Finding the Still Point A women’s photography workshop with a twist. September 29 – October 2, 2022 Yellow Bay on Flathead Lake, Montana With


Barbara Michelman & Bryony Schwan Join us for a three-day photography and self-discovery workshop on spectacular Flathead Lake—the largest freshwater lake west of the Mississippi in the shadow of Glacier National Park and the Mission Mountains. Discover what limits you, as a photographer and as a person. Learn to focus your mind as well as your camera. In this workshop each day Barbara and Bryony will work with you to see and capture the beauty of the world in new and creative ways, spending time outdoors photographing followed by classroom time and meals back at our base at Yellow Bay. PHOTOGRAPHY Learn to make friends with your camera enough to lose yourself to that moment when you and the image are one. Instruction includes camera basics, ISOs, f-stops, lenses, file formats, composition, color, black & white, framing, knowing photo rules and when to break them. Barbara will also offer instruction on Lightroom and Photoshop basics. Each day will include a short photo assignment during our daily outings and reviewed with an eye to creating new and exciting images. SELF-DISCOVERY Your mind is your best friend. But it can also be your worst enemy. Your mind is constantly sabotaging your potential for both performance and happiness. All your negative emotions, including stress, are the result of self-sabotage. Bryony will lead short daily workshops and meditations on Positive Intelligence: how to strengthen the part of your brain that serves you and quiet the part that sabotages you, so you handle life’s challenges with a more positive mindset, and less stress. About Barbara Born and raised in New York City, Barbara studied Art History in Florence, Italy and graduated with a BA in Philosophy from UC Berkeley in Berkeley, California. She did post-graduate work in Film at San Francisco State University and Sociology and Psychology at Humboldt State University in Arcata, CA. One of the first women in the Lighting Union in Hollywood, she began her career working in the major film studios. Some of her credits include “Happy Days”, Little House on the Prairie”, “Gideon’s Trumpet” for Hallmark Hall of Fame, and “Attica” for ABC Circle Films. She taught film lighting at San Francisco State University and photography at Sierra College. She also led photo tours in Europe for Close-Up Expeditions and for Sweet Light Photo tours. Her work is in public and private collections in the US and Europe. Her book, “On a Benediction of Wind” with writer Charles Finn,will be released Aug 9th, by About Bryony Bryony was born and grew up in Zimbabwe. She has a BA in Fine Arts (with a minor in photography) from the University of Natal in South Africa and an MS in Environmental Studies from the University of Montana. She has co-founded, led, and grown five mission-driven organizations, including The Biomimicry Institute, that strive to create a more just and sustainable world. For the last six years she has immersed herself in the science of happiness, mindfulness, meditation and considers herself a life-long student of the nature of consciousness and human potential. She brings three decades of experience creating and running successful organizations, over ten years of immersion in biomimicry and a deep passion for human development to her coaching and consulting. Outside of work photography is her number on passion and she has been photographing the world’s wild places all of her life. DATE & TIME Please arrive at the University of Montana Flathead Lake Biological Station at Yellow Bay by 6pm on Thursday, September th. The workshop will end at noon on Sunday, October 2nd. For those traveling from outside Montana, Yellow Bay is 80 miles from the Missoula airport and 30 miles from the Kalispell airport. The workshop does not include air or ground transport but we will connect participants ahead of time so carpools can be arranged. MEALS The workshop includes dinner on Thursday, three meals on Friday and Saturday and breakfast and lunch on Sunday. We will provide non-alcoholic beverages. Participants are welcome to bring their own wine or beer. ACCOMODATION Accommodation is based on single occupancy cabins. Showers and toilets are in the adjacent bath house. If you wish to upgrade to a room in the lodge with a private bathroom, please email us with your needs and we will let you know the additional cost. No upgrades can be made after September 15th. EQUIPMENT Minimal requirement: DSLR or mirrorless camera and whatever interchangeable lenses you have. Camera batteries, charger and extra memory cards along with y our camera manual and tripod. A laptop with a copy of Lightroom and Photoshop on it. If you do not have a laptop to download, view and edit your images, we can accommodate you, though your learning experience may be more limited. COST The cost of the workshop is $995 which includes instruction, accommodation, and meals. Registration is limited to 10 people. A 50% deposit is required to secure your place and is non-refundable after September 15, if we cannot fill your spot. We will, however, keep a waiting list. A $100 cancellation/administrative fee will be deducted from the deposit regardless of cancellation date. Final payment is due September 15th.

For more information  about Bryony visit her website.


Fees can be paid using the following options

Venmo@Bryony-Schwan .




Made out to Bryony Schwan and mailed to 1121 Sherwood Street, Missoula, MT 59802

For more information email   or call  406-381-7898



The accommodations at Yellow Bay are a University of Montana, off-site fully equipped educational facility, including conference center, cabins, lodge and lake access on the wooded shore of Flathead Lake, Montana