What costs are and are not included in the workshops?

Each workshop varies and included and not included costs are covered on each workshop page

Will we be carpooling in some of the workshops?

Some of the workshops involve carpooling with participants driving their own cars & in some of the workshops all transportation is taken care of. We also often have walkee talkees to be in contact with each other.

Are any flights included in the workshop price?

All flights to the destination are not included but many internal flights are often included. Specifics are on each workshop page.

How much walking or hiking will be involved and what kind of fitness level do you need to be in?

Reasonably fit is always good & no major hiking is involved usually but some workshops entail more walking than others such as somewhere like India.  Please contact us if you have any health concerns that may make this trip challenging. When you send your tour deposit and signed reservation form, you certify to us that you do not knowingly have any physical or other conditions that would create a risk for yourself or for others.

What forms of payment do you accept?

Usually a check is best but we also accept bank wire transfers and also Pay Pal. For any international payments using Pay Pal, a 4% service fee will be added

What is the payment and cancellation policy ?

For most domestic workshops, final payment is due 90 days prior to the workshop.   For international workshops, final payment is usually due around130 days prior to the workshop.

Cancellation and refund policy for workshops within the United States:  90+ days before the workshop: Refund less $100 processing fee.  Less than 90 days, no refund unless your space can be filled.

Cancellation and refund policy for workshops outside of the United States:  You can cancel up to 130 days prior to workshop start date and receive a refund of half of the deposit.   Less than 130 days there is no refund on any monies paid unless your space has been filled from a waiting list

Is travel insurance recommended ?

Travel insurance is always recommended, especially for international trips. We cannot be responsible for any monies lost due to cancellations, for any reason. In the event your workshop is cancelled, for any reason, the extent of our liability is limited to the return of fees paid for the workshop.

Will I have to share a room ?

Most trips in the US, you will book your own room. On international workshops, costs are based on “double occupancy” which means 2 people per room with your own bed. If you want to be on your own, it will be a higher cost and called “single supplement”. If there is no one to share a room with, you will have to pay the “single supplement” charge to have your own room.

Will you send out a list detailing what we need to bring, a gear list, etc?

After receiving your deposit, a detailed letter will be sent out including what to bring in terms of clothes, camera gear and any other essential items needed for your particular workshop. Sometimes an itinerary will also be included and most questions you might have like what kind of weather to expect, clothing needed, eating times, etc. will be answered in the letter.