This retreat is hosted by Beth Kirby of Local Milk and Haruka Sakaguchi of The Denizen Co. Far from the familiar, this creative retreat will be set at an onsen, a traditional hot spring fed bathhouse, in a secluded Japanese forest during shin-me (new blossom) season. Located in the Aso mountains near the bathing village of Kurokawa, the onsen is situated alongside a stream that flows from an ancient source where generations have come to bathe in its healing waters. We'll gather here—in the place of their inception—to explore the Japanese aesthetic philosophies of wabi-sabi & mono no aware—the beauty of imperfection, impermanence, and shadow— through the play of light & dark captured by the camera.
During our time together we will take full advantage of our surroundings and embrace the meditative side of the art of seeing. This retreat is an immersive cultural & culinary experience as well as an opportunity to get hands on practice and one-on-one photography instruction. We will enjoy the hot springs, have group discussions, and come together for structured hand on classes that will focus on learning traditional japanese arts. While we will cover camera basics, for the most part we'll be avoiding technical jargon in favor of focusing on mindful attention to our surroundings and cultivating our appreciation for the moments as they come and go. It's our hope that you will walk away rejuvenated & grounded with fresh eyes for approaching your vision for your work as well as the practical knowledge to execute it.