There are plenty of "how to" and "introductory" workshops out there on photography. I've taken some and offered some over the years. And there's plenty to gain from such endeavors. What really matters, though, is your individual vision - something that no one else has and how you reflect that vision in photography.

For the past several years, I've begun focusing my workshops on the creative and spiritual (however YOU define that) aspects of this special two-dimensional art form. Come and learn to listen to your creative muse!   

2018 Workshop

"Thin Places and Photo Creativity." This workshop will be held at the Grunewald Guild in Plain, Washington (north of Leavenworth on the eastern slopes of the Cascades). Dates are April 29 - May 5, 2018. Details and registration can be found at: https://grunewaldguild.com/events/thin-places-photo-creativity-with-chuck-kirchner/. You can also click on the Thin Places tab for more information on this workshop. NOTE: This workshop is currently FULL. Contact Grunewald to be added to waitlist. 

A Thin Place: A place to go to feel at peace, a place to be in touch with one’s origins, a place to go to feel one's natural self, a place to be in touch with one's soul.  It’s a place where the veil between heaven and earth, between the sacred and profane, between our creator and ourselves, is lifted and we connect in an intimate way with the universe. We have all, I hope, felt this once or several or many times in our lives. It could be alone at the ocean, or in the desert, the mountains, or even a cathedral. And, just perhaps, is could be while with another who is in a similar state of seeking - seeking what we may not know but with an openness and experience and seek and commune with our higher power.

So how does this relate to a photography workshop you might ask? Through a series of readings, meditative exercises, solo and small group wanderings (camera in hand), we'll be open to experiences of all our senses and begin to intuitively develop the awareness of translating feelings and experiences with the medium of photography.  We spend time on the eastern slopes of the Cascades, along lakes and in the forest primeval.  We explore the creative potential of photography to record our feelings and experiences in ways you have not have thought about before.  And we'll add in some music as well to lift the Spirits in more ways than one.