CLOUD MOUNTAIN’S RESPONSE TO COVID-19:
Cloud Mountain’s doors are open again for retreat. Currently we are observing a maximum group size of 24 participants per retreat, which allows each participant to have a single room.
Starting in mid-August, we began hosting small groups of 5 – 7 retreatants for supported, solitary self-retreat. In November, we began offering group retreats of 12 participants. These first, careful steps in opening our doors have allowed us to put our highly detailed, covid-19 public health precautions to the test and to refine them as needed. Our precautions include mask-wearing, social distancing, hand hygiene, moving indoor activities outside and enhanced ventilation of indoor spaces.
We rely on the most current science, research and data in the development and application of our public health measures. Our foundational perspective is to consider every person on site (retreatants, teachers and staff) to be a potential asymptomatic carrier. Although vaccination is a game-changer it is not a silver bullet. Everyone at the retreat center, vaccinated or not, is required to follow all of our health and safety protocols.
The current criteria for eligibility to participate in group retreats are straightforward. In order to attend a group retreat, we require that you:
- Currently follow all covid-19 health and safety protocols recommended by the CDC, including mask-wearing, social distancing and hand hygiene.
- Agree to abide by all covid-19 health and safety protocols in place at Cloud Mountain.
For a period of time, we were unable to welcome people brand new to retreat to our residential retreats. However, starting in July we are offering retreats open to newcomers. Teachers, retreatants, retreat center staff and the Board of Directors continue to work closely together so that we all gather together with “informed consent.”
Please bear in mind, there is no such thing as perfect safety. Each of us must make our own decisions about risk tolerance. Because the genuine dangers of this disease should not be minimized, we encourage people to reflect deeply and honor your feelings about whether the time is right for you to return to retreat.
Please follow this link to better understand the concrete, practical details of our covid-19 health and safety protocols and how we are structuring the various retreat activities for maximum health and safety. We reserve the right to modify and update these protocols at any time.