Mindful Landscape Photography Workshop


Feb 27th – 5th March 2021

A mindful landscape photography workshop in Orkney with Paul Sanders and Margaret Soraya. Breathe in the wild seascapes and connect with a quiet, historic land whilst taking time to develop your photography.


4 minute video introducing the beauty of Orkney

Duration: 6 nights / 5 days

Accommodation: Self-catering cottages on the seafront.

Included: Accommodation, all tutoring,
Breakfast, lunch & dinner
All transport during the retreat.

Excluded: Alcoholic Drinks, travel to the island & camera insurance.

Fitness level: Moderate - we will match the pace of locations according to the group.

What to bring - Bring warm, waterproof clothing, cameras and tripods. Tripod, filters, remote shutters, memory cards and a laptop if you can.

Travel Planning - Please do not hesitate to ask if you need journey planning advice. We will arrange to collect you from the agreed meeting location.

Deposit: £250

Cost: £1800

Tutors: Margaret Soraya & Paul Sanders

Orkney Mindful Landscape Photography Workshop

Each day, you’ll head off for a different destination, allowing you time to immerse. You will be guided by Margaret and Paul who are both believers in mindful photography and will gently teach and encourage.

Orkney Mindful Landscape Photography Workshop

Paul Sanders and I have created a mindful Photography Workshop based in Stromness on the Orkney Isles. A chance to slow down, really notice the beauty of the landscape and develop your own vision. We will visit many of the beautiful and historical places on Orkney. From crashing waves and big cliffs to the Standing stones of Stennes. Our base in Stromness means you have the opportunity to meander through the streets at your own leisure as well. The idea behind the workshop is to allow yourself time to create and not to feel rushed. By slowing down, it is possible to develop a mindful photography practice. We are here to facilitate and guide you gently along the way.


Locations will include some of the following:

The tidal island of the Brough of Birsay

Marwick Head RSPB reserve with breathtaking views along the coastline

The Standing Stones of Stenness near neolithic monuments

The Italian Chapel and the Scapa Flow wrecks

The sea stacks, cliffs, and wild seas of Yesnaby

Orkney Mindful Landscape Photography Workshop


We’ve secured a series of 4-star cottages along Stromness harbour, all with access to a pier with beautiful sea views. Every guest will have their own room and there is no single supplement.

All except two rooms have their own bathrooms – en-suite bedrooms will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.


On this very special retreat in Orkney, I have teamed up with Paul Sanders. We both work in an intuitive manner and believe that photography is about how you respond to the landscape. We are equally passionate about encouraging others to grow in understanding and depth in their own work.

We have both overcome significant challenges through landscape photography. We have learnt to live healthy, happy and fulfilled lifestyle through our landscape work. We have come together to create a unique space for a few days on the Outer Hebrides for you to enjoy.


Paul Sanders is passionate about the connection between mindfulness and his landscape work.

“I love being outside, surrounded by the beauty of the world we live in. It never ceases to amaze me. As I watch the storm clouds blow in over the coast, listen to the waves crashing against the rocky shores or watch sunlight stream through trees on a foggy morning. How blessed and lucky we are to have such beauty on our doorsteps”

Paul was appointed as Picture Editor of The Times in 2004.  He left The Times in 2012 to pursue his passion for fine art landscape work. He enjoys sharing his work with others, speaking to camera clubs and societies. Paul also enjoys working alongside others in a workshop environment.

Paul Sanders leading a workshop on the Hebrides with Margaret Soraya


I specialise in photographing some of Scotland’s most remote and wild places. Spending considerable time on the Outer Hebrides and exploring other equally remote areas. I adore the beauty in remote landscapes and being based in the Highlands of Scotland, it is relatively easy for me to get wild and beautiful places.

I have been photographing landscapes for 23 years since relocating to the Highlands of Scotland. My work has been printed widely and I have exhibited at The Bosham Gallery.

In the past 8 years, I have been commissioned to travel to photograph in countries such as Italy, America, Iceland, the Azores, Swaziland and Croatia. However, my main interest always comes back to the beautiful wild landscapes of the North of Scotland and the Scottish Isles.

Margaret Soraya leading a workshop in wild weather