Join astrophotographers Ian Lauer, Cathrin Machin, and 7 other star sisters on a life changing adventure. Experience breathtaking star filled skies as you are gently guided through lessons that will allow you to capture galaxies and nebulas all by yourself!

Stay in a beautiful private lodge with a personal chef, while you get inspired by skies so dark it feels like you can reach out and touch the stars.

You'll be leaving the retreat with an amazing collection of deep space photos, lifelong friends, and the skills and confidence to go out there to continue capturing the cosmos.

What's Included

✔️ Astrophotography Classes, individual tuition, and demonstrations with world class astrophotography teachers. Training on telescopes, tracking, photography, processing, and more.
✔️ Star tracking equipment allowing you to capture cosmic details.
✔️ 3 nights of accommodation in a stunning lodge with private, exclusive use of the entire estate.
✔️ Bortle 2 Skies Enjoy a breathtaking star-scape in some of the darkest skies in the USA.
✔️ Personal Chef Dining Experience includes brunch & dinner, prepared by your very own personal chef & registered dietitian who will cook the most delicious meals that fit your specific dietary needs.
✔️24-hour snack bar with delicious cakes, cookies, fruit, vegetables, coffee, and tea.
✔️ Spa water and filtered tap water available at all times throughout the workshop.
✔️ Wine service with every evening meal.

✔️ Guided Night Sky Tour & Meteor Shower with amazing tales from ancient civilizations around the world at the peak of the Taurid meteor shower that can produce fire balls.
✔️ Delicious Coffee, ready to greet you for the perfect start every morning.
✔️ Spa Treatment Gift Hamper filled with gorgeous spa treatments you can self-apply or take home.
✔️ Access to a private Facebook group with Cathrin Machin and Ian Lauer and the other retreat participants before the retreat.
✔️ Pre and Post Workshop Zoom Classes - get a head start on the workshop and join our follow-up with the instructors to re-cap the processing methods.


✖️ Airfare or travel to and from the event location
✖️ Travel insurance
✖️ Tips for the staff
✖️ Extra costs you might incur on your own

What To Bring


✔️ Mirrorless or DSLR Camera
✔️ Heavy Duty Tripod
✔️ Heavy Duty Ballhead
✔️ Long Focal Length Lens

✔️ Telephoto Lens

(We have 6 Redcat51 telescope lenses for use in the workshop but if you'd like one for your exclusive use, you may wish to invest in one)

Cosmic Targets

We get to photograph the most stunning objects in the Universe!

This time of year allows for myriad of beautiful targets for us to choose from, including the Andromeda Galaxy and the Orion Nebula.

As always, we schedule in a late morning and nap time in the afternoons to compensate for the late nights.

Selection Process

There's only 8 spaces, so if this is something you'd like to be part of, please fill out the application form as soon as you can.

We really value kindness, honesty, and respect for one another. Whilst this is a star sisters' event where we focus on women, all genders are welcome.

To create the most wonderful and safe experience, we will organize a quick chat prior to selection to make sure that this workshop is right for you and to make sure that we can create a life changing experience.

Rooms & Prices

The Room price includes personal chef cooked brunch & dinner, expert tuition, pampering, night sky tour, and so much more.

Payment plans are available, and significant discounts available if you share a room with a friend or partner.


Superior Room
Queen Bed & Sofa Bed
Room Capacity: 👤👤👤
(2 rooms left)
1 guest - $2,200 per person
2+ guests - $1,790 per person


Standard Room
Queen Bed
Room Capacity: 👤👤
(2 rooms left)
1 guest - $2,100 per person
2 guests - $1,790 per person


Queen Bunk Room
Queen & Single bunk bed
Room Capacity: 👤👤👤
(1 room left)
1 guest - $2,200 per person
2+ guests - $1,790 per person

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