Second Annual European eSangha Retreat FAQ
When and Where Is It?
14 – 23 June, 2019 in Idestrup, Denmark, 1.5 hours from Copenhagen, taught by Tucker and Upasaka Upali.
What Will It Be Like?
No, really, what should I expect?
A meditation retreat is a break from the world during which we focus exclusively on meditation. We will not use phones, internet, or the like, and our time will be almost entirely devoted to caring for our bodies (eating, showering, exercising) and meditation. You will have scheduled private meetings with Tucker and Upali (probably daily), and there will be a nightly dharma talk.
Can I Really Do This For Ten Days? Me?
Yes. Though if you have any physical or mental health conditions you’re concerned might alter this pre-fab “yes”, please ask!
How Do I Sign Up?
The first step is to fill out this Google form, and then wait until Tucker responds to you. The response will let you know either to submit payment, or that you’re on the waitlist.
How Much Will It Cost, and What’s Included?
The cost of the retreat is USD$630, which is €560 and £490 as of November 2018. This includes lodging in this amazing spot or this one, 3 meals a day, and round-trip transportation from CPH airport to Idestrup. It does not include “dana,” which is payment to the teachers for the teachings, traditionally paid after the retreat finishes. While traditionally students are asked to be as generous as possible, the amount of money that would be considered generous varies greatly between students, so there is no minimum or suggested amount for this. Of course, transportation from your house to CPH is not included.
That’s a Great Deal for a Ten-Day Retreat, but I can’t afford that plus travel and dana.
You’re welcome to apply for a scholarship through the Pragmatic Dharma Foundation. Applications of less than USD300 are accepted anytime, and larger applications are accepted on or before the 15th of Jan, Apr, July, and Oct.
I’ve Got Some Extra Cash. Can I Help Others Attend Retreats?
Absolutely! The Pragmatic Dharma Foundation is always in need of donations to help people attend retreats who couldn’t otherwise afford to go.
How Do I Pay for the Retreat?
Please don’t pay until you have filled out the Google form and gotten email confirmation that there is still space left on the retreat. Normally it’s only about a day until you’ll get confirmed.
Because Tucker has fronted the money for the retreat and is American, you’ll need to send USD rather than Euro. The easiest way to pay for the retreat is probably sending this amount to email@example.com via a PayPal friends-and-family transfer. Likely the cheapest way to pay is by setting up an account on Transferwise and then sending money to firstname.lastname@example.org; it seems Transferwise has the lowest exchange rate. If Transferwise asks you for Tucker’s personal information (bank account, address, etc), you just need to change the setting to say that he has his own account; you don’t need any of his info besides his email. Please don’t use the donate button on this website, as PayPal takes a cut of the payment if you do.
The cost of transferring money falls on the retreatant, such that the total amount of $630 gets transferred.
What’s the Cancellation Policy?
Our goal is to keep the cost of the retreat as low as possible, which means that we aren’t able to offer refunds. But, if you sign up and can’t come, you can always send someone else in your spot!
Will the Retreat Sell Out?
Yes, almost definitely.
What Will the Sleeping Arrangements Be Like, and Can I Have a Private Room?
It is unlikely we can offer a private room. Most people will have a double-room with one roommate. You are welcome to camp in the large backyard if you’d prefer more privacy.
I Only Eat Macrobiotic Kosher Vegan Bacon, and I Only Eat Fish from the Waters off Papua New Guinea …
We’ll do our best to handle dietary restrictions, but if you have a very unusual diet and would like to bring and prepare your own food, you’re welcome to. We will be able to accommodate both vegetarian and ketogenic diets. Hans and Anki will be returning as our head chefs and the food is amazing.
When Should I Get to and Leave Copenhagen?
No later than 13.00 on 14 June, and no earlier than 14.00 on 23 June.
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