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The Promoting Passion Convention focuses on how storytelling, giving back to the community,
and innovation can serve not only to build a career that is worthwhile, but also a life worth living.
This conference is based around photography yet deals with larger ideas that make the human
experience so unique, like fear, inspiration, and adventure.
The conference will run 3 days and consist of 90-minute lectures, 3-hour hands-on workshops,
and 1-hour panel discussions.
Promoting Passion Convention
639 Whispering Hills Rd.
Boone, North Carolina 28607
October 2-4, 2015
Ticket Price
The convention takes place at the Art of Living Retreat Center.
When you are ready to arrange your accommodations, use promo code PHOTO2015 on this page:
Book Your Stay
Accommodations include three meals per day for your entire stay. Promo code discounts apply
only to bookings within the 1st week of October (1st - 7th). Spa treatments may be made separately.
Hotel-Style Room
Retreat-Style Room
Get to know your Passion Leaders!
Alex Beadon
Alex is the type of person that exudes so much energy,
you absolutely must take action to create a better life
for yourself. She is a business coach and entrepreneur.
Nirrimi Firebrace
Nirrimi can best be described as passionate,
unadulterated, nostalgic bliss, in the form of a young
world-travelling mother. She is a writer and
photographer from Australia.
Branden Harvey
Branden has a way of making the world feel peaceful
through his love of storytelling and encouragement.
He is a travel and lifestyle, and commercial
Hans Gruenig
Hans is all at once calming and motivational as he
speaks on the philosophy of happiness. He has his
Ph.D. and teaches courses on Happiness and Human
Flourishing, Buddhist Philosophy, and Philosophies of
the Self at Tulane University.
Mitch & Shalem Kitter
Mitch and Shalem have a knack for crafting
astoundingly creative images and applying those
creative techniques to portrait photography. They are
a portrait photography duo in Alaska.
Tamara Lackey
Tamara very well might be a perfect specimen,
balancing numerous businesses with her beautiful
family, all with class and charm. She is a children’s
portrait and lifestyle photographer.
Brooke Shaden
Brooke is a fine art photographer, writer and
motivational speaker who is incredibly delighted to
host this event filled with other passionate creative.
Jennifer Thoreson
Jennifer could make art out of anything, and her
conceptual ideas never stop flowing.
She is a fine art photographer full of heart.
Lectures and workshops range from creativity in photography to creativity in business, from living
a more passionate life to turning your career into your passion, plus a range of topics like the
science of happiness and work-life balance.
The goal of our speakers can be summed up in this quote:
"If you speak through your life,
and your life is the story,
then you will change lives."
- Deepak Chopra
A detailed schedule will be posted in the coming months, but in the meantime, this is a rough
outline of how the daily convention structure:
PANEL DISCUSSIONS & Free creation time
Travel Information
The biggest nearby airport is the Charlotte International Airport. We recommend either renting a
car (the designated Facebook group is a great place to arrange car shares) or taking a shuttle to
get to the retreat center.
The Hickory Hop Shuttle goes from the Charlotte airport to the Art of Living Retreat Center daily.
Reservations for the shuttle should be made at least 48 hours in advance.
Also recommended is arriving the night of October 1st or by 10am on October 2nd.
The convention will run through the evening of October 4th.