In May, Helen Grose will be back at The Mad Musher leading the second annual Women’s Weekend in Algonquin Photography Workshop! 

This three-day, two-night workshop is designed exclusively for women of all ages and skill levels who are interested in nature and wildlife photography. It’s a chance to spend some time together in nature in a fun and relaxed environment, learning tips and techniques to improve your photography.
We have reserved the entire lower level of riverside rooms, as well as the back room upstairs to give workshop participants the space and privacy needed to feel comfortable asking questions, sharing information and being immersed in learning. The workshop will consist of some classroom learning to start, in-field instruction and "back of camera" critique, and, of course, lots of time exploring Algonquin Park with your cameras. You'll be photographing both landscapes and wildlife.

Workshop Dates:
Starts 3 p.m. on Friday, May 3, 2019
Ends 12 noon on Sunday, May 5, 2019

 Early May is the perfect time to brush off the winter cobwebs and get outside before the black flies and mosquitoes emerge. It’s also a great time to see moose before the cows set off to their calving spots.

 What’s covered?

Friday, May 3 – dinner and accommodations at The Mad Musher
Saturday, May 4 – breakfast, lunch, dinner & accommodations at The Mad Musher
Sunday, May 5 – brunch at The Mad Musher
May 3 – May 5 – guiding & photography instruction ~ nature, landscapes & wildlife* at The Mad Musher & in and around Algonquin Provincial Park

Park permits will be provided for use while on the workshop.

 What's not included:
You are responsible for your own transportation (carpooling is required for our outings in the park), gas, photography gear, appropriate clothing, snacks, drinks (and alcoholic drinks at meal times) and anything required for your personal comfort.

 A full list of suggested gear and personal items will be provided with an itinerary after your deposit has been received.
All participants will be required to sign a waiver.


$700 + HST per person for shared accommodation

 Single Supplement & Rooming Description:
The single supplement is an additional $100 with limited availability.

 We have 4 private bedrooms with 2 shared bathrooms, and a full communal kitchen. Each room accommodates at least 2 people. Two rooms have one double bed each, one room has two sets of bunk beds, and the fourth room has a double bed and a bunk. As the workshop maximum is 6 participants, 2 bedrooms will be double occupancy (offering ground level beds to both occupants), and 2 bedrooms will be single occupancy. Single occupancy is first come, first served. For double occupancy, you may share with a friend or family member, or be paired with another workshop participant. In the event you opt to be placed in a shared room with another workshop participant and we are unable to fill the space, you will be charged the single supplement. Please inform us at the time of booking with whom you plan to share.

 Payment Policy:

 50% deposit based on single supplement required at time of booking to reserve your spot. 
Balance due upon arrival. If you share a room, you'll see the $100 discount on your final invoice.

 Cancellation Policy:
60 days or more prior to workshop, cancellation fee is $250+HST 
31-59 days prior to workshop, cancellation fee is $350+HST 
30 days or less prior to workshop, cancellation fee is $800+HST

 What can you expect during the workshop?
The workshop will start with a bit of in-class learning - approximately 2-3 hours - covering some photography basics (it never hurts to brush up!), as well as settings specific to landscapes and wildlife. There are also a few more advanced areas Helen covers, as she believes they're important components often overlooked, yet critical to your success. And, she'll cover the workshop rules, safety & ethics. After that, you'll head into the park with our cameras. You can also expect:

 A fair amount of driving - it takes about an hour to get from one end of the park to the other.

Long days - leaving 30-60 minutes before sunrise and likely eating dinner after sunset.

Eating breakfast and sometimes lunch on the go, and dinner at The Mad Musher Restaurant.

Photographing the sunrise, sunset, landscapes & wildlife - whatever Mother Nature presents! We plan for landscape opportunities and "hope" for wildlife, hitting some wildlife hot spots and doing a bit of animal tracking. 

A short afternoon break (free-time to rest, refresh, review, or explore on your own).

Hiking anywhere from 5-10km/day on flat, well-worn trails with some obstacles (roots, rocks etc.), and a short, steep hike to a lookout for sunset.

In-field instruction and back-of-camera critique.

A great group of like-minded people who will probably become fast friends!

A mix of photography skill levels.

Amazing food, simple accommodations.

Adventure rain, snow, or shine!