We will use an online tool in which you can manage your workshop choices up until the start of the congress.

First come, first serve policy: those who book the first tickets will have first choice of making reservations for the workshops.
Exact information about this process will be sent by email and posted on the ESC website. No earlier than 1 April.

Q: Can I attend all the workshops? 

A: No, we offer a great variety of trainers and topics. You will be notified when you can start planning your workshops online.

Q: Can I change my choice of workshops once planned? 

A: Yes, you can make changes in your own plan up untill one week before the congress starts.

Ticket cancellation

Should you, for any reason not be able to attend after having bought a ticket. Please try to resell your ticket to a colleague and be sure to contact us for further communication.

If you are unable to resell your ticket, 80% of the ticket price will be refunded if you contact us via prior to 1 April 2020. After that date, refunds are not possible.


Q: How much is VAT in The Netherlands?

A: VAT is 21 %

I would like to help as a volunteer

If you’d like to volunteer please email Karlijn at:

Volunteering prior to the ESC

We are looking for Native Dutch speakers with expertise in the following areas:
Hosting the info@-mailbox; making a bicycle plan for visitors; communication coordinator; Facebook’ers; webmasters; Translation (Dutch-English proof reading and editing); copywriting; press kit creation; sponsors / fixing good(ie)s.

Other countries/languages:
You can assist with promoting the ESC within your own (Facebook) community or country. 

Volunteering during the event

At the moment only shiatsu students staying in the Netherlands are being invited to volunteer at the ESC event. This is so they have the opportunity to experience the congress.

Q: Where can I connect with other congress visitors?

A: Via our ESC Facebook page.

Staying in Amsterdam

Amsterdam: Hotels, Youth hostels, Botels (boats), Bed & Breakfast.
Be sure to make reservations well in advance, for example via or Airbnb.

For cheaper options: try Haarlem or other places North of Amsterdam.

Find more information about accommodations.

Q: Is it possible to visit the congress only for one day and how much would the ticket cost ?

A: At the moment it is not possible to buy a one day ticket. Our preference is that attendees come for three days to make a shared experience.

Depending on how the ticket sale proceeds, the ESC organisers may decide whether attendees are able to attend individual workshops or single days (for example on a specific day). However, this will only be decideded after the entire program is known and the holders of the three-day ticket have registered for their preferred workshops.

Q: Has the ESC Amsterdam been accredited as an official training? And if so, how many points can I earn?

A: Please check with your association in your home country. If needed, they can contact us for more detailed information about the programme.

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