CLOUD MOUNTAIN’S RESPONSE TO COVID-19:
Cloud Mountain’s doors are open again for retreat. Under current state and local guidelines, we are able to offer spiritual services for small numbers of people. Currently we are observing a maximum group size of 12.
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 reopened our doors for our first group retreat after the November elections. Tim Geil, Co-guiding teacher of Seattle Insight Meditation Society, successfully led a small group of 11 participants for a 3-day retreat.
Teachers, retreatants and retreat center staff and Board are working closely together so that we all come together with informed consent. Please follow this link to better understand the practical details of our covid-19 health and safety protocols.
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
- 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.
- Have already successfully attended at least one retreat at Cloud Mountain within the last 7 years.
- Reside within WA, OR or CA.
- Are able to drive between your home and the retreat center. We cannot currently register those who would need to travel by air.
We are unable to accept registrations from anyone who has not attended a prior retreat at Cloud Mountain.
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.