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Oct 27 - 29, 2017
Max 8 Photographers 



Are you perhaps wondering what a meditative photography retreat is all about?  Simply put, meditation is the ”act of giving your attention to only one thing” and we’ve found the perfect spot on Gabriola Island to do just that.  With nothing to distract us, we’re going to spend three days developing our senses in the art of photography.


Just like writers, photographers struggle with photographer’s block too.  We’re going to forget all about the technical rules that govern our perceptions of the perfect picture.


Through innovative techniques, we’re going to lift you out of your photography rut. You’ll be challenged to see familiar subjects with fresh eyes and discover how to use your photography as a form of artful expression.





2 nights all-inclusive accommodation + all meals (including taxes and gratuities)

Professional one-to-one photography instruction by Barry J Brady 

Photography lectures and comprehensive course notes

Pre-trip planning and communication





Transport to Gabriola Island

Ferry costs

Travel and equipment insurance




What is creativity and how does it relate to photography

How we understand colour

Using colour, shapes and texture to create images

Camera techniques to make creative images

Camera movement, zooming and blurring

How to see the world differently

Post production techniques to enhance your work





This small island has so much diversity.  There are incredible rock formations as a result of erosion; beautiful ocean vistas with sandy beaches and elevated forests clutching onto large boulders.  The subject matter is ideal for a weekend of photography immersion.  Look forward to being inspired by the creative process and learn to see familiar objects with a fresh eye.  Our simply furnished accommodations are in a convenient location and with all our meals taken care of, we’ll be able to spend more time focusing on our photography.


Note: You will need to arrange your own transportation.  You’re welcome to self-drive in your own vehicle if the location is convenient or rent a vehicle.  We encourage carpooling with other photographers on the trip to share the cost of vehicle rental, gas etc. 




All skill levels welcome




You should feel comfortable walking with your camera bag on your back for short distances on uneven, rocky and possibly slippery terrain.

Ensure that you have suitable footwear or hiking boots, we will do a short hike / walk in the forest on the island. We are not anticipating any strenuous hiking. 




Camera - DSLR or mirrorless

A selection of lenses - wide angle lenses to medium range zoom lenses

Tripod - sturdy and weather resistant

Cable Release - not essential - optional

ND and ND graduated filters - not essential - optional

Spare batteries or battery packs

Laptop with Adobe Lightroom or Photoshop for image editing

From $1220 CAD

per person sharing

single supplement: add $120 CAD

Deposit workshop: $670 CAD


You can pay the workshop deposit of $670 CAD below:


Oct 27: 

We will meet at our accommodation on Gabriola Island. After check in, we will gather together for a meet and greet and go over the agenda for the weekend.  We’ll have dinner together in the dining room and then enjoy a presentation and open discussion on creativity and the world of creative meditative photography. 


Oct 28:

After breakfast we will gather for a short discussion and then off to do some photography. You will be given creative exercises to work on. The day will be broken up into practical and lecture sessions. You will have the opportunity to practice the techniques you have learned. Weather permitting, we’ll walk to the Malaspina Galleries for our sunset shoot.  


Oct 29: 

There’s a great little provincial park not far from where we are staying.  We’ll aim for a morning photo session in the forest.  It’s then back to the lodge for a re-cap of the weekend’s events.  Lunch is served at noon and then it will be time to say farewell.


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Disclaimer: As most of our photo trips take place outdoors in nature, we are at the behest of the elements.  While we can’t guarantee you the ideal weather conditions for our trips, we will certainly make every effort to provide you with a memorable and worthwhile experience.  Regardless of the weather, you will be immersed in photography, learning to make beautiful images and using your camera gear in all situations.  And the bonus is you get to travel to new places, meet other photographers and improve your photography skills.  

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