Expand your creative seeing.
Be a travel photographer - and an artist.
The Eastern Tibet Photo Retreat is designed for an intimate group of photographers who want to explore a remarkable part of the world - while also deepening their relationship with their art.
There’s only so much we can learn about photography from books or websites.
We grow when we expand our boundaries, immerse ourselves in making, and explore the world with eyes and heart wide open.
How it works:
Over 11 days, we’ll explore stunning terrain, connect with local Tibetans, and deepen our appreciation of the landscape and unique culture on “The Roof of The World.”
And, we’ll photograph it all!
You’ll enjoy breathtaking landscapes from 4000m+ mountain passes. Wander among nomad camps on the highest grasslands in the world. Join religious pilgrims at ancient sites. Appreciate the history of Tibet with guided visits to temples and monasteries. Observe traders from surrounding villages converging at a frontier town (Tibet’s version of the Wild West) to barter yak meat and yoghurt for tea, vegetables, and goods from the outside world. Meet local artisans and photograph them at work in their studios.
You’ll see your skills strengthening every day.
You’ll see the quality of your artistic vision deepening every day.
Each evening, we’ll review your images - so you’ll head out each morning with greater awareness and confidence in your vision. Our conversations will include topics like:
Moving beyond conventional, “touristy” images - towards more artistic views
Widening your definition of “the perfect subject”
Making relaxed, expressive, authentic portraits (instead of sneaky snaps from across the street that never turn out)
Showing mood and deep emotion in your images
Wholehearted, authentic image making (finding your true vision)
Letting light (instead of subject matter) guide your visual choices
Connecting with people even when you don’t speak the language
And so much more!
Living the life of a travel photographer. Feeling deeply inspired every time you pick up your camera. Photo walks in beautiful light. 11 days, dedicated entirely to your vision, your craft, your art. An immersive cultural experience you’ll carry with you for the rest of your life. And, an intimate group of fellow artists to join you in savoring it all.
This is what’s waiting for you in Eastern Tibet.
I’m teaming up with the expert guides at Extravagant Yak Travel Company for this retreat. Extravagant Yak specializes in creating rich, authentic travel experiences in Tibet. Here’s what we have planned:
Day 1: Arrive in Chengdu
Accommodation: Buddha Zen Hotel, Chengdu
The heart of Western China welcomes you as your driver navigates the throngs of cyclists in this bustling, vibrant city. Chengdu's Buddha Zen Hotel offers a classy step into China's past - and you’ll love the photo opportunities in the surrounding neighborhood. After check-in and some refreshments, you're off to dinner and a visit to China's historical Three Kingdoms-era Zhuge Liang Memorial Temple and Jinli Ancient Street. We’ll conclude the evening with a relaxing trip orientation back at the hotel with plenty of opportunity for questions.