“Gathering of the daffodils”

a soulful creative retreat for women with joy prouty


I began teaching workshops ten years ago. Up until this year, my workshops had been geared toward professional photographers only, but I felt it was time for a shift - to create a retreat for creative women of all skill levels looking to deepen their lives by making art with meaning and purpose.

I believe that every artist (really, every human being) is a prism - a radiant vessel that translates divine light into a rainbow of glory through their unique giftedness. It is our job to keep our vessels (mind, body & soul) free of hindrances so that we can reflect the image of those who stand before us back to them most clearly in the art we make.

Lessons covered at the retreat…

  • Welcoming Beauty & Finding Light as Daily Practices.

  • Shifting from Eye Sight to Heart Sight.

  • The Neuroscience of Presence.

  • The Art of Vulnerable Storytelling through Imagery.

  • Photography as a Salve for Anxiety & Fear.

  • Redeeming Shame for Light through Self-Portraiture.

  • Sharing Your Gifts & Your Story with the World.

  • Naming the Unspeakable Things & The Process of Unlearning.

  • Creating Photographs as Symbols of Beauty, Pain & Remembrance.


Each retreat is limited to 12 women. The retreats are held at a private location 45 minutes outside of Nashville, TN. We live like a family over the course of three days, and in many ways we do become family. The days are packed full with education and inspiration to help once again hear that still small voice inside. Several photography experiences/portrait sessions will also take place during the retreat with all technical instruction given. Nearing your retreat you will receive an email outlining what to expect at the retreat, what to bring and how to connect with the other women attending.


I call the retreats “gathering of the daffodils” because…

I believe the daffodil has much to teach us about living into our giftedness. It is one the first flowers to bloom in Spring. It stands tall with it’s trumpeting center always facing the sun. It withstands wind by leaning into the storm and draws close to those beside it. The daffodil does not look around wondering if it is worthy of blooming and it does not compare it’s God given beauty to any other. It blooms right where it is planted, trumpeting it’s story heavenward.


GATHERING OF THE DAFFODILS

UPCOMING 2019 DATES

We currently have one retreat planned for 2019 with open registration: September 19-22.

The total cost for the retreat is $1850. Included in the cost is lodging, meals & instruction. 50% non-refundable retainer of $925 is due upon registration. The remaining 50% is then due 30 days prior to the first day of your retreat.

Total investment for the retreat: $1850

For travel planning, most women fly into Nashville on Thursday morning and fly out Sunday late afternoon. The retreat begins at 6pm Thursday evening and ends at 10am Sunday morning.


SEPTEMBER 19 - 22. To register please click the button below.

Please know that your retainer is non-refundable as we do turn away women interested in attending once the retreat is full.


Daffodils - Poem & Film by Joy Prouty

She dreamed of daffodils. Within a fence built high round rocky soil, lost in toil, you’ll find her there.

A wall built to keep them out. All of the burdens, keep them out. All of the blessings, she's gone without.

This end, this utter defeat. Flowers crushed beneath rushing feet. Trembling child, you are not alone.

Love has come to bring you home! To turn your swords into shovels, melt icicles to puddles.

Do not struggle, be still now child. Your heart is the greatest muscle. Breathe in, breathe out.

Breath is miracle in motion. Pain and joy living together. All of the pieces falling together.

Rich harvest after rest. Love came down as a helping friend. She gently took you by the hand.

Planted truth into weary bones. Allowed the blooms beneath your feet to grow.

Now, gather them up and give them away. The more you give the more you gain.

Knock down your fence. Love your neighbor. Help a stranger. Hug yourself.

Scatter love, child, Like daffodils.


- About Joy - 

Joy Prouty has spent her entire career mentoring and teaching professional photographers from all walks of life how to build a business that honors their meaningful life’s purpose as a photographer. She has worked with thousands of creatives and teaches with a powerful, emotional style bringing the heart into every exercise, lecture and activity. This artistic soulful retreat is designed to help you grow imaginatively, creatively, professionally, technically & spiritually. You will walk away from this retreat understanding how to dive deeper into the stories & passions of your family and clients to create unique imagery that speak to the heart. Retreats are open to women of all skill level and for all artists not limited to photography. The retreat is a retreat for the mind, body and soul.

Joy Prouty is a professional storyteller and award-winning photographer who is best known for her ability to capture the beauty in everyday moments. She is the mother of 5 little ones, and married to a talented filmmaker who is also her business partner at The Proutys Creative Studio. They travel around the country using their creative talents to tell important stories in meaningful ways. Joy’s work has been featured in hundreds of print and online publications including People Magazine, Magnolia Journal, US Weekly, Hello Darling, Elite Weddings and featured on Entertainment Tonight. She has mentored thousands of professional photographers, coached award-winning authors and photographed dozens of celebrities. Joy has hosted regular photography workshops for ten years, given keynote speeches at Photo Native, Hope Spoken and Wild + Free as well as a speaker/educator at Write Doe Bay as well as Keynote Speaker for Clickaway with Clickin’ Moms where she appeared alongside Elizabeth Gilbert.

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