CLOUD MOUNTAIN’S RESPONSE TO COVID-19:
Cloud Mountain’s doors are open for retreat. For the foreseeable future, we are observing a maximum group size of just under 30 participants per retreat, which allows each participant to have a single room. Earlier, we had opened several of our fall retreats with the intention of housing some people in double rooms. However, we have reversed that policy and will be providing only single sleeping spaces for the foreseeable future.
Because of the risks posed by the delta variant, we will continue to require retreatants, teachers and staff to remain fully masked throughout the retreat.
A vaccine requirement is currently in effect. Retreatants are required to be fully vaccinated and at least two weeks past the date of their second shot (or first, if receiving the Johnson & Johnson vaccine). You will be required to provide proof of vaccination. An email shortly prior to the retreat will provide you specifics about emailing or faxing your vaccination card. You may also provide vaccination verification upon arrival at check-in. Please don’t submit verification before you receive our instructional email.
A medical exception is in place to allow registration for those with a letter from an MD verifying the medical nature of the exemption. This exception and the accompanying documentation must be provided at the time of registration. People receiving this exemption will be required to mask, social distance, follow high level hand hygiene and comply with any other protocols detailed by the Cloud Mountain staff during their retreat.
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.
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 including mask-wearing, social distancing and hand hygiene where required.
- Agree to abide by all covid-19 health and safety protocols in place at Cloud Mountain, which may be more stringent than those of your regional health officials or the CDC. Our precautions include mask-wearing, social distancing, hand hygiene, moving indoor activities outside, decreasing occupancy density in shared indoor spaces and enhanced ventilation of indoor spaces.
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.
We rely on the most current science, research and data in the development and application of our public health measures. Teachers, retreatants, retreat center staff and the Board of Directors continue to work closely together so that we all gather together with “informed consent,” responding appropriately to the conditions with which we are presented.