We are very happy to announce two international acclaimed ladies who will be at the helm of our 5-day retreat, in June 10-14 2019, in the heart of the Cyclades islands:
Béatrice Peltre – food writer, stylist and photographer and Cliodhna Prendergast – food writer, photographer, chef and co-founder of
“lens and larder”!
In Saffron Gatherers there is nothing that gives us more happiness than designing such special curated workshops – marrying talented creative’s style, the Greek lifestyle and Greek food.
ABOUT THIS RETREAT
Antiparos+Paros: Take the best of both worlds
Spend 5 days in the heart of the Cyclades, the most famous group of islands in the Aegean Sea.
Join us at Another Island Antiparos, a lovingly restored old estate with a windmill, nestled at the top of Agios Georgios hill, overlooking Despotiko – an uninhabited island – and the entire Southern Aegean archipelago.
The estate is completed with a beautiful stone loggia kitchen, where we’ll be cooking + shooting and is equipped with all the modern luxuries in a simple island style. It is also equipped with an outdoor old wood-oven where our Greek chef will cook some of our meals and with many tranquil terraces where we can relax, dine in the evenings and take in the wonderful sunset.
Walk along vague paths through wild lavender and caper bushes, surrounded by the arid landscape of the island with the whitewashed chapels and the dazzling light.
Wander the fortress-like villages whose cobbled alleyways, once meant to confuse invaders, are now home to shops, galleries, bars and restaurants.
Taste local specialties and seafood in beachside taverns; enjoy the renowned Greek olive oil, wine, cheese and yogurt, local vegetables, traditional desserts and fruits.
Learn the fundamentals of food photography (adjusting camera settings and their effects on the image, manipulation of natural lighting and post processing), essential tricks about food styling and plating and tips about the business side of food photography.
This is a great opportunity to build your portfolio with gorgeous imagery and connect with like-minded creatives while experiencing the unique atmosphere of summer in the Greek islands.
Antiparos lies dreamily offshore from the larger island of Paros. It is a small, quiet island with tonnes of bougainvillea flowers, long stretches of sandy beaches and a peaceful village where old men sit beneath ancient oak trees playing backgammon. Calm and tranquil, with a spirit of authenticity, tiny Antiparos is a veritable paradise!
As soon as the ferry from Paros docks, you feel a distinct slowing down in the pace of things.
Being an ideal retreat, Antiparos is a refuge for low-key cosmopolites, a “secret getaway” for those who don’t like to be disturbed: Euro royalty, Hollywood stars and A-list rock stars holiday here. Oh, and Tom Hanks has a house on the island too!
During our days on Antiparos, we’ll take a boat trip to the uninhabited islet of Despotiko to visit its Ancient Sanctuary and listen its history by a professional tour guide, to swim to one of its amazing beaches and taste sea urchins right from the sea.
Despotiko island, although uninhabited, is filled with archaeological treasures of priceless worth and great importance as archaeologists seek to shed light on the nature, scale and function of this – once sacred island – elevating it, to “Other Delos”.
Paros has a bit of everything you would expect from an island in the Cyclades archipelago: whitewashed villages, blue-domed churches, golden beaches, fishing harbours overlooked by taverna tables, plus lively bars and cafés and a vibrant local cuisine.
The island has never been entirely dependent on tourism and somehow has managed to preserve some integrity, many of its natural charms and the local spirit in a way that other islands have not.
So, our visit wouldn’t be completed without a visit to the must-see villages of Paros to walk through their lovely narrow streets and taste the amazing local cuisine made with the fresh, seasonal, small scale produce of the island.
Paros has also a long history.
It has been a steady supplier of the precious Parian stone(fine marble). The transparent, white marble was carved by the greatest sculptors of antiquity with the statues of the Nike of Samothrace and the Venus de Milo ( Paris’ Louvre Museum), serving as the most famous examples.
“Whenever I return to Paros I notice, as if for the first time, how in the rosy satin dusk everything is electrified by the white candescence of the sinking Mediterranean sun; I watch the town’s domed churches, Frankish castles and Venetian palaces gild in the late-afternoon light. The island burns on like a piece of Murano glass.”
The truth is that these two isles have been drawing writers and artists seeking escape for centuries: from the early 19th century with Lord Byron, to 1958 with Truman Capote and today with Platon – the famous photographer who returned to his father’s homeland to rediscover the meaning of photography and possibly the meaning of life.
(You can watch his journey documented to Netflix, Abstract: The Art of Design, Season1:Episode7, Platon:Photography at Netflix Official Site)
In Antiparos is also held annually The Antiparos International Photo Festival. Often described as the world’s smallest international photography festival, what truly sets the AIPF apart from other festivals is not just its size but the fact that it’s one of the few festivals to take place in the open air since the photographs are exhibited outdoors, on the walls of the 15th century Kastro.
Along with all of our workshop material, we’ll also go on a visit to Yria Ceramics to learn about the regional process of making ceramics.
Monique Mailloux and Stelios Gikas, an artist couple, begun many years ago what would become their life’s work – designing and producing handcrafted pottery intended for everyday use. Over the years they have conceived and produced an enormous number of different shapes and designs, many of which are based on historical sources including pre-classical, Byzantine and folk models.
Today, STUDIO YRIA (ceramics & interiors) is a tradition on the island of Paros.
THIS RETREAT INCLUDES
EXCLUDED: Airfare to Athens, Greece; ferry tickets from the port of Piraeus to the island of Paros and from Paros to Piraeus; airfare from Athens to Paros and from Paros to Athens; travel insurance (highly recommended as there will be no refunds for travel changes); extras. This visual & culinary adventure is limited to 10 guests.
*Rooms are based on single occupancy except one (every room has a double bed except one which has two single beds). Lowest rates will be available for a limited number of rooms until exhaustion.
There will be no refunds for this retreat due to the logistics involved and upfront costs of these events. See FAQ for details. Please make sure you can make it before completing your registration. Travel insurance is highly recommended.
Béatrice Peltre is the food writer, stylist and photographer behind the award-winning food blog La Tartine Gourmande and two best-selling books : La Tartine Gourmande: Recipes for an Inspired Life (2012 Roost Books) published also in French by Parfum d’encre in May 2018 and My French Family Table (2016Roost Books).
Cliodhna Prendergast is an avid gatherer of wild food, a writer and food photographer for the Sunday Times (Ireland) and other publications, a professional chef in many great Irish kitchens and is the producer and host of Breaking Eggs, thirty beautifully filmed programmes to encourage parents to cook with their children. She is also, the co-founder along with Imen McDonnell of @Lensandlarder retreats at Connemara Ireland, which are a unique learning experience focusing on cooking, food writing and photography.
Béatrice was born and raised in a small rural village in northeastern France, in a family in which food and its traditions played an essential role. This background has given her a deep respect for beautiful organic homemade food. Her style is largely inspired by her motherland, France, and her adventures abroad, from Denmark to New Zealand. Her work has appeared in such places as the Martha Stewart Show, Saveur, the New York Times, the Washington Post, Fine Cooking, Bon Appétit, Clean Eating, Mindful, Oprah Magazine, Whole Living, the Huffington Post, the Wall Street Journal, and the Boston Globe, as well as in other international and online publications and books. She lives in Boston with her husband, Philip, her daughter, Lulu, and her son, Rémy. For Béa “to cook is to delight in the best of what life has to offer – the people and places we love”. Her work introduces us to a world where flavors are collected as souvenirs and shared as heirlooms; the dishes she creates are expressions of her joie de vivre.
Cliodhna Prendergast has been roaming the fields and forests in the wilds of Connemara on the west coast of Ireland since her parents opened a country house hotel there when she was five. She grew up in a bustling kitchen and, by the age of 7, she was making all the ice cream for hotel guests. She says that without realizing it, her future was sealed then and she “never really left the food life behind.”
After studying arts in University, Cliodhna worked as a trained chef and then she spent eleven years as the head chef at the stunning Delphi Lodge, when there was named best chef in Connaught by Food and Wine Magazine.
The respect of local, wildly sourced and fresh food, along with its preparation, had always been an important part of her life, and she wanted to pass along that love to her three children. So, she left Delphi Lodge and started producing her Breaking Eggs series of short films, which encouraged parents to develop their children’s interest in cooking, foraging and food sourcing.
As the co-founder along with Imen McDonnell of “Lens and Larder retreats”, she collaborates with world-class photographers, stylists and writers.
Cliodhna, has spent many Summer vacations in Paros + Antiparos, so she will share with us some of her favourite tips!
Another Island Antiparos is a collection of five uniquely restored homes at the top of Agios Georgios hill, overlooking Despotiko island and the entire Southern Aegean archipelago.
The daytime views and the sunset are breathtaking and the night sky, free from light pollution, coupled with complete silence is amazing.
Facing south, is protected from the prevailing northerly wind, even on days when it is windy on the rest of Antiparos.
Simplicity becomes the new luxury in Another Island’s raw, untainted outdoors and in its functional designed indoors with the superior comfort.
The inviting modern island style, overlooking the sea, allows you to immerse yourself in the unique atmosphere of the Greek Summer!
Every morning our breakfast will be prepared by our Chef, with fresh Greek products, offering all the necessary treats for you to start your day, feeling full of energy while enjoying the view of the sea, sparkling in the sunlight.
During the glorious sunset we will enjoy gourmet dinners served under the stars, accompanied by the sound of silence.
Our Chef will take you on a unique gastronomic journey through creative Greek cuisine with local, seasonal products.
The hotel is austere in an elegant way; a relaxing and simple uphill retreat perfectly in tune with the island’s simple beauty.
RETREAT DAY #1: ARRIVAL AT ANOTHER ISLAND ANTIPAROS
We will welcome you at Parikia, the port of Paros or at the Paros airport and drive you to our hotel.
Arrival at Another Island and room allocation. Welcome drinks and dinner made by our Greek chef to get to know each other and feel the aura of the place.
For information regarding travel arrangements see below at the end of the description of the retreat. More information will be sent to you after registration as well.
RETREAT DAY #2: FOOD PHOTOGRAPHY & STYLING SESSION – 1
THE BUSINESS SIDE OF FOOD PHOTOGRAPHY SESSION – 1, GREEK LIFESTYLE PHOTOGRAPHY SESSION
BREAKFAST AT THE HOTEL
This morning we begin with our first hands on photography, styling & plating session, in our hotel. We will have a variety of surfaces, props and fabrics at our disposal and many raw ingredients to learn how to transform a simple dish to a real beauty!
LUNCH AT THE HOTEL
After lunch we can rest for a while and then we will continue our learning sessions with the business side of food photography. Later on, we will drive to Punda (the small port of Antiparos), take the 5 min ferry to Paros and visit the beautiful Naoussa , where we will walk in the alleys among the chalk-white houses and shops enjoying a Greek lifestyle photography session. The light at sunset is unique so we will be there to capture the elusive golden hour when the light is red-orange and soft -a brief window of time elsewhere, but long in Greece.
DINNER AT A RESTAURANT IN NAOUSSA PAROS
RETREAT DAY #3: FOOD PHOTOGRAPHY & STYLING SESSION – 2
THE BUSINESS SIDE OF FOOD PHOTOGRAPHY SESSION – 2
BREAKFAST AT THE HOTEL
In the morning we continue our styling & photography session going deeper into the core of food styling & photography.
LUNCH AT THE HOTEL
After lunch we can rest for a while and then we will continue our learning sessions with the business side of food photography. Later on, we will drive again to Punda (the small port of Antiparos), take the 5 min ferry to Paros and visit YRIA CERAMICS, to learn about the regional process of making ceramics on the island of Paros.
The golden hour will find us at the beautiful village of Lefkes where we will walk in the alleys enjoying another Greek lifestyle photography session.
DINNER AT A RESTAURANT IN LEFKES VILLAGE, PAROS
RETREAT DAY #4: BOAT TRIP TO DESPOTIKO UNINHABITED ISLAND
FOOD PHOTOGRAPHY AT THE BEACH
POST PROCESSING, REVIEW AND FEEDBACK SESSION
& DINNER AT THE HOTEL
BREAKFAST AT THE HOTEL
After breakfast we will go to a boat trip to the uninhabited island of Despotiko where a professional tour guide will tell us the history of the archaeological treasures of the island. Then we will enjoy the crystal clear waters of a secluded beach of the island and taste sea urchins right from the sea.
LUNCH AT A SEASIDE FISH RESTAURANT
We will return by the boat to Antiparos and enjoy a “long lunch” to the seaside fish tavern which is located down hill of our hotel. You haven’t lived the Greek life, and certainly not had a full summer experience, until you’ve partaken in the “long lunch”. This whole afternoon is ideal to stay in your swimsuits and feel the freedom of Greek life by the seaside.
In the evening our tutors will give you a hands-on training on how to best process your images and have a review and critique session. You will also have solo time with Béatrice + Cliodhna to address any individual questions you may have. There will also be an opportunity for you to present an image or question to the group for group feedback and insight.
DINNER AT THE HOTEL
When dinner is served, we will feast and raise our glasses to good food and good health as a seal of our new friendship.
RETREAT DAY #5: FAREWELL BREAKFAST
This morning after a good, soulful breakfast you pack your bags and we will drive you to the port or at the airport of Paros.
You will leave feeling de-stressed, re-energized and inspired to dive into new adventures.
NB: this is a prospective itinerary. It is subject to modest modifications, dependent on local weather, new opportunities and the preferences of the group.
Athens International Airport “Eleftherios Venizelos” is serviced by many international and domestic airlines.
ATHENS – PAROS – ATHENS
By air: the new Paros airport was opened in 2016 and while it is still small, it allows enough flights per day. Direct flights from Athens take less than 30′ and are currently run by two airlines, Aegean Airlines and SkyExpress.
By ferry: fast, frequent and efficient ferry services Athens to Paros run year-round (5h trip or 2h50m trip with a high speed ferry) connecting Paros to the port of Piraeus.
The Athens International Airport “Eleftherios Venizelos” is approximately 45 km/27.96 miles from the port of Piraeus (50 minutes by taxi). Blue Star Ferries and Hellenic Seaways run services from the port of Piraeus (Athens’ main port), and SeaJets and Golden Star Ferries from the port of Rafina. For a comprehensive search of ferry schedules to and from Paros, click here.
It is also easy to get to reach many Aegean islands from Paros by ferry (e.g. Mykonos, Santorini, Naxos, Patmos).
At the Paros port (Parikia) or at the Paros airport we will welcome you and drive to the port of Pounda, about 10-15 minutes away to take the 5 min ferry to Antiparos. (Crossing from Pounda to Antiparos: ferries generally run every 30 minutes throughout the day.)
More information regarding travel arrangements will be sent to you after registration.
Antiparos + Paros have a wonderful climate with marvelous summers, beautiful sunshine, and cool, refreshing northeastern winds (called “meltemia” in Greek), but in June the weather is even better. The wind is gentle, the light is softer and the atmosphere is pleasant and calm. The average maximum temperature in June is 26°C/79°F and the average minimum one is 19°C/66°F .
So, you should take your swimsuit with you to enjoy the lovely beaches, summer clothes and a few light cardigans or a jacket to wear at night.
Athens is an excellent punctuation at the end of the trip! If you prefer to stay the weekend after the retreat to Athens, we can recommend a central apartment to make a reservation. Saffron Gatherers could also continue to be your guide in Athens during the weekend. There are a lot of things to do in Athens. You may visit the Parthenon and the Acropolis Museum, wander through Plaka, Syntagma, Thissio, Monastiraki -the historical center of Athens- or take a Square Walking Tour with a professional guide, while at the end of the day you can enjoy your dinner in an open-air restaurant.
This could be the perfect opportunity for you to visit Greece and the Cyclades as well. Hop on a boat and visit more islands; ask us for advice on what to do on other islands or other regions of Greece or which hotel to choose.