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Nature Photography Artist’s Retreat with Philip Church

Sept. 30-Oct. 2, 2022

Registration open now

Come on your own, with a partner or a few friends, and get away for an amazing experience!

Retreat Details

Arrive Friday afternoon and meet your fellow retreat participants over drinks and savoury snacks. Settle in to your cozy cabin or glamping tent and relax until it’s time for a hearty dinner in the CookHouse. After dinner participants will split into 2 groups. Group B will relax in the sauna or in their cabin, Group A proceeds to their first workshop.

Photograph of night sky
© Philip Church

Workshop #1A:

Night Photography Basics: planning, equipment, settings, and execution

Drift blissfully away to sleep in your cozy cabin, cocooned in luxurious 400 thread count organic cotton bedding. Saturday morning wakes you with birdsong and the gentle rustle of the breeze in the trees.

A delicious self-serve continental breakfast with fresh-brewed coffee and tea is laid out in the CookHouse for you to enjoy, and after that the morning group workshop begins.

Tree silhouette at sunset
© Philip Church

Workshop #2:

Composition and Light

Return to the CookHouse for lunch and some free time until the next workshop.

© Philip Church

Workshop #3:

Photography in Motion: Water, Wildlife, Wind

After spending the afternoon in motion, you’ll have an appetite for Saturday evening’s tasty dinner.

After dinner participants will again split into 2 groups. Group A will relax in the sauna or in their cabin. Group B will proceed to the next workshop.

Moon over Peggy's Cove lighthouse
© Philip Church

Workshop #1B:

Night Photography Basics: planning, equipment, settings, and execution

After the workshop or sauna, continue conversations and enjoy the starry night by the firepit.

Sunday morning continues the relaxed mood, breakfast in the CookHouse on your own schedule and a final workshop.

Winter forest scene
© Philip Church

Workshop #4:

Story Telling in Photography

Have lunch and say goodbye, or extend your retreat to a third night and put your new skills capturing creative images to good use in the local area or farther afield.

All workshop plan details are subject to weather conditions and may change at the last minute.

Participants should expect much of the workshop time to be outdoors and prepare accordingly.

Be aware that there is an uphill forest trail between the parking area, the Cookhouse and cabins. There are also stairs to enter each cabin, the CookHouse and the WashHouse.


Single, double, triple and quad occupancy available. Participants are encouraged to arrange their own cabin groups. Partners who do not wish to participate in the retreat are welcome to join the participants for meals and enjoy the other amenities such as our nature trails and sauna.

Young adults aged 14-17 may participate in the retreat accompanied by an adult guardian who is also a retreat participant.

All-Inclusive Artist’s Retreat Package starting from $409.50 each, Quad Occupancy + HST

Single Occupancy starting from $603.00 + HST

Partner Package (when sharing accommodation with one or more retreat participants) $130 +HST

COMMUTING OPTION: Live in the area and want to attend the workshops but don’t need accommodation? Limited spaces available for 1 or 2 day attendance.
Saturday and Sunday: 4 workshops (6 hours instruction), lunch both days, dinner Saturday $225
Saturday Only: 3 workshops (4 hours instruction), lunch, dinner $175
Sunday Only: 1 workshop (2 hours instruction), lunch $85

Deadline for registration and payment: August 11, 2022

Space is very limited, to maintain a high instructor to participant ratio.

Call +1-902-500-4450 or email retreats@sallysbrook.com for more information.

All participants must have a negative Covid-19 antigen Test within 24 hours of arrival. Self-tests are accepted.

Fill in the form below to inquire about exact pricing for your group and indicate your interest!
Please note that registration is not confirmed until paid for.

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