These are the Terms and Conditions that will apply to your booking of one of our Bodhi retreats. Please read them carefully as you will be bound by them.
These Terms shall constitute the entire agreement between Bodhi, and the Client relating to the subject matter herein, and shall constitute a binding agreement. There is no verbal or written; representation, warranty, prior agreement, or description of services, other than as expressed in these terms.
The contract and booking is made with, and services will be provided by Bodhi. By booking a Bodhi retreat, you agree to be bound by these Terms and Conditions that govern the relationship, the cancellation policy and limitations of liability. These Terms and Conditions affect your rights and designate the governing law and forum for the resolution of any and all disputes.
BOOKING TRIPS & THE CONTRACT
All persons wishing to make a booking have carefully read and understand the Terms and Conditions that follow. By making a booking with Bodhi, you accept on behalf of yourself and all those named on the booking, to be bound by these Terms and Conditions. A booking is accepted and becomes definite only from the date when Bodhi sends a confirmation email, and when you have completed the deposit payment.
A Bodhi team member will contact you within 48 hours, regarding your completed registration to confirm your participation in your selected retreat. Confirmation of your participation does not necessarily mean that your trip is confirmed to run. Bodhi asks that you refrain from purchasing non-refundable travel until you receive an email confirmation from the Bodhi staff. In order for our retreats to take place, we require a minimum of 10 participants.
DEPOSITS "BOOKING FEE"
“Booking Fee”: a non-refundable £500 sum that is required to secure your booking with us.
Due to the exclusivity and limited availability, deposits are non-refundable. There will be no deposit refunds provided in any circumstances at any time.
For all advertised retreats and dates, a non-refundable deposit per person plus submission of our online booking form is required to complete your booking.
You may book a retreat with a deposit (down payment) until 70 days prior to the retreat start date, after which full payment is required to secure your spot (if any are still available).
The remaining balance of your retreat payment is due 60 days before the retreat begins. We will notify you of the balance due date after your deposit has been processed.
If the final balance is not received by the due date, then your booking cannot be guaranteed and Bodhi reserves the right to cancel your booking and forfeit your deposit.
*Please note deposits made on all bookings are non-refundable and non-creditable due to the requirement to purchase non-refundable and non-transferable essentials including but not limited to; accommodation reservations etc on your behalf to secure your spot on the retreat.
Deposit payments can be transferred to another retreat taking place within one calendar year if you notify us 90 days or more before the retreat start date.
Deposits can be paid with all major credit and debit cards
We DO NOT keep your credit card on file. When we send over an invoice, you must re-enter your credit card information.
REFUND / CANCELLATION & BALANCE TRANSFER
We understand that unexpected events can arise that can affect your plans.
All retreat payments become non-refundable less than 60 days before the retreat start date.
Full and partial retreat payments can be transferred to another retreat taking place within one calendar year if you notify us 90 days or more before the retreat start date.
There is a £100 deposit transfer fee associated with making this change but avoids incurring the cancellation fee.
You may also transfer the balance to a friend if you let us know 90 days or more in advance.
You may only transfer your retreat deposit one time.
All retreat prices shown are per person and are quoted and payable in GBP.
Bodhi is not responsible for any fees incurred due to currency exchange or fees charged by your credit card/bank for processing funds in another currency.
Bodhi reserves the right to alter the prices of any of the travel arrangements shown on our website. You will be advised of the current price of the travel arrangement you wish to book before your contract is confirmed.
Unless stated otherwise, the price of your travel arrangement includes each and all of the component parts described within your booking confirmation invoice.
Not included in the price of your travel arrangement are flights, transport, travel insurance, excess baggage charges, tipping and any food or drink or additional excursions or activities which are not confirmed as being part of your retreat arrangements. Additionally, any items or services purchased during a retreat are not included in the cost of your travel arrangement unless specifically stated.
If you damage your room or any of the property within your room we will automatically deduct the cost of repairing/replacing/redecorating from your registered card.
If you select a ‘share with unknown guest’ room share option then Helios Retreats takes no responsibility for the actions of the person/s with whom you ‘room share’. If for whatever reason you are unhappy with your ‘room share’ including but not limited to: clash of personalities; disagreements; snoring; other annoying habits etc, Helios Retreats cannot be held responsible. Please note that if you have booked a ‘share with unknown guest’ online we can guarantee that you will be sharing with an individual of the same sex unless otherwise specified.
MEDICAL CONDITIONS & SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS
The Client must inform Bodhi on our registration form of any medical conditions, pregnancy, disability or any other mental and or physical condition which may affect fitness to travel, including medications you are currently taking. Failure to notify us may result in the Client being refused certain activities during the retreat at the Client’s own expense. Some retreats may be unsuitable for Clients due to age, mobility, disability, pregnancy or physical or mental conditions, please email if you have concerns.
It is absolutely vital that you are accurate with your fitness level and medical conditions for your own safety.
Bodhi will do its best to meet special requests including dietary or physical limitations but such requests may not always be possible depending on the retreat, in which case Bodhi reserves the right to refuse Clients with certain conditions.
Bodhi will do its best to meet the Client’s special requests including dietary, but such requests do not form part of the Contract and therefore Bodhi is not liable for not providing these requests.
As a client, you MUST carry medical insurance. Medical facilities vary from country to country and Bodhi will do its absolute best to bring you to a proper medical facility as needed, but makes no representations and gives no warranties in relation to the standard of such treatment.
For all retreats, the payment of the FINAL balance of the retreat price is due 60 days prior to the retreat start date in the currency advertised.
If a booking is made within less than 60 days, your deposit including full payment will be required at your initial sign up. We DO NOT accept sign-ups less than 30 days prior to the retreat start date.
We break down payments into 2 standardly for most retreats.
If the final balance is not received by the due date and there is no concise reason as to why Bodhi reserves the right to treat the Client’s booking as cancelled.
Please ensure Bodhi is on your contact list so our emails don’t go to your junk folder!
CANCELLATION OF A RETREAT BY THE CLIENT
Any cancellation by a Client must be made in writing (via email) and be acknowledged by Bodhi in writing (via email).
Under no circumstances is your deposit refundable. Deposits are required to secure bookings.
If you cancel and you have made additional payments to your deposit, your full balance can be rolled over to another date of your same trip within one calendar year. If your trip is not offered again, you can switch locations and fees can be transferred.
Fees apart from the deposit can be refunded in special circumstances including:
- Serious injury or illness of the client
- Serious injury or illness of a close family member
In the case of a natural disaster, Bodhi applies to the “act of god” rule and no fees will be reversed.
NOTE: We will work with each of our guests to find an appropriate solution for scheduled bookings that fall inside of our 30-day cancellation window, however no guarantee can be made.
CANCELLATION OF A RETREAT BY BODHI
Bodhi reserves the right to cancel any retreat for any reason, but will not cancel a retreat less than 30 days before the retreat start date except for unusual or unforeseen circumstances outside Bodhi’s control. When a retreat is cancelled by Bodhi before the agreed date of departure for any reason other than the fault of the Client, the Client can either:
Transfer their deposit to another retreat taking place within one calendar year, or:
Receive a full refund of all monies paid under the contract as soon as possible.
Bodhi is not responsible for any incidental expenses or consequential losses that the Client may have incurred as a result of the booking such as visas, vaccinations, non-refundable flights or rail, non-refundable car parking or other fees, loss of earnings, or loss of enjoyment, etc. If the Client is offered a refund but requests an alternate retreat of a higher value than that originally booked, then the Client must pay the difference in price. Where after departure a significant element of the trip contracted for cannot be provided, Bodhi will make suitable alternative arrangements for the continuation of the trip. If it is not possible to provide a suitable alternative or the Client reasonably rejects any suitable alternatives, Bodhi will provide the Client with a refund of unused tour portions. Where a significant alteration or cancellation occurs which is not due to law or other circumstances beyond the Bodhi’s control, Bodhi will in some circumstances offer compensation. Significant alterations do not include the substitution of a transportation method, modification of itineraries, or change in hotel accommodation or meal offering.
All Bodhi retreats do not include national or international airfare. Bodhi strongly recommends you wait until the trip is confirmed to run before booking airfare or making any non-refundable travel arrangements.
TRAVEL & HEALTH INSURANCE
Bodhi recommends Clients obtain travel medical insurance. This insurance must cover personal injury and emergency medical expenses including, but not limited to, helicopter evacuation, air ambulance and repatriation.
It is strongly recommended the coverage be extended to include cancellation, curtailment, and all other expenses that might arise as a result of loss, damage, injury, delay or inconvenience occurring to the Client during travel. Bodhi shall have no liability for loss, theft of or damage to baggage or personal effects. Personal belongings lost or stolen while unattended by the client in public lounges or other public areas, whether onboard a train, bus, or another mode of transportation, publicly owned or operated by Bodhi or elsewhere, are not reimbursable. Losses due to ordinary wear and tear, and other acts of God are not reimbursable. Bodhi cannot accept responsibility for and in no event shall be liable for loss or damage of valuables or other articles left in or on facilities used by Bodhi such as hotels, huts, expedition vehicles, or any other mode of transportation.
The Client acknowledges that the cost of Bodhi retreats does not include insurance and that the Client has been advised to obtain separate coverage at an additional cost. When obtaining travel insurance the Client must ensure the insurer is aware of the type of travel to be undertaken.
EVACUATION PROCEDURES AND COSTS
Bodhi Retreat Leaders, local guides or other representatives’ decisions will at all times be final on all matters likely to affect the safety and well-being of the trip. We reserve the right to prohibit any traveller from continuing on a trip with no right of refund if in our opinion, that traveller’s actions pose a threat to the safety of others, to the wildlife, themselves, or if the traveller’s actions and/or behaviours are harming the enjoyment of the trip for others.
Evacuation costs are to be covered by the person being evacuated.
Valid Passport: The Client must be in possession of a valid passport required for entry, departure and travel to retreat destinations (passport must be valid 6 months past the return date), all visas, permits and certificates including vaccination certificates (if required), insurance policies, etc. are required for the whole of the journey. The Client accepts full responsibility for obtaining all such documents, visas and permits prior to the start of the retreat and is solely responsible for any adverse consequences resulting from missing or defective documentation. Any information or advice given by Bodhi regarding visas, vaccinations, climate, clothing, baggage, special equipment, etc. is purely advisory, provided as a courtesy to the Client and Bodhi is not responsible for any errors or omissions as to the information provided by third parties such as the appropriate governmental authorities.
Retreat Details: To expedite the obtaining of travel documents and flight bookings please note that all international trip-related documents such as Retreat Planning Guides will be sent via email once the trip is confirmed to run. Bodhi will aim to confirm trips within a reasonable timeframe.
CLAIMS & COMPLAINTS
If a Client has a complaint against Bodhi, the Client must first inform the Retreat Leader or guide at the earliest opportunity to allow the grievance to be rectified. If satisfaction is not reached, contact the Bodhi Chief of Operations whilst on the retreat so that Bodhi is provided with the opportunity to rectify the matter. Failure to indicate dissatisfaction whilst on retreat will result in the Client’s ability to claim compensation from Bodhi being extinguished or at least reduced. If satisfaction is still not reached through these means on retreat then any further complaint must be put in writing to Bodhi within 30 days of the end of the trip.
The Client acknowledges he or she may be visiting places where the political, cultural and geographical attributes present certain risks, dangers and physical challenges greater than those present in their daily life. By booking travel with Bodhi, the Client acknowledges they have considered the potential risks, dangers and challenges, and expressly assumes the risks attendant to such travel conditions. The Client is solely responsible for acquainting themselves with customs, weather conditions, physical challenges, and laws in effect at each stop along the itinerary, and is encouraged to locate or make contact prior to embarkation with their local embassy or consulate at the trip destination.
SUPPLIERS & INDEPENDENT CONTRACTORS
Hotels/accommodation, shuttle services, excursions or other elements of Bodhi may be arranged by Bodhi with local suppliers who may themselves engage the services of local operators and/or sub-contractors. Bodhi will at all times endeavour to appoint reputable and competent local suppliers. The terms and conditions of the suppliers will be applicable. These may limit or exclude the liability of the supplier. The liability of Bodhi will not exceed that of any supplier. Local laws and regulations of the relevant country will be relevant in assessing the performance of the services of any supplier. Neither Bodhi nor any carrier is liable for independent contractors.
SAFETY & TRIP ENJOYMENT
We take your safety and well-being very seriously, which is why we partner with trained professionals for all domestic and international retreats. However, you are ultimately responsible for your safety, which is why we ask all retreat participants to sign a liability waiver before departure. To avoid possibly dangerous situations, it is extremely important that you obey any rules and regulations imposed by the Bodhi Retreat Leaders and/or Local Guides and instructions given by them.
Bodhi reserves the right to prohibit any Client from continuing on a trip with no right of refund if in our opinion, that Client’s actions pose a threat to the safety of them, others, or the wildlife, or if that Client’s actions or behaviours are seriously jeopardising the enjoyment of the trip for others. The decision of the Bodhi Retreat Leader or representative will at all times be final on all matters likely to affect the safety and well-being of the trip. All Clients must, at all times, strictly comply with the laws, customs, foreign exchange and drug regulations of all countries visited, and Bodhi will not accept responsibility or liability for any Client who contravenes any laws or other regulations of any country visited.
HEALTH & FITNESS
Most Bodhi trips should not be overly strenuous for people who are healthy and reasonably fit. If you (or anyone on whose behalf you are booking) are affected by any condition, medical or otherwise, that might affect your or other people’s enjoyment of the trip, you must advise us of this at the time of booking. If your health or fitness changes between the time of booking and your trip departure date, you must notify the Bodhi office of these changes before the retreat starts.
PHOTOS, VIDEO AND CONTENT CREATION
In the course of participation in a Bodhi retreat, photos or videos may be taken by participants, guides and professional photographers. These images may be used in any Bodhi promotional materials, website, or all social media platforms (i.e. Instagram), etc., unless Clients specifically request to the photographer or in writing to Bodhi, to not use any material your image is depicted in. Otherwise, permission is granted to Bodhi to perpetual, royalty-free, worldwide, irrevocable license to use such images for publicity and promotional purposes.
RETREAT ITINERARY CHANGES
Bodhi and its partners reserve the right to alter retreat programs and itineraries due to weather, road conditions or other circumstances. These programs may be changed or cancelled at any moment due to the trip to assure the safety of our clients and staff. No responsibility is accepted for losses, expenses due to delays, changes in flights or other services because of strikes, accidents, sickness, damage, negligence, weather, war, changes in schedules or other similar causes. Bodhi and its partners do not assume responsibility for accidents or deaths that can be traced to the participant’s negligence, acts of third parties or exterior circumstances such as weather, natural occurrences, war or other similar causes.
To ensure that retreats run smoothly, Bodhi needs to use personal information (such as name, address, special needs, health conditions, dietary requirements etc.) provided by Clients to Bodhi and also pass on such information to other outfitters/guides or suppliers involved in the operation of the retreat. Bodhi will apply appropriate security measures to protect such personal data and will only pass on data that is applicable to outfitters or suppliers responsible for the retreat. By completing the Bodhi Retreat Booking Form, Clients consent to this information being transferred as required.
Bodhi is not responsible for any improper or non-performance of any services forming part of the Contract which are wholly attributable to the fault of the Client, the unforeseeable or unavoidable act or omission of a third party unconnected with the provision of any services to be provided under the Contract; unusual and unforeseeable circumstances beyond the control of Bodhi and/or the relevant supplier, the consequences of which could not have been avoided even if all due care had been exercised including (but not limited to) an event of force majeure; or any event which Bodhi and/or the relevant supplier could not even with all due care have foreseen or forestalled.
In the event that Bodhi is responsible for any death, injury or illness caused by the negligent acts and/or omissions of its suppliers of services which form part of the Contract then Bodhi limits its liability.
ACCEPTANCE OF RISK
The Client acknowledges that the nature of the retreat is adventurous and may involve a significant amount of personal risk. The Client hereby assumes all such risk and does hereby release Bodhi from all claims and causes of action arising from any damages or injuries or death resulting from these inherent risks. At the time of payment, the Client is required to sign Bodhi’s RELEASE OF LIABILITY, WAIVER OF CLAIMS, ASSUMPTION OF RISKS AND INDEMNITY AGREEMENT. Please read carefully.
In the event that any term or condition contained herein is unenforceable or void by operation of law or as being against public policy or for any other reason than such term or condition shall be deemed to be severed from this Agreement or amended accordingly only to such extent necessary to allow all remaining Terms and Conditions to survive and continue as binding.
SUCCESSORS & ASSIGNS
These Terms and Conditions shall inure to the benefit of and be binding upon Bodhi and the Client and their respective heirs, legal personal representatives, successors and assigns.
WAIVER OF BOOKING CONDITIONS
These Booking Terms and Conditions may only be waived or amended by written mutual consent. When a Client completes, submits and makes the payment for booking their place for a retreat, they agree to accept all these conditions, and when the booking is accepted, Bodhi agrees to carry out the obligations as defined therein.
Cigarettes including e-cigarettes, alcohol and drugs are strictly prohibited throughout all Bodhi Retreats. Both on and off-site.
In regards to quarantine and travel arrangements, this is the full responsibility of the traveller to find out and apply as neccasary. With travel restrictions changing we will do our best to support and provide updates to travellers who have booked a Bodhi retreat.
We strongly recommend booking the appropriate travel insurance for your trip ahead of time to cover changes to the itinerary, flights or additional quarantine days should this be necessary.
UPDATING OF TERMS & CONDITIONS
Bodhi reserves the right to update and/or alter these terms and conditions at any time, and it is the Client’s responsibility to be familiar with them. The latest terms and conditions may be found on the Bodhi website.
If you have any questions or concerns, please email us at [email protected].