Bursary Offers

Dear Friends,

It gladdens our hearts to share that thanks to the generous support of various donors, IMISA is able to offer several bursaries for attending Reconciling the Heart, the three-day Symposium on the science of Mindfulness and Compassion with Bob Stahl. In some instances, successful applicants will qualify for financial support that covers Symposium attendance and travel costs. In other instances, financial support for attendance only is covered.

To support us in allocating the bursaries, please could prospective applicants submit:
– A short one-page CV.
– A 250-word essay on your motivation for attending and your intentions for sharing the insight you’ll gain from the Symposium with the communities with whom you engage/teach mindfulness.
– Please specify your financial needs – are you applying for financial support for travel-related costs and Symposium attendance or only financial support for Symposium attendance?
– Candidates from previously disadvantaged backgrounds will receive preference.

All applications are to be sent to: mindfulness@eventmanagementsolutions.co.za


General Information

Registration and Accommodation queries
Tel: +27 (0) 21 910 1913
Fax: +27 (0) 21 910 0471
Email: mindfulness@allevents.co.za

Congress Office
Event Management Solutions (Pty) Ltd
Tel: +27 21 712 0571
Fax: 0866 86 8882
Email: mindfulness@eventmanagementsolutions.co.za

Conference Venue/s and Addresses

Cape Town
Schoenstatt Retreat and Conference Centre
3 Schoenstatt Ave
Cape Town
Phone: + 27 21 794 3132

NIROX Sculpture Park,
24 Kromdraai Rd,
South Africa
Tel: +27 82 854 6963

Registration & Information Desk
This service will be situated outside the plenary venue from 07h00 each day, unless otherwise advised.

Cape Town:
Average daily high 26°C (78.8 °F) and overnight daily low 15°C (59 °F). Limited to no rain expected.

Average high temperatures reaching 24 °C (75.2 °F). Overnight low of 13 °C (55.4 °F). Rain can be expected on 12 out of the 31 days in the afternoons.

It is recommended that sunscreen be worn at all times during the day.

Accounts Queries
Contact the Registration Desk.

We urge delegates to take care of their personal possessions at all times as the convenors nor the organisers of the symposium will take responsibility for any loss or damage to any delegates property.

Language Policy
The official language of the Congress will be English. No simultaneous translations will be provided.

Name Badge 
Must please be worn at all times for security reasons.

Courtesy Request
Food and Drink: Only water may be consumed inside the auditorium. Please respect this request.
Smoking: Strict legislation governs smoking in public places in South Africa. Smoking is absolutely forbidden within the venue.
Mobile phones: Please ensure that mobile phones are on silent mode during the meeting sessions.
Time-keeping: As time will be very tight, delegates are requested to respect the starting times for all sessions.

Visa Information
Important information regarding visa requirements can be found on the website of the Department of Home Affairs, while SouthAfrica.info will also assist you with user-friendly information:
Should you require a letter of invitation please contact our registration office on: Tel: +27 (0) 21 910 1913.

Yellow Fever Certificate
A yellow fever certificate is required. It is vital to obtain this certificate, as without it, entry to South Africa will be denied. Please note that the yellow fever certificate is valid for a period of ten years. If you are already in possession of a yellow fever certificate, it is advised that you check the expiration date prior to obtaining a new one.

Malaria risk in South Africa is confined to the northeaster parts of the country (the Lowveld of Mpumalanga and Limpopo and on the Maputaland coast of KwaZulu-Natal). Cape Town is a risk free area

Currency and exchange
The South African Rand (ZAR) is the local currency. Foreign exchange can be done at the airport as well as at all major hotels. Notes come in denominations of R10, R20, R50, R100 and R200; and coins come in 5c, 10c, 20c, 50c, R1, R2 and R5. There are two R5 coins in circulation, both of which are legal currency. All transactions are rounded down to the nearest 5c. Rand (ZAR). 100 cents equals one rand. A passport will be required for ALL forex transactions.

Foreigners can claim sales tax refunds and should ask salesmen to fill out a tax refund form when purchasing any goods.

Credit cards, shopping
The South African Rand (ZAR) is the local currency. All major credit cards are accepted throughout South Africa.

The voltage throughout South Africa is 220V/50hz. Most plugs are 15 amp 3-prong or 5 amp 2-prong, in both cases with round pins. If you’re bringing anything electrical, bring an adapter. Most hotels have 110 volt outlets for electric shavers and appliances. Adaptors can be bought at the airport on your arrival, and may be available at your hotel.

Emergency Medical Services
Dial 10111 from any mainline telephone for an emergency response.

All guests are responsible for own insurance.

The organising committee, the congress organiser, accept no liability for any damages, injury and/loss of whatever nature by participants and/or accompanying person.

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