SEMANA SANTA EXPERIENCE 2025
(in SEVILLE, SPAIN)
6 Day Photo Workshop
APRIL 16 - 21, 2025
Video by workshop attendee Eric Arendt.
REGISTER SOON - LIMITED TO 7 ATTENDEES!
Celebrate Semana Santa (Holy Week) in Seville, Spain as it has been since the 16th century. During Semana Santa, Seville becomes a living performance of mourning and grief. The 116 pasos (processions) are acts of public penance for the marchers and a sign of devotion for Sevillanos. Processions of 50,000 cofradía members (or brotherhoods) of the Catholic Church wear traditional robes and solemnly traverse the city from Palm Sunday to Easter morning. Penitents march through the streets, followed by elaborate 4,000 lb. floats on which sit 16th-century images of the Virgin Mary or Christ.
A capella saetas (sad songs) accompany some processions, brass bands others, while some remain silent. Some pasos occur during the day while others are candlelit and border on spooky at night. Smell the sweet smell of azahares (orange blossoms) muddled with incense and loads of candle wax permeates the city.
“David is a rare combination of excellent teacher and talented photographer. This is the second "experience" that I’ve been on with David. The first was to Mexico City (highly recommended) and recently to Semana Santa in Seville, Spain. David gives clear, simple instructions, and is generous with his extensive knowledge of photography. He’s kind and patient with novices and is able to inspire more-experienced photographers. He has a unique take on creating story-telling images that would help anyone take photos that stand out from the standard, tourist snapshot."- Elaine Arnt, Orinda, CA
“I just completed a great trip to Seville to photograph the 2023 Semana Santa. David's trip was very well organized. He is great teacher and was very responsive to queries and needs of the participants. He actively solicits comments and critiques. I would not hesitate to travel with David again. Well done!"- Bob Newman, Gainesville, FL
"I totally enjoy David’s workshops. He takes the time to research and plan out the activities to provide good photo opportunities. David also builds cultural activities, including food, into the workshop so it’s not all about just taking pictures so that you get more authentic experience. David is very knowledgeable about photograph and has a passion to share that knowledge with workshop participants. He is available before, during and after the workshop to answer question and provides information on travel logistics that help to make getting to the workshop location less stressful." - Wanda Helms, Albuquerque, NM
Semana Santa Experience - a collection of images taken during the "Semana Santa Experience Photo Workshop".
Private single-occupancy accommodations, all breakfasts, farewell dinner, classroom instruction, private coaching, local transportation, tours, leaders and local guides, all permits, entrance fees and taxes.
Note on limited spaces: Workshops are limited to 7 participants. Small groups allow David to provide one-on-one photography coaching in the field.
A workshop participant may bring an additional guest for an add-on fee of $500. The guest receives all the benefits as a workshop participant except for photography instruction.
Air fares, airport transfers, and airport taxes. Beverages and alcoholic drinks, meals not included in the itinerary, tips and gratuities. Personal expenses. Any other incidentals not listed under "Items Included”.
PRICING: $6,900 USD
RETAINER: $500 USD (Non-Refundable / Non-Transferable)
Workshop balance: The balance of $6,400 is due and payable by January 1st, 2025, 8am EST. If canceled after January 1st, 2025, 8am EST full cost will be retained. Please contact us with payment options.
Activity level: HIGH. Activities may include up to 10 mile walks and on uneven streets.