Adirondack Fall Retreat
September 24-29
Inlet, New York


Our signature event — an experience unlike any other workshop! With new shooting locations and opportunities.

Special Note: With the popularity of the retreat, we are holding registration slots for any previous attendee until March 1. After that, registration will be open to anyone.

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 and Joe will play dual roles during the week: guide and participant. As guides they have created activities and exercises designed to inspire and challenge you. They will also lead all field trips, discussions and critique sessions. As participants they will be shooting along with you, sharing their work, and taking part in all creative activities.

At the end of the retreat we will assemble a representative selection of the work of the participants into an e-book, which everyone will take home as a memento of their experience.

There are no pre-planned instruction or demonstration sessions given during the retreat. However, Mark and Joe 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 two of the area's premier photographers and teachers.


Mark Bowie, Joe LeFevre

Program Type


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. Joe and 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.

Group Size

10 participants max.

Registration Fees


Deposit of $250 required at time of registration. Deadline for early registration discount is June 24. Click here for information on any other discounts that may be available.

Click here to register online

Dates and Times

Retreat begins Sunday, September 24 at 5:00 pm and ends Friday, September 29 at noon.

Where to Meet

Participants will gather in the parlor at the Woods Inn. All indoor sessions will take place in the conference center on the property.


The Woods Inn is located on Fourth Lake in Inlet, New York. For driving directions go to and enter ZIP Code 13360 as your destination. If you have further questions don't hesitate to contact the Woods Inn at (315) 357-5300.


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

If you have special dietary needs please make them known to the Woods Inn staff when you arrive for the event.


Joe and Mark highly recommend staying at the Woods Inn as a way of maintaining the close-knit retreat atmosphere. Contact them at (315) 357-5300 for details. Make sure to mention that you will be taking part in an Adirondack Photography Institute event.

For other nearby lodging options contact the Town of Inlet Information Office

Getting to the Event

The two nearest airports are Syracuse Hancock International (SYR) 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 instructors are not allowed to provide transportation for participants during the event.

The Program Schedule

Day 1

You’ll get to know each other at a welcome dinner. Joe and Mark will present the plan for the week and answer questions.

Day 2-4

Morning group field trip. Post-trip review and discussion. Download the morning's images and make selections for display. Complete assigned exercise, if any. Group discussion around participants’ images. Image processing and printing. Afternoon, evening and night group field trips. Post-trip review and discussion.

Day 5

You choose whether to attend the morning group field trip or shoot on your own. Post-trip review and discussion. Image download and selection for display. Complete assigned exercise, if any. Group discussion around participants’ images. Image processing and printing. You choose whether to attend the afternoon, evening and night group field trips or shoot on your own. Post-trip review and discussion. Breakfast, lunch, dinner at scheduled times.

Day 6

Morning group field trip followed by breakfast. Image download and selection for display. Submit images from the week to Joe and Mark for inclusion in the group presentation. Retreat wrap-up.

Note - The actual itinerary may vary considerably from this due to weather and other conditions that cannot be anticipated.

What To Bring

The program leader has provided additional information regarding your needs for this program. Click here to view or download that information. Please contact the leader directly with questions.

What Participants Say

"Every day I think back on the API Retreat and realize what a wonderful event it was! The retreat has made a major change in my photography possible. What I have needed was change in my creative viewpoint. Thank you for the opportunity to attend. Just received Mark’s book of retreat images – it is outstanding. What a great group!"

Lee D.

"This retreat exceeded my every expectation! My challenge now will be to keep this feeling in my heart even when life gets in the way..."

Michelle D.