest in beauty, to touch stillness and align ourselves to the immense healing power of the heart. With insight and compassion practices, and Body- Centered-Enquiry (heart work) we are once more aligned to our vastness, to our common humanity, to our amazing capacities for self-regulation and healing, and to our innate wisdom.

This 5 day silent teacher-led retreat includes exploration of mindful self-compassion practices which cultivate a warm embodied presence and build the emotional resilience needed to meet the great opportunities of our time. There will be meditation guidance, talks, mindful movement and small group meetings, as well as an opportunity to meet up with teachers individually. There will be time to fully connect with nature within the natural beauty of Moulin de Chaves.

This retreat is suitable for beginners and experienced practitioners. It conforms to guidelines for MBSR, MBCT, Breathworks and MSC instructors fulfilling retreat training requirements.


Teaching fee: Dana

In the Buddhist tradition, the teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless – we also practice dana, or generosity, by making monetary offerings for the teachings. Is is a giving from the heart. As a guide, please consider teaching fees for equivalent teacher led retreats.
Dana is offered at the end of the retreat.

Accommodation & Food

Women’s dorm – €360 + €10 membership
Shared room – €420 + €10 membership
Single rooms – €510 + €10 membership

How to pay

This event must be paid in full at the time of registration. The administration and payment for accommodation including meals will be  organised and collected by Colette and Wiebke.

Contact them (at the bottom of  the page ) for more details.


If there is a cancellation, the event is refundable, less a €100 administration fee, until one month before the event begins, and 50% refundable until 14 days before the event. If you cancel less than 14 days before the event start date then there is no refund.

More information


You are welcome to arrive between 14h and 20h on the opening day of this event.It is not possible to arrive before this date unless you are attending a previous retreat.


Rooms need to be vacated by 10h, on the closing day of this event and we ask that you leave by 15h. Lunch is the last meal which you are welcome to stay for. It is not possible to stay on at Le Moulin, unless you are attending the next retreat.


ROOMS  All rooms in the main house share two bathrooms and toilets on each floor of the building. There are no en-suites.

The Garden dormitory (women only) has beds for up to 8 people. There is a short walk to the shower and toilet complex, therefore a torch is recommended.

We provide bedding and towels for all rooms.


During your stay here, you will be offered 3 healthy and nutritionally balanced vegetarian meals. The main meal of the day is Lunch time with a lighter supper of soup, bread and spreads in the evening time. We endeavour to use organic and fair-trade ingredients as much as possible and are on the road to being 100% organic.

For those who are vegan, wheat, gluten or diary free, or have any other dietary restrictions, we can provide on request a simple diet of steamed vegetables, a simple protein such as lentils, pulses and a simple carbohydrate. We are sorry but we are unable to offer any other more specialised diets.

Hots drinks are available all day.


We provide meditation mats, cushions, chairs and shawls.

We have enough yoga mats for up to 50 people, however if you use yoga props, you need to bring your own.


See a sample schedule of a previous retreat.   (Please note this is just an example and may differ on this retreat)

Click here for Le Moulin guidelines. Please read before arriving.


Please bring indoor shoes/slippers for the main building,

An alarm clock

Torch if you are camping or staying in the garden dormitory.

Comfortable loose clothing for sitting and walking meditation, plus exercise practice.

Appropriate clothing for cool and hot weather.

A towel if you are camping

A european power adapter

Your own cup (optional)


It can get very hot in the height of the summer, so sun hats, water bottles, and sun cream can be useful.  However as we are next to a river, the mornings and evenings can be quite cool, so do bring a warm jumper/jacket. If you are camping be prepared for hot and cool temperatures and a warm sleeping bag is recommended.

KARMA YOGA ~ Giving of service 

Moulin de Chaves is a non profit Association. Everyone who comes here on retreat contributes one hour of their time each day towards the running of the Moulin. This may be anything from washing up, veggie chopping, cleaning, or gardening. We thank you in advance for helping us in this way.


The Moulin de Chaves operates as a French registered Non Profit Association (loi 1901). In order to maintain this status, all activities are offered as a service to Association members. When you arrive you will be asked to pay an annual subscription of €10 which allows us to offer events at the Moulin for the lowest possible cost. Without membership, we would have to operate as a profit-oriented, tax-paying organization.


Please click here to find out more details on how to get to Le Moulin.

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