Heightened creativity, improved collaboration and exploring new perspectives are just some of the reasons to get away for a Retreat or Workshop. In addition, forming new friendships, unwinding in nature, or providing professional guidance and inspiration are further reasons, all while enabling participants to withdraw from their regular routine and establish new practices.
Retreats and Workshops often kick off in The Stables, a unique space that allows guests to change gear and to set the scene for their stay over a casual dinner or drinks, often followed by tales around the firepit, or perhaps dancing into the night, and sometimes incorporating a dress-up theme.
Planning, designing, teaching, learning and creating often happen in a variety of spaces, so each session or day feels unique. Groups come together in the main Lounge Room, which can be set up as a training room, theatre style, or casual seating. The large television can be paired with laptop or device for presentations. Similarly, The Cellar is a big area that can be used for spreading out, exercising, yoga or practical lessons. When smaller groups are formed, there are lots of areas inside and outside for breaking-out, reflection or practice.
Social activities can be a significant part of a Retreat or Workshop, whether it be a banquet dinner under the stars, a visit to a local attraction, or a special visitor. Cooking competitions are very popular and fiercely contested. Groups are broken up into smaller teams and each allocated one of the four kitchens. Often each team is assigned a course, which is designed and prepared from scratch, possibly using only locally sourced ingredients, then served to the other teams for critique and judging.
Meals can be prepared and served by an in-house chef or caterer employed for the duration of the retreat, or self-catering is also an option. The cooking and dining facilities are impressive, so there’s nothing to bring except the food and drinks.
Depending upon the number of participants, accommodation is generally twin or triple-share, with two to three people per bathroom. Up to 20 people is an optimal number of participants, as this allows accommodation for trainers, chefs and helpers.
Take a look at the Bea Lubas x Anisa Sabet Food Photography Retreat here.
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