COVID-19 Protocols

Effective March 9th, 2022

The Expanding Light Retreat at Ananda Village is overjoyed to be welcoming guests to our facilities again.

The health, safety, and comfort of our guests, staff and village residents are our top priority. Since our retreat center is connected to the Ananda Village residential community, we have made very conscious decisions about when and how to open our doors to the public in a safe manner.

We continue to monitor federal, state and local guidelines and data, and our protocols continue to evolve.

Protocol Highlights:

  • Reservation: All guests, including day and overnight guests, must have a reservation before visiting. We cannot accommodate walk-ins at this time.
  • Vaccination: Guests are not required to be vaccinated.
  • Testing: Guests must take a rapid antigen test for COVID-19 and provide proof of a negative test result no more than 12 hour prior to arrival (or upon check-in). Please bring your own at-home test(s); otherwise we can provide you one or more for a fee
  • Masks: Wearing a mask is optional but encouraged in our public indoor spaces and classrooms.

Thank you for your cooperation and support. Read below for more details before your visit.

Vaccination Policy:

We welcome any guests, regardless of vaccination status.

Testing Policy:

  • We ask that all guests complete a rapid antigen COVID-19 test (results in 15 minutes) with a negative test result before or upon check-in.
    • The test must be completed no more than 12 hours prior to arrival, and can be completed upon check-in.
    • Proof of a negative test result can be provided ahead of arrival by emailing a picture of the results to info@expandinglight.org.
  • We encourage you to bring your own at-home rapid antigen COVID-19 test kits, or alternatively purchase one or more from us.
  • As part of staying at The Expanding Light Retreat, you agree to take a rapid antigen test at any time if requested by Retreat staff and for any reason (including but not limited to possible exposure or exhibited symptoms).
  • IMPORTANT IF TESTING UPON ARRIVAL: If you elect to wait until check-in to complete their test, you assume the possible risk of testing positive upon arrival. In this case, you will not be admitted to stay at the Retreat unless circumstances allow for a full isolation in Retreat facilities for the recommended duration by CDC isolation guidelines.
    • Non-admittance: In the case that admittance is not allowed due to a positive COVID test result, the full deposit will be held for one year to be applied to another reservation.
    • Isolation: In the case that you must go into full isolation due to a positive COVID-19 test result, The Expanding Light Retreat reserves the right to increase or adjust the reservation price if the accommodation-level and/or length of stay need to be increased.

Face Masks:

  • Face masks are optional but encouraged for all guests, employees and faculty for all indoor activities.

Cleaning and Sanitizing Practices:

  • We use cleaning products that meet EPA guidelines and are effective against viruses, bacteria, and other pathogens. We keep daily cleaning logs, which are inspected regularly by management.

Use of Public Facilities:

  • Yoga mats, meditation pillows and other items are provided in our teaching temple and other classrooms as needed. While these items are cleaned regularly, you might want to consider bringing your own yoga mat or meditation pillow.
  • Hand sanitizer is readily available throughout all of our facilities.
  • We monitor adequate ventilation in indoor locations, for example the dining room during meals, the teaching temple and other classrooms.

Dining with Us:

  • Our dining facilities will only be open to registered guests, registered day guests, staff and residents at this time.
  • We have placed an emphasis on comfortable outdoor dining and ambience. We encourage gathering in outdoor spaces whenever possible when the weather permits.
  • Our dining tables have been situated to allow for social distancing.
  • We encourage our guests and staff to wash their hands before meals. Additionally, hand sanitizer will be provided in the dining room and on the dining room tables.

Accommodations:

  • We are allowing for both private and shared accommodation bookings.
    • Should you elect to stay in shared accommodations, you thus may be placed with another guest that you do not know, and you are inherently assuming a slightly higher risk of exposure.
    • If you do not feel comfortable potentially rooming with another individual, please be sure to book private accommodations.
  • Depending on the level of accommodations chosen, you may or may not share a bathroom with a few other guests.
  • Rooms will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected prior to your arrival, with particular attention to high-touch items. Hand Sanitizer will be placed in your room for your use.

We continue to evaluate ongoing improvements and we appreciate your understanding and support.

If you have any questions please call us at: 1 (800) 346-5350

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