Please read below before registering, plus all relevant information under 'Retreat Information', especially Co-Teacher & Student Assistance.
Due to Avila House not being available for overflow or single requests now only 'Double Room' Occupancy will be offered on the online registration page. There will be a 'checkbox' to request a single room and if any become available, they will be assigned on a first registered basis and you will be notified. Please do not email asking for a status update.
This venue has some rooms with queen sized beds so are suitable for couples. If you wish to share a room with your partner in a room with a queen sized bed, please choose the 'Couple Option' when registering. This will allow you to enter both names on the registration form as well.
A Commuter option is being offered on the registration form due to less rooms onsite now.
Offsite suggestions are the Rodeway Inn across the street (ensure it's on Stanley Avenue, not downtown) local B&B's or local AirBnB's.
Priority is given to those committing to the full 8-day Retreat. It is expected that participants for the full retreat attend every day (especially newcomers) - only certain days or partial is not an option at this retreat.
'Weekend Only' registrations are provided for current students ONLY - those who have attended a prior full residential retreat and who are already familiar with Shinzen's latest meditation techniques, and only accepted as space allows. Confirmations with payment options for weekend attendance will be sent via email about a week before the retreat start.
There are options to pay via a credit card or via a cheque so please note your selection when registering. Either choice requires a completed registration form, but for a cheque payment, immediately send following the instructions in #9 and #10 below, specifically to deduct the amounts listed if you are from the United States. Deadline to receive your cheque is Oct 18th or you will not be officially registered.
Before submitting a registration, Newcomers MUST ensure they are able to arrive early to settle in and attend the Welcome/Orientation which begins at 8 pm sharp on Sun, Nov 10, followed by the Newcomer Only Meeting. A Newcomer is anyone who has never attended a residential retreat with Shinzen before, not just online or one day workshops.
Student Assistance Option: Choose ONLY the Student Assistance (MALE OR FEMALE) selection to register (not the double accommodation). Choosing Student Assistance when registering is to submit a deposit only. After applying a student assistance of between $200-$300, you will be contacted to discuss payment of the balance. For more information, please read more about student assistance on this page HERE. Student Assistance is for Double Rooms ONLY.
Check-in is 4pm - 5:30pm followed by a 'Meet & Greet' dinner. The retreat schedule will begin at 7:30 pm with an optional sit followed by a Welcome/Orientation at 8:00 pm sharp (see Retreat Schedule page for more information).
Please note: If you indicated you'd be willing to be in an online room (see Retreat Activities), you will be contacted to confirm this to allow for more participants. Please read all Retreat Specifics information.
Double: $ 1,155 by credit card / $ 1,090 by cheque
Commuter: $900 by credit card / $850 by cheque
Student Assistance : $ 600 Deposit ONLY by cheque for a double room & further payment options will be discussed.
Weekend Nov 15-17: $ 325 by credit card / $ 310 by cheque and only if space is available
(Single: $ 1,555 by credit card / $ 1,490 by cheque and only if space is available)
When you register online, your credit card will reflect the rate of exchange (i.e. American dollars converted to Canadian). If you select the pay by cheque option, please deduct $250 from the double fee to pay in US funds then send a cheque payable to VSI (not CML - see #9 below) and mail to:
9 Sunset Drive, Belleville, Ontario Canada K8N 1Y4 ** New Address **
Outside North America:
If needed, please email CML to discuss other payment options, i.e. PayPal.
Payments by Cheque:
Canadian Cheques: Payable to CML (or Community for Mindful Living)
US Checks: Payable to VSI (or Vipassana Support International)
Mailing Address: 9 Sunset Drive, Belleville, Ontario Canada K8N 1Y4 ** New Address **
If you register and pay via a credit card, you will receive an email which of the payment confirmation and this will also service as your official Confirmation. If you register and follow-up with a cheque, you will not be officially confirmed until your cheque is also received. A follow-up email will be sent to confirm. Formal confirmations are no longer sent as all needed information is posted here on this website. Please read all Retreat Specifics, Retreat Activities and FAQ before emailing us to see if your questions can be answered there.
Registration Deadline/Cancellation Policy:
Full payment by cheque is due by Oct 18th. Cancellations between Oct 19-25 will receive a 75% refund; from Oct 25 - Nov 1: 60% refund. If we are unable to fill your space, there will be no refund for cancellations after Nov 2, 2019.