IONS EarthRise Campus to Reopen on January 1, 2021
These are unprecedented times. The COVID-19 pandemic has touched the lives of everyone on the planet, fundamentally highlighting numerous opportunities to transcend our global paradigm. It is a time of many challenges — and opportunities.
One of greatest challenges IONS has faced during these past three months has been determining when to safely reopen our beloved EarthRise campus and retreat center. Based on the factors outlined below, we have made the difficult but clear decision to extend the closure of our campus until January 1, 2021. Among our most pressing reasons for this decision:
- The pandemic is not yet under control, with continued spikes in infections throughout California and elsewhere.
- Local and state governmental orders continue to prohibit the operation of retreat centers such as IONS EarthRise.
- We have already incurred several major cancellations for the Fall season, making it cost-prohibitive to fully reopen campus even if we could legally resume operations.
- Again, even if the retreat center could officially reopen, the continuation of social distancing requirements in our meeting rooms would greatly reduce our meeting capacity — making it impossible for several current reservations to be fulfilled.
Our entire IONS team shares in any sadness resulting from the continued EarthRise closure. We too miss “our home:” the beautiful land, vibrant wildlife, delicious food, and warm companionship. For thousands of people, attending an event at IONS EarthRise has been akin to a pilgrimage. However, please know that we are using this pause productively — to explore new ways to envision the role of our sacred land and campus in Awakening the Noetic Now!
If you have an event scheduled prior to December 31, 2020, we look forward to working with you to reschedule your retreat. If this is not possible for your group, please consider applying your current deposit(s) to a future booking to support our recovery.
Thank you for your support and understanding. Our IONS Team wishes you all the very best of health and well-being — and we look forward to seeing you in 2021!