Isle of Harris Creative Photography retreat

Sept 11th-18th , 2024




A bespoke retreat on the beautiful Isle of Harris for creatives and photographers during the most beautiful time of year on the Hebrides. Switch off and take time to replenish and focus on your creativity.

This retreat will help you focus on your own creativity in the best way for you individually. We will be facilitating photography trips and teaching creative techniques such as smart phone photography, ICM and long exposures. But equally, you can spend the trips to locations sketching or writing if you wish. We will also have the opportunity to wild swim in the clear water if you choose. 

We have comfortable self-catering accommodation by the water’s edge, with plenty of walks and views from just outside the accommodation. Every room has en-suite facilities, and we will share home-cooked dinners and simple self-serve breakfasts and lunches.

6 participants, led by Margaret Soraya and Lesley Lintott

INCLUDED: Accommodation, pick up from Stornoway or Tarbert, food , outdoor led trips, inspirational sessions. Boat trip to remote island  (TBC  (Weather dependent)

EXCLUDED: travel to Harris, camera insurance, alcohol

Creativity is oxygen to the soul

Cornish creative retreat with photographer Margaret Soraya in St Ives.

This could be for you if:

  • you would like to recharge surrounded by the ocean and immersed in creativity 
  • you want to consider more creative options in your photography 
  • you want to learn more about long exposure photography 
  • you are looking for inspiration
  • you just want some time out in a beautiful place with like-minded people

Your leaders

Margaret Soraya

Isle of Harris photographer Margaret Soraya holding a camera and standing on the beach. Margaret offers one to one tuition and creative mentoring.

Margaret specialises in encouraging and inspiring others in a genuine way. She teaches others to find their voice and live in line with their core values.

She has a deep love of creativity, the coast, and quiet places and a belief in retreat to revitalise and replenish.

Living on Harris she has a special love and connection with the Island. She knows best where to find those special places on the Isle of Harris that will give you that special quiet connection that you need. 



Lesley Lintott

St Ives creative retreat leader Lesley Lintott

 Lesley is an artist and educator. Specialising in creating impressionistic and abstract work using her smartphone or mixed-media sketching.

Having previously worked as a vet and then a person-centred counsellor she is now enjoying sharing her love for nature and being creative in a way that supports and inspires others.

"Let your mind and heart rest for a while. the world will not stop spinning, but you will catch up” Cynthia Go


                     A taste of what’s on offer

This will be a relaxed retreat where you will have plenty of time to make the most of your time on this beautiful, wild island. Our accommodation is on the water’s edge with seals, birds, and sheep for neighbours. You will be immersed in nature and creative inspiration from dawn to dusk. Plenty of outdoor trips will be available, all completely optional and gentle in their nature. From long stretches of beautiful beaches to the rocky shoreline of the Bays, seals, birdlife and flowers, the opportunities are fabulous in September. You can choose to photograph, sketch, read, walk or simply be. 

There will also be options for wild dipping if you choose! A great time for calm, beautiful clear waters.

There will be no rushing around from place to place and plenty of downtime between trips out. Margaret and Lesley believe that everyone has creative potential and will gently encourage you to find your own creative voice. There is also the option to simply retreat and find your own quiet space to be creative and rest. 

The pool at Una St Ives in Cornwall - part of the facilities for our creative retreat.
Una lido in St Ives at dusk.
St Ives creative retreat accommodation - Creative Landscapes.
The pool at Una St Ives in Cornwall - part of the facilities for our creative retreat.
Uist landscape photography
St Ives creative retreat accommodation - Creative Landscapes.



AIRPORT: Fly into Stornoway Airport

FERRY: Catch the ferry from Uig ( Skye ) to Tarbert ( Harris ) or Ullapool to Stornoway