Current COVID-19 Precautions

Please read all the information carefully BEFORE booking your retreat.  

If you book a retreat we take that as your consent to abide by these procedures.

Before booking:

  • There is always going to be a level of Covid-19 risk when mixing with others, so the first thing is to check if you feel able and ready to come on retreat, bearing in mind the well-being of yourself and others.

 

Please do not book if:

  • You are unable to be on the work rota.  This is due to the smaller number of retreatants and extra hygiene/sanitising jobs that will need to be done on the retreat.
  • You have a restricted diet (apart from gluten free/wheat free) as we are unable to manage these at present.
  • If you are coming by public transport please arrange to have someone available who can come and pick you up if you become unwell during the retreat.  Please do not book if this is not possible for you.

 

Before arriving:

Please take a lateral flow test before leaving on the day you travel to Taraloka, and bring another with you to use on the second day of the retreat. (Unless you’re coming on a weekend retreat, in which case you won’t need the second test!)  If the test is positive, do not travel but let us know you are unable to attend, and remain at home and self-isolate. 

Lateral flow tests are available free of charge.  You can order them online or in England collect them at pharmacies. 

 

Getting here:  

Please arrive by car rather than public transport if this is possible for you.  To minimise risk we would ask you to strictly follow Government guidelines around travel at that time.

 

COVID-19 precautions in the retreat centre:

Ventilation:  Good ventilation has been shown to be very important in minimising the risk of C-19 transmission.  Therefore please bring plenty of warm layers with you as the windows will be open even if the temperatures are cool outside.

Social Distancing: We will be following social distancing guidelines. This means maintaining, wherever possible, a 2-metre distance between people inside or outside the retreat centre.  We have more than halved the number of places available on retreats to make this possible.

Hand washing/sanitising: You will need to wash or sanitise your hands regularly throughout the day especially before making drinks and serving food. Hand sanitisers are placed throughout the retreat centre.

Face coverings:  Following Welsh government guidelines you will need to wear a 3 - layer face-covering in communal areas within the retreat centre.  The only exceptions are when eating or drinking, when seated in your place in the shrine room, or in small group discussions where face coverings may be removed in order to facilitate pastoral discussion as long as 1+ / 2m social distancing is in place, and free ventilation via open windows is maintained.  Visors are not adequate. 

Those leading the sessions on retreats will not wear a face covering while teaching, but they will ensure they are over 2m from the nearest person.

Please bring several face-coverings with you and hand sanitiser for your own use.

 

How will it work in different areas?    

Bedrooms:  At present, you will have your own bedroom. 

Showers:  You will be sharing an allocated shower with just a few other retreatants.   Only one person can use the shower room at any one time (even though there may be two showers).  These areas will be well ventilated and regularly cleaned.

Toilets and basins:  These will be shared, with some loos and basins made unavailable to maintain social distancing in that space.  These areas will be well ventilated and regularly cleaned.

Shrine room:  You will be allocated a place in the shrine room.  All places will be 2 metres apart.  Once you are seated in your place you can remove your face covering.

Dining room:  All places will be at the maximum spacing possible and where possible with seating back-to-back or side-by-side. Your table will have its own condiments tray which you will be sharing with 1 - 2 other people. Weather permitting, you are welcome to eat outside.

 

What else is different at present?

Bed linen:  Please bring your own bed linen – sheet, duvet cover and pillow cases.  Please also bring your own blanket if you think you will need one.

Communal work:  On retreats we live as a community and daily jobs of up to an hour a day are shared between everyone. At the moment we can’t support women who are unable to join the communal work rota due to fewer retreatants and more C-19 related cleaning required.  You will be allocated the same daily job for the duration of the retreat.

Extra things you might want to bring:  Alarm clock, Hot water bottle, Hair-dryer, Art Materials.  These items won’t currently be available in the retreat centre: 

 

What if I become ill with COVID 19 symptoms on retreat?   

  • If you become ill with any Covid 19 symptoms you must let the retreat team know immediately and self-isolate in your room. We will ask you to return home, take a Covid test, and let Taraloka know the results. If that test is positive we will contact Test and Trace and will be required to release everyone’s personal contact information to them. 
  • If you fall ill having travelled here on public transport you will need to travel home with your pre-arranged lift straight away.

 

Please get in touch with us and DO NOT ATTEND the retreat if at the time your retreat commences, you:  

  • Live in an area where Government lock-down restrictions are currently in place.  If you live in the UK we will offer a refund of your booking fee in this instance.  With ongoing uncertainty around overseas travel, Taraloka cannot currently recommend those outside the UK to book.  Hopefully this will change soon.
  • Have any COVID symptoms or have been in contact with anyone with COVID symptoms (a new continuous cough, a high temperature and loss of or change in taste or smell) or a positive COVID test in the 14 days prior to the start of the retreat.

 

The government guidance frequently changes, so we will be regularly updating this page.   

Precautions may be different to what is described here by the time your retreat comes around. 

Thank you and well done for getting through all this information!  We hope you are as excited as we are that Taraloka is opening to women once again and we are very much looking forward to co-creating a held and welcoming space with you in warmth and friendship.

With love,

The Taraloka Team

Updated on 9 June 2021