About Helen E. Grose - Your Guide & Instructor!

Helen is a professional photographer who lives on a farm in Muskoka an hour away from the west gate of Algonquin. She has been going to Algonquin Park for years and has experienced some incredible moments with many of the park's famous residents - moose, foxes, wolves, bears and beavers. She will take you to some of her favourite places and provide you with information that will help increase your chances of finding and photographing wildlife, safely and ethically.

Helen's images have been published around the globe and she's often been described as an animal whisperer. Currently, Helen teaches nature and landscape photography at Georgian College and prides herself on using simple, easy to understand language.

Workshop Dates:
Starts 3 p.m. on Friday, May 3, 2019
Ends 3 p.m. 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 included?

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 by professional photographer, Helen E. Grose ~ 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 (you will be carpooling during your outings in the park), fuel, photography gear, appropriate clothing, snacks, drinks (alcoholic drinks during meals, and drinks outside of meal times) and anything required for your personal comfort.

A full list of suggested gear and personal items will be provided with a loose itinerary after your deposit has been received.

All participants will be required to sign a waiver. Please also note that Helen will be sending you a brief questionnaire to get to know you better.

$700 + HST per person for shared accommodation

Single Supplement & Rooming Description:
The single supplement is an additional $100 with limited availability.
The Mad Musher has 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 (either two individuals or one couple sharing - 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.The single supplement booking option will be removed when both single occupancy rooms are filled.

Payment Policy:
50% deposit required at time of booking to reserve your spot. All deposits are based on single supplement with the balance reflecting shared or single occupancy.

Balance due upon arrival.

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 starts with a bit of in-class learning - approximately 2-3 hours - with Helen E. Grose in our private back room. Helen will cover 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 lunch, you'll head into the park with your cameras. You can also expect:

  1. A fair amount of driving between photo opportunities
  2. Long days - sunrise to sunset! That means leaving 30-60 minutes before sunrise.
  3. Eating breakfast on the go, returning to The Musher for lunch, likely eating dinner after sunset
  4. Photographing the sunrise, sunset, landscapes & wildlife - whatever Mother Nature presents! 
  5. A short afternoon break (free-time to rest, refresh, review, or explore on your own)
  6. 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
  7. In-field instruction and back-of-camera critique
  8. A great group of like-minded people who will probably become fast friends!
  9. A mix of photography skill levels
  10. Amazing food, simple accommodations
  11. Adventure rain, snow, or shine!

In May, Helen E. Grose will be back at The Mad Musher leading the 2nd Annual Women's Weekend in Algonquin Photography Workshop!

This three-day, two-night workshop is designed exclusively for women who are interested in nature & wildlife photography. All ages and skill levels are welcome! 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 our 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 to explore Algonquin Park with your cameras. You'll be photographing both landscapes & wildlife.



Shared accommodation.

During this weekend, Helen will also touch on ethics in wildlife photography, as it's an important part of any authentic encounter. While every effort is made to find wildlife to photograph, there are many factors outside her control and, therefore, no guarantees are made. 

 Space is limited to 6 participants, so reserve your spot today for this amazing photography workshop!​