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Mindfulness retreat 2016 – Terms & conditions

Mindfulness retreat Portugal 2016 – Terms & conditions

General information

These Terms & Conditions (these “Terms”) contain the terms and conditions on which we supply content, products or services listed on (the “Websites”). Please read these terms and conditions, carefully before ordering any Services from the Website.

While attending any Akanista Mindfulness Meditation Retreat (AMMR), courses, private sessions and any other events, your well-being and safety is important to us. The team is here to facilitate only. We ask you to monitor your own physical and emotional wellbeing during our events. If at any time during the event you become distressed and emotionally overwhelmed, we ask you to immediately inform one of the facilitators and leave the room if necessary. By attending any of our events, you agree by the below statements:

  • I am participating an Akanista’s event (course/ retreat) of my own free will and accept total responsibility for my physical and emotional wellbeing at all times. I am in good state emotional, mental and physical health. I am fully responsible for all the emotions that I bring to any of the events.
  • I am not under the influence of any drugs, medication or alcohol. If I am taking medication, I declare that I have been seen by a medical practitioner and have been advised that my participation in Akanista Mindfulness Meditation Retreat/ event, will not cause me harm of any way (to myself or anyone else).
  • Akanista Mindfulness Meditation Retreat/  event/ workshops/ teachings are not a substitute for psychiatric or medical advice, diagnosis, and treatment of any type. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified mental health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or mental disorder. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on our site, articles, email or during any of our events.
  • I take full responsibility for seeking medical treatment, counselling or psychotherapy at my own cost for any emotional issues that arise during or after the event.
  • We are all here to learn more about holistic healing together as a team, and we will encourage each other to create an environment conducive to learn. To have a constructive and useful outcome to our events (classes/ retreats), I will work with the group to achieve that.
  • I will do my best to be honest and true to self and others. I will be non-judgmental when commenting respect my own and other experiences, needs and priorities and expect the same in return. I will do my best to avoid using humour (especially sarcasm) in a manner that belittles another participant.
  • I will express any issues or concerns that I have about the event (course/ retreat), content or processes to the team members rather than keeping silent or only talking to others on breaks.
  • The personal feelings expressed by others in the event (course/ retreat) are kept in confidence. It is crucial that you maintain the confidentiality hence:
    • Any information that is discussed by the group is kept private and confidential specially the name of the person.
    • I will not directly or indirectly communicate or disclose in writing or orally or in any other manner, any information that is stated by another member of the group during or after the event.
    • I will always talk from the first person from ‘I and my’ during sharing experience and discussion.
  • I understand that during the event, there may be loud music, brightness of light may vary, video displays and may be encouraged to participate or share your experience.
  • If a team member asks me to leave the room, I will do so immediately without questions, discussions or dispute.
  • I am not a member of the press and I will not make visual or auditory recordings or reproductions of any of Akanista Mindfulness Meditation Retreat’s material presented in or associated with AMMR events. (unless authorised by AMMR in advance).
  • I will use the information presented during this event to assist me in creating change in my life and for no other purpose and I am responsible for decisions made or action taken to implement such information, mentoring or guidance.
  • If food is provided during any of AMMR events is complimentary. If you are on special diet please inform the team member in advance or bring your own food. Participants concerned with food allergies need to be aware of this risk. We will not assume any liability for adverse reaction to foods consumed or items one may come in contact with food we provide.
  • AMMR or Akanista may contact you by mail, email, telephone, SMS or via the internet in relation to the events, products or services in which you may be interested. If you wish to opt-out of such communications, please write to us. We will not give your personal data to any other third party without your prior consent.

Booking & payments

30% non refundable deposit must be paid on the booking.
You are to make the remaining payment in full 30 days before your retreat.
We can accept cash payments at the end of our meditation sessions in Central London or if preferred you can pay by bank transfer or credit/debit card (please be aware that 4% card surcharge applies on card payments). Debit/credit card payments are also accepted by phone or in person.
For bank transfers our details are:
Account number: 13250342 Sort Code: 20-67-90
Account name: LSB Ltd
For international money transfers use also the following details:
IBAN: GB07 BARC 2067 9013 2503 42
For all transfers please mention as reference your initials plus the number of days (3, 5 or 7) and the word “retreat”.
After making the transfer please send copy of the receipt by email to:

We reserve the right to cancel the retreat up to a month before its date, and if so you will be fully refunded for your deposit or fee.

Accommodation extra days

You are welcome to stay an extra day before and after the retreat. A fee of £35 per day will be charged, the price is for accommodation only, meals are not included. Please note that accommodation depends on availability and may be different to the retreat accommodation. However we will make the arrangements to collect you from the venue to the retreat venue.

Airport transfer fee

The nearest airport is Faro in Portugal from the retreat venue and takes roughly an hour drive.

It will cost approximately £65 for a single journey if you come with a taxi. However, if you prefer to be picked on our designated slots with three or more others, we can arrange for discounted rate of £20 per person for single journey or £40 per person for return. Please ensure to arrange the transfer with us in advance.

Amendments or cancellations

In the unfortunate event that you require amendments, you will be charged for all the classes/ days you attended and will be charged £90 for further cancellation fee. All amendments must be confirmed to us in writing.

In case of cancellation please note that 30% deposit is non refundable, you will be charged £90 admin fee. Remaining refunding amount will depend upon the date of cancellation notification.

Fees for cancellations/reductions in numbers are calculated as detailed below are based on the total value of the confirmed bookings for the retreats.

    Period of Notice Cancellation Fee

  • 30 days    30%
  • 20 days     50%
  • 10 days     60%
  • 7 days or less 90%

Any cancellations must be informed soonest possible date in writing.

If you have booked the retreat from third party, please ensure you read their terms & conditions  we hold no  responsibilities for any financial commitments at unfortunate event from your side.
We are only responsible for our terms and conditions as stated above.


Since we cannot be liable for any accidents or injuries or damages to property which occur during your stay at one of our retreats, we recommend that you take a travel insurance for your trip.
We are not liable for any travelling delay, strikes, lost baggage or injuries, or damages of any kind. Insurances are not included in the price you pay.

Our teachers are fully insured and qualified to teach Mindfulness Meditation and to facilitate group or individual workshops.
The insurance policy is solely confined to the jurisdiction of England and Whales.

Changes to our terms & conditions policy

Akanista Mindfulness Meditation Retreat reserves the right to change or update this terms and conditions, or any other of our policies or practices, at any time, and will notify users of the Services by posting such changed or updated Privacy Policy on this page.
Any changes or updates will be effective immediately upon posting to
Your continued use of the Services constitutes your agreement to abide by the Privacy Policy as changed.
Under certain circumstances (for example, if we would like to use your personal information in a manner different from that stated in our Privacy Policy at the time of collection), we may also elect to notify you of changes or updates to our Privacy Policy by additional means, such as by sending you an email.

Accommodation during the retreat

Accommodation is available from the afternoon of the retreat starting date till the afternoon of the last day of the retreat.
You will be staying in one of our accommodations based on your indicated preferences and subject of course to availability.
Rooms will be distributed on a first come first serve basis. We are not a travel agency and cannot guarantee a type of room that suits your absolute preferences but we will do our very best to do so.


You’ll be served vegetarian meals during our retreats three times a day.
If you have allergic reaction to any ingredients you must inform us in advance.

Retreat package

The package price for the entire retreat includes the entire program tuition (Mindfulness  classes and lectures when appropriate), all meals, and accommodation for the entire duration of the retreat.
The price does not include transportation and transfers to and from the retreat as well as travel insurances of any kind. As well, as mentioned above, in some days we may skip a meal in  order to eat together outside for example.


Since flights, trains and car rentals are not included in the price, we recommend that you rent a car for your transportation so you could also explore the wonderful nature around you.
If you like, we can try and help connect you with other participants who want to share car rental. Please indicate so in your sign up form.


Questions, comments and requests regarding this terms and conditions are welcomed and should be addressed to

This terms and conditions is effective and was last updated on 5 January 2016.

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