These Terms and Conditions apply to all visitors of www.essence.nl (‘website’) and participants at the retreats (‘programs’) of the Essence Institute B.V. (‘we’, ‘our’, ‘us’, ‘company party’. By using our website or joining our program you agree to these Terms and Conditions. Please read them carefully as you will be bound by them.
There is no verbal or written; representation, warranty, prior agreement, or description of services, other than as expressed herein. These Terms and Conditions affect your rights and designate the governing law and forum for the resolution of any and all disputes.
The first step to be part of our programs is to complete an application process. Any information about yourself that you provide to us will be correct, accurate, and up to date. If we have any questions about your application influencing our approval of your participation, we will schedule an intake call (by Skype).
Once your application is approved you will receive our confirmation by email. In case there is an error in this email confirmation, it is your responsibility to inform us as soon as possible by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
When your participation is confirmed you can pay the full amount of the program for your participation on the Retreat date which is still open for participants. Your seat at the date of the program you want to participate, is secured as soon as your payment is confirmed.
During or after the Application process and at the start of a program we reserve the right to refuse your participation, without the obligation to provide any explanation. In this case you will get a full refund of the purchase price but no compensation of any other costs you have made.
Any aspect on the website or a (part of a) program can be changed or stopped at any time. However, based on acceptance of your payment, we will honor our previous responsibilities.
If for any reason you must cancel your participation to our program within 3 months of the starting date, fifty percent (50%) of the purchase price may be applied to your participation in a future.
Three months or more before the retreat start date, you may transfer your retreat deposit to different retreat taking place within the next year. There is a €100 deposit transfer fee associated with making this change. You may only transfer your retreat deposit one time. After you transfer a deposit, the deposit becomes non-refundable.
We will confirm acceptance via email. Please ensure www.essence.nl is on your contact list so our emails don’t go to your Spam folder.
Changes to these Terms and Conditions take effect when the new Terms and Conditions are posted on this website. The use of this website or our program means that you accept the new Terms and Conditions. We will place the latest version on this page of the website with the effective date.
In the course of participation in a program, photos or video may be taken by participants or facilitators. These images may be used in any materials, website, Facebook, etc., unless participants specifically request to the photographer or in writing to us, to not use any material your image is depicted in. Otherwise, permission is granted to us to perpetual, royalty-free, worldwide, irrevocable license to use such images for publicity and promotional purposes.
As a participant, you acknowledges that the nature of our programs may involve a certain amount of personal risk. You hereby assume all such risk and do hereby release Essence Institute B.V. from all claims and causes of action arising from any damages or injuries or any other impact on your state of mind or physical well-being resulting from these inherent risks. Around the time of payment, you required to sign the Participant Agreement Psilocybin Retreat Document. This includes a statement to exclude the list of contra-indication. Please read carefully.
In the event you are injured while participating on the program, you agree to assume all financial obligations for any and all costs you incur. You acknowledge and agree that IN NO EVENT ESSENCE INSTITUTE B.V. IS LIABLE OR RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY LOSSES OR LIABILITIES ARISING OUT OF YOUR PARTICIPATION IN THIS PROGRAM.
IN CONSIDERATION FOR PARTICIPATING IN THIS PROGRAM, YOU VOLUNTARILY ASSUME FULL RESPONSIBILITY FOR AND HEREBY RELEASE, WAIVE, DISCHARGE, HOLD HARMLESS, AND COVENANT NOT TO SUE ESSENCE INSTITUTE B.V., ITS FOUNDERS, FACILITATORS, VOLUNTEERS, AND OTHER REPRESENTATIVES (COMPANY PARTY) FOR ANY AND ALL CLAIMS, DEMANDS, ACTIONS, CAUSES OF ACTION, AND/OR LOSSES (INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO ANY EXEMPLARY, DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, PUNITIVE, OR OTHER DAMAGES, MEDICAL EXPENSES, LOST WAGES/INCOME, LOSS OF SERVICES, LOST PROFITS, PROPERTY DAMAGE, PAIN, ILLNESS, AND DEATH) (COLLECTIVELY “LIABILITIES”) WHATSOEVER ARISING OUT OF OR IN ANY WAY RELATED TO YOUR TRAVEL TO AND/OR PARTICIPATION IN THIS PROGRAM AND/OR ANY ACTIVITIES CONDUCTED IN CONNECTION THEREWITH, REGARDLESS OF WHETHER SUCH LIABILITIES ARE CAUSED BY THE NEGLIGENCE OF ANY COMPANY PARTY OR OTHERWISE, AND REGARDLESS OF WHETHER SUCH LIABILITY ARISES IN TORT, CONTRACT, STRICT LIABILITY, OR OTHERWISE, EVEN IF ANY COMPANY PARTY HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH LIABILITIES, TO THE FULLEST EXTENT ALLOWED BY APPLICABLE LAW.
YOU FURTHER HEREBY AGREE TO INDEMNIFY AND HOLD HARMLESS THE COMPANY PARTIES FROM ANY AND ALL LIABILITIES (INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION COURT COSTS AND ATTORNEYS’ FEES) THAT ONE OR MORE OF THE COMPANY PARTIES MAY INCUR AS A RESULT OF YOUR PARTICIPATION IN THIS PROGRAM, WHETHER CAUSED BY THE NEGLIGENCE OF ANY COMPANY PARTY OR OTHERWISE (BUT EXCLUDING ANY GROSS NEGLIGENCE OR WILLFUL MISCONDUCT OF A COMPANY PARTY), TO THE FULLEST EXTENT ALLOWED BY APPLICABLE LAW.
These Terms and Conditions are an agreement between you and Essence Institute B.V. unless performed in writing by Essence Institute B.V. there is no binding waiver of these Terms and Conditions.
Essence Institute is based in the Netherlands. That’s why these Terms and Conditions are interpreted in accordance with and governed by Dutch law, as applied to contracts in the Netherlands. The city of Utrecht in the Netherlands is the location for any proceedings based on or arising from these Terms and Conditions.
All communications under these Terms and Conditions shall be in writing and addressed to:
Essence Institute B.V
5611 CA Eindhoven
Should a competent court determine that a part, condition or provision of these Terms and Conditions must be considered invalid or unenforceable, then all other parts, conditions and provisions still remain in full force and are in no way affected, impaired or invalidated.
Some jurisdictions do not allow the exclusion of certain warranties or the limitation or exclusion of liability for incidental or consequential damages. Accordingly, our liability in such jurisdiction shall be limited to the maximum extent permitted by law.
By using the content of this website or by participating in our programs you acknowledge that we have no influence on your results because your experiences are based on subjective factors that are not under our control. Following information or recommendations from this website or our recommendations while participating in our program, is at your own risk. If you need professional medical advice, counseling or therapy, it is your responsibility to hire a recognized professional.
Updated: May 2019