Awaken to beauty through the practice of photography
and document Paradise on Earth

January 21 – February 3, 2017
This expedition is about diversity. We will visit some of the most beautiful islands in Indonesia: Hindu Bali, Catholic Flores (a former Portuguese colony), and wild Komodo island, inhabited by giant Komodo dragons. These locations are close to each other geographically, but worlds apart culturally, anthropologically and topographically. We will learn how to explore and capture this abundance and diversity through
the art of photography.
14 days

2 weeks journey
into the world outside and within
3 islands

Bali, Flores, Komodo
3 photo workshops

Meditative, artistic and technical

What is it about?
Our journey will start on beautiful Bali where we will explore its non-touristy locations visiting abandoned temples high in the mountains, hiking to waterfalls deep in the jungle, and spending time in remote indigenous villages.

We will continue to spectacular Flores with its hidden beaches, colorful volcano lakes, superb diving locations, and traditional villages, unchanged for millennia. Then we'll meet Komodo dragons face to face, or to be more precise, face to telephoto lens.

In this trip we will use photography as a means to explore the world around as well as within us. We will cover a wide range of photography subjects, shooting flora and fauna on earth as well as underwater. We will document architecture, traditional villages life and island cultural heritage. Photography workshops will be taught by three teachers who have been mastering different approaches to this art. Michael Yoshpa explores meditative and biological approaches to photography, taking portraits of nature and using the camera as a creative tool for developing self-awareness. Anton Gutmann specializes in wildlife photography, and shoots for National Geographic. He will share technical secrets of his art. And Yana K.M comes from an artistic background. She is fascinated by the magic of the moment, capturing fragments of the everyday mosaic of life.
Learn how to stay in the here and now,
and capture the fleeting beauty of the moment!
Expedition Dates
January 21 – February 3, 2017

* 14 days

* Participants are expected to arrive for the program on January 21, 2017 and depart on February 3, 2017. You may arrive in Indonesia earlier and/or depart later, but you will be on your own for food, lodging, transport, etc. We would be happy to help with hotel and itinerary ideas for your period of stay outside of the program.
Expedition Route
  • Face a dragon with your photo lens
  • Catch changing colors of multi-hued volcanic lakes
  • Visit traditional villages
  • Discover underwater kingdoms in the most exhilarating scuba diving spots in Indonesia
  • Purify, refine and revitalize your body, and become consciously aware of its material and subtle dimensions in LifeStream laboratory
  • Be treated to indigenous music and dance
  • Get lost in the the gorgeous countryside
  • Listen and talk to your Self in MySelf laboratory

All listed activities are suggested by organizers, and can be changed depending on weather or participants' interests.
Expedition Team
Guide-Interpreter: Yana K.M

Yana holds Master's Degree in Fine Arts. She taught photography at the State University of New York, organized art workshops for children and adults, took part in numerous exhibitions and festivals worldwide.

Over the last 15 years Yana has visited more than 50 countries, and fell in love with Indonesia, where she spent 2 years studying traditional arts and discovering hidden beauty of the islands. She speaks fluent Russian, English and Indonesian.

Facilitator: Michael Yoshpa

Michael holds a PhD. in Pharmacognosy and Medicinal Chemistry, and Masters Degrees in Biology and Education.
He is a photographer and facilitator of inner development retreats.

Michael is an author and facilitator of several learning laboratories: LifeStream, MySelf, Living Science, and Living Dreams. He teaches meditation, qigong and martial arts.

What is included?

  • Accommodations
  • 3 meals a day
  • Transportation
  • Guide and interpreter services
  • Trekking
  • All daily activities
  • Admissions to tourist sites
  • Participation in the photography workshops and laboratories: LifeStream and MySelf

Not included:

  • International and local airfare
  • Airport visa
  • Insurance
«Early Bird» Discount
The discount is valid only until November 20, 2016
Regular Price
The full price must be paid by January 20, 2017
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