Tropical birds call through the rain forest as you step into the warm morning. You settle into a rocking chair and a cup of coffee on the porch of your private cabin as you watch the light and the clouds dance across the Arenal Volcano. Watch the hummingbirds and try to spot a toucan as you make the short walk to join your fellow travelers for a yoga class. Breathe, stretch your body, and open your heart to whatever might come today. After a home-cooked breakfast you set out for adventure. Today you’l board a private river boat to photograph monkeys, birds, sloths and more. The excitement of the day carries you through an evening yoga class and into the cocktail hour, where you’ll share your experience and photographs with your companions. After enjoying a farm-to-table dinner in the open-air dining room you’ll head back to your cabin to recharge and prepare for a whole new experience tomorrow.
“It’s amazing what happens when we allow ourselves to slow down, be present, and enjoy our community and environment through laughter, connection, and travel.”
Photography can be the language we use to share our story. Are you ready to move beyond your tools and focus on creating images that speak to you? Aperture, shutter speed, and ISO are important to understand, but they are only a means to an end.
This Creative Immersion retreat provides the opportunity and the guidance to explore inspiration, style, and vision with like-minded travelers in a unique environment.
Panasonic LUMIX Ambassador Rob Knight and yoga instructor Kelly Yount have designed this retreat to be different than your average Costa Rica tour. Of course you will visit beautiful locations, meet friendly local people, and see amazing wildlife, but Rob and Kelly offer you the opportunity to go further. They will work along side you to help you tap into your creativity. They want to show you what can happen when you tune in to yourself and your environment to explore your personal style and vision.
A creative journey…
You’ll explore concepts such as visual storytelling, mindful photography, and photographic intent. Use Costa Rica as a backdrop to engage your creative side while you explore your unique viewpoint. This tour is not just about philosophy. You will enjoy hands-on instruction, presentations, and demonstrations throughout the week. This is a retreat that you won’t want to miss. Reserve your cabin today!
This photography workshop was a great experience that provided numerous opportunities to learn more about photography and the local culture. Both the instructors and local guides are very knowledgeable and pointed out things that I would never have noticed on my own.Nicole Widmer
September 14-21, 2019
$2195 Per Person
7 nights lodging at Leaves & Lizards Retreat
All Transportation including airport transfers*
Daily Photography Instruction
Daily Excursions (see the complete itinerary below)
$2495 Per Person
All of the Above
PLUS a LUMIX FZ300 camera
*Your Costa Rica photo workshop fee does not include airfare to San Jose, Costa Rica.
We strongly recommend you purchase comprehensive travel insurance in case of emergencies. Questions?
There was so many wonderful experiences it is hard to say which was my favorite. The expertise of our instructors was really made it. Nice to be able to ask questions while working instead of a traditional classroom setting.Anne Nettles
Costa Rica Photography Workshop Itinerary
Kelly will lead a daily yoga practice that is suitable for all levels.
2:00pm: Pick up at SJO airport for transportation to the hotel.
6:00pm: Cocktail hour and orientation meeting at the Lava Lizard restaurant, followed by the welcome dinner
Day Trip: Nature photography river cruise.
Topics to explore include creative nature photography, intent and wildlife photography, telephoto lens techniques, and flash for wildlife photography.
Evening presentation: Lightroom organization and workflow
Workshop: Equine facilitated creativity and mindfulness.
Equine Facilitated Learning encourages us to look within ourselves to find balance, regain strength, renew spirit and rediscover our power. Eponicity programs incorporate horses, but there is no need to be a horse lover to open the door to connection.
Photography and creativity exercises
Rob and Kelly will offer instruction and inspiration throughout the day. You will explore your vision and personal style through creative exercises and more. Topics to explore include visual storytelling, landscape photography, and mindful photography.
Evening Presentation: Storytelling and the Photo Essay
Choose Your Own Experience
Take today to relax, explore, or whatever you like. Rob will be leading photography clinics throughout the day. We can arrange a massage therapist to come to your cabin. We can help you plan a zip-line adventure. Or anything else you might like to do in the area. Our hosts at Leaves & Lizards will be happy to book your excursions.
Arenal Hanging Bridges and La Fortuna
The Arenal Hanging Bridges offer a unique view of the rain forest. You’ll find tons of birds and wildlife, as well as beautiful views from suspension bridges high above the forest.
The group will visit the town of La Fortuna for lunch and exploring in the afternoon. You can practice your street photography, visit the local stores, or simply enjoy the culture.
Evening: Visit one of Arenal’s volcanic hot springs for dinner and a soak.
Morning: Photography exercises. Creativity and storytelling
We will spend the morning shooting and exploring around the hotel grounds. We will provide inspiration and suggestions to bring together what you have learned the rest of the week.
Afternoon: Lightroom live critiques and Q&A
Rob and Kelly will help you finish your favorite images and prepare them for a slideshow to be presented that evening.
Farewell breakfast and event conclusion.
Transportation to the airport from the hotel.
* We provide bus transportation from the airport in San Jose (SJO). Most flights from the US arrive around noon, and the bus leaves by 2:00 unless otherwise specified. Some guests prefer to fly into San Jose on Saturday and spend the night in case of any travel delays. Your return transportation to SJO airport is not included. Our guests leave at different times and many people extend their stay in Costa Rica after the workshop. Airport transportation can be arranged through the hotel once you arrive on Sunday. Cancellation Policy.
September 14-21, 2019
$2195 Double Occupancy
($700 single supplement)
Limit: 14 travelers
Register By: 3/31/2019
- A unique exploration of travel, creativity, and photography
- World-class Accommodations at Leaves & Lizards Retreat
- Farm-to-table meals (vegetarian, gluten free, and vegan options available upon request)
- Experienced professional photo instructors
- Knowledgable and friendly local guides
- “Off the beaten path” locations
- Cultural exchange with local people
- Make friends and connect with like-minded travelers
- Camera package includes a LUMIX FZ300 camera
Photographer and trip leader. LUMIX Ambassador • Tenba Visual Artist • Adobe Certified expert
A Mirrorless, DSLR, or point-and-shoot camera with interchangeable lenses. Please bring your camera manual.
A versatile mid-range zoom lens (18-55mm, 24-105mm, etc) is fine. You will also want a longer telephoto lens (something 400mm or longer is best) for shooting wildlife on the trip. A dedicated macro lens and a wide-angle zoom lens will also be handy.
For Micro 4/3 shooters, Rob recommends:
- LUMIX G9 Camera
- LUMIX/Leica 8-18mm f2.8/4
- LUMIX/Leica 12-60mm f2.8/4
- LUMIX/Leica 100-400mm f4-6.3
- LUMIX/Leica 45mm f2.8 macro
- Memory cards. We recommend 128GB of storage or more.
- Tripod. Rob uses Gitzo tripods.
- Hot-shoe flash
- Lens cleaning cloth or lens pen
- A good lightweight camera backpack like the Tenba Solstice is recommended.
- Laptop computer or tablet with Adobe Lightroom CC.
- Luminar 2018
- ProShow for slideshows
*free trials are available for all of the above software