May 29th — June 2nd
(Limited to eight people)
In each of us there is a facade, a veneer that we cling to.
We grip with the force of a feverish forever. We pray for its strength, the hidden protection it provides, and hope for the safety (we like to believe) invisibility gives. With time, a blessing occurs. It is a blessing born of our desperation to be real, and the hope to bring us closer to wholeness. The facade is crumbling, the veneer has cracked, and we begin to see the beauty in the scars, our scars, our revealed edges, and our truest self. It exposes a place in us not meant for mass consumption, not needing empty affirmation. Not needing anything but living in our own moments. It is a place within that is content with our own acknowledgement … our own whispers.
This is Rome, this is your voice, this is you.
Joined by my friend Henry Lohmeyer, a gifted and contemplative photographer and truly brilliant soul, I am thrilled to offer this time of being to you. I’ll be joining lenses, so to speak, with Henry - and returning to my roots as a passionate seer and photographer. This time we are curating for you is built on hours of conversation between us, while we’ve marinated on what it means to cultivate true living in a screen-driven world.
If you could take one photo today, and write one sentence, would it last a lifetime?
Can that become what you cling to, hold on to—allowing yourself to pause, stand still, and wait?
Can you hold your moment like a decadent morsel—holding the beauty of the moment, letting it nurture you, inspire you, even possess you?
Can you let that be your forever?
Can you let YOU be your forever?
In our social media-driven, fast-moving world, Henry Lohmeyer and I want to invite you to a precious time to savor, to imbibe, to devour the true beauty that flourishes under the veneers. The languid and precious moments of life that happen, pass, and float onward. To examine and capture our happenings and meanderings from a still-point inside. To share in a time that is just ours, to be in a safe place that is here, that is now to linger … to witness … to ruminate … to feel.
Our coming together is not about achieving the perfection of a polished piece or body of work, or shining up your public image. It is about allowing yourself to breathe—to see—to begin—to be present again.
Even with the best of intentions, these questions cannot be resolved in a day or week, but we can take the steps toward preparing ourselves, gently planting the seeds that will take root, and ripen for harvest.
We can begin to prepare a space within, a place that we nurture and strengthen.
We can begin to see the truest gift of the right questions and be patient towards the ansers that may come.
We can begin to surround ourselves with those that share in our path and empathize in our truths.
Our truest hope is that we leave this offered space in Rome with a foothold in our truest being, our deepest seeing, a practice of becoming, and a new found togetherness … inside and out.
The villa is divided into 6 apartments and is located in the exclusive Reserve of Valle dei Casali. Each apartment has 4 beds, with possibility of adding a fifth, a bathroom with shower, a fully equipped kitchen in the living area and a private terrace. While bedrooms may be shared, you will have your own bed. At your arrival a lush garden and a beautiful private grounds await you.***
We are limiting this to no more than eight people, wanting it to be a truly intimate gathering.
The price of this gathering will include:
Accommodations for five days and four nights.
Aside from lunches each day while we are out, this is an all inclusive event.**
Light fare breakfasts each morning and cozy dinners each evening—we will do our best to cater to dietary needs.
We will guide you each day there through the noted beauty of Rome, and the ‘off the beaten path’ places as well—those that tell the truest stories. We will also set you free to explore Rome your way.
Each night will be filled with food, soft music, sharing and supporting one another's creativity and the feelings we express.
There are a couple of ways to pay:
An EARLY BIRD price of $2,250, if paid in full by February 28th.
To reserve your spot, please send $1,450 (through Venmo to henry-lohmeyer), with balance ($1,000) being due by May 1st. ***
If in Europe, use Paypal, making payment(s) to erinfaithallen at gmail.com.
Please feel free to email email@example.com, with any questions you may have.
Agendas are a necessary evil. Most of our gatherings end up more conversational and intimate—sharing, expressing and growing—it's really all connected to what we feel about all that we see and the photos we make. With only ten of us, including Henry and I, I feel it might go that way.
With that said, we will be sending out an agenda as the time approaches. However, we want to stay in tune to the group ethos and how we are feeling from day-to-day. Shooting varies from one day to the next, but we hold that one day lifts the next and the next, like something growing.
It's really all we know how to do: stay open to the space we hold and each other.
Henry Lohmeyer uses his lens to capture the edges of vulnerability, where heart meets soul and the courage to be seen is the only thing left waiting.
A seasoned photographer, Henry’s learned his craft by wandering the streets of St. Louis, Los Angeles, NYC and most recently Paris, France, where the stories of men arriving from Afghanistan and elsewhere illuminates for all of us just how fragile it is, this notion we hold of “home.”
Erin Faith Allen is a professional seer, wanderer, and documenter of the glorious intersection where shadow and beauty collide and weave themselves together.
If you could crack open the archives of her world, they would reveal an obsession with preserving the present moment, that interlude between being in what *is* … and dissecting and digesting it.
A seasoned photographer, filmmaker, author, and mixed media artist, her most passionate muse relishes the pleasure of travel, culture, history and the exploration of sensory experiences.
***It is our intention to secure this space, but if another is needed, due to fewer signups or to unforeseen events, accommodations as nice or nicer will be chosen.
**Prices do not include airfare or transportation to and from the house in Rome.
***Because of limited space available, deposits are nonrefundable. However, the deposit can be transferred to a participant taking your spot.