Fresh air. Friendship. Nourishment for body and spirit.
Currently registering for Spring 2018
There is another side to being a female artist that very few photographers and creatives talk about. We, as human beings, need to feel supported and connected to authentic communities and seen and loved. We are givers and give ourselves to the world through our mediums every single day. In order to do so, however, we also need to learn to receive.
Now more than ever before, women need time surrounded by nature, and one another, to reconnect with their truest selves and their highest potential. Time to retreat from the pressures and outside expectations, to just be with their thoughts, dreams, fellow creative sisters and their art.
Online friendships are wonderful, but nothing replaces what happens when women circle together. Nothing.
I have taught and mentored hundreds upon hundreds of creative women, and we all, at some point, feel the same way: tired, defeated, afraid, overwhelmed or alone. And I believe, with all of my heart, that the most beautiful balm for this is the combination of sisterhood and sacred space.
I had always longed for a retreat like this. A quiet place where women can go, surrounded by giant cedars and the cleanest air, to just exhale for a minute and really listen. It seemed like everywhere I turned, the other photography workshops were focused on how to be more famous, how to be more popular, how to go-go-go, how to work your camera, or edit just like so-and-so, and I was left wishing for a space where I could do the opposite. I longed to turn off my phone, turn off the ego-centered demands of 'business' and reconnect with my purpose, myself, and friends who were doing the same. When I couldn't find a workshop like this, I decided it was time to create one.
There are hundreds of photography retreats out there. If you are looking for static lessons on how to use a camera or how to be super famous, my retreat it not the space for you. If you are looking for elaborately staged photo sessions, you will never find that from me.
These are the things I give from my heart: Fresh air. Friendship. Nourishment for body and spirit. Connecting, face to face, with other women. Making things with our hands as a way of reconnecting with our truest hearts. Crafts. Soul photos. Dancing in the rain (if it rains we will dance in it!). Going deeper with your dreams and your desires. Combating limiting thought patterns and beliefs. These are what I have to offer, and what I wish every woman had in her life.
The 2018 + 2019 Workshops will be intentionally intimate, with very limited spaces available. We will stay together in a comforting, gorgeous ranch home tucked away in the sweet town of Wimberley (with water nearby, of course). We will eat the most delicious food, and gather together to celebrate and rejuvenate our spirits. There will be photography lessons, creative handwork classes, journaling, meditation, walks in nature, and campfires under the stars. When you leave it is my most sincere belief that you will feel rested, restored, supported and energized. Maybe even energized and pushed and challenged. Together, we will feel happy and whole, centered and confident. Ready to do the gorgeous and important work that being a female artist asks of us.
It's time to reclaim our spirits, and I am honored to hold the space. I cannot wait to meet you, there.
I found exactly what I didn't know I was looking for that weekend. I think I was drawn to the retreat hoping to find an impetus for further artistic inspiration. Already being so moved by the art and writing of Michelle, I thought who better a guide for this process than her? I did find this, and so, so much more. I found genuine connection with the hearts of 12 incredible women from 12 different places. I found sisterhood. I realize now, before the retreat I was feeling somewhat alone in my journey in a life as a creative woman. But there in Austin, I found my path converging with all of theirs. As I left that weekend and continued on my journey, I found that now I carry all of their hearts in mine.
It’s been nearly two weeks since I sat by the river with a dozen women from all over the country, sitting in silence and gratitude and unbridled inspiration. And yet still, my words betray me. I’m afraid they always will.
And so once again, I will start to write, but then stare… and then stop—the memory and the meaning, too rich and overwhelming to reproduce. I am thankful for the quiet gratitude I feel. I am thankful for the flood of emotion that streams through my veins like the river that day. I am honored to have honored the women who got me there. And I’m conscious of the fact that perhaps more than any other reason, I was drawn to the river not out of the need to create but instead, out of my fear of the water. That same water that swallowed me whole as a child, set me free that day.
And I was left with the only thing I knew how to feel: I belong here.
All-Inclusive | $1500
Nonrefundable deposit to hold a space | $500
All meals + snacks
3 Nights in a stunning Wimberley home
Photography lessons and sessions
Creative handwork classes and projects
Nature photo walks
and most of all: Sacred Supportive Sisterhood
This will most likely change, and is just to give an idea of the flow.
evening hand craft time followed by campfire
10am nature walk in the forest
11am photography lesson
2pm photography session
5pm dinner in town
evening editing intensive followed by campfire
10am creative activity
1pm field trip
evening closing activity
8:30am breakfast + farewell circle
10am check out time