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|Title:||Wisdom of No Technology: Retreat for Media Makers|
|When:||28/05/2012 - 02/06/2012|
|Location:||Vallecitos Mountain Ranch near Taos, New Mexico|
|Description:||The Wisdom of No Technology: A Retreat for Media Makers|
May 28-June 2, 2012
With Dyanna Taylor and Don Usner
at Vallecitos Mountain Ranch near Taos, New Mexico
If twenty filmmakers get together in the woods and don’t make a film, does anything happen?
The world of the media professional is often harsh and competitive. Seldom is there time to stop, to take stock of where we’ve gone and what we’ve lost in our efforts to succeed.
This retreat offers media professionals a chance to unwind and recharge the capacity to create, to remember and return to the roots of inspiration. We will leave all our equipment behind to fully experience the peace of a pristine mountain valley in the remote Tusas Mountains of Northern New Mexico.
During extended day hikes and quiet walks (in spacious meadows that edge the crystal clear Vallecitos River, and in forests, home to elk, wild horses and giant pines), silent sitting and writing (with paper and pencil!) we will find the path back to what truly guides our work. In the evenings, we’ll enjoy delicious meals and relaxed fireside talk as we hear from each other and explore what can manifest when we take time away from the over-stimulation and demands of the media world.
This rare “time out” is open to all media professionals, including filmmakers, crew persons, photographers, writers, producers, journalists, web and graphic designers. Come to the Vallecitos Mountain Ranch and let the early summer alchemy of New Mexico’s wild Tusas Mountains guide, revitalize and restore your inspired self.
Dyanna Taylor, a director and veteran cinematographer, brings a uniquely personal angle for guiding this retreat. After over 30 years, she still has a passion for the film business and a familiarity of the sacrifices it requires. Combine this with her twenty-five year Buddhist practice, varied and powerful wilderness experiences and the desire to share the Vallecitos experience with other media makers and you find the inspiration for this retreat. She has led previous media retreats, co-founded both the Cerrito Amarillo River Canyon Trust and Pecos River Open Spaces.
A New Mexico native, Don Usner completed a B.A. in Biology and Environmental Studies at University of California, Santa Cruz. He spent four years managing an ecological reserve in Big Sur, California. Returning to New Mexico and his cultural roots, Don resumed studies and completed an M.A. in Geography at the University of New Mexico. Don has taught geography, photography and documentary studies at the Santa Fe Community College and the College of Santa Fe, and he is currently teaching introductory photography to Spanish speaking students at the Santa Fe University of Art and Design.
Cost and Registration:
Sliding scale: $650-$500. Please pay at the highest level of the sliding scale that you can afford. This allows others who need to pay less the opportunity to attend. Fees cover meals and lodging.
To Register: Visit www.vallecitos.org to register online or contact Leigh Lauck at firstname.lastname@example.org / (575) 751-9613 to reserve your space.
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