Othona is a not-for-profit charity and is known as very affordable. Is there an event you want to attend, but it’s too expensive for you? Then please read the Bursary Funds section below.
Our adult rates reflect the real cost of your stay. They include accommodation, three home cooked meals a day and other refreshments, use of all our facilities, and all the input from speakers and facilitators. We think that’s brilliant value.
2021 Changes to Pricing Policy
We live in an unequal society, even more so since Covid. Many are really struggling, while others have actually saved money. The last year has also left Othona’s finances much more precarious than before.
With all this in mind, we’ve decided to restructure our charges for adults. We now have three rates: Basic, Bonus and Benefactor.
If everybody pays Basic, the reality is that Othona will have to reduce staffing and cut back activities. If everybody pays Bonus, we can do roughly what we do now. The more people who pay Benefactor, the more we can grow all the good things Othona offers. Please, choose freely the rate that suits your situation.
There is a fourth B: Bursary. If your finances mean even the Basic rate is beyond you, we keep some funds to help out. Just contact us for a confidential discussion to see if we can offer a bursary.
Our 2021 event pricing is based on these 24-hour rates for full board. (For comparison, our single room charge in 2018 was £60.)
Some events will cost more where we pay a facilitator, provide materials etc. Others have bargain rates in recognition of volunteer work.
We have two rates for children, ages 3 to 10 and 11 to 18. For 2021 we've returned to 2019 prices for children.
And, for families with two or more children aged 3 or above, we’ve reinstated eldest child comes free. Infants under 3 are always free of charge.
Othona has always welcomed people who can’t afford our standard charges. It’s one of our principles as an inclusive Christian charity. That’s why we offer generous bursaries.
We charge extra if you require a room on your own and can’t consider sharing (if necessary). We have to do this in order to keep Othona viable. But there is nothing wrong with asking for a single room and asking for a bursary to offset the expense.
So if you need financial support to visit us please don’t be embarrassed about asking! We handle all bursary requests confidentially. And (unlike many organisations) you don’t need to prove anything to us. You don’t have to be receiving state benefits, for instance.
All you need do is indicate (online or when you phone/write to our Bookings team) that you’d like bursary assistance. Usually this will mean a reduction of up to 25%. If you are booking for more than one person, tick the 'Bursary request' box for each person you are requesting a bursary for. If your situation means you need more help than that, please tell us.
Infants from 0-2 years old stay free of charge.
The charge rates for each event are listed below the event description. Our Programme page has the full list of events.
If you arrive late or leave early we usually charge for the full duration of the event – unless explicitly agreed otherwise in advance.
We welcome payment in full at the time of booking – it cuts down the paperwork all round. If you pay only a deposit when booking (£30 per person), the balance will be due one month before the event starts. If you book less than a month before the event, you must pay in full straight away.
We prefer if you can make your payment by bank transfer or Paypal. Our bank details are included with the invoice.
However we also accept payments by cash, cheque and postal order.
Please make cheques payable to: The Othona Community. Reference: date of your proposed arrival at Othona
If you have any questions, do contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 01308 897 130.
If you have to cancel we will refund a varying proportion of your payment.
More than 1 month ahead of the event start date: all but the deposit
Less than 1 month, more than 1 week ahead: 50%
Less than 1 week ahead: 10%
On or after the start date: nil
N.B. the cancellation date is not when you decide, but the day when we hear about it!
When you sign the booking form you will be agreeing to our Terms and Conditions which repeat the cancellation details above.
They also include health and safety considerations, so that we can go on welcoming you and other visitors to this lovely natural environment. Please actually read our T+C. They are simple and clear. (Unlike most!?!)
Nobody wants cancellations, but they do happen. We don't like to see you heavily out of pocket either. So we suggest you consider taking out insurance (unless you already have cover, e.g. an annual holiday package). This could guard against you losing money if you have to cancel.
The Holidayplan scheme from Travellers Protection Services Ltd. could be suitable. It is not available online but you can phone 0845 218 7162 for details, or request a leaflet from us on your booking form.
If you do choose to insure, be careful you understand your provider's exclusions, especially for pre-existing medical conditions.If you have to cancel we will refund a varying proportion of your payment.