FAQ guateflow gathering

The location of Starry Mountain is; Barrio 2 San marcos la laguna, 07010, Guatemala

Most of the attendants will stay here. It’s about a 5-minute walk to Eagles Nest, where most workshops will be given.

The location of Eagle’s Nest Atitlán is; Lake Atitlán, San Marcos La Laguna, Guatemala

https://eaglesnestatitlan.com

Most of the workshops will be given here. It’s about a 5-minute walk to Starry Mountain, where some workshops will be given, and many attendants will stay.

The closest airport is La Aurora International Airport, Guatemala City. From there, you could take a (shared) Uber to Panajachel (113km), where you can take a boat to San Marcos la Laguna, this is the most direct way. Of course, you could also drive there directly with an Uber, but the last bit is 52 km from Panajachel, as the road makes quite a detour (see the image below). We will create a WhatsApp group with all the attendees, a few weeks before the start, so you can plan to travel together.

THERE ARE DIFFERENT WAYS TO GET TO PANAJACHEL;
– TAXI; Uber works really well and is way cheaper than taxis. Will take 3+ hours. You can connect in our WhatsApp group with all the attendees we’ll create, a few weeks before the start, to fill an Uber together! The price could be cheaper, and more comfortable than the shuttle with an Uber car or minivan.
– SHUTTLE BUS $ 42, goes 3 x per day, GuateGo.com Takes at least 4h30 with stop
– CHICKEN BUS for sure the cheapest option, if you want to go for the authentic experience, read all about it here; Tripadvisor and Connected Horizons blog article. Takes about 3h45, and leaves 8 x per day.

BOAT FROM PANAJACHEL TO SAN MARCOS LA LAGUNA
The main vehicle for getting from village to village on Lake Atitlan is a boat, better known as a lancha.
Lanchas are the water taxis that ferry people from town to town on Lake Atitlan. They are the fastest way to get to every other town from Panajachel.

Getting from Panajachel to San Marcos La Laguna: Take lancha number Q25
Boat service runs between 6:30am and 7:30pm. Two lauchas depart from Panajachel every 30ish mins.
One will be a direct boat, and the other will stop in each village along the North shore between the two villages (Santa Cruz/San Marcos/San Pedro/Jaibalito/Tzununa). The laucha captains wait until they’ve nearly hit capacity before departing. So, you may end up sitting in a laucha for up to 25 mins before the boat actually departs.

PUBLIC & PRIVATE LANCHAS
There are two types of lanchas that service the public docks, Public and Private. The captains wearing the white polo shirts with orange lines on the shoulders and sleeves, branded with a ship’s wheel logo, will have the most consistent pricing. These captains are part of an association of captains that operate the Public lanchas on Lake Atitlan. It is safe to ride the nonunion boats too, but the prices are less consistent, and clear communication is necessary for a smooth transaction.

Tourists will always be charged more than locals, that is the way it goes, but still, it should only cost a few bucks.

See the full article HERE

POI: There will be two different workshops every day, for the different levels of Poi Spinners. Choose your level; Beginner or Intermediate and above
– Beginners classes from 9:00 to 11:00
– Classes for Intermediate and above from 11:00 to 13:00We won’t only focus on tricks, so even if you aren’t familiar with some poi moves yet, you will still benefit from the body movement workshops. And you will be taught the moves you miss.

Workshops will be held in a group and also individually (for some moves we might make small groups depending on the skill level and your interests).

All workshops will also cater to total newbies, but if you want to pick up as much as possible during the retreat, it will be very useful to be familiar with the basics of the different props!
POI BEGINNERS: To benefit the most from this retreat, be sure to know the basic poi moves, such as: 3-beat weaves (forward & backward) windmill, watermill, hip-reels & turns, butterfly (same-time, split-time), buzzsaw.

If you can’t do some of the moves listed above, don’t worry! We will teach you that. However, if you want to be prepared, look up some tutorials (such as those on Playpoi.com – those are great!)

HOOP BEGINNERS: To benefit the most from the workshops, be sure to know the basic hoop moves, such as: waist-hooping in both directions, moving your hula hoop up your body, and shoulder-hooping in both directions. You can find many free tutorials, like these from HOOPLOVERS

CONTACT STAFF BEGINNERS: To benefit the most from this retreat, be sure to know the basic contact staff moves, such as: neck wrap, halo, conveyor belt, (parts of) an arm roll or Steve.
You can find many free tutorials, like these from PHILOCRICUS

STAFF SPINNING BEGINNERS: To benefit the most from the workshops, be sure to know the basic staff spinning moves, such as: forward- and backward figure 8, turning with the figure 8, the Rotor (front spinning), windmill. You can find many free tutorials, like these from Michelle Christa Smith

All workshops will also cater to total newbies, but if you want to pick up as much as possible during the retreat, it will be very useful to be familiar with the basics of the different props!
Workshops will be held in a group and also individually (for some moves we might make small groups depending on the skill level and your interests).
POI BEGINNERS: To benefit the most from this retreat, be sure to know the basic poi moves, such as: 3-beat weaves (forward & backward) windmill, watermill, hip-reels & turns, butterfly (same-time, split-time), buzzsaw.

If you can’t do some of the moves listed above, don’t worry! We will teach you that. However, if you want to be prepared, look up some tutorials (such as those on Playpoi.com – those are great!)

HOOP BEGINNERS: To benefit the most from the workshops, be sure to know the basic hoop moves, such as: waist-hooping in both directions, moving your hula hoop up your body, and shoulder-hooping in both directions. You can find many free tutorials, like these from HOOPLOVERS

CONTACT STAFF BEGINNERS: To benefit the most from this retreat, be sure to know the basic contact staff moves, such as: neck wrap, halo, conveyor belt, (parts of) an arm roll or Steve.
You can find many free tutorials, like these from PHILOCRICUS

STAFF SPINNING BEGINNERS: To benefit the most from the workshops, be sure to know the basic staff spinning moves, such as: forward- and backward figure 8, turning with the figure 8, the Rotor (front spinning), windmill. You can find many free tutorials, like these from Michelle Christa Smith

Prices range for the full event from $ 460 p.p. for a Workshop-Only ticket to $ 1100 with accommodation and breakfast included at Starry Mountain.

GUATEMALA

The entry requirements are in effect since August 13; (Updated end of Oct, 2022)

Flying from Europe;
No tests or vaccination certificate are required to enter Guatemala

Flying from the USA;
No tests or vaccination certificate are required to enter Guatemala

Check the entry requirements for your home country at one of these websites;
SHERPA

TRIPSGUARD

FLYING/ TRANSIT MEXICO
No restrictions; there is no need to provide a negative PCR test or quarantine on arrival.

FLYING/TRANSIT COSTA RICA
No restrictions; the Government of Costa Rica does not require tourists entering to present a negative COVID-19 test, nor quarantine upon arrival.

We will closely monitor the situation and provide you the newest up to date info.

We will refund the Deposit paid on Workshop-Only tickets, and full tickets including accommodation at Starry Mountain if government regulations prevent you from travelling. If Guatemala will go into lock-down, we will refund your deposit up to 1 month before the start of the event, minus an administration fee of € 25. After one month before the start of the event, we can’t make any refunds.
These rules only apply if travelling will be forbidden, and the official government website(s) confirm this.

We advise you to take personal travel insurance, that covers;
– Reimbursement of any pre-booked events or excursions
– Coronavirus cancellation cover
See an example here https://www.allianztravelinsurance.com/quote

Most of the time it won’t be a problem to fly with your fire spinning tools. Read the tips below to make sure you have the least risk of getting into problems. After having taken our fire props all around the world many times, we never got into real trouble. If you put your fire gear in your hand luggage, you might get some questions, but Kevlar is not forbidden to take with you 😉
Here are the tips;
  • Never use the word fire or anything to do with fire. Instead, use juggling equipment, sport, circus, or performance equipment.
  • Make sure your wicks are well burned off and don’t contain any fuel residue.
  • Put everything in ziplock bags to cover the possible smell.
  • You can wash your tools with warm water and soap, so most of the black goes off. Let them dry well.
  • Put socks or pink fluffy protection (doesn’t look dangerous, hahaha) around your equipment, so it’s not directly visible.
  • You can even disconnect the chains from your poi heads, and store them in separate bags.
  • We recommend putting your fire poi in your check-in luggage. Don’t lock your bag, if they want to check it, they might break it. You can add a note, explaining it’s juggling equipment and your phone number.
  • If you take a staff, see what the maximum luggage sizes are to see if you can take it without having to pay extra. A thick staff bag will protect your staff during transportation.

TIPS ON FLYING WITH GEAR, FROM SRIKANTA BAREFOOT

FLYING WITH LONG STAFFS/ OVERSIZED LUGGAGE
After leaving the Cirque du Soleil, I reduced the length of my staffs from 162cm to 142cm to avoid paying oversized luggage fees. While each airline has its own limits and fees for oversized luggage, 152cm-158cm is the average limit for many airlines before paying additional fees. However, there is no single rule which applies so you have the best research fare rules prior to booking.

Many budget airlines (especially in Europe) will charge a fee for any bag which doesn’t resemble a standard suitcase regardless of the length. In general, the nicer the airline, the less likely they are to charge you extra fees for your baggage.

Check out this great worldwide baggage fee chart: http://www.farecompare.com/about/worldwide-baggage-fee-chart/

FLYING WITH FIRE TOOLS
With over 10 years of flying around the world with fire tools, I’ve yet to have any problems or anything confiscated.
These are tips based upon what continues to work for me:

  • Pack your tools with care
  • Make sure to have burned off any excess fuel from your wicks.
  • I always travel with gloves, dish soap and a sponge/ cloth to clean my tools and wicks prior to flying.
    Check-in counter
  • If you are like me, you will show up with a bag big enough to fit a mummy inside. There will be questions.
  • Most importantly, never say ‘fire’ and avoid any connotation with weapons. I say that I am a circus artist and that I do object manipulation/ juggling. I talk about ‘batons’ and ‘dance’ while avoiding ‘swords’ and ‘martial arts’.
    Many airlines charge extra for golf/ kite surf/ sports bags so with a bit of luck and charm you can dodge the looming fees with happy talk about circus and art. Not always.
    Carry on luggage
  • I don’t recommend traveling with fire tools in your carry on luggage, although I’ve seen it work once (from Las Vegas to LA). If anyone dares to try or has more info, let me know and I’ll add it here.

FLYING WITH LIGHT TOOLS
As of late 2014, airlines must abide by new rules regarding lithium batteries. Limits have been placed on the voltage allowance of lithium batteries in checked luggage. As many of the light dance props on the market use lithium batteries, they are subject to these rules. Even though the limit is way above what you could reach with a checked bag full of light dance tools (most tools are 3-12 volts), as the voltage isn’t specified on your tools, there is a risk that they be confiscated.
The same rules don’t apply to carry on luggage so we recommend traveling with all of your light dance props in your carry on luggage. We’ve tested this a few times without any problems. The average capacity of light dance props (from pyroterra for example) is 3.7 volts/ 700mah.
More info on traveling with lithium batteries: http://www.airfrance.fr/common/image/pdf/en/Bagages_batterie_lithium_en.pdf

You can see this event on Facebook here; GuateFlow – The Atitlan Flow Arts Gathering

https://fb.me/e/5xnvGgrwK

FAQ Stromboli

  • THE RECOMMENDED BOAT TO STROMBOLI The retreat dates are set to match the Napels – Stromboli ferry schedule. The boat only goes 2x a week and it is the cheapest way to get to Stromboli. The one we recommend leaves Napels at 8 pm on Friday the 26th of May and arrives at Stromboli at 6 am on Saturday the 27th. To go back you can take the boat leaving at 10 pm Thursday the 1st of June, arriving at Napels at 8 am the next day, the 2nd of June.
    If you want to book a cabin, it’s recommended to book it in advance or be there around 2 hours before departure. The cabins might get sold out… https://carontetourist.it/en (You can’t book very long in advance, as their calendar is not updated yet…)
    All cabins have 2 single bunk beds, if you share a room with 2 people, the price of a cabin is not much more expensive than the pedestrian ticket! We will create a WhatsApp group with all the attendees, a few weeks before the start, so you can plan to share a cabin if you want.
    You don’t have to book your boat ticket in advance if you don’t want a cabin, you can buy it at the port, the price is around € 50 one way. The boat is so big, the pedestrian tickets basically can’t be sold out.
  • How to get to the port. From Naples airport, you can take a taxi, Uber, bus, or metro to the port. A taxi takes approx. 20 min, the bus 40 min.
    Bus: from Naples Airport to Porta Di Massa, 40 min, 5 euro pay in the bus. From the bus stop, Porta Di Massa, is only a 500 m walk to the boat.
    You could also take the bus to the Molo Beverello port, but from that stop it will be a 10 min walk to the boat.
  • How to find the ticket office. It can be a bit confusing, as it’s not well indicated when you arrive at the port. You’ll have to walk around 5 min from where a taxi can drop you off. The boat company is called Siremar. This is the exact location of the ticket office.
  • IF YOU CAN’T TAKE THE RECOMMENDED BOAT There are other boats to Stromboli as well: plenty of hydrofoils connect Stromboli with Sicily – Milazzo (there are about 5 connections per day) and Messina. The boat company is http://eng.libertylines.it. These hydrofoils also stop at the other Aeolian islands, which are really worth visiting!
    More high-speed boat connections can be found here: https://www.snav.it/en Travel to the Aeolian Islands, for example from Napels to Stromboli.
  • If you can’t make it to the boat on Friday, there is a speed boat leaving Napoli on Saturday at 14:30 arriving at Stromboli already at 19:00. Look it up here. This one should be booked in advance.
  • If you can’t find a good flight to Napoli, you can fly to Rome and then take a train to Napoli – it only takes about 2hrs and costs €11. Try kiwi.com to search for a cheap flight. We are happy to help you individually with your travel details!
With the standard ticket, there is no food included. We offer the option to include a lunch package, and breakfast for an extra fee.
There are dozens of restaurants as well as markets and food stores on the island. Every apartment has its own kitchen you can use to prepare meals (except the private apartments don’t have their own kitchen)
BREAKFAST : there will be breakfast options available, just order what you want, every day. There’s no need to reserve in front.

LUNCH PACKAGE : a delicious warm lunch buffet will be prepared and ready for us every day. The cost of the lunch is 18 euros per day, the package is 108 euros for the retreat, which includes 6 lunches. There are meat and vegetarian options.

Not sure if you should book the lunch package? We recommend that you do, as we have fantastic chefs (for those who know, they are Renzo and Salvo) who will be cooking amazing meals using the resources from their own garden! You won’t save money if you eat in a restaurant. We just give the option to book the retreat without the meal plan to those who prefer to cook lunch on their own, to be able to save a bit on food costs. But, when you come home after all the workshops, you will appreciate the warm meal waiting for you at the table! as well as breakfast straight after your yoga or taichi morning class.

Yes, they are! The beds will be made, and towels, as well as soap and shampoo, will be provided.

You don’t need to know other attendees to share a room!
If you want to share a room with other attendees, we’ll try to make a match. You can give us your preferences on which room type, and if you want to share a bedroom with the same- or another gender. Share a room to get a lower price, and get to know other attendees! Room-sharing options depend on how many other attendees are wanting to share the same type of room.

If available, you can stay at the same place where we stay during the retreat starting at 35€ a night. Please tell us the date(s) you want to extend your stay, and we’ll make your reservation

The Retreat fee has to be paid in two parts; a deposit, and the remaining fee.
The deposit is 200,- euro per person and has to be paid by credit card. For private apartments, the deposit is different per apartment.
The rest of the fee is due at the start of the retreat, in cash or by card.

The deposit is non-refundable.

We will fully refund your deposit if government rules prevent you from traveling, so paying the deposit is quite risk-free! If your home-country or Italy will go into lock-down again, we will fully refund your deposit up to 2 weeks before the start of the retreat. This doesn’t apply to deposits for private apartments.

As for now, everything looks fine to travel to Stromboli 🙂

At the time of writing, there are no restrictions on travelling to Italy: (updated January 2023)
“Effective from May 1, 2022, it is no longer mandatory to show a Green Pass to access businesses and services in Italy. Therefore, free access to local and national public transportation, bars and restaurants, shops, museums, theaters, cinemas, stadiums, gyms, spas, etc.”
Find more info here: https://www.italia.it/en/covid19  or  this official website of the Italian government.

We will fully refund your deposit if government rules prevent you from travelling, so paying the deposit is quite risk-free! If Italy will go into lock-down again, we will fully refund your deposit up to 2 weeks before the start of the retreat. This doesn’t apply to deposits for private apartments.

(Antigen tests are normally cheaper than PCR tests. On the way back from Italy, depending on your country’s rules, you might need to get an antigen test. At all the airports of Rome and Napoli, there are testing facilities, as well as at the train station in Napoli, providing results in max. 15 min for max. fee 22€ (or less, depending on your nationality). If you may need a PCR test, rapid PCR tests are also available at all airports, for about 60€.)

Most of the time it won’t be a problem to fly with your fire spinning tools. Read the tips below to make sure you have the least risk of getting into problems. After having taken our fire props all around the world many times, we never got into real trouble. If you put your fire gear in your hand luggage, you might get some questions, but Kevlar is not forbidden to take with you 😉
Here are the tips;
  • Never use the word fire or anything to do with fire. Instead, use juggling equipment, sport, circus, or performance equipment.
  • Make sure your wicks are well burned off and don’t contain any fuel residue.
  • Put everything in ziplock bags to cover the possible smell.
  • You can wash your tools with warm water and soap, so most of the black goes off. Let them dry well.
  • Put socks or pink fluffy protection (doesn’t look dangerous, hahaha) around your equipment, so it’s not directly visible.
  • You can even disconnect the chains from your poi heads, and store them in separate bags.
  • We recommend putting your fire poi in your check-in luggage. Don’t lock your bag, if they want to check it, they might break it. You can add a note, explaining it’s juggling equipment and your phone number.
  • If you take a staff, see what the maximum luggage sizes are to see if you can take it without having to pay extra. A thick staff bag will protect your staff during transportation.

TIPS ON FLYING WITH GEAR, FROM SRIKANTA BAREFOOT

FLYING WITH LONG STAFFS/ OVERSIZED LUGGAGE
After leaving the Cirque du Soleil, I reduced the length of my staffs from 162cm to 142cm to avoid paying oversized luggage fees. While each airline has its own limits and fees for oversized luggage, 152cm-158cm is the average limit for many airlines before paying additional fees. However, there is no single rule which applies so you have the best research fare rules prior to booking.

Many budget airlines (especially in Europe) will charge a fee for any bag which doesn’t resemble a standard suitcase regardless of the length. In general, the nicer the airline, the less likely they are to charge you extra fees for your baggage.

Check out this great worldwide baggage fee chart: http://www.farecompare.com/about/worldwide-baggage-fee-chart/

FLYING WITH FIRE TOOLS
With over 10 years of flying around the world with fire tools, I’ve yet to have any problems or anything confiscated.
These are tips based upon what continues to work for me:

  • Pack your tools with care
  • Make sure to have burned off any excess fuel from your wicks.
  • I always travel with gloves, dish soap and a sponge/ cloth to clean my tools and wicks prior to flying.
    Check-in counter
  • If you are like me, you will show up with a bag big enough to fit a mummy inside. There will be questions.
  • Most importantly, never say ‘fire’ and avoid any connotation with weapons. I say that I am a circus artist and that I do object manipulation/ juggling. I talk about ‘batons’ and ‘dance’ while avoiding ‘swords’ and ‘martial arts’.
    Many airlines charge extra for golf/ kite surf/ sports bags so with a bit of luck and charm you can dodge the looming fees with happy talk about circus and art. Not always.
    Carry on luggage
  • I don’t recommend traveling with fire tools in your carry on luggage, although I’ve seen it work once (from Las Vegas to LA). If anyone dares to try or has more info, let me know and I’ll add it here.

FLYING WITH LIGHT TOOLS
As of late 2014, airlines must abide by new rules regarding lithium batteries. Limits have been placed on the voltage allowance of lithium batteries in checked luggage. As many of the light dance props on the market use lithium batteries, they are subject to these rules. Even though the limit is way above what you could reach with a checked bag full of light dance tools (most tools are 3-12 volts), as the voltage isn’t specified on your tools, there is a risk that they be confiscated.
The same rules don’t apply to carry on luggage so we recommend traveling with all of your light dance props in your carry on luggage. We’ve tested this a few times without any problems. The average capacity of light dance props (from pyroterra for example) is 3.7 volts/ 700mah.
More info on traveling with lithium batteries: http://www.airfrance.fr/common/image/pdf/en/Bagages_batterie_lithium_en.pdf

FAQ the castle

The retreat will be held at Chateau Coty, in Montjoi. This picturesque Chateau is equipped with a private pool, outdoor cinema, and billiard.
You can have a look at the website https://chateaucoty.fr/

The address is: (Lieu dit) Coty, route de Quercy 815, 82400 Montjoi, Tarn-et-Garonne, France

BY CAR: When you are at the A62 (toll way between Bordeaux and Toulouse), take exit Castelsarresin. It will take around 25 minutes to reach the Chateau from here. The address of Chateau Montjoi is: (Lieu dit) Coty, route de Quercy 815, 82400 Montjoi. Montjoi is located in Tarn et Garonne, department Midy Pyrenees.

BY PLANE: The closest airport is Toulouse Blagnac (90 km). And then there are Carcassonne and Bordeaux (200 km)
From the airport, you can take a train to Moissac. There is no public transport going nearer to Chateau Montjoi.
We can pick you up from the train station (please note so in the form after buying your ticket). There will be an extra fee (around 10 euro depending on how many people can be picked up together).
To go from airport in Toulouse Blagnac to the main train station, Matabiau you can take a bus, metro, tram or taxi; https://www.toulouse.aeroport.fr/en/transports/public-transport

TRAIN: https://www.sncf.com/en we can pick you up from the train station “Moissac”, as there is no further public transport. There will be an extra fee of around 10 euros for the service.

TRAIN long distance in France, discounted tickets https://www.ouigo.com/destinations

COMPARE cheap transport options https://kiwi.comget from the airport in Toulouse Blagnac to the main train station, Matabiau https://www.toulouse.aeroport.fr/en/transports/public-transport

You don’t need to know other attendees to share a room!
If you want to share a room with other attendees, we’ll try to make a match. You can give us your preferences on which room type, and if you want to share a bedroom with the same- or another gender. Share a room to get a lower price, and get to know other attendees! Room-sharing options depend on how many other attendees are wanting to share the same type of room.

Yes, they are! The beds will be made, and there are 3 towels pp.
One big one, one small, and one beach towel, for usage at the swimming pool.

Also, soap and shampoo will be provided

All levels of Poi, Staff Spinning, Double Staff, (Iso) Hoops, and Dance are welcome to join. We’ll offer beginning, intermediate and advanced options for most techniques. For the Poi workshops, we might split the group so different levels of poi spinners can work on different moves.

To benefit the most from this retreat, be sure to know the basic poi moves, such as; 3-beat weaves (forward & backward) windmill, watermill, hip-reels & turns, butterfly (same-time, split-time), buzzsaw.
If you can’t do some of the moves listed above, don’t worry! We will teach you that. However, if you want to be prepared, look up some tutorials (we recommend to have a look at Playpoi.com – those tutorials are great!)

Most of the time it won’t be a problem to fly with your fire spinning tools. Read the tips below to make sure you have the least risk of getting into problems. After having taken our fire props all around the world many times, we never got into real trouble. If you put your fire gear in your hand luggage, you might get some questions, but Kevlar is not forbidden to take with you 😉
Here are the tips;
  • Never use the word fire or anything to do with fire. Instead, use juggling equipment, sport, circus, or performance equipment.
  • Make sure your wicks are well burned off and don’t contain any fuel residue.
  • Put everything in ziplock bags to cover the possible smell.
  • You can wash your tools with warm water and soap, so most of the black goes off. Let them dry well.
  • Put socks or pink fluffy protection (doesn’t look dangerous, hahaha) around your equipment, so it’s not directly visible.
  • You can even disconnect the chains from your poi heads, and store them in separate bags.
  • We recommend putting your fire poi in your check-in luggage. Don’t lock your bag, if they want to check it, they might break it. You can add a note, explaining it’s juggling equipment and your phone number.
  • If you take a staff, see what the maximum luggage sizes are to see if you can take it without having to pay extra. A thick staff bag will protect your staff during transportation.

TIPS ON FLYING WITH GEAR, FROM SRIKANTA BAREFOOT

FLYING WITH LONG STAFFS/ OVERSIZED LUGGAGE
After leaving the Cirque du Soleil, I reduced the length of my staffs from 162cm to 142cm to avoid paying oversized luggage fees. While each airline has its own limits and fees for oversized luggage, 152cm-158cm is the average limit for many airlines before paying additional fees. However, there is no single rule which applies so you have the best research fare rules prior to booking.

Many budget airlines (especially in Europe) will charge a fee for any bag which doesn’t resemble a standard suitcase regardless of the length. In general, the nicer the airline, the less likely they are to charge you extra fees for your baggage.

Check out this great worldwide baggage fee chart: http://www.farecompare.com/about/worldwide-baggage-fee-chart/

FLYING WITH FIRE TOOLS
With over 10 years of flying around the world with fire tools, I’ve yet to have any problems or anything confiscated.
These are tips based upon what continues to work for me:

  • Pack your tools with care
  • Make sure to have burned off any excess fuel from your wicks.
  • I always travel with gloves, dish soap and a sponge/ cloth to clean my tools and wicks prior to flying.
    Check-in counter
  • If you are like me, you will show up with a bag big enough to fit a mummy inside. There will be questions.
  • Most importantly, never say ‘fire’ and avoid any connotation with weapons. I say that I am a circus artist and that I do object manipulation/ juggling. I talk about ‘batons’ and ‘dance’ while avoiding ‘swords’ and ‘martial arts’.
    Many airlines charge extra for golf/ kite surf/ sports bags so with a bit of luck and charm you can dodge the looming fees with happy talk about circus and art. Not always.
    Carry on luggage
  • I don’t recommend traveling with fire tools in your carry on luggage, although I’ve seen it work once (from Las Vegas to LA). If anyone dares to try or has more info, let me know and I’ll add it here.

FLYING WITH LIGHT TOOLS
As of late 2014, airlines must abide by new rules regarding lithium batteries. Limits have been placed on the voltage allowance of lithium batteries in checked luggage. As many of the light dance props on the market use lithium batteries, they are subject to these rules. Even though the limit is way above what you could reach with a checked bag full of light dance tools (most tools are 3-12 volts), as the voltage isn’t specified on your tools, there is a risk that they be confiscated.
The same rules don’t apply to carry on luggage so we recommend traveling with all of your light dance props in your carry on luggage. We’ve tested this a few times without any problems. The average capacity of light dance props (from pyroterra for example) is 3.7 volts/ 700mah.
More info on traveling with lithium batteries: http://www.airfrance.fr/common/image/pdf/en/Bagages_batterie_lithium_en.pdf

At the moment of writing we’re happy to say that there are no restrictions at all in place, in France!
Masks are only mandatory in public transport (Updated, July 2022)

We will refund the Deposit paid for your Ticket if government regulations prevent you from travelling. If France will go into lock-down, we will refund your deposit up to 1 month before the start of the event, minus an administration fee of € 25. After one month before the start of the event, we can’t make any refunds.
These rules only apply if travelling will be forbidden in France, and the official government website(s) confirm this.

In principle, the deposit is non-refundable. Please make sure you have travel insurance, so in case you get ill, you can get the deposit refunded from your insurance.

We advise you to take personal travel insurance, that covers;
– Reimbursement of any pre-booked events or excursions
– Coronavirus cancellation cover
See an example here https://www.allianztravelinsurance.com/quote

 

FAQ palace gorzanow

The easiest way to get there is by car. You could also fly into Wroclaw, or possibly even Prague or Berlin. We’ll help to organize ride shares, as there will probably be someone who can give you a ride! This all will be discussed in a Facebook group with all the attendants, and if you don’t have Facebook, by email or Whatsapp.

Airports:
The nearest airport is Wrocław–Copernicus Airport, 85.3 km from Palace Gorzanow.

It’s also possible to fly to Prague (Czech Republic), which is about 2.5hrs, 190 km away.

With every ticket, breakfast and lunch are included in the price! A delicious breakfast and vegetarian or non-vegetarian  lunch will be prepared every day of the retreat!

Dinners are optional for an additional 10€ p/p per day. If you don’t want to have a dinner package, you can also use one of the small kitchens available in the Palace to prepare your meal. There is a supermarket on about 5 min by foot. The Palace restaurant also provides various extra tasty things you can buy, and the bar opens in the evening, with cocktails, beers and the infamous Polish vodka, and other delicious liqueurs ;

With the Dorm option, you’ll have to bring your own towel. Bed linen is included with every room.
For all the other rooms, except the Dorm, a towel is included.

We’re super happy to say there are NO covid restrictions, in Poland at the time of writing (updated; may 2022)

You don’t even need a test if you enter Poland form inside the EU https://www.gov.pl/web/coronavirus/eu-member-states-schengen-area

For people from outside the EU, look here https://www.gov.pl/web/coronavirus/outside-the-european-union-schengen-area

Most of the time it won’t be a problem to fly with your fire spinning tools. Read the tips below to make sure you have the least risk of getting into problems. After having taken our fire props all around the world many times, we never got into real trouble. If you put your fire gear in your hand luggage, you might get some questions, but Kevlar is not forbidden to take with you 😉
Here are the tips;
  • Never use the word fire or anything to do with fire. Instead, use juggling equipment, sport, circus, or performance equipment.
  • Make sure your wicks are well burned off and don’t contain any fuel residue.
  • Put everything in ziplock bags to cover the possible smell.
  • You can wash your tools with warm water and soap, so most of the black goes off. Let them dry well.
  • Put socks or pink fluffy protection (doesn’t look dangerous, hahaha) around your equipment, so it’s not directly visible.
  • You can even disconnect the chains from your poi heads, and store them in separate bags.
  • We recommend putting your fire poi in your check-in luggage. Don’t lock your bag, if they want to check it, they might break it. You can add a note, explaining it’s juggling equipment and your phone number.
  • If you take a staff, see what the maximum luggage sizes are to see if you can take it without having to pay extra. A thick staff bag will protect your staff during transportation.

TIPS ON FLYING WITH GEAR, FROM SRIKANTA BAREFOOT

FLYING WITH LONG STAFFS/ OVERSIZED LUGGAGE
After leaving the Cirque du Soleil, I reduced the length of my staffs from 162cm to 142cm to avoid paying oversized luggage fees. While each airline has its own limits and fees for oversized luggage, 152cm-158cm is the average limit for many airlines before paying additional fees. However, there is no single rule which applies so you have the best research fare rules prior to booking.

Many budget airlines (especially in Europe) will charge a fee for any bag which doesn’t resemble a standard suitcase regardless of the length. In general, the nicer the airline, the less likely they are to charge you extra fees for your baggage.

Check out this great worldwide baggage fee chart: http://www.farecompare.com/about/worldwide-baggage-fee-chart/

FLYING WITH FIRE TOOLS
With over 10 years of flying around the world with fire tools, I’ve yet to have any problems or anything confiscated.
These are tips based upon what continues to work for me:

  • Pack your tools with care
  • Make sure to have burned off any excess fuel from your wicks.
  • I always travel with gloves, dish soap and a sponge/ cloth to clean my tools and wicks prior to flying.
    Check-in counter
  • If you are like me, you will show up with a bag big enough to fit a mummy inside. There will be questions.
  • Most importantly, never say ‘fire’ and avoid any connotation with weapons. I say that I am a circus artist and that I do object manipulation/ juggling. I talk about ‘batons’ and ‘dance’ while avoiding ‘swords’ and ‘martial arts’.
    Many airlines charge extra for golf/ kite surf/ sports bags so with a bit of luck and charm you can dodge the looming fees with happy talk about circus and art. Not always.
    Carry on luggage
  • I don’t recommend traveling with fire tools in your carry on luggage, although I’ve seen it work once (from Las Vegas to LA). If anyone dares to try or has more info, let me know and I’ll add it here.

FLYING WITH LIGHT TOOLS
As of late 2014, airlines must abide by new rules regarding lithium batteries. Limits have been placed on the voltage allowance of lithium batteries in checked luggage. As many of the light dance props on the market use lithium batteries, they are subject to these rules. Even though the limit is way above what you could reach with a checked bag full of light dance tools (most tools are 3-12 volts), as the voltage isn’t specified on your tools, there is a risk that they be confiscated.
The same rules don’t apply to carry on luggage so we recommend traveling with all of your light dance props in your carry on luggage. We’ve tested this a few times without any problems. The average capacity of light dance props (from pyroterra for example) is 3.7 volts/ 700mah.
More info on traveling with lithium batteries: http://www.airfrance.fr/common/image/pdf/en/Bagages_batterie_lithium_en.pdf

For all rooms with only one double bed; you’ll need to know the other person 😉 Only for partners or friends

All other room options; You don’t need to know other attendees to share a room!
If you want to share a room with other attendees, we’ll try to make a match. You can give us your preferences on which room type, and if you want to share a bedroom with the same- or another gender. Share a room to get a lower price, and get to know other attendees! Room-sharing options depend on how many other attendees are wanting to share the same type of room.

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