Mary, an award-winning photographer for 35 years, is an author of 5 books, certified kundalini yoga instructor, humanitarian, and world traveler in 35 countries. She has led programs at Apple, Stanford, Intel, University of Hawaii, and worldwide.
And from Mary: I've lived many lives.
In the past 14 years I've been to 35 countries on 4 continents.
I've photographed the Dalai Lama in India, twin baby elephants in Nepal, abandoned people in a home in Argentina, taught Buddhist nuns in Nepal how to do yoga, photographed saints, yoga masters, authors, made movies and photographs of a Buddhist temple where I lived in Thailand, taught English and a class "Salsa Dancing for Babies" in Colombia.
I traveled solo three times around the world by plane, train, boat, bus, motorbike and rickshaw thru the Himalayas, the Andes, Indonesia, Europe, and the Americas. http://www.youtube.com/MaryBartnikowski
In the States I’ve led programs at Stanford University, Apple Computer Intel, University of Hawaii and private retreats.
In I981 I moved to Palo Alto, California, the epicenter of Silicon Valley. It was exciting to live down the street from Steve Jobs, meet geniuses every day, raise my family, and photograph start-up stars, angel investors, 724 weddings, families, babies, authors and in 2009 the Dalai Lama. See my photography galleries here.
Being in Palo Alto taught me to Dream Big and create a network that rocked.
My photography business flourished, I wrote my first book, and started doing yoga and meditation 25 years ago.
It changed my life. I lost 35 pounds, felt more energetic, and razor-honed my focus.
Speeding into 2009 I sold my belongings, and started a never ending world journey in 35 countries traveling solo and shooting, writing, and teaching for humanitarian foundations and leading my workshops in Asia, South America, Europe, and Central America.
A gift to myself was meditating with masters in Nepal, Thailand, and India, practicing how to stop worrying and live life. I'm continuing to learn how to do that.
They taught me to surrender and it worked. Being peaceful takes practice.
I used to live a life of cashmere, comfort, and buying stuff. Now I value experiences, discovering the world, and helping people connect to their divine nature and how to have more fun in a no fun world.
The truth is, I was searching for my best life.
One day while living in Thailand I suddenly heard my heart pounding with visions of Hawaii, so I bought a one-way ticket to Honolulu from Bangkok and arrived with 3 pieces of luggage, not knowing a soul, on December 3, 2013.
I instantly fell in love with it. I swam with wild dolphins, shot photographs for businesses and families and taught photography workshops.
But the Bay Area called me back in 2017 where it all started.
Here's what I can do for you:
I'll lead your company with a team building photography experience, or you might want to join me in San Francisco, shooting people, architecture, and street photos.
You also may want to join me on retreat in Sicily, Italy, Mexico, Hawaii, or California.
I've learned local secrets I'm head over heels thrilled to share with you.
Photography, Writing, and Kundalini Yoga retreats is what I offer you.
You'll nourish your spirit, rejuvenate your life, and experience the best that I've discovered in my world travels. Guaranteed.
These astounding places will invigorate your mind, re-set your life, and dazzle your spirit.
Love and Blessings, Mary
Call me 808-542-4566 firstname.lastname@example.org
Oaxaca City, Mexico Photography Workshop September 19 to 24, 2023
Do you crave falling in love with a new country? You haven't seen Mexico like this!
Join us in Oaxaca City for 5 days of capturing incredible photos of this culturally rich town in Southern Mexico. Bring any camera (phone or camera) even if you've never picked up a camera before and explore with me at your side, taking photos of this colorful kaleidoscope of people, stunning architecture, and yummy food.
6 Things You Get: One on one guidance for each photo walk to capture the photos you've seen in your mind but can't quite capture the way you want
Local Oaxaca Food not offered anywhere else in Mexico (mole and tlayudas) Meeting fun people in our small group of only 4 to 6 participants Incredible restaurants bursting with delicious food from basic to fancy
And the most jubilant markets I've discovered in Mexico: food, clothing, and art 5-Day Itinerary: Pre-party Dinner: 5PM the night before we start our workshop Day One 9:30am Photograph the main piazza and architecture, people, favorite local spots, and night photography Day Two Photograph the market, eat, and walk, local mezcal tasting Day Three Monte Alban; these ruins are said to be the oldest town in Central America Day Four One on one commentary on your photos so you know why your photos are thrilling and how you can keep doing this in all your future photoshoots. And what didn't work so well in other photos and how you can improve the shot Day Five Free day for shopping, massages, wandering no schedule A value getaway: lodging and food costs are 50% less than the USA!
Only 4 to 6 People Advice on lodging and flights included
Morning shooting 3 to 4 hour sessions with guidance and night photography Free time to wander, shop, get a massage, eat amazing food The best restaurants and local places to eat, curated for you
Advice on what camera gear to bring (phones or DSLR, all are welcome)
Who am I? You'll get the benefit of my award winning 35-year photography business in the heart of Silicon Valley, all my secrets revealed so you can excel at taking amazing photos for the rest of your life.
Check out my photos here $795 for your Mexico Adventure
This is for you if you crave an eye-opening and awe inspiring escape! Kindly check out the FAQ before booking a call.
Flights: fly from USA direct to Mexico City then a short flight to Oaxaca City or you can fly direct to Oaxaca City (OAX) from some cities in the USA
Hotel suggestions: Hostal Nordes Your own room, private bathroom, 3 blocks from the Historic Center Hotel Dainzu Leafy courtyard, private room and bath 2 blocks from the Historic Center, many restaurants nearby
Check out hotels in the Centro of Oaxaca City 3-star or above mid-range $35 to $50 USD per room
Here's what Shirley McClintock said about her experience in Oaxaca City this week with me, "You did it again. You knocked it out of the park. Beautiful city, great food, good company, and wonderful instruction. You have those leadership qualities that we all wish we had. I learned more about composition and what makes a great photo. You have certainly found your calling and excel at it."
book a call with me to learn more because talking voice to voice you can ask any questions on your mind about this adventure Payment is Paypal, Zelle, or Square
Call 808-542-4566 in the USA Kindly write or call and I'll respond the same day, I'm currently writing my 6th book and planning new photography workshops.