Jikoji's basic rate is $35/day for individual retreatants. This fee gives the individual non-exclusive use of the community kitchen, community living room, dormitory, bathroom, zendo, and grounds, including nearby open space trails.
Food, housekeeping and bedding are not included, although blankets and sleeping pads are available. Guests are expected to provide their own food and to clean up after themselves.
For an added fee, individuals may alternatively stay in private or semi-private rooms instead of the dormitories.
The base rate is $500 for up to 10 people, $40/day for each additional person over 10 up to 20, $30/day for each additional person over 20 up to 30, and $25/person above 30.
This fee gives the group exclusive use of the community kitchen, community living room, both dormitories, the Zendo, and non-exclusive use of the bathrooms and grounds. Two private rooms, the Dokusan Room, located in the Zendo building, and the Smaller Private Room with bath, are included in the group rate. Sleeping pads are available, but large groups should encourage their members to bring pads with their bedding (sleeping in the Zendo is permitted). Housekeeping, incense and candles are not included. Groups are expected to clean up after themselves. Please allot appropriate time to do so.
Additional private rooms are available at extra cost, however these rooms are included without extra charge for groups of 16 or more. Smaller groups may also use the Private Rooms for an added $20/day each, and/or the Middle Room for an added $30/day if single, or $20/day each if shared.
Beyond 20, all facilities are included in the base rates (above plus Private Rooms and Middle Room) without added charges.
A non-refundable deposit of one night's rental, $500, is required to confirm booking.
The charges from Jikoji are for facilities only. Before deciding how much to charge your retreatants, please also consider your group's costs, e.g., for food and food preparation. Will it be based on donations? How much will food cost? Your cook can help with that if she has a bit of experience.
Group managers keep a tally of how many guests stay per night - no difference between which rooms are used! For instance, perhaps 12 stay Friday night - Jikoji would be owed $500 for 1st 10 guests, plus $40 per night for each additional guest = $580 for Friday night. Saturday night, maybe 20 guests show up, $500 for 1st 10 + $400 for 2nd 10 = $900 for Saturday night...
At the end of each groups' retreat, their manager sees me to pay their final charges, along with a breakdown of how many guests stayed each night. We can certainly go over that together when the time comes! This makes it easy to accommodate part timers. As far as drop-ins who only stay during the day, you should probably request donations - especially if they join you for meals! This, of course, is up to you, but I suggest it as a way to avoid running out of food. (When I book Jikoji's own sesshins, I keep notes by each guest's name, indicating how many nights they plan to stay, if they're only coming during days, whether they be joining for meals, etc.) That way you ensure that there is plenty of food and the cost is covered - maybe you'd like to mention "suggested donation to help cover food".
Please don't hesitate to email me with any further questions or concerns. You can also reach me by phone on my cell number, 310-717-7474.
Multi-day Rental Deposit Policy: $1,000 maximum. For reservations of two days or more, a $500 deposit is required on reservation. Another $500 may be required six months before the reservation date, for a total deposit of $1,000.
Upon cancellation of the reservation, Jikoji shall retain all or a portion of the deposit if Jikoji loses rental revenues due to the cancelation. If Jikoji does not lose rental revenues, the deposit will be refunded. If Jikoji suffers rental income losses from the cancellation that exceed the deposit, the entire deposit will be forfeited. In addition, a group cancelling its reservation within 90 days of the reservation start date will be responsible for up to $500 minimum amount/day minus any substitute rental revenue Jikoji is paid from other renters during the cancelled reservation period.
Examples: For a 7-day rental that is cancelled, if Jikoji is able to rent to another group for the same 7-day period, there is no cancellation cost and the entire deposit of the group canceling will be refunded in full. If, however, Jikoji is paid no rental income during the same 7-day period, and the cancellation is more than 90 days before the reservation date, the entire deposit will forfeited and the group will owe no additional amount to Jikoji. However, if the cancellation is within 90 days of the reservation date, the group could be responsible for a maximum of $500/day x 7 = $3500. This amount will be reduced if Jikoji's is paid rental revenues during the period. For example if Jikoji was paid $1,000 during that 7-day reservation period by another group, the total amount due and owing to Jikoji would be $3500-$1000, or $2500.
The day use fee is $250/day minimum for 10 persons or fewer, plus $25/person added for each additional person; this includes exclusive use of the zendo and community building and grounds for 8 hours.
Jikoji's staff may be able to suggest competent vegetarian cooks for groups who prefer to hire out their cooking. Call 408 741-9562 or email Jikoji Rentals for more information.
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