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“Remember the Sacred …”

March 25 - 27, 2022

NEAR MOAB, UTAH

The small town of Moab, Utah, out in the red rock desert and thisclose to the Colorado state line, is, in many ways, the gateway to the Colorado Plateau. Surrounded by two national parks and miles of massive red rock formations, Moab is paradise for hikers, bikers, 4-wheelers, river rafters, and – of course – nature and landscape photographers! These deep canyons, mesas and buttes have been carved by thousands of years of water pouring over them in the form of the Colorado and Green Rivers, which meet not too far south of town. Arches and Canyonlands National Parks seem to get busier every year, but we’ll be staying out of the national parks on this trip, and like Robert Frost, taking the roads less traveled while looking for equally beautiful images. This is the perfect time to practice mindful photography in the desert. That is, before the summer crowds arrive! This is the time I most like to visit Moab and the surrounding area. Everywhere we go will be within a fairly short distance from downtown Moab, so we’ll be able to get back into town for meals pretty easily as well. The desert has a real cleansing effect on my psyche and I think you’ll find it equally so. We’ll be out in the early mornings and at sunset to catch the best light on the rock formations, both Friday and Saturday, and we’ll have a break mid-day Saturday to catch up on our rest, or process photos, or do some shopping downtown, whatever you like on your own. Moab is surrounded by ancient Indian petroglyphs and we’ll spend Sunday morning out hunting for them. If you haven’t seen them before, this is something you don’t want to miss!

Cost: $525 for the 3-day workshop

Fitness Level: Easy

Most photography will take place within several hundred yards to a half mile from where we park our vehicles. We’ll carpool our way through some fantastic red rock scenery! Most passenger cars can make it even on these dirt roads, but it’s highly suggested to rent a 4WD vehicle if you don’t have one. The dirt roads we’ll be driving on are mostly hard-packed and fairly smooth, but there may be a few rough spots here and there. Hiking terrain is typically level and smooth but can be uneven and the walks up and down hills will have minimal elevation change. We will be doing some meditation and mindfulness exercises in nature, which may require you to be able to sit on the ground and get back up.

“Easy” means you are able to:

• Stay out for most of the day, driving, walking, and carrying your gear

• Climb several flights of stairs without difficulty

• Walk on uneven ground without assistance

• Walk on wet, slippery surfaces without assistance

• Climb over obstacles (like a log on a trail)

Experience Level:

This workshop is appropriate for all levels of photographers, but beginners and intermediates will find this most helpful. If you are a beginner, I can offer assistance in the field with your camera and composition, and if you are a more experienced photographer and would like to be left alone to do your own thing, I can do that too! Part of the joy of a weekend photography workshop is the opportunity to spend time with like-minded people. That said, we will be spending time on centering and mindfulness meditations in nature, photographic composition and creative Lightroom techniques to take home some beautiful photographic art.

Expected Weather in Moab in March:

Expect temperatures in Moab this time of year to be in the low 60’s during the day and dipping down to around freezing at night. You may need a jacket or heavy sweatshirt during the day and long pants rather than shorts. Dress in layers, bring your jacket, and peel (or add) as necessary.

ITINERARY

Friday, March 25, 2022: We’ll begin our workshop in a meeting room or café as yet TBD at about 1pm, (information about lodging and meeting locations will be went to you after you’ve registered.) Following introductions, we’ll learn about photography basics, composition & mindfulness in the field. Check-in at most hotels is around 3pm, and we’ll plan to head out to make the sunset no later than 3:30pm. Sunset is a little after 5:00 pm. We’ll stay out until the light is gone (probably around 5:30pm) and then return to Moab for dinner.

Saturday, March 26, 2022: Up and at ‘em early to carpool to our sunrise location. We’ll shoot through the sunrise and early morning hours, and then stop for breakfast. After breakfast, we’ll take a mid-day break and then meet up in the early afternoon for some post processing instruction. Mid-afternoon we’ll head back out to shoot the sunset.

Sunday, March 27, 2022: This morning we’ll spend on the hunt for petroglyphs! This is something I love to do! I think of it as a way to make a connection with the ancient ones. Many people are used to attending church on Sunday mornings, and this is like an open-air church to me. You can certainly bring your dslr, but you can also just use your cell phone for this, which I often do. If you forget everything else, bring along respect and mindfulness. About mid-morning we’ll stop for breakfast, and group photo sharing/critique before checking out at noon. Are you ready? Let us know by going to the Contact Me page and sending an email letting us know which workshop you’re interested in. We’ll keep you apprised of developments.

WHAT’S INCLUDED:

• Water and snacks will be provided while we are in the field, and during classroom instruction. It’s recommended that you bring your own reusable water bottle so that only one large container will need to be purchased and we can re-fill all water bottles from that. This is more eco-friendly than providing individual plastic water bottles.

• All permits and fees to enter state parks and privately-owned facilities

• Meditation and Mindfulness instruction

• Photographic instruction, classroom and in the field

• Image reviews, critiques & post-processing instruction

• A morning tour of a local Buddhist Temple meditation – personal photography allowed

• Fun! Inspiration! A great time on Oahu!

• The chance to make new friends and influence new people!

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED:

• Air transportation or ground transportation to and from the workshop.

• Ground Transportation during the workshop – recommend rental of 4WD vehicle if you don’t have one – but we’ll be carpooling.

• Lodging – You’ll be notified of our home-base location ASAP after you register. You can stay wherever you like of course, but it’s easier if we’re all together in the same place, especially early in the morning. Just remember, that If you’re staying too far away, and it’s difficult to make it to our early morning meditation and photography sessions, we will have to leave without you to make the sunrise. If this happens, you can call me to find out where we are, or you can do something on your own that morning. You’ll still have fun – you’re in the beautiful red rock desert around Moab! But you’ll be doing something different than we are.

• Restaurant meals and beverages are not included.

• Medical Evacuation & Travel Insurance (strongly recommended – expected cost in the $325 range – available through Allianz, AAA and other companies)

REGISTRATION INFORMATION: Click Here for Eventbrite Registration

COVID19 INFORMATION ETC.:

THIS WORKSHOP REQUIRES A MINIMUM OF 3 PARTICIPANTS TO RUN. YOU WILL RECEIVE A FULL REFUND IF THE WORKSHOP IS CANCELLED DUE TO LACK OF ENROLLMENT.

BECAUSE OF COVID19, AS OF THIS WRITING (JULY 2021), MOAB, UTAH IS OPEN FOR BUSINESS WITHOUT RESTRICTION. PROOF OF YOUR COVID19 VACCINATION WILL BE REQUIRED BY THE MINDFUL PHOTOGRAPHER LLC AND DEBRA POWELL PHOTOGRAPHY IN ORDER TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS GROUP EVENT.

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