At the heart of photography, even life, is the ability to really see, to be present to the beauty that is right in front of us each day.

The Monks of New Skete along with Gail Haile from Haile Fine Photography will host this 3-day workshop for beginner to intermediate photographers.

Gail Haile - A guiding thought for my work and life comes from Marcel Proust, "The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes."  As a photographer, technical skills are vital but secondary to capacity to see.

In this retreat, through a variety of activities and tools of photography, we will hone our capacity to see the world around us.  Time will also include sharing photographic skills and techniques in both capturing and processing.  There will be both private and group time to practice, learn, and share.

Limited to 10 photographers.

Requirements: This retreat is for beginner to intermediate photographers.  All you need is a camera and the desire to learn not only how to "see" better but to understand the technical aspects of photography, in order to have more control over your creativity.  Laptop with Photoshop or Photoshop Elements is very optional.  There may be some demonstration of basic Photoshop.

Equipment Needed: A camera along with its manual.

​Dates: May 04 - 07, 2017

​Cost: $895 per person/single occupancy
         $795 per person/double occupancy
         includes program (learning and community,) retreat room, and meals.

A nonrefundable $295 deposit per person is due upon registration to reserve your place.  Your registration will not be considered confirmed until your deposit is received.

You may also pay the full fee at time of registration.

The balance is due 30 days prior to the retreat, and will be nonrefundable.

Guestroom description:  New Skete's Emmaus Guesthouse - each two-chambered guestroom consists of a parlor, a bedroom, and a private bath.  5 of the rooms have full or queen size beds, 1 room has two twin beds.  The common area of the guesthouse is a spacious gathering room with high vaulted ceilings and natural light from the gardens.  There are 2 additional rooms located at the monks' monastery.  1 room has a full size bed, and the other has two twin beds.

Call 518-677-3928 ext 215 or email Ida at with any questions.


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The photography retreat is full, and we are no longer accepting registrations for this event.

Seeing with New Eyes:
​A Photography Retreat for Beginners to Intermediate Photographers

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May 04 to 07, 2017 - Pre-registration is required.