How many participants per retreat? Four to eight.
What if I’m not the camper type? There are great local Inns nearby.
Are the tipis co-ed? No. There’s a tipi for men and one for women.
What if I don’t want to share a tipi? We have private expedition tents at no additional cost.
What about bathroom facilities? We have a private outhouse in the woods, and a sun shower with an amazing view of the Catskill mountains.
Do you have electricity? There are no electrical outlets on the ridge. Cameras and cell phones can be charged in the photo shed.
What sort of physical condition do I need to be in? We’ll spend hours on hiking trails carrying our own equipment so you’ll need to be moderately fit. If you have any limitations, let me know and I’ll work something out.
Is it buggy? The campfires do a good job of keeping insects away.
Are there tics? - You are in tick territory. The communal area is extensively sprayed with an organic repellant and I provide organic bug spray. But you need to protect yourself, too.
What if I have dietary restrictions? We’ll work with you.
What if the weather is bad? The retreat continues under all conditions, with some adjustments to schedule and activities. Rain and snow are part of the natural environment, after all. In case of severe storms, we will work out of the photo shed.
How much prior photography experience do I need? You don’t have to be a professional photographer. The most important prerequisite is that you are serious about making images.
Do I need to bring my own photography equipment? Yes. You should bring the camera you want to work with, ideally one that’s digital so we can upload and review your work daily.
What is your role in in the retreat? I’m the guide on this creative quest. I’m not trying to teach how to take photographs my way. My mission is to inspire you, and help you discover your own vision.
How much does it cost? The retreat is $875, including meals.
How far in advance to I have to register? Space is limited so the sooner the better. A 50% deposit is required to hold you place,
- You will spend a lot of time outside, some time inside (photo shed).
- The retreat starts in the afternoon on Day One. It'll give everyone time to get there.
- Day Two and Three have a full program from 6am to 8pm. You can do it, totally.
- The retreat ends at noon at Day Four. It'll give you time to get back to your destinations or stay and linger at the camp fire.
- New York City is a 2.5 hour drive south. Boston is a 2.5 hour drive east. Nearest train stations (30 min) are in Hudson, NY and Wassaic, NY.
- There is some (photo) homework to prep, it'll jump-start the retreat.
- Keep portable speakers at home, nature produces amazing sounds.
- Respect, focus and humor are your tools that will make this mission successful.