WE CAN DO THIS.
Photography workshops: you’ve been there, done ‘em. You're like [shrug] "Whatevs."
They've all been fine and dandy, but you’re hungering for something… more.
You long for a heart & soul connection that can be seen, heard and felt in your work.
Heck, any work - why stop at photography? (After all… life is art!)
You’re itching to connect photographic technique with your artistic, expressive voice inside - and apply it liberally to nature & landscape photography.
You want your images to sing out in your one, true voice.
You want to photograph, create art, to LIVE from there.
It’s eluded you so far, but it’s there.
You can feel it in your bones. It’s why you keep searching.
AND THE MOUNTAINS ARE CALLING YOU.
More than a big game hunt for fall color, this retreat is about the ENTIRE experience.
You’ll be treated to daily photo walks next to one of the most beautiful high-mountain lakes in the world, hike incredible trails built during the California Gold Rush, learn some of my "secret spots" to photograph - and enjoy delicious meals that nurture mind, body and soul.
It's a gathering of like-minded people with a powerful focus;
to experience and capture the "brushstroke of creation" that is Mother Nature;
through the lens of their deepest and truest photographic "voice."
WHERE ELSE... BUT IN THE LAKE TAHOE AREA OF CALIFORNIA & NEVADA.
Is this event right for me? Am I right for it?
This retreat is for you if…
This is photography on a whole new level.
How to "SEE" photographically in new and unique ways...
Techniques for working with - not fighting - both outer conditions and your own expectations...
A tried 'n true process to FOCUS yourself when everything conspires to distract you...
How to TELL THE STORY of your entire experience, from the intimate to the grand landscape...
all based upon your own unique artistic voice. Your SOUL'S VOICE.
It knows what it loves, where your true vision lies and it has zero doubt.
It's what you’ve been longing to connect with, but had no idea how to go about it.
Yeah, we go there.
This photography workshop/retreat is for those who want to spend time with me surrounded by the magic of the mountains, allowing the place itself to help call in your true artist’s voice.
You don’t need to be a pro or super experienced.
You DO need an open heart, mind and the camera/tripod you’re most comfortable with.
This is not about learning your gear;
it's about learning what your heart can create with it!
WHAT HAPPENS IN THIS RETREAT?
(do I need to bring my bongo drums?*)
We begin each day with breakfast our home base of the beautiful Cedar House Sport Hotel,
hanging out with a small group of like-minded artists like yourself.
The first day, you'll learning new tools for awareness and creativity,
so you can lock 'n load with what story your heart and soul REALLY want to tell.
Then we take these techniques out into the world and
anchor into practical experience through daily photowalks and instruction.
The cool thing?
This is a small group setting; where personal time, attention and feedback is all part of the flow.
You'll receive photo critiques and daily feedback,
as you learn to create the storybook of your experience
with gorgeous photographs that reflect YOUR voice, your world view.
You'll see a new locations around the beautiful Lake Tahoe region every day.
There's Tahoe of course, but we'll explore Donner Lake, old town Truckee,
hike a beautiful loop of the Pacific Crest Trail and oh-so-much more.
You'll enjoy yummy picnic lunches in each location, too.
There's a whole world up here in the Sierras, just waiting to share its stories with you.
We’ll experience them together, discovering - and photographing -
the moments that make you light up like a Christmas tree!
In the end: you’ll have a set of photographs that tells YOUR story, using your unique, artistic voice.
knowing exactly how to hone in on the money shot
that will make your inner muse high-five herself with glee.
Finding your voice is a game-changer. So is this place.
This is where I learned to hear the soul of the Earth speak. When that happened...
My photography changed,
My being changed,
My beliefs about what it possible changed.
I WANT TO OFFER YOU THE OPPORTUNITY FOR THE SAME.
If the idea of finding YOUR artistic voice lights you up, CONTACT ME.
I speak with each person individually before signing up.
This group is kept purposely small.
* Oh and nope, you won't be needing your bongo drums. ;)
This retreat is designed for all levels!
REQUIRED: you must have a working knowledge of the camera you bring.
This event is not about learning new gear. It's about learning what you can create with it.
Tripods are highly recommended.
The Artists Voice Package Includes:
5 Nights' Accommodation at Cedar House Sport Hotel in Truckee, CA.
Welcome orientation and wine/cheese reception the first evening
Breakfasts and picnic lunches each day
One group dinner, where you'll enjoy the fresh-sourced foods that Truckee has become known for.
1:1 time with Karen Hutton in a small, intimate group setting
Daily photo walks in a new location each day with feedback, photo critiques, and guidance from Karen.
One hike: a short loop of the Pacific Crest Trail. It's a moderate 1.6 mile hike that starts at about 7200 ft, with a 531 ft. of elevation gain. We'll be photographing along the way, thus will take it slow.
Transportation to and from the hotel to our photo locations during the retreat.
(Full location details available to participants.)
Shared room cost per person: $3395
Private room cost per person: $3895
The Artists Voice Package DOES NOT Include:
Transportation to/from airport
Meals/food beyond what is described
Beverages or personal expenses
Reserve your spot now!
Love for "The Artists' Voice'"...
"I feel like I'm coming back a different photographer... A serious introspective look into the soul,
and how you bring that out in your photography.." -- Mike Roberts
"Usually when I get back from a trip I feel stressed, tired, need to recoup and get back to reality. This time I was completely relaxed and it was easy; no stress and no post trip depression. Just amazing memories, photographs, new tools and a renewed outlook on life. Thank you!" — Lauri Novak
"On a personal level, I needed something positive to force a turnabout in my life.
My artistic goal was to channel my vulnerabilities into a new way of seeing and creating with my camera.
The retreat accomplished both goals and I gained some valuable friends in the process and so much more.
My favorite images all had something in common: a memorizing feeling that captivated me when I set sight on it. Those images were truly special (my best). It was as if my personal feelings were somehow imbedded into the metadata of those images. Karen gave me the tools to learn to use find 'my voice’ and to create with that voice.
I have always loved Karen's art and to get to learn from her, was the best." -- Barb Cochran
"Having met Karen and knowing who she drew me in first. I love what Karen speaks about in her own work. I like that her work comes from a place of centered knowing. The best part: I absolutely found the next level of my artistic voice!"
— Elle Bruce
"I spent 8 glorious days on the French Riviera with Karen Hutton.
'Finding Your Artistic Voice' is more then what the title suggests. It is learning who you really are,
what speaks to you as an artist, learning to articulate it as your voice. The inner radiant fire.
I made some amazing friends, danced along the boardwalk in Cannes,
laughed until I cried and found myself in so many ways." -- Jennifer Walton
Playing during the Retreat included: trying to capture what I felt and what I love through my lens, learning photo blurring, doing a little dance, singing a little song, drinking a little Prosecco ;)
Through all of this, I reclaimed parts of me and found pure joy and freedom in just being me again. This was all possible because each of you were willing to fully show up and be vulnerable and open as well...and together we created connection...a connection, I believe, that inspires us to step more fully into ourselves.
I can't think of a better way to foster creativity than through the beauty of connection--with one's self, one's environment, and others.
These moments will stay with me forever. ❤️ --Robin Rolley