How does the allocation of places on a retreat work?

We are aware that TBA is a very special space for people and we want to ensure that as many of you as possible are able to access that space, as well as allowing new people to come along and experience TBA. On any retreat we have approximately half the spaces allocated for new people. TBA is very popular and books up extremely quickly, (often within a couple of hours of bookings opening). In the past we've been able to offer spaces based on a first come, first served basis as the numbers have been fairly even, but as TBA grows this might not always be the case. If we are oversubscribed, then priority will go to those who haven't been before, and then to those who haven't been in a while. We count those who have only been to a summer party as first timers for a retreat.