retreat center versus hotel

What differentiates a retreat center from a hotel?

In a retreat center...

  • guests feel like home and wear house shoes
  • there are no minibars, TVs, roomservice in order to not distract guests
  • guests make sure to feel comfortable in the bed room - housekeeping only after departure
  • it is common to clear the table after eating and return dirty dishes to the kitchen
  • guests can help themselves with water, tea all day in the lounge area
  • guests can help themselves with fruit juices, smoothies, soft drinks from the fridge in the lounge and pay for it at checkout
  • every guest cares about the others by showing respect and keeping silence, especially at night times
  • every guest is invited to contribute to the community by pracitising karma yoga / working meditation in house or garden
  • guests pull off the bed sheets and bring them with the towels down to the reception area at departure