My biggest passions in life are finding inspiration and sharing that inspiration with others. It was my desire for more personal connections and a love for that intangible creative buzz that pushed me into hosting retreats, and it has been the most creatively satisfying thing I have endeavored to complete.
This retreat that I’m hosting in the UK is a unique creative experience. Focused on art photography, yet designed to allow all attendees to find, cultivate, and pursue their own creative voice, this retreat is 3+ days of hands on learning, sharing, giving, and adventure.
The UK retreat is the longest I’ve hosted, running from the evening of August 7th to the morning of August 11th. From shooting at ruins to photographing on a lake, in boats, in a forest, on rolling hills, and even inside our giant studio space, we will have the opportunity to shoot in many different inspiring situations.
The premise is simple: We all live under one roof for the days of the retreat. The price ($2,450) includes your lodging, all meals, and helps to cover model fees and location rental. Once you arrive at the house, you have absolutely nothing to worry about. That’s what we’ve been planning behind the scenes, and our hope is that you show up, relax, get creative and have fun.
We will discuss many different topics like…
Inspiration & Fear
Business & Goal Setting
Editing & Image Compositing
Creative Shooting & Set Design
We will focus on creating a small series while we are together. One afternoon is dedicated to practice shooting. The next day we edit and talk business. And the final full day is dedicated to 1-1 meetings as well as shooting at all of our inspiring locations. With 5-7 models available each person can grab their model of choice and run with it. The retreat is capped at 12 participants for an intimate gathering.
We’ll be eating healthy meals, staying at an amazing “green” facility that caters to retreats in a small town in Norfolk, UK, and enjoying activities outside of photography like a bonfire, t-shirt making, and movie-watching.
The great thing about a retreat is that while I’ve got our days jam-packed with activities, we can adjust as we go and work on the fly…so if you’re feeling inspired, you can run out and shoot with our resident model (the amazing Jen Brook, who will be living with us for your shooting pleasure…any whim or fancy, she’s your girl!).
I hope that you can join me on this retreat!
These two U.S. workshops are the last traditional workshops I will be doing for some time: Bordentown, NJ & Phoenix, AZ.
peter tierney - just finishing a B.A. (Hons) at University of Brighton as a mature student (62). Have admired your work after being introduced to it by an ex-classmate. My influences are fairly eclectic from Ellen Kooi, Julie Blackmon and Roger Mayne in photography, Kandinsky in painting.
My current project is about the temporary presence of people in art-spaces. I also do volunteer work for a local singing school an studio portraits of the members.
I’m having a look at my finances before confirming but would love to come, best regards, Peter
brookeshaden - Thank you so much for the interest Peter! Please let me know if I can help with anything in making your decision! 🙂
Carin - Oh my goodness I’m so excited but like Peter will have to check finances first.
brookeshaden - Hi Carin! I’d loooove to have you 🙂 A payment plan is always an option so feel free to email me if you’d like to discuss 🙂
chime - would it be completely weird for someone from chicago to come?
brookeshaden - Hehe not at all! I have 2 people coming from New Jersey to a retreat I’m hosting in France 😀 You would be most welcome – and it would be a fun adventure!
Carolina - I’m coming all the way from Oregon.
brookeshaden - Woohoo! 😀
Nedine O'Brien - I was so excited when I saw this, then I did the math and now I could cry. I wish there had been more notice as even with the payment plan I couldn’t stretch the finances that far.
I’m green with envy at those who are going to participate in this. I hope you guys have a wonderful time though!
brookeshaden - Awww I’m so sorry! I’ll try to give more notice on future events. I’ll be hosting more though, so hopefully another will work out xo
Nedine O'Brien - I will keep a sharp eye out.
Natalia - Will you be in Poland someday?
brookeshaden - Ahh I’m not sure on Poland. No plans for this year or next unfortunately!
Ben Perrott - Hi it’s me again !!
I would LOVE to, if I can financially ! I live in kent !! My grandparents went to Norfolk on holiday not so long ago they loved it there.. beautiful area. I will apply if I can raise money in time ! Do you have a dead line for entries or first come first serve ?
brookeshaden - Hi Ben! It would be so wonderful to have you! It is first come first serve, but you can also reserve a space with a payment plan 🙂 There are 7 spaces remaining right now. Xo! Keep me posted!
Ben Perrott - Okay, Thanks Brooke ! only 7 !! :O ahhh
André Varela - You should do one in Portugal… We should really talk about that! =)
brookeshaden - Couldn’t agree more 😀
Ben Perrott - Interesting.. oh dreams
Ben Perrott - When is that ? 🙂 hehe
André Varela - I contacted you on Facebook Brooke!
Anthony Firmin - I would love to come along…. but we have a block on vacation time in August so sadly won’t be able to attend.
Looks a fantastic place.
brookeshaden - Aww too bad! But maybe it’ll work out someday 🙂 Have a LOVELY vacation!
Paulo Carvalho - I cannot even imagine how awesome it would be if I could just go. And the reason is of course, money. Money for the retreat and for the travels. Who is lucky enough to be able to go, it is mandatory that enjoy these 3 days. Well! It will also be hard to not happen! Right? Despite being with envy, I hope those who go have a great fun. Maybe one day I am lucky enough to have one in Portugal. Enjoy it!
brookeshaden - Paulo, I know our paths will someday cross. And I sincerely hope I can make something work in Portugal!
Paulo Carvalho - That would be lovely! 🙂
Eugenia Chan - Hi Brooke,
I’m super excited for this retreat as i’m hoping i can come but how does the payment plan work? Is it possible to reserve a spot and is everything locked in place if I pay for the workshop as in if (only if) I had to back out what would happen?
I saw the france retreat and I unfortunately i saw it too late so i’m hoping i get to come along this time. How many spaces are left?
thank you for the opportunity you provide artists all around!
brookeshaden - Hi Eugenia! I’d LOVE to have you! For the payment plan, you can submit 1/2 payment now and the other half up to 1 month before the retreat date (July 7). Payments are refundable up to 2 months before the retreat (June 7) or, if you can find someone to take your place, they are transferrable. I was just looking at your photos – beautiful! I did notice your age – retreats are restricted to 18+ though are reviewed on a case by case basis and with permission from a guardian. Let me know if I can answer any other questions! I hope you can join us! Xo!
Francisca jorgensen - Any chance of doing this in AUSTRALIA?? I just discovered your work through one of your books about creativity. I love your uniqueness and your courage to step out of the norm.
brookeshaden - Hi Francisca! I plan on traveling to Australia in December for workshops. I will be announcing those in the next month or so 🙂 I’d love to meet you!
Laura - Oh my goodness. I don’t even know how to explain my shock that you will be in the UK. I can’t afford this now but I think I might have to take out a credit card or loan or something. I just hope I figure out how to get the money before all the spaces are gone. I cannot miss this!!!
brookeshaden - Hi Laura! I’d love to have you! You can do a 1/2 deposit now and the rest up to 1 month before the event if that makes things easier. I wish I didn’t have to put a price tag on it at all, but the expenses are astronomical :/ I sure will do my best to make it all worth it!
Katrin Auch - I am trying to see if I can make this happen, and part of it will be travel. What airport is the closest to the retreat, and what are the options for transport from airport to the location—if you know. Thanks,
brookeshaden - HI Kat! 😀
Wonderful! The closest airport, as far as my searches have gone so far, is Norwich Int’l Airport. I personally am flying into London and renting a car, but I believe there is a train station near the location. If enough people need picked up from the airport in Norfolk or the train station we can possibly make runs to get people, as we will have 2 cars. I’m sure other attendees will want to carpool or travel together, and there will be a FB group to make those arrangements <3
brookeshaden - PS – I will have Kelly formally write up all of the transport options and email you.
Katrin Auch - Thanks so much! That is very helpful!
Lisa Holmes - Hi Brooke
I’m wanting to pay my deposit to reserve my place but I can’t see how to only pay that and not the full amount through Paypal. Any suggestions? I just don’t want to miss out on a place.
brookeshaden - Hi Lisa! Shoot me an email so that I can send you my PayPal details and that way we can officially reserve your space 🙂 http://brookeshaden.com/contact/
Mary-Claire - The retreat looks a-maz-ing. Will be on vacation for my parents’ 50th (WOW) anniversary at that time, though. I can’t wait to see all the photos and hear the adventure tales!
Emma - I got your pre-release email the same day we found a chalet in a forest we might actually be able to afford. Now it’s just a waiting game to see which gives first! I keep checking the site to see if there are places left 🙂