SEEK MAKE and SHARE the power of Story from the heart of San Francisco to the wilderness of Yosemite National Park.
May 29-31 | San Francisco, CA
Legendeer is art in action. The Symposium will be an intensive and immersive experience that puts the emphasis on the action: shaping stories, not just talking about them. We are curating a faculty from diverse areas of the creative world: painters, photographers, writers, athletes, educators and entrepreneurs to demonstrate the way they seek out stories and evolve a personal voice that stands out from the crowd. Learn proven, scalable processes in ideation, creative voice development, authoring intellectual property, and building a life of rich experiences that inspire and inform your work. Equip yourself with everything you need to bring your most important projects to life.
June 1-6 | Yosemite, CA
Put everything that you've learned from the Symposium into action, as our faculty and a select group of attendees set up basecamp in Yosemite National Park. We'll wake early each morning in hand-built yurts at Camp Wawona, gather our daily creative challenges, and listen over breakfast as our wilderness experts reveal the history of the region in an open air amphitheater. From there, we'll set out for adventure in Yosemite National Park, where our groups will document their experiences through photography, writing, and drawing. Venture from the "Grizzly Giant" tree in Mariposa Grove to the mist of Yosemite Falls, made famous by Ansel Adams. Back at camp, several yurts will serve as designated workshops, where we will take our raw ideas and observations, and through the Legendeer process, craft them into powerful creative statements. Day's end will find us gathered around the campfire to share our stories, ambitions, and vision for the creative life we want to lead.
Your experience at Legendeer
Legendeer is an opportunity to work directly with our Faculty to shape and refine your entire creative life: from the pursuit and documentation of inspiring experiences, to the processes used to develop and execute powerful works of art, music, writing and performance.
Idea generation and refinement techniques will be explained, and then demonstrated by multiple instructors at the same time, so you can see how they author, frame and solve creative problems. Explore your own processes and get feedback on how they can be improved.
Panel discussions and interviews with instructors explore the connections between their life experiences and the work you know them for. Discussions will be open, so if you have something to ask, or something to contribute, the floor is yours. We want to share the information that is usually overlooked, and answer burning questions on the ‘how’ and ‘why’ of being a full-time creator.
Bring your own ideas for artworks, stories, and projects to the table during breakout sessions. Take them apart, refine them, and recombine them in more powerful ways. Discuss your projects with Instructors and define a clear vision for how to bring them to fruition.
Performances and live painting will bring you as close as you can get to being in the artists’ studios. Evening activities will take us out into San Francisco to put the principles into action, connect with our creative community, and leave us exhausted and inspired.
Loaded with new techniques and modes of thinking from the Symposium, launch into the wilderness of Yosemite to observe, document and author. Hike at a skill level that suits you, with several dedicated instructors in each small hiking group.
Take advantage of an atmospheric ‘basecamp studio’ at Camp Wawona, where you can work on ideas generated during the day in a dedicated studio space. Using specific challenges designed around the Legendeer principles, refine your initial observations and experiences into strong ideas and proofs-of-concept, or refine your own paintings, stories and ideas in an amazing creative environment.
Reconnect with the spirit of the land, as our wilderness experts share insight into the history, geology, flora and fauna of Yosemite. See things most people pass by, understand the profound and complex structures of nature, and apply those insights to the creative process.
Spend time with instructors and fellow artists in the shelter of majestic stone formations, around the campfire, and under the stars. Share your ambitions with a community of dedicated, like-minded explorers and discuss the broader strategies for balancing health, work and your own artistic vision.
Founder of Legendeer - Painter - Writer - Professor in Communication Arts- Illustrator for Treasure Island, Rolling Stone, The Grammys, MLB
Painter - Teacher - Writer - Entrepreneur - Founder of Art Camp - Wanderer
Illustrator - Writer - Painter - Digital Nomad
Illustrator - Draftsman - Climber - Entrepreneur- Filmaker- Founder of Meridian Line- Author of Drawn: The Art of Ascent
Illustrator - Graphic novelist - Teacher - Created timeless covers for Lord of the Flies and Farenheit 451
*Symposium speaker only
Senior Photo Editor, National Geographic
*Symposium speaker only
Painter - Street Artist - Muralist
Painter - Illustrator - Concept Artist for The Avengers, Thor 2, Narnia- Co-creator of Eclipse: The Well and the Black Sea
Spoken Word Poet- Artist
*Symposium speaker only
Painter - Illustrator - Teacher
Creator of Last Man Standing and Popped Culture- Illustrator- World Builder
Painter - Teacher - Fine Artist
Founder of Words & Wilderness - Writer - Poet - Teacher - Naturalist- Catalyst
Founder of The Art Order- Creative Director
Photographer - Adventurer- Teacher- Staff Photographer for the Ansel Adams Museum
Freelance Writer- Clients include Gizmodo, Fast Company and Dwell