Booking a retreat in 2019 - General information
we’d like to share some information about our 2019 retreat schedule, together with some new entries. Please check the complete schedule for more detailed information on the single retreats.
During the retreat guided by Ven. Vivekananda in April we will also have a Nepalese nun called Daw Vimalañani Salayay, who will be co-teaching . She is a distinguished nun who trained under U Pandita Sayadaw.
In 2019 there will be two 9-day Metta retreats, one led by Ven. Virañani and the other by an Italian Dhamma teacher, Paolo Testa.
In September we have added a retreat for families, as an introduction to Satipatthana Vipassana (in Italian). It will be guided by Luisa Lazzarotto e Friederike Konitzer, expert yogis who have a lot of experience with children.
There will not be the usual retreat with Achan Chandapalo, who cannot be present for personal reasons, but another renown monk of the Forest tradition, Achan Sucitto, will guide a retreat in Pian dei Ciliegi, organized by the Associazione Mudita. Please contact them for details and bookings ( www.associazionemudita.org ).
Retreat fee: the most relevant news is that, after many years where we were able to keep our daily participation fee down to 30 euros, in 2019 we’ve had to raise it to 35 euros. It was not possible for us to keep the usual fee because our takings were barely enough to cover the cost of maintaining the centre and organizing retreats , and we were afraid we wouldn’t have enough margin to complete the renovation work that we’re engaged in. As you may know, we are adding new bathrooms and a new sewage system, and this is a big financial investment for us; we trust that with a slight increase in our retreat fee we will have enough funds to cover the budget with ease.
Membership fee : the cost of the 2019 membership fee is still 15 euros, and must be added to the payment of your first retreat fee. In the description of your bank transfer please specify that the payment includes the 2019 membership fee.
Bookings: it will be possible to sign up for the retreats organized by Pian dei Ciliegi as of Saturday January 12th 2019 at 8 o’clock, by following the usual on-line procedure.
How to book a retreat: as for the steps to follow in order to book a retreat, they are the same as last year: if you are not a member of the Association Pian dei Ciliegi you should apply by following the instructions.
However, if you have already applied in 2017 or 2018 you needn’t repeat the procedure, you can sign up for the chosen retreat directly from the website.
Here atre the steps to follow if you didn’t apply in 2017 or 2018
3. On each page you will find a box on the right called “User’s Menu” – click on the option “apply for membership”
4. Follow the instructions till the end, it won’t take but a few minutes
If you are not a member you can start by applying for membership as of now, even if bookings haven’t opened yet. This will help you save time.
I f you have problems with your booking you can click here for assistance .
Waiting list: unlike the previous years, there will be no waiting list for those who weren’t able to book because the retreat was full. The reason for this is that it was very complicated to manage the waiting lists with the on-line booking system, and substitute the participants who cancelled with people on the waiting list.
However, our monthly newsletters will always inform you about the places available for the upcoming retreats. Besides, if you are interested in a retreat that is complete, please check our website regularly, as there might be some cancellations which will open up a slot. Being a member of the association is a prerequisite, so we advise you to apply for membership in any case.
Cancellation and refund: i f a member cancels his/her participation to a retreat by Feb. 12 th, the association will refund 95% of the amount that has been paid. If one cancels at least 30 days prior to the beginning of a retreat he/she will be granted a refund of 80% of the amount paid. If one cancels in the period that goes from 30 days to 48 hours prior to the retreat he/she will be granted a refund of 50% of the amount paid. If you cancel within the 48 hours before the beginning of a retreat, there will be no refund. If the retreat fee is not more than 100 euros there will be no refund. However one can still apply for a refund in the case of serious reasons for cancelling, but this is left to the discretion of the manager and/or secretary.
Cancellation of a retreat : if the minimum number of 12 participants is not reached, the retreat will be cancelled, and the entire amount paid will be refunded.
Promptness of booking: since we cannot confirm a retreat if the participants are too few, and since the people who have booked need some time to get organized, we have to know at least ten days before the retreat if it can be confirmed or should be cancelled.Therefore, if you intend to participate in a retreat, we kindly invite you not to wait till the last minute to send in you application form. We’ve had experience of retreats that were cancelled for lack of people, only to receive bookings at the last minute, which would have allowed for the retreat to be confirmed.
We hope all this information was clear enough, and not too complicated.
The Pian dei Ciliegi Board wishes all of you a fruitful year of practice in the Dhamma, leading to a deeper understanding and development of human qualities and insights.