Explore Your Creative Spirit At The Woodlawn Inn

Experience the beauty of Cobourg, Ontario through your camera's lens.

Dates TBA


"Richard Martin’s intelligent and caring workshop philosophy is based on a great deal of experience, both as participant and instructor. The creativity of his vision, images, and teaching is inspiring."

Freeman Patterson

What You'll Do


Explore The Estate

The regency-styled Woodlawn estate was built in 1835 and today is Cobourg, Ontario's premiere destination for fine dining and accommodation.


See The Heritage District

Located in Cobourg's heritage district. The Woodlawn Inn is only steps away from downtown boutiques, day spas, Victoria Park and Heritage Harbour.

What Our Participants Say

“My photography journey has benefitted tremendously from Richard's generosity in sharing his creative vision and skill, which combined with his love of humour and fun makes learning a cinch.”

– Alice Yen Yong

“Richard Martin, along with Freeman Patterson liberated my generation of Canadian photographers from the rule-bound shackles of camera club tradition.”

– Larry Monczka

“The reason I travel with Richard as often as possible is because I know I will be inspired, I know I will be pushed to see differently, I know I will be challenged creatively and I know I will laugh… a lot.”

– Sally Harris

“It was great to have the opportunity to travel with Richard and see his exceptional eye for color, shape and texture in action. He has a wonderful gift.”

– Jim Graham

“[Richard] is truly a born teacher, always available to participants, and I always go home not only having had a good time but feeling that I have grown creatively.”

– Mary Macey Butler

“What impresses me is that how [Richard] "sees." There were times on the trips that he saw pictures in the midst of chaos. He is very approachable, has a great sense of humour and just plain good company both while photographing or socializing. He takes photography and teaching to another level that I have not seen from other professionals.”

– Gene Morita

Meet Your Teacher


Richard Martin

A long-time contributor to Photo Life magazine, Richard pursues photography as a medium of visual expression. He is a deeply committed instructor who guides participants on a voyage of personal rediscovery on his photography tours around the world. His passion and insight help the student in opening up the creative doors and to reflect on the special qualities that dwell within them.

A good instructor should have the ability to move people – connecting them with their emotions. Reinforcing to participants the fact that fine images are made with their hearts and souls not their thousand-dollar lens.

Qualities That Make A Good Instructor

Some of the qualities which contribute to a good instructor include:

  • Instructors should be deeply committed to the process of making images, while possessing honesty and integrity in their own work.

  • They should encourage individual ways of seeing and expressing, and should NEVER impose their own views on students.

  • One who enjoys sharing their knowledge, without ego! – this aspect is very important.

One who is always accessible to participants, being available for assistance, and dividing time fairly between students.

  • One who can guide participants on a voyage of personal rediscovery, opening up doors and helping students reflect on the special qualities that dwell within them.

What You'll Learn

Advance Your Craft

Learn how to put your craft, vision, and imagination to the test by pushing the process of making photographs to the limits.

Expand Your Knowledge

Develop new skills and acquire new technical knowledge during a time of inspiration and personal growth.

Develop Your Visual Style

Indulge yourself in an environment where the focus is on you and your photography, where you can experiment to acquire a greater appreciation of your medium and a greater awareness of yourself and your creative direction.

Play & Experiment

Try new things with the opportunity to explore your craft in ways you may not attempt on your own. Allow yourself the freedom to make mistakes and grow from them.

Gain Inspiration

Be inspired in a place where you can engage your imagination, stimulate the senses and rekindle your passion for photography.

Exchange Ideas

Meet with others involved in the medium to share ideas. Time spent as a group can be a journey both visually and emotionally—a time for the soul to get away from the daily routines and refresh the creative energies.

Discover Your Vision

Learn the art of visual design and the philosophy of vision in a hands-on environment, because technique to a large extent can be learned from a book.


Dates TBA

Day 1

Sunday (Evening) 6:30pm - 10:00pm

Introduction, Hors d’oeuvres, dinner.

Day 2
Day 3

Enrolment for tour is limited to 10 participants.

The aim of this workshop is to offer an intensive learning experience providing participants with a balance of instructional talks, field trips, and group evaluation in the classroom. The emphasis is on creating more dynamic photographs by using the visual elements of line, shape, texture and perspective in composition.

This is a workshop in vision and is suitable for photographers from all skill levels, who are comfortable with their camera and want to break away from the traditional to re-examine the possibilities of what a camera can record.

Note: A detailed list including what to bring will be sent out prior to workshop date.

Woodlawn Inn Workshop Pricing

  • Photographic instruction by Richard Martin, including tutorials, field trips, image discussion and analysis.
  • Meals where indicated at The Woodlawn Inn.
  • 2 nights accommodation (single occupancy/queen room) at The Woodlawn Inn.
  • Beverages with meals, meals other than mentioned above, tips and gratuities.
  • Tips to porterage and maid service.

* Plus HST

Workshop Fee (No Accommodation): $595.00 + HST

Booking/Cancellation Policy $250.00 Non Refundable deposit due at time of registration. Payment can be made by credit card or cheque (cheques payable to The Woodlawn Inn). Balance to be paid at check out.  Cancellation Policy. Guests must cancel 90 days prior to event. If the workshop should need to be cancelled, a FULL refund will be issued.


Ready To Enrich Your Visual Life?

Whether you’re interested in developing your own visual style or expanding your knowledge or craft, attending a workshop or tour may turn out to be one of the best investments you make towards enriching your visual life.

Not Quite Sure Yet?

Why not visit our contact page, we would love to answer any questions you may have!



Stephen Della Casa
Innkeeper, The Woodlawn Inn

Woodlawn Country Inn

420 Division Street
Cobourg, Ontario, K9A 3R9
(905) 372-2235 ext. 112