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Michael_Gan
07-16-2008, 07:35 PM
The Spirit and the Soul Retreat will be September 7,8 & 9 at Dillon Beach (Northern Marin Coast), California. Limited housing is available at the house with a B&B located 5 minutes away in the town of Tomales. PPA merit to each PPA member and a PPC merit for PPC members. Registration is online at https://prophoto.securesites.com/ppc/shopping.html. Proceeds of the first day will benefit the Professional Photographers of California's "California Sundays) education program.

Come join us an learn how to tap into your creative soul and enjoy the Marin/Sonoma wine country and Coast! Limited to the first 10 registrants.

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Joe_Galioto
07-16-2008, 07:44 PM
michael,
sounds great, now can you put one together for about 5 days between
february & april? that's what i'm waiting for.
september is the start of holiday session for me, but love to spend some time with you and pick your brain.
joe

Stan_Lawrence
07-16-2008, 10:38 PM
"Come join us an learn how to tap into your creative soul and enjoy the Marin/Sonoma wine country and Coast!"

Sounds like a great time....not to mention really reasonably priced (read:should be about three times that).....:cool:

Michael_Gan
07-17-2008, 12:02 AM
michael,
sounds great, now can you put one together for about 5 days between
february & april? that's what i'm waiting for.
september is the start of holiday session for me, but love to spend some time with you and pick your brain.
joe
We have slated a 5 day workshop for the first week of May which will be almost what Stan recommends ;) The price for this shorter Retreat was for the benefit of PP of California.

btw. The panoramic image on the second page of the brochure is a view of Pt. Reyes from the Retreat's balcony;)

Joe_Galioto
07-17-2008, 12:31 AM
michael,
5 days in may can work. when will the info & regestration be available?
joe

Michael_Gan
07-17-2008, 02:19 AM
I will send you a brochure when we have it ready:)

Joe_Galioto
07-17-2008, 02:40 AM
thanks michael, you will find the address on my website.
joe

Michael_Gan
07-24-2008, 12:59 AM
I've been getting some inquiries about what we will be teaching in this Retreat, so here are some FAQs:

Will we learn how to take photos?

Yes! We will spend part of the first day getting everyone on a somewhat "same level". Then, throughout the retreat, we will be helping you with any problems you might have in achieving the images you want. We will help you to "see the light".

Will we get to learn how Leslie does those amazing images?

Yes! Well, sort of. We will show you some of the Photoshop Techniques we use, as well as Corel Painter. The key here is for you to not copy Leslie, but to learn to create your own amazing work!

Are we going to do only "fantasy" work?

No. We are going to help you create images that will make your heart sing. Some of you are more "traditional" photographers (like me) and some of you want to become painter types (like Leslie). The key is to guide you in your passions for why you became a photographer.

Are we going to learn how to sell our work?

Yes. This portion of the Retreat will deal with how you can bridge the gap between pure creativity and your clients need. Much of it will almost seem like attitude adjustment, but this is because you can make a good living by rising above every other photographer out there.

Are the housing costs higher outside of the retreat?

So Far, yes. We are negotiating a lower room rate for the Continental Inn which is about $185 per night (as opposed to staying at the Retreat at $125). I'm hoping we can bring the room rates down to at least $145. Stay tuned.

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Michael_Gan
08-06-2008, 05:59 PM
We have changed the room rates of the Retreat to $125/ night for single occupancy, $180 double occupancy, and $210 Triple occupancy. This includes Breakfast and Lunch (and one dinner by "chef Michael").

The Continental has one room left at $150 double occupancy (plus 10% room tax). Your meal plan at the retreat will be $75 per person all three days. We also have another two rooms lined up at the Mutton Inn (great name for a B&B on a sheep farm :))

You may be laughing about the "Chef Michael" thing, but everyone tells me I should try out for the "Next Food Network Stars"...like I wanna turn another hobby into a profession!

Oh! We are customizing the workshop to each of your needs, so don't go waiting last minute to sign up! We need the time to create a needs analysis for your creativity! And, I need time to order you PPA merits in advance of your course completion. Also! So that we can make room arrangements for you.

Michael_Gan
08-06-2008, 08:06 PM
Some recent works from Leslie:

"Paso Doble"

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"Muse"

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Michael_Gan
08-06-2008, 08:38 PM
Part of the creative process is creating works in progress. This is my early piece of a new direction I am going. Probably will not do well in print comp because of the "Straight up and down" pose, but the seeds of knowledge is almost there ;)

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Mark_Levesque
08-06-2008, 09:35 PM
I'm loving Muse.

Michael_Gan
08-08-2008, 04:23 AM
Leslie says "Thank you Mark!" This is part of her series that started with the one we posted a while ago "Protectress of the Sea".

Mike_Fulton
08-08-2008, 04:36 AM
Beautiful!

Looks like a GREAT workshop and learning experience

Derek_Alvarez
08-15-2008, 03:39 AM
The image of the Muse is truly a delight

Anne_Raker
08-15-2008, 06:47 AM
Oh, man... you are totally singing my tune here. I spent some time in Dillon Beach as a kid and LOVE it there. I think I still have some of the shots my best friend and I took of each other out on the rocks with the waves crashing around them. What an amazing spot for a retreat!

Michael_Gan
08-16-2008, 09:58 PM
Leslie says thanks Mark and Derek.

Got a few PM's about our schedule, and why the Spring session is so much more expensive than this fall's session. We made special arrangements with the Professional Photographers of California for this fall.

Fall is the better time for the two whether-wise, vineyards wise (for our field trip into the Sonoma Wine country) and lighting wise (the quality of light is warmer during the fall, er, late summer)

There are a few opening still left! So we're close to the "last call".

Michael_Gan
08-30-2008, 05:03 AM
Weather is slated to be gorgeous next week! Wineries slated to be visited on the second day: Chateau St. Jean and Imagery by Benzinger.