7 Ways To Prepare for a Workshop or Retreat

7 Ways To Prepare for a Workshop or Retreat

In these final days leading up to the 10-day photography retreat I am producing with Douglas Beasley in Guatemala, September 13-22, 2019 I have been thinking about all the things that make for a rich and fullfilling workshop experience.

I’ve learned that setting aside time to focus on my creativity during a retreat or workshop is one of the best gifts I can offer myself, so I always want to make the most of it. One way of ensuring that this happens is to prepare for that time in an intentional way.

Read on for a short list of the steps I take to prepare myself for a week of in-depth creativity!

Stunning Volcano Views & Endless Blue at Villas B'Alam Ya

Stunning Volcano Views & Endless Blue at Villas B'Alam Ya

Take the curving Pan-American highway north-west out of Antigua, Guatemala for about two hours, and you’ll reach Lake Atitlan.  Renowned as one of the most beautiful lakes in the world it is Central America’s deepest lake.  Ringed with magnificent volcano peaks, the lake bed is an enormous, breathtaking caldera. The volcanoes skirt down to the water, where lush greens transform into verdant coffee and avocado orchards.

Another Reason to Love Antigua: The PALO SANTO HOTEL

It’s no secret that my favorite place to stay in Antigua, Guatemala is the magnificent MESON PANZA VERDE Hotel which I love for its unique elegance and ambiance. Are you just catching up to me now? Check out this blog for my collection of 50 colorful reasons to fall in love with this gem-like place.

Today I am going to give you another reason to adore Antigua. Meson Panza Verde’s sister property The PALO SANTO Hotel.

Read on for the details!

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Located on the quiet end of Antigua’s famous Fifth Avenue, PALO SANTO is right next door to the magnificent MESON PANZA VERDE HOTEL & RESTAURANT where guests can enjoy breakfast in the morning.

5 spacious and finely appointed rooms are centered around a gorgeous courtyard garden (which was set up for a dinner party during my stay). The rooms are decorated with fresh colors, local treasures and Guatemala’s famous handwoven textiles which add their characteristic warmth and ambiance.

Perfectly suited for hosting groups, retreats and workshops, I love the Mayan Temeskal sauna, swimming pool & airy yoga Shala on the rooftop terrace, with views overlooking Volcan Agua.

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I think this place is so perfect that I’ve scheduled a 10-day Photography Retreat to happen here in September, with my friend and photographer Douglas Beasley. If you want to book a stay, or schedule your own retreat, workshop or event at this location I’d love to help you with a block of rooms!

You can browse images and booking details for the rooms at PALO SANTO by tapping the button below.


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The culturally rich city of Antigua, Guatemala has so much to offer travelers, and I feel lucky to share some of my favorite places to stay in this beautiful city.

This week I’ll be post more about my favorite inspirations in Guatemala. You can follow along on Instagram at @openairplaces or we can be Friends on Facebook where I enjoy interacting with my tribe of travel and art lovers.



Top 10 Reasons Why Photo Retreats Enrich My Life

Top 10 Reasons Why Photo Retreats Enrich My Life

Over the past eight years, I've worked hard at perfecting the art of retreat planning along with developing my own creative practice as an artist.

I've been fortunate to build highly successful retreat programs for artists at two destinations in the Midwest (one on Madeline Island, the other in beautiful, Bayfield, WI) where internationally recognized instructors lead retreats.  Not only have I helped thousands of students experience the chance to "dig in" and develop their creative vision with a retreat or workshop, now I have the honor of sharing how travel with OPEN AIR PLACES can nourish the creative spirit.

Read on for my list of the top 10 reasons why I think retreats are a must for artists!



If you’re looking for a bucket list location to add to your list of travel destinations, you must add ANTIGUA, GUATEMALA to your list!

Last month, Jenna Erickson our OPEN AIR PLACES Founder, & Lead Travel Ambassador toured three gorgeous properties that literally have it all - Art, Ambiance, Elegance and stunning volcano views! Read on for Jenna’s OPEN AIR PLACES trip highlights and recommendations…..

We've Got GUATEMALA on our Mind!

We've Got GUATEMALA on our Mind!

Our summer season has been wonderfully busy, as we've welcomed new guests from all over the United States to our unique places to stay in beautiful, Bayfield, WI Our Lake Superior location has so much to offer guests and we love connecting them with the best the area has to offer.

With September aright around the corner, we're getting ready for our upcoming travel to the ever-enchanting city of ANTIGUA Guatemala, and to one of the most magnificent lakes in the world - LAKE ATITLAN.