Privacy Policy

We take your privacy seriously, and we want you to know how we collect, use, share and protect your information.

This Privacy Policy tells you:

  • What information we collect
  • How we use that information
  • How we may share that information
  • How we protect your information
  • Your choices regarding your personal information

This Policy applies to TheSophiaInstitute.org, and The Sophia Institute. We may post additional information if more details are needed to explain our privacy practices.

INFORMATION WE COLLECT

Information You Give Us
We receive and may store any information you enter on our websites or give to us in our stores. For example, we collect information from you when you place an order, create an account, call us with a question, create a Wish List, write a review, or use any of our services.

The information we collect from you includes things like:

  • Your name
  • Your mailing address
  • Your e-mail address
  • Your phone number
  • Your credit card number and other payment information
  • Demographic and lifestyle information, such as age, personal interests and event preferences

It may also include information you give us about other people, such as the name and address of a gift recipient, or the name and contact info of event guests.

Information from Other Sources
We may also receive information about you from other sources, including third parties that help us update, expand and analyze our records and identify new customers

Public Forums 
Our websites offer publicly accessible blogs or community forums. You should be aware that any information you provide in these areas may be read, collected, and used by others who access them.

HOW WE USE THE INFORMATION WE COLLECT

We use the information we collect for things like:

  • Marketing and advertising products and services
  • Conducting research and analysis
  • Establishing and managing your accounts with us
  • Communicating things like retreats, lectures, yoga, special events, etc
  • Operating, evaluating and improving our business

Data Retention
We will retain your information for as long as your account is active or as needed to provide you services, comply with our legal obligations, resolve disputes, and enforce our agreements.

HOW WE SHARE THE INFORMATION WE COLLECT

The Sophia Institute does not sell, rent or trade your personal information to third parties.

We may share your information with third parties to perform services on our behalf such as:

  • Livestreaming Events
  • Conference Calls
  • Webinars
  • Mailings
  • Conducting research and analysis

 

Sometimes we may be required to share personal information in response to a regulation, court order or subpoena. We may also share information when we believe it's necessary to comply with the law. We may also share information to respond to a government request or when we believe disclosure is necessary or appropriate to protect the rights, property or safety of The Sophia Institute, our customers, or others; to prevent harm or loss; or in connection with an investigation of suspected or actual unlawful activity.

We may also share personal information in the event of a corporate sale, merger, acquisition, dissolution or similar event.

HOW WE PROTECT THE INFORMATION WE COLLECT

Whether you register with us on the phone or online, we use reasonable security measures to protect the confidentiality of personal information under our control and appropriately limit access to it. The Sophia Institute cannot ensure or warrant the security of any information you transmit to us and you do so at your own risk.

We use a variety of information security measures to protect your online transactions with us. The Sophia Institute’s website uses encryption technology, such as Secure Sockets Layer (SSL), to protect your personal information during data transport. SSL protects information you submit via our websites such as ordering information, including your name, address and credit card number. Credit Card information you provide to us via phone does not traverse the public Internet.

YOUR CHOICES REGARDING THE INFORMATION WE COLLECT

You may choose to:

  • Stop receiving marketing or promotional e-mails, direct mail, phone and marketing communications
  • Update and correct your personal information
  • Cancel your account or request that we no longer use your information to provide you services
  • Request removal of your personal information from our blog or community forum

 

To do any of these, let us know by one of these methods:

  • Follow the directions in a marketing e-mail or direct mail or mobile communication that you receive from us
  • Call 1-843-7208528 with your request and current contact information
  • Send an e-mail with your request and current contact information to: info@thesophiainstitute.org

PROTECTING CHILDREN'S PRIVACY

We are committed to protecting children's privacy on the Internet and we do not knowingly collect personal information from children under the age of 13.

LINKS TO OTHER WEBSITES

Our websites link to other websites, many of which have their own privacy policies. Be sure to review the privacy policy on the site you're visiting.

SOCIAL MEDIA WIDGETS

Our Web site includes Social Media Features, such as the Facebook Like button. These Features may collect your IP address, which page you are visiting on our site, and may set a cookie to enable the Feature to function properly. Social Media Features and Widgets are either hosted by a third party or hosted directly on our Site. Your interactions with these Features are governed by the privacy policy of the company providing it.

PRIVACY POLICY UPDATES

This Privacy Notice and Privacy Policy was posted on December 20, 2013. The Sophia Institute reserves the right to change this Privacy Notice and Privacy Policy without notice.

CANCELLATION AND REFUND POLICY

All monies will be refunded in full (less a $50 administration fee) if you cancel 14 or more days prior to your arrival date. If you cancel between 13 days and 1 day in advance, a nonrefundable credit (less a $50 administration fee) will be held for one year from the date of issue. No credit or refund is available if you cancel on the workshop’s arrival day, if you do not show up, or if you leave an event early for any reason.