6 Weeks of Vagabonding in California




There’s no way to not fall head over heels in love with Mount Shasta!

It has gorgeous lakes, pristine air, and the freshest water I’ve ever tasted.

Lake Siskiyou, www.bartnikowski.com

Lake Siskiyou, www.bartnikowski.com

And another thing I loved was Shasta Abbey, a Zen Buddhist not for profit, Abbey that rocked my world and made me see that I need a sangha, a group of masters who study, live, and teach Zen Buddhism, meditation, and how to deal with everyday life, that is the best part of the practice.

Shasta Abbey, www.bartnikowski.com

Shasta Abbey, www.bartnikowski.com

Seeing Mount Shasta every morning, noon, and night soothed my soul and the sweeping and meditation helped too. They don’t have leaf blowers so one day I swept around the temple for 2 hours. That is called work meditation.

And boy did I see work differently after sweeping so long. And it felt good.

I was contributing by doing a simple task that I enjoyed. And I paid attention to each brush of the broom so it leads you into a meditative state. And there’s no sitting.

And I re-connected with my dear friend Jim.



He’s a pure mountain man. Love him.

Stewart Hot Springs, www.bartnikowski.com

Stewart Hot Springs, www.bartnikowski.com

I will go back to Stewart Hot Springs, the oldest hot springs in California as soon as I can, dunking into the river was invigorating after sweating in the hot steam room stoked with a giant wood stove inside the bath house.

Mount Shasta is not an easy place to leave. It’s slow, snowy, and sensual with the change of seasons, and the smaller population, only 4500 residents.

Shasta Abbey, www.bartnikowski.com

Shasta Abbey, www.bartnikowski.com

My favorite job other than walking at the lake was dusting the golden boxes of ashes of the dearly departed at the Abbey.

The temple was my favorite place to be other than staring at Mount Shasta.

We weren’t supposed to talk so I did a lot of staring.

Shasta Abbey Temple, www.bartnikowski.com

Shasta Abbey Temple, www.bartnikowski.com

Another cool thing was re-connecting with my wonderful friends and clients. My clients became my friends so I am eternally grateful for the strong the connections and love that I feel here in California.

Mary and Lisa, www.bartnikowski.com

Mary and Lisa, www.bartnikowski.com

One of my favorite moments was surprising Lisa at her house when she didn’t know I was visiting.

Showing up on a dear friend’s doorstep, highly recommend it.

I did manage to eat a lot more than I usually do and will get right back into swimming and eating barrels of fruit as soon as I return to Kauai.

I feel heavy.

Eggs Benedict, St. Helena

Eggs Benedict, St. Helena

But these eggs were yummy, thank you Dan!

Loved Dan’s living room that looks out onto a sweet fountain to greet you when you arrive.

St. Helena, www.bartnikowski.com

St. Helena, www.bartnikowski.com

Didn’t think I’d see a castle in California but here it is just north of St. Helena.

Winery in St Helena, www.bartnikowski.com

Winery in St Helena, www.bartnikowski.com

And a poetic looking fire engine in Calistoga.

Calistoga, www.bartnikowski.com

Calistoga, www.bartnikowski.com

Indian Springs has the oldest pool in California but it was closed for renovation. They spiffed up the grounds and added a new restaurant, Sam’s Social Club. Great wine and food, check it out.


Indian Springs, CA, www.bartnikowski.com

Indian Springs, CA, www.bartnikowski.com

Whole Foods, www.bartnikowski.com

Whole Foods, www.bartnikowski.com

One thing Kauai doesn’t have is a Whole Foods store. But here in California Whole Foods is everywhere. Love the flowers, the food, and the people watching.

Tomorrow I go back to Hawaii! I’m ready to get back in my bikini and get to work.

Shooting, writing, and teaching. Yes!

Grateful for my life, friends, and family. Blessings to the world, all of us, and new ventures on the horizon.

Half Moon Bay, www.bartnikowski.com

Half Moon Bay, www.bartnikowski.com

Hawaii Sunrise on Oahu, Lanikai Beach

Suddenly I crashed my motorbike in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

What to do?

Here’s the thing: an accident forces you in a new direction.

I didn’t have much to do, sitting there with my stitches, sprain, and what looked like a disfigured face so I googled Best Beach in the World.

Lanikai Beach, in the video above, popped up. My heart surged.

And it said, go live there. Loud and clear.

This was my first walk to the beach to see the sunrise from my new place.


I was stunned. And it was the first magazine issue I wrote and photographed in Hawaii.

Vagabond, Hawaii Issue

Vagabond, Hawaii Issue

I’d been on Oahu for only 2 weeks. I landed from Thailand and drove straight to the north shore of Oahu, where the Triple Crown Surfing competition was happening in full force. I’d never seen so many thong bikinis in my life.


And the air was so pure that I knew I was home.

I hadn’t been to Hawaii in 9 years. And I’d never been to Oahu, I had been to Maui for my 5 vacations.

My soul said, this is what you’ve been searching for! Fresh air and pristine water.


Hawaii, Kailua Beach, Oahu

Hawaii, Kailua Beach, Oahu

It felt like heaven. I hadn’t seen the ocean since Cambodia, 11 months before.

If you go to Oahu you must visit Lanikai Beach, 12 miles west of Honolulu. You’ll be mesmerized by the divine turquoise water and the sugar white beach. It makes you calm and puts a smile on your face for the entire day.

Just thinking about it makes me sigh in gratitude.

Feeling blessed and happy I followed my inner nudges to the heavenly water. You can do it too. The no 72 bus leaves from Honolulu and brings you right to Lanikai Beach, you don’t even have to drive.

Kailua Beach, near Lanikai, Hawaii

Kailua Beach, near Lanikai, Hawaii

Often times the more you re-visit a platiunum place in your stellar journal of world wanderings the more you fall in love with it.

Lanikai Beach, bartnikowski

Lanikai Beach, bartnikowski

Kauai Private Yoga and Photography Retreat


Private Yoga and Photography 3-Day Retreat

Discover the best island in the world. Relax, rejuvenate, and re-set your life.

Escape your jam-packed life and luxuriate in one-on-one private photography instruction with any camera you have.

Breathe pristine air, see astounding emerald green cliffs, swim in silky turquoise water, and experience rainbows almost every day. There’s one in my backyard right now!

Soothe and ignite your spirit with me, a Kauai local, guiding you to discover the potent power places on island.

Yes being in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, the furthest land mass from any other chunk of land, has its secrets.

Kauai is a blended holiness of earth, sea, and sky.

Allerton Garden, www.bartnikowski.com

Allerton Garden, www.bartnikowski.com

What’s Not Included:

1. Crowds of people.

2. Bad food experiences (I know the best places to eat from surprisingly simple locally sourced food to lavish top notch restaurants.)

3. No wasted time doing things you wish you hadn’t done.

You’ll see remarkable vistas.

Anini Beach, www.bartnikowski.com

I guarantee you’ll fall in love with Kauai.



Yoga and Meditation with me on the stunning property of the Islander Resort where your gorgeous studio is located.

What’s Included:

Wake up and do yoga and meditation with me every morning, or sleep in after sweet dreams in your ocean side luxury studio. No driving, I come to you.

Daily private shooting guidance with any camera you have.

Learn how to use the specific camera you bought.

Relax under palm trees on a drop dead gorgeous beach. Read a book, get a massage.

Eat at the best places with guaranteed fresh food, your culinary masterpieces are a foodie’s divine experience. I know where the best restaurants and local dives are that will make you swoon with a satisfied smile on your lips.

3 nights accommodation in a luxury studio on the ocean with your own private lanai. Hear the ocean waves all night long.

Every day, you’ll experience enchanting power places that will open your heart and as Shirley Wu, a recent private retreat participant has said below, “It will change your life.”

Get a new lease on life

Private Retreat Waimea www.bartnikowski.com

Private Retreat Waimea


Experience the magic of Kauai and see your luxury studio here

Discover Kauai, See Your Luxury Studio

Have the best sleep of your life hearing ocean waves all night from your luxury ocean side studio with private balcony overlooking the turquoise sea.

Your Studio on the Sea www.bartnikowski.com

Your Studio on the Sea

Who Am I?

I’m an award-winning photographer, author of 4 books, certified kundalini yoga teacher, and worldwide educator.

After shooting professionally in Palo Alto, the heart of Silicon Valley, for 29 years, raising my family, and leading programs at Stanford, Apple, Intel and in 32 countries my home is now on Kauai.

Yes, I sold my belongings in Palo Alto, California in 2009 after photographing 722 weddings, families, babies, angel investors, and authors. I kickstarted my global life teaching, shooting, and writing.

Meeting saints, sages, the Dalai Lama, and remarkable people worldwide taught me how to change my life and stop worrying.

Yes I teach photography and yoga but the true essence is this, how to have more happiness and peace in a have not world.

I love what I do and strive to empower you to have profound adventures and live life full throttle at the highest octave.

3 Day Retreat for you solo or with your friend/partner, includes all one on one private photography guidance, 3 nights in a luxury oceanside studio with private lanai being lulled to sleep with the soothing sounds of ocean waves, and morning yoga/meditation under magnificent palm trees and a sapphire blue sky.

$2000 includes 3 nights accommodation

Private and exclusive for 1 or 2 people

$4500 includes 5 nights accommodation

Dates Available November 2016 to May 2017

Your retreat is scheduled at the best time for you. What dates are best for you?

Call 808-542-4566 and talk with me.

Or schedule a phone conversation at a time that is convenient for you and I’ll call you, to answer your questions.

Email mary@bartnikowski.com

Obie V. said about his retreat:

“It was the best vacation of our lives! I never would have gotten the photos I captured without you.”

It transforms your soul.”

– Shirley Wu

“I can’t wait to come back, my husband and I loved it!”

– Lynne

See you in Paradise. Book now as these spectacular oceanside units are taken fast!

If you want to learn more, get in touch now before 2016 steam rolls into 2017.

Here’s what you’ll discover here…

Suddenly you’ll be swimming with sea turtles, or simply luxuriating on spectacular Anini Beach on the north shore of Kauai. Here I am enjoying the crystal clear turquoise water with wild and free turtles, below.

bartnikowski.comI swam with sea turtles here yesterday. Don’t wait. Join me on Kauai – you may never want to leave.

Private retreat shooting in Princeville www.bartnikowski.com

Private retreat shooting in Princeville

The flora and fauna is off the charts astounding. They don’t call Kauai the Garden Isle for nothing.



You get 3 days of a customized program:

You decide what you want to do without an ironclad itinerary.

You want to go to the longest beach in Hawaii? No problem, we’ll take the day and go see this world treasure below that the Dalai Lama says is the place where souls leave the planet and you may feel like you’re in heaven here too, I do.

Polihale State Park

Polihale State Park

Or you may want to see what National Geographic says is one of the top 50 tours you have to go on in the world, Allerton Garden, in the National Tropical Botanical Garden. This is where the former Queen of Hawaii personally gardened and where Jacqueline Kennedy retreated after JFK was shot.

This a power place extraordinaire you’ll feel it in every step you take.

Allerton Garden, Poipu www.bartnikowski.com

Allerton Garden, Poipu

Aloha and many blessings from Kauai,



Mary, Morning Practice www.bartnikowski.com

Mary, Morning Practice

Secrets of Nepal


Is Nepal calling you? Now is the time to go.

Kathmandu Valley is brimming with UNESCO World Heritage sites and friendly Nepali people who offer their food and friendship to you every day.

You’ll walk on ancient cobblestone streets to stunning temples in the incredible Himalayan light that is guaranteed to knock your eyeballs into a new orbit.

Monasteries, sacred ceremonies, and women wearing gorgeous eye-popping dresses ignite your senses as you wake up hearing the tinkly sound of temple bells and catch the aroma of flowers in a cascade of offerings.

Puja in Bhaktapur  www.bartnikowski.com


Many of you have asked me about going to Nepal. You’ll not get a better opportunity than now to see Nepal in all its mesmerizing beauty.

I’ve traveled in Nepal 4 times since 2006 and most of it was solo. It’s a rare gem of a country with a culture that won’t quit feeding you, sacred sites galore, and most impressive–the amazing and kind people I’ve met there.

Unlike what you hear in the media, Nepal has not been destroyed by the earthquake. I know this because my son Wolf Price lives in Nepal directing the social venture he founded, Beyond the Four Walls.

His foundation empowers women with education, shelter, and jobs, his love of Nepal ignited my love for it and now you’ll fall in love with it too.

We’ll be walking over there from the comfortable Peacock Guesthouse in Bhaktapur to talk with the women and if you like you can teach a skill of your own. You’ll never forget the experience, their affection is off the charts enchanting.



Best way to help Nepal is to go there and spend rupees giving directly to the locals who need it most. Unlike the big charities who have collected millions and not done anything.

All it takes is getting that plane ticket and saying Yes. And calling/emailing me to let me know you are coming.

We’ll have a customized itinerary based on what you want to do–options include:

Temples in Ancient Bhaktapur, Dream Garden in Kathmandu, Kopan Monastery, Namobuddha Monastery, and Chitwan UNESCO Heritage Park in the jungle.

Bhaktapur www.bartnikowski.com


I’m inviting only 2 amazing participants to join me in Nepal, so let me know now.

Details for October or November 2016, dates are based on when we get the best flights.

Here is what you get:

14 Nights Accommodation and All Ground Transport in Private Car,

All Guidance of Photography, Yoga, and Meditation.

2 people in their own individual rooms $2500 each

2 people sharing one room $4400.

Call or email Mary

808-542-4566 Hawaii Standard Time (3 hours behind PST)

or email me


PS Who am I? I’ve led programs at Apple, Intel, Stanford, University of Hawaii and worldwide.

Nepal will steal your heart – guaranteed.

What People Are Saying About my Photo Safaris worldwide




Solo Travel for Women Best Places

Just do it!

Have an urge in your heart to get up and go?

Don’t let yourself be held back by fear and worry.

Here are exotic places to go where you will feel safe and happy being solo.

There are so many benefits to being on your own:

1. You control the time you have. If you want to volunteer or go to the largest religious monument in the world to take photos and soak up the serenity there’s no one to disagree with you. I went to Shwe Dagon Pagoda in Yangon Myanmar 5 times and each visit was a spectacular gift. I didn’t feel the need to rush as I knew I would return again, just like a local.

2. You meet more people when you are solo. You aren’t solo for long unless you want to be. A solo woman is a magnet. You just have to decide who is coming into your private bubble and who is not. Not everyone gets the gift of your attention. Trust your gut.

3. You can decide to travel forever or for a month, there is no discussion. You just do it.

4. Gearing up for a big life-changing trip? Get advice, research plane tickets, and look at travel books but then trust your intuition and go for it.

5. An amazing way to do it is to volunteer your services in a place you would like to be. But don’t pay a lot of money to volunteer. What I do is show up in a town and start talking to people about my skills for volunteering. It always works. You just have to take a chance and leave without plans.

6. If you want some advice, I consult with travelers on their plans.

Get out there and live full throttle!

Want to know more about solo travel?
Read reviews on my books on Amazon.

Kauai Best Things to Do


Waimea, Kauai

Waimea, Kauai www.bartnikowski.com

I fell in love with Kauai the second my toes touched this island.

Last year I lived on Oahu and the Big Island but a spark in my heart told me to go and discover Kauai.

Now it is home. After a year of living on Kauai I’m still head over heels in love with it.

Here are my top things to do here.

Don’t miss seeing the sunset from the West side of the island in Waimea where the above photo was taken. You can see it set from Kalapaki Joe’s and your eyes will be seared with the sensual, silky slide of the sun behind gigantic rustling palm trees.

This is authentic Hawaii, a stunning place to stroll around and see the ocean from the endless emerald green lawn, slinky palms, and massive banyan trees. You can stay at Waimea Cottages if you never want to leave.


Poipu, www.bartnikowski.com

Poipu on the south side is another great place to see the sunset and go swimming, don’t miss it. Get there early or arrive in the late afternoon for a swim in the turquoise water and a spectacular light show afterwards.

Poipu, www.bartnikowski.com

Poipu, www.bartnikowski.com

The beaches on Kauai are the most remarkable shores I’ve seen in 32 countries of world travel. And depending on your mood you just pick the one you feel like getting into your bikini for. It’s guaranteed to thrill you.

Polihale, www.bartnikowski.com


The longest beach in Hawaii is on Kauai. I have never seen a more breathtaking beach than Polihale. Only thing is you have to drive on a gravel road for 10 miles round trip to see it. I don’t mind. This keeps it from exploding with humanity.

Be careful of the whopping waves here if you are not a strong swimmer. I stuck close to the shore. Pristine Polihale is north of Waimea.

Polihale State Park, www.bartnikowski.com

Polihale State Park,

Bring a picnic and a blanket as there is nowhere to buy any food or water. And that’s the same reason this billion dollar beach is a spectacular spot to enjoy for an entire day. No development except for the showers and bathrooms. If you want to camp, you need a permit but I’ve heard the star shine on Polihale is hypnotic and off the charts divine.

Fresh Mangoes, www.bartnikowski.com

Fresh Mangoes, www.bartnikowski.com

One of the reasons I live in Hawaii is this: fresh mangoes. You don’t have to pay grocery store prices either. In mango season May through August, you can buy $1 mangoes on the side of the road here on Kauai from private gardens. They have trees and produce to sell, bananas, avocados, and local eggs. Look for hand made signs on the road in Wailua and Kapaa. The produce will be in little screened wooden enclosures that look like rabbit hutches.



Kapaa on the East side of Kauai is a great little walking town right on the water. If you want to be able to dip in the ocean, then walk to Safeway or Foodland for fresh sushi, and be near the shops and coffee bars stay on this side. It’s easily accessible to all the fun activities the East side has to offer. Hiking in Wailua on Sleeping Giant, going to jazz at Wahoo Restaurant on Thursday night, walking and swimming every day, and driving up to the North shore. You won’t run out of things to do and see here.

Princeville, www.bartnikowski.com


Spectacular view across the street from Foodland Market on the way to the North shore. Don’t miss it at sunset.

Hanalei Bay, www.bartnikowski.com

Hanalei Bay,

Hanalei Bay is one of the crown jewels of Kauai. Stop at this overlook after you pass Princeville, it will knock your eyes out. It still thrills me to the core every time I see it.

Kee Beach www.bartnikowski.com

Kee Beach

This is what Kee Beach looks like in the summer. It doesn’t get any better than this. It’s the most incredible place on the planet. I feel I’ve died and gone to heaven when I get here no matter how many times I arrive.

Diamond clear waters and stunning snorkeling. Drive north to the end of the road in Haena Beach Park. You have arrived in a holy place. Magnificent Bali Hai cliffs leap above your head and enhance the mystical spirit of this treasure.

The sunset here is surreal. It never ceases to be awe inspiring.

Kee Beach, North Shore, Kauai

Kee Beach, North Shore, Kauai

These are my top picks of things to do from an insider. You could take a few days or a week to explore but give it as much time as you can. We go slow here. And you’ll want to go back to your own secret spots that you fall in love with and that’s part of the fun.

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Learn how to get amazing photos with any camera

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Change Your Life on Kauai




Yes Dear Hearts,

I landed in paradise on Sunday and cried tears of gratitude. I was going to kiss the ground like the pope did when he arrived in Poland for the first time in a quarter century but had to pick up my rental car and was not even standing on soil yet.

But as soon as I got out in the pristine trade winds I felt blessed.

You can kiss the sky, sea, and sultry blossoms of orchids and frangipani perfuming the air here.

You’ll relax and recharge on the oldest island in Hawaii.

Learn More on Scheduling a Personal Retreat on Kauai

Renew your soul in secret sacred places,

guaranteed to blast open your heart


Swim with wild dolphins on the Big Island of Hawaii with me…

No this is not in a tank, the dolphins are FREE and after countless times of swimming with

me we are bonafide friends.

Check out the Kauai Details here

Questions or comments write me here, mary@bartnikowski.com

I’ll be waiting for you!

Secrets of Kauai

Secrets of Kauai

Learn Yoga and Photography with Any Camera

Dates vary: Apply for your private training October to September

3-Day or 5-Day Intensive

Call me 808-542-4566,

or email, mary@bartnikowski.com

Escape the city, relax and refresh your soul on Kauai, the pristine, sacred, and undeveloped island of Hawaii where no building is taller than a coconut tree.

Learn how to get the best photos you’ve ever taken, shooting from the heart.

Anini Beach, www.bartnikowski.com

Don’t read the dry camera manual, join me and have a spectacular time discovering and shooting power spots on Kauai even if you’ve never picked up a camera before.

Each day will be different starting with Yoga and Meditation under swaying palm trees on a bright green lawn next to your oceanside luxury accommodation.

Or you can sleep in if you like, this is your private retreat for you solo or with a friend/partner.

Poipu Beach www.bartnikowski.com

Poipu Beach

We will explore, discover, eat delicious food, and be astounded at the lush landscapes and stunning shores of Kauai.

What Shirley Wu said after her 4 Days of Yoga and Photography Guidance:

Optional Morning Yoga, it’s guaranteed you will recharge and transform doing kundalini yoga and meditation every morning. Even if you’ve never done a pose before. 

This session is not for advanced yogis, it’s for beginners. But if you’ve been doing yoga for a while, I am a certified instructor and can inspire you more deeply with your practice.

Yoga blooms open your heart. You’ll enjoy the day more fully and get that little kid ecstasy feeling.

Yes, you get the benefit of teachings I’ve learned and practiced from saints and meditation masters in Thailand, Nepal, and India.

Private Retreat Waimea www.bartnikowski.com

Private Retreat Waimea

This is not only about learning photography and yoga, it’s a kick in the pants for your spirit that will open your world to a new you and change your life.

This is what Kauai did for me and this is why I live here now.

You’ll discover the power places of enchanted Kauai, the most gorgeous island in the world. Yes it will all be revealed to you from a local who loves living here.

Contact me for more information and to schedule your 3 or 5 day retreat at a time that is good for you in the next 6 months:

Phone: 808-542-4566 in Hawaii HST

Email: mary@bartnikowski.com

Who Am I?

I’m an author of 4 books, award-winning photographer for 27 years, and educator in Silicon Valley and worldwide.

I’ve led programs at Stanford University, Apple Computer, Intel, and globally.

You’ll get the benefits of the photography business I founded in Palo Alto, California in 1985 shooting for $500 per hour, down the street from Steve Jobs. I worked with clients from Apple, Intel, Yahoo, Google, and the lawyers, angel investors, doctors, CEO’s and realtors who lead and inspire Silicon Valley.

All my secrets are revealed in my private sessions.

It’s guaranteed you’ll see improved results in your own photos, learning my tips from photographing people and nature in 32 countries. And it’s fun!

What People Are Saying About my Photo Safaris and I am Loving It.

Where will you sleep?

Direct Oceanview Deluxe Studio

Your deluxe room is included in your private retreat. You don’t have to hassle with searching for the perfect spot to stay, this is it!



Here is the view from your private lanai, above.

In the afternoon/morning we’ll be visiting potent power places on Kauai.

Hanalei Bay,

Secret Beach in Kilauea,

Ke’e Beach on the spectacular North Shore,

Poipu, on the south side…

Does this appeal to your sense of adventure? Join me!

You’ll get the benefits of living life here as a local. But with deluxe accommodations by the ocean in a stunning setting.

After your heart-expanding yoga session, we’ll discover remarkable, secluded places and learn how to mindfully capture the incredible nature here with any camera you have. Angle, Light, Composition and Timing are the focus, not Photoshop or fancy digital trickery. Nope!

You can shoot with a digital or film camera, point and shoot, or DSLR with all the bells and whistles.

It’s guaranteed you will return home with amazing photographs.

You’ll be visiting Ke’e beach, a sacred Hawaiian (Hay-ow) where we’ll swim, snorkel, and enjoy the Bali Hai cliffs around us. And Polihale State Park, the longest pristine beach in Hawaii.
Allerton Garden, www.bartnikowski.com

Allerton Garden, www.bartnikowski.com


We are all flowers on this earth and we need open space around us.

You’ll get that here. And smiles are plentiful on this island.

Come with me to catch the seductive effervescence of ocean, sky, and emerald green cliffs. Serene places, stunning nature, waterfalls, and art walks in picture perfect tiny towns, Hanapepe Art Walk, and dinner at Hanapepe Cafe which is only open Friday night.

Yoga and meditation every morning under swaying palm trees on an emerald green lawn.

Or you can sleep in.

Easy photo walks every day and I do mean easy of Kauai’s incredible and stunning power places.

April to October private retreats are available

3-Day or 5 Day personal retreat

Your private retreat on Kauai includes

Oceanside deluxe lodging. 3 nights.

All yoga/meditation, photography, and guidance

Bon Voyage drinks and pupus for a divine sunset at the St. Regis on Kauai photo below 


5 Day Retreat


Testimony from the last private retreat I led here on Kauai:

“It was the best vacation we’ve ever had and I never would have gotten the amazing photos I got without you.”

– Obie V.

“It transformed my life.”

– Shirley Wu



Write me at mary@bartnikowski.com for details.

Or best to call me in Hawaii, 808-542-4566, you’ll get a real live human on the phone, me.

More Praise from private photography sessions with me:

“It made me see in a new way.”
– Satya, Spain
You are a great teacher!”
Kristin Adolf, Germany
“I learned so much today, I’m inspired.”
V. Geronton, France
By clicking the button below you will be brought to the payment gate where you can use your credit card. Or paypal. Happy to see you in paradise! We can also do credit cards over the phone or a check if you prefer. See you next month.Call me 808-542-4566, or email, mary@bartnikowski.com

And you’ll get plenty of time for rest and relaxation too.

North Shore Kauai

North Shore Kauai

Aloha and Blessings,


PS. Ready to discover your true north? Come to Kauai!














Dolphin and Photo Safari in Hawaii

Revealed, Learn How to Get Amazing Photographs

with Any Camera

You don’t need a fancy camera…

And You’ll Swim with Wild Dolphins on the Big Island of Hawaii on Kealakekua Bay.

May 1 to May 3, 2015

3-Days Friday to Sunday

Join us on the Big Island of Hawaii for a once in a lifetime experience.

Or come and live here, that’s what I did.

During your incredible 3-day escape you will…

  • Learn how to see light, angle, composition, and understand killer timing
  • Discover how to get better photographs with any camera
  • How to shoot people’s portraits by being a local (even if you’re not)
  • Learn how to get the kind of photos that Silicon Valley clients paid me top dollar to shoot
  • Discover joy and inner peace swimming with wild dolphins in Hawaii
  • Rest, walk, or swim in the most glorious mystical bay in the world, Kealakekua Bay… where sea turtles, dolphins, and whales live on the Big Island of Hawaii!
  • One-on-one engaged photo sessions with me

Video Testimony from Cherri who participated in my last Wild Dolphin Retreat


www.bartnikowski.com, Kealakekua Bay in South Kona

I’m offering this incredible opportunity to only 6 people to make sure your experience is unlike any other.

Workshop participants are saying:

“You are a terrific and inspiring teacher!” – Doreen Hamamura, Hawaii

“It made me see in a new way.” – Satya Morillas, Spain

“I’m so excited to experiment with what I learned today.” Maggie, United Kingdom

Video Testimony from Photo Safari Participants here

Who am I?

Being the founder of a thriving photography business for 27 years you’ll get the benefit of my expertise of shooting in Silicon Valley, secrets I learned photographing angel investors, family portraits, babies, 722 weddings in Palo Alto down the street from Steve Jobs, and in my 7 years of global travel in 32 countries.

And 11 one-woman exhibitions in the Bay Area.

I’ve led programs at Apple, Stanford, Intel, University of Hawaii, and worldwide.

Here is how to claim your spot before it’s gone.  Simply use this contact form to apply.



This will be the only 3-day session in 2015 of Wild Dolphins and Photography I lead here on the Big Island so come on down and bring your bathing suit and camera.

Doesn’t matter what kind of camera: high end model, point and shoot or phone camera.

Spring is the best season for the dolphins as they like to birth their babies here in Kealakekaua Bay,
play and mate. It’s the best show you’ll ever see!

$995 for the 3 days of Wild Dolphin swimming, and one-on-one photo guidance with 3 nights lodging
or $500 without lodging.

Rooms are $75 to $200 per night, if you want to book your own room.

Only 6 amazing participants.

There is also camping available at Hookena Beach Park for an ultra low cost sleeping solution.
You need to get a camping permit on the Big Island. Manago Hotel has rooms for $40 to $75 per night, basic lodging in Captain Cook above Kealakekua Bay and outstanding pork chops in their restaurant.

Write me at mbartnikowski@yahoo.com to be here for a Wildly Amazing 3-day Adventure

You can also join me on Kauai June 1 to 3, Photo Safari and Yoga Retreat here

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Photo Courtesy of Peter Hamar

Photo Courtesy of Peter Hamar