Zen Nature Workshop

“Inspiring Photographers with Aloha and light”
-An authentic Cultural experience.

Zen Nature Photography Workshop

Map of Hilo, Hawaii

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“Thank you for the amazing tour! Wonderful way to stop and smell the flowers! Love all my “fine art” photos!”

-Kristine Kozuki

Hawaii Photography Workshops introduces a Zen approach to Outdoor Nature Photography, wherein the artist is encouraged to cultivate an awareness of the relationship of the elements, and qualities of light as it conceals, reveals and creates intricate patterns in nature, and to cultivate a mindfulness of his/her self as the creative artist. Our Zen nature workshop will take place in the Puna rainforest on Hawaii’s youngest island, The Big Island.


July 7- 13, 2014

  • Day 1 – Monday, July 7, 2014
  • Day 2 – Tuesday, July 8, 2014
  • Day 3 – Wednesday, July 9, 2014
  • Day 4 – Thursday, July 10, 2014
  • Day 5 – Friday, July 11, 2014
  • Day 6 – Saturday, July 12, 2014
  • Day 7 – Sunday, July 13, 2014

Portfolio Themes

We have designed this unique Zen nature workshop with your portfolio in mind, these are the themes that will be covered throughout the workshop.

  • Lava landscapes
  • Native flora
  • Tropical rainforest
  • Seascapes
  • Geographic textures
  • Portraits of light
  • Panoramic landscapes
  • The elements: air, Earth, water, fire
  • Black sand beaches
  • Perspectives from the tallest mountains on Earth
  • Nature’s Design: a macro perspective
  • Ecology: The divine interplay

Tour Details

Dates – July 7-13, 2014

Fee – $3000.00

  • Includes Room and Board for 7 days and 6 nights
  • Based on Double occupancy
  • Includes Meals

*Does not include airfare to and from Hawaii Island

Deposit – $1000.00 by June 1, 2014

Limit – 12 people

(10 spots left)

Special terms and conditions may apply.

Workshop Leaders


Brian Ross has been shooting for over 25 years, and his work has been exhibited at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum, the Broadway Gallery in NYC, & the Hui No’eau in Hawaii. He has a degree in Communications & Anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania, and has done graduate work in Film-making at NYU.

Brian has photographed noble laureates: HH the Dalai Lama XIV, Nelson Mandela, and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and has explored contemporary expressions of spirituality and art. He has created successful fundraising art events to benefit the Nelson Mandela’s Children’s Fund & the Tibetan Children’s Village in India. He is the author of “Lunch with Krishna”, a work of fiction examining spirituality and culture in contemporary society.

Over the last decade Brian has been photographing and exploring Hawaii’s most scenic locations.


Pic of Sian

Sian Olsen


Pic of Matthew

Matthew Nall


Pic of Madelynne

Madelynne Nehl