Smoke | Fire | Feast

03 Aug 2016


I am pleased as punch to announce our September Lens & Larder retreat. Join Gentl & Hyers in creating a convivial visual narrative through indigenous Irish ingredients and local makers while staying at the very charming 400 year-old Cloughjordan House in bucolic County Tipperary, Ireland.

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This retreat will have a strong focus on elements of fire, smoke, and the preservation of traditional skills, including a lesson in wood-fired sourdough baking, and a visit to an award-winning local farmhouse cheesemaker. We will learn to cook with fire and smoke using produce from the walled garden on the estate and meat provisions from the abattoir of a renowned Tipperary master craft butcher.

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Each student will have one-on-one opportunities to explore the topics they’re interested in, whether that is learning to use a camera, post-processing, styling, visual storytelling, social media, career building, or simply finding your own creative voice. Lens & Larder retreats are meant to foster a sensitive creative learning environment in which we can respond to each of our guests individual needs.

Included:  3 nights accommodation, 1 welcome drinks reception with dinner, 3 full Irish breakfasts; 2 lunches; 2 evening meals including wine and cocktails; all food with a focus on locally sourced, artisan ingredients (vegetarian options will be catered for).

Excluded: Travel to Ireland and transportation to Cloughjordan House; Travel insurance; Extras

Cost: EUR €2200 per person.  An 80% non-refundable deposit will be required to secure your spot. Final 20% Payment will be due upon arrival at Cloughjordan House.

Due to timing logistics, there will be absolutely no refunds for this workshop. Please make sure you can attend before securing a space for the retreat. We strongly recommend that you to take travel insurance. Owning an SLR camera is preferable.


Andrea Gentl and Martin Hyers are renowned freelance photographers living and working in New York City and Delaware County, New York. They have collaborated for over twenty years as the photo team of Gentl and Hyers, shooting still life, travel, food, lifestyle and interiors. They are regular contributors to Bon Appétit, Martha Stewart Living, Real Simple, InStyle Magazine, Condé Nast Traveler and more. They also work with cookbook authors, recently photographing  Buvette: The Pleasure of Good Food by Jody Williams and the Julia Turshen’s forthcoming, The Small Victories Cookbook, Chronicle 2016.  They are on a constant quest to reexamine their personal style and to embrace change through personal experience. They are most inspired by travel. They build on the experiences they gain through that form of photography. A few years ago, Andrea started the blog, Hungry Ghost Food and Travel, to expand on those experiences and to focus on personal projects and collaborations. Through her blog she has gained a following in the photography and food community. She and Martin have traveled extensively around the world and they are delighted to once again bring their combined experience to our workshop to Ireland.

What some of our participants have to say about Lens & Larder retreats….

“Lens and Larder is a cut above all the rest and sets the bar for how to properly look after a group of eager creatives. Starting with their breathtaking surroundings, they know how to let nature do most of the inspiring. Then there is their deep knowledge and appreciation of the culinary world which is half the foundation of food styling and photography. The other half is professional experience and they bring in the best people in the business to share their secrets and inspire you first hand. I would take this workshop again and again and again (as many people do!).” – Claire Ptak, Violet Bakery, London, and author + stylist of the award-winning cookery book, The Violet Bakery Cookbook. @violetcakes

“Always held at truly unique and inspiring locations, Imen and Cliodhna, host with such warmth and attention to detail, creative learning retreats with incredible teachers from all over the world. Having both been a teacher at one retreat, and attended one as a participant, I wouldn’t hesitate to do both all over again. On both occasions, I left not only with new knowledge gained, but felt completely rejuvenated, inspired to the brim. What they have been able to create in Lens and Larder is truly unique, and in a sea of current creative retreats, theirs stand out as one of a kind powerhouse of learning and creativity, with a generous amount of heart and soul.” -Marte Marie Forsberg @marte_marie_forsberg

“I attended a Lens & Larder’s workshop last November, taught by Gentl & Hyers, and had an incredible experience. Cliodhna & Imen were fabulous, generous hosts who went above and beyond to ensure we all had a great time. I learned a lot and came home with not only pictures I love but a group of awesome friends. I hope to attend another one of their workshops soon!” -Joann Pai @sliceofpai

Slan Abhaile,
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2 Responses to “Smoke | Fire | Feast”

  1. Miranda says:

    Oh boy, wish I could make it, but i’s a loooong way to Tipperary… couldn’t resist the joke, sorry. Sounds dreamy, Ireland is one of the few places I wish I could visit and live in for a while…

  2. Donna Shaw says:

    I can’t think of a more wonderful trip and experience than that.

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