'the art of hygge’
- THE SECRETS TO LIVING DANISHLY
DANISH FOOD, LIFESTYLE, HYGGE & PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP
MAY 9TH-12TH 2018
Join me for three and a half wonderful spring days of hygge, lots of delicious Danish food, culinary and cultural tours with incorporated tastings, and travel and lifestyle photography in the city, I am born and raised in: Copenhagen.
The Danish capital is a true gem when it comes to passionate foodies, chefs, bloggers, designers, and authors, and it is a travel and lifestyle photographer’s paradise, especially in the late spring months, where the stunning Nordic light casts it’s glow . On this workshop I invite you to to discover the food culture of my birth town, and get a firsthand experience of the concept of ‘hygge’ in its many shapes. The program is packed with a myriad of cultural and culinary experiences, photography and cooking classes, visits to beautiful picturesque, and Instagram-worthy sights, tucked away hidden gems and green retreats and havens as well as secret backyards and narrow cobble streets that ooze hygge in a degree that might take your breath away. We will explore my favorite districts, each with their own unique secrets and characters, and capture the soul and identity of the city with our cameras, while I share stories with you from my life as Dane, who has the concept of hygge (pronounced ‘hoo-ga’) running in my veins.
WHAT IS HYGGE?
Over the past couple of years, the Danish concept of hygge has stolen the spotlight globally with hordes of books, newspaper features and magazine articles published on the subject. Loosely translated ‘hygge’ means: a quality of coziness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being. Research on hygge has found that in Denmark, it's integral to people's sense of well-being. It acts as a buffer against stress, while also creating a space to build camaraderie. It would be fair to say that hygge is fully integrated into the Danish cultural psyche and culture. However, 'hygge' is difficult to describe but easy to experience, and on this inspiration-packed Copenhagen spring workshop, you get a chance to experience hygge in full-force from a local perspective.
Our workshop days will be spent both indoor and outdoor at handpicked locations in the heart of the city. I will invite you to some of the best foodie gems that Copenhagen has to offer, and introduce you to what the Danes regard as ‘hygge-food’, so that you can get to know ‘hygge’ through your taste buds. I will invite you to partake in a fully hands-on cooking class focused around the Danish cuisine, traditions, local produce and of course "hygge", where you will learn how to cook, plate, decorate and serve beautiful dishes of food. And I will take you to some of my favorite bakeries and cafés to feast on savory tastings and sweet scrumptious delights and marvelous coffee, which simply scream hygge and are bound to make you feel that special hygge-vibe.
I will bring you to hinged nooks, winding streets and atmospheric neighborhoods off the well-trod tourist path, that your camera lens will fall in love with, and invite you to grasp the beauty of the city and experience the idyllic harbours and canals of Copenhagen, the timber-framed houses, and jaw-dropping churches and castles from the water on a cozy and intimate canal tour.
During the workshop I will share my approach to hygge, Danish food, lifestyle and traditions with you and give you my take on what it means to “live Danishly” and to master the art of hygge. I will also share my tips and tricks with you on how to capture the soul and identity of a location with your camera and incorporate storytelling in your imagery. On our food and photo walks we’ll bring all the new tools into play, and whether you are a beginner or an experienced photographer, I will help you capture the types of photographs you are aiming for. Everything you learn over the workshop will be easy to apply on any photo walk back home or during your travels. Each day you will get a small photo assignment from me, and at the end of the workshop I will give you a constructive critique of a selection of you photos.
May 9th-12th, 2019
The workshop begins on the 9th at 4 PM and ends on the 12th at 4 PM. We begin each workshop day at 10 AM and round it up at around 5-6 PM. On the first night, Thursday May 9th, we enjoy a festive welcome dinner together in the evening, and on Saturday 11th, we gather around the dining table for a lovely farewell dinner.
3 days of hygge-exploration, sweet and savory tastings, cobbled street strolling, delicious meals, canal tour, insider’s tours, visits to local shops, bakeries, delicacies, cafés and restaurants, classes in travel and lifestyle photography and cooking Danishly.
People from all walks of life is welcome.
Space is limited to 8 attendees.
HOW TO GET THERE:
The nearest major airport is Copenhagen airport, about 15 minutes to the center of Copenhagen by taxi/train.
PRICE & ACCOMODATION:
Prices listed are per person
Accommodation is not included, however, you can add it when checking out with three, four or five nights accommodation. In case you prefer to find your own perfect place to stay during your visit, just ask me for suggestions, and I will be happy to email you a few recommendations.
If you book with accommodation you will be staying in a lovely single superior room at one of my favorite hotels in Copenhagen called ‘Babette’. Babette is located in historical Copenhagen, close to major attractions such as the Royal Palace and the Little Mermaid. Luxurious simplicity, happy hostmanship, an unpretentious atmosphere and uncompromising sustainability are the hotel’s guiding stars. A really delicious breakfast can be added on arrival to the hotel - however, we do meet for coffee and a simple workshop breakfast each morning.
The workshop fee can be paid in two installments. To only pay a 50% deposit now, use the code 2INSTALLMENTS at check out. Feel free to pay in full if you would like. Otherwise the second payment will be due 6 weeks before the retreat-start. Contact us here if you need any help or guidance.
WELCOME LETTER, AND WORKBOOK
A couple of weeks prior to the workshop you will receive a welcome letter with more practical information, a list of participants and a detailed itinerary. I will also include a tailormade workbook filled with inspiration and a few simple exercises about travel photography and storytelling, so that we kick off your learning journey already before we meet up in Copenhagen. After the workshop I will follow up with another workbook with tips and tricks, recommendations, links and a final small exercise, that will help you take new exciting steps to up your visual storytelling.
SECRET FACEBOOK GROUP
Two weeks before we kick off the workshop, I will also invite you to become a member of a private 'THE ART OF HYGGE' Facebook group. Here I will share some insider’s tips to Copenhagen, and upload links, recommendations, and advice, I share with you during the workshop. You can use this online forum to introduce yourself to the other participants, ask for each other’s advice and/or feedback on your work, or perhaps coordinate to meet already before the workshop begins, if you are lucky enough to have a few more days in Copenhagen.
I encourage participants to shoot with gear that they are very familiar with. A pair of comfortable walking shoes is also important as we will be walking for quite a lot.
Early registration is strongly suggested since there are limited spaces available.
* 2 x workbooks with info, tips and tricks, recommendations and a few simple exercises
* Meet & Greet with bubbles and nibbles
* 3 x morning coffee/tea and Danish pastries
* 3 x lunches - either in the workshop apartment or at cafées
* A guided canal tour
* A hands-on cooking class
* 1 x welcome dinner + 1 glas of wine
* 1 x farewell dinner + 1 glas of wine
* Daily classes, talks and exercises on hygge, Danish food and lifestyle + photography
* Visits to local bakeries, delicacy shops & tastings
* Transportation within Copenhagen for all group excursions
* The unique opportunity to meet and connect with a group of like-minded creatives from all over the world
* A welcome gift on arrival
Not included: In case you choose to book the retreat without accommodation, this is obviously not included. Transportation costs (flight/train ticket) to and from the workshop destination, taxes & baggage fees. Travel insurance (highly recommended). Dinner on Friday night. Meals/items/ activities bought when you're not with the group.
Sif Orellana is a Danish six time award-winning cookbook author, publisher, educator and freelance photographer specialising in food, travel and lifestyle photography. She works with clients locally and internationally on a variety of editorial and commercial assignments. Her work has been featured in numerous Danish and International magazines and blogs. She is currently working on her new International cookbook ‘My Happy Danish Kitchen’. Sif Orellana is the founder of Sisterhood Retreats, and the co-founder of the healthy, organically based deli, Greenilicious, located in Aarhus.
TERMS & CONDITIONS
Due to logistics, the people involved, the workshop is a non-refundable. So please register only if you know you can attend. However, we would be very happy to 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 workshop 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.
Extra OPTION: book a 1-ON-1
If you would be interested in booking a private 3-hours ‘1-on-1’ on Monday May 13th 10M-1PM or 1PM-4PM after closing the workshop, you can book after first-come-first-served. Special price bought in combination with the workshop €397 (normal price €797).
Please contact me here for bookings.
“I have been full of peace and happiness ever since."
Thank you for an amazing retreat and learning experience.
LOUISE GRANHOF JUHL, DENMARK
“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
“I'm speechless AND so thankful… It was wonderful, eye-opening THREE days for me. You are such a genuine and colorful person, and IT WAS SO generous OF YOU to share your experiences and skill sets with us."
I think that it was really good that I participated in this workshop to open up perspectives and possibilities in this time of transition. Your advice and recommendations are precious to me - they 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
“I am so so looking forward to being surrounded by a this creativity and life once more. And have the chance to talk with you. There is something really special about the atmosphere you create during these retreats and they give fire to all ideas.”
ANNA GILCRIST, VENICE
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
“These days have been just magical! Thank you so much."
MARIA HÄRDNER, SWEDEN
"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