Information, Policies & Logistics
Peters Valley School of Craft is firmly committed to diversity, inclusion, and equity. This will remain one of our most critical goals, ensuring the school supports all students, with no bias in regard to age, color, disability, gender identification, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, economic status, or veteran status.
We are excited to welcome students back to our campus for in-person learning! Please review our COVID-19 policies for updated information on the changes being made throughout our campus.
A Typical Workshop Day
Workshops run from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm each day.
- Registration/check-in takes place between 8:15 and 8:45 am at the office on the first day of the workshop.
- Lunch (the cost is covered by tuition) is served from 12:15pm - 1:15pm each day at the Peters Valley Dining Hall. Outdoor dining areas will be available.
- Clean up begins at about 3:00pm on the last day of the workshop and everyone is asked to participate. Workshops end at 5:00pm.
- Studios are closed during dinner hours but generally open up from about 7pm -10pm for optional studio time. This varies by workshop/studio.
- Unacceptable Behavior: Peters Valley maintains a very respectful environment and reserves the right to dismiss any student without refund for behavior that is contrary to the following guidelines or otherwise disruptive to the community learning and living experience. Unsolicited sexual advances will be seen as grounds for immediate dismissal. Peters Valley may refuse admission to anyone with a past history of unacceptable behavior.
- Drugs & Alcohol: Alcohol is not permitted in the studios while students are working. The legal drinking age in NJ is 21 and underage drinking will not be tolerated. The use of drugs at Peters Valley is strictly prohibited; this includes marijuana as we are on federal land.
- Quite Time Policy: To ensure a pleasant experience for all students, Peters Valley has a policy for quiet time in both the studios and housing. Quiet time begins in housing at 11:00pm each night. Each studio has it's own policy on how late students can work at night, so please be sure to check with your specific studio head. If the studio is open, you may work after 11:00pm, but not with any noisy equipment (e.g. the power hammer in blacksmithing). Your cooperation is appreciated.
- National Park Service Rules & Regulations: Because Peters Valley is within the Delaware Water Gap Nat'l Recreation Area, there are certain rules you need to abide by:
- There is no smoking allowed in any of the Peters Valley Buildings
- No alcohol is allowed in any of the studios while students are working
- Speed limits (especially on Thunder Mountain Road) will be enforced
- Please be aware and respectful of all wildlife and plants. You are not allowed to pick any flowers, leaves, plants, etc. (dead or alive)
The goal of our cancellation policy is to be fair and flexible for our workshop participants. When making your plans, please consider the following: Planning for your arrival means purchasing supplies, making a commitment to the instructor, and in the case of a full class, holding a spot that someone else could potentially take. As we re-open our campus, it will help us immensely if students avoid cancelling at the last minute except in the case of illness or similar emergency.
- With the exception of a $50 cancellation fee and the $30 annual registration fee, all fees are refundable if notice is given up to 14 days prior to the start of the workshop.
- If a cancellation is made less than 14 days prior to the start of the workshop, there is no refund, however a credit will be issued (less the cancellation and registration fee) for another class, during the 2021 or 2022 season.
- No refunds or credits will be given if a student withdraws for any reason other than COVID-19, after a workshop begins.
- Peters Valley is not responsible for non-refundable or prepaid travel arrangements. Before making travel arrangements, we highly recommend calling us at 973-948-5200 to make sure your workshop will run.
The campus is quite spread out, with some of the studios being about 2 miles from the dorms & dining hall.
Be sure to look at the student material list for your workshop, which is located within the online description. You will be responsible for bringing those supplies with you. Peters Valley is in a very rural area, there are no supply stores or convenience stores nearby. When in doubt, pack it!
What to Bring
We’re glad you will be joining us at Peters Valley! We are located in a rural and wooded area. The weather here can be very cool at night during the spring, and hot and humid during the day in summer. Supplies and tools to bring for your particular workshop are included in the materials list, which is listed online in the workshop description.