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Wild Photography

May 30 - June 4

Michael Eldridge Wild Photographers course with Natasha Lythgoe, in the Sibillini Mountains, Italy May 2019

A wild wabi-sabi weekend in the Magical Sibillini Mountain Park:

May 30 to June 4, 2019

‘Keep close to Nature’s heart… and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean’    John Muir

With Michael Eldridge and Natasha Lythgoe  

Thank you to all of you for a truly unforgettable week. I think it is true to say that we all emerged forever changed from our cocoons. What a wonderful journey it was. I can not recommend the course run by Natasha Naga and Michael John Eldridge highly enough’   N.T.

Wabi Sabi Weekend – Nowhere & Everywhere

Broadly speaking, wabi-sabi is everything that today’s sleek, mass-produced, technology-saturated culture isn’t. It’s flea markets, not shopping malls; one single morning glory, not a dozen red roses. Wabi-sabi understands the tender, raw beauty of a grey December landscape and the aching elegance of an abandoned building or shed. It celebrates cracks and crevices and rot and all the other marks that time and weather and use leave behind.   Robyn Lawrence

To discover wabi-sabi is to appreciate an enigmatic Japanese worldview which promises to whisper wisdoms to those who slow down long enough to investigate, and approach with an open heart.

Our Wild Photography Weekends, based at La Cittadella Centre are designed to excite you, awaken you, and to remind you that a camera is just a machine. That what it really is about is your mind; how you perceive yourself and the world outside of you; our Wabi-Sabi weekend is an inward and outward adventure, and based at the spectacular La Cittadella Centre in the Sibillini National Park.

Into the Wild – The Sibillini National Park

The Sibillini National Park is Italy’s newest and apart from all the magical connections with the Ancient Goddess religions, it is also the home of wolves, bear, porcupine, deer, and a thriving host of other unique creatures such as black squirrels and primordial shrimps in Pilates Lake beneath Monte Vettore. Suffice to say it’s full of the most fascinating and unique fauna and flora.

And scenically it is almost overwhelming beautiful, and it is here we will spend long days, returning in the late evening to go through our images and then relax over a splendid Italian dinner at the wonderful Cittadella.

The Magical Realm of Photography – for Everyone

As the saying goes ‘Everybody is a photographer nowadays’ . Sure, we can go along with that to a certain extent, but what is it that makes an excellent photographer, or poet, or painter come to that? In the final analysis, it is passion and absorption and hard work. And up in the mountains here we lock you into such a magical realm. And this experience will have a profound effect on your creative life from thenceforth. The journey doesn’t end there.

We make no distinction between experienced photographers or beginners. We are here to share and learn from each other. All and any types of photographic image making devices are OK with us. Bring your laptops.

Based at La Cittadella

Centro Agrituristico & Country House – a home from home in the heart of the mountains – with a comfy rooms, a pool, gardens with views of the mountains, a kitchen, a restaurant serving home-cooked food and miles and miles of walking, riding and the great outdoors to explore.

Read what the Guardian says about Cittadella.

Your Course Leaders are:

Michael Eldridge, Creativity Coach, photographer, painter. Ex-Director of Photography at AUB

His site


Nathasha Lythgoe,
Photographer extraordinaire.

You might like to look at her page on Wild Photography Weekend


And some testimonials from our 2018 Wild Photography weekend, followed by a sweet story.


  1. Click here to BOOK your workshop place, which costs 210 euros – this takes you to Michael’s site, StartStone – please don’t be alarmed!!
  2. and then once you’ve received confirmation, book your accommodation direct the wonderful Cittadella. This way, you can choose exactly when and how you’d like to stay there. These rates include use of pool.
  • Full board (Breakfast, lunch and dinner) at Cittadella is from E70 per day for shared room (two sharing);.
  • Half board is 55 euros,
  • B&B only, there are now three new mini apartments: Single 50 euro per night, Two sharing 70 euro per night, Three sharing 80 euro per night




Michael Eldridge


Centro Agrituristico Rurale La Cittadella dei Sibillini di Montemonaco
Montemonaco, Ascoli Picano, Marche 63048 Italy
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+39 0736 85 63 61