Photography workshop in Burgundy

JUN 14 - 18 2019


“For the third time, I will be gathering a team of 5 teachers, 12 participants and 7 facilitators in my childhood home in Burgundy. My idea is to allow any keen creatives to get really close to their image-crafting peers, in tiny groups, and create a solid portfolio of unique images and a tight network of creative friends.”

What is it?  A Photography and filmmaking workshop
Where? In my childhood home in Burgundy
When? June 14th – 18th 2019
How much? from 3190€
12 spots (only 1 left)


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  • This retreat will be 5 days and 4 nights

  • We have 5 expert teachers

  • Hosted in Burgundy, 2h from Paris

  • It is 1 photography, 1 filmmaking and 1 flower arrangement workshop, all-in-one.

  • Classes are given is small groups of 4


Trip Itinerary


over 5 days – 4 nights

DAY 1 – Friday 14 June 2019

12.33pm –  Train at Paris – Bercy – Get off at Joigny station at 1.46pm.

Upon arrival –  Bus pick-up from Joigny Station to the property.

2.30pm – 3.30pm  – Arrivals & Welcome afternoon tea.

3.30pm – 4.00pm – Introductions in the main house.

4.00pm – 6.30pm – Assisted by the teachers, I will launch the retreat by explaining photography basics including camera gear, manual shooting and the magic triangle of aperture, ISO and shutter speed to get the correct exposure.
Then we will go on a tour of the house and the garden.

6.30pm onwards – Time to settle in before a typical French apéritif and a “Table Spectaculaire” welcome dinner in the Barn.

*to be advised closer to the date


DAY 2 – Saturday 15 June 2019

8.00am – 8.45am  –  Breakfast in the main house.

9.00am – Departure for the local market.

9.30am – 11.30am – Free time at the market. Meeting point at the bus stop.

12.30pm – 2.00pm – Lunch in the main house.

2.00pm – 6.00pm – 3 groups of 4 people will attend one of these workshops for 4 hours. Groups will rotate and attend each of the 4 workshops during the retreat.

> Xanthe will initiate you on the fundamentals of film-making which include: gear & music, different shooting angles, then slow-motion, time-lapse, how to shoot and edit them.
> Laurence will take you on a shooting tour of the property, hunting for the best spot to take dreamy portrait of her model. She’s teach you how to direct a model and make the most of different scenes or backdrops
> Abbie is going to give teach you how to take the perfectly lit and balanced photos in a given weather and environment. You’ll go around the house and the park one an editorial-style assignment.

6.00pm – 7.00pm – Time to rest with a local wine dégustation for apéritif, before our dress-up party. Bring your best Little Black Dress. Souvenir photo of our little group.


DAY 3 – Sunday 16 June 2019

8.00am – Breakfast in the main house

9.00am  – 3 rotating groups of 4 people will attend a 4 hour workshop they didn’t attend the day before.

> Laurence, Abbie, and Xanthe will change students once again.

1.00pm – 2.00pm – Lunch

2.00pm – 6.30pm – Departure for the a “Mystery Tour”. You will visit exceptional locations which you would never be able to access without my Mum!! Amazing opportunities for French flair photos…. but shhhhhh…..

6.30pm – 7.00pm – Time to rest during an apéritif with local cider, wine and beer dégustation followed by a French Candle Light Dinner on the lawn (weather permitting).


DAY 4 – Monday 17 June 2019

8.00am – 8.45am – Breakfast in the main house.

9.00am  – 1.00pm  – 3 rotating groups of 4 people will attend each workshop they didn’t attend the day before.

> Laurence, Abbie, and Xanthe will change students once again.

1.00pm – 2.30pm – Lunch in the main house.

2.30pm – 6.30pm – Flower Styling and flower arrangement masterclass with Sarah.

6.30pm – 7.30pm – Time to rest before our now traditional apéritif and a Spectacular Dinner among the flower creations made by the students.


DAY 5 – Tuesday 18 June 2019

8.00am – 8.45am – Breakfast in the main house.

9.00am  – 1.00pm – {QUESTION TIME} Each teacher will answer your questions about shooting, editing, styling, business, social media and whatever comes to your mind.

1.00pm – 2.00pm – Good Bye Lunch

2.00pm – 3.00pm – {CREATIVE TIME} Each teacher will be available to answer your questions, organise an impromptu photo shoot. Come around and see their process. Ask all the questions you want. Post Production questions (Lightroom and Video editing Software) are welcome.

3.00pm – 4.00pm – Xanthe will demonstrate how to create a stop motion mini-movie.

4.00pm – 5.00pm – Time to pack

5.10pm – Bus to Joigny station

6.12pm - 7.24pm – Train to Paris

*to be advised closer to the date

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Important notes to prepare for your trip

  • Transport from Joigny station is included. The departure and arrival time for the shuttle will be given to you closer to the date, by email.

  • Rooms and bathrooms are shared.

  • Sheets, towels, shampoo and soap are provided.

  • Food and drinks are provided for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner. Drinks include wine for apéritif and dinner. We want you to have a clear mind for the afternoon sessions ;)

  • If you have any allergies (food or other) let me know just after booking. We will do our best to accommodate dietary requirements and this will mean a careful preparation, so we need to know as early as possible. The food will be traditional French countryside cuisine with lots of vegetables and fruits.

  • June in Burgundy can be very Summery or very cold. The average temperatures are around 22°C maximum and 12°C minimum. It can be sunny or wet. Mid-season clothes with one or two jumpers and a warm vest/coat will be perfect. Boots or “mud-shoes” could be a good idea to wander around the garden and the woods.

  • There are only 12 spots available.



You will find more photos of the place on my Mum Marie’s Instagram @marie_s_garden and on my Instagram feed and Instagram stories very soon
Feel free to spread the love by sharing this article with our hashtag #francewiththefloshow and by tagging me


Due to the involved logistics, no cancellations or refunds will be possible unless you find someone to replace you. Please make sure you can make it before booking. We also strongly encourage you to have travel insurance to cover the retreat in the event of strikes, natural disasters, health problems, and other unforeseen events.

Terms and conditions


The program can be subject to variations depending mainly on the weather. But don’t worry, there will always be a great plan B as exciting as plan A but sheltered :)
In the event that a teacher is not able to attend, we will offer an alternative course of equal standard and quality.

I met like minded ladies from all corners of the globe who have become life long friends and are always encouraging and interested my next step of creativity.
— Shelagh Macartney, @houseatwindsor

The Place

One hour and forty minutes South of Paris, in the wine making region of Burgundy, my childhood home is the perfect backdrop for a beauty chasing retreat.

Nestled amongst the woods, in a very rural area of France, the house is surrounded by an old farm and its 3 buildings.



Anyone who loves travelling and is interested in photography & filmmaking: bloggers, stylists, photographers, or aspiring to be; creatives of all types; people who want to spend a few days amongst like-minded folks in the unique Burgundy Spring light. Beginners are most welcome, we will give you a solid basis to start. And for pros, we have a lineup of incredible talents to help you grow. It’s the ideal opportunity for you to build up or refresh a portfolio, add video to your palette of skills, learn how to understand how to better follow an editorial brief and style typical French scenes with our super talented stylists.

Flora, our model last year, showing us how it’s done!

Flora, our model last year, showing us how it’s done!

What will we shoot

The 5 days will be packed with activities and interesting scenes. We will visit a typical French Market and we’ll go on a “Mystery Tour”. The rest of the time, the house, inside and outside, its veggie patch, its forest, its farm and its orchards will be a huge playground for our little group.



We have designed this program to be the perfect balance between learning sessions, relaxed visits, delicious meals, free time and networking opportunities.

The market visit and the “Mystery Tour” will be the perfect occasion to shoot or simply enjoy a nice French slice of life.


The teachers

Click through to learn more about our incredible teachers.

Abbie Mellé

AUSTRALIAN photographer

Passionate about the countryside, Abbie will walk you through her unique approach to photography and light.

She has a very feminine touch and a hawk eye for the perfect frame.

Get to know Abbie ↠

Xanthe Berkeley

British photographer and filmmaker

Our favourite filmmaking guru will teach you “How to create a dreamy mini-movie”. You will be able to apply this knowledge to your business and also your daily life.

Get to know Xanthe ↠

Laurence Revol


Taking photos of people is a challenge. Laurence will share her techniques and tricks to shoot beautiful and meaningful portraits playing “graphically” with light.

She’ll come with her model and teach you how to direct and shoot.

Get to know Laurence ↠

Sarah Diligent


Award winning florist, Sarah will be styling our tables, and teaching the art of gracious flower arrangements. You will be able to ask her for help when styling your photos anytime.

Get to know Sarah ↠

Behind-the-scenes Team

Sophie Bellard, head cook

Sophie Bellard, head cook

For the forth time, Sophie will be our head cook. Sophie is an über-talented London based French recipe developer. The blog she created with her two sisters is a mine of incredibly beautiful and more importantly tasty recipes. She will bring to our little adventure her right hand and British cake expert Julia Rumsey.

Together they will use and enhance the very simple and fresh ingredients found at the local food market and Dad’s veggie patch.

Getting to know her: |  @sistersjunction

Margo Swavinska - works at the EU and will be our facilitator

Margo Swavinska - works at the EU and will be our facilitator

Margo is a brainiac with a master in English literature and incredible organisational skills. In her home town of Warsaw (Poland) she used to organise massive events with thousands of people. No need to say that she was not scared by our little 24 people group during last year’s Burgundy workshop.

She’ll be your guardian angel, the girl you can go see if you have any house keeping and technical questions.

Getting to know her:


Lucia Braham, stylist

Lucia Braham, stylist

Lucia is the ultimate “slashy”. She works as a stylist for the most prestigious clients and top magazines. She’s also an accomplished interior and lifestyle photographer. And when she has a bit of time, she hops on her Harley, to discover every little corner of Australia.

She’ll be styling our daily scenes and giving you a hand to create the most spectacular images.

Getting to know her: | @lucia.b.creative

Julia Rumsey (left) is Sophie’s right hand in the kitchen.

Julia Rumsey (left) is Sophie’s right hand in the kitchen.

Julia has worked for many years in the kitchen of a beautiful little café attached to an eminent British property. She creates incredible cakes (her gluten free orange cake is a must try) and café food with a twist.

She will be Sophie’s right hand for the third time and I can’t wait to see her lovely smile and witness her experiments with wierd French cheeses ;)

Getting to know her:




3190 Euros for 5 days and 4 nights, shared room (2 people max per room) all meals, drinks, bus transport, all activity, classes and accommodation included.
3490 Euros for a single room with bathroom (1 single left).

The method of payment is:

1 deposit of 500 AUD (Australian Dollars) and the rest to be paid in Euros by BANK TRANSFER as soon as you can and before April 1st 2019 (2870 euros left to transfer for DOUBLE rooms and 3170 euros for SINGLE rooms ).

For the bank details contact me.

To pay in more than these 2 instalments, please contact me.

IMPORTANT: this year no spot will be locked-in without a deposit.


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