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The Courage to Care: Towards an ecosystem of wellbeing

Friday, September 14, 2018 - Sunday, September 16, 2018

Hill Cottage Retreats - Knighton, Wales, UK

September 14-16, 2018
Fri. 3:30 pm to Sun. 3:00 pm

Hill Cottage Retreats
Knighton, Powys, Wales, UK

£155 before April 15
£175 after April 15
(Room & board £140-160, depending on choice)

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Deadline for registration is September 7, 2018.

“Self-care is never a selfish act – it is simply good stewardship of the only gift I have, the gift I was put on earth to offer others. Anytime we can listen to true self and give the care it requires, we do it not only for ourselves, but for the many others whose lives we touch.”
— Parker J. Palmer

As humankind has come to possess the potential for destruction, more than ever we need a counterbalance. The capacity we have for care is innate in us, though often covered over by the pressures and violence of modern life. Care for the self, care in our relationships, and care in the organisational and societal communities of which we are part requires us to hold contradictions and stay true to our sense of deep conviction about what matters. Beyond the realm of the ego, we can reach out and find our place in the wider landscape of well-being, extending care not just towards the welfare of ourselves, but towards the whole eco-system.

Join us for this contemplative retreat to reflect, renew, and reconnect with the inner passion, courage and sense of purpose that gives meaning to our work and life in the world.  As individuals in our various life and work roles, this is an opportunity to share our unique gifts, hopes, responsibilities and perspectives.  In retreat, through conversation, creative process, and deep listening we hold space for each other to (re)discover the spirit of care and how this drives the sense of inner leadership that guides and sustains us in our life and work.

Courage & Renewal® retreats:

  • Renew heart, mind and spirit through the exploration of the inner and outer landscapes of one’s life
  • Reconnect to one’s identity and integrity; identifying and honouring gifts and strengths, and acknowledging our limits
  • Create a context for careful listening and deep connection with others and the challenges they are meeting
  • Help participants create trustworthy spaces where they can reflect on their sense of vocation and purpose
  • Explore the connection between attending to the inner dimension of our lives and the impact we have on communities within which we live and the working communities of which we are part.

Who should participate:

The retreat welcomes individuals seeking the opportunity for reflection and renewal as a means of illuminating their own life journey, or enhancing their leadership role in work, organisational or community settings.

This retreat is based on the work of Parker Palmer and the U.S.-based Center for Courage & Renewal programmes.  This approach to ‘personal formation’ and professional development is founded on the belief that good leadership, in the widest sense, – the ability to genuinely be of service in communities and workplaces, – flows from the identity and integrity of the individual.  The retreat process invites participants to reclaim wholeness of self and clarity of vocation while making connections between the renewal of one’s spirit and the revitalization of the communities and workplaces of which we are part.

Meet Your Facilitator

Barbara-reid-2014Barbara Reid, PhD, is a facilitator and retreat leader specialising in professional and personal formation. She has been prepared by the Center for Courage & Renewal in the U.S. to lead retreats based on the work of Parker J. Palmer, which she has been doing for the past 5 years. With a long-standing commitment to reflective practice, she works cross-professionally with people involved in change and transformation in organisations and communities. She is also a teacher of Mindfulness Based Approaches and taught part-time at the Centre for Mindfulness Research & Practice at Bangor University until the end of 2017. With a background in university teaching and research, Barbara led vocational degree programmes in the social and urban policy fields and managed social action research projects for a wide range of public services and third sector organisations. With a long-standing personal commitment to collaborative, contemplative and reflective practice, she is passionate about creating open and trustworthy spaces that support dialogue, learning, and community building.

About Our Venue

Hill Cottage Retreat Centre is situated in the Marches of mid-Wales, near Knighton, just into Wales, in Powys. The owners have created a tranquil retreat 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 an independent market garden, young orchard and woodland, a natural swimming pond, gardens for contemplation, and wildflower pastures bordered by a meandering brook.

The Centre is run on principles of sustainability and mutuality. Large group and overnight accommodation has been created in a number of carefully designed barns. There is a range of single and shared (twin) accommodation and there is also a small number of sleeping spaces available in traditional style ‘crog lofts’. The loft rooms are comfortable and spacious rooms built into the barn roofs. Toilet and shower facilities are shared and there are also kitchen and sitting room areas. Vegetarian meals are prepared on site using fresh local ingredients.

Registration & Fees


Retreat fee: £175 plus accommodation & board of £140-160 (depending on choice of accommodation); total £315-335

Earlybird fee for early registrations (before 15th April 2018): £155 plus accommodation; total £295-315

The retreat fee includes retreat materials and facilitation by a skilled facilitator prepared by the Center for Courage & Renewal. The accommodation fee includes comfortable overnight accommodation, delicious vegetarian meals (dinner on Friday and Saturday, breakfast on Saturday and Sunday, lunch on Saturday and Sunday), and teas/coffees and snacks. You can choose your accommodation and give details of essential dietary requirements in the registration form. 

REGISTRATION: Please complete the registration form online by going to:

Final registration deadline is Friday, September 7, 2018.

PARTICIPATION: Space is limited to 15 individuals and early registration is encouraged.

CANCELLATION POLICY: After registering you may withdraw your application 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 on a course within 8 weeks of the event commencement date, no refund will 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.

Questions about this retreat?

CONTACT: Barbara Reid ~ tel. 00 44 (0) 1733 252322; mobile 00 44 (0) 7970 877092; email:

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