Zen and the Art of Photography

Personal Development - Creative Expression

Douglas Beasley

July 30-August 4, 2017
Sunday-Friday, 5 nights

$450 Tuition

Plus 5 nights all-inclusive accommodations priced separately below.


Program Description

Rethink your expectations of what it means to “see.” Revitalize your imagery by exploring relationships between subject, camera, and self. Redefine what is essential about your approach to creative expression.

In this workshop with internationally renowned photographer Douglas Beasley, you will work on cultivating simplicity and making more powerful photographs, supporting the notion that a photograph is not “taken” but “made.”

You will experience daily field trips, along with photo exercises and site-specific assignments selected for their unique potential for internal and external experience and growth. Zen and the Art of Photography provides a balance of conversation, meditation, sharing photos, critiques, writing exercises, readings, and poetry.

You will learn to:

  • Deepen your visual awareness
  • Make images that are both more personal and more meaningful
  • Connect with your inner self and use that awareness to deepen your connection with subjects, whether people, places, or things
  • Develop the power of intuition fueled by the proper balance of contemplation and decisiveness.

During these five days, Douglas offers a challenging invitation to create more powerful imagery by cultivating simplicity. You will also become sensitive to choices of lighting, composition, depth-of-field, and exposure issues and benefit from practical advice you can take into your ongoing photo making long after the workshop.

Faculty Bio

Why Attend

  • Re-energize the images you make by examining your inner process in order to more powerfully express what you see.

  • Gain unique insights and experience with an internationally renowned photographer.

  • Try out practices such as meditation to tap into your inner experience and connect with yourself and your subjects in important new ways.

Things to Know

  • Program Schedule

    Download a sample schedule.

  • Prerequisites

    None required.

  • Experience Level

    Open to all levels of experience, but more suited to those looking to expand their creativity and vision than those seeking technical help.


Spacious rooms with additional seating and special touches.
From $330 per person per night based on double occupancy.*

Traditional Double
Tastefully designed rooms with a range of bed sizes.
From $190 per person per night based on double occupancy.*

Standard Single
Affordable solo comfort with a shared hall bathroom.**
From $175.

Standard Double
Affordable comfort with a hall bathroom.
From $160 per person per night based on double occupancy.*

Modern, Asian-style sleeping space for 8 with twin beds.
Available for booking in Fall 2017.
From $140 per person per night.*

Accommodation rates include more than just the bed you sleep in. Per-person per-night rates include:

  • nourishing farm-to-table meals
  • daily meditation and yoga classes
  • non-ticketed evening events
  • use of all facilities, including the fitness center, steam rooms, and whirlpool.

Guests also enjoy access woodland trails, and enjoy cafés, shops, and evening programs.

*Plus tax. Includes meals, activities, and services. There is an additional charge to book a room privately.
**Plus tax. Includes meals, activities, and services. Limited availability.

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