Tucker and Upali will be teaching a retreat at EarthSpirit Centre near Glastonbury, England. Students will arrive at 6PM on Sunday, 7 May, and we’ll depart after lunch (circa 13:30) on Tuesday, 16 May. We love this retreat center, and they weren’t able to offer us two weekends, which is why we’re doing Sunday – Tuesday.
Well great! What can you tell me about it?
The retreat will be in Noble Silence, meaning we won’t use any communication devices, and with a few exceptions, we won’t speak for the duration. Most of the day will be devoted to sitting and walking meditation. There will be talks every evening, and you’ll have lots of opportunities to meet with the teachers each day. We teach student-centered dharma, meaning that you can explore whatever practice you like; not all students will be practicing the same style of meditation.
There’s A Sauna, Right?
Definitely. And we have assurances that unlike 2022, it will work this time.
Can I Get A Private Room?
Maybe. If there’s space available, the center allows people to pay an extra fee of approximately £120 for a private room. If you’d want to do this, please let us know on the registration form, and we’ll let you know if we’ve got enough space to fulfill your request a few weeks before the retreat (and we’d ask for the extra fee at that time). Otherwise, most people will have just one roommate, though a few folks will be in the dorm.
Well I’m in! How Do I Sign Up?
There are TWO steps: You’ll need to fill out the registration form, and then you’ll need to pay. Please do both steps together, as it creates some admin headaches for us if the two lists don’t match. Info on how to pay is over here.
OK Cool, So How Much Does It Cost?
There are three room options: en suite (private bathroom for you + a roommate), standard (shared bathroom), and camping. There is this strange feature of the center, where there are 3 pricing categories, but multiple types of rooms. So there are 2 en suite rooms that share a bathroom (so 4 to a bathroom), and the dorm is the same cost as the standard room, so once all standard rooms are filled, folks registering at that price will be in the dorm (up to 7 people, though there were only 3 in 2022). All prices are in British pounds.
En suite: £800
This does not include any payments to the teachers. Payment to the teachers is traditionally made by donation after the retreat. While there is no suggested amount, our suggestion is to think of what’s sustainable. As in, if students each pay us £10, we won’t be able to teach retreats very often, and if students give us £10,000, they won’t be able to attend retreats very often! Whatever number feels sustainable both for you and generous to the teacher is the perfect amount. And since this is paid after the retreat, please don’t include this in the registration fee.
Of course transportation to the center is not included. It was apx £70 by taxi from Bristol Airport and £35 for a taxi from Castle Cary station, which connects to London Paddington. We’ll organize a spreadsheet when it gets closer to help folks who want to share taxis.
The center also charges small fees to folks with dietary restrictions. These are included in the registration form.
What Is The Covid Protocol?
It’s impossible to determine more than a few weeks in advance of the retreat, given how quickly things have been changing. Our expectation is that we’ll ask folks to take a rapid test before arriving.
What Should I Do If I Have Questions?
For questions about the retreat, use the contact button on this page. For questions about the center, please contact email@example.com.
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