Basecamp Retreats

Adventure • Retreat • Community

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All photos © Cole Grey unless other wise stated


Upcoming Retreats

Bassin d'Arcachon - Clauoey

Bassin d'Arcachon - Clauoey

Cap Ferret/ST Emilion: Email Us for 2019 dates (Immersion experience is also possible for non-English Participants who would like to attend)

We will explore the unique light, and ambiance, in the collection of 10 Oyster/Fishing villages of Cap Ferret in SW of France. Full day boat excursion to Bird Island, Arcachon, and our final day trip to World Unesco heritage village of St Emilion and one of its oldest family run vineyards. Wrapping every day with group image viewing in our classroom, and then a gourmet meal together. Fostering photography community connection.

Red Sky at Night

Red Sky at Night

Intensive English IMMERSION - Cap Ferret: Email us for 2019 Dates (Regular Photography Retreat also Possible with our ESL Group)

This retreat program is designed for you to experience completely in English and assist you on your way to your proficiency exams, or perhaps you just need to practice for personal experience. You will spend your week long visit practicing with the group in real life situations and we will end our week with a fun treasure hunt in English. Your host/guide is a native English speaker from Canada and is available to coach you if you need a little extra help.  

Poppies Everywhere

Poppies Everywhere


2019 Upcoming Retreats (All retreats will be adapted for English Immersion or Photography Groups)

We are currently building exciting new photography retreats to choose from in 2019. We are adding in a few Paris weeks, end of May at the Camargue Provençal Gypsy Festival with the Wild Horses, Lavender Harvest in Valensole mid-June, with add-on trips to our Cap Ferret retreats to the Cathar Castle in Carcassonne in the South. One of our favourite things about hosting these retreats is the opportunity to share in everyone's story.


Camera Community

Our retreats are designed to foster a sense of sharing and community in those with a passion for photography. Spending a week in a casual beach camp atmosphere, with like minded individuals, experiencing and discussing your art in a relaxed, no pressure setting. Come for the camera experience and then come back for the friendships ( and maybe the food too ;) We'd love to see you and get to know your story and what drives your camera passions.


Sports Retreats

Our facility is in an ideal area to be 'The heart of your adventure'. The Atlantic waves for surfing, kite surfing, and kayaking are a 5 minute drive from the front gate. We have 60 kilometres of bike paths winding through the National Forest Reserves right beside the property. On the property is a 10m x 5m, heated swimming pool, 1.75m deep all around, a small but well stocked weight room, 250 sq m sun terrace, summer kitchen/bar seating on the terrace, and large indoor classroom/event space for 50 people with large screen TV and screen projector capability. Also on site is a full professional catering facility, including meal planning, preparation, and delivery. The property is security monitored for your peace of mind. We are currently working on our Sports Retreat Programs ... check back here for the updated information.


Giving Back

Basecamp has been a labour of love from the start. We wanted to provide an environment for veterans to recover after giving so much. Battle PTSD is a significant unseen trauma of war and has been for centuries. As long as there has been war, there has been PTSD. Only recently, the medical community gave it an official title after it had been called by many other names. When you book a stay with us in the BnB area, or book a photography/sports retreat experience with us, we use your investment to offset the cost of a veteran attending one of our scheduled retreats. Going forward, we are working towards renovating the guest areas to make it more user friendly for our veterans. One of our first renovations was to make the guest rooms easier to use, and our next project will be to add in accessible bathrooms in each guest room. We have a program where you can purchase a tile, plaque, or artwork to celebrate anything you wish and it will be used to commemorate your contribution to the retreat or purchase equipment for program use. For more information please email us for details on The #SURFDOGPROJECT.


Organic Cuisine

Here at Basecamp Retreats, we use wholesome ingredients with every meal. Our Chef takes the time to make simple meals nutritionally delicious in every bite. Always organic, always market fresh, and ready for us after a long day of adventures in the light. 


Reserve Your Adventure

Let us know if there is anything we've missed, if you have any questions, or you are ready to book. We accept Visa, MasterCard, or wire transfer.


Basecamp could always use a few good volunteers during the season, committed to making a difference. We always have some maintenance project, new build, or clean up thing going on if you'd like to do a volunteer vacation. Alternatively If you have specific SKILLsET in sports coaching Email compass.studios@Gmail.com for inquiries