Why is the workshop in Chivirico and Santiago?
Chivirico and Santiago de Cuba have a more intimate vibe than other large cities in Cuba, like Havana. Santiago is a special city that is full of interesting architecture, culture, and history.
Located on the Caribbean Sea, the weather in Chivirico and Santiago de Cuba is much warmer than in northern parts of Cuba. In February, the weather is usually 25-30 degrees Celsius, where in Havana it can get as low as 15-18 degrees Celsius.
The people of Santiago are warm and inviting, and the city is very active but with a more relaxed atmosphere than Havana. Like Havana, Santiago is also a city of music. The Lonely Planet describes Santiago de Cuba as “the New Orleans of the Caribbean” because of its deep connection to music. The Cuban rhythm “son” originated in Santiago.
Our thirteen years of going back to the same place has created a unique bond with the artistic community. We are dedicated to helping the artists of Chivirico and Santiago de Cuba in what little ways we can. Each year, our workshop group brings art supplies and other much-needed donations.
Can US citizens attend the workshop?
Yes. Here is a link to how US citizens can legally travel to Cuba , it includes a short video from the US Embassy in Havana with “Five Things You Should Know About Travelling to Cuba”.
Do I have to fly out of Toronto with the group to participate in the workshop?
No. You are welcome to pay for just the workshop component ($847.50 Canadian Dollars), find your own way to Cuba, and meet us on the first day of the workshop at the hotel.
In the past, workshop participants who have come from places outside of the Toronto area found it much more economical to fly into Toronto and take advantage of our excellent group travel price.
Can travel companions come and not take the workshop?
Yes! We welcome travel companions to join us.
Outside of workshop times (lectures, photo shoots, and critiques), travel companions can join us for social activities.
Do I need to speak Spanish?
No. You will get by just fine with English. Plus, German will teach you a few common courtesy words “en español.”
What level of photography do I need to be at to participate?
This workshop is suitable for image makers from all different levels of photography. If you are a beginner, you will not be lost. If you are advanced, you will not be held back. Each person will have their photographs personally reviewed and critiques will be customized to your level.
Our workshop is about storytelling and creating compositions that express something interesting. Trina will be available during photo shoot sessions to help you with your camera.