Frequently Asked Questions

Who attends The Creativity Workshop?

People from all walks of life and professions, all ages, and many different countries. Our participants include educators, writers, business people, artists of all kinds, homemakers, psychologists, IT people, health professionals, scientists, and university students.

Who teaches The Creativity Workshops?

Shelley Berc and Alejandro Fogel or our staff of certified Creativity Workshop teachers. Berc and Fogel have trained our select group of instructors. In addition, they have successfully worked in creative fields for many years. For their bios please click here.

How long do classes meet each day?

They meet for 3 to 4 hours each day depending on the workshop. In our Workshops outside the United States the package plans include 1 additional day after the workshop. This day is free for you to explore the area on your own and apply the skills you have learned.

What language is the course taught in?

The Creativity Workshop is taught in English.

Do I have to write in English?

No. You can write in your mother tongue - it is actually more beneficial to do so. Also, for non-native speakers, it is more important to comprehend English than to speak it well.

Is The Creativity Workshop material different when it is taught in different countries?

The basic structure stays the same but there are some variations in exercises that involve the location the workshop is given in.

Do you have to draw or write well?

Not at all. The aim of The Creativity Workshop is to help people use drawing and writing to expand their creativity. Writing and drawing are tools to that end, not techniques to master drawing and writing. There are no group critiques and the emphasis is on the pleasure of self expression.

Is there homework?

Some days yes, some days no. Plan an average of 30 minutes a day for homework, most of which can be done while sitting at local cafes, parks, or in your room.

Does The Creativity Workshop plan excursions for participants?

We do not plan excursions. Our assistant and your hotel will have good information on various local travel agents and tours. Many participants get to know each other in class and do sightseeing together.

Can I obtain credits for professional development by taking The Creativity Workshop?

Many educators taking the workshop receive help from The Fund for Teachers to attend our summer Workshops outside the United States. Recipients receive up to $5,000 each. Also, there maybe financial help from your school district or university. Contact your Professional Development office.
You can receive a Certificate of Attendance and CEUs for attending our Workshops. Certificates of Attendance and CEUs are available at no additional charge.

Can I take the workshop more than one time?

Yes. Many people take The Creativity Workshop several times and find each experience different and inspiring.

Do participants attend The Creativity Workshop alone or with friends or family members?

Many people come to the workshop on their own but many also attend with fellow colleagues, friends, or family members. Each workshop is a mix of people who come alone (about 70%) and people who attend together.

Can family members and friends benefit from taking The Creativity Workshop together?

Absolutely. We've had participants who are friends, families or colleagues attend and they have had great experiences. We are careful that they don't end working together all the time and that they feel part of the whole group. Families and friends have told us they learned wonderful things about each other that they never would have known had they not taken this workshop together.

Do participants do things together outside of class?

We don't organize any outside activities because we prefer natural, impromptu experiences for participants when they have free time. However, we have several group exercises that often lead to participants getting together outside of class. Many share meals and do sightseeing together. Past participants often comment on the wonderful global diversity of our groups and the friendships they have made while taking The Creativity Workshop.

Is this workshop useful for participants in transitional stages of their lives and retirees?

Yes! People in life transitions (job changes, life changes, retirement) often take The Creativity Workshop because it teaches new and innovative ways to reinvent one's self or simply to experience life more fully. Many of our participants who are going through changes say that they are taking the workshop because they finally have the time and energy to explore their creativity. Combining a Creativity Workshop with travel to a foreign location is very attractive to people who are curious and explorative in nature, but don't want a physically demanding workshop. The class meets 3 to 3.5 hours a day, leaving participants the rest of the time free to explore the cities or countryside where The Creativity Workshop takes place.

How much do the Workshops cost?

For updated information please go to our Pricing page.

What is the payment schedule?

The payment schedule varies depending on the workshop. You will find a payment schedule at the bottom of each individual workshop's page.

Is The Creativity Workshop tax deductible?

For individuals using The Creativity Workshop for professional development, the workshop (and travel to it) is considered tax deductible under most circumstances. The best thing is to check with your accountant.

Can I extend my stay or arrive earlier than the official workshop dates?

Yes, we will give you the contact info for the hotel you have chosen and you will arrange and pay for your extra days directly to the hotel.

How do I get to The Creativity Workshop from my home town?

You are responsible for making your own airline arrangements. We offer some suggestions on how to get inexpensive airfare at our Airfare Deals page.

For participants buying our tuition and hotel packages: We will give you precise instructions in advance of your trip on how to get to your hotel by bus or taxi. There will be a welcome packet waiting for you at your hotel. The next day (the first day of classes) our assistant will pick you up at your hotel and take you to the classroom. After that, you will come to class on your own. Almost all of our accommodations are within 5 - 15 minutes walking distance to the classroom and some of the accommodations are on the site of the classroom.

Do I need a Passport or a Visa to go to The Creativity Workshops?

For US citizens: you need a valid Passport for all our Workshops outside the United States. You do not need a Visa to any of our workshop locations in Europe.
For non-US citizens: Please check with the embassy of the workshop location in your country of origin.

How many people attend each Creativity Workshop?

Classes are about 30 people, in some locations less, in others more. There is always a lot of opportunity to get to know fellow participants, as we do a lot of collaborative exercises. People often comment about the intimacy of our groups and the feelings of nurture and sharing that the teachers encourage. The number of participants may vary due to hotel availability, meeting room size, and when we have friends or family members taking the workshop together.

How much should I plan to spend on food each day?

It depends on location. We tell people to expect to spend $40 to $60 per day in general. If you do a lot of picnic-in and use local delis, you can expect to spend less.

Can I bring a friend or family member with me who is not taking The Creativity Workshop?

Yes you can and many participants do. If they are sharing a room with you, the additional cost per night per person depends on what hotel you choose. The average extra charge for each person you are bringing and sharing a room with, averages from $35 - $70 per night.

Are the Workshops handicapped accessible?

Our Workshops in New York are handicapped accessible. Hotels outside the United States may not have the same amenities as U.S. hotels, such as elevators and handicapped rooms. If you have concerns about walking, the availability of elevators or need special accommodations, the Workshops located in the U.S. may be more appropriate.

Are rooms in the hotels you offer air conditioned?

If it is stated in their description they are.

How is the level of air conditioning?

Air conditioning outside the US is a complicated subject. That's why we have this note on our web site:
“We cannot guarantee the quality, cooling level, or functioning of the hotels' air conditioning. Air conditioning in Europe is seldom up to American standards of cool.” This applies even to superior hotels, although the chances of getting better air at a superior hotel are much better.

What kind of clothes and other necessities should I bring?

Casual comfortable attire, good walking shoes. Travel light. This is the most important thing. If you are missing an article of clothing, you can always buy it there. Hand washable clothes are a good idea, as are natural, breathable materials such as cottons and linens. Shorts and pants are popular. Bring a light sweater for the evenings.
VERY IMPORTANT: Do bring a suitcase with rollers - especially in Crete where many of you will be staying in the all pedestrian Old Town and you may have to roll your suitcase from the taxi to the hotel. Make sure you bring any medications or supplements you are taking - they may not be easy to get away from home.

Do you suggest any particular travel books?

There are so many good ones! We like the Lonely Planet and Rough Guides. Lonely Planet does a good job making lightweight books focused on the various cities, islands, and provinces in which we hold our Workshops. We suggest you spend an afternoon in your local bookstore and see which guides suit your personality and interests, as many guidebooks are specialized for either arts, history, or nature touring.

Do you recommend travel insurance?

Travel insurance is highly recommended.
The Travel Insurance Store (in business since 1989) is a company of travel insurance experts. They sell policies from 5 different travel insurance companies including Travel Guard. They work on salary and not commission so they are focused on finding you the policy most appropriate for your individual needs. They are very clear and patient about answering questions on the phone and they have a very informative site.
You can go to their site: or call them at 1-888-407-3854.

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Patricia Lancaster, Ph.D. Dean Emerita of the Hamilton Holt School and Professor Emerita of French, Rollins College, FL

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