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“Seeing aneW”

THE WILD ATLANTIC WAY

WITH

ANDREA GENTL

AND

MARTIN HYERS

OCTOBER 21-24TH, 2019

GREGAN’S CASTLE

the burren

COUNTY CLARE

ireland


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upcoming


“Seeing aneW”

THE WILD ATLANTIC WAY

WITH

ANDREA GENTL

AND

MARTIN HYERS

OCTOBER 21-24TH, 2019

GREGAN’S CASTLE

the burren

COUNTY CLARE

ireland


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 Gregan’s 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 Gregan’s 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:

Airfare

Transfers from Airport to Gregan’s 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 lensandlarder@gmail.com for more details.

Imen and Cliodhna

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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: Gentl & Hyers  |  Susan Spungen |  Beth Kirby {Local Milk}  |  Marte Marie Forsberg   |  Yvette Van Boven & Oof Verschueren  |  Mimi and Oddur Thorisson |  Renée Kemps  |  Ditte Isager  |  David Prior 

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