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A Halo Hill Photography Workshop

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Due to Covid-19, Postponed until Further Notice...

Making art is always about your next big breakthrough.

Prairie Fire 2020 is a workshop inspired by nature’s process of burning off that which is no longer useful so new life will have nourishment and space to grow. This workshop is designed to ignite a cleansing fire within the artist, and the intent is to enrich and prepare each photographer's soil for new growth. Creative endeavors are often framed as being “difficult” or “hard.” This is one of the many myths we can choose to release and throw in the fire. As powerful creators we will excavate and investigate old belief systems. Weeds will be pulled, dead branches will be pruned, old ways will be challenged. The unknown will become our best friend and teacher.  


We are powerful creators. We can become invigorated by ongoing transformative experiences. These have great impact on the art we create. Our lives can be set on fire to the point where what we create will surprise, delight and even surpass us.  Prairie Fire 2020 is a creative laboratory where together a group of us will be challenged to find new ways to overflow with ideas and follow through on them. There are times when we question the value of our path. Sometimes this questioning is useful. Sometimes it just slows us down. If you’d like to revise and revitalize your creative practice while reaping the benefits of being in a powerful community with other like-minded seekers, this is the workshop for you. 

Through photography, writing, and free-play exercises, you will engage in individual and collaborative work. The intent of this workshop is to find a deeper connection with your inner inventor/artist so you'll head home with new tools that will keep your work fresh, alive, expressive, and impactful.

Midweek we will be inspired by a day-trip to Chicago by train. Stops include the Art Institute of Chicago and the Museum of Contemporary Photography. We'll have lunch at Berghoff's, a dining establishment whose legacy can be traced back to 1870.




Art Institute of Chicago

Museum of Contemporary Photography, at Columbia

The historic Berghoff Restaurant


Workshop Tuition  -  $1,400     Payment by Venmo or Personal Check.

Private Room with Private Bath at Retreat Center & Private Chef's Meals  -  $900/pp

There are two King Rooms at Retreat Center and will be available on a first come, first served basis. First 4-6 participants stay at Retreat Center. Once full, alternative accommodations at local establishments may be reserved.


Covers all meals Monday-Saturday except Lunch/Dinner on day trip to Chicago

& Dinner at Famous Fish Boil on Friday night.


Workshop fee does not include: train to and from Chicago ($19/round trip),

Lunch/Dinner in Chicago, Famous Fish Boil Dinner on Friday, & Museum Admission.

Low Mentor/Student ratio so there will be plenty of attention to each student. 

Apply by submitting materials by email:

There is no fee to apply. Applicants must be proficient in the use of their photographic equipment and will need to bring laptop for processing and editing. 

Send your email application with the following information:

__Name, Street address, City, Zip, Country

__Contact telephone number(s)

__Best email contact

__Send 10 image files representing your current work. Send jpegs at 1,800

     pixels in the longest direction. 

     label files as such:  Susan_Smith_TitleOfWork.jpg

__Send a brief artist statement, no more than 1 page 

__If you have a website, include the site address in your application 

Email your application to:


"The finest voice and vision with the heart and eye of a master teacher, that's Chehalis. Prairie Fire? A great title and metaphor. I keep hearing Neil Young's Long May You Run. Just what a workshop's all about."


Arno Rafael Minkkinen, photographer and recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship, Lucie Award,and SPE Honored Educator Award.

"Chehalis is as visual as she is articulate. Her creative process is filled with curiosity and perseverance. She is an artist and a master of her craft. If you're looking for inspiration and guidance from a true teacher, this is the workshop for you."

Dominic Chavez, International Press Photographer. Recipient of National Press Photographer's Assoc. and Boston Press Photographer's Association Awards.


Chehalis Hegner is a discipline-fluid artist who utilizes media such as photography, video, performance art, music, sound, and injection-molded plastics. 


"Chehalis is a masterful photographer and artist with a deep knowledge of her craft.  She has encouraged me to articulate my artistic goals and develop my own voice. With her critical eye, she is helpful in everything from rendering a quality print to selecting and sequencing images. Working with her over the past year has been truly transformative."


Susan Isaacson

Mentee March 2019 to present

The Retreat Space   |   A stone's throw from Halo Hill Studios and Art Farm.


Meals and some instruction time will be at the renowned mid-century architect John Vincent Anderson's masterpiece. Acclaimed as one of the most interesting, beautiful retreat spaces in Chicagoland and beyond, a vibe and spirit that will capture your heart instantly. Extreme privacy, yet only minutes to town square, along the Kishwaukee Valley River, surrounded by conservation, on a stretch of country road dedicated to artists and contemplation. 


Location disclosed after acceptance into Praire Fire. 

Closest Airports: O'hare International, Chicago & General Mitchell, Milwaukee, WI.
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