Retreats & Covid 19
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Here you will find more detail in regards to understanding how we operate our healing retreats. We are not a travel tour company, we are a spiritual shaman experience, based out of our private residence. We also offer international retreats year-round for a decade and it has helped us expand and also bring our clients to amazing places while receiving deep healing and awaking with Shaman Riz Mirza. Our terms and conditions are based on our unique business model so that is why we do not offer refunds, but we will work with you in helping you exchange your paid service for another service we provide, for example, shamanic journeys if you do not want to wait to go on another paid-for trip. There will be travel insurance provided for all guests.
To look at the contract in its entirety to join us on our Sacred Earth Retreats go here.
If you already signed up and accepted your terms & conditions during your checkout, then you are acknowledging these terms. If you were sent a one-page docu-sign it is acknowledging these terms. Please understand fully before accepting. This protects everyone.
Thank you so much!
April 12, 2021
Well, this has been a very trying time in regards to travel, hasn't it? If you are anything like my wife and I, travel is in our blood and we cannot imagine not being able to just hop on a plane to enjoy our big world as intended. But, here we are. We have kept a close watch on all the different countries' travel bans since we have many retreats with groups well booked for over a year in advance in different countries. This has been a big problem for us and of course for you.
The United States is The # 1 Hotspot as you know. The #1 country to be banned from visiting all major international destinations. So we have been waiting until that is lifted. Meanwhile, our tours, tickets, pre-pay registrations, hotels, private taxis are also on hold and they are offering no refunds. Upon research, we have discovered unfortunately this is the case for most countries, companies, and individuals. The deposits and money you have paid towards the trip have gone to us securing the trip with vendors. Many airlines, however, have changed their policies and laws that you might be able to get a refund from airline flights.
The only thing we can do is continue to make plans regardless. Major countries, like Japan, are very strict because of their senior population. Japan has the highest proportion of elderly citizens of any country in the world. 'The country is experiencing a "super-aging" society both in rural and urban areas.' They will probably be the last ones to allow international travel as usual. So, we can either wait until all of this passes which can be well into 2022 (hopefully) or we have to do something else, so we will offer you some options.
Some of you want to hang in there and take a 'let's see what happens approach'. I am with you, as we are big believers in going with the flow of the Universe. Others have underlying health concerns and other situations that prevent them from attending the Japan Retreat altogether. They have opted to exchange for attending Circle of Light events and/or some healing services so as to keep a good energy exchange between us under these circumstances.
So please, take a moment and consider what your heart tells you. You can either 'wait until we can travel safely' or you can exchange with my services.
Riz & Oriah
Continued Restrictions for Travel to Japan
In terms of current travel advisories, Japan has imposed entry bans on 152 countries including the United States, Canada, all of Europe (including the United Kingdom), and most of Asia. The travel bans are currently in effect indefinitely. Japan has also temporarily suspended visa exemptions, making it necessary to apply for a visa prior to traveling.
Despite the lifting of the state of emergency, the Government of Japan continues to enforce strict travel regulations that bar most new foreign entry into Japan. Foreign tourists and non-resident foreign business travelers remain prohibited from entering Japan. Japanese citizens and foreign residents with a reentry permit are generally allowed to reenter Japan but must comply with strict pre-and post-travel testing requirements and self-quarantine upon arrival. Regardless of the international point of origin, all travelers entering Japan remain subject to a 14-day self-quarantine upon arrival and are prohibited from using public transportation to include domestic flights, taxis, and rail. Travelers arriving from certain areas, or without proof of pre-departure COVID-19 testing, may be required to quarantine for a period of time in a government-designated location.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 2 Travel Health Notice for Japan due to COVID-19.
Japan has resumed most business operations (including daycares and schools). COVID-19 is still a serious concern in Tokyo and across many areas of Japan, and restrictions on entry remain in effect. Visit the Embassy's COVID-19 page for more information on COVID-19 in Japan.
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Hello lads and lassies!
After many moons of trying to figure out our retreats due to covid restrictions, and trying to organize the wave of rescheduling and cancellations left in it's wake...we have emerged! We are back to traveling this fine world with fine folks like you! We have looked at the best travel times to visit Ireland, and after spending time in the pouring rain during one retreat we have vowed to never do that again. We chose a good time, June 2022! The driest month in Ireland, since it is a pretty damp country. Summer Solstice is June 21st, a splendid time to join the fairies and leprechauns along with all the other magical beings that traverse its ancient lands. In Ireland, The Summer Solstice is also known as Midsummer, traditionally falls on June 21st, the longest day of the year. The most popular area to celebrate Midsummer is at the Hill of Tara, a very magical place that we love. Midsummer festivals and bonfires have been a tradition in Ireland since pagen times and continue to thrive. It dates back to ancient Ireland over 5,000 years ago and still celebrated today!
We have some new updates, please read it thoroughly.
As of March 2021, the current update on travel is this:
The Irish government recently announced the extension of level 5 restrictions, which includes a 5-kilometer (3.1-mile) travel limit for residents, through at least April 5. Nonessential travel inbound or outbound is still highly discouraged (in the U.S., the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is also discouraging nonessential travel). Anyone currently traveling to Ireland must have a negative COVID-19 test taken within three days of arrival (arriving without one can result in a fine of about $1,800 “or a prison sentence of up to 6 months, or both"), quarantine for two weeks and complete a COVID-19 Passenger Locator Form indicating where they'll be quarantining. Pre-pandemic, there were 16 gateways and four airlines serving Ireland from the U.S. Now, with the country effectively closed to tourism, Americans can get there directly only from New York, Boston or Chicago by way of Aer Lingus. Meanwhile, Ireland's hospitality industry — restaurants, pubs, hotels — remains closed. Prime Minister Micheál Martin said at the end of February that he didn't expect it to open before midsummer.
Ireland has also put in place the European Union's toughest restrictions on international travel and Varadkar said a plan for a phased return to international travel this summer should be agreed by the end of May.
We are not a travel tour company, we are a spiritual shaman experience based out of our private residence. We offer retreats year-round for a decade and it helps us expand and also bring our clients to amazing places and receive exciting experiences. Our terms and conditions are based on our business model so that is why we do not offer refunds, and we will work with you in helping you exchange your fee paid to other services we provide, like shamanic journeys if you do not want to wait to go on your paid-for trip. We thank you for your understanding.
We ASSUME the trend is going towards Ireland opening to international travelers by June 2022, so we feel it is a safe bet.
We will ask you to send us an email and let us know:
1. I am excited to still go!
2. I would like an exchange to another service.
We will be sending out new updated information contract as we get closer to the date, including newly updated agreements based on new travel restrictions and laws so that we are all protected when you receive them please sign and return it to us stating you fully understand.
We are anxious to rejoin our brothers and sisters in Ireland and cannot wait to take you with us for a magical experience. Please respond ithin the next 10 days so we can have an accurate count.
Egypt is a go and we are going 2/2/22, woohoo!
Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes.
Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? Yes.
All passengers traveling to Egypt (including Egyptians) must be in possession of negative PCR test certificate for COVID-19, taken at a maximum of 72 hours before their flight departure time.
You will see travel restrictions due to terrorism but it will not be in the areas we are going to.
Travelers who arrive at any location in Egypt with a negative PCR test are not required to quarantine.
Anyone that tests positive for COVID-19 while in Egypt is required to quarantine for 14 days.