In order to enter all countries, you must have 6 months or more left on your passport before it expires, from the date when you plan to return home. (If the last day of your trip is November 1st, your passport must expire no later than May 1st.) If your passport is due to expire in less than 6 months from your planned return date, it is vital that you have it renewed before travelling.
It is the responsibility of each individual to check on the visa requirements in regards to their nationality and ultimate destination.
A tourist visa of up to 30 days will be issued upon entry into Indonesia for US, Australian, EU and UK citizens.
For all other nationalities and destinations please check the immigration laws pertaining to the passport you hold. Please check with your closest Indonesian, British or Mexican Embassy as the laws change frequently. This site is an excellent source for finding the locations of embassies and visa requirements, for Indonesia and all other destinations: World-Wide Visa Information.
For all Heaven and Earth workshops, you only need a tourist visa.
We require that all attendees get travel insurance in case, for any unforeseen reason, they are unable to attend. Our cancellation policy is below and will be adhered to. The company we prefer is World Nomads, but there are many other reputable ones to be found.
Travel insurance will assure you that your airfare will be reimbursed, in case for any reason you need to cancel, and there may well be policies that cover additional expenses. In the event of the organisers themselves cancelling, they will not be held responsible for reimbursing any expenses aside from the workshop costs (you would be reimbursed the full amount you paid for your Heaven and Earth Workshops deposit or reservation).
Many credit card companies have built-in travel insurance for any purchases made through them. It is advisable to check on this before purchasing another policy.
Cancellation Policies apply to everyone out of fairness to all participants. Please purchase travel insurance to ensure you against any unforeseen illness, injury, inclement weather, natural disasters and such.
For ALL cancellations more than 75 days before a workshop there is a $500 cancellation fee.
For some workshops, the non-refundable deposit may be more than this. Please double check.
For ALL cancellations 31 - 75 days before a workshop, the fee is 50% of the workshop package price.
For ALL cancellations 0 - 30 days before a workshop, the fee is 100% of the workshop package price.
If a situation arises where a workshop has to be cancelled, 100% of monies received will be refunded.
Miscellaneous Travel Information
DESPITE THE WORRY ABOUT RISING AIR TRAVEL PRICES, IT IS STILL POSSIBLE TO FIND GREAT DEALS, ESPECIALLY IF YOU HAVE PLENTY OF GOOGLE PERSISTENCE!
It helps immensely if you have some flexibility on dates, and can play around with them somewhat, plus travel mid-week can be more reasonable.
We recommend that you check the frequent flyer program for the airline you choose. For example, China Air is affiliated with Delta, so through their SkyMiles programme, you can accumulate almost 18,000 miles on a roundtrip ticket to Bali from Los Angeles. Cathay Pacific is affiliated with American Airlines and is quite generous in their mileage requirements to Asia.
Affiliate frequent flyer programs can be found on the respective airline's website. Joining these programmes is free. We are happy to assist, in whatever ways we can.
Flights to Bali arrive in Denpasar (DPS). There are no direct flights to Bali from the USA, and the usual countries to be routed through are Taiwan, China (Hong Kong), Japan, Thailand, or Dubai, depending on the airline used. Total travel time can be anywhere between 17 and 22 hours. Plenty of time to catch up on those books you never have time for!
There are of course direct flights from Australia to Bali, and from all other countries, routing will depend on the airline used. Special prices can be found on-line or through promotional offers from the individual airlines. If we become aware of any we will post them immediately.
For 1st time travellers to India, we realise how daunting it can be to arrive in a completely different culture. We are committed to making the travel experience as comfortable and nonthreatening as we possibly can.
Some of the Indian Heaven and Earth Workshops are held in Goa, a small state on the west coast of Southern India. The state of Goa's coastline is relatively small and only about 100 km long. The location we have chosen is called Palolem Beach, to the very south of the state. It takes some time to get there, but the journey itself is a fascinating one, and well worth the effort.
The closest international airports to Palolem are Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, Mumbai (BOM), and Dabolim Airport (GOI). Although Dabolim is an International airport, only certain budget European airlines, Qatar and a limited number of other airlines fly there. See here or here for a list of all airlines that fly directly into Dabolim.
Dabolim airport is about 65 km from Palolem, which is a drive of around an hour and a half away by road from the workshop location.
Travel from Australia and Europe to India is not so complex and we are very happy to assist with these arrangements, please contact us directly.
For connecting flights from Mumbai to Dabolim please check here.
Those who decide to spend time in Mumbai and then take the train to Goa are advised to book their tickets well in advance, an extremely reliable and simple way to book train tickets is through Clear Trips. Those arriving by train will disembark at Margao station, and we will arrange car pick-up if you would like us to. It is about an 8-hour train journey from Mumbai to Margao, and very comfortable in either a 1st or 2nd AC class compartment. If you are lucky enough to be in one with clean windows you will have a splendid view of the countryside, and since many trains leave Mumbai in the morning, you will travel primarily in daylight hours.
From Margao to Palolem takes about an hour and 10 minutes by taxi.
There have been some positive changes in acquiring Indian visas lately, for most countries they can now get them online. Indian Visa Information. We will try and keep this page up to date with any changes, and please don't hesitate to contact us if you need assistance.
For those travelling Internationally, the closest airport to Shaftesbury is Bournemouth (BOH), but it is also easily reachable from both Gatwick and Heathrow.
There is no train line to Shaftesbury itself, and the closest railway station is Gillingham, about a 15 minute drive away. The station that takes you from London to Gillingham is Waterloo and the journey from here takes on average about 2 hours and 10 minutes.
Uber or local taxis are readily available for getting from Gillingham to Shaftesbury.
From Gatwick - By train in just under 3 hours. There are some buses and private car hire is also available.
From Heathrow - By train in just over 3 hours.
If you choose to rent a car, from Heathrow it is approximately 1 hour and 40 minutes, or from Gatwick 2 hours and 10 minutes.
Visa information for the UK can be found here.