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 — MARRAKECH + ESSAOUIRA, MOROCCO
MARRAKECH + ESSAOUIRA, two OF THE MOST stunningly vivid cities of morocco, will be the backdrop for this 7 DAY WOMEN-only photography retreat. 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 — 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 + are comfortable shooting in manual mode). there will be deluxe accommodations, amazing moroccan food + drink, vibrant colors, all the sights, sounds + smells of the famous souks in both marrakech + essaouira, a sunset camel ride on the beach, shopping + amazing architecture. THE BEAUTIFULLY COLORED CULTURE OF morocco has a very special place in my heart + i am certain that you will fall in love with it as well.
marrakech, also known as the “red city” of morocco, will be our first stop on this finding wonder journey. there, we will be staying in a small, but elegant riad just inside the walls of the old city — this riad, complete with plunge pool, will be our quiet respite from the bustle + sounds of the medina. marrakech will offer us an abundance of photo opportunities that will overwhelm + excite all at once as we will wander the souks in search of the perfect story-telling moments. i promise, we will not have to look very far. after spending 3 nights in the magical city of marrakech, we will journey by private bus to essaouria — the city by the sea, or what literally translates to “the little rampart” in reference to the fortress walls that still enclose part of the city. this is our final destination in morocco. in essouria, we will be staying at a beautifully appointed retreat overlooking the sea. we will explore the souk by day + ride camels on the beach by night. each of these wondrous cities will offer us an amazingly rich cultural experience as well as stunning visual opportunities for capturing within our camera. in addition to photographing all that is available to us, we will take time to shop in the souks, savor the amazing + intense flavors of moroccan cuisine and tour some of the oldest + most beautiful pieces of architecture in the world. there will also be time to enjoy a traditional hammam + massage at the famous “la mamaounia” in marrakech if you wish or arrange to do some shopping in the souks with a local guide.
march 30th thru april 5th, 2019. finding wonder + artful storytelling will take place beginning in marrakech — late afternoon on saturday, march 30th (check-in at 3pm) and ending in essaouira — late morning saturday, april 5th, 2019 (check-out at 11am).
this intimate, photography retreat is 7 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 5 WOMEN MAXIMUM; 6 nights accommodations (including traditional moroccan breakfast each morning) welcome dinner + wine, transfers from airport to riad in marrakech, private bus transportation to essaouira from marrakech, sunset camel tour on the beach in essaouira + farewell dinner. $2950.00 (usd)
your reservation can be paid in two installments. an initial deposit of $1450 is due within 2 days of your application acceptance. second and final installment of $1500 is due no later than january 15, 2019 for a total of $2950.00*. the first deposit of $1450 is non-refundable, but may be transferred to another attendee with permission. each attendee will have her own accommodations.
*the above rate does not include airfare, transportation back to marrakech from essaouira, spa day or shopping with local guide, meals other than stated nor any taxes or tips for services rendered. i also recommend that you allocate extra cash each day for any tips, etc. for services rendered (i.e. camel ride, bus driver, massage, etc.)
travel details + suggestions:
your personal travel from home to marrakech and returning from essaouira or marrakech is up to you. i am happy to make suggestions on airports. 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.