FAQ - SAND US

  1. What is included with the conference registration fee? Can I register on-site?
  2. What is your cancellation policy?
  3. I can only come for a day. Is there a day fee option?
  4. Are there discounts on registration available?
  5. Are scholarships available?
  6. Can I pay for the workshops on-site? Or do I need to select & pay for the workshop(s) in advance?
  7. Can I change my workshop selection at any time?
  8. Are meals included in workshop fees?
  9. Where is the conference located? Can you provide directions?
  10. What kind of food is available at the conference? Are there vegetarian/vegan/gluten-free options?
  11. How do I book a room at the Conference?
  12. I would like to share a room at the hotel in order to minimize costs. Can you help me find a roommate?
  13. Are there other accommodation options?
  14. Are all sessions video recorded? How do I access recorded sessions?
  15. Do you offer Continuing Education Units?
  16. How can I volunteer at SAND?
  17. How do I apply to present at the conference?

Q: What is included with the conference registration fee?
A: Registering for the conference gives you access to all plenary, concurrent, experiential and meditation sessions, as well as the performances and the evening celebrations. The main conference takes place from Thursday evening through Sunday. Your registration also includes lunches on Friday, Saturday & Sunday at the Hayes Mansion. Registration for the conference does not include: hotel accommodation, breakfast or dinners, nor any of the pre-conference workshops.

Q: What is your cancellation policy?
A: A $ 55 administration fee is charged for cancellations until Aug 31. A $100 administration fee is charged for cancellations between Sept 1 and Oct 12. There will be no refund after Oct 12. If you have applied to speak at the conference and your talk has been accepted and you have registered at the discounted rate, the registration fee is non-refundable after Sep 1. Cancellations before that date is subject to a $100 cancellation fee.

Q: If I cannot come to the conference, can I have someone else come in my place?
A: By registering in our system, you will be able to transfer the registration name by October 12 for no charge, avoiding cancellation fees!

Q: I can only attend for a day. Is there a day fee for the conference?
A: We encourage everyone to attend the full conference. However, day passes will be available in August.

Q: Can I pay for the workshops on-site? Or do I need to select and pay for the workshops in advance?
A: You can register and pay for the workshop of your choice on-site. We prefer you make your selections ahead of time, so that we can select the appropriate room/space for the workshop depending on the number of participants. Workshops could be subject to cancellation due to too few sign-ups.

Q: Can I change my workshop selection at any time?
A: You can change your workshop up until October 12. Once you have entered the workshop, you cannot switch to another workshop because each speaker is paid according to the number of participants in his or her workshop.

Q: Are meals included in workshop fees?
A: Meals are not included in the workshop fees.

Q: Where is the conference located? Can you provide directions?
A: The Hayes Mansion is located 200 Edenvale Avenue, in San Jose, California.
More details on the venue page.

Q: What kind of food is available at the conference? Are there vegetarian/vegan/gluten-free options?
A: All meals at the Hayes Mansion are set-up buffet style with many different selections to choose from. If you have very specific dietary requirements, do not hesitate to call the Hayes Mansion directly to let them know about your specific needs.

Q: How do I book a room at the Conference?
A: We arrange special group rates for attendees. Please visit the venue page for more details.

Q: I would like to share a room at the hotel in order to minimize costs. Can you help me find a roommate?
A: Rooms can also be shared by paying an extra $15 per person per night.

Q. Are there other accommodation options?
A: There are other accommodation options available in the area. See the Venue Page.

Q: Are all session video recorded? How do I access video recorded sessions?
A: We film in the main room and in some of the smaller rooms. In time, the video-recorded SAND sessions become available to our supporters.

Q: Do you offer Continuing Education Units?
A: CEs are available with a few pre-conference workshops. More details on this page.

Q: How can I volunteer at SAND?
A: You will find the application on this page.

Q: Are Senior and/or Student discounts available?
A: Yes. If you are 65 years of age or older, then you are eligible for a 15% discount when you register online by using the code: senior
The same applies to students. If you are attending a college or university, you are eligible for a 15% discount when you register online by using the code: student
Please be aware that you will be asked to provide either your driver’s license as proof of age, or your student ID as proof of student status when you arrive at the conference registration desk to pick-up your badge.

Q: Are scholarships available?
A: Yes. You can apply on this page.

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