won•der (n.) a feeling of surprise mingled with admiration, caused by something beautiful, unexpected, unfamiliar
or inexplicable. (v.) 1. desire or be curious to know something. 2. to feel admiration + amazement. marvel.
what is finding wonder?
the concept of finding wonder was born out of my own desire to witness + capture the amazingly, overwhelming beauty around me. for me — its purpose was just that. find. wonder. it became my mantra. in every piece of life.
be still. quiet. and open to it. i was desperate for it. i needed it. as a life source — as my breath. i picked up my camera and where my own eyes had failed me, i began to see beauty through my lens. i began to find the wonder of the things around me. seemingly small, insignificant things. those little things grew into bigger things + moments
+ slivers of time. finding wonder is a journey, however, i truly believe that when we are open to seeking it — we
will find it. everywhere.
finding wonder + artful storytelling — CINQUE TERRE, ITALY
with the italian riviera as our backdrop, we will set out into the beautifully colored, sea-side villages of the cinque terre in search of wonder. this 5 day, WOMEN's ONLY, photographer’s retreat is dedicated to creating a space of rich connection + growth within your photography (it is required that you have a firm understanding of how your digital camera works and are very comfortable shooting in manual mode). during this intimate gathering, our time will be spent in self-exploration, discussion, demonstration + hands-on learning, as well as pushing each attendee to find her own voice within the lens of her camera. there will be deluxe accommodations, amazing italian food + drink, the quintessential italian bike tour through the old train tunnels to bonassola, a day trip to monterosso + vernazza via the regional train, as well as a private boat tour to witness the amazing landscape of the riviera from the mediterranean sea. this is one of my favorite places in the entire world and i have no doubt, it will become one of yours as well.
nestled into the hillside of the village of levanto, the lovely villa valentina, http://villavalentina5terre.com will be our home away from home for the duration of our stay. with the most deliberate attention to detail, each bright guest room is luxuriously appointed to ensure an incredible stay. in each ensuite room, you will find luxurious bed linens + down pillows, rain showers + deliciously scented bath products. there is also a complimentary mini bar, in-room coffee + tea set, housekeeping, music sound dock, hairdryer and wifi. this gorgeous, private villa is a short 5 minute train ride away from the neighboring “cinque terre” where we
will set out find all of the wonder that the ligurian coast has to offer.
finding wonder + artful storytelling will take place beginning late afternoon on monday, june 25th (check-in at 3pm) and ending late morning saturday, june 30th, 2018 (check-out at 11am).
this intimate, photography retreat is 5 days full of photography - focused content, including finding wonder + artful storytelling guide, live demonstrations, group discussions, Q + A panels as well as one-on-one mentoring FOR A TOTAL OF 8 WOMEN MAXIMUM; 5 nights accommodations (including a delicious italian breakfast each morning) at the lovely villa valentina in levanto, italy; welcome dinner + wine, train transportation to and from monterosso + vernazza from levanto, private boat tour, bike tour + farewell dinner. $2750.00 (usd)
your reservation can be paid in two installments. an initial deposit of $1000 is due within 2 days of your application acceptance. second and final installment of $1750 is due no later than may 25th, 2018 for a total of $2750.00*. the first deposit of $1000 is non-refundable, but may be transferred to another attendee with permission. each attendee will have her own accommodations, however, if sharing a room is preferred, that may be arranged.
*the above rate does not include airfare, transportation to and from levanto or meals other than stated.
travel details + suggestions:
your travel from home to levanto and returning is up to you. i am happy to suggest airports in italy and how to make connections to get to levanto. typically, one can take a regional train from any major city (milan, rome) to levanto fairly easily. i would suggest a first class train ticket as this will give you an assigned seat and space for your luggage. it is strongly encouraged that you purchase travel insurance for this retreat. you can find this through an independent company and i am happy to suggest one if needed or you can book through your own travel agent.