Requirements for the Premises
If the organizer is not aiming to teach phase states to a mass audience or use the same premises for other purposes and seminars, there is no need to sign a full-time lease for a venue, let alone buy one. It’s much easier to rent a conference room by the hour or by the day. Doing so is many times cheaper and simpler. It also reduces financial risks. This is the path most instructors take.
Requirements regarding the premises are mainly determined by the session format and group size. Meanwhile, there are several general points that one had better adhere to most of the time:
– the premises should be in the center of town
– the premises should have a flip-chart or a whiteboard
– the premises should be enclosed and insulated from outside noise
These are the minimum premises-related requirements. Premises that meet these requirements are sufficient for holding lessons. However, people spending not only their time but also their money will expect conditions to be as comfortable as possible. A pleasant and pretty setting will smooth over many an imperfection in one’s delivery. And conversely, the impression made by an ideally led training session with a high rate of success will be pretty much tarnished by a dirty and dingy room in a place that takes forever to get to.
The seminar instructor or organizer should never forget that learning out-of-body travel and lucid dreaming is a form of entertainment for many of the participants, some of whom might expect a kind of show. And this show should take place on a suitable stage. It’s best to find a room that fits the theme and sets the right mood – one with decorations that bring thoughts of spirituality and self-development to mind. For many people, just one such piece of décor will be enough to fully immerse them in the subject matter of the training session.
As regards the capacity of the room, aim for at least 15 to 25 square feet per person. That means that you will need at least 150 square feet for a group of ten people, and at least 750 square feet for a group of fifty. Sometimes it’s difficult to predict the actual number of participants because more people might show up than planned. Using 15 to 25 square feet per person as a rule of thumb, you will be able to accommodate substantially more people than you had planned on, though it will be a tight fit.
One-on-one consultations and lessons require the least floorspace of all. There are no minimum requirements at all here, seeing as two people can meet wherever they want: at a cafe, at a park, at a conference room for regular seminars, at an apartment, etc. However, it makes sense to have an office ready for such meetings so that you can practice techniques, have a bit of privacy, and show an air of authority.
Some believe that personal-development and spiritual practices (with which the practice of out-of-body travel & lucid dreaming are partially and yet inevitably intertwined) can forgo external material trappings. If your work is tied in with altruism in the sense that you’re providing free-of-charge instruction, then it makes a lot of sense to economize on the venue. If this is the case, you might meet on the lawn of a public park, in the woods, at private apartments, at summer houses, etc. What’s most important is that the attendees be in agreement on this point.
If your goal is to hold immersion lessons, i.e. practice the techniques as much as possible or even make attempts to enter out-of-body experience, the requirements for the premises might include the ability to accommodate all of the participants while lying down, keep out as much noise and sunlight as possible, a sound system, comfortable mats, and blankets. Country houses and retreat centers are good for such events, though they might be quite expensive.
Large-scale events are the hardest to find a venue for. Even large cities have few conference halls for 100 or 500 people, let alone over 1,000. Such halls are booked well in advance, and the greatest difficulty in organizing such an event may be the large rental payment, which will almost certainly have to be paid up front. Far more requirements must be considered for large conference halls than for smaller venues: a well-lit stage, a sound system, an overhead projector, etc.