COVID-19 Precautions & Policies

We will be working primarily in a space large enough to accommodate appropriate distancing within the group and our practices can be modified to ensure limited physical contact if and where necessary.  Weather permitting, we may perform some practices outdoors. (Please ensure that you bring sufficient weather appropriate clothing.) 


We ask all participants to respectfully ensure that they take extra precautions for at least 2 weeks leading up to the convergence. Please do your best to follow provincial and local guidelines such as, limited exposure to the general public, physical distancing and mask wearing, etc.  Please consider who you spend extended periods of time with (i.e., personal, work, etc.) and stay informed about any potential risks to exposure they might face that could impact you, and in turn, your fellow grievers. 


Facilitators will observe the same precautions requested of our participants. 



How COVID will or may affect your participation and our onsite interactions:  


  • If the event is cancelled by The Ecology Retreat Centre or The Death & Grief Rites Revival Project for any reason, including COVID, refunds will be provided in full. 

  • If you experience specific COVID symptoms or have been exposed to someone who is symptomatic and/or has tested positive within 2 weeks of the event you will be required to cancel your participation and will receive a full refund. 

  • Should you suddenly present with fever or other specific COVID symptoms over the course of the weekend, you will be asked to leave the premises.  If you are unable to make it home safely on your own, we will ensure that you receive immediate care from a local clinic or hospital. 

  • Upon arrival, at registration, we will complete temperature checks.  If you present with fever or notable symptoms of COVID you will unfortunately be required to leave the premises. 

  • Please bring your own mask. We will keep a supply of paper masks on the premises should anyone require extra. 

  • There will be no shared accommodation. All participants will be accommodated in private quarters. 

  • Shared spaces such as bathrooms, dining room and other common areas will be regularly sanitized by ERC staff.


At this time it appears likely that we will be the only guests of the ERC.  If this changes, please know that any other group in attendance will be gathering in a separate building and your private accommodation will not be affected.  We will update this status just prior to the event in order to inform you about what this will look like, i.e., whether it will impact other common areas including the dining area and washrooms.