Photography & Yoga in Harrogate

Photography & Yoga
From Snapshots to Great Shots

Harrogate, North Yorkshire
30 June- 2 July, 2023

With professional photographer, Jane Burkinshaw
& yoga with Lou Moore

A REJUVENATING & CREATIVE ESCAPE

Take time out just for you & learn how to capture beautiful photographs and to reconnect with your body with calming yoga classes.

Yoga and photography are ideal partners: As yoga gently stretches your body and calms your mind you become more receptive to learning new creative skills. Photography is the perfect way to make us take life more slowly and appreciate what surrounds us.

‘The content was spot on!’

‘I went as I wanted to improve my photography skills. I love the way Jane teaches and I want to increase my knowledge. A fun weekend that I would love to do again.’
Tina, Photography & Yoga weekend.

Good for: Anyone wanting to improve their photography skills – with any type of camera or smartphone  – and combine it with gentle yoga classes. Beginners and non-beginners are welcome for both activities.

Not ideal for: Very experienced photographers, unless you simply enjoy the company of other photographers and the opportunity to relax, grab some nice shots and do some yoga.

See photos from previous weekends here and what people say here.

WHAT’S ON OFFER

The Photography
If you want to move beyond snapshots and create images that really connect with people then you will love these sessions!

Great images are the ones that tell a story and where you are moved to feel something. They make you laugh, feel joy, feel awe, feel hungry and so on.

The viewer feels like the photographer felt when they took the picture and knows exactly what they wanted to communicate. This is a photography skill that drives and fascinates Jane. And the good news it doesn’t require expensive cameras and lenses.

You see the story and capture it, not the equipment you’re using.

You’re not expecting to be Annie Leibovitz or Richard Avedon by the end of the weekend, but you will feel more confident in taking better photographs, whatever equipment you’re using.

 Here’s an idea of what will be covered:

  • Basic smartphone and camera skills.
  • How to tell stories and create emotions in your photographs.
  • Why are you taking the photograph and what do you want to say.
  • How to use light, colour, composition and editing to communicate your story.
  • Learning to pay attention and to see differently.
  • How to edit your image to strengthen the message.

On this weekend the workshops will be suitable for complete beginners or people who would like build their knowledge and confidence.

There will be opportunity to attend classroom sessions and practical outdoor lessons (weather dependent) for smartphone and camera users.

The aim is to enable you to capture a wide variety of types of images, from people and animals, plants and landscapes, indoor and outdoor shots. 

By the end of the weekend you should be able to use your smartphone and / or camera confidently enough to take great images on holiday, at home, in the daytime and at night.

The Yoga
Lou teaches easeful and restful yoga, providing space to unwind and relax your mind and body.

‘Lou has the quality of making it about YOU as a participant and not about her (as leader). I feel relaxed by her calm persona and kind voice. She’s also very in tune.’
Sarah, Harrogate.

The yoga sessions will be suitable for beginners and regular practitioners alike.

Remember, everything is optional, and you choose whether you’d like to attend a session or not.

It’s your weekend 😉

Yoga class

See what was said about recent weekends here.

OUR INSTRUCTORS

Photography
Jane Burkinshaw is a powerhouse of enthusiasm and knowledge – you’ll absolutely love learning and experimenting with her!

Jane is a professional photographer who runs a wide variety of photography workshops for beginners and more experienced photographers, alongside other photographic work.

You can learn more about Jane and read her blogs here: https://www.loveyourlens.co.uk

Yoga
Yoga found Lou at a time when she needed to slow down, and has been teaching for over 15 years now.

Is Lou bendy and zen-like? Not all of the time!

But she has an inherent desire to nourish and nurture, and will provide a calming space to gather and rest in her sessions.

LOCATION

Harrogate is an historic spa town and a lovely place to spend a weekend, with a reputation for relaxing breaks to nurture your mind, body and soul.

The town centre is surrounded by 200 acres of open greenery, giving it a unique feeling of space. Among some of the famous attractions are its’ stunning Turkish Baths, as well as Bettys Tea Rooms – a draw for miles around.

Turkish Baths, Massage & Treatments

We’re a gentle 10 minute walk from the Turkish Baths, where you can enjoy a very unique experience. They also offer a range of services & packages. 

Restaurants

There’s a wide array of fabulous places to eat out to suit every pocket & taste, if that’s what you’d like to do on Saturday night, all a short 10 mins walk away. We’ll send out suggestions & recommendations nearer the time.

OUR HOTEL

This delightful family-run hotel in the heart of Harrogate describes itself as The Small Hotel with the Big Welcome, and good service and warmth certainly flow from it the moment you walk through the door.


It’s perfectly situated with everything Harrogate has to offer just a short 10 minute walk away. It’s welcoming with modern amenities and plenty of space to relax and unwind. 

SUITABILITY

Photography workshops: Suitable for complete beginners or people who’d like to build their knowledge and confidence, whether using any type of camera or smartphone.

Yoga: Lou offers alternatives throughout her classes making them suitable for most people whatever your level of fitness and experience.

If you’ve any questions about suitability or you’d like to bring a partner or friend who doesn’t wish to take part in the sessions, contact us using the form below to discuss possibilities.

Everyone is welcome, and we’re very friendly. Come alone or bring a friend.

BEDROOMS

Being a period building, each bedroom is unique with its own individual charm.

With comfy beds, modern bathrooms and handmade soft furnishings, they each have an en-suite bathroom; free WiFi, a television, hairdryer, telephone and hospitality tray with tea & coffee making facilities.

Choose a single, twin or double room.

MEALS

You can decide nearer the time whether to join us for evening meals, where we can unwind and chat after after the sessions.

On both mornings there is plenty to choose from, including an ‘outstanding’ full Yorkshire breakfast cooked to order.

TIMINGS

Check-in is from 3pm and there will be yoga and photography sessions starting on Friday. Throughout the weekend there will be free time to absorb & practise what you are learning, and sessions continue until Sunday lunchtime.

If you’d like a sample itinery, please message us using the form at the bottom of the page. The exact schedule will be finalised closer to the time.

TRANSPORT & PARKING

There is free parking available if you intend to come by car. If arriving by public transport, the nearest train station is Harrogate (via Leeds) then a 10 minute walk or a 5 minute taxi to our hotel. 

WHAT’S INCLUDED

✅ An en-suite room of your choice for 2 nights in a cosy & welcoming hotel

✅ All sessions with professional photographer, Jane Burkinshaw

✅ Yoga with experienced teacher, Lou Moore

✅ A delicious full Yorkshire breakfast cooked to order and a buffet selection

✅ Free parking at the hotel

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED

  • Meals on Friday & Saturday evening
  • Transport to and from the venue
  • Lunch on the Saturday

PRICES

If it says ‘NONE CURRENTLY AVAILABLE‘ after a specific room type, please contact us to go on the waiting list in case there is a last minute cancellation.

For 2 people sharing:
Twin / Double ensuite: £519 pp

For 1 person:
Single ensuite: £519 pp) NONE CURRENTLY AVAILABLE

Double ensuite for single occupancy: £595 pp


Prices are based on full occupancy of the room chosen.

See photos from previous weekends here and what people say here 

DEPOSITS, PAYMENTS & REFUNDS

A non-refundable deposit of £50 is the minimum required to secure your place.

The deposit can be made either via bank transfer or the button below with Paypal or a credit/debit card.

PLEASE NOTE: You do not need a PayPal account to pay the deposit. When you click on the PayPal button, it offers you the choice of logging into your PayPal account or to pay using a debit/credit card.

You are welcome to make monthly payments until the outstanding balance is due – email to arrange it.

Full payment is to be paid by bank transfer and is due by 29 April 2023 at the latest.

If you prefer to pay the balance by debit/credit card it will be subject to a booking fee.

By booking you are accepting our terms & conditions.
Please read our T&Cs including refund policy here.  


Paying Deposit by Bank Transfer

Please use the form below to tell us which event you’d like to book, the type of room you prefer and the number of people you are booking for.

Once we receive your request we’ll reply confirming whether there is availability of your choice, and then we’ll reserve the rooms for 24 hours. As soon as payment is received we will confirm your booking.

If you’ve any questions or would like to arrange a call, please contact us below or email info@simply-escape.co.uk

By the end of the weekend

 You’ll leave on Sunday feeling refreshed, and have:

✅ Increased confidence & skills in your photography

✅ Discovered a whole host of tips and skills to take great shots

✅ Enjoyed a much-needed break in a welcoming & stylish family-run hotel

✅ Reconnected with your body with nourishing yoga & melted away built-up tension  

✅ Had lots of laughs with like-minded people

Everyone is welcome. Come alone or bring a friend

If you’ve any questions or would like to save your spot,  drop us a line using the form below and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.  

This date doesn’t work for you? Sign up to hear when details of the next Photography weekend are released. 😊

‘Now I am much more confident about photography with my smartphone and can’t wait to show other people how to get the most use from their phones and to start taking/editing many more photos.’ Diane, The Peak District.