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  • How do I get to Tablas Island. Romblon Philippines?
    Traveling from Canada: When planning your journey from Canada to Tablas Island, it's crucial to select the right airline that aligns with your budget and preferences. Philippine Airlines (PAL) offers direct flights from both Toronto International Airport and Vancouver International Airport to Manila Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA). This direct option is convenient if you prefer a non-stop flight experience. Alternatively, there are several carriers that provide flights with layovers at discounted rates. If you don't mind changing flights, this option might be a suitable choice for you. Traveling from Manila: Tablas Island is situated within the Province of Romblon. To reach Tablas Island, you will need to book a separate ticket with Air Swift Airlines for the Manila to Romblon Tugdan Airport route. We strongly encourage participants who have confirmed their program attendance to book this flight as a priority. It's worth noting that this is a small aircraft, and availability tends to diminish rapidly, especially as the high season approaches, typically starting in January. Please pay close attention to baggage weight restrictions for your international flight and your connecting flight to Tablas Island with Air Swift. Baggage weight limits can vary depending on your ticket type. Additional fees apply for excess baggage weight if not purchased in advance. When purchasing your ticket, you have the option to select a 20kg baggage allowance, but any additional weight will incur extra charges. If you have already booked your Air Swift ticket and didn't include baggage, don't worry. You can still add baggage to your ticket up to four days before your trip. Upon your arrival at the designated Airline Terminal 4, you will be greeted by a representative. Subsequently, you will be picked up by a van at Tablas Island Airport (Tugdan) by one of our Retreat Representatives to ensure a smooth transition to your destination.
  • What Happens if there is a delay of my flight, or a cancelled flight?"
    For veterans and first responders, we understand that life doesn't always go according to plan, and we're here to support you every step of the way. April marks the beginning of the travel high season, typically following typhoons with heavy rains and high winds that may lead to flight delays to the Provinces. While this is unusual, we want to assure you that we have contingency plans in place. It's worth noting that most veterans tend to travel with companions to the island, which provides an extra layer of support in case of delays or missed connections. However, if you happen to find yourself alone in such a situation, here's how we can assist: In the unlikely event that your flight is canceled, we will make arrangements for a representative to meet you at your exit gate. They will assist you in getting to Batangas Port, where you'll embark on a ship journey to the island. This journey offers a unique and enriching experience, allowing you to immerse yourself in the Philippine culture. Please be aware that this alternative route does come with an additional cost. Private transportation to Batangas typically ranges between 3,000 to 4,000 Philippine Pesos (php), and the 2go or Montenegro ship ticket costs 1,200 php per person. You will purchase a ticket for the route to Odiongan Romblon and wait to board the ship. Rest assured that while this route may take a bit longer, the cultural experience it offers is truly invaluable. Your safety and well-being remain our top priorities, and we're dedicated to ensuring your journey is as smooth as possible, even in unforeseen circumstances. Communication: In addition to the contingency plans in place, we highly recommend that upon your arrival at the airport, it is cost-effective to purchase a local SIM card and a corresponding local mobile data plan. These SIM cards are typically inexpensive and provide immediate access to text, messaging apps like WhatsApp, and other communication services while you are in the country. This is a practical step to stay connected, especially in the event of flight delays or missed connections. Having a local SIM card and plan ensures that you can easily reach out to our team, fellow travelers, or anyone you need to communicate with during your stay. It's a convenient and budget-friendly way to stay connected and make your travel experience as smooth as possible.
  • What if I can’t attend after booking?
    In the event that you need to cancel your participation with us, we will adhere to the cancellation policy that was provided to you during the application intake process. This policy outlines the terms and conditions related to cancellations, including any associated fees or refund processes. We recommend reviewing the specific details of this policy to understand the cancellation procedures and any potential financial implications should the need to cancel arise. Your understanding and compliance with the outlined cancellation policy are greatly appreciated.
  • Can I bring a spouse with me?
    While we envision incorporating spouses into our program in the future to promote holistic wellness for our participants and their families, we currently do not include spouses as part of our program outline. Our focus at this time is on providing a tailored experience that caters to the specific needs and objectives of our participants. We continue to evaluate and evolve our offerings to ensure that they align with the evolving needs and goals of our veteran community. Your feedback and suggestions are invaluable as we work towards enhancing our programs in the future. Distraction from Personal Growth: The primary focus of a wellness program is on individual healing, self-discovery, and personal growth. Having a spouse present may divert ours or other participant's attention away from their own journey as they naturally tend to the needs and concerns of their partner. Dependency: Participants might become emotionally or psychologically dependent on their spouse during challenging moments in the program. This dependency can hinder their ability to develop the coping skills and self-reliance that the program aims to cultivate. Comfort Zone: The presence of a spouse can create a comfort zone, making it less likely for the participant to step out of their comfort zone and fully engage in the program's activities and therapeutic processes. Openness and Vulnerability: Our program encourages participants to open and share their experiences and emotions with others in the group. The presence of a spouse may make some participants less inclined to do so, as they may be concerned about revealing personal matters in front of others or a partner. Peer Support and Connection: Participants benefit from forming connections and seeking support from their peers in the program. The presence of a spouse limit the participant's ability to build these supportive relationships with fellow participants. Different Needs and Objectives: The participant and their spouse do have different wellness needs and objectives. This misalignment can lead to conflicting expectations and potentially disrupt the participant's journey.
  • What Immunizations do I need to to travel to the Philippines?
    For your travel to our location, there are no specific immunizations required beyond the typical vaccinations recommended for travel to tropical countries. However, it's important to be aware that diseases such as Dengue and Malaria can be a concern in some regions. Therefore, we highly recommend that you bring along insect repellent containing DEET to protect yourself from mosquito bites during your stay. Your health and well-being are of utmost importance to us, and taking these precautions can help ensure a safe and enjoyable experience during your visit.
  • What travel/medical insurance?
    Please note that the Philippine government mandates that all travelers must have received a minimum of 2 COVID-19 vaccine doses to enter the country without requiring a RAPID/PCR test. We strongly advise referring to the official website of the Philippine government for comprehensive information on travel requirements if you have not received the requisite vaccine shots. Additionally, for your safety and well-being, we require all participants to possess emergency medical insurance, along with an additional endorsement providing COVID-19 coverage. This insurance ensures that you have access to necessary medical care and support, including COVID-related expenses, during your time with us. Your health and safety remain our top priorities, and these precautions are in place to provide you with peace of mind while participating in our program.
  • Will there be a representative to meet me at the Airport?
    Upon your arrival at either Caticlan or Tugdan Airport, one of our representatives will be there to greet the group. In the event that one of the mentors is traveling on the same flight as the group, rest assured that we will coordinate to ensure that everyone travels together, facilitating a seamless transition to the island. Your comfort and convenience are our priorities, and we are committed to making your journey as smooth as possible.
  • Where will I be staying, and what is the food like?"
    Each of our poolside cottages, whether private or dorm-style, comes equipped with essential amenities including a fan, television, mini-bar, refrigerator, and kettle for your convenience. If you require laundry service during your stay, it is available for a nominal fee. Please note that while we do offer the option for FaceTime or streaming in case of emergencies during scheduled program hours, we encourage our guests to use their personal Wi-Fi during their leisure time. One of the primary goals of our retreat is to promote disconnection from social media, allowing you to focus on healing, mindfulness, and personal growth. Our commitment is to ensure the comfort of all our retreat guests. If there is something you require that we haven't provided, please don't hesitate to ask, and we will do our best to accommodate your request. For your dining needs, we offer breakfast, lunch, and dinner as part of your stay. Potable drinking water is readily available in your cabin for your convenience. Meals are enjoyed together in a buffet-style setting in the main house, with breakfast served in the bar area each morning. If you have any food allergies, please inform us in advance, and we will make necessary preparations. During full-day excursions, we bring along food and a skilled cook to prepare a delightful BBQ-style feast using fresh, locally-sourced ingredients. While we can accommodate vegetarian diets, please note that we do not offer vegan options at this time.
  • Is this a “Dry”program?
    During the daytime programming of our retreat, we maintain a policy of not permitting alcohol consumption. However, we understand that participants have their leisure time, and during those periods, they are free to make their own choices, including whether to consume alcohol. It's essential to be mindful of the diverse group of participants we have, some of whom may be in recovery. We kindly ask everyone to exercise sensitivity and discretion when it comes to alcohol consumption during leisure hours, to create a supportive and respectful environment for all. Your understanding and consideration in this matter are greatly appreciated as we aim to foster a safe and inclusive atmosphere for everyone's well-being.
  • What does Eco-Resort Mean?
    Our commitment to sustainability is at the heart of our unique experience. Our native-style accommodations prioritize eco-friendliness, and while we do not have air-conditioning, we provide fans in each cabin to ensure your comfort. One of our standout features is the largest freshwater pool on the island, conveniently located just steps away from every cottage. It's a perfect place to relax and cool off while enjoying the natural surroundings. We take pride in our organic farming practices and even engage in rice harvesting. This hands-on experience allows our guests to connect with the land and appreciate the beauty of sustainable agriculture. It's all part of our mission to provide a holistic and environmentally responsible retreat that nourishes the mind, body, and soul.
  • Will I be sharing accommodations?
    Each Roto can comfortably accommodate up to 14 participants, and in some cases, shared accommodations with individuals of the same gender may be necessary to accommodate everyone comfortably.
  • Can I bring My service Animal?
    We understand the importance of service dogs in the recovery process, but it's essential to note that the Philippines may not recognize this designation. Additionally, the presence of local and feral dogs in the area can pose a safety risk to service dogs. Therefore, while we recognize the value of service animals in recovery, we may need to implement precautions or make alternative arrangements to ensure the safety and well-being of both participants and their service animals during their stay. Your safety remains our top priority, and we are committed to addressing any concerns to provide a safe and supportive environment for all participants.
  • What animals are on the property?
    We have our own “pet therapy” animals that are on hand to offer emotional support for particpants. Since we are an eco-resort and working farm we have cats, dogs, goats, ducks, horses, caribou, and chickens.
  • Do I Need a special Travel Visa?
    Upon your arrival, you will be issued a 30-day tourist visa. When completing your arrival paperwork, please make sure to indicate your stay at Cummings Highlands Eco Resort on Tablas Island in Romblon, Philippines, with the postal code 5505. You will be classified as a tourist, and you will receive a receipt for your stay at the resort for your records. We aim to ensure a smooth and enjoyable experience during your visit, and this information will help facilitate your entry into the country.
  • Do I need special medical insurance?
    Please ensure you have full TRAVEL MEDICAL INSURANCE (NOT provided by the retreat). Check online for many reasonable options.
  • Do I need special inoculations to visit the Philippines?
    No special inoculations, however we suggest you have up to date tetanus as a precaution. Malaria is not prevalent in our region, however there have been cases of Dengue. We suggest bringing bug spray with DEET.
  • Can I bring my medications with me?
    Should you require common medications during your stay, they are readily available on the island. Please ensure that any daily prescriptions are clearly labeled to facilitate their use. Please be aware that the possession and use of medical cannabis, CBD, or cannabis-infused products are illegal in the Philippines. We recommend consulting with your healthcare provider to explore alternative options for managing any related medical needs during your stay with us. Your well-being and compliance with local laws are of utmost importance to us.
  • What happens if I have a medical emergency?
    When conducting a wellness program, it's crucial to have plans and protocols for potential crisis situations, including cases where a participant may require immediate medical attention. The safety and well-being of our participants are paramount, and we ensure prompt, appropriate care. Here's an abbreviated outline of our medical crisis response: Immediate Assessment: Trained staff or medical authority assesses the situation and determines the necessary action. Communication: Staff contacts the emergency response team, local medical professionals, and relevant authorities. Mental Health Crisis: Trained staff assesses, contacts emergency mental health professionals, and coordinates care. First Aid and Stabilization: Staff provides initial first aid and support, including CPR and basic life support. Contacting Emergency Services: Depending on severity, emergency services are dispatched, with ongoing communication. Accompanying the Participant: A staff member accompanies the participant to the medical facility, acting as a liaison. Informing Contacts: Emergency contacts or medical professionals are informed and provided updates as needed. Follow-up and Support: Ongoing communication with the participant and family for support and assistance. Incident Evaluation and Review: Post-crisis evaluation and protocol updates for participant safety. Throughout this process, we remain compassionate and professional, collaborating with medical professionals, emergency services, and the participant's support network. Your safety and well-being are our top priorities, and we're prepared to respond to medical emergencies effectively. Please sign and return this document with your medical intake forms to confirm your understanding.
  • Is there a hospital?
    Tablas Island Hospitals: Please note that medical care on Tablas Island may differ from Western facilities but is well-equipped to handle basic healthcare requirements. Public Punta Hospital (3 km from Resort): This facility is conveniently located near the resort and provides essential medical services. Odiongan Public Hospital (45 minutes away): The largest hospital on the island, offering a broader range of medical care. Private Hospital - Isaiah Hospital (45 minutes by car from Cummings Highlands): A private healthcare facility providing additional options for medical care. While these facilities may not match Western standards, they are capable of addressing most fundamental healthcare needs. Your well-being remains a priority, and our team is ready to assist in any medical situation during your stay. CRITICAL CARE: In the event of a critical injury or situation that surpasses the capabilities of local medical facilities on Tablas Island, it may be necessary to arrange for transportation to Manila for advanced medical care. Your safety and well-being are our top priorities, and we are prepared to take all necessary steps to ensure you receive the appropriate medical attention in such circumstances.
  • Will I need to bring money with me?
    Your retreat costs, covering expenses such as food, excursions, transfers, soft drinks, coffee, and water, are all inclusive, ensuring a hassle-free experience during your stay. However, we recommend bringing some spending money for personal items and emergencies. Please note the following currency exchange information: Currency Exchange at the Airport: Upon arrival, you can conveniently exchange currency at the airport, located just outside the exit area, with reasonable rates. Currency Exchange on Tablas Island: Please be aware that there is no currency exchange for Canadian dollars on Tablas Island. Only US dollars can be exchanged at Western Union, which is approximately an hour away. ATM Availability: ATMs on the island may not always be fully stocked and can sometimes be offline. To avoid any inconvenience, it's advisable to plan ahead and bring Philippine Peso with you in advance. While this isn't always the case, it's a precaution we recommend for our international guests. Purchasing Philippine Peso: If you prefer to acquire Philippine Peso from your bank, please keep in mind that this process typically takes about 10 days. Therefore, it's advisable to make this purchase well in advance to secure a favorable exchange rate. Your preparedness in managing your currency needs will contribute to a smoother and more enjoyable retreat experience.
Travel
Visa
  • How do I get to Tablas Island. Romblon Philippines?
    Traveling from Canada: When planning your journey from Canada to Tablas Island, it's crucial to select the right airline that aligns with your budget and preferences. Philippine Airlines (PAL) offers direct flights from both Toronto International Airport and Vancouver International Airport to Manila Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA). This direct option is convenient if you prefer a non-stop flight experience. Alternatively, there are several carriers that provide flights with layovers at discounted rates. If you don't mind changing flights, this option might be a suitable choice for you. Traveling from Manila: Tablas Island is situated within the Province of Romblon. To reach Tablas Island, you will need to book a separate ticket with Air Swift Airlines for the Manila to Romblon Tugdan Airport route. We strongly encourage participants who have confirmed their program attendance to book this flight as a priority. It's worth noting that this is a small aircraft, and availability tends to diminish rapidly, especially as the high season approaches, typically starting in January. Please pay close attention to baggage weight restrictions for your international flight and your connecting flight to Tablas Island with Air Swift. Baggage weight limits can vary depending on your ticket type. Additional fees apply for excess baggage weight if not purchased in advance. When purchasing your ticket, you have the option to select a 20kg baggage allowance, but any additional weight will incur extra charges. If you have already booked your Air Swift ticket and didn't include baggage, don't worry. You can still add baggage to your ticket up to four days before your trip. Upon your arrival at the designated Airline Terminal 4, you will be greeted by a representative. Subsequently, you will be picked up by a van at Tablas Island Airport (Tugdan) by one of our Retreat Representatives to ensure a smooth transition to your destination.
  • What Happens if there is a delay of my flight, or a cancelled flight?"
    For veterans and first responders, we understand that life doesn't always go according to plan, and we're here to support you every step of the way. April marks the beginning of the travel high season, typically following typhoons with heavy rains and high winds that may lead to flight delays to the Provinces. While this is unusual, we want to assure you that we have contingency plans in place. It's worth noting that most veterans tend to travel with companions to the island, which provides an extra layer of support in case of delays or missed connections. However, if you happen to find yourself alone in such a situation, here's how we can assist: In the unlikely event that your flight is canceled, we will make arrangements for a representative to meet you at your exit gate. They will assist you in getting to Batangas Port, where you'll embark on a ship journey to the island. This journey offers a unique and enriching experience, allowing you to immerse yourself in the Philippine culture. Please be aware that this alternative route does come with an additional cost. Private transportation to Batangas typically ranges between 3,000 to 4,000 Philippine Pesos (php), and the 2go or Montenegro ship ticket costs 1,200 php per person. You will purchase a ticket for the route to Odiongan Romblon and wait to board the ship. Rest assured that while this route may take a bit longer, the cultural experience it offers is truly invaluable. Your safety and well-being remain our top priorities, and we're dedicated to ensuring your journey is as smooth as possible, even in unforeseen circumstances. Communication: In addition to the contingency plans in place, we highly recommend that upon your arrival at the airport, it is cost-effective to purchase a local SIM card and a corresponding local mobile data plan. These SIM cards are typically inexpensive and provide immediate access to text, messaging apps like WhatsApp, and other communication services while you are in the country. This is a practical step to stay connected, especially in the event of flight delays or missed connections. Having a local SIM card and plan ensures that you can easily reach out to our team, fellow travelers, or anyone you need to communicate with during your stay. It's a convenient and budget-friendly way to stay connected and make your travel experience as smooth as possible.
  • What if I can’t attend after booking?
    In the event that you need to cancel your participation with us, we will adhere to the cancellation policy that was provided to you during the application intake process. This policy outlines the terms and conditions related to cancellations, including any associated fees or refund processes. We recommend reviewing the specific details of this policy to understand the cancellation procedures and any potential financial implications should the need to cancel arise. Your understanding and compliance with the outlined cancellation policy are greatly appreciated.
  • Can I bring a spouse with me?
    While we envision incorporating spouses into our program in the future to promote holistic wellness for our participants and their families, we currently do not include spouses as part of our program outline. Our focus at this time is on providing a tailored experience that caters to the specific needs and objectives of our participants. We continue to evaluate and evolve our offerings to ensure that they align with the evolving needs and goals of our veteran community. Your feedback and suggestions are invaluable as we work towards enhancing our programs in the future. Distraction from Personal Growth: The primary focus of a wellness program is on individual healing, self-discovery, and personal growth. Having a spouse present may divert ours or other participant's attention away from their own journey as they naturally tend to the needs and concerns of their partner. Dependency: Participants might become emotionally or psychologically dependent on their spouse during challenging moments in the program. This dependency can hinder their ability to develop the coping skills and self-reliance that the program aims to cultivate. Comfort Zone: The presence of a spouse can create a comfort zone, making it less likely for the participant to step out of their comfort zone and fully engage in the program's activities and therapeutic processes. Openness and Vulnerability: Our program encourages participants to open and share their experiences and emotions with others in the group. The presence of a spouse may make some participants less inclined to do so, as they may be concerned about revealing personal matters in front of others or a partner. Peer Support and Connection: Participants benefit from forming connections and seeking support from their peers in the program. The presence of a spouse limit the participant's ability to build these supportive relationships with fellow participants. Different Needs and Objectives: The participant and their spouse do have different wellness needs and objectives. This misalignment can lead to conflicting expectations and potentially disrupt the participant's journey.
  • What Immunizations do I need to to travel to the Philippines?
    For your travel to our location, there are no specific immunizations required beyond the typical vaccinations recommended for travel to tropical countries. However, it's important to be aware that diseases such as Dengue and Malaria can be a concern in some regions. Therefore, we highly recommend that you bring along insect repellent containing DEET to protect yourself from mosquito bites during your stay. Your health and well-being are of utmost importance to us, and taking these precautions can help ensure a safe and enjoyable experience during your visit.
  • What travel/medical insurance?
    Please note that the Philippine government mandates that all travelers must have received a minimum of 2 COVID-19 vaccine doses to enter the country without requiring a RAPID/PCR test. We strongly advise referring to the official website of the Philippine government for comprehensive information on travel requirements if you have not received the requisite vaccine shots. Additionally, for your safety and well-being, we require all participants to possess emergency medical insurance, along with an additional endorsement providing COVID-19 coverage. This insurance ensures that you have access to necessary medical care and support, including COVID-related expenses, during your time with us. Your health and safety remain our top priorities, and these precautions are in place to provide you with peace of mind while participating in our program.
  • Will there be a representative to meet me at the Airport?
    Upon your arrival at either Caticlan or Tugdan Airport, one of our representatives will be there to greet the group. In the event that one of the mentors is traveling on the same flight as the group, rest assured that we will coordinate to ensure that everyone travels together, facilitating a seamless transition to the island. Your comfort and convenience are our priorities, and we are committed to making your journey as smooth as possible.
  • Where will I be staying, and what is the food like?"
    Each of our poolside cottages, whether private or dorm-style, comes equipped with essential amenities including a fan, television, mini-bar, refrigerator, and kettle for your convenience. If you require laundry service during your stay, it is available for a nominal fee. Please note that while we do offer the option for FaceTime or streaming in case of emergencies during scheduled program hours, we encourage our guests to use their personal Wi-Fi during their leisure time. One of the primary goals of our retreat is to promote disconnection from social media, allowing you to focus on healing, mindfulness, and personal growth. Our commitment is to ensure the comfort of all our retreat guests. If there is something you require that we haven't provided, please don't hesitate to ask, and we will do our best to accommodate your request. For your dining needs, we offer breakfast, lunch, and dinner as part of your stay. Potable drinking water is readily available in your cabin for your convenience. Meals are enjoyed together in a buffet-style setting in the main house, with breakfast served in the bar area each morning. If you have any food allergies, please inform us in advance, and we will make necessary preparations. During full-day excursions, we bring along food and a skilled cook to prepare a delightful BBQ-style feast using fresh, locally-sourced ingredients. While we can accommodate vegetarian diets, please note that we do not offer vegan options at this time.
  • Is this a “Dry”program?
    During the daytime programming of our retreat, we maintain a policy of not permitting alcohol consumption. However, we understand that participants have their leisure time, and during those periods, they are free to make their own choices, including whether to consume alcohol. It's essential to be mindful of the diverse group of participants we have, some of whom may be in recovery. We kindly ask everyone to exercise sensitivity and discretion when it comes to alcohol consumption during leisure hours, to create a supportive and respectful environment for all. Your understanding and consideration in this matter are greatly appreciated as we aim to foster a safe and inclusive atmosphere for everyone's well-being.
  • What does Eco-Resort Mean?
    Our commitment to sustainability is at the heart of our unique experience. Our native-style accommodations prioritize eco-friendliness, and while we do not have air-conditioning, we provide fans in each cabin to ensure your comfort. One of our standout features is the largest freshwater pool on the island, conveniently located just steps away from every cottage. It's a perfect place to relax and cool off while enjoying the natural surroundings. We take pride in our organic farming practices and even engage in rice harvesting. This hands-on experience allows our guests to connect with the land and appreciate the beauty of sustainable agriculture. It's all part of our mission to provide a holistic and environmentally responsible retreat that nourishes the mind, body, and soul.
  • Will I be sharing accommodations?
    Each Roto can comfortably accommodate up to 14 participants, and in some cases, shared accommodations with individuals of the same gender may be necessary to accommodate everyone comfortably.
  • Can I bring My service Animal?
    We understand the importance of service dogs in the recovery process, but it's essential to note that the Philippines may not recognize this designation. Additionally, the presence of local and feral dogs in the area can pose a safety risk to service dogs. Therefore, while we recognize the value of service animals in recovery, we may need to implement precautions or make alternative arrangements to ensure the safety and well-being of both participants and their service animals during their stay. Your safety remains our top priority, and we are committed to addressing any concerns to provide a safe and supportive environment for all participants.
  • What animals are on the property?
    We have our own “pet therapy” animals that are on hand to offer emotional support for particpants. Since we are an eco-resort and working farm we have cats, dogs, goats, ducks, horses, caribou, and chickens.
  • Do I Need a special Travel Visa?
    Upon your arrival, you will be issued a 30-day tourist visa. When completing your arrival paperwork, please make sure to indicate your stay at Cummings Highlands Eco Resort on Tablas Island in Romblon, Philippines, with the postal code 5505. You will be classified as a tourist, and you will receive a receipt for your stay at the resort for your records. We aim to ensure a smooth and enjoyable experience during your visit, and this information will help facilitate your entry into the country.
  • Do I need special medical insurance?
    Please ensure you have full TRAVEL MEDICAL INSURANCE (NOT provided by the retreat). Check online for many reasonable options.
  • Do I need special inoculations to visit the Philippines?
    No special inoculations, however we suggest you have up to date tetanus as a precaution. Malaria is not prevalent in our region, however there have been cases of Dengue. We suggest bringing bug spray with DEET.
  • Can I bring my medications with me?
    Should you require common medications during your stay, they are readily available on the island. Please ensure that any daily prescriptions are clearly labeled to facilitate their use. Please be aware that the possession and use of medical cannabis, CBD, or cannabis-infused products are illegal in the Philippines. We recommend consulting with your healthcare provider to explore alternative options for managing any related medical needs during your stay with us. Your well-being and compliance with local laws are of utmost importance to us.
  • What happens if I have a medical emergency?
    When conducting a wellness program, it's crucial to have plans and protocols for potential crisis situations, including cases where a participant may require immediate medical attention. The safety and well-being of our participants are paramount, and we ensure prompt, appropriate care. Here's an abbreviated outline of our medical crisis response: Immediate Assessment: Trained staff or medical authority assesses the situation and determines the necessary action. Communication: Staff contacts the emergency response team, local medical professionals, and relevant authorities. Mental Health Crisis: Trained staff assesses, contacts emergency mental health professionals, and coordinates care. First Aid and Stabilization: Staff provides initial first aid and support, including CPR and basic life support. Contacting Emergency Services: Depending on severity, emergency services are dispatched, with ongoing communication. Accompanying the Participant: A staff member accompanies the participant to the medical facility, acting as a liaison. Informing Contacts: Emergency contacts or medical professionals are informed and provided updates as needed. Follow-up and Support: Ongoing communication with the participant and family for support and assistance. Incident Evaluation and Review: Post-crisis evaluation and protocol updates for participant safety. Throughout this process, we remain compassionate and professional, collaborating with medical professionals, emergency services, and the participant's support network. Your safety and well-being are our top priorities, and we're prepared to respond to medical emergencies effectively. Please sign and return this document with your medical intake forms to confirm your understanding.
  • Is there a hospital?
    Tablas Island Hospitals: Please note that medical care on Tablas Island may differ from Western facilities but is well-equipped to handle basic healthcare requirements. Public Punta Hospital (3 km from Resort): This facility is conveniently located near the resort and provides essential medical services. Odiongan Public Hospital (45 minutes away): The largest hospital on the island, offering a broader range of medical care. Private Hospital - Isaiah Hospital (45 minutes by car from Cummings Highlands): A private healthcare facility providing additional options for medical care. While these facilities may not match Western standards, they are capable of addressing most fundamental healthcare needs. Your well-being remains a priority, and our team is ready to assist in any medical situation during your stay. CRITICAL CARE: In the event of a critical injury or situation that surpasses the capabilities of local medical facilities on Tablas Island, it may be necessary to arrange for transportation to Manila for advanced medical care. Your safety and well-being are our top priorities, and we are prepared to take all necessary steps to ensure you receive the appropriate medical attention in such circumstances.
  • Will I need to bring money with me?
    Your retreat costs, covering expenses such as food, excursions, transfers, soft drinks, coffee, and water, are all inclusive, ensuring a hassle-free experience during your stay. However, we recommend bringing some spending money for personal items and emergencies. Please note the following currency exchange information: Currency Exchange at the Airport: Upon arrival, you can conveniently exchange currency at the airport, located just outside the exit area, with reasonable rates. Currency Exchange on Tablas Island: Please be aware that there is no currency exchange for Canadian dollars on Tablas Island. Only US dollars can be exchanged at Western Union, which is approximately an hour away. ATM Availability: ATMs on the island may not always be fully stocked and can sometimes be offline. To avoid any inconvenience, it's advisable to plan ahead and bring Philippine Peso with you in advance. While this isn't always the case, it's a precaution we recommend for our international guests. Purchasing Philippine Peso: If you prefer to acquire Philippine Peso from your bank, please keep in mind that this process typically takes about 10 days. Therefore, it's advisable to make this purchase well in advance to secure a favorable exchange rate. Your preparedness in managing your currency needs will contribute to a smoother and more enjoyable retreat experience.
Medical
  • How do I get to Tablas Island. Romblon Philippines?
    Traveling from Canada: When planning your journey from Canada to Tablas Island, it's crucial to select the right airline that aligns with your budget and preferences. Philippine Airlines (PAL) offers direct flights from both Toronto International Airport and Vancouver International Airport to Manila Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA). This direct option is convenient if you prefer a non-stop flight experience. Alternatively, there are several carriers that provide flights with layovers at discounted rates. If you don't mind changing flights, this option might be a suitable choice for you. Traveling from Manila: Tablas Island is situated within the Province of Romblon. To reach Tablas Island, you will need to book a separate ticket with Air Swift Airlines for the Manila to Romblon Tugdan Airport route. We strongly encourage participants who have confirmed their program attendance to book this flight as a priority. It's worth noting that this is a small aircraft, and availability tends to diminish rapidly, especially as the high season approaches, typically starting in January. Please pay close attention to baggage weight restrictions for your international flight and your connecting flight to Tablas Island with Air Swift. Baggage weight limits can vary depending on your ticket type. Additional fees apply for excess baggage weight if not purchased in advance. When purchasing your ticket, you have the option to select a 20kg baggage allowance, but any additional weight will incur extra charges. If you have already booked your Air Swift ticket and didn't include baggage, don't worry. You can still add baggage to your ticket up to four days before your trip. Upon your arrival at the designated Airline Terminal 4, you will be greeted by a representative. Subsequently, you will be picked up by a van at Tablas Island Airport (Tugdan) by one of our Retreat Representatives to ensure a smooth transition to your destination.
  • What Happens if there is a delay of my flight, or a cancelled flight?"
    For veterans and first responders, we understand that life doesn't always go according to plan, and we're here to support you every step of the way. April marks the beginning of the travel high season, typically following typhoons with heavy rains and high winds that may lead to flight delays to the Provinces. While this is unusual, we want to assure you that we have contingency plans in place. It's worth noting that most veterans tend to travel with companions to the island, which provides an extra layer of support in case of delays or missed connections. However, if you happen to find yourself alone in such a situation, here's how we can assist: In the unlikely event that your flight is canceled, we will make arrangements for a representative to meet you at your exit gate. They will assist you in getting to Batangas Port, where you'll embark on a ship journey to the island. This journey offers a unique and enriching experience, allowing you to immerse yourself in the Philippine culture. Please be aware that this alternative route does come with an additional cost. Private transportation to Batangas typically ranges between 3,000 to 4,000 Philippine Pesos (php), and the 2go or Montenegro ship ticket costs 1,200 php per person. You will purchase a ticket for the route to Odiongan Romblon and wait to board the ship. Rest assured that while this route may take a bit longer, the cultural experience it offers is truly invaluable. Your safety and well-being remain our top priorities, and we're dedicated to ensuring your journey is as smooth as possible, even in unforeseen circumstances. Communication: In addition to the contingency plans in place, we highly recommend that upon your arrival at the airport, it is cost-effective to purchase a local SIM card and a corresponding local mobile data plan. These SIM cards are typically inexpensive and provide immediate access to text, messaging apps like WhatsApp, and other communication services while you are in the country. This is a practical step to stay connected, especially in the event of flight delays or missed connections. Having a local SIM card and plan ensures that you can easily reach out to our team, fellow travelers, or anyone you need to communicate with during your stay. It's a convenient and budget-friendly way to stay connected and make your travel experience as smooth as possible.
  • What if I can’t attend after booking?
    In the event that you need to cancel your participation with us, we will adhere to the cancellation policy that was provided to you during the application intake process. This policy outlines the terms and conditions related to cancellations, including any associated fees or refund processes. We recommend reviewing the specific details of this policy to understand the cancellation procedures and any potential financial implications should the need to cancel arise. Your understanding and compliance with the outlined cancellation policy are greatly appreciated.
  • Can I bring a spouse with me?
    While we envision incorporating spouses into our program in the future to promote holistic wellness for our participants and their families, we currently do not include spouses as part of our program outline. Our focus at this time is on providing a tailored experience that caters to the specific needs and objectives of our participants. We continue to evaluate and evolve our offerings to ensure that they align with the evolving needs and goals of our veteran community. Your feedback and suggestions are invaluable as we work towards enhancing our programs in the future. Distraction from Personal Growth: The primary focus of a wellness program is on individual healing, self-discovery, and personal growth. Having a spouse present may divert ours or other participant's attention away from their own journey as they naturally tend to the needs and concerns of their partner. Dependency: Participants might become emotionally or psychologically dependent on their spouse during challenging moments in the program. This dependency can hinder their ability to develop the coping skills and self-reliance that the program aims to cultivate. Comfort Zone: The presence of a spouse can create a comfort zone, making it less likely for the participant to step out of their comfort zone and fully engage in the program's activities and therapeutic processes. Openness and Vulnerability: Our program encourages participants to open and share their experiences and emotions with others in the group. The presence of a spouse may make some participants less inclined to do so, as they may be concerned about revealing personal matters in front of others or a partner. Peer Support and Connection: Participants benefit from forming connections and seeking support from their peers in the program. The presence of a spouse limit the participant's ability to build these supportive relationships with fellow participants. Different Needs and Objectives: The participant and their spouse do have different wellness needs and objectives. This misalignment can lead to conflicting expectations and potentially disrupt the participant's journey.
  • What Immunizations do I need to to travel to the Philippines?
    For your travel to our location, there are no specific immunizations required beyond the typical vaccinations recommended for travel to tropical countries. However, it's important to be aware that diseases such as Dengue and Malaria can be a concern in some regions. Therefore, we highly recommend that you bring along insect repellent containing DEET to protect yourself from mosquito bites during your stay. Your health and well-being are of utmost importance to us, and taking these precautions can help ensure a safe and enjoyable experience during your visit.
  • What travel/medical insurance?
    Please note that the Philippine government mandates that all travelers must have received a minimum of 2 COVID-19 vaccine doses to enter the country without requiring a RAPID/PCR test. We strongly advise referring to the official website of the Philippine government for comprehensive information on travel requirements if you have not received the requisite vaccine shots. Additionally, for your safety and well-being, we require all participants to possess emergency medical insurance, along with an additional endorsement providing COVID-19 coverage. This insurance ensures that you have access to necessary medical care and support, including COVID-related expenses, during your time with us. Your health and safety remain our top priorities, and these precautions are in place to provide you with peace of mind while participating in our program.
  • Will there be a representative to meet me at the Airport?
    Upon your arrival at either Caticlan or Tugdan Airport, one of our representatives will be there to greet the group. In the event that one of the mentors is traveling on the same flight as the group, rest assured that we will coordinate to ensure that everyone travels together, facilitating a seamless transition to the island. Your comfort and convenience are our priorities, and we are committed to making your journey as smooth as possible.
  • Where will I be staying, and what is the food like?"
    Each of our poolside cottages, whether private or dorm-style, comes equipped with essential amenities including a fan, television, mini-bar, refrigerator, and kettle for your convenience. If you require laundry service during your stay, it is available for a nominal fee. Please note that while we do offer the option for FaceTime or streaming in case of emergencies during scheduled program hours, we encourage our guests to use their personal Wi-Fi during their leisure time. One of the primary goals of our retreat is to promote disconnection from social media, allowing you to focus on healing, mindfulness, and personal growth. Our commitment is to ensure the comfort of all our retreat guests. If there is something you require that we haven't provided, please don't hesitate to ask, and we will do our best to accommodate your request. For your dining needs, we offer breakfast, lunch, and dinner as part of your stay. Potable drinking water is readily available in your cabin for your convenience. Meals are enjoyed together in a buffet-style setting in the main house, with breakfast served in the bar area each morning. If you have any food allergies, please inform us in advance, and we will make necessary preparations. During full-day excursions, we bring along food and a skilled cook to prepare a delightful BBQ-style feast using fresh, locally-sourced ingredients. While we can accommodate vegetarian diets, please note that we do not offer vegan options at this time.
  • Is this a “Dry”program?
    During the daytime programming of our retreat, we maintain a policy of not permitting alcohol consumption. However, we understand that participants have their leisure time, and during those periods, they are free to make their own choices, including whether to consume alcohol. It's essential to be mindful of the diverse group of participants we have, some of whom may be in recovery. We kindly ask everyone to exercise sensitivity and discretion when it comes to alcohol consumption during leisure hours, to create a supportive and respectful environment for all. Your understanding and consideration in this matter are greatly appreciated as we aim to foster a safe and inclusive atmosphere for everyone's well-being.
  • What does Eco-Resort Mean?
    Our commitment to sustainability is at the heart of our unique experience. Our native-style accommodations prioritize eco-friendliness, and while we do not have air-conditioning, we provide fans in each cabin to ensure your comfort. One of our standout features is the largest freshwater pool on the island, conveniently located just steps away from every cottage. It's a perfect place to relax and cool off while enjoying the natural surroundings. We take pride in our organic farming practices and even engage in rice harvesting. This hands-on experience allows our guests to connect with the land and appreciate the beauty of sustainable agriculture. It's all part of our mission to provide a holistic and environmentally responsible retreat that nourishes the mind, body, and soul.
  • Will I be sharing accommodations?
    Each Roto can comfortably accommodate up to 14 participants, and in some cases, shared accommodations with individuals of the same gender may be necessary to accommodate everyone comfortably.
  • Can I bring My service Animal?
    We understand the importance of service dogs in the recovery process, but it's essential to note that the Philippines may not recognize this designation. Additionally, the presence of local and feral dogs in the area can pose a safety risk to service dogs. Therefore, while we recognize the value of service animals in recovery, we may need to implement precautions or make alternative arrangements to ensure the safety and well-being of both participants and their service animals during their stay. Your safety remains our top priority, and we are committed to addressing any concerns to provide a safe and supportive environment for all participants.
  • What animals are on the property?
    We have our own “pet therapy” animals that are on hand to offer emotional support for particpants. Since we are an eco-resort and working farm we have cats, dogs, goats, ducks, horses, caribou, and chickens.
  • Do I Need a special Travel Visa?
    Upon your arrival, you will be issued a 30-day tourist visa. When completing your arrival paperwork, please make sure to indicate your stay at Cummings Highlands Eco Resort on Tablas Island in Romblon, Philippines, with the postal code 5505. You will be classified as a tourist, and you will receive a receipt for your stay at the resort for your records. We aim to ensure a smooth and enjoyable experience during your visit, and this information will help facilitate your entry into the country.
  • Do I need special medical insurance?
    Please ensure you have full TRAVEL MEDICAL INSURANCE (NOT provided by the retreat). Check online for many reasonable options.
  • Do I need special inoculations to visit the Philippines?
    No special inoculations, however we suggest you have up to date tetanus as a precaution. Malaria is not prevalent in our region, however there have been cases of Dengue. We suggest bringing bug spray with DEET.
  • Can I bring my medications with me?
    Should you require common medications during your stay, they are readily available on the island. Please ensure that any daily prescriptions are clearly labeled to facilitate their use. Please be aware that the possession and use of medical cannabis, CBD, or cannabis-infused products are illegal in the Philippines. We recommend consulting with your healthcare provider to explore alternative options for managing any related medical needs during your stay with us. Your well-being and compliance with local laws are of utmost importance to us.
  • What happens if I have a medical emergency?
    When conducting a wellness program, it's crucial to have plans and protocols for potential crisis situations, including cases where a participant may require immediate medical attention. The safety and well-being of our participants are paramount, and we ensure prompt, appropriate care. Here's an abbreviated outline of our medical crisis response: Immediate Assessment: Trained staff or medical authority assesses the situation and determines the necessary action. Communication: Staff contacts the emergency response team, local medical professionals, and relevant authorities. Mental Health Crisis: Trained staff assesses, contacts emergency mental health professionals, and coordinates care. First Aid and Stabilization: Staff provides initial first aid and support, including CPR and basic life support. Contacting Emergency Services: Depending on severity, emergency services are dispatched, with ongoing communication. Accompanying the Participant: A staff member accompanies the participant to the medical facility, acting as a liaison. Informing Contacts: Emergency contacts or medical professionals are informed and provided updates as needed. Follow-up and Support: Ongoing communication with the participant and family for support and assistance. Incident Evaluation and Review: Post-crisis evaluation and protocol updates for participant safety. Throughout this process, we remain compassionate and professional, collaborating with medical professionals, emergency services, and the participant's support network. Your safety and well-being are our top priorities, and we're prepared to respond to medical emergencies effectively. Please sign and return this document with your medical intake forms to confirm your understanding.
  • Is there a hospital?
    Tablas Island Hospitals: Please note that medical care on Tablas Island may differ from Western facilities but is well-equipped to handle basic healthcare requirements. Public Punta Hospital (3 km from Resort): This facility is conveniently located near the resort and provides essential medical services. Odiongan Public Hospital (45 minutes away): The largest hospital on the island, offering a broader range of medical care. Private Hospital - Isaiah Hospital (45 minutes by car from Cummings Highlands): A private healthcare facility providing additional options for medical care. While these facilities may not match Western standards, they are capable of addressing most fundamental healthcare needs. Your well-being remains a priority, and our team is ready to assist in any medical situation during your stay. CRITICAL CARE: In the event of a critical injury or situation that surpasses the capabilities of local medical facilities on Tablas Island, it may be necessary to arrange for transportation to Manila for advanced medical care. Your safety and well-being are our top priorities, and we are prepared to take all necessary steps to ensure you receive the appropriate medical attention in such circumstances.
  • Will I need to bring money with me?
    Your retreat costs, covering expenses such as food, excursions, transfers, soft drinks, coffee, and water, are all inclusive, ensuring a hassle-free experience during your stay. However, we recommend bringing some spending money for personal items and emergencies. Please note the following currency exchange information: Currency Exchange at the Airport: Upon arrival, you can conveniently exchange currency at the airport, located just outside the exit area, with reasonable rates. Currency Exchange on Tablas Island: Please be aware that there is no currency exchange for Canadian dollars on Tablas Island. Only US dollars can be exchanged at Western Union, which is approximately an hour away. ATM Availability: ATMs on the island may not always be fully stocked and can sometimes be offline. To avoid any inconvenience, it's advisable to plan ahead and bring Philippine Peso with you in advance. While this isn't always the case, it's a precaution we recommend for our international guests. Purchasing Philippine Peso: If you prefer to acquire Philippine Peso from your bank, please keep in mind that this process typically takes about 10 days. Therefore, it's advisable to make this purchase well in advance to secure a favorable exchange rate. Your preparedness in managing your currency needs will contribute to a smoother and more enjoyable retreat experience.
Money
  • How do I get to Tablas Island. Romblon Philippines?
    Traveling from Canada: When planning your journey from Canada to Tablas Island, it's crucial to select the right airline that aligns with your budget and preferences. Philippine Airlines (PAL) offers direct flights from both Toronto International Airport and Vancouver International Airport to Manila Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA). This direct option is convenient if you prefer a non-stop flight experience. Alternatively, there are several carriers that provide flights with layovers at discounted rates. If you don't mind changing flights, this option might be a suitable choice for you. Traveling from Manila: Tablas Island is situated within the Province of Romblon. To reach Tablas Island, you will need to book a separate ticket with Air Swift Airlines for the Manila to Romblon Tugdan Airport route. We strongly encourage participants who have confirmed their program attendance to book this flight as a priority. It's worth noting that this is a small aircraft, and availability tends to diminish rapidly, especially as the high season approaches, typically starting in January. Please pay close attention to baggage weight restrictions for your international flight and your connecting flight to Tablas Island with Air Swift. Baggage weight limits can vary depending on your ticket type. Additional fees apply for excess baggage weight if not purchased in advance. When purchasing your ticket, you have the option to select a 20kg baggage allowance, but any additional weight will incur extra charges. If you have already booked your Air Swift ticket and didn't include baggage, don't worry. You can still add baggage to your ticket up to four days before your trip. Upon your arrival at the designated Airline Terminal 4, you will be greeted by a representative. Subsequently, you will be picked up by a van at Tablas Island Airport (Tugdan) by one of our Retreat Representatives to ensure a smooth transition to your destination.
  • What Happens if there is a delay of my flight, or a cancelled flight?"
    For veterans and first responders, we understand that life doesn't always go according to plan, and we're here to support you every step of the way. April marks the beginning of the travel high season, typically following typhoons with heavy rains and high winds that may lead to flight delays to the Provinces. While this is unusual, we want to assure you that we have contingency plans in place. It's worth noting that most veterans tend to travel with companions to the island, which provides an extra layer of support in case of delays or missed connections. However, if you happen to find yourself alone in such a situation, here's how we can assist: In the unlikely event that your flight is canceled, we will make arrangements for a representative to meet you at your exit gate. They will assist you in getting to Batangas Port, where you'll embark on a ship journey to the island. This journey offers a unique and enriching experience, allowing you to immerse yourself in the Philippine culture. Please be aware that this alternative route does come with an additional cost. Private transportation to Batangas typically ranges between 3,000 to 4,000 Philippine Pesos (php), and the 2go or Montenegro ship ticket costs 1,200 php per person. You will purchase a ticket for the route to Odiongan Romblon and wait to board the ship. Rest assured that while this route may take a bit longer, the cultural experience it offers is truly invaluable. Your safety and well-being remain our top priorities, and we're dedicated to ensuring your journey is as smooth as possible, even in unforeseen circumstances. Communication: In addition to the contingency plans in place, we highly recommend that upon your arrival at the airport, it is cost-effective to purchase a local SIM card and a corresponding local mobile data plan. These SIM cards are typically inexpensive and provide immediate access to text, messaging apps like WhatsApp, and other communication services while you are in the country. This is a practical step to stay connected, especially in the event of flight delays or missed connections. Having a local SIM card and plan ensures that you can easily reach out to our team, fellow travelers, or anyone you need to communicate with during your stay. It's a convenient and budget-friendly way to stay connected and make your travel experience as smooth as possible.
  • What if I can’t attend after booking?
    In the event that you need to cancel your participation with us, we will adhere to the cancellation policy that was provided to you during the application intake process. This policy outlines the terms and conditions related to cancellations, including any associated fees or refund processes. We recommend reviewing the specific details of this policy to understand the cancellation procedures and any potential financial implications should the need to cancel arise. Your understanding and compliance with the outlined cancellation policy are greatly appreciated.
  • Can I bring a spouse with me?
    While we envision incorporating spouses into our program in the future to promote holistic wellness for our participants and their families, we currently do not include spouses as part of our program outline. Our focus at this time is on providing a tailored experience that caters to the specific needs and objectives of our participants. We continue to evaluate and evolve our offerings to ensure that they align with the evolving needs and goals of our veteran community. Your feedback and suggestions are invaluable as we work towards enhancing our programs in the future. Distraction from Personal Growth: The primary focus of a wellness program is on individual healing, self-discovery, and personal growth. Having a spouse present may divert ours or other participant's attention away from their own journey as they naturally tend to the needs and concerns of their partner. Dependency: Participants might become emotionally or psychologically dependent on their spouse during challenging moments in the program. This dependency can hinder their ability to develop the coping skills and self-reliance that the program aims to cultivate. Comfort Zone: The presence of a spouse can create a comfort zone, making it less likely for the participant to step out of their comfort zone and fully engage in the program's activities and therapeutic processes. Openness and Vulnerability: Our program encourages participants to open and share their experiences and emotions with others in the group. The presence of a spouse may make some participants less inclined to do so, as they may be concerned about revealing personal matters in front of others or a partner. Peer Support and Connection: Participants benefit from forming connections and seeking support from their peers in the program. The presence of a spouse limit the participant's ability to build these supportive relationships with fellow participants. Different Needs and Objectives: The participant and their spouse do have different wellness needs and objectives. This misalignment can lead to conflicting expectations and potentially disrupt the participant's journey.
  • What Immunizations do I need to to travel to the Philippines?
    For your travel to our location, there are no specific immunizations required beyond the typical vaccinations recommended for travel to tropical countries. However, it's important to be aware that diseases such as Dengue and Malaria can be a concern in some regions. Therefore, we highly recommend that you bring along insect repellent containing DEET to protect yourself from mosquito bites during your stay. Your health and well-being are of utmost importance to us, and taking these precautions can help ensure a safe and enjoyable experience during your visit.
  • What travel/medical insurance?
    Please note that the Philippine government mandates that all travelers must have received a minimum of 2 COVID-19 vaccine doses to enter the country without requiring a RAPID/PCR test. We strongly advise referring to the official website of the Philippine government for comprehensive information on travel requirements if you have not received the requisite vaccine shots. Additionally, for your safety and well-being, we require all participants to possess emergency medical insurance, along with an additional endorsement providing COVID-19 coverage. This insurance ensures that you have access to necessary medical care and support, including COVID-related expenses, during your time with us. Your health and safety remain our top priorities, and these precautions are in place to provide you with peace of mind while participating in our program.
  • Will there be a representative to meet me at the Airport?
    Upon your arrival at either Caticlan or Tugdan Airport, one of our representatives will be there to greet the group. In the event that one of the mentors is traveling on the same flight as the group, rest assured that we will coordinate to ensure that everyone travels together, facilitating a seamless transition to the island. Your comfort and convenience are our priorities, and we are committed to making your journey as smooth as possible.
  • Where will I be staying, and what is the food like?"
    Each of our poolside cottages, whether private or dorm-style, comes equipped with essential amenities including a fan, television, mini-bar, refrigerator, and kettle for your convenience. If you require laundry service during your stay, it is available for a nominal fee. Please note that while we do offer the option for FaceTime or streaming in case of emergencies during scheduled program hours, we encourage our guests to use their personal Wi-Fi during their leisure time. One of the primary goals of our retreat is to promote disconnection from social media, allowing you to focus on healing, mindfulness, and personal growth. Our commitment is to ensure the comfort of all our retreat guests. If there is something you require that we haven't provided, please don't hesitate to ask, and we will do our best to accommodate your request. For your dining needs, we offer breakfast, lunch, and dinner as part of your stay. Potable drinking water is readily available in your cabin for your convenience. Meals are enjoyed together in a buffet-style setting in the main house, with breakfast served in the bar area each morning. If you have any food allergies, please inform us in advance, and we will make necessary preparations. During full-day excursions, we bring along food and a skilled cook to prepare a delightful BBQ-style feast using fresh, locally-sourced ingredients. While we can accommodate vegetarian diets, please note that we do not offer vegan options at this time.
  • Is this a “Dry”program?
    During the daytime programming of our retreat, we maintain a policy of not permitting alcohol consumption. However, we understand that participants have their leisure time, and during those periods, they are free to make their own choices, including whether to consume alcohol. It's essential to be mindful of the diverse group of participants we have, some of whom may be in recovery. We kindly ask everyone to exercise sensitivity and discretion when it comes to alcohol consumption during leisure hours, to create a supportive and respectful environment for all. Your understanding and consideration in this matter are greatly appreciated as we aim to foster a safe and inclusive atmosphere for everyone's well-being.
  • What does Eco-Resort Mean?
    Our commitment to sustainability is at the heart of our unique experience. Our native-style accommodations prioritize eco-friendliness, and while we do not have air-conditioning, we provide fans in each cabin to ensure your comfort. One of our standout features is the largest freshwater pool on the island, conveniently located just steps away from every cottage. It's a perfect place to relax and cool off while enjoying the natural surroundings. We take pride in our organic farming practices and even engage in rice harvesting. This hands-on experience allows our guests to connect with the land and appreciate the beauty of sustainable agriculture. It's all part of our mission to provide a holistic and environmentally responsible retreat that nourishes the mind, body, and soul.
  • Will I be sharing accommodations?
    Each Roto can comfortably accommodate up to 14 participants, and in some cases, shared accommodations with individuals of the same gender may be necessary to accommodate everyone comfortably.
  • Can I bring My service Animal?
    We understand the importance of service dogs in the recovery process, but it's essential to note that the Philippines may not recognize this designation. Additionally, the presence of local and feral dogs in the area can pose a safety risk to service dogs. Therefore, while we recognize the value of service animals in recovery, we may need to implement precautions or make alternative arrangements to ensure the safety and well-being of both participants and their service animals during their stay. Your safety remains our top priority, and we are committed to addressing any concerns to provide a safe and supportive environment for all participants.
  • What animals are on the property?
    We have our own “pet therapy” animals that are on hand to offer emotional support for particpants. Since we are an eco-resort and working farm we have cats, dogs, goats, ducks, horses, caribou, and chickens.
  • Do I Need a special Travel Visa?
    Upon your arrival, you will be issued a 30-day tourist visa. When completing your arrival paperwork, please make sure to indicate your stay at Cummings Highlands Eco Resort on Tablas Island in Romblon, Philippines, with the postal code 5505. You will be classified as a tourist, and you will receive a receipt for your stay at the resort for your records. We aim to ensure a smooth and enjoyable experience during your visit, and this information will help facilitate your entry into the country.
  • Do I need special medical insurance?
    Please ensure you have full TRAVEL MEDICAL INSURANCE (NOT provided by the retreat). Check online for many reasonable options.
  • Do I need special inoculations to visit the Philippines?
    No special inoculations, however we suggest you have up to date tetanus as a precaution. Malaria is not prevalent in our region, however there have been cases of Dengue. We suggest bringing bug spray with DEET.
  • Can I bring my medications with me?
    Should you require common medications during your stay, they are readily available on the island. Please ensure that any daily prescriptions are clearly labeled to facilitate their use. Please be aware that the possession and use of medical cannabis, CBD, or cannabis-infused products are illegal in the Philippines. We recommend consulting with your healthcare provider to explore alternative options for managing any related medical needs during your stay with us. Your well-being and compliance with local laws are of utmost importance to us.
  • What happens if I have a medical emergency?
    When conducting a wellness program, it's crucial to have plans and protocols for potential crisis situations, including cases where a participant may require immediate medical attention. The safety and well-being of our participants are paramount, and we ensure prompt, appropriate care. Here's an abbreviated outline of our medical crisis response: Immediate Assessment: Trained staff or medical authority assesses the situation and determines the necessary action. Communication: Staff contacts the emergency response team, local medical professionals, and relevant authorities. Mental Health Crisis: Trained staff assesses, contacts emergency mental health professionals, and coordinates care. First Aid and Stabilization: Staff provides initial first aid and support, including CPR and basic life support. Contacting Emergency Services: Depending on severity, emergency services are dispatched, with ongoing communication. Accompanying the Participant: A staff member accompanies the participant to the medical facility, acting as a liaison. Informing Contacts: Emergency contacts or medical professionals are informed and provided updates as needed. Follow-up and Support: Ongoing communication with the participant and family for support and assistance. Incident Evaluation and Review: Post-crisis evaluation and protocol updates for participant safety. Throughout this process, we remain compassionate and professional, collaborating with medical professionals, emergency services, and the participant's support network. Your safety and well-being are our top priorities, and we're prepared to respond to medical emergencies effectively. Please sign and return this document with your medical intake forms to confirm your understanding.
  • Is there a hospital?
    Tablas Island Hospitals: Please note that medical care on Tablas Island may differ from Western facilities but is well-equipped to handle basic healthcare requirements. Public Punta Hospital (3 km from Resort): This facility is conveniently located near the resort and provides essential medical services. Odiongan Public Hospital (45 minutes away): The largest hospital on the island, offering a broader range of medical care. Private Hospital - Isaiah Hospital (45 minutes by car from Cummings Highlands): A private healthcare facility providing additional options for medical care. While these facilities may not match Western standards, they are capable of addressing most fundamental healthcare needs. Your well-being remains a priority, and our team is ready to assist in any medical situation during your stay. CRITICAL CARE: In the event of a critical injury or situation that surpasses the capabilities of local medical facilities on Tablas Island, it may be necessary to arrange for transportation to Manila for advanced medical care. Your safety and well-being are our top priorities, and we are prepared to take all necessary steps to ensure you receive the appropriate medical attention in such circumstances.
  • Will I need to bring money with me?
    Your retreat costs, covering expenses such as food, excursions, transfers, soft drinks, coffee, and water, are all inclusive, ensuring a hassle-free experience during your stay. However, we recommend bringing some spending money for personal items and emergencies. Please note the following currency exchange information: Currency Exchange at the Airport: Upon arrival, you can conveniently exchange currency at the airport, located just outside the exit area, with reasonable rates. Currency Exchange on Tablas Island: Please be aware that there is no currency exchange for Canadian dollars on Tablas Island. Only US dollars can be exchanged at Western Union, which is approximately an hour away. ATM Availability: ATMs on the island may not always be fully stocked and can sometimes be offline. To avoid any inconvenience, it's advisable to plan ahead and bring Philippine Peso with you in advance. While this isn't always the case, it's a precaution we recommend for our international guests. Purchasing Philippine Peso: If you prefer to acquire Philippine Peso from your bank, please keep in mind that this process typically takes about 10 days. Therefore, it's advisable to make this purchase well in advance to secure a favorable exchange rate. Your preparedness in managing your currency needs will contribute to a smoother and more enjoyable retreat experience.
Amenities
  • How do I get to Tablas Island. Romblon Philippines?
    Traveling from Canada: When planning your journey from Canada to Tablas Island, it's crucial to select the right airline that aligns with your budget and preferences. Philippine Airlines (PAL) offers direct flights from both Toronto International Airport and Vancouver International Airport to Manila Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA). This direct option is convenient if you prefer a non-stop flight experience. Alternatively, there are several carriers that provide flights with layovers at discounted rates. If you don't mind changing flights, this option might be a suitable choice for you. Traveling from Manila: Tablas Island is situated within the Province of Romblon. To reach Tablas Island, you will need to book a separate ticket with Air Swift Airlines for the Manila to Romblon Tugdan Airport route. We strongly encourage participants who have confirmed their program attendance to book this flight as a priority. It's worth noting that this is a small aircraft, and availability tends to diminish rapidly, especially as the high season approaches, typically starting in January. Please pay close attention to baggage weight restrictions for your international flight and your connecting flight to Tablas Island with Air Swift. Baggage weight limits can vary depending on your ticket type. Additional fees apply for excess baggage weight if not purchased in advance. When purchasing your ticket, you have the option to select a 20kg baggage allowance, but any additional weight will incur extra charges. If you have already booked your Air Swift ticket and didn't include baggage, don't worry. You can still add baggage to your ticket up to four days before your trip. Upon your arrival at the designated Airline Terminal 4, you will be greeted by a representative. Subsequently, you will be picked up by a van at Tablas Island Airport (Tugdan) by one of our Retreat Representatives to ensure a smooth transition to your destination.
  • What Happens if there is a delay of my flight, or a cancelled flight?"
    For veterans and first responders, we understand that life doesn't always go according to plan, and we're here to support you every step of the way. April marks the beginning of the travel high season, typically following typhoons with heavy rains and high winds that may lead to flight delays to the Provinces. While this is unusual, we want to assure you that we have contingency plans in place. It's worth noting that most veterans tend to travel with companions to the island, which provides an extra layer of support in case of delays or missed connections. However, if you happen to find yourself alone in such a situation, here's how we can assist: In the unlikely event that your flight is canceled, we will make arrangements for a representative to meet you at your exit gate. They will assist you in getting to Batangas Port, where you'll embark on a ship journey to the island. This journey offers a unique and enriching experience, allowing you to immerse yourself in the Philippine culture. Please be aware that this alternative route does come with an additional cost. Private transportation to Batangas typically ranges between 3,000 to 4,000 Philippine Pesos (php), and the 2go or Montenegro ship ticket costs 1,200 php per person. You will purchase a ticket for the route to Odiongan Romblon and wait to board the ship. Rest assured that while this route may take a bit longer, the cultural experience it offers is truly invaluable. Your safety and well-being remain our top priorities, and we're dedicated to ensuring your journey is as smooth as possible, even in unforeseen circumstances. Communication: In addition to the contingency plans in place, we highly recommend that upon your arrival at the airport, it is cost-effective to purchase a local SIM card and a corresponding local mobile data plan. These SIM cards are typically inexpensive and provide immediate access to text, messaging apps like WhatsApp, and other communication services while you are in the country. This is a practical step to stay connected, especially in the event of flight delays or missed connections. Having a local SIM card and plan ensures that you can easily reach out to our team, fellow travelers, or anyone you need to communicate with during your stay. It's a convenient and budget-friendly way to stay connected and make your travel experience as smooth as possible.
  • What if I can’t attend after booking?
    In the event that you need to cancel your participation with us, we will adhere to the cancellation policy that was provided to you during the application intake process. This policy outlines the terms and conditions related to cancellations, including any associated fees or refund processes. We recommend reviewing the specific details of this policy to understand the cancellation procedures and any potential financial implications should the need to cancel arise. Your understanding and compliance with the outlined cancellation policy are greatly appreciated.
  • Can I bring a spouse with me?
    While we envision incorporating spouses into our program in the future to promote holistic wellness for our participants and their families, we currently do not include spouses as part of our program outline. Our focus at this time is on providing a tailored experience that caters to the specific needs and objectives of our participants. We continue to evaluate and evolve our offerings to ensure that they align with the evolving needs and goals of our veteran community. Your feedback and suggestions are invaluable as we work towards enhancing our programs in the future. Distraction from Personal Growth: The primary focus of a wellness program is on individual healing, self-discovery, and personal growth. Having a spouse present may divert ours or other participant's attention away from their own journey as they naturally tend to the needs and concerns of their partner. Dependency: Participants might become emotionally or psychologically dependent on their spouse during challenging moments in the program. This dependency can hinder their ability to develop the coping skills and self-reliance that the program aims to cultivate. Comfort Zone: The presence of a spouse can create a comfort zone, making it less likely for the participant to step out of their comfort zone and fully engage in the program's activities and therapeutic processes. Openness and Vulnerability: Our program encourages participants to open and share their experiences and emotions with others in the group. The presence of a spouse may make some participants less inclined to do so, as they may be concerned about revealing personal matters in front of others or a partner. Peer Support and Connection: Participants benefit from forming connections and seeking support from their peers in the program. The presence of a spouse limit the participant's ability to build these supportive relationships with fellow participants. Different Needs and Objectives: The participant and their spouse do have different wellness needs and objectives. This misalignment can lead to conflicting expectations and potentially disrupt the participant's journey.
  • What Immunizations do I need to to travel to the Philippines?
    For your travel to our location, there are no specific immunizations required beyond the typical vaccinations recommended for travel to tropical countries. However, it's important to be aware that diseases such as Dengue and Malaria can be a concern in some regions. Therefore, we highly recommend that you bring along insect repellent containing DEET to protect yourself from mosquito bites during your stay. Your health and well-being are of utmost importance to us, and taking these precautions can help ensure a safe and enjoyable experience during your visit.
  • What travel/medical insurance?
    Please note that the Philippine government mandates that all travelers must have received a minimum of 2 COVID-19 vaccine doses to enter the country without requiring a RAPID/PCR test. We strongly advise referring to the official website of the Philippine government for comprehensive information on travel requirements if you have not received the requisite vaccine shots. Additionally, for your safety and well-being, we require all participants to possess emergency medical insurance, along with an additional endorsement providing COVID-19 coverage. This insurance ensures that you have access to necessary medical care and support, including COVID-related expenses, during your time with us. Your health and safety remain our top priorities, and these precautions are in place to provide you with peace of mind while participating in our program.
  • Will there be a representative to meet me at the Airport?
    Upon your arrival at either Caticlan or Tugdan Airport, one of our representatives will be there to greet the group. In the event that one of the mentors is traveling on the same flight as the group, rest assured that we will coordinate to ensure that everyone travels together, facilitating a seamless transition to the island. Your comfort and convenience are our priorities, and we are committed to making your journey as smooth as possible.
  • Where will I be staying, and what is the food like?"
    Each of our poolside cottages, whether private or dorm-style, comes equipped with essential amenities including a fan, television, mini-bar, refrigerator, and kettle for your convenience. If you require laundry service during your stay, it is available for a nominal fee. Please note that while we do offer the option for FaceTime or streaming in case of emergencies during scheduled program hours, we encourage our guests to use their personal Wi-Fi during their leisure time. One of the primary goals of our retreat is to promote disconnection from social media, allowing you to focus on healing, mindfulness, and personal growth. Our commitment is to ensure the comfort of all our retreat guests. If there is something you require that we haven't provided, please don't hesitate to ask, and we will do our best to accommodate your request. For your dining needs, we offer breakfast, lunch, and dinner as part of your stay. Potable drinking water is readily available in your cabin for your convenience. Meals are enjoyed together in a buffet-style setting in the main house, with breakfast served in the bar area each morning. If you have any food allergies, please inform us in advance, and we will make necessary preparations. During full-day excursions, we bring along food and a skilled cook to prepare a delightful BBQ-style feast using fresh, locally-sourced ingredients. While we can accommodate vegetarian diets, please note that we do not offer vegan options at this time.
  • Is this a “Dry”program?
    During the daytime programming of our retreat, we maintain a policy of not permitting alcohol consumption. However, we understand that participants have their leisure time, and during those periods, they are free to make their own choices, including whether to consume alcohol. It's essential to be mindful of the diverse group of participants we have, some of whom may be in recovery. We kindly ask everyone to exercise sensitivity and discretion when it comes to alcohol consumption during leisure hours, to create a supportive and respectful environment for all. Your understanding and consideration in this matter are greatly appreciated as we aim to foster a safe and inclusive atmosphere for everyone's well-being.
  • What does Eco-Resort Mean?
    Our commitment to sustainability is at the heart of our unique experience. Our native-style accommodations prioritize eco-friendliness, and while we do not have air-conditioning, we provide fans in each cabin to ensure your comfort. One of our standout features is the largest freshwater pool on the island, conveniently located just steps away from every cottage. It's a perfect place to relax and cool off while enjoying the natural surroundings. We take pride in our organic farming practices and even engage in rice harvesting. This hands-on experience allows our guests to connect with the land and appreciate the beauty of sustainable agriculture. It's all part of our mission to provide a holistic and environmentally responsible retreat that nourishes the mind, body, and soul.
  • Will I be sharing accommodations?
    Each Roto can comfortably accommodate up to 14 participants, and in some cases, shared accommodations with individuals of the same gender may be necessary to accommodate everyone comfortably.
  • Can I bring My service Animal?
    We understand the importance of service dogs in the recovery process, but it's essential to note that the Philippines may not recognize this designation. Additionally, the presence of local and feral dogs in the area can pose a safety risk to service dogs. Therefore, while we recognize the value of service animals in recovery, we may need to implement precautions or make alternative arrangements to ensure the safety and well-being of both participants and their service animals during their stay. Your safety remains our top priority, and we are committed to addressing any concerns to provide a safe and supportive environment for all participants.
  • What animals are on the property?
    We have our own “pet therapy” animals that are on hand to offer emotional support for particpants. Since we are an eco-resort and working farm we have cats, dogs, goats, ducks, horses, caribou, and chickens.
  • Do I Need a special Travel Visa?
    Upon your arrival, you will be issued a 30-day tourist visa. When completing your arrival paperwork, please make sure to indicate your stay at Cummings Highlands Eco Resort on Tablas Island in Romblon, Philippines, with the postal code 5505. You will be classified as a tourist, and you will receive a receipt for your stay at the resort for your records. We aim to ensure a smooth and enjoyable experience during your visit, and this information will help facilitate your entry into the country.
  • Do I need special medical insurance?
    Please ensure you have full TRAVEL MEDICAL INSURANCE (NOT provided by the retreat). Check online for many reasonable options.
  • Do I need special inoculations to visit the Philippines?
    No special inoculations, however we suggest you have up to date tetanus as a precaution. Malaria is not prevalent in our region, however there have been cases of Dengue. We suggest bringing bug spray with DEET.
  • Can I bring my medications with me?
    Should you require common medications during your stay, they are readily available on the island. Please ensure that any daily prescriptions are clearly labeled to facilitate their use. Please be aware that the possession and use of medical cannabis, CBD, or cannabis-infused products are illegal in the Philippines. We recommend consulting with your healthcare provider to explore alternative options for managing any related medical needs during your stay with us. Your well-being and compliance with local laws are of utmost importance to us.
  • What happens if I have a medical emergency?
    When conducting a wellness program, it's crucial to have plans and protocols for potential crisis situations, including cases where a participant may require immediate medical attention. The safety and well-being of our participants are paramount, and we ensure prompt, appropriate care. Here's an abbreviated outline of our medical crisis response: Immediate Assessment: Trained staff or medical authority assesses the situation and determines the necessary action. Communication: Staff contacts the emergency response team, local medical professionals, and relevant authorities. Mental Health Crisis: Trained staff assesses, contacts emergency mental health professionals, and coordinates care. First Aid and Stabilization: Staff provides initial first aid and support, including CPR and basic life support. Contacting Emergency Services: Depending on severity, emergency services are dispatched, with ongoing communication. Accompanying the Participant: A staff member accompanies the participant to the medical facility, acting as a liaison. Informing Contacts: Emergency contacts or medical professionals are informed and provided updates as needed. Follow-up and Support: Ongoing communication with the participant and family for support and assistance. Incident Evaluation and Review: Post-crisis evaluation and protocol updates for participant safety. Throughout this process, we remain compassionate and professional, collaborating with medical professionals, emergency services, and the participant's support network. Your safety and well-being are our top priorities, and we're prepared to respond to medical emergencies effectively. Please sign and return this document with your medical intake forms to confirm your understanding.
  • Is there a hospital?
    Tablas Island Hospitals: Please note that medical care on Tablas Island may differ from Western facilities but is well-equipped to handle basic healthcare requirements. Public Punta Hospital (3 km from Resort): This facility is conveniently located near the resort and provides essential medical services. Odiongan Public Hospital (45 minutes away): The largest hospital on the island, offering a broader range of medical care. Private Hospital - Isaiah Hospital (45 minutes by car from Cummings Highlands): A private healthcare facility providing additional options for medical care. While these facilities may not match Western standards, they are capable of addressing most fundamental healthcare needs. Your well-being remains a priority, and our team is ready to assist in any medical situation during your stay. CRITICAL CARE: In the event of a critical injury or situation that surpasses the capabilities of local medical facilities on Tablas Island, it may be necessary to arrange for transportation to Manila for advanced medical care. Your safety and well-being are our top priorities, and we are prepared to take all necessary steps to ensure you receive the appropriate medical attention in such circumstances.
  • Will I need to bring money with me?
    Your retreat costs, covering expenses such as food, excursions, transfers, soft drinks, coffee, and water, are all inclusive, ensuring a hassle-free experience during your stay. However, we recommend bringing some spending money for personal items and emergencies. Please note the following currency exchange information: Currency Exchange at the Airport: Upon arrival, you can conveniently exchange currency at the airport, located just outside the exit area, with reasonable rates. Currency Exchange on Tablas Island: Please be aware that there is no currency exchange for Canadian dollars on Tablas Island. Only US dollars can be exchanged at Western Union, which is approximately an hour away. ATM Availability: ATMs on the island may not always be fully stocked and can sometimes be offline. To avoid any inconvenience, it's advisable to plan ahead and bring Philippine Peso with you in advance. While this isn't always the case, it's a precaution we recommend for our international guests. Purchasing Philippine Peso: If you prefer to acquire Philippine Peso from your bank, please keep in mind that this process typically takes about 10 days. Therefore, it's advisable to make this purchase well in advance to secure a favorable exchange rate. Your preparedness in managing your currency needs will contribute to a smoother and more enjoyable retreat experience.
  • How do I get to Tablas Island. Romblon Philippines?
    Traveling from Canada: When planning your journey from Canada to Tablas Island, it's crucial to select the right airline that aligns with your budget and preferences. Philippine Airlines (PAL) offers direct flights from both Toronto International Airport and Vancouver International Airport to Manila Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA). This direct option is convenient if you prefer a non-stop flight experience. Alternatively, there are several carriers that provide flights with layovers at discounted rates. If you don't mind changing flights, this option might be a suitable choice for you. Traveling from Manila: Tablas Island is situated within the Province of Romblon. To reach Tablas Island, you will need to book a separate ticket with Air Swift Airlines for the Manila to Romblon Tugdan Airport route. We strongly encourage participants who have confirmed their program attendance to book this flight as a priority. It's worth noting that this is a small aircraft, and availability tends to diminish rapidly, especially as the high season approaches, typically starting in January. Please pay close attention to baggage weight restrictions for your international flight and your connecting flight to Tablas Island with Air Swift. Baggage weight limits can vary depending on your ticket type. Additional fees apply for excess baggage weight if not purchased in advance. When purchasing your ticket, you have the option to select a 20kg baggage allowance, but any additional weight will incur extra charges. If you have already booked your Air Swift ticket and didn't include baggage, don't worry. You can still add baggage to your ticket up to four days before your trip. Upon your arrival at the designated Airline Terminal 4, you will be greeted by a representative. Subsequently, you will be picked up by a van at Tablas Island Airport (Tugdan) by one of our Retreat Representatives to ensure a smooth transition to your destination.
  • What Happens if there is a delay of my flight, or a cancelled flight?"
    For veterans and first responders, we understand that life doesn't always go according to plan, and we're here to support you every step of the way. April marks the beginning of the travel high season, typically following typhoons with heavy rains and high winds that may lead to flight delays to the Provinces. While this is unusual, we want to assure you that we have contingency plans in place. It's worth noting that most veterans tend to travel with companions to the island, which provides an extra layer of support in case of delays or missed connections. However, if you happen to find yourself alone in such a situation, here's how we can assist: In the unlikely event that your flight is canceled, we will make arrangements for a representative to meet you at your exit gate. They will assist you in getting to Batangas Port, where you'll embark on a ship journey to the island. This journey offers a unique and enriching experience, allowing you to immerse yourself in the Philippine culture. Please be aware that this alternative route does come with an additional cost. Private transportation to Batangas typically ranges between 3,000 to 4,000 Philippine Pesos (php), and the 2go or Montenegro ship ticket costs 1,200 php per person. You will purchase a ticket for the route to Odiongan Romblon and wait to board the ship. Rest assured that while this route may take a bit longer, the cultural experience it offers is truly invaluable. Your safety and well-being remain our top priorities, and we're dedicated to ensuring your journey is as smooth as possible, even in unforeseen circumstances. Communication: In addition to the contingency plans in place, we highly recommend that upon your arrival at the airport, it is cost-effective to purchase a local SIM card and a corresponding local mobile data plan. These SIM cards are typically inexpensive and provide immediate access to text, messaging apps like WhatsApp, and other communication services while you are in the country. This is a practical step to stay connected, especially in the event of flight delays or missed connections. Having a local SIM card and plan ensures that you can easily reach out to our team, fellow travelers, or anyone you need to communicate with during your stay. It's a convenient and budget-friendly way to stay connected and make your travel experience as smooth as possible.
  • What if I can’t attend after booking?
    In the event that you need to cancel your participation with us, we will adhere to the cancellation policy that was provided to you during the application intake process. This policy outlines the terms and conditions related to cancellations, including any associated fees or refund processes. We recommend reviewing the specific details of this policy to understand the cancellation procedures and any potential financial implications should the need to cancel arise. Your understanding and compliance with the outlined cancellation policy are greatly appreciated.
  • Can I bring a spouse with me?
    While we envision incorporating spouses into our program in the future to promote holistic wellness for our participants and their families, we currently do not include spouses as part of our program outline. Our focus at this time is on providing a tailored experience that caters to the specific needs and objectives of our participants. We continue to evaluate and evolve our offerings to ensure that they align with the evolving needs and goals of our veteran community. Your feedback and suggestions are invaluable as we work towards enhancing our programs in the future. Distraction from Personal Growth: The primary focus of a wellness program is on individual healing, self-discovery, and personal growth. Having a spouse present may divert ours or other participant's attention away from their own journey as they naturally tend to the needs and concerns of their partner. Dependency: Participants might become emotionally or psychologically dependent on their spouse during challenging moments in the program. This dependency can hinder their ability to develop the coping skills and self-reliance that the program aims to cultivate. Comfort Zone: The presence of a spouse can create a comfort zone, making it less likely for the participant to step out of their comfort zone and fully engage in the program's activities and therapeutic processes. Openness and Vulnerability: Our program encourages participants to open and share their experiences and emotions with others in the group. The presence of a spouse may make some participants less inclined to do so, as they may be concerned about revealing personal matters in front of others or a partner. Peer Support and Connection: Participants benefit from forming connections and seeking support from their peers in the program. The presence of a spouse limit the participant's ability to build these supportive relationships with fellow participants. Different Needs and Objectives: The participant and their spouse do have different wellness needs and objectives. This misalignment can lead to conflicting expectations and potentially disrupt the participant's journey.
  • What Immunizations do I need to to travel to the Philippines?
    For your travel to our location, there are no specific immunizations required beyond the typical vaccinations recommended for travel to tropical countries. However, it's important to be aware that diseases such as Dengue and Malaria can be a concern in some regions. Therefore, we highly recommend that you bring along insect repellent containing DEET to protect yourself from mosquito bites during your stay. Your health and well-being are of utmost importance to us, and taking these precautions can help ensure a safe and enjoyable experience during your visit.
  • What travel/medical insurance?
    Please note that the Philippine government mandates that all travelers must have received a minimum of 2 COVID-19 vaccine doses to enter the country without requiring a RAPID/PCR test. We strongly advise referring to the official website of the Philippine government for comprehensive information on travel requirements if you have not received the requisite vaccine shots. Additionally, for your safety and well-being, we require all participants to possess emergency medical insurance, along with an additional endorsement providing COVID-19 coverage. This insurance ensures that you have access to necessary medical care and support, including COVID-related expenses, during your time with us. Your health and safety remain our top priorities, and these precautions are in place to provide you with peace of mind while participating in our program.
  • Will there be a representative to meet me at the Airport?
    Upon your arrival at either Caticlan or Tugdan Airport, one of our representatives will be there to greet the group. In the event that one of the mentors is traveling on the same flight as the group, rest assured that we will coordinate to ensure that everyone travels together, facilitating a seamless transition to the island. Your comfort and convenience are our priorities, and we are committed to making your journey as smooth as possible.
  • Where will I be staying, and what is the food like?"
    Each of our poolside cottages, whether private or dorm-style, comes equipped with essential amenities including a fan, television, mini-bar, refrigerator, and kettle for your convenience. If you require laundry service during your stay, it is available for a nominal fee. Please note that while we do offer the option for FaceTime or streaming in case of emergencies during scheduled program hours, we encourage our guests to use their personal Wi-Fi during their leisure time. One of the primary goals of our retreat is to promote disconnection from social media, allowing you to focus on healing, mindfulness, and personal growth. Our commitment is to ensure the comfort of all our retreat guests. If there is something you require that we haven't provided, please don't hesitate to ask, and we will do our best to accommodate your request. For your dining needs, we offer breakfast, lunch, and dinner as part of your stay. Potable drinking water is readily available in your cabin for your convenience. Meals are enjoyed together in a buffet-style setting in the main house, with breakfast served in the bar area each morning. If you have any food allergies, please inform us in advance, and we will make necessary preparations. During full-day excursions, we bring along food and a skilled cook to prepare a delightful BBQ-style feast using fresh, locally-sourced ingredients. While we can accommodate vegetarian diets, please note that we do not offer vegan options at this time.
  • Is this a “Dry”program?
    During the daytime programming of our retreat, we maintain a policy of not permitting alcohol consumption. However, we understand that participants have their leisure time, and during those periods, they are free to make their own choices, including whether to consume alcohol. It's essential to be mindful of the diverse group of participants we have, some of whom may be in recovery. We kindly ask everyone to exercise sensitivity and discretion when it comes to alcohol consumption during leisure hours, to create a supportive and respectful environment for all. Your understanding and consideration in this matter are greatly appreciated as we aim to foster a safe and inclusive atmosphere for everyone's well-being.
  • What does Eco-Resort Mean?
    Our commitment to sustainability is at the heart of our unique experience. Our native-style accommodations prioritize eco-friendliness, and while we do not have air-conditioning, we provide fans in each cabin to ensure your comfort. One of our standout features is the largest freshwater pool on the island, conveniently located just steps away from every cottage. It's a perfect place to relax and cool off while enjoying the natural surroundings. We take pride in our organic farming practices and even engage in rice harvesting. This hands-on experience allows our guests to connect with the land and appreciate the beauty of sustainable agriculture. It's all part of our mission to provide a holistic and environmentally responsible retreat that nourishes the mind, body, and soul.
  • Will I be sharing accommodations?
    Each Roto can comfortably accommodate up to 14 participants, and in some cases, shared accommodations with individuals of the same gender may be necessary to accommodate everyone comfortably.
  • Can I bring My service Animal?
    We understand the importance of service dogs in the recovery process, but it's essential to note that the Philippines may not recognize this designation. Additionally, the presence of local and feral dogs in the area can pose a safety risk to service dogs. Therefore, while we recognize the value of service animals in recovery, we may need to implement precautions or make alternative arrangements to ensure the safety and well-being of both participants and their service animals during their stay. Your safety remains our top priority, and we are committed to addressing any concerns to provide a safe and supportive environment for all participants.
  • What animals are on the property?
    We have our own “pet therapy” animals that are on hand to offer emotional support for particpants. Since we are an eco-resort and working farm we have cats, dogs, goats, ducks, horses, caribou, and chickens.
  • Do I Need a special Travel Visa?
    Upon your arrival, you will be issued a 30-day tourist visa. When completing your arrival paperwork, please make sure to indicate your stay at Cummings Highlands Eco Resort on Tablas Island in Romblon, Philippines, with the postal code 5505. You will be classified as a tourist, and you will receive a receipt for your stay at the resort for your records. We aim to ensure a smooth and enjoyable experience during your visit, and this information will help facilitate your entry into the country.
  • Do I need special medical insurance?
    Please ensure you have full TRAVEL MEDICAL INSURANCE (NOT provided by the retreat). Check online for many reasonable options.
  • Do I need special inoculations to visit the Philippines?
    No special inoculations, however we suggest you have up to date tetanus as a precaution. Malaria is not prevalent in our region, however there have been cases of Dengue. We suggest bringing bug spray with DEET.
  • Can I bring my medications with me?
    Should you require common medications during your stay, they are readily available on the island. Please ensure that any daily prescriptions are clearly labeled to facilitate their use. Please be aware that the possession and use of medical cannabis, CBD, or cannabis-infused products are illegal in the Philippines. We recommend consulting with your healthcare provider to explore alternative options for managing any related medical needs during your stay with us. Your well-being and compliance with local laws are of utmost importance to us.
  • What happens if I have a medical emergency?
    When conducting a wellness program, it's crucial to have plans and protocols for potential crisis situations, including cases where a participant may require immediate medical attention. The safety and well-being of our participants are paramount, and we ensure prompt, appropriate care. Here's an abbreviated outline of our medical crisis response: Immediate Assessment: Trained staff or medical authority assesses the situation and determines the necessary action. Communication: Staff contacts the emergency response team, local medical professionals, and relevant authorities. Mental Health Crisis: Trained staff assesses, contacts emergency mental health professionals, and coordinates care. First Aid and Stabilization: Staff provides initial first aid and support, including CPR and basic life support. Contacting Emergency Services: Depending on severity, emergency services are dispatched, with ongoing communication. Accompanying the Participant: A staff member accompanies the participant to the medical facility, acting as a liaison. Informing Contacts: Emergency contacts or medical professionals are informed and provided updates as needed. Follow-up and Support: Ongoing communication with the participant and family for support and assistance. Incident Evaluation and Review: Post-crisis evaluation and protocol updates for participant safety. Throughout this process, we remain compassionate and professional, collaborating with medical professionals, emergency services, and the participant's support network. Your safety and well-being are our top priorities, and we're prepared to respond to medical emergencies effectively. Please sign and return this document with your medical intake forms to confirm your understanding.
  • Is there a hospital?
    Tablas Island Hospitals: Please note that medical care on Tablas Island may differ from Western facilities but is well-equipped to handle basic healthcare requirements. Public Punta Hospital (3 km from Resort): This facility is conveniently located near the resort and provides essential medical services. Odiongan Public Hospital (45 minutes away): The largest hospital on the island, offering a broader range of medical care. Private Hospital - Isaiah Hospital (45 minutes by car from Cummings Highlands): A private healthcare facility providing additional options for medical care. While these facilities may not match Western standards, they are capable of addressing most fundamental healthcare needs. Your well-being remains a priority, and our team is ready to assist in any medical situation during your stay. CRITICAL CARE: In the event of a critical injury or situation that surpasses the capabilities of local medical facilities on Tablas Island, it may be necessary to arrange for transportation to Manila for advanced medical care. Your safety and well-being are our top priorities, and we are prepared to take all necessary steps to ensure you receive the appropriate medical attention in such circumstances.
  • Will I need to bring money with me?
    Your retreat costs, covering expenses such as food, excursions, transfers, soft drinks, coffee, and water, are all inclusive, ensuring a hassle-free experience during your stay. However, we recommend bringing some spending money for personal items and emergencies. Please note the following currency exchange information: Currency Exchange at the Airport: Upon arrival, you can conveniently exchange currency at the airport, located just outside the exit area, with reasonable rates. Currency Exchange on Tablas Island: Please be aware that there is no currency exchange for Canadian dollars on Tablas Island. Only US dollars can be exchanged at Western Union, which is approximately an hour away. ATM Availability: ATMs on the island may not always be fully stocked and can sometimes be offline. To avoid any inconvenience, it's advisable to plan ahead and bring Philippine Peso with you in advance. While this isn't always the case, it's a precaution we recommend for our international guests. Purchasing Philippine Peso: If you prefer to acquire Philippine Peso from your bank, please keep in mind that this process typically takes about 10 days. Therefore, it's advisable to make this purchase well in advance to secure a favorable exchange rate. Your preparedness in managing your currency needs will contribute to a smoother and more enjoyable retreat experience.
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