Terms And Conditions
Participants should sign up for a course through our booking page. For weekend courses we ask for full payment upfront, for week long courses we require a 25% non-refundable deposit on booking and the balance is due six weeks before the course starts.
Your space on the course will be reserved upon booking and you will be notified by email. Full payment is required six weeks before the course, failure to make payment by this deadline will result in immediate cancellation of your place with no deposit refundable. If signing up less than six weeks before the start, full payment will be required immediately. If full payment is not received, Archipelago Folkschool reserves the right to fill the space from the standby list as appropriate.
Cancellation by the Participant
Should you need to cancel your place, please let us know as soon as possible. While we realise some things cannot be foreseen, if the cancellation is less than ten weeks before the course starts, we will only be able to refund the course fee if we are able to find someone to fill your place. We will endeavour to be as proactive and helpful as possible should this be the case. We encourage all participants to take out a suitable travel insurance policy to protect yourself. If you wish to cancel your place less than six weeks before the course starts we will not be able to refund your deposit even if we manage to refill the place.
Cancellation by Archipelago Folkschool
In very rare circumstances, it may become necessary for Archipelago Folkschool to cancel a course. If Archipelago Folkschool cancels your course for any reason within our control, we will refund 100% of what you have paid at the time of cancellation.
Archipelago Folkschool can take no responsibility for any cancellation or amendment penalties that your travel operator may charge you if you have to change or cancel your travel plans as a result of cancellation by Archipelago Folkschool. Your travel arrangements are subject to the terms and conditions of the travel company/operator through which you booked your travel. Participants are encouraged to buy flexible, refundable tickets and to purchase insurance which covers Trip Cancellation.
Preparing for a Course
We will email you a complete briefing of each course in advance. This will cover what you can expect from us as well as what to bring with you.
Please be aware that Archipelago Folkschool runs courses in remote places in an adventurous spirit. While we will make every effort to provide a excellent experience and to describe the it accurately we may have to adapt plans to accommodate weather and other issues. We expect participants to accept this as part of the experience.
Health and Fitness
Please be sure that you are clear about the physical demands of the course BEFORE you take part, most of our courses are physically demanding in nature. We will endeavour to make the experience as accessible as possible but some aspects may be challenging. If you are in any doubt please discuss with us and (if appropriate) with a doctor before booking.
It is your responsibility to inform Archipelago Folkschool about any medical conditions which may impact your participation on a course. This is for safety reasons only and will be kept strictly confidential. While we will be as accommodating as we can, if we deem any medical conditions to have the potential to lead to unsafe participation, we reserve the right to deny a place. Some courses may be away from transport links and supplies for some time. It is your responsibility to bring any routine medication with you in sufficient quantity for the duration of the course.
Participants need to book their own travel to and from the course location. In some cases we may be holding the course in remote location in which case we will appoint a pick up location and will provide transport to the final location.
We strongly advise participants to obtain travel insurance which covers yourself and your belongings. Take particular care to ensure that taking part in craft courses is covered by your policy. If you choose to partake in a course without adequate insurance cover, Archipelago Folkschool will not be liable for any losses or injuries howsoever arising, in respect of which insurance cover would otherwise have been available.
Limit of Liability
Your safety is of the highest importance and we take great care to do everything as safely as possible. There will always be an experienced person leading the course and at least one first aider. We will deliver a thorough and comprehensive safety briefing at the start of the trip and will be constantly reviewing it as we work. However, by it's nature craft activities are a potentially dangerous activity we cannot be be held responsible for any death or injury during one of our course save for our responsibilities.
Right of Refusal
Archipelago Folkschool reserves the right to refuse an applicant’s participation in a Archipelago Folkschool event at any time due to safety concerns, logistical limitations, in the interest of team compatibility, or for any other reason. Refusal of an applicant is an unusual event but might arise due to an applicant’s failure to meet the essential eligibility requirements and Archipelago Folkschool's inability to make reasonable accommodations. In the event that an applicant is refused participation for health reasons not previously disclosed, Archipelago Folkschool cannot refund any deposit or payment made toward the course if within the cancellation period.
Archipelago Folkschool aims to create the conditions whereby participants are treated equally, regardless of their gender, colour, ethnic or national origin, disability, religious or political beliefs, socio-economic background, sexual orientation, or other irrelevant distinction. Discrimination or harassment by any participant of Archipelago Folkschool, or victimisation of anyone who has complained of such, will not be tolerated. Archipelago Folkschool endeavours to include participants with disabilities where possible, subject to safe limits of operation.