When making a booking, please send an email the Retreat Centre to make sure that there is space available on the retreat.
NB: We are NOT able to take bookings via WhatsApp or Facebook
Next step is to send a deposit equivalent to 50% of the cost of your stay within 10 days of making the initial booking. Deposits can be sent by post or can be deposited directly into the Centre’s bank account (see below). Upon receipt of your deposit we will confirm your booking.
If a booking is cancelled 2 weeks (or earlier) before that retreat starts, then the deposit will be refunded less a cancellation fee of R100. If the cancellation is received less than 2 weeks before the start of a retreat, the deposit will be forfeited.
New costing system and Retreat rates
As of 2021 we are changing our costing system to include the possibility of paying Dana (the Buddhist tradition of generosity) up front. This means that from now on you will be able to choose from two rates when paying for retreats and we are also giving a suggested Dana rate for the teachers to choose from when paying:
- Standard Rate – This includes accommodation, food and basic running costs for the centre plus a surcharge to cover travel for the teacher.
- Generous Rate – This includes the above plus a dana contribution to Emoyeni for upkeep and improvements to the centre and other eventualities.
- Plus a Suggested rate for Teacher’s dana (not included in the STD or Gen rates): This is a sliding scale suggestion as to how much to contribute to the teacher.
NB: It is important to remember that traditionally teachers do not get paid for their teachings at a Buddhist Retreat Centre. They offer their teachings freely as their Dana and are therefore grateful for your generosity in return. For many teachers your generosity is their means of making a living.
But, what if…
Of course, you do not have to stick to the amounts we suggest.
If you would like to be more generous, or your wallet does not allow for the costs we suggest, you can offer whatever you feel is comfortable or manageable for you. It is important to know that dana is a form of gratitude and generosity – it is not obligatory and should not cause any resentment or guilt in the giving or not giving;
If you prefer to offer dana in the more traditional method (i.e after the retreat), then please do so; or
If you start off selecting the Standard Rate but you are then moved by the end of the retreat to want to ‘upgrade’ your payment to the Generous rate, this is easily done.
Online retreats and meditation sessions
Due to the Covid-19 lockdown, we are offering online retreats and meditation sessions via Zoom. The cost of these work on a sliding scale to accommodate your wallet and/or your generosity. Please book and pay as per usual. Once we have received payment we will forward you the link and passwords to attend the retreat or session.
NB: please book in advance (i.e. not the night before the retreat starts) so that we can send you the links on time.
PS: Payments made from outside of South Africa can use this link: https://pay.yoco.com/emoyenitrust
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