Photography Retreats: Advanced

Seeing with New Eyes: A Photography Retreat for Intermediate to Advanced Photographers

Next dates TBA

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At the heart of photography, even life, is the ability to really see, to be present to the beauty that is right in front of us each day.

A guiding thought for my work and my life comes from Marcel Proust, “The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” As a photographer, technical skills are vital but secondary to the capacity to see.

In this retreat, through a variety of activities and the tools of photography, we will hone our capacity to see the world around us. Time will also include sharing photographic skills and techniques in both capturing and processing. There will be both private and group time to practice, learn, and share.

One of the ways that I have learned to see the world in a new way is through my photographic mandalas. They have become a form of meditation. During the retreat, I will share the process for creating your own photographic mandalas.

Location: New Skete Monastery, Cambridge, NY ( When I visited the monastery, I didn’t want to leave! It is such a place of serenity and beauty! New Skete is about equidistant between Saratoga, NY and Bennington, VT in the peaceful Taconic Mountains and is listed in the book 1,000 Places to See in the USA and Canada Before You Die by Patricia Schultz. (And the nuns of New Skete make amazing cheesecake!)

Accommodations: Emmaus House is set amongst acres of secluded meditation gardens, about a ½ mile down the private mountain from the main monastery. The house has 6 private suites, each with a bedroom, sitting area and bathroom. There is a fantastic, light filled common space in the house where we will gather. Basic kitchen facilities are available for light snacks. Meals will be provided by the monks. (I shared a delightful noon meal and lively conversation with these warm, funny, and interesting men.)

Limited to 5 photographers.

Requirements: This retreat is for intermediate to advanced photographers. Participants, at minimum, are comfortable with a DSLR camera, understand exposure and how to use camera settings other than Program or Automatic. A familiarity with Adobe Photoshop is necessary as well. (A retreat for beginner to intermediate photographers will be held at another time.)

Equipment needed: A DSLR camera with your choice of lenses. Laptop with Adobe Photoshop.

Dates:  TBA

Cost: $895 Includes two full days of learning and community, private suite, and meals.

A nonrefundable $295 deposit is due upon registration to reserve your place.

You may also pay the full $895 fee at the time of registration.

The $600 balance (if you have paid only the $195 deposit) , will be due one month ahead of the retreat and will be non-refundable, although you can sell or give your spot away.

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Call 315-853-6253 or email gail (at) for more information.

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