Inspiring Photographic Retreats

I have a passion for photographing our beautiful world that I’d love to share with you. You are warmly invited to come on one of my courses. I hope you’ll leave inspired with your own passion reignited and burning strong. There are a range of sessions suitable to suit your budget and your time. I run them year round and make the most of the beauty of the different seasons. All workshops and retreats are available on weekends and during the week on dates of your choice. Muriwai New Zealand is a beautiful place where you can come and feel refuelled by Nature and inspired to try new ideas to make your photography more creative.

I invite you to look through the options of workshops available and design your own retreat to suit yourself or your small group of photographers. I offer half day courses, full day courses or two day retreats with comfortable accommodation and magnificent views.


Half Day Tour

Group: Min 2 people, Max 4 people – $80 pp. Private one on one – $160

Choose your own focus from a variety of options for a three hour workshop held out at Muriwai Beach.


Full Day Tour

Group: Min 2 people, Max 4 people – $160 pp. Private one on one – $320

Delve deeper in a workshop of your choice for six hours in Muriwai Beach, or on the magnificent cliff top Te Henga walk.


Two Day Retreat

$800pp ($300 non-photographic partner).

Muriwai is such a wonderful place that it really is worth it staying here and experiencing the evening and morning light. Enjoy two full days of photographic activities and workshops tailored to suit your creative needs.


"Having never stayed in a B&B before I wasn’t sure what to expect. Walking into Judy’s home was like entering an art gallery with stunning views. Right from the start I felt warmly welcomed into Judy and Keith’s amazing home. The bedroom and bathroom were large and creatively appointed. The bed was comfortable and I loved browsing the photography books in the bedroom.  Food, both dinner and breakfast, was delicious and my only negative was that Judy wouldn’t let me do any dishes! I really did feel very pampered.  Both Keith and Judy were gracious hosts. When I finally could tear myself away from the view, Muriwai beach was a short trip down the hill. A perfect venue for a photography based weekend." – Debbie Masmart


“I just wanted to say thank you for the very inspirational workshop on impressionist photography. It was very good to see the whole process of creating and editing the images and your beautiful artwork”- Tomek Friedrich


Images from the Muriwai Retreat


Half Day Tours

Group: Min 2 people, Max 4 people – $80 pp.
Private one on one Tour – $160

This 3 hour workshop held out at Muriwai will cover ONE activity from the choices below.

  • Explore Muriwai’s Gannet and Tern colonies and the rocky coast they live on.

  • Experience a 4x4 adventure up the beach and  photograph New Zealand’s Wild West Coast

  • Expand your creative photography through the use of  ICM (Intentional Camera Movement)

  • Continue the magic with Photoshop – new ideas on working with your images after you have taken them.

  • Learn easy techniques to making your own personalised photo book.


Full Day Tours

Group: Min 2 people, Max 4 people – $160 pp
Private one on one tour – $320

Choose your own workshop focus from below to explore during this six hour workshop held out at Muriwai Beach. The day includes a light lunch.

  • Creative Photography through the use of ICM (Intentional Camera Movement) – and how to turn these images into a work of art through the use of Photoshop.

  • Walk the magnificent cliff top Te Henga walk at a leisurely pace with plenty of time to stop for photography.
    (Shuttle back to Muriwai  $50 pp)

  • Learn the basics of ICM photography and then experience a 4x4 beach adventure and photograph New Zealand’s Wild West Coast, utilising your newfound skills.

  • Explore Muriwai’s Gannet colony and the rocky coast they live on – then learn the techniques to putting these photographs together into a creative book.

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Two Day Retreat

2 Day  Retreat – $800pp
($300 non-photographic partner)

Includes two nights accommodation – one double room(garden view) and a second room(sea view) with two singles available.

Muriwai is such a wonderful place that it really is worth staying out here and experiencing the evening and morning light. It is also a wonderful opportunity to take the time to visit our famous, and incredibly close gannet colony (we can even hear the gannets from our deck!) Our home has magnificent views down the 53km Muriwai beach. You have your own private bathroom and tea and coffee making facilities. Two fully cooked breakfasts and two lunches are provided.

Indulge in two full days of photographic activities and workshops tailored to suit your creative needs from the options below.

Times are worked around the changing light and tides.

  • ‘In the Pink!,’ a dawn beach shoot.

  • Exploring the forest – a medium level ramble through Native New Zealand forest enjoying views and Nikau Palm glades.

  • Creativity with ICM – how to lose your inhibitions, break all the rules and fall in love with your camera!

  • Creativity with Photoshop – How to follow through and give your images that extra ‘something special.’

  • Taking time to shoot the ‘Little Lovelies’ life presents us – slowing our minds down and finding the magic around us!

  • ‘Nurturing the Flame’ – how to keep creativity alive (evening session).

  • ‘Why we need to do competitions and how to get the best out of them’ (evening session).

  • Gannet and tern photography – Come and meet my family perched on the rocks!

  • Doggy photography – My dog Toblerone loves to provide you with her modelling services – she is happy to go at full speed down the beach to practice your action photography or patiently wait while you take her portrait!

  • 4x4 beach trip – Get close to nature and her wild side with a trip at low tide.

  • Te Henga walk – Experience the crashing waves and magnificent views from New Zealand’s cliff top walk. A reasonable level of fitness required. (Return shuttle $75)

  • Sunset Beach shoot.



Arrival 6pm - Evening session – Photoshoot or inspirational session.

Day one – Full day activities and evening photoshoot or inspirational evening.

Day two – Full day, finishing at 5pm.


Personalise your stay:

$75 return pick up from Auckland

Optional dinners ($25 pp, BYO beverages.)

Gluten and Dairy free meals available at request.

Please get in touch if you have any questions, to find out more, or to book yourself in.