• Image of April 3-8, 2019 Baja Design Tour and Photography Retreat
  • Image of April 3-8, 2019 Baja Design Tour and Photography Retreat
  • Image of April 3-8, 2019 Baja Design Tour and Photography Retreat
  • Image of April 3-8, 2019 Baja Design Tour and Photography Retreat
  • Image of April 3-8, 2019 Baja Design Tour and Photography Retreat

Designers Collective's tours are made to offer an immersive and hands-on experience that combines design education and cultural exploration. Join like-minded professionals, creative entrepreneurs, and design aficionados on a trip that will initiate creativity and provide new skills for your creative practice.

From April 3 to April 8 2018, we will travel to Baja, California, Mexico to experience the colours, culture, architecture, and landscape of the southern Pacific coast. Using our surroundings as inspiration, we are hosting a multi-day photography workshop and open-format seminars on styling, social media, and the importance of imagery for your brand. All levels of experience are welcome but please do know how to use your DSLR as we will not be able to support the technical side of your camera. In his workshop, we will focus on mastering photography techniques for DSLR's as well as immersing ourselves in Baja culture.

The Baja tour is heavily focused on imagery and visual thinking. The right image can communicate-- in milliseconds-- the ethos of your brand, your aesthetic, and plant that seed of curiosity that leads viewers to explore more of your content, hit that all-important "like", or share your brand.

Designers Collective is very excited to have Tracey Ayton, a renowned Vancouver-based photographer and stylist, lead the photography workshops. She will draw from her years of industry experience to lead our participants through photography-based workshops—we will be looking at light, composition, colour, and how to take advantage of your DSLR camera. Over the course of the tour, participants will learn how to capture a beautiful composition (without using “auto”) and see how the fundamentals of photography can be translated to other visual practices.

We also have joining us, Alison Kent who is, in a few words, a multi-tasker. With a background in Architecture and side ventures in fashion and interior design and food, she now focuses on her life-long love of art and illustration through her new company, akHOME. Alison will be sharing her love of food and will offer Botanical Sketching to those interested.

What do you get to look forward to?
-6 days and 5 nights in San Jose del Cabo at the gracious, EL ENCANTO INN & SUITES BOUTIQUE HOTEL AND SPA, a hacienda style boutique hotel with an intimate ambiance, secluded and peaceful with beautiful gardens.
-6 Breakfasts
-3 lunches
-4 Dinners
-Happy hour drinks and snacks
-Experience the local traditions of Dia de los Muertos
-Day trips and guided tours in San Jose del Cabo, Pescadero, Cerritos Beach, and Todos Santos
-Experience the Cabo Art Walk
-Visit local a designer, April Tidey in Pescadero
-Cooking lessons and farm tour at Flora Farms (an Instagram favourite!)
-A sampling of some of the best restaurants (including Acre) and Mezcal Tastings in San Jose del Cabo
-One-on-one and group instruction in photography, styling, and social media
-Experience the gorgeous, and varied, local landscape!

Why Photography?
With the meteoric rise of social media and the accessibility of cameras, images have become a universal language. In today's digital world, strong photography skills and social media go hand-in-hand. Effective and evocative imagery also has an impact offline-- we've all picked up a book or magazine because it "captured" us right?
Your images communicate so much about your brand or business and they are only as good as your tools and skill-set. This is a great opportunity to learn how to take your own images and get the ‘look’ you want or improve your photography skills under the guidance of a professional photographer and stylist. Tina and Tracey will be guiding you through a series of workshops, field trips, and cultural experiences to get you thinking visually and creating beautiful imagery.

Why Baja?
The Baja Peninsula is home to rich culture, beautiful landscape, and a visual crossroads of tradition and modernity. We will be able to experience classic Mexican architecture as well as learn about modern Mexican design; we will be able to see what is happening in contemporary art as well as see the local traditions of Dia de los Muertos. From world class dining and the ultimate farm-to-table experience to an array of visual culture, we plan to stimulate all your senses. San Jose del Cabo is located on the Pacific Coast and has a warm southern climate that provides the perfect conditions for tropical fruits and desert oases alike. Experience Mexico and design like never before.

$2950CAN. (approx $2300 USD)
Register by November 15, 2018 for your Early Bird Discount ($150) Discount Code: BAJA2019