Can I come on a retreat as a helper or partner with you to host?
Unfortunately we already have a tight knit team that is well versed in working together, and as such we don't usually take on outside help, and our partners & co-hosts are usually selected in advance and are people we know well and/or have worked with before.
What are the event dates for the coming year?
You can find tentative events & time frames under "upcoming". If you'd like to be the first to hear when new events become open for registration, you can click JOIN to get on our mailing list.
what are "suppers & gatherings"?
They are from-scratch dinners, brunches, and lunches made from local, seasonal ingredients. Guests share a table, and these events are designed to foster community & provide an amazing culinary experience and a slow, intentional moment in a busy world. Prices vary depending on menu and location.
what are "workshops & practicums"? do you teach private lessons?
These are usually 1/2 day to 2 day classes in major cities during which Beth teaches photography, styling, photo editing, and social media and/or a guest instructor teaches their craft. In contrast to our retreats, these are shorter events focused on learning a specific skill be it photography, herbalism, baking, or knitting. Accommodation is not provided nor are any meals other than those during class hours. At the retreats we teach photography and provide whatever guidance you like in your one-on-one, but they are more about the experience. If you want a more intensive learning environment, the workshops are for you. They range from $500-1200 depending on the duration. Beth will also be teaching custom, private one-on-one lessons in photography, styling, editing, and social media in 2017, contact her here to inquire about rates, availability, and details.
What are the "Retreats & escapes" and what can I expect?
While we emphasize that these aren't "workshops"—they're about the experience of food, travel, relationships, and slowing down—at every retreat we do offer practicums in photography for guests interested in telling their own visual stories, and we provide all guests with one-on-one sessions in which to explore the topics that interest them like slow living, building a brand, finding your creative voice, social media, work + life balance, post-processing, camera basics, portfolio creation, visual storytelling, or just finding your path in life. We also offer different hands-on activities like yoga, knitting, horseback riding, weaving, fabric dye, painting, cooking, and floral arranging at each event. We prepare elaborate meals in and also schedule meals out, and we arrange days out and exploration of the area.
The first day of each event we spend the morning giving a talk on photography + discussing visual storytelling. The talk is optional, and we provide an alternative for guests who aren't interested. We then work closely with each guest over the course of their time with us to help foster their individual goals both through group discussion and one-on-one sessions. Some retreats include a styling component while others do not. This will be noted in the description. That said, all of the events themselves are beautifully styled opportunities to create photographs.
Guests are free to use their time with us however they choose. For those looking to improve their photography & editing, build a portfolio, or learn for the first time, the opportunity to learn is there, and we will work closely with you for the duration of your stay on everything from portfolio critique to photo basics to social media to post-processing. For those simply interested in travel, unplugging, and having unforgettable culinary experiences, the opportunity to simply be is there. For the guest who finds themselves in a transition and is looking for answers to questions they may or may not know, the opportunity to search is there. It's all there. Our goal is to enable you to find the space to create, the space to simply be, or both. Most importantly we want you to leave with the energy & vision to go back and do what you love, whatever that may be.
what's the difference between a retreat and an escape?
Retreats are 5 day, 4 night get aways in which guests stay in one location the entire time. Typically they cost around $3000 USD and are for 10-12 guests. These are typically paid in two deposits. These are all-inclusive experiences save airfare / getting yourself to and from the retreat.
Escapes are more intimate, luxurious, and longer and afford guests & hosts more one-on-one time. They are typically for 8 days, 7 nights, and guests may stay at one or more locations. Typically they cost between $6000-7500 USD and are for 5-6 guests. While typically paid in 3 installments, we offer customized payment plans to meet your needs. These are likewise all-inclusive experiences save airfare / getting yourself to and from the location.
what's included in the price?
At every retreat & escape all expenses are paid in advance except airfare and getting yourself to and from the event. While you're with us every meal, activity, transportation, and accommodation is taken care of, and you're given small gifts each day inspired by slow living & the country you're in. While some meals include wine, guests are responsible for any extra alcohol or personal shopping they might want.
Who comes to retreats? Are babies or Children welcome?
Everyone! Men, women, couples, friends, and singles come. Infants under 18 months old are welcome with an additional fee for childcare. People from all walks of life, all nationalities, and all ages come. One of the best parts of the retreats is the diversity of creative, like-minded people who come together over a love of travel, food, and slow living.
Do I need to be a photographer?
Not at all. While visual story telling is the inspiration of all our events, we welcome non-photographers and all levels and breeds of photographers from professional to iphoneographer to hobbyist to beginner. Almost everyone is telling a visual story these days, and there's almost no field that can't benefit from a working knowledge of photography. Some guests come with nothing but iPhones, others come with film cameras, yet others with point & shoots, and the majority with DSLRs. Some come to take better vacation photos for themselves and their family, some come because they want to hone their visual voice for personal expression, and others come because they want to strengthen a portfolio or build a career. Most come to have a good time & relax. Any one of those is a great reason, and I'm sure there are hundreds of others that would be just as good!
I have a dietary restriction. Will there be something for me to eat?
What food we serve varies from location to location, and while we can cater to vegetarians, specific allergies, and some medical conditions, if you are severely limited and your diet is highly specific and restricted, these may not be the retreats for you. Because the food culture of the location is such an integral part of each culinary experience, we let the country and region dictate the food we serve. That said, if you have many dietary restrictions or are vegan and would very much like to attend, we can create a special menu for you at an additional surcharge.
do you accept cancellations or offer refunds in any event?
Unfortunately due to the involved logistics & up front costs of these events we have a strict no refund and no cancellation policy regardless of circumstance. If you need to cancel we will happily help you try to find a replacement for your spot, and if we can find one you will be refunded in full minus a service charge of $200 but only in the event that a replacement is found. We strongly urge you to buy travel insurance and to be sure you can make it before you book.
Will your new baby be there?
Yes! My husband & I work as a team, and we plan to travel and host as a family. If being around a nursing mother or infant will bother you, these might not be the events for you. During certain talk and activities our baby will be away from the group in the care of whichever of us isn't teaching or being cared for by our babysitter.