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29th May - 1st June 2020, Lorne Victoria

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Refocus Retreat - For women in the business of photography

You can still remember the first photo you took.

The shutter clicked, and something awoke deep inside. There was no thought of composition, lighting or focus – just a feeling like your soul had stretched out its wings, ready to fly. Though you couldn’t quite put your finger on it, you knew – could feel – that true photography is more than a way to preserve memories. Every photograph pulses with a life of its own; there is a kind of magic imbedded in each masterful image that connects hearts, generations and worlds.

Refocus Retreat invites you to recharge your creativity and rediscover the passion that first set you on your photographic journey.  Set in the picturesque countryside of the Macedon Ranges,  you will find rest for body and soul at this one of a kind photography conference; a sisterhood of talented and professional female photographers from all walks of life; and a wealth of expert advice and mentoring. Let the gorgeous natural surrounds spark a renewed sense of connection with the earth while you connect with the beautiful women you are sojourning with. Discover gems of wisdom that will help you take your photography business to the next level – we have all bases covered, from workshops and keynote speakers to nature walks and candid conversations.

After the farewell hugs and that last glass of champagne, you will leave with a renewed sense of clarity and focus that will breathe new life and inspiration into your work. And more than that, you will leave with new friendships and industry connections that will continue to invigorate your creative and professional endeavours well beyond the Refocus Retreat.

Hands On Workshops

Get inspired and up your skill set, with an amazing selection of hands on workshops at this one of a kind photography conference! Don't forget your camera!

Inspiring Presentations

Sit back and absorb amazing presentations and keynotes, from experienced contemporary female photographers designed to inspire you to the next level.

Relax and Recharge

With lots of optional activities and pampering provided, such as Mini Massages, Morning Landscape walks, Social activities, Group Mentoring and more! Helps you relax and recharge!

Fantastic Venue

Winter Beaches and The Great Ocean Rd, Mantra @ Lorne is our 2020 venue!

Lorne, Victoria, Australia

Lorne, Great Ocean Road Lorne is located a leisurely two hour drive from Melbourne along the Great Ocean Road. A quiet and charming seaside town, Lorne has been popular with Victorians as an ideal holiday destination for years. The main strip of Lorne, Mountjoy Parade, is lined with street cafes and pretty boutique stores creating a warm ambience in the town and giving it a Mediterranean feel. The foreshore of Lorne is wide, extending from the cafe strip down to the white sandy patrolled beach areas. The two kilometre stretch of beach at Lorne, perfect for swimming in the warmer months, is bordered by lawn, gum trees and picnic and barbecue areas. Lorne has a mild climate year round and is an adventure playground for travellers. Explore the Great Ocean Road, which is recognised as one of the world's most scenic drives, all the way down to the 12 Apostles, another world renowned feature of the area. Explore nearby Otway National Park and the Erskine Falls.

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Mantra Lorne

The only beachfront property in Lorne, Mantra Lorne offers wonderful accommodation in one of Australia's most sought after destinations, the Great Ocean Road. Built around the oldest guesthouse in Victoria, Mantra Lorne is now a part of the rich history of Lorne and the surrounding region. With the beachfront location and the 12 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens that surround the resort, Mantra Lorne is the ideal setting boasts the title of largest residential conference destination in Victoria. Providing numerous guest facilities, as well as being in an area full of off-site adventures, Mantra Lorne accommodation caters to the needs of everyone, making it the perfect holiday destination for families, friends, couples or business people. Relax by the indoor heated mineral pool, have a hit of tennis or explore the Great Ocean Road for which Lorne is famed for. Offering resort, hotel, one and two bedroom apartments, an onsite restaurant and endota Day Spa you're sure to be pleased, whatever your intended stay.

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Comfortable Twin share or Single accommodation

Choose shared accommodation and we'll partner you up with a room buddy ( or request a friend!) Or easily choose a single room when booking. All accommodation includes wi fi access, bedding ( single bed for twin share, queen or king for own room), TV, desk & ensuite.

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