Birds, Macro, and More!

Ecuador

Feb. 22 to Mar. 4, 2021

We've designed this trip to maximize your shooting time and give you a diverse nature photography experience in Ecuador. We will photograph Ecuador's most amazing birds, hummingbirds, frogs, and lizards, as well as some great landscapes, all while learning new techniques. And, unlike other tours to Ecuador, you have 2 award-winning photographer leaders and a local naturalist/professional photographer guide with you full-time, making this a fantastic value!

Date

Feb. 22 to Mar. 4, 2021

$

Price

$5,499

Difficulty Level

Moderate

6

Available Spots

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About the Workshop

Birds, Macro, and More!

Leaders

Frank Pichardo

Frank Pichardo is a Peruvian wildlife photographer and tour leader with a strong passion for nature, most of his experience in the field comes from his seven-year work as a naturalist guide for the prestigious lodges of Rainforest Expeditions leading people and teaching about the flora and fauna since 2009. Frank obtained his degree from the Tourism School in Lima, where he also became fluent in English and German. This was the beginning of a long term work in the ecotourism industry.

 

At the moment, he is part of Tropical Herping, contributing for the “Reptiles of Ecuador”, “Reptiles of Galapagos” and “Amphibians if Ecuador” books, joining also scientific expeditions into remote areas to understand better this group of animals, leading workshops and photo tours. Frank’s work has been featured in National Geographic and BBC Wildlife Magazine.

Follow Frank on Instagram -- @frank_pichardo

Greg Basco

Gregory Basco is a professional nature photographer based in Costa Rica. After completing graduate degrees in political science and tropical ecology (his doctoral dissertation focused on the politics of ecotourism in Costa Rica), Greg worked in conservation before turning to photography full-time in 2006. His images have been awarded in the Veolia Wildlife Photographer of the Year and Nature's Best Windland Smith Rice competitions and have appeared in numerous magazines and books around the world.

 

His latest major project is the second edition of the large format printed book National Parks of Costa Rica in conjunction with Zona Tropical and Cornell University Press. His popular e-books include The Guide to Tropical Nature Photography, Lightroom for the Nature Photographer, and the upcoming Flash for the Nature Photographer.

You can see more of Greg's work at his website.

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Info

Airport

You should arrive to and depart from Ecuador's Mariscal Sucre International Airport (UIO). Our driver will be waiting to provide your private transfer to our capital city hotel.

Electricity

Electrical outlets are US-style. Those coming from Europe or Asia may need travel adapters. We will send more info after signup.

Insurance

We strongly recommend you purchase trip insurance that includes trip cancellation and medical coverage while overseas.

Medical

Though Ecuador does not require any vaccinations, we suggest you stay up to date on routine travel shots. Some countries may require that you have proof of yellow fever vaccination upon departing from Ecuador.

Internet Access

All of our hotels have free WIFI. We will also have cell data coverage for most of the trip.

Certified

All of our services are conducted by fully licensed travel, lodge, and transport operators. This is part of our commitment to providing a professional travel experience.

Recommended gear

  • Tele lens 400 mm or longer

  • Camera body or bodies

  • Medium zoom lens, e.g., 70-200 mm, 100-400 mm

  • Macro lens

  • Wide angle lens

  • Polarizing/ND filters

  • Fast wide angle lens for night scenes

  • Cable release

  • Off-camera TTL flash cord

  • Telephoto flash bracket

  • Flash plus Better Beamer for birds and wildlife

  • Rain cover for camera

  • Small softbox or diffuser

  • Small pack or shoulder bag for daily shooting

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Please provide names of additional people signing up with you, and please indicate if the additional people are photographers or not. We offer discounts for non-photographers on some trips.

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Booking a tour with us is easy!

1. Register for your tour using the form at the end of each workshop page.

4. Send us your traveler info form.

2. Send us your reserve deposit.

5. We will send you your final invoice.

3. Book your international air travel.

6. We´ll send you everything you need to know before you hop on the plane!

FAQ

What is counseling?


Counseling (also known as therapy) is “talk therapy”, an approach to psychotherapy that involves no use of therapeutic drugs, and is focused on establishing a high level of collaboration between a professional counselor/ therapist and yourself. The collaboration aims at addressing your immediate psychological needs, as well as examining and correcting erroneous self-held beliefs, negative thought patters, and harmful relationship patterns that are distressing you or causing problems in one of the major areas of life (Home, work, and school). Click here to learn 8 ways you can benefit from therapy today.




What is marriage counseling?


Marriage counseling is exactly as it sounds. It is an evidence-based method that involves a certified professional relationship counselor guiding you and your partner to get the most out of your partnership and to resolve conflict and discord. Sometimes referred to as couples therapy or relationship counseling, it uses psychotherapy, which opens up the avenues in communication, intimacy, comfort and understanding in a marriage, enabling both partners to improve and strengthen their bond.




What is the difference between a counselor and a psychiatrist?


Many get confused about the difference between a counselor and a psychiatrist. The main difference is that a psychiatrist is a medical doctor trained in counseling. As such, they see your concerns through a medical model lens, which stipulates that concerns stem from a biological problem, and thus the solution is to administer medicine to correct the imbalance. In contrast, Counselors and psychotherapists view you from a “strength-based approach”, where we collaborate with you to discover the resilience and strength you have, and leverage that to empower you to effectively address your challenges. At Naya Clinics our approach to therapy draws from the humanistic school of psychotherapy and the existential school of psychotherapy to create our own unique approach Positive Existential Therapy PET developed by our founder Sam Nabil




What is a life coach?


A life coach is a person who helps you understand what your personal goals are and assists you to create a plan to achieve those goals. Life coaches do this by providing you with Life coaching service. This could be either a short-term or a long-term, but it typically involves an action-based plan of action. A life coach is not always a healthcare provider or a medical professional, though some life coaches go through training programs and unofficial certifications. At Naya Clinics, all our life coaches are ALSO licensed therapists, giving you the best of both worlds.




How can I book an appointment for therapy near me?


If you are a new counseling client and would like to book a marriage counseling, therapy or life coaching appointment near you, please follow the available appointments link below, chose the name of your preferred marriage counselor, therapist or life coach from the providers drop down menu. After that, pick a counseling location near you from the location drop down menu to see the availability there. You can then request the appointment that works best for you directly online and we will confirm it as soon as we can. For counseling appointments near you in the Cincinnati Ohio, Hyde Park Ohio, Blue Ash Ohio, West Chester Ohio or Florence and Northern KY areas follow this link https://samnabilcounseling.clientsecure.me




How much is your fee?


We use a sliding scale in the practice to determine the counseling fee based of the combined annual income of the household (your income plus the income of your significant other). When you request an appointment with our therapists or coaches using our online portal, our secure and HIPPA compliant client portal will automatically send you a full intake packet with all the information you will need including the sliding scale, as well as the information you will need to fill out before your first appointment with your counselor, therapist or coach. Your information is only to secure your appointment, and you can go back to the portal at any time – until 48 hours before- to cancel your therapy appointment at no charge. For your convenience, we have 4 different pricing options for our clients to suit every need and budget.

  1. Our clinical counseling interns see clients for 70$/ individual session and 90$ for couples’ and marriage counseling sessions.
  2. Our Licensed counselors’ fees are on a sliding scale starting 120$/session for counseling and coaching sessions, and 140$ for couples’ counseling and marriage counseling sessions
  3. Our Chief clinical counseling officer (Carla Seemann) fees are on a sliding scale starting 160$/session for individual therapy and life coaching, and 180$ for relationship therapy and marriage therapy sessions
  4. Sam Nabil’s fees are on a sliding scale starting 220$ for individual therapy and executive life coaching, and 250$ for Relationship therapy, Couples’ counseling and marital counseling
* Please note that the sliding scale fees quoted above are the entry point on the scale. Your fees may be different than what is quoted above. ** Please note that not all therapists are available in all locations.




Do you accept insurance?


We provide all clients with receipts and or super bills to file with their insurance companies for our Relationship Counseling, Family Counseling and Individual Counseling Services. Life Coaching Services are typically not billable by most insurance providers. Most of our clients who chose to file an out of network claim for our services get reimbursed a substantial portion of our fee by their insurance. We do not work with insurance directly. WHY ARE YOUR SERVICES OUT OF NETWORK? Working with insurance in most cases means we must diagnose you with a mental health illness. Most of the clients we see do not have a mental health illness and are rather dealing with stress or a curve ball that life threw their way in their relationships or at work. We therefore find it very counterproductive that insurance companies would require us to provide a mental health diagnosis. This is especially troubling because your diagnosis would stay on your medical record for ever. Insurance companies also often insist on establishing time limits for counseling in most cases. We believe a diagnosis and how much you want to stay in marriage counseling or therapy should be your choice, and not the choice of your insurance company. We have therefore chosen to operate out of network and leave you with the choice. You can apply for out of network reimbursements or chose to keep your work with us private




How do I get insurance reimbursement for your therapy services?


When you have made your out of pocket payment to us, you will automatically receive a bill/invoice in your email. For easy and convenient reimbursement for your out of network insurance claim, we recommend you use the getbetter app on your phone. https://getbetter.com/




Which locations are available for me to choose from?


My colleagues and myself practice out of 5 different locations in the Cincinnati area and suburbs as well as Northern Kentucky. We also operate out of 4 locations in the Denver Colorado area. In most cases, our clients are never more than a 10 t0 15 minutes drive away from one of our locations. In Ohio · Blue Ash Ohio · Downtown Cincinnati · Hyde Park Ohio · West Chester Ohio · Florence, NKY In Denver Colorado · Lodo/ Downtown Denver · Cherry Creek Colorado · Aurora Colorado · Boulder Colorado Coming Soon · Columbus Ohio · Indianapolis Indiana Also you can always work with us online from wherever you may be.




Why is my location not available in the drop down menu?


If a location(s) is not available from the drop down menu, this means we are fully booked at this location. Please pick your next preferred location or consider our online therapy options. You can also email us and we can try to fit you in your preferred location if a spot opens up.




I get an automated response when I email you. Is there a way to reach you directly?


If you do not find answers to your questions in the FAQ section or would like to reach us directly for another reason, please email us at info@NayaClinics.com and a team member will get back to you as soon as we can.





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