An energising, intensive and fun creative retreat in France: produce a short film or your own magazine-style photo shoot

You can enjoy this creative adventure in the magnificent surroundings of Château de Clérac, which will be your own French country home near Bordeaux.

Seek inspiration in over twenty acres of private woodlands, relax by the pool or, as the night draws in, curl up to make your edits with a glass of wine by the huge open fireplace .

This Active Retreat is an unique experience for creatively-minded adults this summer: the perfect blend of learning and leisure.

At a glance

Dates: 13-19 July 2016

Location: Château de Clérac, near Bordeaux, France

Course fee: £1200 (£900 for Form Seven members)

Programme highlights: produce your own short film or magazine-style photo shoot with world class tutors

What's included: tuition, en-suite accommodation, food, alcoholic and soft drinks, airport transfers


with Bruce Smith

  • Produce your own magazine-style photo shoot in your chosen genre
  • Learn how to capture the perfect image from a world-renowned commercial photographer 
  • Experiment with analogue film photography

Bruce Smith has been photographing professionally for over thirty years. His bridalwear clients have included Margaret Lee, Lyn Ashworth and Eleni Costi; he has shot on locations including Tobago and the Arctic for fashion brands including Charnos, Lapel, Silhouette, Miss Kini and Panache.



with Natalie Kavanagh and Andy Horner

  • Concept, write, film and edit your own short film
  • Learn how to grade your film and use post-production techniques to achieve greater impact
  • Work with renowned commercial film directors to bring your ideas to life

Natalie Kavanagh is a director, scriptwriter and teacher. She began her film career on the James Bond franchise and has is currently working on a science fiction film called "Seeacher". 

Andy Horner is in demand as a cinematographer and director for leading London advertising agencies. He has recently shot advertising for Oykos, Strongbow and Jordans.

Château de Clérac: your private country home in France

Château de Clérac is a stunning Napoleonic house deep in the countryside north of Bordeaux.

En-suite accommodation

You will stay in recently restored en-suite bedrooms. There are plenty of nooks and crannies to read, listen to music or simply relax with a drink all around the château.

Delicious dining

Dining is central to the Delicious Retreat. Lunch will be an informal affair – a buffet, served in the garden if you prefer. Dinner, naturally, will be altogether grander: the table will be in the long hall, with delicious courses and wines. Your choice of breakfast will be available the following morning for those mercifully unaffected by the previous night's excesses. We can accommodate any dietary requirements, provided that we know when you place your booking.

The château is your home to enjoy during the course: feel free to bring extra drinks or snacks (although there will be no shortage of food). There is most definitely no corkage charge.

Beautiful private grounds

Your can roam over 20 acres of private gardens and woodlands, including a refreshing swimming pool overlooking the hills. Clérac village is about five minutes' walk from the front gates, where you can find a bar, shop and local heritage attractions.