Join us for the         Day of the Dead         in Guatemala

            Ten Days Amazing Days                                                    October 30 to November 8, 2017                                 

Does your gypsy fire yearn to travel? Does someplace challenging, unique, and culturally interesting intrigue you?

Would you like to photograph volcanoes and people, lend a hand at a teen ranch of lost boys, and take your photography to new heights? 

Are you a storyteller in your heart? Are you flexible and like to meet new people? Pack your camera. Embrace life. Join us!

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Lake Atilán, Guatemala is surrounded by three volcanoes, emerald green hills, and promising sunsets. Photo by Sherrlyn Borkgren

Lake Atilán, Guatemala is surrounded by three volcanoes, emerald green hills, and promising sunsets. Photo by Sherrlyn Borkgren

A giant kite ready to fly on All Saints' Day in Guatemala.                             Photo by Sherrlyn Borkgren

A giant kite ready to fly on All Saints' Day in Guatemala.                             Photo by Sherrlyn Borkgren

This trip is physically easy as long as you are comfortable walking on cobblestones, can carry your bag and will enjoy a fun boat ride. You can always energize it by walking up the mountains rather than riding.This workshop is focusing on learning better photography, engaging with others and giving. For those wanting more action, there are many opportunities to hike further and longer. If you are thinking about it and want to talk first email and we'l set up a phone call.

 "Travel is the only         thing you buy that       makes you richer."


Note:  (You will have the opportunity to show what you are shooting during short photo critiques. The best way to get better is to show your work.)

October 30. Pickup from airport. Meet-and-greet in Antigua. Dinner together and a look around town.

October 31.  Antigua a UNESCO World Heritage town layered with cathedrals, cobblestone streets and locals preparing for All Saint's Day or "Day of the Dead".
Hop on an open air cart for a clear vista of Volcán de Fuego (Fire Volcano) and photos of the colonial town below. It's always great to get a view from above.

November 1. A photography feast for your eyes, the colorful Mayan Kites Ceremony on All Saints' Day will draw out your color skills in photography. You'll revel in the opportunities to photograph the kites,the people and the festive food served right alongside the graveyard. The food is also delicious for eating!

November 2.  Lake Atilán is an insanely photogenic area surrounded by towering volcanoes, Maya life and the luscious waters the lake is a mix of ancient and modern Guatemala. Dappled with fishermen in dugout canoes, kayaks, and motorboats you'll have stories to show from this.

November 3. Savor and learn the local Mayan culture. Photograph everything Maya and the blending of cultures. Relish the aroma of highland organic coffee, watch the women back strap weavers and experience the Mayan art. You'll like the laid back culture of the Mayan.  

November 4. There's never enough time in the lake highlands. The laid back and friendly culture of the Mayan Tz'utujil Indians is addicting

November 5. Travel to the Youth Ranch with one-hour stop at Mayan market and Mayan church. We arrive in the afternoon at the mountains, los Cuchumatanes with the lost boys.

November 6. Stay with the children in Huehuetanagno for the night.This is the area of the Mam tribes. The red stripped pants of the Mam men set them apart from others. You have the opportunity here to indulge with the lost boys at the ranch. 

November 7. Colonial town of Antigua a chance to catch any of the photos you missed. Your  final photo slide show and our dinner together. . 

November 8. To airport for Home Flights. 

OPTIONAL: Tikal Ruins Add-On.

November 8. A night in Guatemala City where we will visit local attractions with local NGO friends. 

Tikal was densely inhabited from 600 B.C- S.D. 900.This is one of 24 major pyramids in the park.

Tikal was densely inhabited from 600 B.C- S.D. 900.This is one of 24 major pyramids in the park.

November 9. Morning flight to Flores, gateway to Tikal ruins. We spend a night in the colorful town of Flores where our plane lands and we make preparations for Tikal. 

November 10. Tikal Ruins The Maya civilization flourished between roughly 600 B.C. and A.D. 900 and was once the center of the Maya.We will stay at a lodge in the park of Tikal. There are howler monkeys and other animals that make staying within the park worth the extra expense. This will give us the opportunity to photograph the ruins at night. 

November 11. Fly back to Guatemala City together for our home flights. Option to stay overnight in Guatemala City or fly back the same evening.

A vista above the town World Heritage UNESCO town, Antigua.

A vista above the town World Heritage UNESCO town, Antigua.

In Guatemala, All Saint's Day and Day of the Dead are celebrated around the colorful ceremony of kites. For a photographer, it's a festival for the eyes. The Mayan beliefs include wind, earth, and fire; the kites represent an integral part of communication. The kites take from six months to a year to create, and most all community members join together in groups to make these beauties. We will walk about 30 minutes from the town to the graveyard. 

    "I learned to use my camera to make stories not just take snapshots. We engaged with local people and even ate at a Guatemalan home.
   "The Guatemala workshop is as close you can get to being part of the culture without actually living in it. It never felt like tourism. I want to go again!"                                                                                      Raelyn H., legal consultant

   “I took my family on this photo trip to Guatemala. It’s amazing how educational this trip was while having a great time. It continues to affect all of our lives.

   "We are still practicing things that we learned.I've been on a lot of trips but this really gets you next to the local people in an unique way. I really enjoyed everything about it.”                                                                   Clarke, U.S. Navy (ret.)

Improve your shooting abilities while traveling in the Mayan highlands. Learn to shoot in unique and colorful cultural situations, participate in photography critiques, and savor the ancient Mayan culture. 

Throughout the week, you will be shooting and learning. You will focus on engaging people, intentional shooting, and shaping your skills.

We kickstart this trip by photographing the colorful Mayan Kite Ceremony on All Saints' Day. This old tradition is a wild fiesta of color in the sky very worthy of the best photographers. Paper-and-bamboo kites as large as a bus colorfully illustrate Maya culture, religious themes, and human rights. 

This photography workshop is limited to 8 people.
We limit the participants in the workshop as it enables us to move with flexibility and work as a team. This photography workshop is led by Sherrlyn Borkgren. (her website is listed below)

Tikal Ruins is an optional extension of our workshop. If you are interested in going to the best ruins in Guatemala, a UNESCO World Heritage site you are invited to discover this with me. I will be exploring the ancient Tikal Ruins and the nearby town of Flores to add on to future trips.We'll fly from Guatemala City to stay one night in the colorful town of Flores. We'll stay the second night in the jungle at a lodge where the animals are free to roam. We can be inside the park at night for photography. We'll also travel by boat to visit the few remaining speakers of Itza before the language disappears. Plan on three extra days and a night in Guatemala City where we will visit a local speakeasy before heading out. 

Our Purpose. We will produce incredible photography, practice goodwill towards all, and encourage laughter on our planet. Experience the heartbeat of the culture. Grasp the endless opportunities to photograph in highland Mayan Guatemala, volcano-encircled lakes, and a historic city with its European and indigenous roots.

Cameras. A digital 35mm camera with either a fixed lens or a changeable lens works. Sherrlyn mainly shoots with a Canon 7D and iPhone 7 but has also been seen toting a Sony and an Olympus XA.

 Our emphasis centers on shooting amazing landscapes, people, architecture, and engaging with those we meet. 

You can expect photography assignments to be fun while learning to push your skills. We will assign certain nights for open photography critiques. You will have the opportunity to share your images during these evenings and talk about your experiences. No matter what your level of expertise, you will leave with stronger images and many stories to tell. 

Experience the past, the present, and the future. Photographthe ancient cathedrals. Hear the ancient Mayan languages. (There are 22 Mayan languages spoken throughout Guatemala but the three popular languages in the highlands are Kaqchikel, Tz’utujil and K'iche'.)

Weather. We will visit just after the rainy season. It might be 75F at midday and a pleasant 60F at night. It is really the land of eternal spring! 

Travel Attitude. Traveling responsibly encourages us to engage with all types of people. We will observe some values from our own history and other values that are unique to this very different culture. Openness will always be extended to those who seek ways to encourage laughter, understanding, and goodwill. Our goal is to spread goodwill. 

Free Time. We travel to many beautiful places on this trip, but we also try to make free time for everyone. Mornings and evenings, we'll take advantage of the magic light that falls on Guatemala for photographing. 

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Cost. $2,600 for 10 Days. 
Included: Photography instruction, airport pickup, in-country transportation, all hotels (double occupancy–we'll try to match solo travelers). Private rooms are available at additional cost. We'll have two lunches with a Guatemalan family during our stay in Antigua. Breakfasts are included at the Youth Ranch. Lunch ($6) and dinner ($8) are made by the kids. 

You will be picked up at the Guatemala City Airport and transported to our reserved hotel in Antigua for our first day of meet-and-greet and an evening meal. We stay October 30 to November 2 at the hotel before we travel onward. This gives you time to explore Antigua and take a side trip together for a vista overlooking the town. 

Not included: Airfare, tips, drinks, or anything beyond what is mentioned here.

***Ask us about Early Bird and Previous Traveler Specials! 

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You can see some of Sherrlyn Borkgren's journalism work here