Covid-19 Policy

from April 2021

(for retreats which may be able to go ahead once lockdown eases)

In considering doing a residential retreat here at Droridge Barn during these uncertain times, the first thing you need to know is that we won’t make a final decision to go ahead with any retreat until 2 weeks beforehand. And even then we may need to cancel at any point after that, including during the retreat itself, if changing regulations demand it, or if participants suddenly develop Covid. We all need to be willing to be flexible.

It is important to take into account that we will not be able to maintain any comprehensive social distancing here. (We will be sharing rooms, food & bathrooms; the group room is quite small, etc) The simple fact is that we will form part of a temporary ‘bubble’ for the duration of the retreat.

Due to this, and the fact that we want to make it as safe as possible, we will be requiring participants to take two Covid tests (which we supply); one 5 days before the retreat, and one just before it begins.  Assuming the first test is negative, we will ask you to be vigilant about your exposure to others in those 5 days.  If both tests are negative and you have adhered to strict social distancing in the meanwhile, this will make the retreat reasonably ‘Covid safe’. (We are presuming that we qualify for the exemption which permits ‘Support Groups in a Covid-Safe environment’.)

There will need to be a lot of trust involved and a lot of respect for difference (eg. despite our precautions, some people may not want to hug or be physically close, or choose to wear a mask and have their own plate & mug; others may be less concerned and want to have more contact). Each one of us will need to relate with the situation.

And although it is small, there is of course some risk involved. In our assessment, the risk is worth taking for the value of these retreats. The opportunity to be in the room in good company, exploring a depth of Presence, Love and Truth is, increasingly, rare and precious. It's not something we can take for granted, and, in our opinion, it's worth extending ourselves for.

So, in summary, for as long as this Covid-19 pandemic continues, if you wish to participate in a residential retreat with us we require that you:-

* agree to take full self-responsibility for any health consequences that may result from attending the retreat

* inform us immediately if you develop Covid symptoms:-
   - in the two weeks prior to the retreat
   - during the event
   - for 10 days afterwards

* take the Covid test which we will supply 5 days before the retreat

* for the next 5 days do as much as you can to reduce your contact and exposure to at least the following levels:-
   - no mixing with anyone outside of your bubble indoors (meeting outdoors with no more than one person at a time with social distancing is ok)
   - avoid shopping if possible (so plan ahead), but if you do need to go, keep it to a minimum and wear a mask and wash hands meticulously afterwards
   - avoid public transport (including your journey here)
   - we are asking that those in your bubble are also willing to adhere to more vigilance and stick to these guidelines if possible, but are not asking them to take tests as well.  

* take another test on the day the retreat begins

* everyone involved needs to test negative both times and not display any symptoms

The test we have (which we can send out to you or you can pick up if you are local) is Clinitest and can be checked out following this link https://www.siemens-healthineers.com/en-uk/point-of-care-testing/covid-19-testing/covid-19-tests/clinitest-covid-19-antigen-test . They cost £10 each and we will ask those that can afford it to add £20 to their donation if the retreat happens ok. We’re willing to cover the costs of this for anyone who can’t afford it.

Please listen to what feels right for you.  If you decide to come, and what is being asked is more cautious than you feel is reasonable, we hope you can comply with an open heart in the spirit of relating to a bigger field, and a willingness to not know what is true!  Otherwise, if you don’t agree with the restrictions, there will be a tendency to undermine, sabotage, resent, fight or even lie, which will compromise our retreat before we have even begun.  This time seems to be so much about how we relate with limits from an adult place as well as daring to trust our own deeper instincts from a heartful place.  And trusting Being.  Not getting caught in old habits of fear and closure to what might be possible.  To keep dropping fixed positions and stay in an open enquiry about it all.