We are happy to announce that Vivekananda Retreat will open to DAY VISITORS ONLY on July1. (If that goes well, we will open for overnight stays on August 19.) We look forward to seeing you! Of course, this could change, as the pandemic is not over yet. Because of the growing uncertainty of the spread of the Delta variants and their potential impact you must follow these requirements:
PLEASE NOTE THESE REQUIREMENTS:
-At this time VACCINATION IS REQUIRED. This means that, for the time being, unvaccinated adults and children may not visit the Retreat. Proof of vaccination required the first time you visit. Our staff is fully vaccinated.
-We are limiting tours to 8 people or less. YOU MUST CALL US AT LEAST 24 HOURS IN ADVANCE TO SCHEDULE A TOUR. Our phone:(845)687-4574. Our tour hours are 2-5pm.
-MASKS: REQUIRED. BRING YOUR MASK!
-SOCIAL DISTANCING REQUIRED IN THE SHRINE
-NO DROP-IN VISITS. As stated above, you must call us at least 24 hours in advance. We will enforce this.
FOR OUR MEDITATING FRIENDS:
If you are only coming to use the shrine for meditation.
The Manor House will be locked. You will need to ring the doorbell. During the group meditation times the door will be open.
GROUP MEDITATION TIMES:
THE RETREAT CLOSES AT 7pm SHARP.
People have many reasons for not getting the Covid vaccine.We recognize that. Here is the reality for an organization like Ridgely that relies on the support of our visitors and friends: The Covid restrictions that currently exist for places like ours are all waived for the vaccinated public but not for the unvaccinated. That makes it possible for us to re-open on a limited basis only. We will do this, unless the pandemic takes another unforeseen turn. We look forward to the day when all restrictions will no longer apply. That day, realistically speaking, won’t be anytime soon.
With all the above in mind, and because we have enjoyed meeting new friends via Zoom, we will be continuing our Zoom classes- the Wednesday Gita class and the Sunday Ask the Sisters class, both every week at 5:30pmEDT.