Caverly at Being & Doing Summit - Online

Caverly at Being & Doing Summit - Online

Join Caverly and 25 other leading teachers for The Being & Doing Summit: a free online event, October 14-18th!

More and more of us are WAKING UP to our deeper, more essential, nature. It’s astounding! It's both more ordinary and more extraordinary than we could have imagined. And, it’s NOT very far away.

Anxiety and inner conflict fade as we unplug from absorption in the endless yammering of our minds. Our hearts break open into compassion and call us toward kindness, justice and purpose. Still... we’ve got rent to pay, barbells to lift, kids to raise, traumas to heal, lovers to love, and a world in crisis crying out for our help!

At The Being & Doing Summit you will be guided to recognition of your true nature and given the tools and insights to bring your awakening into your work, your relationships and the wider world.

Join Caverly for her presentation, “Beyond Personal Liberation,” on Friday, October 18th, 10:00am PST

In this extended discussion, Caverly Morgan discusses how the process of personal awakening is naturally extended into cultural awakening, energized by the intelligence and movement of love. There is ultimately no difference between personal liberation of liberation of the world we live in.

Video: sneak peek into what Caverly will discuss during the summit!

 
 
Mindful Education Summit

Mindful Education Summit

Our friends at The Awake Network and mindful.org have partnered to create a FREE online event – the Mindful Education Summit – to serve as a resource for teachers, parents, administrators, therapists, and anyone interested in bringing mindfulness to children and youth.

This free event features 25+ of the leading neuroscience researchers, mindfulness experts, and dedicated educators who are making a difference in their communities – including Peace in Schools Founder Caverly Morgan! You will learn the cutting edge research on mindfulness for children, youth, and adults, discover the best practices and most common pitfalls to avoid when bringing mindfulness into the classroom, hear case studies and interviews with the educators and administrators who are bringing mindfulness into schools across the US, and gain resources to create presence in your own life and teach the next generation.

Sign up for this free online event now!

Liberation Now: From the Progressive Path to Direct Experience - Portland Insight Meditation Community

Liberation Now: From the Progressive Path to Direct Experience - Portland Insight Meditation Community

Portland Insight Meditation Community (map)

Join Caverly for a day-long program at the Portland Insight Meditation Community (PIMC) on Saturday, October 19th, from 9:00am-4:30pm. Please register for the Saturday program through the registration button below.

In addition to the Saturday program, Caverly will also be offering a Sunday morning dharma talk and meditation at PIMC on October 20th from 10:00am-12:00pm. No registration is necessary for the Sunday program.

In a progressive path approach to practice, we fall for the idea that liberation is in the future. We are conditioned to believe that we must end thinking, master practices, meditate for years, and purify our minds. Without realizing it, our beliefs maintain the conditioning that stands in the way of our direct realization. 

Rather than turning the attention outward to various objects of practice, what changes when we cultivate our effortless capacity to rest the attention in Awareness? What changes as we practice inquiry into the nature of consciousness? And what tends to get in the way? 

In this one-day retreat, you will:

  • Explore progressive path practices that support stabilization of the mind. 

  • Engage in a process of inquiry that allows Awareness to shine at the forefront of experience

  • Learn to non-judgmentally question what veils our inherent true nature

  • Be supported to trust the direct recognition of who you actually are 

This retreat is a way to deepen practice for the experienced, and also an invitation to those who are new. This retreat includes: guided meditations, journaling, relational mindfulness practices, and group discussion with Caverly.

There will be a one-hour lunch break in the middle of the day.

Caverly at Science and Nonduality Conference - San Jose, CA

Caverly at Science and Nonduality Conference - San Jose, CA

Hayes Mansion (map)

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Caverly is delighted to be presenting at the 2019 Science and Nonduality Conference!

On October 25th, she'll be joined by Barnaby Willett and Gia Naranjo-Rivera to give a presentation on "New Research on Trauma, Love and Transformation."

Without a shift in consciousness, humanity will become extinct. To effect a shift at large scale requires a contemplative turn in our educational systems. Practice- models are needed to blaze a pathway for this transformation. The nonprofit Peace in Schools has pioneered the deepest practice-model in contemplative education in schools.

In 2018, we partnered with the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health on the first scientific study globally to research mindfulness and trauma by examining adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) in schools. You’ll receive a preview of initial findings and learn about a non-dual, connective, love-based model that we can leverage for collective transformation.

On October 26th, Caverly will join Dr. Sará King and others for a panel on social justice. Stay tuned for more information!

Caverly’s Presentation from the 2018 SAND Conference - The Relative is the Absolute: Touching Race, Injustice & Love

Watch Caverly’s presentation from the 2018 SAND conference: “The Relative is the Absolute: Touching Race, Injustice & Love.”

Radical Dharma with Rev. angel Kyodo williams - Portland, OR

Radical Dharma with Rev. angel Kyodo williams - Portland, OR

Presence Collective and Radical Dharma Collective are delighted to host Rev. angel Kyodo williams for a Radical Dharma community conversation November 15-17th!

You’ll be able to attend two events with Rev. angel: come to the Friday evening event on its own, or combine your registration to include the Saturday & Sunday event as well.

Talking Race, Love and Liberation

Friday, November 15th
6:30-8:15pm: This portion of the evening is open to all.
8:30-9:30pm: This portion of the evening is for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color only.
Hosted at the Vancouver Avenue First Baptist Church
3138 N Vancouver Ave, Portland, OR

Be part of the conversation of our times: the truth about Race, Love and Liberation.  We are all swimming in a system of white supremacy that keeps us from fully realizing our humanity. To fully be in our humanity we must confront how we, regardless of the color of our bodysuit, wield the tools of our oppressor and break ourselves and each other down. Our freedom lies in seeking to liberate ourselves and discovering the essence of love, connection and our sense of belonging.

This timely conversation that Rev. angel Kyodo williams invites us to sheds light on the truth of who we are. She fortifies us as she speaks truth, addressing our painful racist history while pointing us to a path of liberation. Reckoning with how we benefit or are at the mercy of our current system of oppression, and seeking to free ourselves in a manner that is not about the individual self but collective healing, is the gift of Rev. angel Kyodo williams.  Remembering the truth of who we are without the shackles of racism, we are able to witness each other's presence. Do not miss this important conversation and an opportunity to witness truth, love, and liberation in action. 

Radical Dharma Circle

Saturday & Sunday, November 16-17th
Saturday: 9:00am-6:00pm
Sunday: 11:30am-4:30pm
Hosted by the Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization (IRCO)
10301 NE Glisan St, Portland, OR

Encounter race where it lives in your life. Rooted in the radical supposition that regardless of color or status, race has harmed us all -- though in different ways, Radical Dharma Circle is an "encounter" with awareness and practices of dismantling the negative impacts of racialization on our collective minds, hearts and bodies. 

This highly experiential weekend features identity and issue-based caucuses, full-group congresses and capacity-building using embodied practices we need to expand our sense of spaciousness to find a more complete truth: greater awareness, understanding and compassion across lines of difference and amongst our own tribes. 

  • Move past clever language to courageously explore your relationship to race through deep listening 

  • Develop practices that cut through bias while increasing personal space and capacity 

  • Begin to unpack & reveal the relationship between intersecting oppressions and how they work to keep us apart 

  • Surface and confront the stored history and impact of race on how you show up 

  • Engage in issue-based causes and full-group congresses to meet race where it matters in your life 

Beyond the Book Club: Baked in the strategy for Radical Dharma as movement to transform race for all people is the intention to seed community-based, collective-led half-day spaces called "Connections." We envision pop-up RD Connections spread across the country from urban foodie jungles to suburban soccer corners to rural old-school enclaves in time for 2020 elections and beyond. Anywhere an RDsattva is willing to hold space to meet people where they are in their story inside and about race is where Connections should be. Connection is where Conversations begin. And it matters. 

To do that in a good way, practice is called for. This weekend's Circle fills the prerequisite for people wishing to go forward to Practices of Radical Dharma, held in Seattle the following weekend, and will include information and space to engage the RDsattva path with Rev. angel. 

Please note: We are actively working to provide childcare services for the weekend event. Please email alyssa@presencecollective.org if lack of childcare services prevents you from attending.

Rebalancing Money/Sliding Scale Pricing:

We are trying to make this event as equitable and accessible as possible, and we have fixed costs to cover. We’ve budgeted for a cross section of the community with a range of financial resources to attend the event. Thanks for making this event happen by showing up for yourself and your community, and for stretching in good ways as you choose your registration level.

Here are the sliding scale options: 

Supported is for people that with currently limited resources who will avoid further hardship while benefiting from access supplemented by the community. 

Covering Your Costs is for people with mostly sufficient resources, that is to say you are generally able to pay your bills, have a bank account, etc. We budgeted for roughly half the attendees to choose this option.

Supporting is for those with more than enough resources (personal or institutionally supported), that is to say, you are generally able to take a vacation that involves airfare and hotels. We budgeted for roughly one quarter of the attendees to choose one of these options.

Friday Night Pricing:

Supported

  • Your Price: $10 (with no one turned away due to lack of funds)

Cover Your Costs (The group needs about 50% of you to choose this option)

  • Your Price: $15

Supporting (The group needs about 25% of you to choose this option)

  • Your Price: $25

If this sliding scale pricing for the Friday event is beyond your financial means, please click here.

Saturday & Sunday Pricing:

Supported

  • Your Price: $125

Cover Your Costs  (The group needs about 50% of you to choose this option)

  • Your Price: $275

Supporting  (The group needs about 25% of you to choose this option)

  • Your Price: $350

If you would like to attend the weekend event and need additional financial support, please email alyssa@presencecollective.org.

To support this event and help make the program more widely accessible, please donate below.

About Rev. angel Kyodo williams:

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Called "the most intriguing African-American Buddhist" by Library Journal, angel Kyodo williams is an author, activist, master trainer and founder of Transformative Change. She has been bridging the worlds of transformation and justice since her critically acclaimed book, Being Black: Zen and the Art of Living With Fearlessness and Grace was hailed as “an act of love” by Pulitzer Prize winner Alice Walker, and "a classic" by Buddhist pioneer Jack Kornfield. Her newest work, Radical Dharma: Talking Race, Love & Liberation, is igniting communities to have the long overdue conversations necessary to become more awake and aware of what hinders liberation of self and society. Rev. angel was the second black women to become a Zen “Sensei” or teacher, and applies wisdom teachings and embodied practice to intractable social issues. She is a leading voice for Transformative Social Change, and in recognition of her work, she received the first Creating Enlightened Society Award from Shambhala International. Her work has been widely covered, including in The New York Times, Boston Globe, Ms., and Essence. angel notes, "Love and Justice are not two. Without inner change, there can be no outer change. Without collective change, no change matters." She was made for these times. 

Liberation Now: From the Progressive Path to Direct Experience - San Francisco Dharma Collective

Liberation Now: From the Progressive Path to Direct Experience - San Francisco Dharma Collective

San Francisco Dharma Collective (map)

Join Caverly for a day-long program at the San Francisco Dharma Collective on Saturday, November 23rd, from 10:00am-5:00pm.

In addition to the Saturday program, Caverly will also be offering a Friday evening dharma talk and meditation at SF Dharma Collective on November 22nd from 7:30-9:00pm.

In a progressive path approach to practice, we fall for the idea that liberation is in the future. We are conditioned to believe that we must end thinking, master practices, meditate for years, and purify our minds. Without realizing it, our beliefs maintain the conditioning that stands in the way of our direct realization. 

Rather than turning the attention outward to various objects of practice, what changes when we cultivate our effortless capacity to rest the attention in Awareness? What changes as we practice inquiry into the nature of consciousness? And what tends to get in the way? 

In this one-day retreat, you will:

  • Explore progressive path practices that support stabilization of the mind. 

  • Engage in a process of inquiry that allows Awareness to shine at the forefront of experience

  • Learn to non-judgmentally question what veils our inherent true nature

  • Be supported to trust the direct recognition of who you actually are 

This retreat is a way to deepen practice for the experienced, and also an invitation to those who are new. This retreat includes: guided meditations, journaling, relational mindfulness practices, and group discussion with Caverly.

There will be a one-hour lunch break in the middle of the day.

Please note that no registration is required for the Friday evening program. To register for the Saturday program, please click below.

Awakening to the New Year: A Six-Day Retreat - Damascus, OR

Awakening to the New Year: A Six-Day Retreat - Damascus, OR

Still Meadow Retreat Center (map)

This retreat isn’t about making resolutions, though it is about intention. It’s about realizing your deepest heart’s desire. It’s about embracing change out of love and passion, not obligation and fear.

Through awareness practice, we remember who we authentically are. We remember what we authentically are. When moving through the world from that recognition, intention manifests differently than when our attention is aligned with the feeling of separation.

From separation, awareness practice is distorted into a self-improvement plan and resolutions are a familiar and painful by-product. This retreat focuses on the alternative.

Join us for an inspiring and empowering journey of self-inquiry on this silent retreat. The retreat takes place from December 28th 2019 - January 2nd 2020 at Still Meadow Retreat Center in the tranquil Oregon countryside 30 minutes from Portland. See photos of Still Meadow Retreat Center.

Pricing & Discounts:

EARLY BIRD TUITION (September 16th - October 18th):
USE CODE EARLY BIRD WHEN REGISTERING

  • Single : $1,245 (private room)

  • Double : $1,045 (2 people sharing a room—fee is for one person)

  • Dorm: $895 (3-4 people sharing a room—fee is for one person)

REGULAR TUITION (October 19th - December 27th):

  • Single : $1,345 (private room)

  • Double : $1,145 (2 people sharing a room—fee is for one person)

  • Dorm: $995 (3-4 people sharing a room—fee is for one person)

  • Returning Participant Discount
    Have you attended a previous retreat with Caverly before? If so, we want to offer you a 10% discount to say thanks for being part of our community! Before you register, email alyssa@presencecollective.org for your discount code. (May not be combined with Early Bird discount).

  • New! Bring a Friend Discount: If you register with a friend who has never attended a retreat with Caverly before, we’ll offer you both a $50 discount upon registration! Email alyssa@presencecollective.org for more information. (Referral discount offered for retreaters who have not previously attended a Peace in Schools or Presence Collective retreat.)

Activities include meditation, group discussions and private guidance sessions with Caverly, as well as mindful movement, guided imagery, journaling, and mindful walking — all within the backdrop of silence.

No experience required. All are welcome.

Sample of a typical daily schedule:

7:00am Mindful Movement (optional)
7:30am Sitting Meditation
8:00am Breakfast
10:00am-12:00pm Group
12:30pm Lunch
3:00-4:30pm Group/Sit-Walk-Sit
4:45-6:00pm Mindful Movement
6:00pm Dinner
7:15pm Group

Teachers:

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Caverly Morgan is the Founder and Guiding Teacher of Presence Collective, dedicated to igniting personal transformation and collective awakening, as well as Peace in Schools — a nonprofit that is pioneering new depths in mindfulness education. Caverly blends the original spirit of Zen with a modern nondual approach. Her practice began in 1995 and has included eight years of training in a silent Zen monastery. 
 

 
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Jennifer Cai co-facilitates mindfulness trainings and teen nights for Peace in Schools, and is passionate about supporting both youth and adults in starting or deepening their mindfulness practice. She was fortunate to learn and practice qi gong and meditation as a child and teen, and has been committed to a deeper practice since approximately 2012. She has a Master’s in Public Health, is a Certified Health Education Specialist, and has a background in coordinating health programs and teaching.

 

What retreat participants say:

The retreat provided a beautiful container for me to deeply listen to myself. All of my needs, that often get ignored in daily life, were heard and addressed. Everything was met with love I can’t wait to share this feeling in the world.
— Stephanie
This retreat is the most precious part of my year. The environment and teachings burn with love, wisdom, and deep intention. So grateful for this community and this retreat.
— Michael
It was such a profound honor to witness Caverly’s clarity, love, presence, wisdom and humor. I felt held and seen in a way that was so welcoming and compassionate. I felt accepted just as I am, with no conditions. Thank you for creating such a profound space of connection with self and sangha.
— Rebecca
This retreat was the most meaningful gift I’ve given to myself.
— Julie

We are committed to being an open and inclusive community. We accept and support diversity in age, race, physical and mental abilities, sexual orientation and gender identity. Please let us know how we can fully support your retreat experience.

 

 

 

 

Consciousness & Creativity: A Journal Making Retreat - Clatskanie, OR

Consciousness & Creativity: A Journal Making Retreat - Clatskanie, OR

Great Vow Zen Monastery (map)

Join Caverly for a retreat on consciousness and creativity at the Great Vow Zen Monastery.

That which is never born and never dies is always singing. This retreat invites you to explore ways we can source our creative endeavors from the deep river-beneath-the-river—the eternal wellspring of consciousness experienced in quiet moments of meditation and creative practice.

We’ll explore how intention and attention, spontaneous play, structured limits, and direct experience of the mystery can guide us. We’ll employ journal making as a vehicle for the practice of presence, receptivity and inquiry. This retreat includes meditation as well as the exploration of weaving creative practice into your everyday life. All levels are welcome! No prior book-binding experience needed.

The backdrop of this retreat will be silence, though there will also have time for relational mindfulness exercises, and group discussions with Caverly.

The Bridge to Happiness Retreat - 1440 Multiversity

The Bridge to Happiness Retreat - 1440 Multiversity

1440 Multiversity (map)

What do we want more than happiness? We all long for it. It’s the core desire underneath all of our searching.

Likely you realize it can't be found externally. You may have tried to find it through forms of self-help. You've read inspiring books by great teachers. You've resonated with their wisdom. And yet you struggle to live by these truths in your daily life.

The Bridge to Happiness program supports us in living from truth. It's an accessible and informative course that integrates the world's greatest wisdom teachings. It shows you how to align your life with your deepest understanding. It explores on what tends to get in the way personally, as well as collectively.

The Bridge to Happiness is founded in the revolutionary understanding that your true nature is wholeness, awareness, and unconditional love. When we wake up to our true nature, our lives transform. Then contemplative practice is no longer founded on striving and searching, rather the alignment of all aspects of your life with your realization.

The Bridge to Happiness program involves a five-step process:

  1. Directing the Attention

  2. Recognizing the Conditioned Mind

  3. Accessing the Compassionate Mentor Within

  4. Moving Beyond the Duality of Self and Life

  5. Knowing Oneself as Awareness

Learn how to integrate the truths of the great wisdom traditions into your daily life. Learn a fresh and accessible approach to contemplative practice that covers both foundational and advanced practices. Leave with tools, structures, and supports to integrate your learnings into daily life after the retreat. Learn how to direct the attention, recognize processes of the conditioned mind such as self-talk, and explore a unique approach to self-compassion. Learn how to rest the attention at its source, and know oneself as awareness through:

  • Meditation

  • Guided imagery

  • Experiential exercises

  • Facilitated group discussion

  • Dyad work

  • Small group work

  • Journaling

Join us as we learn to live from authenticity and truth in daily life. Join us as we ground the depth of contemplative teachings in our everyday world.


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Love and Let Go Retreat with Martin Aylward - Big Bear, CA

Love and Let Go Retreat with Martin Aylward - Big Bear, CA

Big Bear Retreat Center (map)

Join Caverly Morgan and Martin Aylward for a retreat in Big Bear, California!

Dharma practice invites us into a spacious and gracious relationship with life; challenging us to love what is, whether we like it or not. This retreat will be orientated around loving awareness and non-clinging wisdom. We will explore the various demands, defenses and distractions that easily grip our inner life, and learn to open to the genuine inner liberation that allows us to live fully and die freely. Martin and Caverly will lead teachings and practices that explore the depth of meditation while also focusing on the integration into our wider personal, social and interconnected life.

Retreat Schedule:

The daily rhythm of a retreat usually involves alternating periods of sitting and walking meditation, nature walks, meals and tea, as well as practice meetings, dharma talks and rest periods. The first sitting usually begins before breakfast. Each morning the teachers offer continuing meditation instructions for the day. The whole retreat is a succession of mindfulness training, breathing practices, deep awareness of the body and environment, meditations on the nature of feelings, and awareness of mind are from the Buddhist Insight Meditation tradition. More information on the daily retreat schedule available here.

Retreat Teachers:

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Martin Aylward went to India at age 19 and spent almost 5 years living in Asian monasteries, retreat centers, and with Himalayan hermits. He has been teaching dharma worldwide for 20 years. Martin co-founded and is guiding teacher of the retreat center MoulindeChaves.org in SW France, where he lives with his wife Gail, and where their (now adult) 2 children were raised. He is founding and guiding teacher of WorldwideInsight.org, and co-founder and director of the MindfulnessTrainingInstitute.com which has trained over 200 Mindfulness teachers in 25 countries. He takes groups of Dharma students to India and Bhutan, and in 2015 was invited by the Bhutanese government to speak at TEDx Thimphu. His teaching integrates a depth of experience in the Asian traditions in a contemporary context and language, and focusses on the inherent free-ness that is the ground of our human nature.

 
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Caverly Morgan is a meditation teacher, nonprofit leader, and visionary. She is the Founder and Guiding Teacher of Presence Collective, dedicated to igniting personal transformation and collective awakening. She is also the Founder and Guiding Teacher of Peace in Schools — a nonprofit which created the nation’s first for-credit mindfulness class in public high schools. Peace in Schools is pioneering new depths in mindfulness education through teaching youth as well as training educators.

Caverly blends the original spirit of Zen with a modern nondual approach. Her practice began in 1995 and has included eight years of training in a silent Zen monastery. She has been teaching contemplative practice since 2001.

Prior to her pioneering efforts with Peace in Schools, Caverly formerly worked for nonprofits serving people with special needs. An artist and educator, she brings insight, passion, warmth and humor to her transformative work with students of all ages and experience levels.

Caverly leads meditation retreats, workshops, and online classes internationally. She has been a teacher and presenter at the Generation X Dharma Teachers Conference, the Science and Nonduality Conference, 1440 Multiversity, Worldwide Insight, Esalen, the Mind and Life International Symposium for Contemplative Research, Buddha at the Gas Pump, and many more.

Caverly speaks publicly at conferences on topics including contemplative practice, social entrepreneurship, authentic leadership, and mindfulness education, and has been featured in publications such as Mindful Magazine and The New York Times.

She is dedicated to actualizing possibility, serving love, and embodying the truth of interconnection.

Caverly lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband Vineet and their two dogs Sweetpea and Bankei.

Resting as the Stillness of Being Retreat - Soquel, CA

Resting as the Stillness of Being Retreat - Soquel, CA

Land of Medicine Buddha (map)

Resting As The Stillness of Being

A seven-day silent retreat led by Caverly Morgan

July 25-31, 2020
Land of Medicine Buddha | Soquel, California

More details and registration coming soon!

 
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Caverly Morgan is a meditation teacher, nonprofit leader, and visionary. She is the Founder and Guiding Teacher of Presence Collective, dedicated to igniting personal transformation and collective awakening. She is also the Founder and Guiding Teacher of Peace in Schools — a nonprofit which created the nation’s first for-credit mindfulness class in public high schools. Caverly blends the original spirit of Zen with a modern nondual approach. Her practice began in 1995 and has included eight years of training in a silent Zen monastery. She has been teaching contemplative practice since 2001. Caverly leads meditation retreats, workshops, and online classes internationally. She has been a visiting teacher at Open Circle, the Science and Nonduality Conference, Insight Meditation of Seattle and Charlottesville, MNDFL, the Mind and Life Conference, Esalen, and the New York Zen Center of Contemplative Care. She has also been interviewed on Buddha at the Gaspump.

 

Cancellation Policy

  • If you cancel 30 or more days prior to the event start date, payments made will be refunded in full (less a $50 processing fee).

  • If you cancel between 29 days and 1 day prior to the event start date, a nonrefundable credit (less a $50 processing fee and any non-cancelable charges levied by the venue, such as room and board), will be held for one year from the date of issue. The credit can be applied to any Presence Collective event.

  • No credit or refund is available if you cancel on the event start date, if you do not show up, or if you leave a program or event early.

  • If Presence Collective cancels: on rare occasions, due to unforeseen circumstances, we may need to cancel a program. Should this circumstance arise, you will receive a full refund.