In-person workshops are an opportunity to deepen our connection to ourselves and to the larger body of community and nature. Group breathwork will be practiced to support the transformational nature of the workshop.
Because breathwork puts me and you into close contact with each other, we will be practicing mutual care before and during the workshop to protect the health of all, especially those who are or live with people in high-risk categories.
I know that everyone wishes that we didn’t have to think about COVID anymore — me too!
I also know people with Long COVID who are suffering deeply with their health right now, and unable to particpate in many normal activities. I don’t wish that for you or for myself.
My stand is that I’m doing whatever I can to begin teaching in person again without putting my own health or the health of others at risk. Being part of a community (even one that we are creating for a day or a few days!) requires clear agreements.
Our beliefs are our own and we don’t have to agree about what we believe. Whatever our beliefs, we can choose what actions we will commit to prior to and during our time together.
Here are the elements of the practice of mutual care that I will commit to and ask you to commit to if you come to an in-person Riverbend Coaching workshop:
Ventilation and Being Outside
My intention during in-person workshops is to be outdoors as much as possible, both because an important focus of my work is connection with nature, and to reduce the airborne risk of COVID transmission.
The Bend of Ivy retreat center has beautiful outdoor spaces as well as a covered deck and tent that we can use it rains. Food will be set up in the dining room, which is spacious with ceiling fans and windows. You are also welcome to take your meals outdoors.
In the case of extreme weather, we can use the central meeting space at the Bend of Ivy Lodge, which has air filters. All bedrooms have ceiling fans and windows.
Preparing to Come Together
I request that you practice the following to lessen the chance that any of us will bring COVID to the workshop:
- For the week prior to the retreat: wear an N95 mask if you are in public indoor spaces or avoid public indoor spaces
- If you are traveling to the retreat using public transportation (air, train, bus): Wear an N95 mask in any indoor public spaces (e.g. the airport or the station as well as the plane or bus) before, during, and after travel
Not Attending If You Are Ill
If you are sick with COVID symptoms, please do not come to the retreat. I am happy to provide the $350 tuition portion of the retreat fee as a credit for any other work with me. You may wish to buy travel insurance to cover any other lost expenses such as lodging, food, and travel.
If I become sick with COVID, I am able to reschedule the retreat at Bend of Ivy within one year, and would try my best to find a time when everyone is available. I will also refund your retreat fee if you are truly unable to attend the rescheduled date.
If you begin to feel ill at any time during the retreat, please let me know immediately so that we can support your health and limit your exposure to others. I will have rapid tests available if you need one.
If You Have Further Questions
If you want to speak with me further about this policy, please write to me.