The idea of Retreat
Food and Photography Retreats are for people who enjoy a house party style holiday in a lovely setting where they can immerse themselves totally in photography - and eat very well too. If you’re not sure what a “house party” is, just think of it as a home from home, with someone else doing the work.
Rather than make vague promises to “improve your photography” we teach particular skills and ways of thinking that guests can use long after the Retreat has finished. This, combined with tutorials and feed-back sessions, can help photographers to make substantial progress in their creative lives, all the while enjoying themselves in a lovely setting. We place lot of emphasis on creating a relaxing atmosphere in which conversation can flow, ideas emerge - and good food be enjoyed.
There’s so much rushing around and packing it all in, today. So much measuring and comparing, so many targets and lists to be a slave to. This way of living is not conductive to the production of good art because there’s no time for reflection, no time to listen for the echo.
We believe that good art flourishes in a calm setting, through the exchange of ideas and opinions, with time to think and the opportunity to revisit and rework - even if it's just for a week. We believe too in the value of sharing good food with other interesting people and listening to their stories. It’s deeply human. And we know that you don't have to travel to the ends of the Earth to do this.
So, we create a space for you on our Retreats, then fill it with knowledge and experience, skills and ideas - along with a good measure of care. Then we watch you grow as a photographer and perhaps connect with something new for the first time.