Terms and Conditions

Terms and Conditions

Explanation of terms

  • “General Programme” refers to meditation and lecture events that take place mainly on weekdays.
  • “Retreats and courses” refers mainly to events that take place on weekends or longer.
  • “On site’ refers to an event where you are personally present at Tharpaland KMC.
  • “Online’ refers to participation in an event by means of a live stream made available to you via an online service provider.

Participation in retreats and courses

Conditions for participation on site

  • Deposits amounting to 25% of the course fee are non-refundable and non-transferable.
  • The balance must be paid at least 24 hours before arrival or the start of the course.
  • Cancellation & Refunds: Full payment is required at least 24 hours prior to the start of the event or on your arrival, whichever is earlier. For cancellations up to 24 hours before the start of the event, we will refund the course fee minus the non-refundable 25% deposit. For cancellations within 24 hours of the start of the event, the deposit is non-refundable.
  • Exceptions are at our discretion and may be made in cases of bereavement or illness (including Covid-19 self-isolation or local lockdown) or other unforeseen circumstances. These must be notified before the start of the course/retreat and requests for refunds must be made in writing to admin@tharpaland.org within 2 weeks of the start of the course/retreat.
  • You are requested to comply with the applicable corona protection measures regarding distances, hygiene and nose/mouth mask.
  • Accommodation & what to bring: Due to the current Covid-19 restrictions we only offer a limited number of accommodation options. Bed linen and towels are provided in all single and shared rooms.
  • Meals are vegetarian and may include dairy products, eggs and wheat. Please indicate on the booking form if you would like vegan or wheat-free meals. Please note that we cannot provide gluten-free meals due to possible cross-contamination.

Conditions for online participation

  • “Retreats and courses” refers mainly to events that take place on weekends or longer.
  • Bookings can be made by anyone on the territory of the Federal Republic of Germany, provided that the intention was to participate on site.
  • This does not apply to designated international events, which can be booked by anyone,
  • The online links you receive are personal and may not be passed on to third parties.
  • Payment: Full payment is required at the time of booking. 25% of the course fee is non-refundable and non-transferable.
  • If you cancel more than 24 hours before the start of the course/retreat, an administration fee of €5 will be retained and the balance refunded. No refunds will be given for cancellations within 24 hours of the start of the course/retreat.

Participation in the General Programme

Conditions for participation on site

  • They are required to comply with the applicable corona protection measures regarding distances, hygiene and nose-and-mouth masks.
  • The course fee is not refundable.

Conditions for online participation

  • Bookings only possible if you live in Berlin/Brandenburg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern or Sachsen-Anhalt.
  • The course fee is not refundable.


General information

Booking and payment

  • The type of your event participation (on-site or online) must be specified when booking.
  • Bookings for the general programme must be made before the event begins.
  • Bookings for retreats and courses must be made at least 24 hours before the event begins.
  • Please make the booking per person. After successful booking, you will receive an email from us informing you that your booking has been received, with a summary of your booking. Your booking confirmation letter will follow later once the availability of all options has been checked.
  • Course fees can be paid by bank transfer, Paypal or on site in cash or by card.
  • The current fees and prices published by Tharpaland KMC apply. VAT is already included in all prices and fees.

Cancellations & Terminations

  • Tharpaland KMC reserves the right to unilaterally terminate or cancel a booking at any time, without notice and without giving reasons. This also expressly applies in the case of overbooked events.
  • In the event of an event cancellation on the part of Tharpaland KMC, Tharpaland will reimburse the participant for fees paid in advance, provided that the participant waives a rebooking. The participant must be informed of event cancellations by KMC.

Liability & Data Protection

  • In the event of property damage or financial loss for which Tharpaland KMC can be proven to be responsible, liability is limited to cases of deliberate and grossly negligent behaviour on the part of KMC or its representatives. In the case of personal injury Tharpaland KMC is only liable for culpable breach of duty.
  • Tharpaland KMC events are explicitly not therapeutic events.
  • Booking data is stored and processed electronically by Tharpaland KMC. Tharpaland KMC undertakes not to pass on booking data.
  • Tharpaland KMC reserves the right to make image and sound recordings during events and to use them for advertising purposes unless the recorded participant expressly objects to this.

Audio recordings

  • Audio recordings are made and offered for sale at individual courses. Only recordings of teachings are offered, not of meditations.
  • To receive audio recordings, you must either attend a teaching in person or have booked and received the links for an online course.
  • Audio recordings may not be passed on to third parties or distributed in any way.
  • Recordings of any kind by the participant are only permitted after consultation with Tharpaland KMC. This applies in particular to online events. These may not be audiovisually recorded, copied, distributed or used by the participant, unless there is an explicit agreement on the part of Tharpaland KMC.

Children and young people

  • Children under 16 years of age must be accompanied by an adult at all times on site. Unfortunately we do not offer childcare and Tharpaland KMC cannot accept any liability for children staying on Tharpaland premises.
  • Young adults: 16 and 17 year olds must be accompanied on site by an adult over 18.
  • Reduced course fees for children: The following reduced rates apply:
    • 0-7 years FREE OF CHARGE
    • 8-15 years – 50%,
    • 16+ – as an adult
  • Accommodation: Children who occupy their own bed must pay full price, unless they are 3 years or younger.
    For meals the full price is charged.


  • The listed Sommerswalde Castle has no lift. If you have mobility problems or special needs, please let us know at the time of booking and we will do our best to meet your needs.
  • At the moment we do not have any rooms with private bathroom.
  • We regret that there are currently no barrier-free toilets (the main building is only accessible via stairs).
  • There is a disabled toilet on the ground floor of the main building. Please contact us in advance if you have any special requirements or if your mobility is restricted.

Internet and mobile phone access

  • Free Wi-Fi is only available in the lounge outside of courses.
  • Course participants are not allowed to use private TKMC networks. All unauthorised devices will be blocked.
  • Due to our rural location and the nature of the buildings, access to the mobile network is generally very weak. Some networks receive no signal at all. The best signal is obtained with EPLUS/O2 network.

Guidelines for the stay

  • During your visit to Tharpaland KMC, you are requested not to smoke (including electronic cigarettes) in the building or on the premises, not to take intoxicants or drink alcohol, and to observe the principles of the moral discipline of Buddhism.
  • Pets: Unfortunately we cannot accept pets, with the exception of guide dogs or other assistance dogs.
  • Camping, caravans, campers and mobile homes are not accepted on site.

Please call the reception on 033055-2205533 between 9.30 – 13.00 and 14.00 – 17.00 daily, alternatively by e-mail to bookings@tharpaland.org.

Donation of reimbursable contributions to the International Temple Project. If you wish to donate the refundable portion of your cancelled fee to the International Temple Project, please indicate this when you cancel.

Detailed information on data protection and the handling of personal data can be found in the general privacy policy of this website. http://www.tharpaland.org/datenschutzerklarung/