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COVID 19 Protocol

Join us. Stay safe.

**IMPORTANT UPDATE 08-10-2022**

Our team was notified that vaccine passports are no longer required by the venue to enter at Zajac Ranch. In order to prioritize the well-being of everyone at the retreat and in order to prioritize the health of our most vulnerable populations we have updated our COVID-19 Policy accordingly.

  • Because even vaccinated individuals can be asymptomatic carriers of COVID-19, all Dark Before the Dawn attendees, staff, and facilitators will now be required to take a rapid antigen test upon arrival. Anyone with a positive result will not be allowed to enter the retreat. Rapid antigen tests will be provided to everyone upon arrival.

  • Those who are registered to take the shuttle will be required to take a rapid test at least 15 minutes prior to departure. This means if you are registered for our shuttle you MUST ARRIVE AT LEAST 15 MINUTES EARLY. Rapid antigen tests will be provided to everyone prior to departure. You will be unable to board the bus without a negative test result.

  • As per our refund policy (which you agreed to at the time of purchase), we are unable to refund tickets for those who have a positive test result - the retreat happens AT COST, and all the funds will have already been paid to the venue prior to the start of the event. We highly recommend testing at home 24-48 hours prior to your arrival. If you test positive within 48 hours please reach out to our team at info@darkbeforethedawn. The waitlist is long and  the option is available to pass your ticket along to someone else in the community who would otherwise be unable to attend.

  • We have requested that Zajac Ranch staff remain masked. Masks are still required in common indoor areas such as the cultural center, dormitory lounges, and while in line at the cafeteria. Masks are not required in the following locations:

    • Anywhere outdoors

    • In the pool / hot tub area

    • While eating indoors

    • During high-intensity physical activity

    • While sleeping / in bed\

  • Hand Sanitization Stations are available throughout the grounds., and we encourage everyone to wash/sanitize their hands frequently.


• Vaccine Passports are required for guests above the age of 12, providing proof of double vaccination.

• Masks are required in all indoor spaces and common areas with the exception of in the pool and hot tub or when doing activities that cannot be performed while wearing a mask, like  participating in high-intensity physical activity. Masks are not required while sleeping.

• On-Site Staff will wear masks indoors at all times and outdoors when they are within 6 feet of guests

• Hand Sanitization Stations are available throughout the grounds.

• We have increased the frequency of cleaning and disinfection of all communal spaces, shared items and frequently touched surfaces at the ranch.

Communal Spaces

•   The dining hall will be sanitized at the end of each group and left with increased ventilation.


•   The dorms and restrooms used by guests are disinfected at the end of each group and left with increased ventilation

COVID19 Protocol: About

Community Agreements

Adapted from the anti-oppression network, and modified to fit this retreat.

Inequality exists everywhere (whether we like it or not), even in Black spaces. Gender identity and expression, orientation, dis/abilities, ethnicity/ethnic heritage, skin colour, age, size, class, and citizenship status are some of the more obvious examples of how people can experience marginalization.

Attendees agree to lessen the negative effects of as many of these oppressive ideologies as possible, because they are all interconnected and relevant to our inner work. This is done through a commitment to learning and unlearning through workshops, group chats, and collaborations.


Here are the community agreements.

  • Assume the people around you have good intentions, and arrive with good intentions yourself. People are learning and unlearning simultaneously. People may be neurodivergent. Be compassionate, offer grace, and be accountable for the impact of your words and actions.


  • Treat others as THEY want to be treated. Use the pronouns people ask you to use. If you misgender someone, apologize and use the correct pronouns.

  • No shaming or belittling the bodies, thoughts, or experiences of others.

  • Consent, always. Anything less than a yes is a no. Check in with others before assuming they want your advice, hugs, physical touch, or photos taken etc.

  • Use non-violent language if conflicts arise. Seek meaningful and inclusive mediation to resolve conflicts where necessary.

  • Use "I" statements. Speak from your own experience rather than making generalized statements.

  • Confidentiality: Share the lessons learned; names and identifiers remain at the retreat.

  • Self-care is a priority: Take breaks when needed. Say yes and no when you mean it. Assert healthy boundaries.

  • Clean up after yourself. Dormitories are shared, respect the space of others.

  • Help keep the space as accessible as possible by refraining from using fragranced/scented products during this retreat

  • DO NOT attend this event if you are feeling unwell or showing any symptoms of COVID-19. Wash hands regularly.

  • Respect the land. This is someone's home. You are a guest. This is the traditional territory of the S’ólh Téméxw (Stó:lō) and Kwantlen Peoples.

  • No alcohol, drugs (including cannabis), tobacco or vape products are permitted on site at any time.

  • If it doesn't belong to you, don't touch or remove it. Leave valuable items at home. Guests are encouraged to store personal belongings securely in their locked vehicles during the retreat. Dark Before The Dawn cannot be held responisble for lost or stolen items.

  • This is a shared space. We are building a community of care, and we will practice social responsibility together: Every attendee will be responsible for the maintenance of this space and will be required to sign up for a community responsibility list. These tasks include sweeping, tidying up after meals, child supervision, disinfecting frequently touched surfaces, and maintaining the cleanliness of the washrooms and communal areas.

  • Lastly, due to fluctuations in guidelines regarding COVID-19, we cannot guarantee any particular facilitator. Sick attendees or facilitators will be asked to remain home from the event.

Communit agreements
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