1. How many days will be reserved for actual painting?
We offer painting lessons or studio space 7 days during each 10 day retreat, though most guests choose to paint, sketch and work on their art everyday. Teachers are available to meet with you at least some part of everyday.

2. 'Some' art supplies will be provided; which art supplies exactly, or rather, which won't be supplied?
We supply easels, paper towels, cups and inexpensive paper for sketching. You are expected to supply your own brushes, paints, canvases, sketch books, pens, pencils and paper. We do have some paints and brushes on hand for sale, but recommend you bring your own. Samara is a long way from any art store!

3. The hotel in Samara is steps from the ocean, could you specify the distance please? Is there an accessible sand beach?
The hotel we are working with this year is actually right on the beach. The beach has been called one of the lovliest and safest in Costa Rica and has a sandy bottom. There are 2 swimming pools at this location too if you are in the mood for a salt free dip.

4. Do you have a photo available from the hotel room? Not yet, photos coming soon.

5. How far apart are the hotel and the workshop location?
Most of the classes will be taught at the hotel itself. We will venture into town to do some painting there and of course down to the beach too.

6. How far from the hotel is the nearest village?
The hotel is about a 5 minute walk to the town of Samara, or a $1 cab ride.

7. The prices mentioned on your site is $1695 USD for the 10 day retreat. Am I correct to assume that if I would not make any excursions, this really is an all inclusive price?
Yes, this is the price for 2 meals a day, lodging, workshop instruction, transport for group excursions, a local-tour and transportation from the local airport at the designated times of arrival and departure. It does not include airfare, departure taxes, single room or hotel upgrades, meals other than at the hotel or in country transport from San Jose. We feel it is a great deal!

8. How many teachers will be present during the workshop? There are 3 partners that run CreArte and who supplement the workshops by teaching. All are professional artists and teachers. In addition to the partners, we hire one awesome expert to essentially "lead" the experience. Patrick Fanning has taught with us for 3 years and will be back in 2005. We also hope to have guest artists that live in Costa Rica come and speak to us about their work.

9. In general, what nationality are your participants?
We are from California and so most of our guests and teachers are also from this region or other parts of the United States. In 2003 we also had guests from Europe and Canada. Instruction for the workshops is in English, though CreArte founders Erin and Ashlie are fluent in Spanish and are happy to practice with you. We do offer the opportunity to study Spanish. This involves an extra fee.

10. If I want to book, how long in advance should I do that to ensure myself of a place?
Basically the sooner the better. For the best hotel room, book early as those with the great views fill up fast. As the date of the workshop grows nearer, check with us to insure there is still space.

11. How do I book a flight from San Jose to the local airport in Samara?
Please visit our getting there page. We recommend you fly with Sansa, Costa Rica's internal airline, and buy this ticket before your international flight as you will have more flexibility with the international flight. Sansa flies into Samara 2 times each day.

12.Should I buy insurance in case, for instance, I would become sick and would not be able to come?
The price of your retreat includes insurance in the event of an accident or injury. We
recommend you buy a plane ticket that you are able to change if necessary.
We offer a rather lenient cancellation policy. It is outlined on the reservation form but here are the details:
Deposit Policy: A $500 (USD) deposit is needed to reserve your space.
Remainder of Fees: Payment in full must be received no later than 30 days prior to workshop start date.
Refund Policy: For CreArte to process a refund, written statement of cancellation must be received by mail or e-mail. Refund will be processed according to date of POST MARK. If written cancellation is received more than 14 days prior to commencement of retreat, a full refund, minus a $150 processing fee, will be applied. If written cancellation is received less than 14 days prior to commencement of retreat, no refund will be applied but you may apply all payments towards a future CreArte Retreat, minus $150 processing fee. Note: you must apply these fees and attend another workshop within 12 months.
No refunds will be applied for unused portions of workshop/tour-package, including, but not limited to: missed meals, hotel nights, sightseeing or workshop activities.
In the event of workshop cancellation made by CreArte, a full refund will be applied.

13. How do I sign up?
Just visit our registration page, print it out and mail it in with your $500 deposit. You can also pay with your credit card on the same page. If the retreat date is less than 2 months away, please call to insure space is available. 805-967-8866

If you have any other questions please write to us at info@crearteretreat.com and we will be happy to answer them for you! You may also call us at 805-967-8866

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