Booking a retreat in 2021 - General information
we’d like to share some information about our 2021 retreat schedule, . Please check the complete schedule for more detailed information on the single retreats.
Bookings: it will be possible to sign up for the retreats organized by Pian dei Ciliegi as of Saturday January 16th 2021 at 8 o’clock, by following the usual on-line procedure. This year the booking procedure will be divided in three different periods (please check the home page for details)
PLEASE NOTE: as of Janyary 2021 all payments must be made out to our Credit Agricole bank account: IBAN CODE: IT47F0623065420000030714189
For international transfers: SWIFT CODE: CRPPIT2P027 (please note: the ninth digit is a zero)
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 are already a member and have paid the 2020 membership fee you needn’t repeat the procedure, you can sign up for the chosen retreat directly from the website.
Here are the steps to follow if you are not a member of Pian dei Ciliegi
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.
If 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.
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.
Payment: Due to the Covid19 emergency, this year please pay your retreat fee 15 days prior to its beginning (and not 5 days after your booking as in previous yesrs), unless other agreements were made with the Pian dei Ciliegi administration. This will avoid having to refund the fee in case of any cancellations.
Cancellation and refund: If 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.