Numinous North

Tombstone Territorial Park (2 days)

“Numinous” is defined as “of or pertaining to the spiritual and supernatural”. How often have we looked at a landscape and felt a degree of transformation or elevation? How is the process of walking through the landscape a numinous journey, and how may photography be our personal reflection of this experience? Through this workshop, we will explore how an image may be our vehicle for sharing the numinous qualities we discover in the wild.

Please refer to the Mountain Light hiking trip description, as this photography weekend is intended as an add-on to the Mountain Light trip itinerary. We will be camping at Tombstone campground as well for this weekend. Numinous North is specifically timed for Yukoners who wish to travel to the Tombstones for a long weekend of autumn-colour photography and hiking, or for Mountain Light participants who wish to come ahead for a weekend of focused photography and instruction.

Plan to arrive at Tombstone campground on Friday night so we can start the workshop over breakfast on Saturday morning. The workshop will end after breakfast on Monday, so participants who are not staying for the Mountain light hiking trip are free to either head off hiking for the day or to use the day to travel home.


2 days
photography, hiking
Skill Level (minimum)

Day 0:
Make sure you arrive at Tombstone Campground by this evening, preferably not too late as we plan an early start on Saturday morning.  If you do not have your own transportation, and are wanting to attend both the  Mountain Light hike,  and  this Photography-focused weekend, we can help arrange transport for you from Whitehorse or Dawson.

Days 1-2:
Breakfast will be at 7:30  both days, with the intention to start the  workshop by  9 AM.  We will go on short forays off  the Dempster highway to photograph landscapes,  as well as wildlife if possible. Marten will be instructing in photography techniques both days, and  we will share images in evening presentations for critiquing purposes.


  • All transportation from Whitehorse and return (including helicopter flight out of the river)
  • the services of 1  Sila Sojourns guide  and 1 photography instructor
  • all group equipment including tents, cooking gear, first aid supplies and satellite phone
  • all meals from breakfast Day 1 to breakfast on Day 3


  • transportation to and from your home and Dawson City (we will help organize transportation if required, as well as for carpooling purposes)
  • personal belongings and equipment as per equipment list
  • any accommodation or meals in Whitehorse or Dawson City

Your Leaders

Marten Berkman is a northern photographer, film maker and visual artist who lives with his family upstream from Whitehorse, Yukon. His work focuses on arctic and subarctic light, landscapes and life. Marten is interested in how the art and process of photography can provide a meaningful bridge between people and the north’s wild and remote landscapes. Marten’s images appear regularly in solo and group exhibits, publications and books, while his award winning documentaries have been shown across Canada and internationally. More information about his still images, films and visual art can be found at

Jill Pangman  see About the Owner


We carry a full complement of maps with us but if you wish to have your own, the 1:250,000 scale maps you will want is called Dawson (116B-116C). Maps can be purchased in Whitehorse at Mac’s Fireweed Books at 203 Main St.