Are you a visual storyteller? an artist? a maker? a world traveller? Are you looking to broaden your personal or professional horizons? Or, perhaps you simply want to slow down, get away from it all and shore up on the wild rugged West coast of Ireland, in the company of Lens & Larder to show you the way? If you answer yes to any of these, then this is the retreat for you.

For 3 extraordinary days in the company of the hugely talented and internationally renowned photographers Andrea Gentl and Martin Hyers, you will find yourself world’s away on the spectacular West coast of Ireland. Here you will nourish your creativity, become inspired anew, and connect with others, yourself and the incredible landscape around you. 

You will learn to see, with a new perspective, and make photographs that are both narrative and beautiful. We will orchestrate a transformative travel story which celebrates not only the stunning landscapes, but the people and food and crafts of that landscape. Our aim is for each participant to create and complete an immersive photo story of their own, unique to their personal experience. This will be Marty and Andrea’s last workshop for the year and it will be special!  

We will be based at the acclaimed Gregans Castle, a unique, award-winning country house hotel nestled in a hamlet at the edge of the Burren. From here we will venture out to explore this unique and spectacular landscape which dates back to 4000 BC. A landscape unlike any other in the world, where Arctic alpine plants grow in unison with Mediterranean wildflowers deep in the crevices of immense miles of ancient rock. In its striking austerity, the Burren will bring your senses alive.  

During the retreat we will visit the people of this place; the producers, farmers and craftspeople of the Burren and The Wild Atlantic Way. We will engage with the culture and food of the region, discover the stories behind these lives. These encounters and experiences will feed your soul, sometimes deeply personally, they will all feed into your uniquely expressed photo story of your travel, your taste and your vision. 

On every step of this transformative travel and learning experience, Andrea Gentl and Martin Hyers will be guiding you “to see” things differently, to recognise and capture the ever changing light, with one on one and group instruction in real time in the field. This is a workshop for people to learn how to see light and how to capture what they see with their cameras. All levels of photo experience are welcome, however, this is not designed for professionals, so if you have just a little photography experience, you have all you need.  

If you care to extend your journey for another day or two, we would recommend visiting the nearby Cliffs of Moher and other breathtaking attractions. If you are interested in learning more, just drop us a line and we are happy to assist with planning.

Included :

Three Nights Stay at the Luxurious Gregans Castle

A Hearty Irish Breakfast Each Morning

Pre-Dinner Cocktail Each Evening.

Dinner on 1st and 2nd Night, incl Wine.

Celebration Feast on 3rd night, incl Wine

Lunch on Two Days

All Field Workshop Transport

All Instruction, Daily Adventures & Irish Craic (& Heaps of Convivial Love, of course!)

Not included:


Transfers from Airport to Gregans Castle

Travel Insurance (recommended)

Partners in photography and life, Andrea Gentl and Martin Hyers have been collaborating for over twenty years. Focused on food, travel, interiors, and portraits, their clients include Condé Nast Traveler, Architectural Digest, Coqui Coqui, Bon Appétit, The New York Times, and Häagen-Dazs, in addition to countless cookbooks and contributions to food & lifestyle publications over the years. It is a privilege to welcome Andrea and Martin back to Ireland for their third Lens & Larder collaboration to date — and perhaps the most extraordinary with the Burren at our doorstep.

We hope to see you there.

Book here or email for more details.

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There are absolutely no refunds for this retreat, so please make sure you can attend if you register.

Photos 3 ,6 by Verity Wellstead, photo 4 by A Fox in the Kitchen. photo 8 by Simon Haden, all provided by our host, Gregan’s Castle.

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