Santa Fe – Inner Path Photography Retreat


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“The Inner Path of Photography – Santa Fe”  

A weekend experience with Heidi Straube, M.Ed, LPC

Photographer, Psychotherapist, Muse


Santa Fe, New Mexico
September 16-18, 2011

Be enchanted, inspired, expanded…
Enhance your photography, enjoy your life.

Experience the beauty of New Mexico as you touch the beauty within…
Express it all through your photography.

What is the inner experience of photography? Deep, spiritual, rarely discussed…it is what seduces us and send us out to shoot again and again. We yearn for the taste of the sacred…and through our cameras discover it, the world, and ourselves.

This special weekend is for those who want to explore more deeply the intuitive, mystical part of their photography practice,  enjoy the process and flow of shooting as much as the final image, and learn more about themselves along the way.

Drawing on the tradition of the photographer Minor White, and using techniques and philosophies from inner path photography, psychology, meditative and healing practices, you’ll come to understand more fully this deep inner connection, apply it to your art, and enhance the quality of both your photography and life.


Friday, September 16 – Santa Fe
4:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Meet at our home base for the weekend, the 100-year old adobe Casa Pinon, to discuss the agenda for the class, and how the weekend will unfold. The class will customized to your interests and needs, as well as will provide experiences that you don’t know to ask for!

Begin introduction to the Inner Path of Photography.

Saturday, September 17 – Santa Fe

6:00 am (optional)

“Yoga + Dawn Peepers”  For those who enjoy the silence of the morning, a yoga/meditation session, then shooting as the sun rises.

9:00 am – 4:30 pm

Group and individual work with elements of the Inner Path of Photography.
Formlessness, resonance, creating your inner and outer vision.
Meditative practices, walks, shooting, photo review, discussion.
New philosophies and connection of photography to your life.
Further work with answers to the question, “Do I feel it? Do I know it? Is this what I am trying and wanting to express?

7:00 – 8:00 pm (possible/optional)

Sunset meditation and shoot.

Sunday, September 18 – Santa Fe

6:00 am (optional)

“Yoga + Dawn Peepers”

9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Deepening of Inner Path of Photography skills and experiences.
Working with blocks to expressing personal vision, artistic identity.
Group reflections, sharing of images.
Group class closes.

2:00 – 6:00 pm (optional)

Personal guide/mentor/muse sessions (additional separate charge, schedule with Heidi)

Monday, September 19 – Taos 

Post-course – Enhancement

Day trip to Taos, New Mexico, with shooting and leisurely stops along the way.
I see this as a hands-on “shoot with Heidi” time…on the spot tips and techniques, introduction to favorite locations, themes to be determined by participants and Heidi.
Options for day trip, returning to Santa Fe, or overnight extension.

Let me know if you are interested in doing this and we’ll determine format and cost, depending on interest.



$225.00 if registered and payment received by September 1, 2011
$250.00 after September 1.

Register here online,  call 713.521.1676, or e-mail Heidi Straube at

Check to be made to “Heidi Straube.” Mail to:

Heidi Straube, M.Ed, LPC – Inner Path Photography, P.O. Box 981045, Houston, TX 77098.


The Hacienda Nicholas, and the Madeleine Inn, close to our meeting place, the Casa Pinon, (same owner,) have wonderful bedrooms, breakfast included in the room fee,  a spa (with a special massage therapist I can recommend,) and a warm, welcoming owner.

La Posada, an historic Santa Fe landmark,  is a larger, full service hotel down the street from Casa Pinon, also with spa services, an interesting history, and award winning restaurant. There are a variety of rooms, from old, traditional Santa Fe to modern spa rooms.

There are many other places to stay in the area, so feel free to explore other options.


You can fly into Santa Fe directly (small airport), or Albuquerque (ABQ), New Mexico.
Rental cars are available at both airports.
There is also a shuttle from Albuquerque plus the recently renovated New Mexico Rail Runner Express train is a treat if you have the time.
A car is not necessary within Santa Fe. If we go outside of the town to photograph, we will carpool with available vehicles.

If you are interested in the Monday Taos adventure, we will take cars or consider the Taos Express shuttle which is only $10 each way.


Digital camera
Laptop, with card reader or other capability to download your images from camera
(please be sure to know the basics of your computer and how to download images)
Thumb drive
Journal, notebook
10 images from your work that you are proud of; 5 images that you are not as happy with. (No stress! We are using these images for you to explore what you are drawn to, and refine your inner vision. Class is open to all levels of expertise.)

PLEASE BRING PRINTS. The original discussion we have from reviewing participant’s work will be from viewing prints only, no digital images.

Welcome to the Inner Path of Photography…
Feel the magic and enchantment of New Mexico, the Passion of Photography,  and the Essence of your Life.

I look forward to “Honoring Inner. Creating Outer” with you!


Heidi Straube, M.Ed.,LPC, is a photographer and transformational life counselor. Integrating her experience of twenty-five years in meditative practices, including Zen and yogic traditions, with twenty-five years as a career/life direction counselor and contemplative psychotherapist, she has helped people to make life changes and transitions by honoring the deeper, spiritual self. She applies these same principles in her work as a professional photographer and teacher as she honors the spirit within through visual expression.

Heidi has exhibited in the international photography expositions, Recontres International de la Photographie 2001, Aix-en-Provence, France; Houston FotoFest 2000, the Dominican Republic, and Houston Women’s Institute, and the Houston Public Libraries. She specializes in fine art, natural light portraiture (with special expertise in black & white), as well as contemplative approaches to seascapes.

“The Inner Path of Photography,” a class to enhance the intuitive, mystical path of photographers (of all skill levels), improving their pictures and their lives, and “You are the Artist of Your Life,” for adults and teens to explore and create life direction, whether in career, relationship, or lifestyle change, are two examples of the classes and personal retreats that Heidi leads.

Heidi is the author of the photo book “I Dream of Galveston,” her images capturing the peacefulness, fragile beauty, and silent gracefulness of the sea, children, and adults at Galveston, Texas beaches. Her unique work as a photographer/psychotherapist has been featured in the Houston Chronicle.