What's included in the price?
The whole retreat! :D The price includes stay in a cabin or bungalow for 2 nights; free range of the retreat property (over 140 acres!) for 3 days; 6 professionally cooked, organic, gluten-free, energetically-charged meals; snacks, tea, coffee, and water throughout the weekend; 8 workshops or ceremonies; sacred fire; 30 minutes of pre and post retreat debrief via video chat (if this option is chosen and paid for); take home physical, mental, energetic, and communication tools and daily practises; life-long relationships with like-minded individuals; time with nature; access to the retreat Facebook group before and after the retreat; time with yourself. This price does not include the 3% credit card processing fee. You are also responsible for all travel and transportation fees.
Are there payment installment options?
Yes. You will be able to pay the retreat amount in full, or in 1/2. If doing the payment plan, option, the first half of the payment will be required upon registration, and the second half of the payment will be billed 1 month after registration. Additionally, people who elect to do the payment plan will be charged an extra amount of $10 per payment, in addition to credit card processing fees of 3%. You can sign up for the payment plan and book your option by emailing email@example.com with your preferred place of stay (Air, Water, or Fire cabin, or the Bungalow). A Paypal invoice will be sent to the email address from which the request was received, and once the first half of payment has been placed, your spot will be reserved! :D
Where is the closest airport? Is transportation provided?
The retreat centre is located about 1 hour from Detroit Metropolitan Airport, about 1 hour and 40 minutes from Gerald R. Ford Airport in Grand Rapids. It is about 20 minutes to Ann Arbor, 3.5 hours to Traverse City, 1 hour and 20 minutes from Toledo, OH, and an hour from Lansing. Transportation is not provided, and you will be responsible for finding your way to and from the retreat centre. Once registered, you will be invited to the retreat Facebook group where there will be a post about carpooling, and it is possible that you may find someone to carpool with to the retreat. If you are not on Facebook, these details can also be ironed out via email.
Are sleeping spaces heated?
The cabins can be heated. The bungalow- due to its canvas walls- cannot be. Please come prepared with extra layers or a sleeping bag if you are staying in the bungalow and tend to get cold easily.
Will a packing list be provided?
Yes! A packing list will be emailed to you 2 weeks prior to the retreat.
How do I find the retreat centre?
An address will be emailed to you 1 week prior to the retreat. The retreat centre is also very easy to find via Google Maps, and there are signs marking the driveway!
Who is leading the retreat?
To find more information about Rachel Leah Gerson, the creatrix of Doorway to Self and hostess of this retreat, please click here. Christopher Moxlow will be co-facilitating this retreat, as well. His bio and picture are listed above!
Can accommodations be made for dietary restrictions?
Yes! Upon registration, you will be asked if you have any dietary needs including but not limited to allergies, vegetarian, and vegan. All food served will be gluten-free and organic.
Are there showers?
There will be one, primitive, outdoor shower available with privacy options.
Is the retreat open to children?
No. While Doorway to Self is excited to work with children, this retreat is only open to humans over the age of 18.
Is this retreat open to women only?
Absolutely NOT! Women are absolutely welcome (please come!), but this retreat is NOT a women’s retreat- it is a humans retreat. People of all sexes and gender-identities are welcome.
Do the cabins have electricity, wifi and running water?
No. This retreat experience is for those who are looking to unplug and connect, completely, with nature. Drinking water will be supplied outside of each cabin throughout the retreat, and there are options to use running water if needed in the main lodge bathrooms and kitchen, as well as in the camp kitchen and outdoor shower. There is also electricity in the camp kitchen and main lodge if needed. There is no Wifi available on the property... get ready to fully UNPLUG!! :D
Can I room with my friend or partner?
Absolutely! Just mention it in the comments section on the registration form, and I will pair you once I receive both of your deposits.
Are the workshops being offered going to be offered as donation-powered to the public in the future?
No. At this point in time, I will only be offering these workshops in retreat settings. However, I do reserve the right to offer the workshops from the retreat to the public, and should I ever decide to do so, I will be offering them for a paid fee of over $50/person per workshop. This ensures that all is fair in your paying for this retreat.
We can’t seem to find anything online about the co-host, Christopher Moxlow… Why not?
Chris is my dearest, bestest friend, and partner. He is very much against social media, and always provides a nice reminder for me to put it down and away. That said, he does not own any social media accounts, save for a Linked-In. This is because Chris believes, in his words, "You can only get the best food in the real world." If you have any questions about Chris, please feel free to reach out to me and I would be happy to answer them for you we’ve been in each other’s lives for over 5 years and know each other pretty much inside-out. I can promise you that he is amazing and will rock your world in the way that you look at yourself, balance, nature, sacred spaces, and spaces in general. He’s not scary, he’s just a bit of a conspiracy theorist.
Is your retreat handicap accessible?
Physical handicaps: I am sad to say that while the grounds are wheelchair accessible, the cabins and bungalow require use of a few steps and a normal doorway, and do not have much room for a wheelchair on the inside. Michigan does not provide wheelchair-accessible retreat housing… believe me- I looked. If your physical handicap does not require a wheelchair, know that while the grounds are vast, they are- for the most-part- flat. The walk from the cabin to the main area (bathrooms, workshops, kitchen) may seem far, however, so please keep that in mind.
Auditory handicaps: I am so happy to accommodate you outside of an interpreter! If you book a space for your interpreter, we are set to go and I will be sure to do my best to have all of your needs met!
Visual handicaps: The land is easy to walk, so long as you are not in the woods and are mindful of the lake. Other than that, it should be smooth sailing, and you are more than welcome to come! Should there be anything in writing to read, I, or my partner in retreat facilitation, Chris, will be happy to read it to you!
Mental and Emotional Handicaps: You will be welcomed whole-heartedly! Please come :) Please note, however, that this retreat is not led by mental health professionals, and if you are in need of immediate assistance, it is advised that you have direct contact to your mental health helpers or caretakers if needed.
What is your cancellation policy?
- All bookings require 1/2 payment (if not paid in full) at the time of booking in order to hold your space.
- Should a cancellation be made before 10 September, you will not be responsible for the remainder of payment, though note that your deposit will not be refunded.
- Should a cancellation be made within one month of the retreat (after 10 September), you will be asked to pay the amount, in full, required to reserve your space, unless someone else is able to fill your spot, in which case you will not be required to make payments and you will be refunded up to the point of your initial deposit.
- Should you fail to appear at the retreat, or if you are able to only make part of the retreat, full payment will be required and no refunds will be available. You will also not be able to put the amount toward another retreat.
- Should there be a need to cancel the event itself, if you have provided payment you will be given the option for a full refund, or for the provided payment to be put towards a future D2S event, private session, or retreat.
- Please note that Doorway to Self, LLC, is not responsible for the replacement of or payment of any damages to yourself or your property.
- Additionally, this retreat has a strict no drugs and alcohol policy. Should you be found imbibing or intoxicated whilst on the premises, you will be asked to leave, and you will not be refunded. The same is to be said of inappropriate behaviours such as bullying, sexual assault, vandalism, and intentional psychic abuse. Should vandalism of any type occur, you will also be held responsible for the payment of the damages.
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