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    Cocoon: A Prenatal Immersion Program: Frequently Asked Questions

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    Thank you for your interest in Cocoon! We hope to welcome you to the Prenatal Immersion Retreat. When registering, please indicate names of all participants and dietary restrictions in the Special Requests section.

    Payment and Cancellation
    A full payment is required to secure your reservation.

    We understand that plans sometimes change, so we allow you to cancel your reservation without penalty until Thursday, February 20, 2020 by emailing Andrea Longini at [email protected]. Cancellations submitted after that date will not be refundable unless we are able to fill your spot with another family from the waiting list.

    Arrival and Departure
    Friday check-in begins at 5:00 PM. Dinner will be served following a short Kabbalat Shabbat at 6:00 PM. 

    Sunday departure is at 11:00 AM. Breakfast will be provided.

    The two-story Cary Lodge on campus offers overnight accommodations. Each couple or individual attending will have a private room.

    Restroom and shower facilities are shared and can be found on each floor.

    Towels and bedding are not provided. Please bring your own bedding supplies (see Packing List below).

    Food and Special Dietary Requests
    All meals are included and prepared by Monte Toyon's staff. Snacks and drinks will be available throughout our stay. We will be able to accommodate most dietary restrictions per request. Vegetarian options are available by request. Meals are kosher-style.  

    Who is Cocoon for?
    The program is geared towards expecting couples and individuals who are looking to celebrate, honor and commemorate the time of pregnancy in their lives. The weekend features a range of activities and free-form time, with hikes, learning sessions, meals and a mandala craft-making workshop. We encourage meeting others, sharing stories and taking the time to create mindful moments that inspire you! 

    The Program
    Approximately three weeks before the program, participants will receive a full schedule for the weekend. The program will have brief services on Friday night, followed by dinner and Havdalah (Shabbat conclusion ceremony) on Saturday night.

    We will offer hikes around and near the camp, mindfulness and meditation, a ropes challenge course, workshops and more.

    Mandala Making Activity
    We will engage in make-your-own personalized, custom mandala that can be used as a focal point or source of inspiration in your life after the program has ended. Please feel free to bring objects from home that can be semi-permanently attached to your mandala.

    The average forecast for this weekend is usually sunny and 60–65 degrees during the day and down to about 44 degrees at night but as you know, it might change. We recommend bringing layers of clothes and wet weather clothing so you can easily adjust to the changing temperature throughout the day. Please consider bringing waterproof walking gear.

    Packing List:

    • Sleeping bag and/or fitted sheet, extra blanket, pillow 
    • Toiletries, towels, washcloth
    • Clothing for 2 days and 2 nights—include warm clothing for the evenings  
    • Closed toe shoes required (an extra pair is recommended); rain boots in case of rain
    • Umbrella or rain poncho
    • Picnic blanket

    There will be no doctor or nurse on staff for the weekend. We ask participants to bring their own medications and basic first aid. There is a list of nearby medical facilities posted at the camp.

    Communication and Electronics
    There is limited Wi-Fi/Internet connectivity and cell phone reception at the camp; however, Wi-Fi areas are provided for those that need it. Wi-Fi and cell reception can also be accessed a short drive from the camp. We will provide the camp's phone number for those participants wishing to leave a number at which they can be contacted. This phone has an answering machine that is checked approximately every two hours. 



    If you have more questions, please contact Andrea Longini at [email protected].


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