Working With Children Check
We are required to ask all adults attending overnight to have a Working With Children Check.
Every adult coming will need to apply for one before booking. If you do not already have a current Working With Children Check, you will need to fill in an online application and visit a Service NSW location to show them your identification.
This must be done before booking. After we have received your booking will ask you to send us your application number. If this is not provided, your booking will be cancelled and deposits are not refundable.
The check must be complete before the start of the retreat.
We are taking precautions to reduce the risk of COVID transmissions in line with Government recommendations, but we cannot guarantee that Vijayaloka is a COVID-free space. Being on retreat means you will be in close contact with the same group of people: preparing food and eating together, meditating in an enclosed space, and sharing dorm rooms. Before booking or coming on a retreat you should consider if coming on a retreat is suitable for your circumstances. We offer other alternatives for learning and practicing meditation and Buddhism, including online activities.
Before coming on retreat:
- All adults need to be fully vaccinated, including having had a booster if you are eligible for one. You will need to show your vaccine certificate at the start of the retreat.
- Both adults and children need to take a Rapid Antigen Test test on the day of the retreat before setting off for Vijayaloka. Do not come to Vijayaoka if this test is positive.
Vijayaloka will have a limited number of RATs available if you are unable to find any before coming, or if you forget to bring one. However please be aware our supplies are limited, and we will charge $15 to cover the cost of each test.
- Be aware that Vijayaloka does not have the space for every person to have their own room and so you will likely be sharing with one other person in a dorm. If you are coming with someone with whom you already share a household, let us know and we can allocate you a room together. You are also welcome to bring a tent and camp if you would like.
If you are unable to meet these requirements, such as because of a medical reason, please contact us before booking.
Please do not book or come on retreat if you are experiencing any COVID symptoms or are a close contact of anyone who has COVID. If you are unable to attend the retreat because you start experiencing symptoms, or receive a positive test, we will offer a full refund, waiving our usual cancellation policy.
Vijayaloka is a meat, smoke, drug and alcohol free retreat centre. Please do not bring any meat, fish, alcohol or drugs. If you need to smoke, please do so well away from the retreat centre.
Your Welfare & Safety
We want you to have a safe and enjoyable time on retreat with us.
If you or your children coming on the retreat have any physical, emotional or mental health difficulties that may affect your participation in the retreat, please contact us before you book so that we can make sure we will be able to accomodate you in the best way.
Please also let us know if you or your children coming on the retreat have any dietary requirements other than requiring plant-based food (all food at Vijayaloka is plant-based) or an allergy to gluten, nuts, garlic and/or onions (options for these are available on the booking form).
We are taking precautions to reduce the risk of COVID transmissions in line with Government recommendations, but being on retreat means you will be in close contact with the same group of people: preparing food and eating together, meditating in an enclosed space, and sharing dorm rooms.
Please do not book or come on retreat if you are experiencing any COVID symptoms, have been in any of the recent case locations listed on NSW Government's website, or have been in contact with anyone who has or may have COVID. We will offer a full refund, waiving our usual cancellation policy if any of these apply.
For more information see our COVID-Safe policy.
Our retreats often book out. The booking cost includes a non-refundable* deposit of $30 per person (for both adults and children). If you need to cancel your booking, the remaining amount can be transferred or refunded. If you cancel with at least 48 hours notice the deposit can also be transferred onto any other upcoming retreat.
* Does not apply if you develop COVID symptoms, have been in a recent COVID case location, or have been in contact with anyone who has or may have COVID since booking. In this situation, please contact us and we will provide a full refund or transfer.