2019 Summer Session: Frequently Asked Questions

15th Annual Summer Session on
Contemplative Learning

Sunday, August 4 – Friday, August 9, 2019
Smith College
Northampton, MA


Frequently Asked Questions

We will add to this list as the event approaches.

When is the application deadline? The deadline (so that we can provide housing and meals information to Smith College) was Monday, July 15th. However, we may be able to accommodate you after this date; contact Maya Elinevsky, event coordinator, to inquire.

This year, we reviewed applications on a rolling basis without our typical late-spring application deadline, and we offered an early bird rate for registrations prior to June 1, 2019.

Is financial aid available? How do I apply for it? (updated 6/3) At this time, all of the available financial aid has been awarded to participants. We will contact those on the financial aid waitlist if additional funds become available.

Can I donate to the access grant fund? Yes, you sure can! Thank you! You can help us build our access grant fund, here.

What should I wear? Whatever will be comfortable for you to move around in. Casual clothes are fine. Temperatures are often in the mid-80s in August, but our workshops and plenary sessions will be inside of the Campus Center, which is air-conditioned. Dorms (located across the street from the Campus Center) are also air-conditioned, but depending on your preferences you may want to bring layers in case you get chilly, or if the weather is unseasonably cold (it has happened!). We can request fans and blankets from the housekeeping staff if needed.

What should I bring? Smith will provide towels, sheets, a blanket, and a pillow. For the workshops and sessions, bring whatever you need to work comfortably: your writing utensils, notebooks, laptops, tablets, etc. If you plan to do yoga, movement-based practices or floor exercises (individually or if led by a facilitator), you should bring your own mat; we will have some available, but not enough for everyone. The weather is unpredictable, so bringing a water bottle to stay hydrated throughout the week is suggested. Coffee and tea are widely offered, so a travel mug or thermos can be helpful. Flip flops, a robe, and a shower caddy may come in handy as you move between your room and the bathroom.

What will we eat? The Smith Dining Services staff does a wonderful job of accommodating dietary restrictions and allergies. You can make a note of these when registering. A buffet-style breakfast, lunch, and dinner with several options will be offered each day, as well as snacks in the Campus Center.

Are the beds comfortable? There are mixed reviews on this–they are the standard dorm beds provided to Smith’s students, and they are on the modest side. If you have back issues or need extra cushioning, you can bring an egg crate/foam mattress topper or other additional support. If you are a light sleeper who might be disturbed by the sounds of your neighbors coming and going at night, you can bring earplugs or other sleeping aids. We can request fans and blankets from the housekeeping staff if needed.