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Participants are not guaranteed a spot in this workshop without a paid deposit of $1000. Payment of your deposit will be taken as your acceptance of these terms and conditions and will constitute a contract between yourself and Carmelo Blandino and Blandino inc. The full balance of the course fee of $5100 is due by August 15th, 2022. The total course fee is $6100. Please familiarize yourself with all the terms and policies about the course which are listed here. You will be sent a PDF contract/agreement by email to be signed and returned regarding our terms listed here.

Smoking is not allowed anywhere in the villa or the studio, rooms, or within proximity of the villa

The course will be a full week with partial days before the course begins and after the course ends as an arrival and drop-off day. Check-in time is 5 pm, and departure time is 10 am.
Please Note: We provide transportation via driver from Lucca train station or Pisa Airport to the villa and back to the train station or Pisa airport on departure day, this is included in the workshop fee.

Fine wines are generously served at aperitif and dinner time but is not free-flowing. Moderate consumption of wine is a wonderful part of the experience but excessive drinking at the villa and during this course is not allowed because of the risk of accidents, etc.
All rooms are double occupancy, shared with another friendly participant, perhaps someone whom you invite?


Carmelo Blandino and Blandino Inc. shall not be liable for any loss, damage, or injury suffered by the workshop participants. Blandino Inc. assumes no liability for any loss, damage, expense, injury, or inconvenience because of any defects in the structure of the property, plumbing, electrical systems, gas, water, or failures in the supply of utilities for either the studio facilities or housing. For any loss or damage to the villa and its contents or grounds of the villa caused by workshop participants, the cost of repair or replacement will be paid by the participant to Blandino Inc. which will then be paid to the villa owner.

Refunds do not apply when your course is canceled as a result of the risk of war or threat of war, riot, civil strife, industrial dispute, terrorist activity, natural disaster, fire or adverse weather conditions, and similar events beyond our control. This applies to everyone involved.

We accept no responsibility for any loss or damage you may suffer during the period of your course due to accident, illness, bodily injury, or loss of equipment, or belongings or from any other cause.

Because of numerous early payments, we have to make to reserve the villa, chef, and transportation, down payments and course fees cannot be refunded after August 15th, 2023.

There will be no refunds available unless new travel restrictions from Italy make it impossible to attend the workshop. We must fill all seven places in the workshop to meet the costs of the accommodations at Casa Berti. 

In case of a cancellation from your behalf, in order to be refunded we will ask you to find a replacement for your spot, otherwise we will not refund you. 

It is the sole responsibility of the workshop participants to obtain travel and health insurance as soon as they enroll in this course. This is widely available at a low cost to the participant and highly recommended if you have to cancel participation for some unforeseen circumstance.


It is the sole responsibility of participants to obtain the travel documents (passports, visas, etc.) necessary to attend this workshop.

Registration Deadline and Cancellation Notification Deadline – The full balance of the course fee of $51
00 is due by August 15th, 2022. The total course fee is $6100. Please familiarize yourself with all the terms and policies about the course which are listed here

Carmelo Blandino and Blandino Inc. reserves the right to remove any disruptive participant from the workshops and/or housing without refund.


Covid vaccines and masks will not be required from Italy, nor at Casa Berti as of the end of May 2022, and will be at your discretion as to what your preferences may be. Carmelo Blandino and Blandino Inc. is not responsible should you get Covid nor will be held liable in any way whatsoever. In the event that you contract Covid during your stay we recommend that you quarantine in your room until further instructions to not put anyone else in peril of contracting Covid.

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