F.A.Q.

Here are some common questions about walkandmeditate.com retreats

General questions

What types of people join the retreat?

We have people joining us from all over the world – from the UK and many other European countries, the US and Canada, Australia, South Africa to name a few. We welcome solo travelers – on average about half of the people on our retreats come on their own and we predominantly have more female than male. We also have couples, friends, sisters – everyone is welcome. We’ll plan group dinners and day trips for those who want to join, but also respect people’s space if you need some alone-time, it’s all part of the holiday.

Can I bring a friend/partner who doesn't want to participate in the meditation classes?

Absolutely! Non-participants are always welcome. All classes and activities are voluntary and there is always plenty of activities (or total relaxation) that can be enjoyed in place of one of the meditation classes.
We can help guests not participating in the organised activities with optional excursions or activities (e.g. golf), at their own expense.

How many people come on your holidays?

We limit our groups to a maximum of 8 guests, thus ensuring small group personal attention from our team.

I have never done anything like this, is it for me?

90% of our clients are new to most, if not all, of what we do and no one has ever walked away unhappy or dissatisfied. We offer a high degree of integrity, physical safety and emotional support which is appreciated by all who stay with us. Again and again, unsure moments are replaced by realizations of just how simple the techniques we use are.
As for whether it is exactly what you want to do, you are a better judge of that. Let us know what you are expecting, wanting and needing from us, and we will do our best to bring clarity to your decision.

Are your meditation retreat suitable for beginners?

We believe that meditation can be enjoyed by everyone so our retreats are suitable for all ages, men and women and all levels of experience, from complete beginners to advanced students.
We’ve had mostly meditation beginners come to the retreats, and many who found a new love (or renewed love) of the practice.
Every day you will be introduced to different meditation practices. Classes are tailored for all levels, including complete beginners and those with an already-established practice.

I am quite an experienced meditator, would I enjoy your retreat?

In a word yes! All our retreats and holidays are suitable for those who have done little or lots of meditation.
Walkandmeditate.com will give you the space for practicing in a small group, learning new techniques and relaxing with others activities such as walking and wellness times.
You will be back home completely relaxed, freshed and rejuvenated.

What types of meditation do you do?

We use and teach you a number of different methods, from mindfulness to focusing on the breath. You will learn and experience different types of meditation and will be able to develop a practice for everyday life which is really fitting to you. Please be assured that meditation should be enjoyable – we don’t get you sitting in painful crossed-leg position for hours at a time!

I am not a very sporty person, is that a problem for the hikes?

Absolutely not! The walks are classified as easy or moderate, suitable for most people who are reasonably active and we are using cable car and chairlift for the most difficult parts.

I just want some peace and quiet, do I have to do the activities?

That’s completely fine. All classes and activities are optional. Do as much or as little as you choose. However, to get the most out of your retreat, we would encourage you to participate in as much of the program as you can. The activities have been designed to support the retreat of your choice but it is your retreat, so it is entirely your choice.

Which language will the classes be? Do people speak English?

Classes will normally be in English and in French.
Most of the hotel staff do speak English.

How long is each retreat?

Our meditation, walking and wellness retreats are offered on a 7 nights 8 days basis from Saturday to Saturday. The retreats operate only on selected dates throughout the year.

Please check the Availability page.

Where are the retreats held?

Please see the Location page.

What type of equipment should I bring?

Sports wear

Hiking shoes

We have meditation cushions or pillows but if you love your own!

Raincoat and pullovers (Weather in mountain can change fast)

Hat for sun (if you are sensitive to sun)

Sun cream

Bug repellent

Swimsuit

Flip flops

Comfortable casual dinner attire

Transportation

How do I get there?

Please see the Getting here page.

Are flights included?

Flights are not included in our holiday prices since we have people flying in from all over the world and so including the price of flights in our holidays would be a real challenge!
However, there are a wide variety of airlines that serve the international airport of Munich (Franz-Josef Strauss).

For more information, please see the Getting here page.

What airport should I fly into?

Even if there are closer airports (Memmingen or Friedrichshafen) we advice to flight to Franz-Josef Strauss Munich airport and use our airport shuttle service within the window of times we have outlined.

For more information, please see the Getting here page.

Are airport transfers included?

As part of the full package we do include scheduled return airport transfers for Franz-Josef Strauss Munich airport, but please bear in mind that they operate at specified times on our official arrival and departure days only, therefore it is important that guests please check the retreats transfer times with us before booking flights. We will pick you up from the airport and drop you back for your return flight. Please notify us in advance of your flight details. If you would prefer to hire a car and drive, please let us know and we can suggest some reliable car hire companies.

For more information, please see the Getting here page.

At what time is the airport shuttle service in Munich?

Our airport shuttle service aims to meet guests at Franz-Josef Strauss Munich airport between 13:00 and 15:00 on arrival day and arrive back at airport on final day for midday.

What happens if I can’t find a flight to meet your airport transfer service?

If you can’t find flights to meet our service, we can arrange private transfer for you (at your own cost) or give advice on the local train service.

For more information, please see the Getting here page.

Accommodations

Will I have to share my room?

Absolutely not, each guest will enjoy sole occupancy of his or her own luxury suite.
You get your own space, your own bathroom, your own time alone.

Can I share a room with someone else?

The hotel doesn’t have any twin beds. So it’s only possible for couples or special requests.

Do you charge single supplements?

No, never.

What type of electricity do they have?

In Germany the power sockets are of type C and F. The standard voltage is 230 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz.
For comparison, in the United States it is 110 volts and 60 Hz. You must bring a 2 pin adapter to use your electronics.

Is there wi-fi in the hotel?

There is free wi-fi in all the hotel rooms, as well as in common areas of the hotel.

Do I need to bring shampoo, lotion, hair dryer and a towel?

The hotel provides soap, shampoo, hair dryers, bath towels, bathrobe and slippers in the rooms.

Are there laundry facilities?

The hotel have laundry services to wash your clothes. There is an extra charge for laundry services.

Safety box?

Every room has its own safety box.

Food

Is there vegeterian food?

Yes! For each meal, including the 5-course Gourmet-Menu of the dinner, you will always have the choice between vegetarian or non-vegetarian food.

Is the food organic?

The restaurant of the hotel serves local organic fruits and vegetables as much as possible.

Do you accommodate special diets?

Yes! The hotel can accommodate most special dietary restrictions like allergies, lactose free and non-gluten diets.

Medical and security

What are the medical concerns?

Healthcare in Germany is excellent and sanitation standards are high. Germany has been rated among the best healthcare systems in the world in recent years. German doctors are well-trained and very passionate about their profession, and the public and private hospitals are comparable with any throughout the world.
If you are on a particular medication, please be sure that you have enough medication for the duration of the retreat.
We recommend that either a family member or friend have a copy of your passport in case of a State-side emergency. We also will have an emergency number in the unlikely event we need to contact some at home.
We have never had a medical situation that has not been adequately resolved. In extreme cases, air transport is available. Please check your health insurance for coverage in foreign countries.

Can my family reach me in case of emergency?

Yes, we will give you our telephone number and the number of the hotel where you will be staying.

We would be happy to assist in anyway we can.

Do I need Insurance?

We have our own public liability insurance. But with regards to our hiking holidays, we require you to take out your own insurance.
We highly recommend that you add “cancel for any reason” to your policy. Although normal trip cancellation will cover you for illness or injury, or for a travel companions illness, injury or death, it is limited to these. With “cancel for any reason” you will receive a percentage (usually 75%-100%) of all pre-paid costs. With this coverage if something comes up, a wedding, a new job opportunity, etc. or if walkandmeditate.com has to cancel due to weather, staff injury or illness or other unforeseen reasons, you will be covered.

Costs and extras

What is included in my retreat package?

The full package includes:

3 meditation classes per day

Meditation and pranayama sessions during the hikes

All the cable car and chairlift tickets during the hikes

2 cultural tours with entry tickets

7 nights luxury accommodation in a 5 star hotel

Full-board: Breakfasts, lunches, and 5- course gourmet dinner menu

Free access to the 2100m² pools, fitness and spa area

Airport transfers from and to Munich airport

All transports for organised activities

What is not included in my retreat package?

Flights

Airport transfer other than Munich airport

Massages and spa treatments

Beverages and extra meals

Extra activities

Tipping

Personal insurances

What happens if I need to cancel?

If you cancel your booking the following cancellation charges will be made:

. 90 days or more before the begining of the retreat: Loss of deposit

. between 76 and 89 days before the begining of the retreat: 30% of total price

. between 61 and 75 days before the begining of the retreat: 50% of total price

. between 31 and 60 days before the begining of the retreat: 75% of total price

. 30 days or less (or fail to join the holiday) before the begining of the retreat: 100% of total price

For more information please see our Terms and conditions page.

Still need help?

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