I'm truly, deeply honored and inspired to bring you ‘A Fall Harvest Gathering - 5-day Food, Cooking, Harvest, Feasts, Exploration, and Photography retreat’ - a retreat, we have dreamed of bringing to life for such a long time. And now it is finally happening!
On the day of your arrival, our wonderful local Sisterhood team and I will welcome you for a 'meet-and-greet' with cold festive aperitivos and delicious Italian snacks at the terrace made by our heart-warming host couple, Maartje and Davide, who cook all our meals in the farmhouse, based on organic, fresh ingredients, some of them grown in their very own garden. After the aperitivo, we will serve you a festive Tuscan welcome dinner and celebrate our first night together. Each morning we'll wake up to the loveliest Tuscan breakfast served either in the courtyard with the most stunning view of the little, charming village, Codiponte, or in the charming dining room to the sounds of the warming, crackling fire from the fireplace.
October 23rd- 28th, 2019
Check-in is between 4-6 PM on October 23rd. Aperitivos and Italian nibbles will be served at the terrace at 7 PM and a festive welcome dinner at 8 PM.
Check-out is before 11 AM on October 28th.
5 full days of lodging in a wonderful old stone farmhouse, all meals, drinks and snacks during the retreat, guided facilitation, food- and lifestyle photography classes, truffle-hunting by a certified guide, foraging of olives, chestnuts, funghi porchinis, fresh pasta cooking class, visit at local farmers, producers and makers, a fall feast in the olive grove and all transportation during the retreat + 1-on-1’s with Sif Orellana.
The retreat doesn’t include airline tickets, taxes & baggage fee, travel insurance (highly recommended), meals/items/activities bought when you’re not with the group.
People from all walks of life is welcome.
Space is limited to 8 attendees.
Your teacher during the entire retreat will be publisher, 6-time award-winning cookbook author, photographer and café-owner, Sif Orellana
Your home for the five nights will be in one of two charming stone farmhouses drenched in history and set amongst olive groves and vineyards in the small beautiful medieval village of Codiponte in a quiet and unspoiled part of Tuscany. The houses are located 5 minutes walk from each other, and are both owned by our warm-hearted and in every way lovely host couple. They are both characterized by peace and tranquility, and you can choose between a beautiful single room or a shared double room.
HOW TO GET THERE:
The nearest major airport is Pisa airport, about 80 minutes from the workshop location and our home during the retreat by car. A pick-up will be arranged on October 23rd at 3:30 PM at Pisa airport to the property, and a car will drive back to Pisa Airport in the morning on October 28th. If you touch ground in Florence, Parma, or Bologna airport instead, you can either rent a car, or jump on a train, and we'll be happy to pick you up at the the local train station in the little village ' San Lorenzo' called "Minucciano-Pieve-Casola" (it is named like that, since 3 villages are near to the station, but it's only one station).
Please bring the camera you normally shoot with (your DSLR or mirrorless) or/and your iPhone. If you normally shoot with your iPhone, that’s absolutely fine. I have lots of tips and tricks on how to capture and edit beautiful photos with both a “big camera” and the one in your iPhone, so all camera types are welcome.
PRICES & ACCOMMODATION
SHARED DOUBLE ROOM
Note: Shared double room may only be booked by two people who wish to share a room. You must be purchasing 2 spots for this option (you can of course pay separately - just write on the invoice or send me an e-mail telling me who you wish to share the room with).
Cancellation policy: Due to logistics, the people involved and hotel cancellation policies, this is a non refundable retreat. We encourage you to have a valid travel insurance before embarking on the trip.
CLASSES AND FOCUS
LEARN TO TAKE STELLAR FOOD- AND LIFESTYLE PHOTOS
During our five days together I will walk you through how to master the manual mode on your camera and teach you how to expertly dial in aperture, shutter speed, and ISO. I will teach you new ways to shoot evocative magazine-worthy photos, tell captivating food & travel stories, and develop new skills to grow as a photographer. High-quality food & lifestyle photography is tricky, and I have created this retreat to share all my very best tips and tricks with you on how to create stellar imagery, and load you with knowledge from the photographic industry.
Step up your styling
During the workshop I will also teach you the fundamentals of food styling, and the principles of how to tell plated stories, manipulate light, and make conscious decisions about what you put in the frame and what you leave out.
DOLCE FAR NIENTE + time for 1 on 1
Each day we’ll find time for a siesta in the late afternoon. During this period of time you are free to do whatever is good for you: read, go for a walk in the mountains, grab a cup of coffee at the nearest café, take a nap, photograph the dinner table, upload and edit your photos, hang out at the terrace with a cold refreshments, write in your journal or something totally different. During our siestas I will also offer you a 30 minutes 1-on-1-session, where you can ask me anything you want and wish to receive my advice, my recommendations and suggestions on.
THE SECRETS OF THE Tuscan harvest and cooking
During the retreat you'll be invited to take part in the harvest and foraging of edible Tuscan treasures: truffles, chestnuts, fungi porchinis, olives, grapes, apples and, if we are lucky, also figs and pomegranates. You will achieve culinary inspiration from local Tuscan producers, and makers, and one of the highlights of the retreat will definitely be, when we partake in a cooking class with an amazingly knowledgeable and talented local ‘nonna’, who will teach us the art of making the most mouth-watering and photogenic fresh pasta from scratch with beautiful edible flowers and fresh herbs built into the pasta dough.
WELCOME LETTER, EDUCATIONAL AND INSPIRATIONAL E-BOOKS + A SECRET FACEBOOK GROUP
10 days prior to the workshop you will receive a welcome letter with more practical information, a list of participants and a detailed itinerary. You wil also be invited to become a member of a private 'A FALL HARVEST GATHERING' Facebook group. Here you can communicate e.g. about sharing the costs for a rented car from airport and other practicalities, post questions, ask for advice, share insights and personal goals, and I can upload the links, recommendations, tips and tricks, I share with you during the classes. In this group we'll also share insider's tips and tricks with you in terms of where to stay, eat and shop if you plan to stay longer in Paris. Two weeks prior to retreat start a customised educational and inspirational e-book around photography will be send out to all attendees with a few simple exercises. After the retreat another educational and inspirational e-book will be sent out including another simple exercise + tips and tricks on how to continue the photography learning process at home.
"AFTER SPENDING JUST A FEW DAYS TOGETHER AT A SCANDINAVIAN CHRISTMAS TALE RETREAT, A VERY SPECIAL BOND WAS CREATED BETWEEN EVERYONE IN OUR LOVELY GROUP."
It was such an honor to be a part of this creative bunch, made extra special by our lovely leader and teacher Sif. Her passion and ability to inspire, her big heart and kind words, her empathy and unlimited generosity are so precious and inspiring that we were all in awe. I came back home with a full heart and lots of new friends. It was unforgettable! Thank you Sif for bringing us all together and sharing your hearts and wisdom!”
KARMEN KODA, PARIS
SIGNED UP FOR SIF'S WORKSHOP HOPING TO HONE MY VISUAL STORYTELLING TECHNIQUES...BUT I LEFT WITH SO MUCH MORE."
For me, the main benefits came when Sif shared the inside secrets of her incredible personal success story and from receiving invaluable individual feedback which she happily provided beyond workshop hours and even upon my return home! Importantly, she makes you feel comfortable instantly, no matter your photographic experience. Her down-to-earth approach helped participants to immediately gel well together which made the workshop fun.
Sif's style of communicating her visual storytelling knowledge is unique and made me feel truly connected and inspired. I returned home equipped with more tools and fully motivated to take action on my dreams.
I can’t speak highly enough of Sif's workshops.
IVAN EBEJER, MALTA
“I have been full of peace and happiness ever since."
Thank you for an amazing retreat and learning experience.
LOUISE GRANHOF JUHL, DENMARK
“Ever thought about growing as a person creatively? And at the same time meeting people who will inspire you with their stories and creativity while gaining a fantastic mentor. I did – amazing and inspiring Sif Orellana made it happen and her retreats and workshop are truly a must."
Sif has a gift – she has a sense of uniting a group by creating an environment where everyone opens and shares thoughts and experiences with each other. Sif passes on her knowledge by telling the most wonderful stories, giving advice and also teaches hands-on, whether it is how to captivate beautiful images, new apps or creating a successful business. Most importantly Sif teaches you how to be true to yourself, embrace your dreams and live the creative life you always dreamt of. I am so happy I met Sif and all my new sisters. Thank you for making it happen – can’t wait to embark on new adventures with my extended creative family in the future.
JULIE POLAR, DENMARK
“I'm speechless I'm so thankful… It was wonderful, eye-opening 3 days for me. You are such a colorful person and genuine to share your experiences and skill sets with us. I think that it's really good that I participated in this workshop to open up new paths and possibilities in this time of transition.
Your pieces of advice are precious to me and filled me with so much energy. I felt stuck when I came, but now I have found a light that gives me a sense of direction - thanks to your guidance. I know organizing workshops is a really hard thing, but you never looked tired and I respect you a lot. Again, thank you so much. I'm looking forward to our next gatherings. With lots of appreciation.
MINA USUI, JAPAN
“These days have been just magical! Thank you so much."
MARIA HÄRDNER, SWEDEN
“I AM STILL IN SOME KIND OF EUPHORIA AFTER MY RETREAT WITH SIF ORELLANA."
Thank you so much for being the most inspiring, caring and warm person I have met in a long time, Sif. I will always be grateful for this retreat.
NETTAN DAHLQUIST. NORWAY
“I strongly recommend joining Sif Orellana in any upcoming retreat. She shares her talent, but, more importantly, her wisdom! "
You might not know but you cannot really live happily without it!
KAJSA JEPPSON, SWEDEN
TERMS & CONDITIONS
Due to logistics, the people involved, this is a non-refundable retreat, so please register only if you know you can attend. However, we´d happily transfer your spot to someone else should you be unable to make it and know someone who will take your spot. In the unlikely case that we have to cancel the workshop, you would receive a complete refund of the retreat fee. We encourage you to have a valid travel insurance before embarking on the trip. More info about our terms and conditions can be found here.