Mono No Aware | Japan Photography Retreat | March 2017

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Mono No Aware | Japan Photography Retreat | March 2017

from 2,800.00

Far from the familiar, this slow living + photography retreat will be set at Ryokan Sanga, a traditional onsen hot spring fed bathhouse, in a secluded Japanese forest during shin-me (new blossom) season. Located in the Aso mountains near the 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 for the third year in a row—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 both the play of light & dark captured by the camera lens as well as the ephemeral arts of food, travel, and portrait photography as well as traditional Japanese floral arranging, ikebana.

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 photography practicums that will focus on capturing varying light and the creative process of making photographs. We will cover camera basics for those that need it and will be focusing on mindful attention to our surroundings and cultivating our appreciation for the moments as they come and go. It will be an opportunity to take beautiful photographs as well as an otherworldly travel and food experience. 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 as well as with lasting relationships with likeminded people.

You can view a gallery of photos from our past Japan retreats.
 
The Details

When: March 27-31 2017

Where: Kurokawa, Japan | Sanga Ryokan  Access Information.

Hosts: Beth Kirby of Local Milk & Haruka Sakaguchi of The Denizen Co.

For Who: This workshop is open to singles & couples of all levels & walks of life that are interested in photography, the food & culture of Japan, and taking time to develop their own creative process.

How Much: All prices are given in USD. All tickets are $2800 for an individual and $5600 for couples. | Due in 2 deposits, one at purchase. The second on February 15th 2017. 

Included in the retreat:

• tea, sake & small bites upon arrival and an introduction to Japanese culture

• all meals including...

• 4 traditional dinners—including one multi-course kaiseki meal—these meals are an art form & they employ seasonal, local ingredients to explore the balance of taste, color, appearance, and texture to not just create a culinary experience but an emotional one

• 3 lunches

• 4 breakfasts

• all snacks & refreshments during retreat

• traditional Japanese tatami room at Ryokan Sanga and access to all bathing facilities

• a Nyuto Tegata (bath pass), that allows you to try three onsens in the village during your stay if you so choose

• a visit from local senseis to instruct us in the traditional art of ikebana floral arranging

• two days of photography (both still life & portraiture), post-processing, & styling workshops and a seminar on The Art of Sharing: A Mindful Approach to Social Media

• one day of site-seeing, shopping, and eating at a traditional ceramic village & a visit to the local village of Kurokawa

• It's a 5 day retreat. The first day will be our arrival & welcome day where we do introductions, settle in, and have our welcome Kaiseki dinner. The second day will be a day where we enjoy the property, food, and have photography practicums. The third day, we will take a trip to a nearby traditional ceramic village and enjoy a day exploring the countryside. On the fourth day, we will have more photography classes on the property, and spend the second half of the day exploring the local bathing village of Kurokawa. On our final day, we will share a breakfast and depart at checkout around 11 AM. 

Not Included: Airfare or transportation to and from the retreat

Cancellation Policy: Please know you can make it before booking. The workshop is non-refundable unless you can find someone to take your place. We strongly advice you to purchase travel insurance in the unlikely event of natural disasters, strikes, or other unforeseen events.

Important: To pay only 50% now, use the code "JAPAN2017" at check-out. If you wish to pay in full now, feel free. We urge you to read our FAQ before purchasing and if you have any questions afterwards to please reach out! 

Hope to see you there!

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