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Free Spirit Spheres inc. Re-start Safety Plan

Objectives:

Stop the spread of Covid 19.  Keep people safe and healthy.

  • Include this message as part of our Booking/Confirmation communication.
  • Work toward minimum human traffic, discourage tourists.
  • When dealing with potential sources of contamination put on PPE and observe protocols. Eliminate the virus from the premises.
  • Completely sanitize Spheres, toilets, bathrooms and common areas. After guests leave and before new guests check in. Sanitize guest rooms at least once a day for guests that are staying over.

Promote social distancing and hand washing.

  • Place signs at entrances to structures.
  • Place hand sanitizer in every structure to encourage hand hygiene.
  • Keep chlorox wipes available for sanitizing. Especially POS terminals and High Touch Surfaces

Personal Protective Equipment, PPE:

Free Spirit Spheres will make the following PPE available to ‘FSS Staff and Contractors’.

Safety glasses, N95 face mask. Latex gloves. Employees are asked to bring a change of clothes.

Action Steps for Cleaning and/or Maintenance of facilities.

Assess the situation:

  • Enlist the aid of Employees, FSS staff and WCB/PHO recommendations.
  • Determine levels of exposure and put on appropriate personal protective equipment.
  • Watch for vectors that could transmit virus from an infected person or object to a host, and eliminate them. Clean and Sanitize the infected surface or take away the vector. Coffee pots and kettles, board games, cards

Employ appropriate procedures and protocols to reduce the risk. Then clean and sanitize everything.

  • After guests leave, vacuum the sphere thoroughly.  Wear a mask and use the Miele vacuum with the HEPA filter.
  • Put on your Personal Protective Equipment. Ensure mask fits properly.
  • Carefully strip all the bedding and put it in one of the pillow cases.
  • Throw anything guests left behind and anything disposable they may have touched in the garbage Remove all the garbage from the sphere.
  • Wash hands frequently during cleaning.
  • Avoid use of spray bottles or pressure sprayers that could aerosolize
  • Prepare a bucket of hot soapy water
  • Wash each sphere or room from top to bottom with the solution.. Use a clean rag every time so you don’t contaminate the cleaning solution. Wash inside cupboards and wash everyting inside cupboards.
  • Disinfect all high touch surfaces with a chlorox wipe and dispose of the wipe.
  • Vacuum the upholstered surfaces and floors/rugs with a HEPA filter vacuum cleaner. Wear a mask.
  • Use a UV-far disinfectant wand to clean the upholstered surfaces and cushions.
  • Wash all cutlery, dishes and glassware in the sphere

Laundry.

  • Wear face mask and gloves when doing laundry.
  • Wash hands immediately after gloves are removed.
  • Don’t shake dirty laundry as it may aerosolize the virus.
  • Wash the top of the washer and dryer and any surfaces that may have contacted dirty laundry – before putting clean laundry on that surface. Clean and disinfect clothes hampers and wash the bag.
  • Use hottest possible washer and dryer settings

In the presence of guests, employees or other visitors.

  • Always promote social distancing of at least 2 arm lengths.
  • Wear an N95 face mask
  • Wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer.
  • Offer hand sanitizer to others present.

 

FSS Staff and Contractors

  • Change to street clothes at the end of your shift and before leaving premises.
  • Carefully put soiled work clothes in a bag.
  • Launder them as soon as you get home.
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Newsletter April 2020

Happy April and Welcome to Spring. Travel plans have been disrupted near and far. It is a difficult time for everyone but there is some good news “This Too Shall Pass”.

We are now taking reservations for the season starting May 1st, 2020 until October 31, 2020. This is done with the hope the curve of the Covid – 19 flattens enough to make travel safe. At this time we have our Luna and Melody spheres available for rent. Our Eryn sphere is still in the shop for maintenance and we hope to see her back up among the trees, by September.

We all need something to look forward to, so lets plan ahead. Our plans to move location came to a halt with the pandemic. Now we are going to carry on renting spheres at our current beautiful location. until Oct. 31/2020.  Our Remarkable Experience will continue to be available for another season here.

We take all our reservations over the phone from 9am to 8pm each day @ 1 250 757-9445. You can see each spheres availability, on our, “on line”, calendar, on the web site. We do take a one hundred and fifty dollars per sphere night non refundable deposit plus 5% GST. If travel due to the covid -19 is still an issue, close to your arrival date, we will be happy to give you a refund. Otherwise, our cancellation policy will be in effect.

Most questions can be answered from the FAQ page on the web site or please send us an email.

We thank you in advance for your patience and understanding. We look forward to having you enjoy and celebrate your life for a night or more in this beautiful oasis in the trees, under the stars with the soothing sounds of nature.

More pictures and information to follow. We look forward to hearing from you!!!!

Cheers
The Free Spirit Spheres Team

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November/December 2019 Availability

An awaited update! We have received lots of inquiries about our imminent relocation and the potential for November/December 2019 bookings, and, we can now say with certainty that there will be limited availability. As the Eryn Sphere will be the first to be taken down from the trees, it will not be available to rent in November and December. Melody will be the second to be taken down, and it is available until November 24th. Luna is available until the end of December. These updates have been reflected on our online calendars, under the ‘Availability’ tab, and we do our best to update them twice a day to reflect current available dates. Give us a call to book at 1-250-757-9445! Exciting times ahead!

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We have been featured! We are on page 77. Bravo, G&G Magazine.

Check it out!

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Relocation Update

As many of you may know, we have been aiming to move location for quite some time now, and the tricky balance of finding a suitable forest with all the factors necessary for an enjoyable experience has proven this task to require patience. We are always looking for potential new properties or partners to make this expansion project reach a new level, but in the meantime, we remain here on our original property on Horne Lake Road. Many people have asked how on earth we’d move the Spheres and their respective infrastructure, and it’s just as much of a task as you might imagine! This is a picture of Luna’s stand, taken in June, when Tom and Jamie moved it from the workshop to the grove where Luna is now suspended.

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The 2019 Season: Now OPEN!

Hello world,
We are pleased to announce that we are now OPEN for the 2019 season, which is scheduled to run from January 1st-October 31st, 2019. Please note that we have made changes to our rates and policies, which are listed under our ‘Rates and Availability’ tab here on our website. Our online calendars are maintained to be as accurate as possible, and we currently have lots of dates available to accommodate your adventurous side with a bed in the trees. Call us at 1-250-757-9445 to make a booking between 9 am and 6 pm (Pacific Time), to secure your booking with a deposit, payable by Visa or MasterCard. The sooner you are able to call, the more likely you will be to secure your desired date(s)! We have a feeling that 2019 is going to be a great year!

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2018 Season Extension

We are happy to announce that we are now taking bookings through till December 31st, 2018 at our current location! We are still planning a relocation over the winter and a grand reopening sometime in the spring of 2019.

We update the availability calendars under the ‘Availability’ tab as often as possible – if there is a date showing available (green) that you’d like to book, please phone our office at 250.757.9445, between 9 am and 6 pm (Pacific Time), to secure your booking with a deposit, payable by Visa or MasterCard. The sooner you are able to call, the more likely you will be to secure your desired date(s)!

Thank you for your patience. We look forward to accommodating you here at Free Spirit Spheres on Vancouver Island during the twilight of 2018!

Stay tuned for further updates!

The FSS Team.

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If you would know strength and patience, welcome the company of trees.

Hal Borland
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Greetings Free Spirit Spheres Enthusiasts!

We are open for bookings at our current location until October 14th, 2018. Stay tuned for further updates on our growth and expansion! 

Our original and smaller sphere, Eve, is receiving some functional and cosmetic upgrades. Unfortunately, Eve will not be available for rental this season.

Fortunately, our newest sphere, Luna, will be available for bookings beginning June 8th! Please see photos, description, rates and availability info on her new web page.

For those who are passionate about connecting people with nature while offering a truly remarkable accommodation experience, learn how you can bring Free Spirit Spheres to your neck of the woods through our Become a Partner page.

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Recent media highlights:

We have been featured on the “Where to Stay” page of the new Travel Vancouver Island website (April 2018)! Pretty cool honor and privilege to represent the face of Vancouver Island accommodations, the year following being granted the “Remarkable Experience” award from the Tourism Industry Association of BC in 2017.

We have been featured in many great books over the years but have made few cover shots. Check out this beautiful new book entitled “The Anatomy of Treehouses:
New Buildings From an Old Tradition” (January 2018). Our hats go off to Jane Field-Lewis and the folks at Pavillion Books in the UK for producing a truly magnificent treehouse book – we’re thrilled with the overall layout, design and content of the book!

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