Deep rest meditation retreat 15.–20.11.2022, practical details

Price and donations

The standard price of the retreat is 310€, but it is also possible to pay more or less than this (contact retriitit@syvalepo.fi). The price covers the travel expenses of the teacher, the rent of the retreat facility, and the food expenses.

The teacher offers her teachings and services freely. She receives nothing from the retreat fees, and lives on donations from participants of this kind of events. At the end of the retreat, there will be the opportunity to offer donations, which allow the teacher to continue serving in this way. The gifts of others in the past make it possible for her to offer this retreat. And the flow goes on. At the end of the retreat there will also be a possibility to offer donations to the retreat managers, who likewise offer their time and efforts freely.

Registration and cancellations

You can apply for the retreat by filling in the application form and paying the registration fee. We will confirm your place on the retreat after we have received the form and the payment. The registration fee is 50€ and is paid to the following account:

Account owner: Syvan levon meditaatio
IBAN: FI43 7997 7999 7540 67
Swift code: HOLVFIHH

The rest of the retreat fee (260€ in case of the standard price) should be paid by October 10th 2022. The reserved places which are not paid for by the due date will be given to others on waiting list. If you pay from an account which is not with your own name, please include your name in the message field when you make the payment.

In case you need to cancel the retreat, we kindly ask that you tell us as soon as possible, so we can give your place to the next person in queue. In case of cancellations, the registration fee is not refundable. If the cancellation takes place before the 10th of October, we will return the rest of the fee. If the cancellation takes place later than this, money will be returned only if we can find another participant to fill in the empty place and get the retreat full.

Time and place

The retreat starts on Tuesday the 15th of November, 2022. It is possible to arrive from 4pm onwards. There will be dinner served at 6.00 pm, and the actual program will begin at 7.30 pm. The retreat ends on Sunday the 20th of November by 2pm. We ask for a commitment to stay on site for the entire retreat period, and to not take alcohol or drugs, other than prescription medicines. This contributes to clarity for each of us and to a safe environment for all.

The place for the retreat is the Elontuli course center in Karjalohja, 90km west of Helsinki. The address is Merkniementie 94, 09120 Karjalohja. The closest bus stop is Päiväkumpu, Karjalohja, 6,5 km from the venue. More frequent buses travel the Turku motorway, where the closest bus stop is Saukkolan liittymä (junction no. 21). We will send more information about how to get to Elontuli at the latest one week before the retreat starts. This email will also include information regarding buses and driving routes, and help to coordinate lift-share with other participants.

Please note that we may not be able to provide documents for visa applications because of limited resources. Always ask about this first, before you sign up.

Accommodation, food and silence

There is space for 30 participants. Accommodation will be in shared rooms of 2 to 8 people; the rooms will be given out in the order in which people arrive. If you have specific needs with regard to your room, please mention this in the application form.

We will offer three nourishing vegetarian meals a day. Tea and instant coffee will be available during breaks. Please inform us about any special dietary needs or allergies in the application form.

The retreat is held in silence, which allows practice to deepen in a beautiful way. This means we refrain from talking to each other, using phones and other devices, and from most reading and writing. There will be opportunities to talk with the teacher, and when needed, with the managers about practicalities. In emergencies during the retreat we ask your close ones to contact one of the retreat managers, whose phone number will be sent to you before the retreat starts.

What to bring

Elontuli provides mattresses, cushions and blankets for lying down meditation. There will also be cushions, benches and chairs available for sitting meditation. You may want to bring some extra bolsters or larger cushions to support the sitting or lying down posture.

You need to bring your set of bed sheets with you (sheet, duvet cover and pillowcase), or pay 15€ to hire them. Sleeping bag is also fine, but then you need to have a bottom sheet, as well – contact us if you come from abroad and cannot bring one. Your own towel is also needed. You can bring your own yoga mat, if you wish.

We will provide a more detailed list of useful items to bring closer to the retreat. Please note that the managers will not have a chance to bring you any extra things during the retreat, so take care you have the medications etc. you need with you.

Covid information

We want to make sure that the retreat is a safe event for everyone. If you develop symptoms of a respiratory infection just before the retreat, or if you test positive (even if you have no symptoms), you will unfortunately not be able to participate. However, a running nose alone is not an obstacle. Unfortunately we can only return your participation fee (minus the registration fee) if we find another participant to take your place. In case of illness, it may be possible to get compensation from your travel insurance.

If you develop symptoms of a respiratory infection during the retreat, we hope you will take a Covid test – the managers have quick tests available. In addition, we hope you wear a face mask during your symptoms. We ask everyone to take special care of hand hygiene during the retreat. If you wish, you can wear a face mask during the retreat, but this is not required.

Finally

Please ask, if you have any further questions. You can contact us through retriitit@syvalepo.fi, or phone Ulla Sillanpää (+358 40 536 4181, application and payment) or Anna Backholm (+358 40 536 2946, other questions).

We deeply wish this will be a fruitful retreat to everyone, and warmly welcome all!