Covid Safe Policy

As of 21-May-2022

  • We encourage you to assess your own needs and vulnerability to covid 19 when deciding whether or not to attend a retreat and thank you in advance for your co-operation to keep the Centre a safe and healthy place.
  • All staff and people visiting the Centre, including teachers, yogis and volunteers are expected to be fully vaccinated unless granted a medical exemption.
  • We also require that you do not attend a retreat if you have covid-like symptoms or have been in contact in the previous 14 days with people suspected to have or who have been diagnosed with covid 19. If this applies to you, please provide us with as much notice as possible and a full refund of your retreat fee will be arranged.
  • If you experience any covid-like symptoms while you are on retreat, please advise the retreat manager immediately so we can arrange a rapid Covid test. If we notice anyone exhibiting these symptoms who has not come forward, we will also require them to undertake a rapid covid test or leave the retreat. A positive test will mean the retreat will end immediately and everyone will be required to return home. Appropriate refunds will be provided to yogis should this happen.
  • While we follow all government guidelines, it is your personal responsibility to attend to your own hygiene, wear a mask if required and maintain the appropriate physical distance during your stay. Please remember to bring your own masks if you require them during your retreat.

We strongly encourage you to arrange your own private transport to the Centre. This will help ensure that you are able to safely leave the Centre in the event that a suspected case of covid occurs during a retreat. It will also be necessary for you to have a local (ie Sydney region) nominated support person as a condition of attending your retreat. If this is not possible, you will need to be able to fund and organise your own departure if required. We are unable to provide transport or long term isolation should you become ill.

While we recognise these arrangements may disappoint some people who are hesitant or not prepared to be vaccinated, we are prioritising the needs of vaccinated people to feel safe during retreat. This is a conscious and considered decision, and we believe it is what the vast majority of people who come to BMIMC would expect and would support.