Plan Your Visit

If this is your first time to take a program with us in Faber, Virginia you may need some assistance with planning your trip. Below is a brief overview of where to start, what to bring and who to contact for additional questions or assistance.

How to Register for a Program:

  1. Choose your program(s) you want to attend and place it in our online shopping cart or call Program Registration at 434-361-1500 for assistance.
  2. Complete and submit a Program Application form. If you want to send us this form by email, fax or mail please call Program Registration at 434-361-1500.
  3. Pay your deposit or full payment online, PayPal, check or money order.
  4. All program applications must be approved prior to start date. Approved applications will receive a written confirmation.
  5. The remaining program fees are due 30 days in advance of the program date. Please see our cancellation policy on our Terms and Conditions page.
Note: A Program Application form is required for all participants, for every program you want to attend, regardless of how many programs you have attended in the past.
 

Back to Back Programs:

If you are attending two programs consecutively, you will need to make arrangements to stay off campus on the Friday night between programs.  The Institute will provide a shuttle to and from your hotel.

What to Bring:

We suggest you bring a notebook or a journal to write in.  Also bring comfortable, loose clothing. The fashion of dress during the program is casual; so wear whatever you feel comfortable in. During the program you will be in and out of your bed (check unit) several times throughout the day. Some participants go barefoot or wear socks inside the center. Personal laundry facilities are not available at the Virginia campus so pack enough clothes for a week. And, in warm weather you may want to bring a swimsuit and beach towel if you wish to swim. Weather forecasts are available at weather.com (our zip code is 22938).

Suggested Additional Things to Bring:

  • Comfortable hiking or walking shoes
  • Cell phones can be used outside the buildings, however, some cell phone services do not work well in our location, a public phone is also available
  • Layered casual clothing
  • Flashlight
  • Prescription drugs and emergency numbers

Meals:

Our home-style meals offer choices of vegetables and legumes, salad bar and fruit with entrees of chicken, turkey and occasional seafood. If you have any restrictive dietary needs feel free to bring any unique food items with you and our guest services staff will do their best to accommodate your dietary needs.

If you have any specific food requirements/allergies, please let us know at least two weeks prior to your scheduled arrival. Limited space is available for prepared or precooked foods in our freezers or refrigerators for special diets. Our guest services staff is able to cook special meals under most circumstances.

Recommended Readings and Audio Downloads:

If you are unfamiliar with our audio-guidance process, we suggest you listen to the Gateway Voyage® Introductory Exercise and the Gateway Affirmation before attending the program. Be sure to follow the "How to Listen" instructions provided. You can find these listening exercises and more on our Free Audio Downloads page.

Robert Monroe’s Books (Journeys Out of the Body, Far Journeys and Ultimate Journey)
If attending the Out of Body Intensive Course with Bill Buhlman, Adventures Beyond the Body book is recommended to be read before you attend.

Accommodations:

Standard accommodations are double rooms. The bathrooms are located outside the bedrooms (at the Nancy Penn Center) so be sure to bring a robe or appropriate clothing to wear between the bedroom and bathrooms.

Bed linens, comforters, pillows and towels are provided.

The Monroe Institute® (TMI) is dedicated to ensure our facilities are Handicap Accessible. If you have special medical accommodation needs, please contact our Program Registration Department for assistance.

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Headphones:

We use ultraviolet sanitizers to sanitize headphones before each program. Disposable headphone covers are available from trainers upon request.

Yoga Classes:

Early morning complimentary Yoga classes are available. Yoga mats, blocks and other props available for use during the class. If you plan to join the classes, please bring comfortable loose fitting clothing.

Recreational Activities:

There are a variety of fitness opportunities including weights, walking, hiking, swimming, and ping pong. At Roberts Mountain Retreat, a swimming pool is available for your enjoyment and boating/swimming is available at The Nancy Penn Center in Lake Miranon. TMI feels strongly that light daily physical activity is integral to improving the quality of each individual experience. Again, if you wish to take advantage of any or all of these activities, please bring appropriate apparel.

Massage Services:

Massages are available during program break times, at additional cost. Only cash or personal checks (US Dollars only) are accepted for massage services.

Local Transportation:

TMI provides local shuttle transportation from and to Charlottesville on the first and last days of the program. It is an approximate 50-minute drive from the airport to The Institute. (Commercial taxis charge as much as $125 for this trip.) Shuttle service includes the Charlottesville-Albemarle airport, Charlottesville bus station and Charlottesville train station as well as local hotels (see list below). On the first day of the program the shuttle picks up between 10:00 am and 5:00 pm Arrangements can be made if arrival in Charlottesville is later than 5:00 pm. On the last day of the program the shuttle to Charlottesville runs from 3:30 am to Noon. Be sure to consider this when you are making your flight departure plans. You will have to wait in the airport if your flight is after 1:00 pm.

If you would like TMI to provide complimentary local transportation services we must have the details of your travel plans prior to your arrival. You can use our convenient online Travel Plans form to submit your travel information. If you are driving, please email registration@monroeinstitute.org to let us know you will not need our shuttle services. Plan to arrive approximately between 12 noon and 4 pm the day your program begins. Departure from the Institute should be before 12 noon on the final day of the program unless otherwise stated in your confirmation packet. If you need to arrive a day early (recommended for international travelers), you can stay at a motel/hotel in Charlottesville and we will arrange pick-up from your location.

Important Note: We recommend that you do not book a flight until 30 days before your program starts. TMI will not be responsible for costs incurred due to cancellations.

If you are driving and need directions, please see the Getting to TMI page.

Local Area Hotels:

DOWNTOWN AREA – walking distance or short cab ride from Charlottesville bus station and Charlottesville train station
  • Courtyard by Marriott on West Main - (434) 977-1700        
  • Hampton Inn & Suites on West Main - (434) 923-8600
  • Omni - (434) 971-5500   
  • Red Roof Inn - (434) 295-4333         
AIRPORT AREA – within 10 miles
  • Best Western Cavalier Inn - (434) 296-8111
  • Courtyard Marriott 29 North - (434) 973- 7100
  • Days Inn - (434) 293-9111
  • Doubletree Inn - (434) 973-2121
  • English Inn - (434) 971-9900
  • Fairfield Inn by Marriott - (434) 964-9411
  • Hampton Inn - (434) 978-7888
  • Holiday Inn Express - (434) 985-1855
  • Holiday Inn North - (434) 977-7700

Emergency Contact:

If you have travel delays, please call us at 434-944-6907 or email us at travel@monroeinstitute.org as soon as possible so we can update your pickup and transfer details. Also, you can give this number to your family members in case of an emergency after normal working hours (9:00 am - 5:00 pm EST).

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