The Cost, Cancellation Policy plus the answers to some FAQ’s
The price for this retreat is $4395 (AUD).
If you prefer a room to yourself the single supplement is an additional $600 (AUD). Or if you sign up before the end of 2017 you can upgrade to a single room at no extra cost.
You can secure your place amongst the 8 women on this retreat with a non-refundable deposit of $500 (AUD)
Before you pay your deposit however, we need to have a chat to make sure this is for you and that we feel like we can work together.
Fill in your details here and I’ll give you a call.
After the call and when your deposit is received, a payment plan will be established and you will be sent an invoice for the balance. Full payment is due by 1st August. You will also be sent a Registration Form to complete.
Your $500 deposit is non-refundable if you simply change your mind. If it is due to illness (yourself or a person you care for) then $250 of the deposit will be refunded.
Full payment is due by 1st May 2018.
Cancellation 90 days + prior to the Retreat start date: 70% refundable
60-90 days prior to the Retreat: 60%
30-60 days prior to the Retreat:20%
Less than 30 days prior: no refund.
We recommend that once you have paid your deposit you take out appropriate International Travel Insurance even though it is well before the Retreat, so that in case of cancellation you may be refunded through them (please check your policy for details).
Please note that Travel Insurance is a requirement to attend the Retreat.
FAQ’s – answers to some questions you might have
I know it can be difficult to choose you, to make it important to do something for yourself, especially when you have spent year making sure everyone has what they need and putting their needs first, so the information below will hopefully answer some of the questions that have come to mind. If there is something else you want to know about, please email Derrin
Who is the retreat for?
This is a retreat for women. Most likely you will all be aged around midlife (it’s a broad range!). Your life experiences are likely to be varied and that is all the better.
How do I get to Varenna?
The most direct way is to fly into Malpensa airport in Milan. From there you take a shuttle bus to Milano Centrale, the main railway station (a trip of just under an hour) and then a regional train to Varenna which takes 63 minutes. Don’t worry too much about the bus and train for now, we will give you plenty of information about that before you leave. The important thing is to fly into MPX (Malpensa) not one of the other airports near Milan.
Do I need to be really fit? I’m worried about the walking.
We will be walking every day but a moderate level of fitness is all that is required. None of the walks need to be fast paced, it is more about being present and connecting with yourself.
There are a lot of stairs in Varenna so it will be important that you can manage stairs.
Will I have to share a room?
The bedrooms at Villa Monastero are twin share, each with their own well appointed bathroom. There is a single supplement available (and additional $600) if you want a room to yourself.
I haven’t ever travelled on my own before.
I know it may feel stressful setting out on your own but one of the best things about a retreat is the new and deep friendships that form. You will have a chance to get to know each other before the retreat through a Facebook group and conference calls so we can all feel connected by the time you arrive.
How will I keep in touch with home?
There are a few options. Some cafes in Varenna offer free wifi so you can use the internet to keep in touch. Local SIM cards can be purchased in the railway station in Milan and it is possible we may be able to arrange this as an optional extra for you. Alternatively you can purchase an international SIM before you leave Australia. More on those options will be available closer to the retreat, but rest assured there are options.
What about the food? I have food allergies.
There will be plenty of variety in what you can choose from and we will do our best to make sure there is something you can eat. We will gather information about food allergies in the Registration information. Please make sure you bring any medication you might need with you, and brief us on use and dosage before departure. We can arrange a card for you to carry written in Italian explaining your allergy if needed, although staff in most restaurants speak at least some English (and a handful of other languages) due to the number of tourists in the area.
What will the weather be like?
It is early summer and the weather is likely to be warm with day time temperatures typically mid to high 20’s. Depending on the season it might be warm enough to swim in the lake. Thunderstorms are possible. Night time temperatures are typically mid teens, so a light wrap or jacket is likely to be useful for the evenings.
How much spending money should I bring?
This is a hard one to answer as everyone is so different. You will need to cover the cost of some meals and alcoholic beverages and quite possibly a gelato or two. There are just a few shops in the village, a small boutique and a souvenir type shop which also has some lovely leather bags, but if you like to shop you may want to visit Bellagio on one of the free afternoons. There are a couple of ATMs in the village, check to make sure your card will work overseas if you plan to access funds that way.
Can I pay in instalments?
Yes. we can discuss payment options when we chat before you pay your deposit. Once your $500 deposit is paid we will formalise the payment dates. Full payment needs to be received by 1st May . Please check the details of the cancellation policy above.
I’ve got more questions!