From 13 to 17 October right at the beautiful coastline of south west Portugal.
For creatives with a (digital) camera that want to explore creating work by listening to the creativity of the heart. Let go of your client work or the work you create out of comfort. Find out what YOU are passionate about and explore new ways of telling a story.
During this retreat you will explore creating from within and create a challenging assignment for yourself from there. There will be workshops and space for co-creating and 1:1 photography coaching.
CREATIVITY | CREATION | CONNECTION
Arrival, getting to know each other, welcome dinner.
DAY 1 - CREATIVITY
Morning workshop: 'Dive within'
Afternoon workshop: 'Creative Techniques & Inspiration
Today you will create the concept for your photo story
DAY 2 - CREATION
Morning practise: 'Let the Creativity Flow'
Create your story in images
Space for (1:1) guidance and coaching
DAY 3 - CONNECTION
Presentations, sharing & feedback
Brainstorm: 'How to Sell & Share your Story'
The last morning we will have a goodbye brunch with some last group activities.
Every day our private chef provides an elaborate, healthy breakfast buffet and a delicious dinner for us. There will be snacks available during the day. The second evening is free so you can go out for dinner and/or work on your story.
Our goal is to challenge you both creatively and technically. We will explore new ways of telling a story, YOUR story. We want to help you grow and guide you to create images that reflect that. You will go home with new work that is captured from the heart.
* This is a draft program. Changes can be made but the vision will remain the same.
Emerge yourself in creativity and dive within to create a photo story that comes from the heart. Challenge yourself creatively. Connect, share and create with other photographers. Find out what makes you unique as a photographer.
From 13 to 17 October we will come together with a group of 8 photographers in the Birds of Paradise Lodge in Aljezur (west coast of Portugal). It is a beautiful and luxurious house that has all the comfort you need. The lodge is located at 10 minutes walking distance from the impressive cliffs. There are shared- and private rooms available and all have their private bathroom and patio or balcony.
Scroll through the image gallery to get a feeling of the beautiful Birds of Paradise Lodge and visit their website if you want to know more: www.birdsofparadiselodge.com
First photo made by Michelle & Max Buiting - all other photos are made by Tino Rischawy
Where & how to reach:
The lodge is located in Vale da Telha, Aljezur, Portugal. It's possible to fly via Lisbon or Faro airport. Rent a car there or take public transportation to Aljezur. We can provide you with the info for how to arrange this. If desired, we can coordinate with other participants to rent a car together. Bikes will be available for rent at the lodge to go around.
From 13 - 17 of October we will emerge ourselves in creativity. The program will slowly start in the evening of the 13th. We will have a welcome dinner together to get to know each other. The next 3 days we have a beautiful program ready for you. The 17th we finish the retreat with a group activity in the morning and then say goodbye.
Investment & payment:
The investment for the retreat is €1100 for a shared room and €1400 for a private room (prices are excluding VAT). I will ask you to make a deposit to reserve your spot. Please contact me if the price raises questions, there is a possibility to make a payment agreement adjusted to your needs.
What is included:
- Stay of 4 nights in the Birds of Paradise Lodge.
- Daily workshops and group activities and a 1:1 session with Kaylee.
- Breakfasts, light lunches, some snacks and dinners made by our private chef. One night will be free for you to go out to dinner at one of the restaurants in the area.
- Fun extra's we want to surprise you with :)
What is NOT included:
- Transfer from the airport (we can coordinate between all participants to take a transfer from the aiport together)
- Travel insurance
- Personal expenses
- Bike rental at the lodge
SCHEDULE A DISCOVERY CALL
Are you interested or need more information? Let's get to know each other! I offer everyone a Discovery Call to find out if this retreat is for you or not. I'm curious who you are and where you are at in your photography work. You don't need to commit to anything after the call - it's just to discover.
Get to know the people you'll meet during the retreat!
Kaylee (NL) is a freelance photographer - although she prefers to say she is a creative with the camera as her main instrument. Kaylee embodies a personal and intimate approach which reflects in vulnerable yet dreamy photographs. With her camera she catches a glimpse of people's souls. On the road in her van since 2020, she lives and creates in the Algarve region for European clients.
As your retreat host, she guides you in creating your personal concept and photo story. She offers creative workshops, 1 on 1 coaching and helps you find creative solutions for the challenges that may arise when creating your visual story.
Bram (BE) is your private chef for the retreat. But he won’t just bring nourishing meals to the table. He will also bring his knowledge about the seasonal and local vegetables to you.
Besides his passion for food and farming, he is a true storyteller. He runs a shop with old prints and maps and organises ‘walks & stories’ experiences in the area (so if you’re looking for location tips he’s your man!) He also is an amazing writer.
Being an entrepreneur himself, and having guided creatives before, he is for sure a valuable support to the team.
Mary (UK) is a Yoga and Meditation Teacher. Her aim is to create an inclusive environment of non-judgement and hold a safe space for self-enquiry in all aspects of her work.
Through embodiment and meditation practices, she believes we can explore and access deeper realms of our own inspiration, creativity and self-expression.
Her invitation to you is to trust in your body-mind's natural wisdom and intelligence, and it's innate capacity for creativity and vitality.