FAQ : Frequently Asked Questions

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Answers to the frequently asked questions

Are there any prerequisites to participate in the enchanted circle?

Our events are open to everyone. Everyone is welcome, all levels, all voices, all bodies, all genders (or non-genders), all humans!

Can I sleep in my van/camper?

Yes, but the number of places for this option is limited.

Can I pitch my tent and sleep in it?

Yes, but the number of places for this option is limited.

Can I choose who I sleep with in my shared room?

In the registration form, it is possible to mention people with whom you would like to share your room.

Can I come to only one part of the event?

Our events are residential from the first day to the last day of the week.

Can I arrive on the site before the retreat and leave after the events?

It is not possible to arrive on site before the event or to leave the site afterwards. The site is occupied by other workshops before and after our events. Arrival is at 2.30pm on the first day. The retreat ends at 2pm on the last day.

Can I come with my pet?

Animals are not allowed on the Présence à soi et au monde website, sorry!

Can I come with my child?

The Enchanted Circle is not closed to children. However, the retreat, as inclusive as it seeks to be, does offer activities directed towards adults. The workshop process takes into account how an adult understands and uses information, and this is not necessarily the same for children. There is also no one to look after the children during the activities. Your child is welcome if he/she is able to be independent when you are doing the Enchanted Circle activities or if he/she is able to join the activities without disturbing them. It is possible to come with a carer, in which case the carer will only have to pay for the accommodation without the activities included. You can make a request by writing to the Enchanted Circle address:

Do I need to bring my own sheets and towels?

Sheets, pillowcases and blankets are provided by Présence à soi et au monde. It is necessary to bring your own toiletries (towels, soap, toothbrush, etc.)

Can I smoke on the site?

The only space allowed for smoking is “The Pipe Place” located at the bench under the tree in front of the boiler room in the entrance car park.. It is also requested to crush your cigarettes in the ashtrays and jars provided for this purpose.

Can I drink alcohol on site?

Présence à soi et au monde is alcohol free. The use of drugs and psychotropic substances is also prohibited on the site.

Is the Enchanted Circle expensive?

It depends on how you look at the event.
Compared with other vocal improvisation and body music events of this type in the world, the Enchanted Circle is by far the least expensive.
Compared to festival-type events in France, the Enchanted Circle may seem expensive. But if we change our glasses and take a closer look at the challenges and constraints of the event, then the notion needs to be put into perspective:
– The total price advertised (activities + accommodation + food) seems higher than festival prices. But very often festivals only sell the ‘activities’ place and the rest is paid for by the participant, who doesn’t necessarily add up the cost of everything they’ve paid for accommodation and food during the festival. If they did the maths, they might realise that they have paid a certain sum, which is not far off the price of the enchanted circle. If you take out the ‘accommodation + food’ part of the price of the Enchanted Circle, we’re actually on the same order of magnitude as festivals.
– What costs money at an event like the Enchanted Circle is the cost of food, accommodation and venue hire. Most festivals manage to keep their prices very low by adopting a number of strategies: 1/accommodate people on camping sites; 2/let participants choose to be self-sufficient when it comes to food; 3/rent an empty field and simply set up stages to accommodate the artists; 4/open the festival to a large number of participants (the more participants, the lower the cost).
– As the Enchanted Circle is centred on the practice of vocal improvisation and body music, it is not subject to the same constraints as these events, which require a very specific format. For acoustical reasons, vocal improvisation and body music need to be performed mainly in indoor spaces. The Enchanted Circle is therefore subject to the need to rent a space with several rooms, impossible to do in a field and, unfortunately, renting rooms is more expensive than renting a field. This need gives rise to a series of other constraints.
– Venues that hire out rooms generally rent them out with associated accommodation. It’s difficult – we haven’t found any – to get access to spaces that would rent out rooms and allow camping only. The Enchanted Circle is therefore subject to the functioning of its host venue. The place where we are at the moment needs limited camping and people staying in rooms to break even. We accept these constraints and the accommodation rates set by the venue.
– We haven’t found a space that would rent out rooms and accommodation and provide access to multiple kitchens so that participants could be self sufficient in this respect. As a result, we are offering a full-board event at €10 per meal per person. We agree that it’s not expensive for a starter/main course/dessert.
– Finally, it’s out of the question to increase the number of participants in the Enchanted Circle, because workshops with 50 people per workshop don’t make sense for vocal improvisation and body music (unlike contact improvisation, where this is much less of a problem, for example).
One thing leading to another, these constraints being added to one another, it’s not so much that the enchanted circle is expensive in itself but rather that vocal improvisation and body music have needs that have a cost.
Next year’s festival will be held in partnership with a village in the Ardèche, so we’ll see if we can keep the price down…
The real remedy for high costs is subsidies. Most large-scale festivals are subsidised, which goes a long way towards ensuring that participants don’t bear the full brunt of the cost. We’re working hard to obtain grants, and it’s a long-term process, bearing in mind that all the people who look after the Enchanted Circle are volunteers, and that as well as looking for funding they also manage the organisation of the events themselves throughout the year. The non-profit organisation is young, and it takes time to establish its legitimacy with the funding bodies.
In the meantime, we’re delighted to be able to offer these opportunities to meet up and make vocal improvisation and body music together, and to create connections in this way.
Thank you to everyone who sees the value of this initiative and is supporting us by paying the current price!

Why is there a non-refundable €75 deposit?

– Le Cercle Enchanté is an unsubsidised (for the moment) volunteer association. The work involved in organising our events is monstrous, but we’re happy to do it. In addition to this work, we also manage registrations. Every registration involves some administrative work, with different parts of the registration form going into different tables and the budget being updated. Each time we cancel, it’s the same job in reverse, plus we have to put the space back on sale or contact people on waiting lists who don’t always reply to their message and need to be contacted again. It’s a lot of work, and even if we were paid to do it, it’s starting to add up. We’ve noticed that making people responsible for their registration with a non-refundable deposit reduces the number of cancellations: people register when they are sure of their commitment.
– Le Cercle Enchanté is an unsubsidised (for the moment) volunteer association. This also means that the costs incurred in organising the event (e.g. booking the venue with a non-refundable deposit) are at our expense and that if anything goes wrong, we bear full responsibility for these costs. On top of that, to keep participant fees as low as possible, we have set the lowest possible price, betting on the fact that our events will be fully booked. If this were not to be the case, our budget would be in the red and, once again, we would have to bear the costs ourselves. We’ve noticed that by making people responsible for their registration with a non-refundable deposit, this reduces the number of cancellations: the financial risk is therefore reduced for us.
– At the moment, a €75 non-refundable deposit is the best we have come up with to raise people’s awareness. In many events the non-refundable deposit is higher, and when it isn’t, it’s usually because the event is subsidised. One day we will be too, we’re working towards that, and at that point we’ll be able to put in place other strategies to deal with cancellations more gracefully.
In the meantime, we’re delighted to be able to offer opportunities to meet and make vocal improvisation and body music together, and to forge connections in this way.
Thank you to all those who see the value of this initiative and are supporting us within our constraints!

Can I pay in instalments?

It is possible to pay in one or four instalments via paypal.

Can I get a discount?

There are different rates depending on the accommodation option you choose. In addition to these rates, a very limited number of reduced-price places are available at the time of registration. Once these places have been booked, it is not possible to request a discount other than by choosing the cheapest accommodation option. The Enchanted Circle already offers relatively advantageous rates given the number of facilitators and the quality of the Présence à soi et au monde service. It would not be economically viable to offer more discounted fares.

Is proof required for the discounted place?

No proof of entitlement is required, just the knowledge that there are a very, very limited number of discounted tickets available and that if you buy one of these tickets you really need it!

Can I have my participation paid for by Afdas or another organization?

In principle, no. Legally, Le Cercle Enchanté is an association and not a training organization. The association is classified in “culture, practices of artistic and cultural activities”, please check if it is possible in this case to obtain funding support.

Can I bring my own food and drinks?

Cannelle and Fabien will be our cooks during the week. They will do the shopping, plan the meals and run the kitchen. In the spirit of doing things together and because they agree to come and cook for a small fee, each participant will help them cook one meal during the week.
For those who find this kind of collective organisation difficult, it is possible to prepare your own meals. Bear in mind, however, that there is only one kitchen and that the kitchen teams of the different meals will have priority in using it.

What is included in the meals?

Cannelle and Fabien will cook lunch and dinner.
A typical meal consists of the following:
– Starter: one meal a day, one cooked starter / the other, green salad.
– Main meal
– Dessert: one meal a day, cheese board and fruit / the other, a cooked dessert.
– Home-made bread but no wine or coffee.

Breakfast is self-catering. Everyone brings their own food/drink. A cooperative table will be set up a few weeks before the event to pool certain foodstuffs (butter, coffee, tea, herbal tea, etc.).

Can I eat meat and fish on site?

Présence à soi et au monde in its entirety is vegetarian, without meat or fish.

Can I have meals adapted to my diet?

Cannelle and Fabien will be our cooks during the week. They will do the shopping, plan the meals and run the kitchen. At the time of registration, in the registration form, you can mention the particularities of your diet. These will be taken into account when organising the meals.

More questions?

If you have any questions that are not already answered in the FAQ, please feel free to contact us via this form.

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