Note: Our tours are only on the dates listed not year-round, unless you book a custom trip with a minimum of 15 people.
The dates for this years journey are: October 19-23.
Escape our technical world and re-focus your attention on your most authentic and creative self! Allow your senses to ignite from the breathtaking beauty of the Monterey Peninsula coastline. Invite the peace, quietude and meditative environment of Asilomar into your soul to help guide you back to your true authentic voice. Connect with other creative souls on a similar journey back to heartfelt expression. We invite you to join award-winning photographer Catherine Just on this travel photography workshop and spiritual retreat.
For 4 nights and 3 full days we combine spiritual practice with photography for more mindful image-making through a deeper understanding of ourselves. Through meditation, journaling, discussion, comradery, photography exercises and connection with nature, we find our way back to the essence of who we are with clarity and lack of judgment.
Take Refuge by the Sea
So take a deep breath and settle in for a time of serene relaxation, reflection and spiritual rejuvenation. Celebrated as Monterey Peninsula’s “Refuge by the Sea” – Asilomar is a breathtakingly gorgeous 107 acres of ecologically diverse beachfront land. Situated within the quaint and scenic town of Pacific Grove, Asilomar offers guests the simple comforts of cozy cabins and rustic lodges – and an unforgettable escape from the demands of everyday life.
Unending Visual Beauty
Spend your days exploring the cypress trees, soothing ocean shorelines, world famous scenic drives, communing with seals and perhaps a whale, experiencing the Monarch Butterfly migration, and meandering through quaint sea side towns. So what are you waiting for?!! Grab your camera and join us on this special spiritual photography workshop – all levels of experience are welcome! A time for rejuvenation and transformation awaits you…
Want to Join Us?
If you’re interested in knowing more about the trip pricing, itinerary, inclusions and more – please contact us. We would love to hear from you!
Day 1, Wednesday, Oct 19th: (-/-/d) Today we all arrive and gather at the beautiful and historic Asilomar Retreat center at 5:00 pm. The Arts & Crafts architecture you see below was originally designed by noted architect Julia Morgan in 1912 and her wood and stone designs are a masterpiece (speaking about creativity!). We’ll check in, get settled in our rooms and meet in the common room of our own historic building to meet and greet! Dinner is from 6:00-7:00pm and afterward we’ll go over the general structure for our next days together, talk about your personal workshop goals and get to know each other. After our gathering might be the perfect time to walk along the mysterious Asilomar beach!
We need a good nights sleep so we’re ready for the unforgettable experience awaiting us in the Monterey Peninsula! With cypress trees, rugged shores, and crescent shaped bays, Monterey will take your breath away. Pacific Grove is so peaceful it attracts the Monarch butterflies each year as they migrate for winter. Carmel-by-the-Sea is a tiny romantic town with beautiful beaches, shops, art galleries and restaurants. Monterey also has a world class Aquarium, and is home to the famous Cannery Row. Pebble beach is a beautiful destination in its own right with it’s famous golf course and 17 mile drive – considered one of the most scenic coastal roads in the world! Even whale watching is available.
Days 2-4, Oct 20-22nd: (b/l/d) We’ll spend the next 3 days exploring the coastal landscape, the small sea side towns, and places of interest along the way. Each morning we’ll start our day with breakfast at Asilomar’s Crocker Dining Hall and head out for our morning photo excursion – perhaps to find the famous Cypress tree along the 17 mile scenic drive, or spend the morning at Asilomar’s coastline, Monterey’s Cannery Row, etc.
We’ll bring picnic lunches from Asilomar so we can focus on our photographic process and then the rest of the afternoon will be open for you to continue your work, take a long walk on the beach, or take some time for yourself in town. Our evenings will be spent gathering together in our common room by the fireplace to discuss our day, download our work to the computer and sharing our work with each other. There is no definite schedule for these days, only a basic outline that may be changed as I work with the energy present in the moment.
Day 5, Sunday, Oct 23rd: (b/l/-) We wrap up our workshop and time together at noon. Breakfast in the morning will be followed by a short gathering – then lot’s of hugs and sweet good-by’s. We leave the Monterey Peninsula renewed, refreshed and excited about what we have created and the creative process that will follow!
Monterey Travel Photography Retreat Trip Costs
For our FAB photo retreat!
Our photography workshop tuition is $385.00 USD – now simply choose a 4 night rooming and meal package at Asilomar! You don’t have to know anyone – we can match you with a roommate if you like.
Single occupancy at Asilomar plus 12 meals: $815.00 USD
Double occupancy at Asilomar plus 12 meals: $615.00 USD
Triple occupancy at Asilomar plus 12 meals: $515.00 USD
Space is limited in our lovely historic building so register early!
A deposit of $250.00 USD with your trip registration forms is preferred by: July 1st. Final payment is due: August 15th. Any cancellation made in writing between: July 1st and August 15th will result in a cancellation fee of $250.00 USD. Any cancellation made between: August 15th and the trip departure will result in a total loss of your deposit plus any non-refundable payments we have already made to our suppliers and Asilomar. Any cancellation made after trip departure will result in total loss of funds. We reserve the right to cancel the trip if it is not meeting the trip minimum. Trip cancellation insurance is always recommended when making travel plans.
Regarding flights: We are meeting in the common room of our group house at Asilomar at 5:00pm, so leave enough time to fly in and drive here. No matter where you’re coming from, it’s easy to get to Asilomar. The San Jose International (SJO) is 80 miles to the north and San Francisco International Airport (SFO) is 110 miles to the north. The airports in San Jose and San Francisco are also served by the Monterey Airbus, an airport shuttle service that can bring travelers right to our door. Directions can be found on the Asilomar website. Once we know when everyone is flying in it’s also possible to rent cars together if you like. Feel free to make your own flights, but please confirm them with us before booking.
Important Information for the Monterey Travel Photography Workshop
While on the grounds at Asilomar, there’s plenty of opportunity for contemplative walks through the dunes, breathtaking runs along the beach, or relaxing dips in the heated pool. Asilomar is the perfect environment for personal reflection amid quiet solitude and you will leave here spiritually inspired, rested and more centered. Perhaps it’s simply the energy here that demands we slow down and pull into ourselves.
Things to do! There are so many wonderful things to experience in Monterey and the surrounding area. You will have the opportunity to go out on your own and explore during our free time.
The actual schedule of teachings and what we will be doing day to day is not published. This is because we teach by channeling spirit which comes in the moment. Every day will be a magical experience for all of us, teachers included! Keep your heart and mind open to the experience life brings us. **Also please note that weather may cause us to change our lovely activities on any day.
We look forward to sharing this amazing adventure with you!
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