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We’re going to back to San Miguel de Allende!

Dear Superheroes,

If you’ve been following me for a while, you already know that San Miguel de Allende, Mexico is one of my favorite places in the entire world! It’s full of beauty and art, warm + friendly people and incredible architecture. It’s my favorite place in the world to collect color…. and is now my favorite place to bring a group! (We had the pleasure of taking a group this year to explore + learn and create… + it was ah-mazing)

The city attracts artists and lovers of art because the light there is magic. It is that painterly sort of light that exists in a handful of places in the world and it always fills me with awe. It’s a place where you want to drink in the terracotta walls, walk for hours on the cobblestone streets and peek into hidden artist studios. It’s a place where you want to create. (And sit in chairs with wings)

My dear friend + Wild Writing teacher Laurie Wagner and I are taking a small group of creative folks back to San Miguel this January 2019. (January 6th-11th, 2019 to be exact) We will be exploring, writing, storytelling, taking lots of photos and having one of the most creative and delicious adventures we’ve ever had! 

Our days will be a perfect blend of Wild Writing, creative photography exercises, storytelling and exploring this magical city together. We’ll learn from local artisans, take a food tour of the city (total foodie paradise), take photo walks during the magic hour, and wander to the town square where celebration fills the streets at night.

Bring your walking shoes, your favorite camera and a notebook and we’ll take care of the rest! Spaces are limited to 15 – we want this to be an intimate gathering. Our group will be occupying an entire bed and breakfast right in the heart of downtown San Miguel. We’ll have walking access to galleries, restaurants, shops and historic sites. Breakfast will be included each day in addition to a variety of room options.

Here are the details all in one place:

Dates:
January 6th – 11th, 2019 (5 nights at a gorgeous bed + breakfast)

Your investment:
$2,200 (small, private room)
$2,300 (shared room, shared suite)
$2,400 (deluxe, private room)
$2,500 (supah fancy shared suite)

The price above includes:
-Lodging for 5 nights at Casa De La Noche
-Breakfast each morning
-Wild Writing class each day (sometimes we do this twice a day!)
-Magic hour photo walks + instruction
-Group art class from a local artisan
-Food tour of San Miguel (the most delicious way to get familiar with the city!)
-Shuttle to + from the airport (as long as you are arriving in Leon, Mexico (BJX) or Queretero)

Deposit:
$500 (non-refundable deposit to secure your spot!) 

Space limited to 15 lovely peeps. All sold out! Email us if you want to get on the waiting list.
Nab your spot soon. This will sell out!

You will come away with:

A Wild Writing practice: Something that has sustained me and my creative life for more than 15 years now. It’s how I create every blog post + learned to tell the truth in my writing. It’s one part creative practice, one part healing practice. If you know it, you already love it. If you don’t know it, you’re in for a treat. (Led by Laurie)

A camera (or phone!) full of glorious colors + amazing images: And skills that will take your photography to the next level. (Photography led by Andrea)

15 new friends for adventure + support + connection: We will create a gorgeous little tribe for the week. We trust that just the right constellation of people will show up for a really magical time.

A fun + easy creative adventure where you get to learn + grow + play + explore. We can’t wait to be with you!

 

Click the button above to pay your $500 non-refundable deposit + secure your spot! 

 

Catching hail in a jar + seeing the world through creative eyes.

I was in Colorado all weekend for my nephew Caleb’s bar mitzvah. (That’s Caleb and I in the photo above) The day started off full of sunshine – complete with sundresses and bare feet – but by the afternoon there were tiny balls of ice pouring from the sky! What the what?

So we did what any curious Californians would do – we ran outside with a mason jar! Nico grabbed a handful of ice and put it in his mouth, Ben stuck his hand inside the jar until it was numb and I giggled and felt more alive than usual for having run outside in a hail storm. I love how kids understand this intuitively… that to experience wonder fully, all the senses are necessary.

Another highlight of my trip was spending time with my sister’s niece Hannah. She is an incredible artist and poet who just graduated from college + is a total kindred spirit. She leads a poetry camp for girls each summer in Bolinas, CA (hit reply if you want more deets on this) and as she was telling me about it – tea parties, poetry walks, fairy houses – I realized that I do something similar for grownups!

We are reminding ourselves and each other to see the world through creative eyes.

We are connecting in deep ways to our spirits and nourishing ourselves with color and play and the joy of being with others. Simple things. But things that get lost in the busy busy.

I wish we could all be in the same room for a tea party. We would eat pastries + drink earl grey + tell each other stories. We would walk through the streets capturing the beauty we find. We would write love notes and paste them on mirrors in public restrooms. We would remind each other that it’s okay to be imperfect, to not have it all together… and that we don’t have to pretend for each other.

The good news is that we have a great little internet classroom where we can gather! And I am so excited to be with you.(Thrilled by how many of you have already signed up!) If you haven’t enrolled in my newest creation (Summer School: Calling in ease, beauty and magic) you can find out more here!

It will be an easy peasy class – a place to remember wonder, magic + your creative spirit.

xo Andrea

 

The adventure begins Monday, June 4th, 2018

$99 You can still get the early bird price for $49!
Just enter the coupon code: EARLYBIRDLOVE at checkout.

 

Wow! and the story of the beet lady.

So delighted by how many people are already signed up for Summer School! Thank you!! I couldn’t be more excited.

And I have to tell you, the magic has already begun. 

Get this! I was contemplating one of the creative photo prompts for the course – thinking about how we might be able to find things in the world that match the color palette of what we are wearing on a given day.Sort of like your own personal camouflage… where if you stood in front of a bright pink wall for example, you might blend in.I wondered if it was too complex, when lo and behold, the woman in line in front of me at the grocery store said, “Sorry, gotta just grab one more thing!” No problem, I replied.

She returned with a bunch of beets in her hand. “Oh my goodness!” I practically shouted. “You match those beets perfectly!”

I explained that I am a photographer and teach creative courses and that I was contemplating a prompt just like this… she let me take her photo and then beamed at me the whole way out of the store. It’s possible I made her day + I  know she made mine. Just a simple moment of spontaneous connection with a stranger (where I got to share my delight in all things creativity and color) was pure gold to me.

It was also a beautiful nod from the Universe. Go girl! it seemed to say. You’re on the right track!

In a world that often overwhelms, that makes me want to crawl under the covers and hide, creative play is a balm. It nourishes me in the best possible ways.

It reminds me of who I am at my core.
It reminds me of my aliveness and my joy.
And when I feel like I’ve lost my sparkle, it helps me discover it again.

If your heart did a little leap when you saw the lady with the beets, this class is for you. Or if you’ve lost your sparkle, please join me in this creative adventure.

You can still get the early bird price of just $49. (Enter the code: EARLYBIRDLOVE at checkout)

Hoping you all find some sparks of joy today,
Andrea

The adventure begins Monday, June 4th, 2018

$99 Early bird pricing gets you the class for just $49!
Just enter the coupon code: EARLYBIRDLOVE at checkout.

 

So excited to share a brand new course! Summer School!

For summer, I wanted to create an experience of pure joy for you! Something easy…. (it’s summer after all!) and fun. Something that will get us out into the world + wake up our creative spirits.

Here’s what I came up with:

A series of delicious prompts on the themes of ease, beauty and everyday magic.

  • Ease: Self-compassion, cultivating a mindset of ease, letting go of struggle. 
  • Beauty: Creative photo prompts that will wake you up to the beauty and color in your world.
  • Everyday Magic: These prompts are my favorite of all! These will be secret missions of kindness that are designed to delight you + also the world. They are joy-filled and all about creative play.

Here’s what you’ll discover, inside:

  • 4 weeks of written, audio + video lessons that will help you call in ease, beauty and magic.
  • Prompts for creative play that will loosen our minds and open our hearts – allowing us to see the world through a different lens.
  • Secret missions of kindness.
  • Support in choosing ease as a way of being – inside whatever circumstances we are in.
  • As we welcome in ease, beauty and magic, we will ultimately connect to our joy.

The adventure begins Monday, June 4th, 2018

Want to see a sample prompt? Here’s one below!

 

$99 Early bird pricing gets you the class for just $49!
Just enter the coupon code: EARLYBIRDLOVE at checkout.

Hey sweet friends, I want to hear from you.

I want to create something new for you! Something that you will LOVE, that will be fun and delightful and truly make a difference in your life.

Would you do me a favor? And take 2 minutes (I promise, that’s it!) to answer my little survey?

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RF9BZFL

It would help me SO much!

Deeply appreciating that you are here,
Andrea

FLASH Photography Sale!

Hey friends,

Flash photo sale! (Pun intended! get it? 🙂

For the next 3 days, you can get three of my best photo classes for one super reduced price of 99 dollars! Each of the courses are self-guided, so feel free to take each one at your own pace. You will have access to the courses indefinitely!

The photography bundle includes:

  1. Superhero Photo (my signature photo course)
  2. Capture Spring (iPhone course)
  3. Elevate the Ordinary (starts where Superhero Photo leaves off)

Note: You are welcome to substitute out another self-guided course if you have already taken one of the above!

Also, a Mother’s Day Special on portraits! Take $100 off.

Take $100 off my usual rate for family portraits or headshots. Just enter the code MAMA18 to get a session for 450- (sessions are normally 550)

Big love to each and every one of you!

May spring bring you lots of color, joy + photo-worthy moments,
Andrea

 

Some of my favorite podcast episodes from 2017.

Today I am celebrating that I created a podcast this year! The Creative Superheroes Podcast.

It’s seriously the best gig around – sitting down for tea with some of the most interesting, creative and delightful people in the world. The episodes above are some of my personal favorites…

Just click on one of the graphics above to get to the episode.

Enjoy!

xo Andrea

Life-shifting books I am reading right now.

The Desire Map: A Guide to Creating Goals with Soul by Danielle Laporte

The Language of Emotions: What Your Feelings Are Trying to Tell You by Karla McLaren

Boundaries & Protection by Pixie Lighthorse

Mating in Captivity: Unlocking Erotic Intelligence by Esther Perel

 

My new favorite dress from Texture!

So yeah. I’m a little obsessed with this dress. I got it last week and pretty much haven’t taken it off! It fits perfectly, is super stretchy and comfy and I plan to live in it all summer long. (Hem it to mid-calf and throw on some flip flops for a super casual, summery look)

I don’t normally post about clothes, but I LOVE this company and want you to know about them. They are independent (out of Seattle, WA) and I have been shopping with them for years. I especially love that they have REAL WOMEN modeling their clothing and everything is ethically made, eco-friendly and sustainable.

You’re going to thank me when you order this dress! It somehow manages to be comfy, sexy and sporty all at the same time!

Use the coupon code: SUPER20 to get 20% off (Coupon good until July 4th, 2017)

 

 

P.S. From their website: 

HELPING WOMEN FEEL BEAUTIFUL IN THEIR CLOTHES & COMFORTABLE IN THEIR BODIES

A core belief at Texture Clothing is designing organic and sustainable clothing for real bodies of all shapes or sizes. You don’t have to look like the women in magazines to feel like you just stepped off the runway. We make fashion that’s flattering from head to toe, clothes to feel confident in.

iphone photo class – Early bird price ending today!

Let’s take some gorgeous photos together this summer!

Today is the last day for the early bird price of $49. (Price will go up to $97)

The best camera is the one that’s with you! That’s probably your camera-phone, right? Let’s learn how to take amazing photos with that great tool already in your hands.