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Next Step: The Artist's Journey - 2012 - (**FULL**) Creativity Photography Workshop

Savannah Creativity Photography Workshop

The Next Step: The Artist's Journey  
April 1st - 7th, 2012  Savannah, Ga.
This Workshop Is Full
Please email us to be added to the wait list.
(Sunday at 3:00 pm – Saturday at 1:00 pm)
Instructor: Craig Tanner
Tuition: $1,295
Deposit: $300
The Next Step workshop is about peeling away fear, expectation and convention to find the passion, purpose and the heart of your work as an artist. The Next Step workshop is about getting who you truly want to become as a person and artist into your photography. Ultimately The Next Step is about uncovering your unlimited potential as an artist and human being. 
The general schedule for this workshop is shooting sessions in the morning and late afternoon with classroom sessions for lecture and/or image review during the day.
Image review sessions in a typical workshop generally focus on consideration of the subject matter of the photograph and what is happening at the level of the camera. Review sessions during the Next Step include equal consideration of what is happening at the level of the mind set and belief system of each participating photographer. The most important filter in photography is the filter of our belief system and how it effects our ability to be more or less creative every time we approach a photographic project, assignment, or subject. One of the big reasons The Next Step has been such a transformative experience for many participants is because The Next Step creates a space where you can discard beliefs that are not working and replace them with new beliefs about your creativity and photography that are empowering. Journaling is a major part of The Next Step workshop experience. But the most powerful part of the Next Step experience is the supportive, shared experience among the participants. 
The beautiful city of Savannah, Georgia, with its lovely squares, historic district, lively River Street and music scene (with a possible trip to one of the barrier islands or historic Bonaventure Cemetery), will be the backdrop for our explorations.
This will be the fourteenth time Craig has taught the Next Step Workshop.
Considering the group size, workshop length and the overwhelmingly positive feedback that has been received about the Next Step Workshop experience, Craig considers this to be his highest value workshop.
The Next Step workshop is limited to 10 participants to insure a maximum amount of individual instruction and to facilitate a powerful sense of community among the participants.
To register for this workshop, please use our online contact form.
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For more information about The Mindful Eye workshops, including general requirements and our cancellation policies and procedures , please read About Our Workshops.
To register for this workshop, please use our online contact form and select Workshops in the choices for subject.  In the Message section, please let us know that it is this workshop in which you are interested.
Testimonials from the 2011 Next Step Workshop

The Next Step is not just another workshop, it is a photography – and life – transforming experience. Craig brings tremendous energy and innovation to a very challenging, very rewarding, very hands-on week of learning to use our photography in new and much more meaningful ways. While this is not a technical workshop, Craig’s immense technical knowledge and experience and expert support are always quietly but readily available. Groups are kept small to ensure this, and also ensure wonderful co-operation, teamwork and strong friendships that inevitably develop in the course of an unforgettable week. – Erich K. (2011 Next Step Workshop)

There is no other workshop like this. You will (likely) be challenged in ways you could never have dreamed. And when you have finished you will know that no other photo workshop experience could have such a profound and positive effect on your photography and your life. –Michael B.  (2011 Next Step Workshop)

Craig does a masterful job of balancing training material, photography, discussions, critiques, and break time. This is a challenging workshop…. it doesn’t deprive you of sleep the way a peak-of-summer landscape workshop does, but you will do work and you will be tired. While there are opportunities for making scenic photographs, this workshop is about creativity, mindsets, and finding your way from making individual, disconnected photographs to producing a meaningful body of work. The assignments are quirky, fun, and build on each other so that by the end of the week I had learned so much more than I expected….and having attended a previous workshop of Craig’s, my expectations were high. I think most people attend this workshop because they feel like they’re stuck: either they have grown tired of the types of photographs they are making, or they have a sense that they want to do something “more” but aren’t quite sure what “more” is or how to do it. Craig will help you figure out how to solve these problems but he’ll teach you so much more along the way. If there’s any way for you to attend this workshop, I highly recommend it.

-Tommy W.  (2011 Next Step Workshop)

This workshop provided the normal benefits of getting together with other photographers and the motivation that comes with that. Beyond that it provided for me something that I could not have imagined. I now know what my purpose is in photography, perhaps even for my existence. It is simply this, through my photography, I want to help people become the best that they can be. I learned the value of relationship before photographing someone. I learned that discomfort and anxiety are often necessary in advance of enhanced creativity. I learned the value of letting go and living in the here and now…really living. I learned that I have the most to gain by spending time with those I assume have the least to give. I learned that there is beauty everywhere and in everyone. Thank you Craig for opening my eyes. –Stan W.  (2011 Next Step Workshop) 

Previous Year's Next Step Testimonials

“The Next Step workshop exceeded my highest expectations. The techniques taught to unleash and develop creativity are applicable to all aspects of life - business, relationships, well-being, ... I had great fun while being challenged in ways that I did not anticipate.  I highly recommend this to photographers of all skill levels. -  Lee M.  (Next Step: 2010)
“In signing up for the Next Step Workshop, I was hoping to find some inspiration to rekindle my passion for photography. What I received went far beyond that. This was a transformative, and, ultimately, an empowering experience. Over the course of six intense days, I increasingly stepped out of my comfort zone to confront challenges, make connections, and find new meaning and direction for my work. I left Savannah exhausted, but enlightened.  I'm still marveling at the unexpected richness of the experience that I had, and that I feel fortunate to have shared with others. The Next Step is so much more than a photography workshop.” - Erin M.  (Next Step: 2010)
“My Next Step journey was a magical experience replete with delightful, unexpected gifts. Stepping along, I reconnected in a powerful way with my childlike creative sense, a return to innocence where I lived in the moment, was open to new possibilities, and explored honestly with wonder and enthusiasm.  Along the way, I also made deep, meaningful connections with kindred souls whose friendship and talent continue to inspire. Best of all was the realization that I could take my gifts home and have these types of experiences going forward! I cannot thank you enough for creating and facilitating this blissful adventure. I am forever changed as a result.”-  Eric H.  (Next Step, 2010)
“I used to say “I like photography”, but could never say “I am a photographer”. Now I can. I came away with a different sense of myself, my competence as a photographer, and learning how to feel safe enough to take risks in my approach to photography. I feel like I am forever changed as a person; that may sound hyperbolic, but it’s real.” -   Daniel G.  (Next Step:  2009)
“My goal coming in to this workshop was to work with other talented photographers and learn from them. I expected that learning to be technical, which did happen. But it turned out to be so much more. The environment you have created for this workshop is certainly a  rarity.... You gave me the opportunity to be my most creative self, and the best person that I can be,  at a non-stop, breakneck pace, for a week. I am honored to have been a part of such an experience. ”  - Jorj B.  (Next Step: 2009)
Additional Information:
Getting There:

The closest airport to Savannah is the Savannah / Hilton Head International Airport (SAV).  The airport is approximately 15 minutes from downtown Savannah.  There is taxi service and there are rental cars available at this airport. Taxi fare to the historic district where our hotel is located is approximately $25.00.

We will only need enough cars to transport participants away from the city to shoot at one or two locations outside of the city, weather permitting.  For the rest of the time, all of our shooting locations are within walking distance of the hotel.  We do encourage the participants to share rental cars.  We will release workshop participant contact information to the members of this particular workshop, with each participant’s approval, as the workshop dates approach so that you may arrange car sharing, etc. with each other.

The Next Step workshop is hosted at:
Inn at Ellis Square
201 West Bay Street
Savannah GA 31401
Toll Free:  877-542-7666
Hotel Switchboard:  912-236-4440
We have a block of rooms at $109/night for a double room, plus applicable taxes.  Parking in the hotel's covered garage is $9/day.  This is an excellent price for hotels in the historic district.  
When you call for reservations, please tell them that you are with the The Mindful Eye (group code NSWS), the workshop name and dates.  Our set of rooms are blocked from two days before the workshop begins through two days after the workshop ends.  If you wish to extend your stay in beautiful Savannah, you can do that at our special rate.  Our contact person at the hotel is Linda Bell, senior sales manager.  If you encounter any problems, you may call her at 912-944-3286.
Please reserve your room by March 1st, 2012.  After that date, the rooms will be returned to the hotel for general use and will not be subject to the special rate we've been given. 
There is free hi-speed internet throughout the hotel, a free deluxe continental breakfast each day, pool and fitness center, and Dominque's Lounge and Bar in the hotel.
Each room includes: Flat Screen TV,  coffee maker, in-room safe, iron and ironing board, lighted make-up mirror, hair dryer and a table and chair.
To register for this workshop, please use our online contact form and select Workshops in the choices for subject.  In the Message section, please let us know that it is this workshop in which you are interested.




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