Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT ARE THE RETREATS YOU HAVE PLANNED FOR THE COMING YEAR?
The upcoming retreats we have planned are listed under our “Upcoming Trips” tab in our top navigation bar.
HOW CAN I HEAR ABOUT COMING RETREATS?
We announce new trips, release registration, and send updates about open spaces primarily through our newsletter. If you are interested in any current or future trips, we highly recommend you sign up for it.
HOW DOES REGISTRATION WORK?
For registration for a specific trip, please go to that pilgrimage's page and follow the directions in the "Logistics" section. Registration usually involves a deposit and a later payment in full. If you have any specific questions about current or future trips, please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We'd love to hear from you.
HOW DO MIXED GENDER SHARED ROOMS WORK?
When a participant registers for a trip, we only ask about what gender pronouns they use. At no point before, during, or after the pilgrimages, do we inquire about the gender they were assigned at birth. That being said, we welcome that information if participants have a specific concern or would like to share their current gender identity.
Because of this, we are unable to assure participants that the other people in a shared room will have a particular gender identity. All we know are the current pronouns they choose. If you are uncomfortable with that idea, we recommend you select a private room. If you have specific concerns about this, send us an email to email@example.com.
I SEE YOU WILL BE DOING [INSERT RETREAT HERE]. CAN I REGISTER EARLY?
We do not currently offer any ways to pre-register or reserve spaces for people. The best way to make sure you have a spot on a trip is to subscribe to our newsletter, and sign up as soon as we release registration.
ARE YOU GOING TO DO A RETREAT ABOUT [INSERT BOOK/AUTHOR HERE]?
Maybe! All the trips we currently have planned are listed on the website. If you feel a specific book that has been meaningful in your life, we’d be interested to hear about it, and you are welcome to send us an email.
DO YOU ACCEPT CANCELLATIONS OR OFFER REFUNDS?
These trips involve a lot of planning, logistics, and up front costs. Because of this, we cannot guarantee refunds in event of a cancellation. Please be sure you can attend the event before booking. If an unforeseen circumstance does occur, we will do our best to find a replacement for you. If we are able to get someone to take your place, we will refund your full payment minus a service charge (usually around 7.5% of the deposit, based on the fee from our credit card). We strongly urge you to purchase travel insurance in the event of a personal conflict, health issue, or unexpected circumstance.
WHY ARE THESE TRIPS SO EXPENSIVE?
We understand that these trips are expensive so here are some notes about cost. Firstly, we intentionally keep these trips small. Part of what makes these pilgrimages a magical experience is that we become a strong community together. Keeping the group small means we can't benefit from economies of scale that larger tours might have.
We also want this work to be sustainable, so we can continue creating these experiences for a long time. This means that we want to pay our staff fairly. At the moment, considering the time that goes into preparation, as well as during the pilgrimage, we are probably not quite at a living wage, but we aim to get there. Additionally, we are committed to working with expert teachers in their field in order to provide the best experiences for participants.
Common Ground pilgrimages are not like any other retreat or vacation, and we hope that you join us on what we are sure will be a once in a lifetime and transformational experience.