Macro Photo Retreat


Madeline Island and Bayfield in Bloom: A Macro Photography Summer Immersion Retreat

with Mike Moats, Charles Needle, Anne Belmont and Jackie Kramer

June 20-24, 2022

Location: Madeline Island School of the Arts (La Pointe, WI)
Group Size: 40
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Join Charles and three other instructors for a unique summer photographic immersion experience on beautiful Madeline Island in Lake Superior (northern Wisconsin).

Capture more than 50,000 blossoming florals, a vivid mosaic of roadside lupine, undulating fruit orchards filled with efflorescence, and Island gardens erupting in a vibrant array of color.

In this five-day photography retreat, you will learn a wide variety of significant techniques from four master macro photographers utilizing the environs of Madeline Island and the historic port town of Bayfield. Your creative muse will delight in lupines, wildflowers, boatyard gardens, and beach vegetation.

Your retreat experience will include a combination of shooting in the field, classroom lectures, and unique post-processing training utilizing specialized software. Enjoy a ferry ride from Madeline Island to Bayfield, as well as a boat cruise to the Devil’s Island sea caves with in-depth evening discussions.


5 days of intensive photography instruction in the field and classroom, classroom lectures and post-processing training with all four instructors.  Lodging on the grounds of the School, breakfasts, lunches, two on-campus dinners and unlimited refreshments and healthy snacks available at any time.


Airfare, transportation, lodging, meals and snacks, or COVID-19 testing prior to arrival or departure, or during the workshop.


Several lodging options on the campus of Madeline Island School of the Arts are available.  When you register for the workshop, you’ll be able to choose which type of accommodation you desire.


Madeline Island School of the Arts (MISA) is located at 978 Middle Island Road; La Pointe, WI 54850.  The closest regional airport is Duluth International Airport (DLH), approximately 90 miles from Bayfield, WI.  Please plan to arrive at the Duluth Airport on Sunday, June 19, no later than 3 pm, in order to get to MISA in time to check in and attend our Welcome Reception at 6 pm.  

For departure, you may fly home on the last day of the workshop (June 24), or the following day.  If you choose to fly out the next day, you may either stay an extra night at MISA ($175) and fly out no earlier than 11 am, or take a shuttle to Duluth the afternoon of June 24 and stay at a hotel near the airport.  

The School also offers a roundtrip shuttle service from Duluth International Airport to your room on campus.  The cost for the shuttle is $340 roundtrip and includes your ferry charges.  If you’re planning to use the shuttle service, please call the School at 715-747-2054 and ask for Erin, the Registrar, who will help coordinate your flight and travel arrangements.

When planning your travel arrangements, it is important to note that the ferry to Madeline Island runs on a set schedule every half hour in the summer.

The first trip leaves at 6:30 am from Bayfield (MISA’s port town) and the last boat departs from the Island at 10:30 pm.  Reservations are not required.

For a complete schedule and rates please visit the Madeline Island Ferry website.  MISA is located 1.5 miles from the ferry dock.


• Sunday, June 19

6 pm Welcome Reception with wine and cheese.

• Monday, June 20 – Friday, June 24

Immersive photography field and classroom sessions in various scenic locations on the Island with all four instructors (breaking up into groups of 10 on each day).  One evening, there will be an optional boat cruise to the Devil’s Island sea caves with in-depth evening discussions.  The retreat ends at TBD on Friday, June 24.


All skill levels and camera formats welcome, including smartphone cameras.  Students should also have a basic understanding of exposure and proficiency in post-capture image editing software, such as Lightroom, Photoshop or Snapseed.


No strenuous activity will be involved during the workshop; however, come prepared for some walking and light hiking.  A modest level of health and fitness will greatly enhance your experience.


Subject to terms and conditions as outlined by Madeline Island School of the Arts.

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