Frequently Asked Questions…
What kind of camera/gear do I need?
Ansel Adams once said something like: If you have fewer lenses, you lessen your chances of choosing the wrong one. A short gear list will be provided to registered students, but the general guideline is: less is more. That said, all cameras are welcome! DSLRs, point-and-shoots, smartphones, pinhole cameras made from oatmeal boxes – I have a strict equipment nondiscrimination policy. If it makes you happy to shoot with it, you've got the right gear. The only requirement is that you are comfortable with your camera’s basic controls. Film photographers won’t be able to share new images on our mid-retreat review, but they are heartily welcomed.
What’s included in the retreat price?
The retreat price includes…
All instruction and guidance
Transportation to and from daily outings
State day passes to locations
Three catered meals, coffee and tea, filtered water for outings, and snacks
The retreat price does not include…
Medical, travel, and trip insurance
Lodging (a list of lovely nearby options will be sent to registered students)
Meals (except for three catered meals, noted above)
What are the lodging options like?
We have a couple very nice nearby hotel options, and I’ve also secured a spacious, tidy AirBnB just for our group. Interested students can opt to stay in single (or shared) rooms in the group AirBnB, which will be somewhat more affordable than a hotel. There’s even a local hostel available as a budget option. All the options and details will be provided to registered students. Students who opt for the AirBnB will be sent a separate lodging invoice, payable by July 22nd (AirBnB room options will be no more than $150/night).
How experienced do I need to be?
This is a conceptual photography experience (not a technical class), so photographers at every level are welcome. One thing is certain: your photography will improve on this retreat.
What’s the terrain like?
We’ll be doing light hiking, largely on flat surfaces, on trails and sand. You’re welcome to wander as much or as little as you want each day, but you’ll definitely want a comfortable pair of hiking shoes. A pair of sandals for the beach is always nice, too. A list of packing suggestions will be provided for registered students.
Do I have to be an experienced meditator to attend this retreat?
No meditation experience is necessary. All of the practices shared on this retreat will be accessible, with a focus on simple relaxation and mindful presence. Mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) is a common modality in secular environments nowadays, so you’ll be able to bring these practices with you into your regular life, no matter what spiritual tradition you’re a part of. If you are an experienced meditator, you’ll also feel at home on this retreat.
How does registration work?
A $600 deposit is required to reserve your space. The remaining balance is due by July 22nd. You can also opt to pay in full at the time of registration - both options are provided below. If you register after July 22nd, full payment is required. Students who opt to stay in the group AirBnB will be sent a separate lodging invoice, payable by July 22nd (AirBnB room options will be no more than $150/night). You may cancel your registration at any time, with the following terms:
If you cancel 60 (or more) days before the retreat start date: your deposit is nonrefundable
If you cancel 31 – 59 days before the retreat start date: 50% of your registration will be refunded
If you cancel 0 – 30 days before the retreat start date: 100% of your registration will be retained
If the retreat is cancelled by Light Atlas Creative for any reason, you will receive a full refund. Compensation for flight or hotel costs will not be provided.
Will you be serving your famous chocolate “amazeballs” dessert?
How many students will be on the trip?
This will be an intimate retreat with no more than 10-12 students.
What will the weather be like? How should I plan for it?
The weather at the coast is famously changeable. For photographers, that’s a good thing! Moody morning fog can turn into glorious sunshine by midday, which can shift into a dramatic, stormy afternoon. Photographers should wear layers and be prepared for walking and photographing in the rain. Remember, there’s no such thing as bad weather, just inappropriate clothing (and gear protection). You’ll be rewarded with especially striking photographs if you can welcome changing conditions with a hardy spirit. Our itinerary may be reordered or altered to accommodate weather changes.
Can dietary preferences be accommodated?
Yes. Catered meals will always have vegan and gluten-free options. All of the restaurants have vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options.
What if I have other questions?
Other questions are welcomed! Just pop me an email and let me know what your needs are.
Deep presence. Magnificent landscapes.
The emergence of your true vision.
Is this retreat right for me?
If you’ve gotten comfortable photographing your local environment, and feel like you need fresh inspiration…
If you want to come into your own as an artist and learn to express your true vision…
If you crave quality time away from your devices and social media…
If your creativity often gets back-burnered and you know you’d benefit from an immersive, focused week of art making…
If your spirit craves time in nature…
If your landscape images feel a bit straightforward and you’re drawn to move beyond formulas and photo club expectations and find a more unique vision…
If you’re curious about the intersection of mindfulness and creativity…
If you want to create a gorgeous folio of images to exhibit, share with friends, or present on your website…
If you’re ready to slow down and savor your creative journey, in the company of likeminded artists…
Then yes, I created this retreat just for you. Join me!