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Frequently Asked Questions

Will I need to commit to a schedule (which Modules I will attend) in advance?

Participants can attend as many or as few Modules as they like throughout the retreat, with no commitment in advance. The *exception* to this is for those students who will be using this retreat as their pre-requisite retreat for Jack Kornfield and Tara Brach's Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Certification Program (MMTCP) & for CE credit purposes. MMTCP/CE students who would like to receive credit for the retreat will need to commit to the Modules they will attend for attendance tracking in advance, although they may attend additional Modules as they like, these will not be tracked for credit. As the retreat date approaches, a form will be provided to submit their Module schedule information.

Can I select my small-group teacher meetings and the teacher I wish to meet with?

Particpants will have the opportunity to indicate if either of the meeting times (9:15am or 5:15pm Pacific Standard Time) won't work for their time zone prior to the retreat, however, the teacher you will meet with will be assigned randomly prior to the retreat. Unfortunately, we will be unable to accommodate specific requests regarding teachers or make changes once these have been assigned.

Will I know which teachers will be teaching which Modules in advance?

We will make a detailed schedule available at least a week before the start of the retreat. Each teacher will offer one Module per day, at a different time each day so that participants who are only able to attend at limited times will experience the whole teaching team.

Will the Modules be recorded to watch at a later time?

The opening and closing Modules will be recorded and made available to all retreatants to accommodate those who would not be able to meet during those times. All other Modules will be live-attendance only. Part of what creates a retreat experience is practicing in community. Live meeting times will enable you to sit with others in real-time. At an in-person retreat participants have a clearly set schedule to follow. This retreat format recreates that experience on Zoom. While recordings may be made during other Modules, these will not be made available to partcipants. Recordings will be of the teacher or those speaking during Q and A sessions only, however, and will not include any 'gallery' views.

Credit for CE and/or Mindfulness Mediation Teacher Certification Program (MMTCP) students

MMTCP/CE students taking this retreat to receive credit will be required to sign a participation agreement provided by and submitted to Sounds True (and SCRC for those seeking CE Hours.) This agreement is a commitment to a certain set of retreat guidelines and practice commitments, including; creating a continuity of practice at home, refraining from or minimizing digital technology and social media usage aside from the retreat related, practicing Noble Silence to the extent possible, and refraining from work, school or other obligations for the entirety of the retreat. It is NOT necessary to send us your teacher agreement by email; we will be provided a copy of your agreement by Sounds True. The minimum participation requirement for this retreat will be 13 Modules, with at least 2-3 Modules per day on the Friday through Tuesday of the retreat, as well as attending your small group cohort meeting daily. The opening and closing Modules will not be counted toward attendance. Attendance for MMTCP/CE students will be tracked according to the MMTCP guidelines and that information will be provided to Sounds True and/or SCRC. Please visit the MMTCP page on this site for details. This applies ONLY to those participants seeking credit for the MMTCP or for CE Hours.

What is the cancellation policy?

Cancellations by March 22nd will receive a refund minus $100 administration fee. Cancellations after March 22nd through April 7th will receive a 50% refund (or a minimum $100 admin fee if 50% is less than this amount.) After April 7th we will be unable to provide refunds for cancellations.

How much does it cost?

We are offering this retreat with Sliding Scale Fee Options: Registration for this retreat includes teacher support. Traditionally, Insight Retreats in the West ask a base rate which does not go to the teachers (or, when possible asks no fees,) and then request donations to support the teachers and the teachings at the end of the retreat. This honors the practice and tradition of generosity (Dana) in order to support a community of practice and to make the teachings available to all who seek them. The costs for this retreat are all-inclusive and provide support for the teachers' time and their dedication to continued practice and teaching; the sliding scale options and financial aid are intended to honor the spirit of generosity that holds the teachings as a practice of mutual giving and receiving between teacher and students. In order to maintain this spirit of generosity, we ask that you pay at the highest rate you can afford, in order to support our ability to continue to offer lower rates and scholarships to those who would otherwise be unable to attend. We are offering an 'Early Bird' Discounted Rate as well: Take10% Off* through January 31st (the *rates below indicate 10% off) Benefactor Rate: $745 *$671 Supports the teachers and subsidizes our ability to offer scholarship rates and financial need requests. Supporting Rate: $545 *$491 Supports the cost of the retreat and provides support for the teachers. Scholarship Rate: $355 *$320 Base rate for those with financial need. Please select this rate if you are unable to pay at the Supporting rate. You may also request additional Financial Support: A limited number of spots will be available for those who would be unable to attend at the Scholarship Rate offered. (you can find a link to the financial support request form on the Registration page.) This information, along with registration form and relevant links for financial aid, etc, is available on our Registration page. EARLY RATE offered until JAN 31st | REGISTRATION CLOSES ON APRIL 7th

What Times are Modules & Teacher Meetings in my time-zone?

This retreat is held in Pacific Daylight Time. You can convert the times in the schedule, which are in Pacific Daylight Time (PDT), using this Time-Zone Converter: If you will be participating from any other Time-Zone than PDT, it is advisable to write out the full schedule before the retreat using your own times. We will provide downloadable personal schedule forms with a place to write in your own times, if needed.