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Connemara:A savage beauty with bill phelps

february 25-28th,2018

ballynahinch castle, ireland

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(NEW!)Literature & LarderA cooks & cookery writing retreatwith diana henry & elissa altmanapril 13-16th, 2018glin castle, ireland

 

 

 

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upcoming


Connemara:A savage beauty with bill phelps

february 25-28th,2018

ballynahinch castle, ireland

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(NEW!)Literature & LarderA cooks & cookery writing retreatwith diana henry & elissa altmanapril 13-16th, 2018glin castle, ireland

 

 

 

"Lens and Larder is a cut above all the rest and sets the bar for how to properly look after a group of eager creatives. Starting with their breathtaking surroundings, they know how to let nature do most of the inspiring. Then there is their deep knowledge and appreciation of the culinary world which is half the foundation of food styling and photography. The other half is professional experience and they bring in the best people in the business to share their secrets and inspire you first hand. I would take this workshop again and again and again (as many people do!)." - Claire Ptak, Violet Bakery, London, and author + stylist of the award-winning cookery book, The Violet Bakery Cookbook.

 

"Always held at truly unique and inspiring locations, Imen and Cliodhna, host with such warmth and attention to detail, creative learning retreats with incredible teachers from all over the world.Having both been a teacher at one retreat, and attended one as a participant, I wouldn't hesitate to do both all over again. On both occasions, I left not only with new knowledge gained, but felt completely rejuvenated, inspired to the brim. What they have been able to create in Lens and Larder is truly unique, and in a sea of current creative retreats, theirs stand out as one of a kind powerhouse of learning and creativity, with a generous amount of heart and soul." Marte Marie Forsberg, Norwegian Photographer & Author of forthcoming cookbook autumn 2017.)

 

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OUR TEAM

 

 

team


OUR TEAM

 

 

In 2014, Imen and Cliodhna brought together their shared love of food, film, and storytelling to begin producing Lens & Larder retreats in Ireland.

Imen McDonnell

Imen McDonnell is a cook and author who contributes to Condé Nast Traveler (USA), Town and Country Magazine (UK) and is the writer and photographer behind the popular food blog, Farmette.ie. Before moving to her husband’s family farm in rural Ireland, she worked as a broadcast producer for global food and beauty brands, and as part of the production team for an Emmy award-winning television series while living in New York, Minneapolis, and Los Angeles. 

Imen’s modern Irish recipes have been featured in The New York Times, The Irish Times, The Sunday Times (UK) The Los Angeles Times, Saveur Magazine and more. Her first book, The Farmette Cookbook, Recipes and Adventures from my Life on an Irish Farm was published to international distribution by Roost Books & Penguin Random House, March 2016. 

Cliodhna Prendergast

Cliodhna Prendergast is a professional chef, writer, and producer living and working on the west coast of Ireland with her husband and three children. She started her career in the kitchens of her family's country house hotel in Connemara. She continued working in many great Irish kitchens and went on to study at Ballymaloe Cookery school before taking over as head chef in Delphi Lodge for 11 years, when there was named best chef in Connaught by Food and Wine Magazine.

Cliodhna is an avid gatherer of wild food, a writer/food photographer for the Sunday Times (Ireland) and other publications, and is the producer and host of Breaking Eggs thirty beautifully filmed programmes to encourage parents to cook with their children. 

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about


ABOUT us

about


ABOUT us

Lens & Larder collaborates with world-class photographers, stylists and writers who serve as gentle tutors during each learning retreat. 

Each workshop is individually tailored, some teach informally with a hands-on in the field approach, and some will have structured master classes and demonstrations; most will have both of these elements. You will get a chance to spend one-on-one time with your mentor and get to know them outside of the workshop as well.

Lens & Larder is an extraordinary journey of visual storytelling, filled with teaching , creativity, adventures and fantastic opportunities to spend time with interesting and like-minded people while experiencing the terroir and culture of the destination at hand.

We make an effort to seek out exceptional places to stay and learn in Ireland and abroad - castles, country guesthouses, grand estates, farmsteads, boutique hotels, and more.

Some of our past talent include:   Beth Kirby, Local Milk   |   Marte Marie Forsberg   |   Susan Spungen |   Gentl & Hyers | Yvette Van Boven & Oof Verschueren | Mimi and Oddur Thorisson | Renée Kemps | Ditte Isager | David Prior 

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