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Terms and Conditions

1.
The Findhorn Foundation is a spiritual community, learning centre and ecovillage. While we offer a caring and conscious environment, we are not a healing or therapy centre. We are also not a retreat centre in the traditional sense, though we do offer retreat weeks. The Foundation is a working community created by staff and co-workers who welcome guests to share in our way of living.

2.
Personal Wellbeing
Programme participants are responsible for maintaining their own wellbeing and should inform their programme presenters and relevant Foundation representatives of any health issues that arise during their stay. Programme participants should inform the Foundation at the time of booking of any pre-existing medical conditions and also ensure that they bring with them, and continue to take, an adequate supply of any prescription medicines.

3.
Visa Requirements
It is the responsibility of each person visiting the Foundation to ensure that they have the appropriate documents and paperwork to allow entry into the UK. The usual visa for Foundation guests to apply for is the UK Standard Visitor visa – click here more information. Under UK law it is necessary for the Foundation to check the guests’ entitlement to stay at the Foundation.

4.
Experience Week Prerequisite
Many of our workshops and programmes require prior participation in Experience Week. Conferences, Special Events, Findhorn Foundation College programmes, and some workshops do not have this requirement. The programme page containing the workshop information will indicate if Experience Week is a prerequisite or not.

5.
Payments

  • We prefer payment by card or cheque. We accept most credit or debit cards but not American Express. Please do not send cash in the mail. Payment should be in pounds sterling (GBP – £). In most countries it is possible to buy a cheque in GBP from your bank. Please note that we cannot accept Eurocheques. It is also possible to pay using a bank transfer – please contact the Bookings office for bank details if you wish to use this method of payment.
  • If you book online your payment will not be immediately debited by the website, your payment will only be taken upon confirmation and completion of your booking.
  • Unless specifically stated otherwise on the programme page, a £95 deposit per person per workshop is required. This deposit is not refunded unless your workshop is cancelled by us (see point 7 below).
  • The balance of your payment is due four weeks before the start date of your programme. We will take this from your credit/debit card automatically, or you can send us a cheque or bank transfer.
  • When booking a programme that starts in four weeks or less, full payment is required at the time of booking.
  • Wait for confirmation before making travel arrangements as we cannot guarantee bookings for any given week. Please allow 1–2 weeks for confirmation, although we will endeavour to contact you well before this.

6.
Tiered Pricing
Our quoted prices are fully inclusive of participation in the workshop or event, accommodation in our guest rooms (including towels and linen), all meals and refreshments, and full access to our community facilities like our meditation sanctuaries. Some facilities, like our saunas and hot tub, ask for a donation for use.

Before you book your place, please take a moment to consider that the Findhorn Foundation is a Charitable Trust. We believe that the benefits of holistic learning should be available to everyone regardless of their financial or life situation, and that the transformational journey is enriched by a diversity of participants.

We recognise that what is affordable for some can be a financial stretch for others and offer a tiered pricing structure. When you book, please select the price that feels appropriate for you.

Pay it Forward Price covers the cost of your workshop and includes a contribution to our bursary fund. This will make participation possible for one or more people who otherwise would not be able to join our transformational work in the world.

Sustainable Price covers the cost of your workshop and helps us to sustain our learning and guest facilities.

Supported Price reflects a partial bursary toward the cost of your workshop and is intended for those with minor financial need.

7.
Cancellations
We suggest you arrange holiday insurance in case of cancellation by either yourself or by The Foundation.

If you have to cancel a workshop:

  • If you cancel more than four weeks before the workshop start date, we will refund the amount you have paid less the deposit as the deposit is non-refundable. If you have paid only the deposit, we are unable to offer any refund.
  • If you cancel within four weeks of the workshop start date, we will refund 50% of your payment after deducting the deposit as the deposit is non-refundable.
  • If you cancel within one week of the workshop, we are unable to refund any of your payment.
  • On any refund made to a credit/debit card there is a fee of £5.

If we have to cancel a workshop:

  • Sometimes we have to cancel workshops due to unforeseen circumstances or low numbers. We will do our best to notify you of this four weeks before the start date of your workshop.
  • Hopefully you would find another workshop running at the same time that you would like to attend. We would then apportion your payment to the new workshop.
  • If you would prefer a refund, we will refund the full amount that you paid including the deposit.

8.
Accommodation and Meals
Reflecting a community experience, our accommodation is simple and generally shared in single-sex rooms. Double- or twin-bed rooms are available for couples on request but are limited so cannot be guaranteed. Similarly, single rooms are available on request but are subject to the popularity of all programmes running at the time so cannot be guaranteed. Towels and bed linen are provided.

Fees include all your meals and daily refreshments with a selection of teas and coffees and snacks. Our kitchens provide primarily vegetarian food. Vegan, wheat free, sugar free, as well as gluten and dairy free alternatives can be requested. If you require a diet that is more specialised, we cannot guarantee to fulfil your needs. We cannot cater for people with serious food allergies or multiple food intolerances.

9.
Use of Likeness and Photography
The Foundation or its agents may video or photograph workshops, conferences and events, which will include its participants, some of which will be used for promotional or informational purposes in our brochures, website and newsletters. We will always endeavour to inform you of any photography beforehand but by participating in an event you agree that the Foundation or its agents may take photographs that include your image and agree to the Foundation’s usage of your image for promotional or informational purposes without compensation of any kind.

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Liability
All information included in any of our publicity is correct at time of going to press, and is subject to change. Whilst every effort is made to provide the workshops and services as advertised, we do not accept liability for:

  • Cancellations or changes caused by unavailability of staff, low bookings, weather conditions, maintenance work, acts of God, acts of Government or any other authorities, or any situations beyond our control or subsequent to participation in one of our programmes.
  • Participants’ medical or psychiatric conditions which may exist or which may arise during or subsequent to participation in one of our programmes.
  • Loss of, or damage to, personal property of our guests.

We reserve the right to refuse admission to our programmes if, on arrival, participation appears to be inappropriate. We also reserve the right to ask any visitor to leave if their behaviour is disruptive to the function of the Foundation and community or interferes with the rights of others.

In the final instance, all matters arising from a dispute are subject to Scottish law and are subject to the jurisdiction of the Scottish courts.