A Travel Photography Retreat with

Beth Ruggiero-York

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Fly into Paris and take the bullet train to the Angouleme train statio, where you will be picked up and taken to the castle.

Thursday, July 14: Arrive at the castle, get settled in and enjoy dinner and an introduction to the 13th century  Marouatte Castle. Meet the owner of the castle and our host, Miles Copeland. 

Friday, July 15: We will begin our first day shooting sunrise on the castle grounds (covering 270 acres). After breakfast, we will travel to the charming town of Brantome with its Benedictine Abbey built in 769 on the River Dronne, medieval and renaissance architecture, and gardens. Return to the castle for dinner followed by a sunset shoot at around 8:38 PM.

Saturday, July 16: After breakfast, we head to the city of Perigueux, the capital of the Dordogne Department. Perigueux is home to the 12th century St. Front Cathedral (a UNESCO site) on the L’Isle River, renaissance-era lanes and alleys, a large outdoor market, and Roman ruins. In the afternoon, we will return to the castle for a classroom session. Shoot sunset and Blue Hour at the castle.

Sunday, July 17: Shoot sunrise on the castle grounds before heading out to the ruins of the medieval Abbaye Notre Dame de la Boschaud and then to the extraordinary cave system of Grotte de Villars.  After dinner, we will photograph the full moon rising over the castle.

Monday, July 18Travel to La Tour-Blanche, an ancient village on the River Dronne, with castle ruins, French gardens, and beautiful vistas and its surrounding countryside and ancient villages in the north of Dordogne.

Tuesday, July 19Shoot sunrise from a hilltop at Montegrieroverlooking the valley before going back to the castle for breakfast. Free day to explore the massive castle and grounds. After dinner, we will photograph the castle bathed in moonlight, the best light painting there is!

Wednesday, July 20: We’ll head to the town of Riberac to photograph the busy Friday market, the largest in the region, and the town. Lunch in town followed by shooting in the surrounding countryside. Afternoon critique session to evaluate your photos from the week. After dinner, we will photograph at the river on the castle’s property.

Thursday, July 21Breakfast at the castle before the workshop ends.

See more about the castle at:

The workshop includes:

• 7 nights lodging at the castle;

• All transportation while at the castle, including pickup and drop off at the train station in town;

• All meals (at the castle except for some lunches in the towns we will be visiting);

• Beverages, including local wine from the Bergerac region and beer;

• Photography instruction.

The workshop does not include:

• International airfare;

• Train fare for the bullet train to and from Paris;

• Personal expenses.

Cancellation Policy: 

My workshops are small groups of photographers. Because of the small size, I need to ensure that each seat is filled. After the initial deposit of $1,500, the balance is due 60 days prior to the workshop, May 1, 2022.

If you cancel more than 90 days before the workshop, you will receive a full refund.

If you cancel less than 90 days before the workshop,  I will hold the deposit amount unless I am able to fill your seat in the workshop. If the seat is not filled, the deposit will be forfeited. Refunds cannot be granted due to weather or any other circumstances out of our control such as changes in travel arrngements or flights. For this reason,I highly recommend that you purchase a travel insurance policy. 

Please contact Beth directly to sign up


Cell: (508) 241-4412

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