Leaning Into the Light 2017

DATES: October 2-9, 2017
LOCATION: Villa San Rocco, Benabbio, Italy
COST: 2,875.00

In this workshop we push the limits of how we routinely create an image by setting aside the analytical mind and approaching imagery using our intuition. We are guided towards a new way of seeing using only the iPhone and/or iPad, We will focus on four apps to combine layers of information using Snapseed, Leonardo, Stackables, and Hipstamatic. These are all you need to create spectacular composites as well as enhancing a single image while exploring your personal narrative.

This is a hands-on workshop designed to bring you into a creative space with shooting assignments and daily critiques. We’ll have morning guided somatic mediations designed to teach you the art of following your body’s guidance and intuition. We will print out images and continue the creative process by incorporating drawing and painting onto the image. Most of all, we learn to be playful, letting intuition take over, allowing our images to evolve naturally.

In addition to the instruction, we’ll have day trips to Lucca and Collodi where photographic opportunities await you. You’ll be nourished with home cooking in the Tuscan tradition using the freshest local ingredients available – all happening in the rural village, Benabbio, a beautiful and secluded medieval village in Tuscany, at the Villa San Rocco, an extraordinary 11 bedroom estate dating back to the medieval. http://sanroccobenabbio.com/en/


Cost of the Workshop Includes

  • Shared room accommodations (7 nights) with private bath ($500 extra for a private room, depending on availability).
  • All meals included.
  • All materials for the workshop.
  • Pick up and drop off at Florence Airport, group travel to Lucca and Collodi.
  • All local travel (Airfare to and from Florence and trip insurance is not included).
Optional Occupancy
If you would like to attend this workshop and have a partner (shared bed) who would like to join you but not participate in the workshop, all accommodations for this partner or family member for 7 nights would be an additional $1400. This includes room, all meals, and all local transportation.


To receive an application and full packet of workshop information contact us at:

You will be asked to complete an application and include a check made out to Alchemy Studio in the amount of $500 as soon as you have decided that you are serious about attending this workshop. We will review all applications on a first come first served basis. Accepted applicants will be notified soon after receipt of their applications. This will reserve your spot in the workshop. If more than 12 applications are received at the same time we will take all matters into consideration in the selection of the participants, and deposit checks will be returned to those not selected. If selected and you later decide not to attend the workshop, your deposit (minus a 5% administrative fee) will be returned if your place has been filled by another participant. In case of cancellation of the workshop, all deposits and payments will be refunded.