Seven Day Retreat at Mercy Center, CA – 18th to 25th March

Description

Retreats are a wonderful way to go more deeply into the non-dual understanding and deepen our connection to the community. Whether we are new to non-duality or have spent years exploring this understanding, our shared being shines when we come together.

On the first day, we begin with dinner followed by a welcome and the first meeting. On each full day, there are two meetings: a silent and guided meditation in the morning and a conversation with Rupert in the afternoon that focuses on attendees’ questions. On the final day, we finish with a morning meeting followed by lunch. 

There is ample free time between meetings and meals to explore Mercy Center and the surrounding area and to enjoy the company of fellow attendees. While this is not a silent retreat, resting in quiet contemplation is always available for those who wish to. 

About Mercy CenterMercy Center is an internationally known conference and retreat center in the San Francisco Bay Area, set on thirty-nine acres of natural sanctuary replete with flower gardens, contemplative walking paths, expansive lawns, five-hundred-year-old oaks and a meditation labyrinth. In this peaceful, holistic, serene and beautiful setting, we nurture our personal, professional and spiritual lives. Learn more about Mercy Center here

COVID-19 safety protocols: All guests must provide evidence of being fully vaccinated for COVID-19 to the retreat organizer via email prior to the start of the retreat. Also, a negative PCR test taken 72 hours or less prior to arrival on March 18th must be presented at the door, either on paper or digitally. Mercy Center will not accept Rapid tests results. Guests who do not have evidence of vaccination and a negative PCR test will not be allowed entry into the building. 

Please note these protocols could be revised depending on the requirements of Mercy Center and the COVID-19 situation at the time of the retreat.

Francesca will post lots of helpful retreat information to all attendees on the discussion board as we get closer to our start date.

Accommodation

There are only single rooms available at Mercy Center, which includes three meals per day. Couples who wish to share a room can register as commuters and book a local hotel (see hotel list below) or request Mercy Center single rooms on the same floor next to each other.

You can also register as a commuter and stay at one of the hotels listed below or research AirBnB for local lodging. 

List of Hotels:

The Dylan at SFO
1.7 miles from Mercy Center, 6 minutes by car - www.dylansfo.com

Fairfield Inn & Suites
2 miles from Mercy Center, 7 minutes by car - www.marriott.co.uk

Marriott Hotel
2.7 miles from Mercy Center, 9 minutes by car - www.marriott.com

Transport

By train: Take BART or CalTrain to the Millbrae station and catch the North Burlingame free shuttle direct to the front entrance of Mercy Center. Shuttle arrives at Mercy Center 6:30 - 9:40 am, and departs Mercy Center in the afternoons between 3:10 - 6:10 pm, Monday through Friday.

By car: From Highway 101 take Millbrae Avenue exit, west. Turn left (south) onto El Camino Real. Go past Peninsula Hospital, two stoplights to Adeline. Turn right on Adeline and go eight blocks to the Mercy Center gates, where Hoover meets Adeline.

From Highway 280 take Trousdale exit, east. Follow Trousdale all the way down the hill (approx. 1.5 miles). Turn right onto El Camino Real. Continue south to Adeline (two stoplights past Peninsula Hospital). Turn right onto Adeline, continue approximately eight blocks. Mercy Center gates are located where Hoover meets Adeline.

By plane: The nearest airport is San Francisco International Airport which is only 10 minutes from the retreat center.

By taxi: There are several options for taxi's and shuttle services in the area: 
Taxi Cab Service SFO - 650.766.8822
Blacklane - www.blacklane.com
Airport Taxi Cab Services - 650.593.1234
Please note Uber and Lyft are available in the area and reasonably priced.

For further directions and transport information click here.

Meals & Refreshments

Vegetarian meals are prepared three times daily and served in the main dining room.

Residential guests who require special food preparation can use the small kitchenettes on each floor equipped with a microwave and a small, shared refrigerator. There is also a health food store about one mile from Mercy Center.

Schedule

Date Details Time
18th Arrive 3:00pm onwards
  Dinner 6:00pm - 7:00pm
  Meeting 7:15pm - 9:00pm
19th to 24th Breakfast 8:00am - 9:30am
  Meeting 10:30am - 12:30pm
  Lunch 12:30pm - 2:00pm
  Meeting 4:30pm - 6:30pm
  Dinner 6:30pm - 7:30pm
25th Breakfast 8:00am - 9:30am
  Meeting 10:00am - 12:00pm
  Lunch 12:00pm - 1:00pm
  Depart 1:00pm

Discussion Board

Everyone who books onto this event will get access to the discussion board, with the ability to:

  • Post comments
  • Contact other attendees to exchange information or for social purposes

Registration

To register a $220* non-refundable, non-transferable deposit is required to reserve a space at the retreat. The final balance will be due on Tuesday 8 February 2022. Please book using the "Add to Basket" buttons below. 

Costs: 

Single (shared bathroom) – $2295

Commute with Lunch & Dinner – $1795

Commute with Lunch only – $1655

Commute without meals – $1620

If your ticket preference is sold out please use the 'Add to Waitlist' button and you will be notified of any spaces that come available. Booking is strictly through the website, please contact Francesca with any questions. Please do not contact the venue to try to book into the retreat.

*Should the retreat be cancelled for any reason related to Covid-19, the deposit payments made will be automatically transferred to a replacement Retreat at Home.

Scholarships

A limited number of partial scholarships are available for this retreat. Please complete the scholarship form here to apply for a place.

Important ticket information

A non-refundable deposit is payable immediately for each ticket.

The final balance will be due on Tuesday 8 February 2022

75% of balance refundable if cancelled before 15 February 2022
50% of balance refundable if cancelled before 23 February 2022  
No refund if cancelled after the 23 February 2022

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