Douglas Beasley: The Emotional Landscape | July 24-28, 2019

Douglas Beasley: The Emotional Landscape | July 24-28, 2019

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Create powerful, emotionally impactful photographs that express a deeper connection to place, and ourselves. All levels of photographers welcome.

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Check In: Wednesday, July 24th, 2019 | Check Out: Sunday, July 28th, 2019

Tuition: $650 per person
Tuition + Meals: $975 per person
With Shared Lodging Package: $1,475 per person
With Private Lodging Package: $1,895 per person

A 5.5% tax on meals and 6.5% tax on lodging packages will be added to any full payments made online. Deposits will not include tax and will be applied to overall retreat registration. Communication shall follow all online deposits showing applicable remaining fees, including taxes.


This is not about making ‘pretty' pictures or ‘postcard’ like records of one’s travels. It is about making a deeper, more authentic connection, then learning to express that connection through our photography. We will be using land, sky and water as well as ourselves to transform an emotional experience into a visual one. 

This workshop will be about making, not taking, photographs by nourishing a deepening in our heart/soul/self and then bringing that awareness into our photo making process. We will work on giving our photos deeper layers of meaning to make stronger, more powerful images.

Inspiration will be sparked by a balance of conversation, readings, poetry, photographic exercises, walking meditation, writing exercises, photo examples, portfolio reviews, instructor presentations and by our fellow participants. Daily photographic assignments and exercises will be a big part of this experience, with individual attention given. Fun, laughter and introspection are to be expected. The majority of our days will be spent outside making photographs.

This is sure to be a transformational experience that leads you to make more powerful and emotionally impactful photographs.

Who Should Attend: Open to all levels but students should have a working knowledge of their camera and want to take their image making to a more meaningful and personal level. Digital and film, in all formats, are welcome.

15% DISCOUNT - When you book Beasley and Swanson Retreats Together!

Mary Virginia Swanson's Presenting and Promoting Your Photographs: A Four Day Intensive

15% discount applies to retreat tuition only (meal and lodging costs are not discounted) and is only offered with the combination of the Beasley and Swanson 2019 retreats. Retreat guests wishing to take advantage of this special offer should call Wild Rice Retreat (715) 779-0178 to register.



Please remember, this list is just a suggestion.

  • Camera and lens (any format or is fine, just bring what is familiar and comfortable)

  • Camera manual (please re-read before workshop) and bring in camera bag

  • Lens hood for each lens (highly recommended)

  • Extra memory cards for digital or plenty of your favorite film

  • Spare camera battery and charger

  • Journal or notebook, pens, Sharpie

  • USB flash drive (to transfer images for photo reviews or critiques)

  • Samples of your photography; can be prints or digital files. Prints preferred if possible but digital files are fine. (limit of 16: remember the ability to edit one’s work is a virtue!)

  • An open attitude towards creativity and learning


  • Point and shoot camera or plastic toy camera (like a Holga or Diana, for fun and play)

  • Tripod or monopod (I usually travel with a monopod)

  • Laptop computer with image editing software (to download, edit and share digital images)

  • Small chamois cloth for camera bag (to keep camera dry if necessary)

  • A favorite quote or a poem to share that has meaning to you


  • Raincoat (so we can still play in the rain)

  • Windbreaker/jacket

  • Umbrella

  • Hat, sunglasses, sunscreen (for sun protection)

  • Watch/phone (to time the photo exercises)

  • Water bottle


Douglas Beasley’s personal vision explores the spiritual aspects of people and place and is concerned with how the sacred is recognized and expressed in everyday life. He has a BFA from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and has had several books of his photography published worldwide.

As founder and director of Vision Quest Photo Workshops, Doug provides workshops around the world that emphasize personal expression and creative vision over the mechanics of camera use. He believes in helping each student find their own voice rather than making anonymous ‘pretty pictures’. Doug has recently become the owner and publisher of Shots Magazine, a printed quarterly of eclectic fine-art photography.

Doug continues to explore the notion of what is sacred in his photography and in his own life. He lives in a passive solar home surrounded by trees in Saint Paul, MN and when not out traveling the world he can be found tending his Japanese gardens, at his cabin the woods or enjoying a strong cup of coffee while listening to loud music. Personal heroes include Jimi Hendrix, the Dalai Lama and whoever invented the espresso machine.

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2019 Lodging and Meal Rates & Info

All lodging costs listed are per person/per night costs. Due to the format of retreats, meal plans are required of all participants to maximize time with other students and instructors, while still providing time to explore Bayfield and the surrounding community. Please reference the cancellation policy as needed.