Last updated on the 1st of April
Dear IEC Friends,
as we promised in our last statement two weeks ago we keep monitoring the situation globally, as IEC is a global conference with visitors from all around the world. Today on the 1st of April it looks like most of us will either not be free from preventive restrictions by the end of May in 6 weeks, or it is too uncertain if we will. It is uncertain when we will all be able to travel and gather safely again on a global scale.
There is no consensus amongst scientists on when it will be safe to lift the restrictions. Lockdowns in different countries vary from April, May, June or August with the statement of authorities that it can also change. One thing is sure: nothing is sure for the next 3 months. Therefore we postpone IEC to a later date. Our sense suggests to wait for another year and not rush it for this summer, which might be still uncertain.
Therefore the new date for the Full Live IEC is 17-23 May 2021!
The venue is the same, Hotel Azúr, Siófok, Hungary. We aim for a safe, beautiful, stable and shining full house IEC in a time when the planet collectively has got over the pandemic and life is back to normal. Hopefully a new and transformed normal, with more next stage evolutionary values in it.
In the meantime we also explore the options of doing a powerful and focused
Special Online IEC this May on the planned date: 28-31 May!
We are developing content now. It is going to be very exciting and a lot of fun! Since one of our core principles is that people meet in real life to get the full experience of being human and connected, the online conference is not a substitute for IEC. That is why we do the live IEC next may. But we also feel that it is time to harness the power of the global integral community online in these accentuated times and create a beautiful gathering. The global integral world might be really interested to gather now and discuss the present situation and share its freshly brewing views on what is happening to us and also have fun activities together.
So stay tuned for what is coming and reserve those days fully in your calendar! We intend to offer meaning-making from a second tier perspective from some of the brightest minds, finding hidden solutions in this collective transformative process, experiential processes in breakout rooms, group lunches together to meet integral people internationally and also same-language speaking regional mates, special movie nights and collective dancing online, we have a lot of ideas!
We recommend if you have already bought your ticket to IEC to just hang onto it as your entry for IEC 2021. We will then also invite you to participate in the Special Online IEC this May at no extra charge. Should you decide to ask for a refund we offer a 50% refund as stated in our refund policy. It is also stated that from the 4th of April there is no refund, but regarding the coronavirus situation we lift that restriction and this very same refund applies continuously until the end of the pandemic.
The reason why we do not offer a 100% refund with regards to the coronavirus situation is simply survival. This decision was made by a thorough financial analysis and long thinking. As we don’t have a back up, no reserves, funds or investors and already a lot of expenses were paid – like 8.5 months of basic salaries, marketing and IT costs, state taxes, non-refundable hotel bookings, and so on – this is the only way we can save the company from failing beyond recovery. This is how we can save IEC and Integral Academy. We all lose something in this crisis, but we shouldn’t lose everything, and such committed long term integral strongholds should survive and carry on the flag.
If you already bought your ticket to IEC, and you plan to come in 2021, your best option is not asking for a refund as like this you don’t lose anything plus as a bonus you can also participate this May online at no charge! Therefore we suggest to hang onto it.
We hope to see you soon online and then in the live IEC!
We also wish to you and your family safety and good health,
Bence Ganti and the IEC team