About mindfulness retreats

Retreats are an opportunity to deepen one’s practice, and essential if one really wants to progress beyond the 8 week course. You’ll have to have done this course or have equivalent experience to attend.

On retreat, there is the time, quiet, and safe space in which to practice for longer, with expert guidance from Simon. Retreats are held at the beautiful Maitreya House in Herefordshire.

Here’s what some students on a recent retreat had to say:

“I haven’t been able to keep the smile off my face upon returning home from the retreat. Just by sitting, not talking, not analysing just being with myself, in the company of lovely people – some sadness buried deep within me was released and which then allowed joy to arise naturally of its own accord.”

“It allowed me to understand how to separate feelings from thoughts, and how interconnected they can be. It encouraged me to be more open, and get rid of some junk!”

“The retreat offers a safe place for exploring how the mind works; useful techniques to help manage thought processes in a more positive way;  a beautiful environment; invaluable insights and learning;  time out to experience the beauty of silence…..”

What you do on retreat

Retreats are generally silent – communication is kept to a minimum outside of the classes so that people can develop their practice undisturbed by the normal issues around interaction.

A typical day will be to start at 7 with yoga and a quiet meditation, then there will be three classes of about 1 hour each during the day, between which everyone does their own practice following Simon’s guidance. Classes give everyone the opportunity to get instructions, ask questions, and may include mind-freeing exercises such as expressive artwork or just going for a country walk.

We serve you with wonderful vegetarian food and there is coffee and tea whenever you want it.

Accommodation is simple but comfortable, in either the house or the cabins, and you may be asked to share with one other.


Terms & Conditions

Retreats are held at Maitreya House in a remote corner of rural Herefordshire.

Maitreya House


Upcoming retreats

Experiencing the calm mind retreat

Experiencing the calm mind retreat

Beginner's retreat - March 29th 5pm – 31st 3pm 2019 If we can learn to recognise the spacious quality of the calm mind, we can use that wisdom to get perspective on stresses and worries.  The more we become familiar with this baseline nature of mind, the more...

June 2019 – Stillness in movement; movement in stillness

June 2019 – Stillness in movement; movement in stillness

A four-day meditation and T’ai-Ji retreat with Simon Michaels and Ad Brugman Weds June 19th 5pm – Sun 23rd 3pm, 2019 at Maitreya House Herefordshire When we develop tranquillity in meditation, we find that within the stillness there is movement; movement of the breath...