“Gathering of the daffodils”

a soulful creative workshop 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 through the making of images 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…

  • The art of vulnerable storytelling through imagery.

  • Finding light in your everyday life as a crucial daily practice.

  • Shifting from eye sight to heart sight in your work and at home.

  • Cultivating trust in clients/others that allows you to translate their most true story through imagery.

  • Practical artistic and soulful tools to push past resistance, fear & anxiety.

  • Creative marketing tools for growing a business and sharing the important work being made.

  • Finding a deep well of courage to share your unique creative gifts.

  • Rhythm cultivation to avoid future burnout.

  • Cultivating an online presence that feels life-giving and authentic.

  • Making photographs as symbols of beauty, pain & remembrance.

Each retreat is limited to 12 women. The retreats are held at a private residence 45 minutes north of Nashville, TN. The 12 of us live like a family and in many ways we do become family. Most attendees travel from great distances to attend. 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.

UPCOMING retreat now open for registration:

October 24-27, 2019

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.

To REGISTER for OCTOBER 24th-27th, 2019 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.

- 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.