Further Information About the Retreat

Cancellation Policy

For cancellations 4 weeks or more before the start of the retreat, you will receive a refund minus a £50 cancellation fee. For cancellations between 2-4 weeks prior to the start of the retreat, you will receive a refund minus a £100 cancellation fee. If you cancel up to 2 weeks prior to the start of the retreat, you will receive a 50% refund. Cancellations must be requested by contacting bookings@pundarika.org.uk

Bursaries

We endeavour to make the retreat as accessible as possible and so can provide a limited number of bursaries. These are to assist those in financial need. To apply please contact bookings@pundarika.org.uk

Waiting list

When the retreat registration list is full, you can ask to be placed on a waiting list. Places will be offered on a first come/first served basis. To be placed on the waiting please contact bookings@pundarika.org. You will be contacted if a place becomes available.

Camping

Camping facilities are not available at the venue. You are welcome to find camping venues in the local area and attend the retreat paying for one of the off-site fees. We are unable to assist with local camping venues.

Children and Young People

We wish to make our retreats as accessible as possible. The daily schedule of teachings, meditation and silence are intensive and may not be suitable for children. Nevertheless, we invite young people aged 16 or over who feel ready and able to commit to the retreat schedule. To fulfil regulatory requirements, young people aged 16-17 need to attend with a parent (or another adult) who is able to supervise and be with them at all times.

Live-streaming and video recording

Please note that live-streaming and video recording will occur during the retreat. Signs at the entrance will indicate this, and your presence indicates consent to be filmed. If you prefer not to appear in the live-stream or video recordings, please contact bookings@pundarika.org.uk to discuss seating arrangements. Your understanding and cooperation is appreciated.

COVID-19

Our main concern is to look after our whole community, retreatants, helpers and our teacher Tsoknyi Rinpoche. As being on retreat means sharing space together, we have decided to continue with some of the recommendations that we have found supportive in maintaining our retreat environment, whilst moving towards a world where we all ‘live with covid’. We thank you and appreciate your understanding and support of these requirements.

Before arrival:

We ask that you take a lateral flow test the day before your arrival at the retreat and that you bring tests with you, so you can test if you develop symptoms whilst at Lord Wandsworth college, please bring enough tests with you for the duration of your stay.  We have a small supply of tests available to retreatants on site. If you have covid in the run-up to your retreat, we ask that you do not arrive until you test negative or until five days have passed since the first positive result and have no symptoms.

Once on the retreat:

You are welcome to wear a face-covering if you wish and we encourage everyone to sanitise/wash their hands regularly. The Meditation Hall will be ventilated by having the windows open during the retreat. If you test positive during your retreat, you will be asked to isolate irrespective of vaccine status. You will be able to stay in isolation for a limited period and participate with the online retreat if you have the technology to do so. Government rules now allow the use of public transport when testing positive and we can try to assist you in making arrangements if you wish to return home. In the event of a positive case in the retreat, we will inform all retreatants and ask that you consider wearing a face covering in communal areas and taking a covid test, if you feel unwell.

Cancellation terms and conditions

We may waive cancellation fees in particular circumstances (for example you contract a dangerous communicable illness or experience a bereavement). Please email us setting out your reasons for cancelling your booking.