CLOUD MOUNTAIN’S RESPONSE TO COVID-19:
Cloud Mountain’s doors are open again for retreat. Under WA state’s phased re-opening plan, our county is currently in Phase 2, which allows us to offer spiritual services to up to 12 retreatants.
Since mid-August, we have been hosting small groups of 5 – 7 retreatants at a time engaging in supported, solitary self-retreat. These first, careful steps in opening our doors have allowed us to put our highly detailed, covid-19 public health precautions to the test. These include mask-wearing, social distancing, hand hygiene, moving indoor activities outside and enhancing ventilation of indoor spaces. We rely on the most current science, research and data in the development and application of our public health measures.
We are in discussion with several local teachers about reopening our doors for group retreat after the November elections. These first retreats will be small, with a maximum of 12 participants. Teachers, retreatants and retreat center staff are working closely together so that we all come together with informed consent.
We’ve instituted new, temporary criteria for eligibility to participate in group retreats for the foreseeable future. In order to attend a group retreat, we’re requiring that you have
- Participated successfully in at least one retreat at Cloud Mountain already, and
- Live regionally in WA, OR or northern CA and be able to drive from your home to Cloud Mountain in one day.
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 in high-risk groups (due to age, underlying medical conditions, a compromised immune system, who are caregivers to high-risk individuals) to deeply reflect on the wisdom of doing retreat right now.