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We do offer non-dairy, non-wheat, and vegan options when people request, and also make non-gluten, non-wheat bread available. For retreatants who have dietary restrictions other than non-dairy, non-wheat, or vegan, we recommend that you bring along some supplementary food of your own to fill in with the provided food that you can eat. We offer refrigerator space, use of the microwave in the dining hall, and shelf space to those retreatants who do not fit into what we offer for dietary restrictions. We can also offer you plastic containers so that you can put aside portions of dishes that we serve during the retreat that work for your dietary needs to eat at later times when what goes out on the table won’t work for you. In the event that you are registered into the retreat, please ask the cook for directions on where & how to store your food.
With the below initialed acknowledgment, I agree to take sole responsibility for ensuring that my diet at Cloud Mountain is in accordance with my allergies, health requirements and dietary preferences. I understand that it will be my responsibility to personally supplement my diet with all foods and snacks beyond the scope of the vegetarian, vegan, and wheat-free options that Cloud Mountain Retreat Center can provide.
With the below initial, I also release Friends of Cloud Mountain, the owners or Cloud Mountain Retreat Center, any of the organizations officers, directors, employees, members, agents, teachers, contractors, or volunteers from liability and responsibility for any severe allergic reaction by the consumption of food that is not in accordance with my personal medical allergies and dietary restrictions.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding the food that Cloud Mountain Provides during retreat, please contact us at email@example.com or call us at 360-274-4859 or toll-free (within the United States) at 1-888-465-9118.
We are setting a high bar for retreats for advanced students. In the past, the definition of an experienced or advanced student has generally been characterized by the amount of formal retreat time in which one has engaged. While time logged on the cushion can be an important aspect of experience, we do not find this measure alone to be a meaningful gauge of the quality of a student’s practice.
We see an advanced student as someone who has developed a balanced practice, with sincere and diligent attention to practicing sila (ethical/moral conduct) and dana (generosity), in addition to bhavana (cultivation of mind). Sometimes yogis engage in unwholesome behaviors indicative of a need for additional development.
Please review and check each item of the above list so that we are sure you fully understand what is considered unwholesome behavior at an experienced/ advanced student retreat. All of these behaviors create hardship and have a corrosive effect on our collective ability to keep the Dhamma alive, available and accessible. It is our belief as a Dhamma organization that those who aspire to take their wisdom practice to deeper levels should not neglect the vital foundational practices of dana and sila. All practitioners are welcome on any of our open retreats. However, in order to be considered a suitable candidate for an experienced/ advanced student retreat, these new criteria are in place to create the most fertile field of practice for all who attend and to provide adequate support for the teachers and retreat center who are gifting these practice opportunities to the world.
(Please note: Non-refundable portions of retreat fees are also non-transferable to other individuals or retreats)
Attendance for the full length of the retreat is required, including timely arrival, timely departure and full participation in work meditations. These are extremely important areas for maintaining the integrity of the retreat as a whole and for enabling Cloud Mountain to continue to offer retreats that are grounded in the tradition of a cooperative and interdependent structure.
Late arrivals and early departure requests are only granted under exceptional circumstances. Any exception request to the policy to arrive late, depart early or participate in work meditations needs to made and approved by both the retreat center and the teacher(s) prior to registering into the retreat. Your space on the retreat may be withdrawn and a cancellation issued (with the appropriate cancellation fee withheld) if you discover after registering that you cannot attend the entire retreat.
These areas of maintaining the integrity of the retreat environment are of such strong concern to us that an individual’s continued retreat privileges are contingent upon respecting and abiding by these expectations. A first instance of non-compliance in any of these areas will result in our sending a warning letter. A second instance will result in a one-year suspension of retreat privileges. “No shows” – those who do not alert us that they will not be attending the retreat – will not be registered for future retreats. We see these as ethical breaches; each retreatant has given their word in advance that they will abide by these expectations. Breaking these promises can be viewed as both false speech and taking what is not offered. In instances where the non-compliance is egregious, we retain the right to withdraw retreat privileges permanently.
Spaces on retreats are not transferable to other individuals. Non-refundable portions of retreat fees are also non-transferable to other individuals or retreats. Regretfully, we do not offer free transfers between retreats.
Please see the cancellation fee schedule below. To request an exception to the cancellation policy, please provide a detailed explanation in an e-mail and send to firstname.lastname@example.org. Exceptions will be considered for personal & family medical emergencies only.
CANCELLATION FEE SCHEDULE:
Cancellation policy for all retreats less than 5 days in length:
We recognize that certain groups, including but not necessarily limited to those noted below, can face a heavier burden of financial challenges and issues of wealth inequality than others in our society.
Please check all boxes that apply to your situation if you are experiencing financial hardship and wish to request the Subsidized rate.
Anyone at all experiencing financial hardship for any reason can request scholarship assistance. The usual scholarship amounts offered fall between 10% – 50% of the Subsidized fee. To request scholarship assistance, please scroll down to complete the scholarship request process.
Work-exchange duties vary and are pre-assigned. Generally they help to support kitchen operations. Work exchange duties intrude only minimally, if at all, into formal retreat sessions; most are performed during the meal breaks or during part of a walking meditation session. In cases of disability, we are happy to adjust the work-exchange responsibilities to accommodate individuals’ particular physical needs in a gentle and appropriate way.
Until the status of your scholarship is clear, we will not process your payment. If we are unable to approve you for scholarship assistance for any reason, we place your materials on hold while we can contact you to see how you wish to proceed around registering. If you decide not to register under those circumstances, you will not have committed to the retreat and may easily withdraw your registration. Please disregard the payment authorization total at the bottom of the form when applying for scholarship–we will not process any charges until reviewing your application.
Please respond to the following questions and briefly state the reason why it would be a financial hardship for you to attend this retreat without this financial assistance. Please answer all questions completely. Applications without sufficient information will not be considered.
Requested Scholarship Amount
We ask you to kindly request only the amount that will allow you to attend retreat. It is our wish to extend the scholarship fund to all participants in need of financial assistance, and your financial candor is appreciated in helping make this possible.
Please also note that some level of personal financial contribution is asked of each individual. If you are receiving scholarship assistance from other sources, the financial aid we offer may be adjusted to accommodate for this.
Scholarships are awarded in amounts between 10% and 50% of the full retreat cost. This policy varies for retreats longer than 12 days in length, so please check with the Cloud Mountain office before applying for scholarship on a longer retreat.
We ask you to agree to each of the below points so that we are sure you fully understand what is expected and needed at each stage of the retreat service process.
If you choose to pay by mail, your space will be held for 10 business days from receipt of your online form to allow your mailed payment to reach us. After 10 business days your space will be released if your payment has not arrived.
If you are joining the waitlist for a retreat, you do not need to provide credit card payment information or a check. Instead, select the Pay By Mail option to submit your form to us without payment information at this time.
PUBLIC HEALTH & COVID-19
A Brief History
Those Who Serve
A Typical Daily Retreat Schedule
Who Comes on Meditation Retreats?
Arrival & Departure
Packing List & Loaner Items
Health & Safety
Five Precepts & Bodhicitta
Timing Inbound and Outbound Flights
Sleeping Lodge Fund