Booking Terms & Conditions

 

These are the Terms and Conditions that will apply to your booking of Awake Bliss retreats. Please read them carefully as you will be bound by them.

These Terms shall constitute the entire agreement between Awake Bliss 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 herein.

The contract and booking is made with, and services will be provided by Awake Bliss. By booking a 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 Awake Bliss, 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 Awake Bliss sends a confirmation email, and when you have completed the deposit payment.

An Awake Bliss team member will contact you, 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. Awake Bliss asks that you refrain from purchasing non-refundable travel until you receive an email confirmation from the Awake Bliss staff. In order for our retreats to take place we require a minimum of 7 participants.

**Please note that Awake Bliss only offers retreats and related activities to those 18 years of age and over.

 

DEPOSITS

For all advertised retreats and dates, a non-refundable deposit of $500 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 $500) until 40 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 40 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 Awake Bliss 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 and tour 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 are paid via the website links.

 

REFUND / CANCELLATION

We understand that unexpected events can arise that can affect your plans.

If you cancel more than 60 days before the retreat start date, you may request a partial refund (less a cancellation fee equal to the deposit).

All retreat payments become non-refundable less than 60 days before the retreat start date.

 

BALANCE TRANSFER

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.

 

PRICING

All retreat prices shown are per person and are quoted and payable in USD.

Awake Bliss 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.

Awakebliss 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 is 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.

 

MEDICAL CONDITIONS & SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

The Client must inform Awake Bliss 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.

Awake Bliss 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 Awakebliss reserves the right to refuse Clients with certain conditions.

 

As a client, you MUST carry medical insurance. Medical facilities vary from country to country and Awakebliss 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.

 

FINAL PAYMENTS

For all retreats, the payment of the FINAL balance of the retreat price is due 40 days prior to the retreat start date in the currency advertised.

If a booking is made within less than 40 days, your deposit including full payment will be required at your initial sign up. We DO NOT accept sign-ups less than 15 days prior to retreat start date.

We break down payments into 2 installments for most retreats. Please talk to our staff if you would like to pay in more installments, we can work with you as long as the retreat is paid in full 40 days prior to the retreat start date.

If the final balance is not received by the due date and there is no concise reason as to why, Awake Bliss reserves the right to treat the Client’s booking as cancelled.

Please ensure Awake Bliss 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 Awake Bliss 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 close family member

In the case of a natural disaster, Awake Bliss applies to the “act of god” rule and no fees will be reversed.

 

CANCELLATION OF A RETREAT BY AWAKE BLISS 

Awake Bliss 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 Awake Bliss. When a retreat is cancelled by  Awake Bliss 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.

Awake Bliss 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, Awake Bliss 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, Awake Bliss will provide the Client a refund of unused tour portions. Where a significant alteration or cancellation occurs which is not due to Force Majeure or other circumstances beyond Awake Bliss’ control, Awake Bliss will in some circumstances offer compensation. Significant alterations do not include the substitution of a transportation method, modification of itineraries, change in hotel accommodation or meal offering.

 

AIRFARE

NONE of the Awake Bliss retreats include national or international airfare. Awake Bliss strongly recommends you wait until the trip is confirmed to run before booking airfare or making any non-refundable travel arrangements.

 

TRAVEL & HEALTH INSURANCE

Awake Bliss 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. Awake Bliss shall have no liability for loss, theft of or damage to baggage or personal belongings. Personal belongings lost or stolen while unattended by the client in public lounges or other public areas, whether on board a train, bus, or other mode of transportation, publicly owned or operated by Awake Bliss or elsewhere, are not reimbursable. Losses due to ordinary wear and tear, and other acts of God are not reimbursable. Awake Bliss 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 Awake Bliss such as hotels, huts, expedition vehicles, or any other mode of transportation.

The Client acknowledges that the cost of Awake Bliss retreats do 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

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 traveler from continuing on a trip with no right of refund if, in our opinion, that traveler’s actions pose a threat to the safety of others, to the wildlife, themselves, or if the traveler’s actions and/or behaviors are harming the enjoyment of the trip for others.

Evacuations costs are to be covered by the person being evacuated.

 

TRAVEL DOCUMENTS

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 entire 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 Awake Bliss regarding visas, vaccinations, climate, clothing, baggage, special equipment, etc. is purely advisory, provided as a courtesy to the Client and Away 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. Awake Bliss will aim to confirm trips within a reasonable timeframe.

 

CLIENT RESPONSIBILITY

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 Awake Bliss, 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 traveling with Awake Bliss with their local embassy or consulate at the trip destination.

 

SAFETY & TRIP ENJOYMENT

We take your safety and well-being very seriously, which is why we partner with trained professionals for our all of 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 Awake Bliss Retreat Leaders and/or Local Guides and instructions given by them.

Awake Bliss 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 to the wildlife, or if that Client’s actions or behaviors are seriously jeopardizing the enjoyment of the trip for others. The decision of the Awake Bliss 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 Awake Bliss will not accept responsibility or liability for any Client who contravenes any laws or other regulations of any country visited.

 

HEALTH & FITNESS

Most Awake Bliss retreats 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 Awake Bliss office of these changes before the retreat starts.

 

PHOTOS, VIDEO AND CONTENT CREATION

In the course of participation in Awake Bliss retreat, photos or video may be taken by participants, guides and professional photographers. These images may be used in any Awake Bliss promotional materials, website, all social media platforms (i.e. Instagram), etc., unless Clients specifically request to the photographer or in writing to Awake Bliss, to not use any material your image is depicted in. Otherwise, permission is granted to Awake Bliss to perpetual, royalty-free, worldwide, irrevocable license to use such images for publicity and promotional purposes.

 

RETREAT ITINERARY CHANGES

Awake Bliss and its partners reserves 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 during the trip to assure the safety of our clients and staff. No responsibility is accepted for losses, expenses due to delays, changes of flights or other services because of strikes, accidents, sickness, damage, negligence, weather, war, changes in schedules or other similar causes. Awake Bliss and its partners do not assume responsibility for accidents or deaths that can be traced to the participants’ negligence, acts of third parties or exterior circumstances such as weather, natural occurrences, ware or other similar causes.

 

DATA PROTECTION

To ensure that retreats run smoothly, Awake Bliss needs to use personal information (such as name, address, special needs, health conditions, dietary requirements etc.) provided by Clients to Awake Bliss and also pass on such information to other outfitters/guides or suppliers involved in the operation of the retreat. Awake Bliss 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 Awake Bliss Retreat Booking Form, Clients consent to this information being transferred as required.

 

LIABILITY

Awake Bliss 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 Awake Bliss 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 Awake Bliss and/or the relevant supplier could not even with all due care have foreseen or forestalled.

In the event that Awake Bliss 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 Awake Bliss 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 Awake Bliss 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 Awake Bliss RELEASE OF LIABILITY, WAIVER OF CLAIMS, ASSUMPTION OF RISKS AND INDEMNITY AGREEMENT. Please read carefully.

 

SEVER-ABILITY

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.

 

These Terms and Conditions shall insure to the benefit of and be binding upon Awake Bliss 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, Awake Bliss agrees to carry out the obligations as defined therein.

 

UPDATING OF TERMS & CONDITIONS

Awake Bliss 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.

If you have any questions or concerns, please email us at  awakebliss@gmail.com