Q. Do I need prior floral experience to attend a workshop?
A. No. No prior floral experience is necessary. The workshops are designed to help you learn from whatever stage of experience you are in. From complete beginner to professional designer to event stylist. The workshops are designed to be a fun, creative, inspiring and fulfilling experience for all skill levels and areas of interest.
Q. Do you have workshops only abroad?
A. No. I also have workshops in different areas of the USA. Check our Workshops and Retreats Page for future updates.
Q. What do the workshops normally include?
A. I strive to create an all-inclusive experience to make traveling to the destination as easy and enjoyable as possible. Normally, the workshops and retreats include, 4 Star+ accommodations, all meals, transportation at the destination during the workshop, roundtrip transfers from airport to hotel/inn and back to airport (unless otherwise noted) all workshop materials, classroom supplies, instruction booklets, floral apron & tools, botanical supplies, welcome bag/gifts, professional photography of attendees work, photography of the retreat activities, all retreat photos for use in your portfolio, excursions, field trips, expert floral instruction, photo styling techniques for social media marketing, one-on-one interaction with all designers and instructors, ongoing professional advice, and all taxes & fees.
Q. How many people normally attend the workshops?
A. I strive to keep the group size small, so that each attendee gets one-on-one interaction and attention. Normally the group is 10 - 12 attendees. Because of the limited size, the workshops sell out quickly! Sometimes, our accommodations don't allow for a large group. Such as some of the small Chateau's in France. If we travel to a destination where our accommodations will allow a larger group of attendees then we try to accommodate those who are interested in attending, with no more than 20 persons.
Q. What is the pace of the trips?
A. The pace is usually Leisurely. I like to allow time to fully immerse ourselves in the culture of our destination. Also, allowing some free time to explore on your own, time to shop, sight-see, relax, and fully enjoy the experience. Some destinations, such as Holland, have a more moderate pace because there is a lot of activities and excursions packed into this type of trip. All trips are designed not to feel rushed or stressful in any way.
Q. Do I have to participate in all activities?
A. No. Of course, to get the most from your experience, participation is encouraged. However, this is your retreat, and you may feel free to experience it as you wish.
Q. Is Airfare included?
A. No. Roundtrip airfare to the workshop is not included in the price. Because attendees come from all over the US and abroad, they are responsible for their own travel arrangements to the workshop. Some attendees prefer to book their own flight so that they can use points or frequent flier miles.
Q. What else will be provided?
A. Information about our destination, as well as a suggested packing list, and a city/country map will be provided. As well as travel tips and other helpful information about currency, language, etc.
Q. Do you have a payment plan?
A. Yes. Payment Plans are available. Payments can be structured to fit your individual needs.
Q. Are Payments Refundable if I need to cancel?
A. Your initial deposit to hold your spot is usually refundable up to a certain date. After this date (that is specified for each type of trip) all payments are not refundable, but are transferrable in case an emergency arises and you cannot travel. Early-Bird space-holder deposits are non-refundable.
Q. Is travel insurance required?
A. For most trips, travel insurance is at your discretion. Some destinations require each attendee to carry travel insurance. This is specified in the trip description for each destination.
Q. Will I have a main contact person before, during, and after the trip?
A. Yes. You will always have a main contact person, including their cell phone that you may reach in case of emergency. You will be provided with your main contact at least 30 days prior to departure.
Q. Can you accommodate my food allergies or meal preferences?
A. Every effort is made to accommodate each attendees needs. Please let us know when you book your trip if you have any food allergies or need gluten free, vegetarian, or vegan meals.
Q. Can you accommodate handicapped persons?
A. Most times we can. We do our best to accommodate every who is interested in attending a workshop. It is best to give us a call to discuss your individual needs. Some lodging in smaller chateaus or hotels in Europe are not handicapped equipped. Some accommodations do not have elevators.
Q. Is there anything else I should know?
A. The trips are designed to have a balanced pace that will appeal to everyone. Participants should be in good physical condition, able to walk over cobblestone streets, handle moderate steps, and carry their own luggage if necessary.