May I bring a guest who is not taking classes?
Yes. Contact us for the cost of room and board for the non-participant(s).
What else of interest is nearby for my guest/family to see and do while I'm in class?
The beach of course! We also are also in close proximity to Corolla which is know for it's herd of wild spanish mustangs. Very close by is also a National Audobon area with trails to meander through. About 30 minutes drive South is Jockey's Ridge State Park, which is the largest sand dune on the east coast. Nags Head Woods and Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge are also just a short drive. There are also galleries, golf, attractions, dining options, etc. within the villages of Duck and Corolla.
What about meals? I have food allergies/ I am vegetarian/vegan.
We are prepared to cater to various food allergies such as gluten or lactose-intolerance. Meals are offered buffet-style and always have a wide variety of options, including a huge salad with all the fixings. In the past about 10% of our attendees have been gluten-free and have raved about the food. Contact us if you have major concerns.
Are there any scholarships available?
Unfortunately, we do not have the funding to provide scholarships or work/study programs. Some Squammies have had success with a number of different approaches: a few put up contests at their blogs, several teachers asked their schools to pay the tuition as part of their continuing education (we provide certificates). Go to the message board for additional ideas. The collective energy there is amazing and you will likely find some genuine help and support.
What's the weather like? What clothes should I bring?
The weather in October can be changeable and you may need anything from your bathing suit to hats and mittens, so best to check the weather before you are due to arrive.
What other things should I bring?
Whatever will make you feel comfortable! The houses are well appointed with linens and towels, but you'll want all your own toiletries.
May I ship my art supplies ahead of time?
You are welcome to ship your materials ahead so you can travel more easily. Please contact Michelle for the address.
for all shipping. YOUR NAME and SAW must be clearly indicated. Please do not ship your materials more than three weeks before your session begins. Our storage space is limited! This bit is important: to ship things home again you must repack your box so it can be shipped directly from RDC. We will not have any shipping materials for you, so put them in the box you ship out. All boxes to be shipped must be left at the RDC office packed and ready to go. Once the box is in the mail we will send you a bill by email.
May I attend just one day, one workshop or an evening event?
We are not able to offer single day options at this time.
What contact information should I leave for my family?
We will send this information to you prior to the retreat.
How can I become a teacher?
Generally, we invite artists (who love to teach) who seem to be a good fit for the programs. If you would like to submit some class ideas, that's always welcome, but the best time to send them in is August for the following year's programs.
Is this just for women?
No. Don't let the photos fool you. Although it is true that, to date, the majority of people who attend SAW are female, we have had men at every session and their numbers are growing. To be clear, SAW is open to all.