What Makes Our Retreats Unique?

Our audio description trainings are held in a retreat setting where students and teachers share meals and living space. Each retreat includes 20 hours of formal classes with training relevant to audio description of live theatre, TV, film, and more. We limit our student group to no more than 8 participants to insure individual attention and generous practice time.

The instructors offer feedback and critique from the point of view of both a professional describer (Jan) and a visually impaired consumer (Colleen). Our retreat design encourages group discussion, collaboration and networking. Informal after class socialization promotes the de-mystification of blindness and visual impairment.


Our all-inclusive fee covers:

  • Airport pick-up and drop-off, and all other retreat transportation
  • Tuition, handouts, classroom materials, and house supplies
  • All meals, with lunches and dinners prepared by our staff
  • Breakfast foods available for self-preparation
  • Private room (discount for optional shared room) in a real house
  • Full kitchen privileges and access to washer/dryer


Retreat setting:

  • A soul soothing getaway; leave hustle, bustle and distractions behind
  • Enjoy natural landscapes and exercise
  • Immersive environment organically increases learning
  • Audio described movies are offered in the evenings
  • A variety of retreat settings are available, including Raleigh, Ocracoke Island and Lake Norman in North Carolina
  • We are available to travel to other states and locations; contact us for details


Curriculum


Level One

  • Introduction to audio description
  • History of audio description and future trends
  • Disability awareness and understanding our audience
  • Thorough review of complex rules of audio description
  • Top ten tips highlighting how to organize and approach description
  • Organization, timing and editing of primary audio description; in real time
  • Emphasis on practice time—this is an art learned by doing!
  • “Do-over” opportunities allow fine-tuning and improvement of description
  • Introduction to equipment


Level Two

  • Review, practice, and consolidation of primary skills learned in Level One
  • Introduction to pre-show audio description
  • Scripting pre-show description of stage, setting, characters, costumes and props
  • Theatrical, dance and cinematic vocabulary
  • Purchasing and using audio description equipment
  • Tactile tours of theatre, museums, etc.
  • Audio description of art, dance and museums/exhibitions
  • Prerequisite: Level One


Level Three

  • Audio description of film and TV
  • Script writing and timing
  • Audio editing and syncing
  • Purchase of and use of recording equipment for home or studio
  • Voice coaching
  • Career opportunities and resources
  • Prerequisite: Levels One and Two