Lake tahoe retreat

Trip Overview:

What is the “Artist Voice” It is a photography retreat and awesome adventure rolled into one.  If you are itching for a way to connect photographic technique with your artistic, expressive voice inside, and deftly weave it into the pixels of your images, then this retreat is for you.  Join Karen Hutton as she shows you her backyard, Lake Tahoe, a place where tales of hardship and risk are balance with accomplishment and reward. She will show you how to expand your awareness of nature, wakening your soul to its awe and possibilities. This is not just a workshop of vistas and mountain ranges.  It is so much more. Karen will show you our regions makers and artisans – today’s modern pioneers.  Discover the magic of Lake Tahoe as it re-energizes and connects you to a deeper place.

All levels of photographers are welcome.

NOTE: basic operating knowledge of your DSLR camera – or whatever camera you use (including your phone camera) – and of your laptop or tablet is required. As a participant, you must be prepared to hike on trails while carrying your own camera gear, an extra layer of clothing, and water.

Trip Highlights:

  • Hike along Lake Tahoe’s east and west shores. Photograph historic Donner Summit and  Squaw Valley, home of the 1960s Olympics
  • Exquisite dining, including a historic highlight dinner. 
  • Five nights at the award winning Cedar House Hotel Sport Hotel

Karen Hutton

Photographer, Voice, Purveyor of Awesomeness Karen Hutton is a Professional Fujifilm X Photographer, International Landscape and Travel Photographer, Voice. Through stunning imagery, humor, thought-provoking ideas and a genuinely positive outlook, she inspires people to discover their artistic voice in photography — while making it all feel like an unforgettable and eye-opening adventure. She has been featured internationally by Fujifilm, presented at Photographer Talks at Google, created popular online courses for Kelbyone, has been translated into multiple languages and speaks all over the country about photography and inspiration.

Her adoring fans + customers have called her “Pure JOY, LIGHT & absolute FUN!”, “An inspirational gem” and “Incredibly artistic. Captivatingly genius. World class!”  Guilty pleasures? When she’s not traveling the world, you can find her watching epic movie trailers, crunching popcorn at the latest Marvel Comics blockbuster and sipping Bulletproof coffee, wondering if anyone realizes she’s basically drinking butter.  Discover the soul-vibrancy of your photographic artistic voice at and The Artists Voice Adventures.

Details – 

This retreat is designed for all levels! 

REQUIRED: you must have a working knowledge of the camera you bring.

This event is not about learning new gear. It’s about learning what you can create with it.

Tripods are highly recommended.

The Artists Voice Package Includes: 

5 Nights’ Accommodation at The Cedar House Sport Hotel in Truckee, CA. 

Welcome orientation and wine/cheese reception the first evening

Breakfasts and picnic lunches each day

One group dinner, where you’ll enjoy the fresh-sourced foods that Truckee has become known for. 

1:1 time with Karen Hutton in a small, intimate group setting

Daily photo walks in a new location each day with feedback, photo critiques, and guidance from Karen.

One hike: a short loop of the Pacific Crest Trail. It’s a moderate 1.6 mile hike that starts at about 7200 ft, with a 531 ft. of elevation gain. We’ll be photographing along the way, thus will take it slow.

Transportation to and from the hotel to our photo locations during the retreat. 

(Full location details available to participants.) 

Your accommodations:

5 Nights at The Cedar House Sport Hotel 

The Cedar House Sport Hotel
Truckee, CA. 96161

The award winning Cedar House Sport Hotel, fused from unrefined and recycled materials, encourages the natural connection between the human body and the landscape we exist in.  


October 6th – 11th, 2019


$3895.00 Private room

The Artist Voice Photography Retreats are all about expression, creative energy and making amazing images. That is why we have a conversation with each attendee before signing up. It  helps sets the stage for an awesome creative environment by seeing that everyone is on the page and ready to inspire one another to the next level. Please hit the inquire button and Karen will contact you directly. After our conversation and you are ready to sign up, we will send you the deposit payment link.  $750 Deposit to Reserve your spot with full payment due 90 days prior to Departure. 

Trip Includes:

  • 5 nights in a private room at the Cedar House Sport Hotel
  • All Breakfast and Lunches
  • Welcome Reception with cheese/wine
  • 1 group dinner
  • Group transport to photography location
  • Daily Photo critique and feedback from Karen Hutton


Trip does not include:

  • Air transportation
  • Transportation to/from airport
  • Car rental
  • Meals/food beyond what is described
  • Beverages or personal expenses

If you are unable or choose to no longer attend “The Artist’s Voice” Venice/Dolomites Retreat , the following refund schedule will apply.

* 90-120 days prior to the retreat: Full refund (if full payment was made), minus non-refundable deposit and a $750 fee.

* Less than 90 days prior to the retreat: No refund. Notification by phone or email is acceptable and must be followed with a written notice.

* Leaving a workshop or retreat in progress, for any reason, will not result in a refund.

* We reserve the right to cancel a trip because of inadequate number of participants making the workshop economically infeasible to operate. In the event that a workshop is cancelled prior to departure, you will receive full refund of the cost of the workshop.


For your protection, travel insurance is strongly recommended. Medical coverage is required.