Mono No Aware | Japan Photography Retreat | March 2017

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Mono No Aware | Japan Photography Retreat | March 2017

from 3,197.00

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 fourth 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 art of 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.

Please Note: This is not a styling retreat. We will be teaching photography and editing as well as online business & social media strategies for creatives and small business owners. We will be shooting the environment, travel, portraiture, and still life. We will not be teaching food or prop styling during this retreat as we will focus on the experience, wabi sabi, slow living, photography & editing in Lightroom, and digital marketing strategies for creatives. 
 
The Details

When: TBD 2018 | Check In is at 3 PM 

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 & creating a road map to a life they love.

How Much: All prices are given in USD. All tickets are $3197 for an individual and $5997 for couples. | Due in 2 deposits, one at purchase. The second on February 15th 2017. 

Included in the retreat:

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

• all meals excluding alcohol: 

• 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

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

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

• two days of photography (both still life & portraiture) and post-processing, workshops and a seminar on The Art of Sharing: Digital Marketing With Integrity

• one day of site-seeing, shopping, and eating at a traditional ceramic village where you'll have the opportunity to photography a traditional ceramic artist

• It's a 5 day retreat, with 3 full days. 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 discuss social media & digital marketing strategies for creatives and small businesses. 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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