A FEW FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS.
Why would you choose Ace Camps?
Ace Camps selects outstanding leaders and accomplished professionals who will serve as mentors during your journey. You will get a chance to spend time with your instructor and get to know them outside of the workshop. We'll have meals together as a group either out at a restaurant or around the diningroom table in a unique environment. Some meals are home cooked while others are prepared by local chefs. Most Ace Camps are all different depending on the location, the leader and the participants.
We also seek out the coolest places to stay making this a unique vacation. We have stayed in mansions, tents, historic hotels, modern condos, hip hotels, boutique hotels and ranches.
You and your group head out on a journey to meet amazing new people and experience different cultures in different cities. I seek out the most interesting professionals, artists, photographers, foodies, writers and creative people in the world to help you learn or improve a skill.
Ace Camp Directors will accompany you and will have scoped out the best things to do for your destination but we also value your opinion as well. You may arrive a few days before the workshop and have found the best undiscovered restaurant or shop. We often leave things to serendipity because, well, if something more interesting arises and you and your group want to do it then we’ll do it. We have an itinerary but our guides are open to your group’s suggestions.
Can you tell me what to expect?
The Ace Camp experience is an extraordinarily friendly atmosphere, due to participants’ shared enthusiasms and the lively exchanges of ideas and lessons with the instructors. Every Ace Camp varies and are created to uncover, develop and stretch your creative spirits. You will learn and participate in hands-on learning enriched by lectures, demonstrations and practical experience. During the longer travel workshops you will have a free day or two to explore the city you’ve traveled to either on your own, or with your new friends.
It is not only the workshop where you'll be inspired. Your journey begins when you sign up. It starts with your travel planning to collecting your supplies and countdown to take off is all part of the experience.
If you are not open to spontaneity, whims of the group or if you prefer unadulterated structure and every minute of your journey Ace Camps may be not for you. We believe going with the flow and opening to impromptu experiences creates adventure and a learning environment.
What type of instruction is offered?
The retreats, workshops and journeys are filled with adventures, education and fantastic opportunities to spend time with interesting and likeminded people. Some of our leaders will teach informally with a hands on in the field approach and some will have structured lectures and demonstrations.
When I sign up what's included with the fees?
Each Ace Camp is different and depends on the location. You'll find that information on the same page as the workshop details.
Who are the other participants?
People of all ages sign up for Ace Camps - we've had folks from 16 - 70. They are artists, professionals, chefs, photographers, authors and others who simply sign up for the adventure and to travel with people who share a common interest in learning, travel and culture. The group is often cosmopolitan. There are American and Canadian students for example, but we also have people joining us from as far away as Asia, the UK, Europe or South America. Such diversity of ages and origins makes for an enriching cultural experience and gives the opportunity for us to see creativity arising from varied sources of inspiration.
Yes, men are most welcome to participate in the workshops!
We strive to find the best places for participants to stay according to the workshop mood and Ace Camp experience we want everyone to have. Our accommodations have included in tents, high end hotels, hip hotels, farm houses and large mansions all over the world.
Are the rooms shared?
Not in all circumstances but yes, mostly. Room allocation varies on the workshop so we suggest checking the specific workshop you're interested in and going from there. We have had to talk many people into sharing a room and all have been happy with the result of sharing. We encourage participants to share bedrooms as it helps create a supportive and community spirit among the group.
Can I bring my spouse, significant other, friend or pet if they are not taking the workshop?
This is always a tough question for us as we understand in some cases participants are traveling to other cities and are including the Ace Camp as part of their vacation. It depends - if the accommodation is based on double occupancy or we are staying at a house where space is limited it would be best to contact us to discuss. Remember - this is your learning time and sometimes the workshop works best when you venture on your own.
Our trips are mostly catered with most meals included. We cater to various food allergies such as gluten or lactose-intolerance. Meals are offered buffet or family style and always have a wide variety of options, including a huge organic salad with all the fixings. In the past about 10% of our attendees have been gluten-free and have raved about the food. In situations where we cook the meals you will be sent a catering form so we are aware of your needs and will be happy to organize our menu planning accordingly. We will endeavour to cater for any dietary requirements, including vegetarians, vegans and those with special dietary needs.
What if the meals are not catered?
Good question! There are workshops where we will be staying in a hotel and some of the meals are not included. Your tour guide will have a list of restaurants that we think are best and that are recommended by the "in the know" locals at the last moment. Sometimes we find the finest restaurant and book ahead for the group - but participants are free to go out on their own should they wish. We often take our dinners together although this of course is not required. I like to make a meeting time in the lobby of our lodging so that people wanting to eat with others can meet and go out together. It all depends on the itinerary so check it out to see if it suits you.
Can we bring our own snacks?
Feel free to bring snack food - you don't have to but sometimes you know better what is the best thing for you to eat.
I have dietary restrictions. Do I need to bring my own food? Do you cater for Vegetarians/Vegans? Can you also cater for those with special dietary requirements, such as food allergies, intolerances and sensitivities? Yes, we can.