Frequently Asked Questions



1. General:

Where are courses held?

Many of our courses are held in our facility in MERU Sint Odilienberg, while most of our assemblies and some courses are held on MERU Vlodrop. MERU Vlodrop is still undergoing several phases of construction and does not yet offer the logistics needed for the variety of courses at MERU – but we plan to offer course facilities on campus in the near future.

To check where a particular course will be held, you can refer to the course announcement on www.merucourses.com.


2. Application:

How do I apply for a course?

All our courses have online application forms, listed on our website www.merucourses.com. If the course is not listed, it might be because the application is not yet open. If there is a course you would like to apply for but the form is not available, feel free to email courses@maharishi.net to let us know your interest.

Can I come to the special celebration days without applying?

In the past, participants came to campus for special celebration days like Guru Purnima Day and Dhanvantari Day without applying.

However, we are now asking all participants to apply online 5 or more days before the special celebration day. This gives us time to check your confirmation with your National Office and process your payment before the course begins so that your arrival goes more smoothly. It also helps us plan the logistics of these assemblies so that the experience is enjoyable for everyone.

How long does it take to get a confirmation?

For all courses, we want to make sure all participants have an enjoyable experience that supports their growth. This is why we confirm with our network of TM Centres if all applicants are recommended for our courses before we confirm their acceptance.

Most applications are confirmed within a few business days, but if for some reason it takes longer than 1 week, you are welcome to enquire about the status of your application.

When can I book my travel?

We strongly recommend that you wait to book your travel until you receive your confirmation email from the MERU Course Office. Once you are confirmed, you can plan your travel. If you have questions you can consult our travel page.


3. Housing:

Where will I stay?

Most of our courses are housed in St. Odilienberg, about twenty minutes away from the Vlodrop campus. If you have meetings on Vlodrop campus, transportation will be provided to and from your meetings at set times.

When our housing in St. Odilienberg is full*, we use the nearby bungalow parks in Posterbos and Landal. These are clean, comfortable cottages approximately 20 minutes from both Vlodrop and St. Odilienberg – and we arrange with the park managers to get only the best rooms for our guests. If we need to house you in the bungalow parks for another course, we will always try to notify you before you pay in case you prefer to arrange outside housing.

*Guru Purnima housing is always organized in the bungalow parks, with the exception of those who stay for the full assembly.

Can I arrange my own housing?

For many courses you can choose to organize your own housing, although for long courses we recommend staying with MERU to avoid the fatigue of traveling every day. If you do arrange your own housing, we just ask that you organize your own transportation and that you make sure you can attend all meetings, including group programme.

Note that if you are attending the Transcendental Meditation Sidhi Programme, it is a requirement to stay in St. Odilienberg with the group.

When / where should I arrive?

The MERU Course Office will send this information via email to you once you confirm your participation in the course. We ask that you read this information carefully to make sure you are in time for your welcome meeting, which is an important part of every course.

For most courses, registration is in the evening in St. Odilienberg from 3-7 pm, and the first meeting takes place around 8 pm. The main exceptions are special celebration days, big assemblies, Advanced Technique instructions, and the Transcendental Meditation Centre Section, which have earlier registration times.

I need travel instructions. How do I get to St. Odilienberg / Vlodrop?

Please see our travel page for more information on how to get to St. Odilienberg or Vlodrop.

What kind of food will be served during the course?

All meals served in St. Odilienberg and Vlodrop are organic and vegetarian, and inspired by Ayurvedic cooking techniques.

I want to come to MERU without taking a course. How can I book a room?

Since we have limited housing available, our rooms are mainly reserved for course participants and visitors of the Health Centre. We cannot guarantee housing to those who would like to come for other purposes, but you can apply here to check availability.


4. Payments:

I need the information to make my payment. Can you send it to me?

We ask that you first wait for your confirmation email from the MERU Course Office before making your payment. With your email confirmation we will send you details to make your payment.

Can I pay in cash?

Our payment options are credit card, PayPal, or bank transfer. We will send you this information with the confirmation email that you are accepted for the course. We no longer accept cash payments.

Can I pay upon arrival?

To administer our courses well, there are a number of items we need to order and organize in advance of your arrival (rooms, food, housing items, course materials, etc.). We ask that you make your payment at the latest two weeks before your course.

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