Terms and conditions

Registration Procedure

Please register either online via our website www.karuna.ch, by mail or fax with our registration form, one separate form for each course and each person.
On request our office will send a registration form or you can use the registration form on our homepage. We cannot accept registration by phone.

Your registration obligates you to the following: the course fee is due when registering and has to be settled after receiving our confirmation letter, however no later than

  • 2 weeks before the beginning of the course for courses up to 3 nights. Please register – if possible – up to 2 weeks before the start date.
  • 4 weeks before the beginning of the course for courses of 4 nights or longer. Please register – if possible – up to 4 weeks before the start date.
  • Course fees of more than CHF 500.– (€ 460.-) can be paid in two parts: the first half together with the registration, the second half up to 4 weeks before beginning of the course.

Only then is your place guaranteed.
Once the payment deadline has expired we reserve the right to assign the place otherwise.

Please always mention the course number.

Within 14 days after registration, a confirmation letter will be sent out.

Cancellation

When cancelling your registration the following fees apply:

  • Courses up to 3 nights: 2 weeks up to 1 week before the beginning of the course CHF 50.-/€ 45.-
  • Courses up to 4 nights and longer: 4 weeks up to 1 week before the beginning of the course CHF 100.-/€ 90.-
  • 0-6 days prior to the start date: the whole course fee is due unless a replacement can be found, however the appropriate cancellation fee applies at a minimum.

In case of a no-show or leaving the retreat early the whole course fee is due.

Credit account

Paid-in course fees, less the appropriate cancellation fee, will be credited to our current account.

Reduction
  • People who cannot afford the course fees because of low or no income are welcome to apply for course fee reduction. Please contact the manager.
  • Pupils, trainees and students can choose their own level of contribution towards the course fee in accordance with their present financial situation. Please make a relevant note on your registration and let us know the chosen amount. The validatin of your present educational status can be sent via Email.
Waiting list
  • When registering for a course showing a waiting list, please do not transfer any funds yet. You will be receiving a waiting list confirmation including all necessary information.
  • In case of cancelling from the waiting list please let us know immediately by e-mail or phone.
Course Fees

The course fee covers – even not completely! – room and board, travel expenses of the teachers, a modest salary for the house team as well as administrative expenditures and running costs of the center. A lot of work is done on a voluntary, unpaid base.

Donations for Teachers

According to the Buddhist tradition the teachings cannot be measured by material values and are therefore given entirely free of cost, the teachers demanding no fee whatsoever. To cover the cost of their livelihood and to ensure the continuation of their teaching activities, the teachers entirely depend on voluntary donations by the course participants at the end of retreats. Most of the teachers at our center live entirely on donations and have no other income.

Liability

The foundation, the center and the teachers decline all liability for any damage occurring to a person or to possessions in connection with the retreat. Meditation retreats in silcence and with limited social exchange are often not suitable for people with a psychiatric history. It is advisable to contact the teacher prior to registration.