Health & Safety Guidelines

Touchstone works diligently to ensure the safety of all workshop participants and visitors on our campus. These efforts take countless hours, as running a residential craft school has many logistics aspects to be examined from studio use and workshops to dining services and lodging.

  • Proof of vaccination is not currently required to attend workshops and/or events.
  • Studios run at full capacities (10-12 participants maximum).
  • Mask-wearing is encouraged if you are feeling unwell or if you simply prefer to wear one.
  • Lodging occupancies include both shared and private booking options.
  • Cleaning and disinfecting procedures continue routinely throughout campus.
  • When enrolling in a workshop, all participants agree to the Cancellation Policy (see below) regarding credits and refunds due to illness or otherwise.

Guidelines are subject to change based on health regulations and best practices. Registered participants will be notified if changes are made. Policies and procedures instituted will be enforced, and anyone not abiding by these policies may be asked to leave campus without a refund or credit.


2024 Touchstone Cancellation Policy


Touchstone’s Cancellation Policy has been modified each season since the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic. The Policy may change as WHO/CDC/local regulations and guidelines change. Our current policy is as follows:

  • Participants who cancel more than six (6) weeks prior to the start date of their workshop will receive all monies less the nonrefundable processing fee and reduced cancellation fee (15% of the total tuition price).
  • Participants who cancel between three and six (3-6) weeks prior to the start date of their workshop will receive a 50% refund of all monies paid to Touchstone. This includes tuition, housing, meals, materials, and other fees.
  • Participants who cancel less than three (3) weeks prior to the start date of their workshop will not receive a refund for any monies paid.
    • Stay home if you are sick! If you need to cancel less than three (3) weeks prior to your workshop because of an unexpected illness (COVID-19), you may qualify for credit for paid tuition and housing to be used by the end of the 2024 season. Meals and materials fees are nonrefundable and will not be issued a credit. Any unused credit remaining at the end of the season will be forfeited.
  • Date nights, community wood firings, and youth workshops are nonrefundable unless canceled by Touchstone.
  • Touchstone is not responsible for materials purchases or nonrefundable prepaid travel and/or off-campus lodging arrangements made by workshop participants in case of any cancellation.

Touchstone makes every effort to run each scheduled workshop; however, the organization reserves the right to cancel a workshop for any reason (primarily low enrollment). Touchstone will make cancellation notifications at least 14 days prior to the start date of the workshop. Notification for workshops that must be canceled due to unforeseen (emergency) circumstances will happen as soon as possible.


If Touchstone cancels a workshop, participants will be able to 1) transfer to another workshop without incurring a transfer fee, 2) receive a full refund, or 3) donate a portion/all of their workshop fees to Touchstone’s scholarship program to benefit deserving students (Touchstone is a charitable 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, EIN 23-7258132).