Connemara: A Savage Beauty

We are very excited to announce our next workshop; ‘Connemara, A Savage Beauty’ in February 2018 when we return to one of our favourite Irish houses, historical Ballynahinch Castle.

At the helm of this workshop will be the US based photographer and master of emotion and mood, Bill Phelps. Phelps, who’s work reveals the very soul of place, people, food and culture, will guide you to uncover the essence of the story you are capturing.

Staged over three nights and two days, meeting farmers and producers in a landscape of transient light and wild beauty that Oscar Wilde dubbed “a savage beauty” you will explore the heart of Connemara

Entering deep into this landscape we will capture the essence of this wild and magical place, returning for tutorials to the warmth of the log fires at Ballynahinch Castle, a house that has for centuries inspired writers and artists from Seamus Heaney to Margarete Atwood.

Bill Phelps:

Born in St. Paul, Minnesota, Phelps has built an impressive career, lending his talents to Italian Vogue, French Marie Claire, Conde Nast Traveller UK, The New York Times Magazine, Fortune and Interview, and picking up both an IPA Lucie Award and the Grand Prize of Portraits for the World Press.  Phelps is also the co-designer, builder and previous owner of Cafe Moto in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

“Throughout the years I have had the pleasure of becoming a fan and friend of Bill Phelps. You will be hard pressed to find a more candid, open, lovely man. His work captures the essence of the soul in a way that humanizes his subjects and opens your eyes to a captivating take on creativity. In addition to his work as a photographer, Bill also is a restaurateur and designer in his own right.“ By Dawn Garcia for ATOD Magazine January 2016

Click on BOOKING for more details on Savage Beauty or our April 2018 Literature + Larder, Glin Castle retreat, or email to register. 


Join James Beard Award-Winning authors Diana Henry and Elissa Altman at historic Glin Castle for an intimate weekend of literature and libations, April 13-16th, 2018.

This retreat will have a primary focus on the art of food writing. Workshop participants will explore food writing with an in-depth look at recipe development, food as memoir/essay, creative writing & food journalism, and touch on podcasting/broadcasting as well.  

Each guest will participate in group and one-to-one discussions focused on strengthening food writing skills and exploring individual food writing goals. You’ll also gain insider information on the craft of creative food writing, how to write and pitch freelance food stories, and how to grow your platform as a professional food writer. 

We will also cover the business side of food publishing with New York literary agent Sharon Bowers, and examine cookbook editorial with “Ireland’s Top Cookbook Editor" Kristin Jensen. 

Included:  3 nights luxury accommodation and meals: 1 welcome drinks reception, 3 full Irish breakfasts; 2 lunches; 3 dinners including wine and cocktails; all food with a focus on locally sourced, artisan ingredients (vegetarian options will be catered for).

Excluded: Travel to Ireland and transportation to Glin Castle; Travel insurance; Extras

Cost: EUR €2499 per person. If you wish to pay in two installments, please email to make payment arrangements. 

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