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Group Work Agreement

Please read the following information carefully as it provides you, the client participating in a group session, workshop, or retreat in the Heather McAbee Method®, with important information you need to know concerning your session, its scope and the level of training attained by your practitioner, as well as certain personal needs you may have.

In exchange for participation in the activity of Shifting Sands – Repatterning®, EFT/ TFT, aerial yoga, movement and/or Reiki/Intuitive Energy Healing group workshops and sessions, and/or becoming a voluntary demonstrator for the workshop or session organized by Shifting Sands, of 27 Shiloh Rd, #7, Billings, Montana, 59102 and/or use of the property, facilities and services of Shifting Sands – I agree to the following:

1. AGREEMENT TO FOLLOW DIRECTIONS. I agree to observe and obey all posted rules and warnings, and further agree to follow any oral instructions or directions given by Shifting Sands, or the employees, representatives or agents of Shifting Sands.

2. AGREEMENT TO BE RESPECTFUL. I agree to respect myself and all attendees, including the practitioners. I agree to hold all information and session experiences confidential. I agree to honor myself and others in a way that is safe and sacred.


3. ASSUMPTION OF THE RISKS AND RELEASE. I recognize that there are certain inherent risks associated with the above-described activity and I assume full responsibility for personal injury to myself, and further release and discharge Shifting Sands for injury, loss or damage arising out of my use of or presence upon the facilities of Shifting Sands, whether caused by the fault of myself, my family, Shifting Sands or other third parties.


4. INDEMNIFICATION. I agree to indemnify and defend Shifting Sands against all claims, causes of action, damages, judgments, costs or expenses, including attorney fees and other litigation costs, which may in any way arise from my or my family's use of or presence upon the facilities of Shifting Sands.


5. FEES. I agree to pay for all damages to the facilities of Shifting Sands caused by any negligent, reckless, or willful actions by me or my family.


6. MEDICAL AUTHORIZATION. In the event of an injury during the above-described activities, I give my permission to Shifting Sands to arrange for all necessary medical treatment for which I shall be financially responsible. This temporary authority will begin when I arrive on location on the first day of the retreat or workshop and will remain in effect until I leave the location on the final retreat or workshop day. 

Shifting Sands shall have the following powers:


  • The power to seek appropriate medical treatment or attention on my behalf as may be required by the circumstances, including without limitation, that of a licensed medical physician and/or a hospital;

  • The power to authorize medical treatment or medical procedures in an emergency situation; and

  • The power to make appropriate decisions regarding clothing, bodily nourishment and shelter.


7. APPLICABLE LAW. Any legal or equitable claim that may arise from participation in the above shall be resolved under Montana law.


8. NO DURESS. I agree and acknowledge that I am under no pressure or duress to sign this Agreement and that I have been given a reasonable opportunity to review it before signing. I further agree and acknowledge that I am free to have my own legal counsel review this Agreement if I so desire. I further agree and acknowledge that Shifting Sands will refund any fees I have paid to use its facilities if I choose not to sign this Agreement.

9. ARM'S LENGTH AGREEMENT. This Agreement and each of its terms are the product of an arm's length negotiation between the Parties. In the event any ambiguity is found to exist in the interpretation of this Agreement, or any of its provisions, the Parties, and each of them, explicitly reject the application of any legal or equitable rule of interpretation which would lead to a construction either "for" or "against" a particular party based upon their status as the drafter of a specific term, language, or provision giving rise to such ambiguity.


10. ENFORCEABILITY. The invalidity or unenforceability of any provision of this Agreement, whether standing alone or as applied to a particular occurrence or circumstance, shall not affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision of this Agreement or of any other applications of such provision, as the case may be, and such invalid or unenforceable provision shall be deemed not to be a part of this Agreement.

11. DISPUTE RESOLUTION. The parties will attempt to resolve any dispute arising out of or relating to this Agreement through friendly negotiations amongst the parties. If the matter is not resolved by negotiation, the parties will resolve the dispute using the below Alternative 

Dispute Resolution (ADR) procedure. Any controversies or disputes arising out of or relating to this Agreement will be submitted to mediation in accordance with any statutory rules of mediation. If mediation does not successfully resolve the dispute, then the parties may proceed to seek an alternative form of resolution in accordance with any other rights and remedies afforded to them by law.

12. CONSENT. I consent to the participation in the activity of Shifting Sands Repatterning®, EFT/ TFT, aerial yoga and/or Reiki group workshops and sessions, and/or becoming a voluntary demonstrator for the workshop or session. I also certify that I have read and understood the above and take full responsibility for my own well-being. I understand that for all medical or psychological concerns I am responsible for consulting the health care practitioner(s) of my choice. I understand that if I fail to follow the guidelines outlined in this agreement, I subject myself to removal from the group session, workshop or retreat without refund.

Latest modification: February 18, 2024

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