DOUGLAS BEASLEY

GUATEMALA: SPIRIT OF THE MAYA

September 13-22, 2019

SHARED ROOM PACKAGE $2,285 │ PRIVATE ROOM PACKAGE $3,020 │ COMPANION PACKAGE $1,785

CLASS DESCRIPTION

Join us in exploring the mysterious, exotic Mayan world of Guatemala, a land where the indigenous live as they have for centuries. The stunningly beautiful colonial town of La Antigua will be our home base and introduction to outdoor markets, music, food and culture. We will stay at the luxurious Meson Panza Verde Hotel, and their sister property Palo Santo Hotel, with lush courtyard gardens, and unobstructed volcano views.  Our hotel is located in the heart of town close to the “Arch” and not far from Parke Central, the town center where abundant street life and many small shops revolve around.

Our workshop begins with a walking tour of the beautiful colonial town of Antigua, a UNESCO Word Heritage Site. From there we will make day trips to visit new found friends in small villages nestled in the surrounding volcanic mountains. We will spend a day making portraits with a local indigenous family in traditional dress, with kids, aunts, uncles and grandparents all joining in.

Then we’ll spend a couple days exploring around majestic Lake Atitlan, completely surrounded by towering volcanoes, considered sacred by the Mayans. Lonely Planet guidebooks calls Lake Atitlan “the most beautiful lake in the world,” and Doug wholeheartedly agrees! On the way to the lake we stop to visit the very active Mayan shrine for Maximon, known as the indigenous “patron saint of vices” where he is worshiped with many candles, rum and hand-rolled cigar smoke. We are often able to witness and photograph ritual cleansings and fire rituals in the courtyard. The exclusive Villas B’Alam Ya will be our home base on Lake Atitlan.

Open Air Places will be our workshop host, and founder Jenna Erickson will join us to help with workshop logistics. Doug has taught photo workshops in Guatemala for the past 20+ years and we will benefit from his numerous local connections and from the fabulous local guides and drivers that make our trip even richer. Accommodations are at the exquisite boutique hotel Meson Panza Verde and Palo Santo Hotel.

You can expect much fun, light-heartedness and serendipity while learning from Doug how to better respond photographically to the world around you and how to make more personal travel images with feeling, meaning and depth rather than anonymous pretty postcard pictures.

ABOUT DOUGLAS

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.

CONTACT doug@douglasbeasley.com

WEB www.douglasbeasley.com

INSTAGRAM @dbeasleyphoto

FACEBOOK Vision Quest Photo Workshops


PALO SANTO & MESON PANZA VERDE HOTEL - ANTIGUA

VILLAS B’ALAM YA at LAKE ATITLAN

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • 9 NIGHTS ACCOMMODATION Private or Shared Rooms available at the gorgeous Palo Santo Hotel & Meson Panza Verde Hotel + Villas B’Alam Ya on Lake Atitlan + free WiFi and free unlimited filtered water & herbal teas

  • ALL BREAKFASTS at Palo Santo, Meson Panza Verde Hotel & Villas B’Alam Ya

  • 10 DAYS TO IMMERSE YOURSELF IN PHOTOGRAPHY in the heart of colonial Antigua, and at Lake Atitlan which Aldous Huxley famously called “One of the most magnificent lakes in the world”

  • SITES & SOUNDS of GUATEMALA visiting local artists and enjoying all Antigua & Lake Atitlan have to offer

  • TRANSPORTATION to-and-from the Guatemala City Airport and to Villas B’Alam Ya + lancha ferry to local Artisan Villages on Lake Atitlan

  • LUXURIOUS DETAILS in ANTIGUA art and ambiance at Palo Santo and Meson Panza Verde abound! Abundant gardens, a swimming pool and traditional tamaskal wood-burning sauna (can be infused with eucalyptus) are available, along with a Rooftop Terrace & bar perfect for sunset cocktails

  • YOGA ROOM A beautiful yoga shala located on the roof/ terrace of Palo Santo, Over looking rooftops and Volcan de Agua. 

  • UNOBSTRUCTED VOLCANO VIEWS at LAKE ATITLAN plus complimentary use of kayaks, canoes, sculling shells, and lounge chairs. Each of our Villas is self-catering and well equipped with cooking and dinning appliances


REGISTRATION DETAILS

SHARED ROOM PACKAGE $2,285 │ PRIVATE ROOM PACKAGE $3,020 │ COMPANION PACKAGE $1,785

A $450 deposit will secure your space at this unique retreat with Doug. You can register online, or by calling Jenna at 715-577-6857. Final Payments are due 120 days prior to the retreat.

Please review our retreat policies and guidelines prior to placing your deposit.

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