Arts in the Wild: Personal Discoveries on a Journey Across Vancouver Island

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1 Dallas Rd

1 Dallas Road

Victoria, BC V8V 0B2


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Transform your creative nature. See the world differently and contemplate your relationship with the environment as you create new images.

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14-20 March 2021  |  $1625.00

Save $170. Early Bird pricing in effect until 31 Jan 2021

COVID-19 UPDATE: Currently, all workshops are continuing as planned with additional measures taken to maintain a safe environment. While we cannot guarantee dates will not be affected, we are optimistic based on current Health Canada information. Maximum: 6 participants. If need be, replacement dates scheduled April-May 2021or Nov-Dec 2021.

A Truly Unique Photographic Experience... Sign me up!

An Artist's and Photographer's Tour to Wild Vancouver Island *

This seven-day workshop is primarily an artistic tour for photographers, painters, naturalists, and others interested in the iconic west coast landscape. My teaching is down to earth and practical; you can count on taking away useful ideas and methods.

Come and explore wonderful vignettes of nature that you never dreamed existed! An artistic experience designed to help you interpret the world in a new way, far beyond the technical limitations of your camera. Magnificent and haunting, we’ll uncover the enigmatic beauty that lies along the eastern and western shores of Vancouver Island — where nature, art, and creativity play a central role. We’ll explore the trails and beaches that feature striking rock formations and tumbled, polished rocks, gigantic breakers, myriad shells, aquatic plants, brightly-coloured lichens and other land plants. One “feels” eternity in this west coast idea of immeasurable seclusion. Vancouver Island is your near-perfect Eden. Welcome!

The workshop criteria involves approaches to subject matter. Many beginner and intermediate photographers believe that there is one and only one way to take a picture, while the experienced photographer realizes there are many approaches. There is no one right way of working, no one lens for all subjects. No one answer to a photographic problem. Problem-solving in the field is a matter of what equipment you already own, what subject matter you want to photograph, and most realistically, what lenses and accessories you happen to have with you. In locating subject matter and working in the field, the best advice is to learn as much as you can about the natural world. To be a better nature photographer you must first become a naturalist. Only through intimate observation can you learn about the natural world and it is through direct effort and experience that we learn to photograph that world. Close-up photography requires an observant and discerning eye, as well as a willingness to witness in the commonplace a display of the miraculous.

You need not be an artist to attend, for the most important tool to bring is your imagination and sense of wonder. So, where should you start and what should you do? The fact that you're reading this right now is your key to making the artistic photos you've always hoped for. So congratulations. It's time to register.


Day 1: Victoria, BC

Day 2: Botanical Beach at Port Renfrew

Day 3: Nanaimo

Day 4: Parksville N towards Campbell River

Day 5: Parksville W to Tofino

Day 6: Tofino

Day 7: Tofino


- A very interesting photo walk of the Victoria downtown district.

- Searching for whales in the Salish Sea.

- Exploring the rocky intertidal zones and sea caves of Botanical Beach.

- Walk in the solitude of the giants, along classic hikes through majestic stands of old-growth forests.

- Wander the secret beaches along the eastern shores of Vancouver Island.

- Waterfalls, waterfalls, and more waterfalls.

- Beachcombing among the massive amount of driftwood bordering old growth forests, ever on the lookout for wildlife.

- Time is set aside for end-of-the-day critique and review of your photographs. 


Routine: Each day starts by 9 AM and ends when darkness falls. Our itinerary is subject to change in relation to the weather of the day.

Accommodations: We have secured a block of rooms at each of our destinations at a discounted rate. Please bear in mind that there can be a shortage of rooms, yes, during Covid! It is to your advantage to book accommodation well ahead of time to secure a room and at the discounted rate.

Skill Level: Primarily suited for intermediate photographers, novice photographers are welcome provided that they have a basic understanding of their own camera and lenses. We ask the more advanced photographers to be understanding if this advice seems trivial. 

Rendezvous: Victoria, BC.

Locations to be visited: Several including Victoria, Sooke, Port Renfrew, Parksville, and Tofino. Tofino may be subject to travel restriction.

Weather: This event operates rain or shine.

Minors: Group photo adventures are recommended for adults over the age of 19. An adult must accompany any minors under the age of 19. Both adult and minor are required to pay for each respective spots within the photo workshop.

* your own transportation is required.



What is included in the Field Class workshop?

The cost of the workshop DOES INCLUDE: instruction from your host photographer(s), photoshoots at several locations, snacks & water. 

This workshop DOES NOT INCLUDE: transportation to/from the workshop (flights or car rental), hotel accommodations, food or any gear.

Accommodation and Transportation:

Please note that meals and lodging for this event are up to each individual participant. 

Lodging: while we can suggest hotels and campgrounds to stay at, it is your responsibility to secure accommodation as soon as possible. We have secured a block of rooms at a discounted rate should you wish to stay with the group. Please inquire with the Organizer to obtain this information.

Fitness Requirement

You must be reasonably fit, healthy, and accustomed to walking, and willing to rise every morning between six and seven o'clock (6h00 and 7h00) depending on weather and opportunities announced the preceding evening.

What if I need to cancel?

If you cancel your workshop the following applies: If cancellation is received at least 45 days prior to the start of the workshop, the workshop fee can be applied to another workshop of your choice, subject to available space. 

For cancellations 0-44 days, the workshop fee is non-refundable. You may transfer or gift the ticket to someone else for this workshop event only.

Should there be a waitlist for your workshop event, we can help you sell your ticket. Be mindful that the sale of your ticket is up to you to negotiate and finalize. Otherwise, the ticket becomes null and void.

Terms and Conditions:

Registration: The amount specified per person for each workshop is due at the time you register. Your space is not reserved until we receive your workshop fee(s) paid in full. 

Audit Policy: Only paid workshop participants will be admitted during the workshop.

Waiver: As our guest, you are required to comply with our safety rules and are cautioned to heed all warnings. By accepting admission with this event ticket, you agree to release us from all responsibility for any loss, injury or damage which you may suffer, excepting any loss, injury or damage caused by our reckless, willful or grossly negligent acts. A general waiver will be presented to you for review and signing upon your arrival.

Cancellation, Refund & Delay Policy: All workshop schedules and plans are subject to change at our discretion dependent upon weather alerts, health and safety considerations, or any other factor related or unrelated to photographic opportunities as we see fit.

All daily workshop sessions leave on-time. No refunds for late arrivals or no-shows.

No refunds will be given for delays or cancellations due to inclement weather, transportation, or other events beyond our control, either before, during, or after your workshop.

We are not responsible for any costs which participants may incur including but not limited to travel, car rental, lodging, insurance, photographic purchases and/or rentals.  We highly recommend all participants purchase travel insurance.

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