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Photography Weekend Getaway Retreat | Fun-damentals and More!

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  • Bridgewater Retreat

    26 Retreat Road, R.R. #3, Tweed, ON (map)

    44.545444 -77.325478

  • Just south of Highway 7, off Highway 37 (45 minutes north of Belleville, or 1 hour east of Peterborough)
  • Price: CAD95.00 /per person

    Refund policy


    Hidden among the trees alongside the beautiful Skootamata River, among over 6 acres of nature at it's finest, sits charming and rustic Bridgewater Retreat*. Among the towering rock cliffs overlooking the rapids, is a haven that's a well kept secret visited by a select group of artists and spiritual seekers. Even the Dalia Lama's “Right-Hand Man” and his monks have enjoyed a stay here!

    Originally built over 50 years ago as an artists' retreat, Bridgewater boasts a lovingly restored 1850's Riverfront Log Home and 1820's Log Lodge, plus 2 large studios and 16 charming private cedar cabins, where you'll relax and recharge on your weekend wellness getaway! 

    *For more information on Bridgewater Retreat check out 


    The Photography Weekend Getaway Retreat is specially designed for you to relax, shoot to your heart's (and eye's) content while roaming around this beautiful property. You'll also be treated to entertaining and educational workshops and 2 Portfolio Building Photoshoots, including an extra special night time light painting session with a beautiful model.

    This retreat is a great way to take lots of pictures, relax in beautiful surroundings, and build your skills in the workshops and activities planned throughout the weekend. 


    The Photography Weekend Getaway Retreat is for a wide variety of photographers, whether you're a beginner or have lots of experience. Ian McIntosh, who will be facilitating all the sessions, is a skilled photographer and workshop leader who loves to share his knowledge and expertise with those who are just learning or those who want expert tips to create better images. 

    Bridgewater Retreat has many great shooting opportunities for many styles of photography, including Landscape and Nature, Fine Art, Macro, Floral, Still Life, Architectural, and more. We'll even be able to set up a food photography area for those who want to capture images of the gastronomic delights presented by our team of epicurean experts.


    • Your camera, lenses, lighting and other photography related gear

    • Freshly formatted memory cards

    • Charged batteries 

    • Laptop or portable memory storage filters

    • Tripod

    • Something on which to take notes (if you want to keep notes ;-)

    • Sheets & towels (the retreat has comforters, pillows and pillow cases)

    • Creativity, Inspiration and a Desire to have fun and relax

    Attn Sony Owners! Bring a hot shoe adapter so that you can properly trigger the strobes. If you have any questions, please get in touch with us directly and we'll do everything we can to get you up and running.

    You're also invited to take part in activities offered by the Weekend Wellness Getaway - Yoga, Meditation and More, which is also at Bridgewater on the weekend.

    You can sample several different styles of practice, including Gentle & Restorative Yoga, Yin Yoga, and Flow Yoga, and receive expert meditation instruction too. This is a great opportunity for couples and friends to share a weekend getaway that includes everyone's interests!

    For more information on the Weekend Wellness Getaway check out


    We'll feed your creativity and  your body, providing all meals and snacks while you enjoy your time. Savour our inspired menu with vegetarian and gluten free options, including an hors d'oeuvres reception, delicious breakfast and lunch buffets available at your leisure, casual gourmet dinners, an extra special s'mores bar by the bonfire, and a sensational Sunday brunch! 

    Accommodations include cozy cabins with 2 single beds and a 2 piece washroom (shower facilities are centrally located among the cabins). Rooms include a mini fridge, heat and fans, and pillows and blankets are provided. All you need to bring is your sheets and towels. For a small additional cost, a limited number of room upgrades are available, including single cabins, and rooms with double beds- contact us for details . 

    Guests are also invited to make use of the walking trails, beach, swimming area, dock, kayak, canoe and pedal boat. Bridgewater is also renowned for star-gazing, fishing, birdwatching and more! All this will combine to create a unique experience, accented by the crystal clear water of the river, warm summer breezes, birdsong, and the sweet scent of the cedar forest. 

    Reserve your Photography Weekend Retreat now for only $395.00** all inclusive! 

    *Bridgewater Retreat is located in Tweed, ON, east of Peterborough and north of Belleville- easily accessed by a scenic drive along Hwy 7. Please let us know if you're available to make carpooling arrangements with other participants from your area. 

    **A $95 deposit per person is due upon reservation- Balance is due Aug 1st. The Retreat fee is 100% refundable until Aug 1st. Sorry, no refunds after then. Spaces are fully transferable up to the time of departure without penalty. We will contact you towards the end of July to make arrangements to pay your balance.

    RETREAT TIMETABLE AND ACTIVITY DESCRIPTIONS (Yoga Retreat activities are in italics. You are most welcome to join any of the classes)


    • 4:00 pm: Arrival, Tour & Room Assignment

    • 5:00 pm: Gentle and Restorative Yoga

    • 6:30 pm: Hors d'oeuvres Reception & Meet the Teacher

    • 7:00 pm: Dinner

    • 8:30 pm:  Essentials of Seeing ~ Form & Focus in Composition (beginner's workshop)

    • 8:00 pm: Sunset, Blue Hour and Night Photo Session (if you don't need the basics)

    • 9:30 pm: Bonfire and Sing-along


    • 6:00 am: Sunrise Photography (for the early risers... Sunrise is at 6:14 AM)

    • 7:30 am: Morning Meditation

    • 7:30 am: Continental Breakfast begins

    • 8:30 am: Rise and Shine Yoga

    • 9:30 am: Portfolio Builder Photo Session with Model

    • 12:30 pm: Lunch Buffet begins

    • 2:00 pm: Creative Vision Workshop – Using Extended Techniques with Your Camera

    • 4:00 pm:  Open Photography 

     4:00 PM:  Vinyasa Flow Yoga

    • 6:30 pm:  Dinner

    • 8:30 pm:  Light Painting Photo Session with Model

    • 8:30 pm: Yin Yoga

    • 10:30 pm: Bonfire & Gourmet S'mores Bar


    • 6:00 am: Sunrise Photography (for the early risers... sunrise is at 6:14 AM)

    • 7:30 am: Morning Meditation Instruction and Practice

    • 8:30 am:  Open Photography

    • 8:30 am: Morning Flow Yoga

    • 10:30 am: Brunch Begins

    • 11:00 am: Room Check-out

    • 12:00 PM: Looking Closely – Macro and Texture Photography for Beginning & Advanced Photographers

    • 2:00 pm: Departure


    Essentials of Seeing focuses on the basics of photography. You'll learn about the essentials of form and composition in photography (as well as other visual art forms).  You'll also learn about your camera's functions- Aperture, Shutter Speed and ISO- so you can to take better pictures. This workshop is for beginners or those who want a refresher on photography basics.

    Creative Vision. Tap your inner artist to go beyond taking pictures of what's immediately visible in the world around you. Learn how you can use extended techniques, such as long exposures, Intentional Camera Movement (ICM), zooming, free-lensing, and more, to add creative elements to your photography. You'll also explore the use of found glass (provided at the workshop) to add creative effects to your images.

    Portfolio Builder Photo Session with Model... In this 3 hour session you will have the opportunity to shoot with a model in an outdoor session that will feature the beautiful surroundings of the Bridgewater Retreat. The modelling session includes several looks with wardrobe changes. In the event of rain, the sessions will be held indoors in the studio and 19th Century lodge.

    Light Painting with Model... Utilizing the techniques that you've learned in preceding workshops, especially the Creative Vision Workshop, you'll work with our model to create stunning images with light painting. Through extended techniques, such as long exposures, utilizing glass pieces and other light sources, these images will add a unique look to your portfolio.

    Looking Closely - Macro and Texture Photography... In this session, you'll get up close and personal with the world around you. Taking advantage of the unique shooting opportunities at Bridgewater Retreat- the beautiful gardens, many varieties of trees, caves and rock faces, mosses, insects, and more- you'll learn macro photography techniques that will allow you to capture tiny details like never before. While it's not necessary to have a specific macro lens, it is recommended. We'll also explore texture photography. You'll learn how to create images that are specifically designed to use as backgrounds and base layers that you can add to your images using editing software, such as Photoshop and GIMP.

    Open Photography Sessions leave you free to explore Bridgewater Retreat and the surrounding area with your camera.  Ian will be available to answer questions about techniques and creative photography, and you'll also opportunity to share ideas and information with the other photographers as you build your skills.


    Ian McIntosh is passionate about photography. He started at a very early age, taking shots with his father's twin lens reflex camera. He developed a love for the darkroom quite early on, spending numerous hours learning how to use the enlarger and chemicals to create black and white images. Once digital editing was introduced, Ian moved to editing on the computer. Always interested in stretching the boundaries of his art, whether in music (his first profession) or in photography, Ian approaches the art form with a keen sense of exploration. He loves creating fine art images based on light, music, and the world around him, and loves sharing his knowledge with others.

    Yoga Retreat leader, local and international teacher Joanne Lougheed, has been teaching in studios and resorts for over 13 years. The wide range of experience gained through almost 40 years of mindfulness practice and study makes her the expert that will help you discover how yoga can benefit your body. Joanne believes yoga is for everybody, so you're sure find the style that's just right to help you relax and recharge while you're here.

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  • Barbara

    Hi Ian, this sounds interesting. I just got to it now and see RSVP's are closed. Has it been cancelled? Or full? Kindly let me know if It's going ahead & of course if there is a place for me. If so, I have some questions and diet restrictions.
    Can we chat? I'm at[masked]-8107. Look fwd to your reply. Thanks. Barbara

    July 30, 2014


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Refunds offered if:

  • the Meetup is cancelled
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Additional notes: $95 deposit per person upon reservation- Balance due Aug 1 Fee is 100% refundable until Aug 1. Sorry, no refunds after Aug 1 Spaces are fully transferable up to the time of departure without penalty. We will remind you in July to pay your balance

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