Established 1988

2017 GTCCC Fall Retreat – October 13-14, 2017

Welcome to our second annual fall retreat. This year, we are holding it at the fabulous Taboo Muskoka Resort near Gravenhurst on October 13, 14, 15th. This coincides with their famous Cranberry Festival which will present other photographic opportunities besides the fall colours in Ontario’s north.

Our line up activities include a Raptor Portrait shoot on site, Keynotes speakers with Ariel Estulin on Astro Photography and Andrew Collett on Landscape Photography with both keynotes leading hands-on sessions out in the field. We will also have breakout sessions on Lightroom and Photoshop with Leif Petersen and Bharat Mistry. There will be free time built in for you to explore Gravenhurst and Bala for their Cranberry Festival activities. You will also get a chance to explore the natural wonders and wildlife in and around the Taboo property on their hiking trails. All non-motorized watersports are also included for you to enjoy the area in canoes and kayaks.

We are also counting on Henry’s and Amplis onsite Saturday and Sunday to provide some bonus content!

Please Note: Final day for Registration will be Friday September 29th, Midnight.


  • Full Weekend Friday-Sunday Shared Double Room …………. $515
  • Full Weekend Friday-Sunday Single Room………………………… $566.50
  • Full Day Saturday Only…………………………………………………….. $206
  • Post Retreat Birds in Flight option ……………………………………. $72.10

Your Full weekend option includes:

  • Friday and Saturday Night accommodations (shared or single)
  • All meals on Saturday (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
  • Meals on Sunday (Breakfast, Lunch)
  • All activities as outline in the itinerary
  • Taxes and Gratuities

Your (Saturday Only) Day attending option includes:

  • All meals on Saturday (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
  • All activities as outline in the itinerary for Saturday
  • No accommodations – day use only
  • Taxes and Gratuities

The Sunday post retreat option for the Birds in Flight:

  • Optional, but must pre-register
  • Photograph various trained raptors in flight
  • On location at Muskoka Birds of Prey

Weekend Itinerary:


  • Arrive and Check-in any time after 4:00pm
  • Afternoon Social Photo Walk in Gravenhurst
  • Dinner on your own
  • Evening social with Photo Evaluation


  • Private Group Breakfast
  • On-Site Raptor Portrait Shoot with a variety of birds brought in by Muskoka Birds of Prey (this will be a non-flight sessions with birds on perches)
  • Morning Keynote: Andrew Collett on Landscape & Wildlife Photography
  • Private Group Lunch
  • Afternoon Activities (Choice of)
    • Outing with Andrew Collett
    • Portrait Photography with Henrys/Amplis
    • Explore Taboo Muskoka’s Hiking Trails
    • Explore Gravenhurst & Bala
    • Muskoka Brewery Tour and Beer Shoot
  • Afternoon Keynote: Ariel Estulin on Astro Photography
  • Private Group Dinner
  • Evening Activities (Choice of)
    • Outing with Ariel Estulin to Torrence Barrens for Sunset Shoot followed by Astro Photography at Torrence Barrens
    • Muskoka Sunset Shoot
    • Explore & Relax at Taboo Muskoka


  • Private Group Breakfast
  • Morning Activities (Choice of)
    • Lightroom Tips & Tricks with Leif Petersen
    • Photoshop Tips & Tricks with Bharat Mistry
    • Outdoor portraiture with Henry’s
    • Explore Gravenhurst & Bala
  • Room Checkout at 11:00am
  • Private Group Lunch
  • Post Retreat Activity
    • Optional Birds in Flight at Muskoka Birds of Prey (limited spots – please register in advance)

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Important Notes:

  • Space Availability: We have limited rooms blocked for us and are on a first come, first serve basis. (15 Shared rooms, 5 Single room, 20 for Saturday only)
  • All rooms are non-smoking. Shared rooms have 2 queen beds. Single room has one King bed.
  • In order to secure rooms and availability, Payments and/or deposits are non-refundable. If for some reason you are unable to attend, you can substitute another person in your place.
  • If you choose one of the deposit options, the balance of payment will be due August 31st. We will contact you for the balance.
  • The optional Birds in Flight Raptor shoot will take place after lunch and checkout on location at Muskoka Birds of Prey, approx. 30 minutes away.
  • *The Second Person Supplement to Shared Single would apply to 2 people sharing a Single Room/Bed and attending the full weekend. Eg. Husband/wife, Life partner, etc. Cost would be calculated as $566.50+$406.85.

Registration is now closed for this event. Hilites for this retreat will be posted in news and on our social media. 

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