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Adirondack Autumn Retreat - Tupper Lake

Our signature event - an experience unlike any other workshop - in the northern Adirondack Tri Lakes Region.

Special Note: With the popularity of the retreat, we are holding the majority of registration slots for previous attendees until January 15, 2024.  After that, registration will be open to other intermediate to advanced level photographers.

The retreat program is our ultimate Adirondack photography experience; a classic artist's retreat for experienced photographers who want to immerse themselves in their craft. This is a time when all of your attention can be put toward realizing your vision and sharing the fruits of your creativity. As a participant you will be challenged to create a body of work based on your experiences during the week and share your results with the group. (We will be printing some of your work for display in the retreat space.) You will also assist in guiding your fellow participants toward their goals through your supportive suggestions and insights.  You will be photographing a variety of Adirondack landscapes chosen for their diverse possibilities — scenic mountains, woods, and waters that make the Adirondacks so distinctive. Your activities will be planned to take advantage of all the little things that make the Adirondacks unique in the pantheon of American wild places.

Mark will play dual roles during the week: guide and participant. As a guide he has created activities and exercises designed to inspire and challenge you. He will also lead all field trips, discussions and critique sessions. As a participant he will be shooting along with you, sharing his work, and taking part in all creative activities.  After the retreat he will assemble a representative selection of participants work into an e-book, as a memento of their experience.

There are no pre-planned instruction given during the retreat. However, Mark will provide any assistance that you require during the retreat, technical or otherwise, as the need arises. This is a great opportunity to expand your horizons while working alongside one of the area's premier photographers and teachers.


Camera Skills Needed

This program is for Intermediate and Advanced skill level photographers who would enjoy growing their skills while working in a close-knit group.

Description of skill levels - click here

Computer Skills Needed

Participants should be capable of performing the image processing steps necessary to take their images from capture to print.

Mark will be happy to assist you as needed.

Other Considerations

Locations visited during the retreat are easily accessible and do not require any strenuous hiking or climbing. However, participants must be in good physical shape and able to climb and descend moderate inclines. As with all outdoor pursuits, some risk is inherent; all participants will be required to sign a waiver prior to the workshop.

Group Size

12 participants max.

Registration Fees


Deposit of $250 required at time of registration. Deadline for early registration discount is July 22nd. Click here for information on any other discounts that may be available.

Click Here to Register Online


Dates and Times

Retreat begins Sunday, September 22, 2024 at 5:00 pm and ends Friday, September 27, 2024 at noon.

Where to Meet

Participants will gather in the lobby of Tupper Lake Motel at 225 Park Street, Tupper Lake. 


Directions to the Tupper Lake Motel can be found on their website. Email them at if you need further assistance.  


Lodging is the responsibility of the participant and is not included in the registration fee.

We suggest the Tupper Lake Motel for this event. The hotel is holding a block of rooms at discounted rates of $110/night (1 queen bed) and $140/night (2 queen beds) until May 1, 2024 so be sure to mention that you will be taking part in the Adirondack Photography Institute workshop.  We recommend making your reservation soon after registering for the workshop.  Reservations can only be made by emailing the motel at  Reservations can only be made my email.  They will not answer the phone during the winter.  


Other lodging suggestions in Tupper Lake:

Shaheen's Adirondack Inn - (518) 359-3384
Sunset Park Motel – (518) 359-3995

Red Top Inn  - (518) 359-9209


Meals are the responsibility of the participant and their cost is not included in the registration fee. Mark will work with the group to organize meal times and locations.

Getting to the Event

The two nearest airports are Adirondack Regional Airport and Albany International (ALB). Rental cars are available at both locations.

Transportation During the Event

Participants’ vehicles will be used for transportation during field trips. We are adamant about  carpooling as much as possible to minimize the number of vehicles needed for any given field trip, as well as to lessen our impact on easily damaged roads and trails. Note that the instructor is not allowed to provide transportation for participants during the event.

Mark Bowie -


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