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Impressions in Photography: A Retreat for the Senses at Mirbeau Inn & Spa

This summer, Mirbeau Inn & Spa at The Pinehills will open its doors to award-winning fine art photographer Charles Needle for a retreat designed to instruct and inspire photographers and art lovers alike. With more than 10 years of teaching experience at Claude Monet’s Garden in Giverny, Needle will introduce participating guests to the art of expressive and painterly photography using nothing more than a digital camera or smartphone and Mirbeau’s Monet-reminiscent gardens as a color palette.

The two-day photography retreat will take place from July 13-15, with a focus on capturing striking images of flowers that compel guests to look beyond shapes and into the essence of each subject. The workshop, hosted in partnership with locally-based Hunt’s Photo & Video, begins with an orientation and cocktail reception upon arrival on Monday, July 13, and throughout the workshop, participants will enjoy a series of photoshoot sessions with one-on-one instruction, immersive lectures about macro and impressionistic photography, group image evaluations and Q&As.

Needle’s work has been featured in publications such as Nature’s Best and Outdoor Photographer, and the “Inner Reflections” engagement calendar. He received the Showcase Award from the North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA) for six years in a row and was a finalist in the International Garden Photographer of the Year photo contest, sponsored by the Royal Botanic Gardens. A Fuji Film USA Talent Team member and author of three cutting-edge photography textbooks, Needle evokes spiritual energy, meditation and healing through his images, which are on permanent display in hospitals, offices and homes nationwide.

Package rates start at $1,355 for single occupancy and $1,870 for double occupancy, and include two nights’ accommodations; all class activities; a signed copy of Charles Needle’s extensive and educational book, “Impressionistic Photography: A Field Guide to Using Your Camera as a Paintbrush”; cocktail reception; daily breakfast; lunch and dinner on Monday, April 13; and taxes, fees and service charges. All skill levels are welcome, and guests are required to bring a digital camera and/or a smartphone to participate. For further details and reservations, call 877-MIRBEAU (647-2328).

About Mirbeau Inn & Spa at The Pinehills

​Located in the historic town of Plymouth, Mass. in the award-winning community The Pinehills, Mirbeau Inn & Spa at The Pinehills is an elegant 50-room retreat, reminiscent of a French country estate, surrounded with beautifully landscaped Monet gardens, a tranquil waterfall and Koi fish ponds. The inn features the 14,000-square-foot Spa Mirbeau complete with state-of-the art fitness center with group fitness programs, the Henri-Marie restaurant, The Bistro & Wine Bar, as well as meeting and banquet spaces. Mirbeau Inn & Spa at The Pinehills was recently named as “Where to Honeymoon in 2015” by Destination Weddings & Honeymoons. The legacy Mirbeau Inn & Spa, located in the heart of New York’s Finger Lakes wine region, is the only Forbes Four-Star Award winner for hotel, spa and restaurant in New York State, and an AAA Four-Diamond winner.

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