Robert SturmanMastering the Art of Photography

October 15-20, 2023 Go back
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Discover the secrets of how to make powerful, poetic images celebrating the beauty of the human figure, using the expressive art of yoga as our foundation with acclaimed photographer, Robert Sturman.

This retreat is open to all levels.

Check In: October 15, 2023
Check Out: October 20, 2023

Tuition + Meals: $1,100
With RicePod Lodging Package: $2,260
With Nest Lodging Package: $2,585
With TreeHaus Lodging Package: $1,835

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Class description

Discover the secrets of how to make powerful, poetic images celebrating the beauty of the human figure, using the expressive art of yoga as our foundation. Aspiring models and yogis: learn what it takes to get great pictures. Photography enthusiasts: learn about composition, balance, integration of the pose with the environment, connecting with the model, and much more.

Come be the photographer, model, artist, muse — or all of the above. Bring your camera, phone, questions, and curiosity. This course just uses yoga as the beautiful figurative poetry that we will work with during the retreat, but this class will help participants with all picture making.

Students will understand the healing power of photography to reflect back to our subjects that they are beautiful, worthy and significant. The camera, whether fancy or the phone, is a perfect excuse to pay attention to others and see them, and for them to feel seen.

Participants will also learn and truly see how photographs have the power to evolve humanity in a more positive direction and change the world. Ultimately, they will gain the inspiration, confidence and knowledge to use their cameras from this moment forward mindfully and masterfully. After all, the camera is going to be a part of us for the rest of our lives. Might as well do great things with it!

Expect lectures, discussions, interactive photo shoots in the magical Lake Superior region, editing using apps on our phone, and a whole lot of fun!


A dedicated yoga practitioner, photographer Robert Sturman has increasingly focused on capturing the timeless grace and embodied mindfulness of Asana in his work.

His portraits, whether set in the lively streets of Manhattan, the expansive beaches and canyons of the California coast, the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro, the timeless elegance of Walden's New England, or the bleakness of San Quentin Prison, remind us that there is beauty everywhere.

His stunning repertoire runs the gamut from yogis perched on rocks surrounded by the Pacific Ocean, to African orphans practicing yoga in Kenya, to breast cancer survivors, bare-chested and scarred. In addition, Sturman has worked extensively photographing war veterans who have embraced the practice of yoga to heal PTSD, in an effort to help change the heartbreaking statistics of veteran suicides each day.

In Sturman's own words, "I often think of Rumi's words 'I can't stop pointing to the beauty.' That feels right to me."

Sturman's honors include Official Artist of the 47th Annual GRAMMY Awards, 2010 FIFA World Cup Artist Representing America, and Official Artist 2008 United States Olympics.

Sturman has been the subject of two separate New York Times articles celebrating his photographs of yoga from around the world.

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Please bring your camera, phone, questions, and curiosity. Laptop (optional for more advanced editing)