So, if you know me you know that three of my greatest loves of life (outside of my friends, family, and my pups) is yoga, traveling, and photography. For many years now, as I struggled and grew and loved and lost through my 30s, I had a dream of combining those three loves and turning it into a workshop.
I told people, lots of people, that I was aiming to host ‘international yoga and photography workshops all over the world.’ I got all sorts of reactions, but mostly people sort of blew it off. Musta sounded dumb or silly or that there just wasn’t that many folks interested in all three of those things to get it off the ground. Ya know what I have to say to those people right now, don’tchya? Yea ya do. Starts with an F and ends with a you ifyaknowwhatImean.
I ran an online photography workshop last year called The Love Offensive. The aim was to teach folks how to use photography as a way to love and honor and celebrate the people in our lives. How to spread love one good photo at a time. Over 80 people took the workshop, and the photos that came out of it were AWESOME! Everyone did such a killer job, really pushed themselves, and started to see photography as a gift. Along with the beautiful and talented Rachael Rice, I’m running that workshop again next month, by the way, and I’d love you to join: The Love Offensive.
I took the concept of the workshop on the road, combined forces with my Spanish speaking, really smart, logistics goddess friend, Jenn Ciplet, and headed to Nicaragua.
Ten killer people joined us, and it was INSAAAAAANELY AWESOME!! If you took my wildest dream, fed it only chocolate and methamphetamines for the three years I dreamed it, and then pinched it on the ass you STILL couldn’t have come close to how awesome that week was! One woman, Molly, during our final critique, said to me through tears, “I feel like I’m OD’ing on positive energy this entire week.” I’ll give that a fuck ya.
We started each day with a 90 minute yoga class. The classes are freeing, flowing, and strong. Most folks were new to yoga, by the way. After each class we felt open and grounded, free and fit. We felt fucking awesome. And with that, we headed out to our daily assignments. One day each student was invited into local, rural Nicaraguan families’ homes. Language barriers a plenty didn’t stop the love fest. My students sat with the families in their homes, on their farms, on the dirt floors, and photographed their beauty. The next day we delivered the photographs to the families. Another day we did some street shooting in the busy city of Chinendega. One morning we took surfing lessons, another day we rode horses on the beach. The final two days were spent in our very own BandB in the cobblestoned and colorful streets of Granada, Nicaragua.
We ended the love fest week with a tearful, grateful, beautiful final slide show of student’s work and a great dinner.
The student’s work can be seen here: https://www.facebook.com/theloveoffensive/
I cannot recommend our Destination Love Offensive trips enough. Honestly. Many didn’t even know how to use their cameras!
You’re perfect for the trips if you love life, people, being alive, adventure, travel, friends, yoga, or laughing. hahaha. I’m SERIOUS! 🙂
I SO hope you’ll join us!!
Thank you thank you THANK YOU SO MUCH for making my WHOLE LIFE WORTH LIVING!!!
i love you so so so damn much. seriously.