Writer | Hiker | Outdoor Enthusiast

Walking Stick Painting

with Nicola Ross

Date to be announced.
Call for more info.






Included in the workshop price is:

  • 3 hours of instruction
  • one beaver-crafted walking stick
  • a set of 12 acrylic paints
  • one paint brush

$99/person + tax

Travel Writing & Photography
Nicola Ross & Rob Stimpson

Call to inquire about dates.

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With the proliferation of blogs, travel websites and on-demand printing, there has never been a better time to describe your travels in print and image. Nor, unfortunately, have there been more opportunities to present poorly constructed prose and less-than stellar photographs.

If you want your travel stories to sparkle and entertain, please join us for a day-long Travel Writing & Photography Workshop at The Farmhouse Pottery in the Hockley Valley. Under the guidance of award-winning photographer Rob Stimpson and award-winning writer, Nicola Ross, and with the Credit River as the backdrop, you will learn the tricks of the trade.

Meant for writers and photographers of all levels, the workshop will provide you with practical information based on Nicola’s and Rob’s years of experience. You will come away from the day both inspired by your new knowledge and more confident that your travel stories will tell a tale that is worth reading and looking at.

Your Instructors

Rob Stimpson (robstimpson.com)

A professional freelance photographer, Rob lives in the Muskoka wilds. Whether he is on a Northern Ontario riverbank looking for moose or searching for blue morphos butterflies in Central America, Rob has his camera in hand. This year, he is off to Antarctica to chase penguins. When Rob is not shooting images for his clients or running workshops, you will find him chopping wood for the stove or – more likely – keeping bears and other critters from invading his rural home.

Nicola Ross (nicolaross.ca)

If Nicola isn’t writing, she’s out doing things to write about. For the last two years, Nicola and her partner rode their horses across Patagonia. Her blog, Dusty Travelling, reveals – not tells – the story of their adventure. With travel stories published in The Walrus, explore, Globe and Mail, Calgary Herald, Hamilton Spectator and more, as well as two quarterly columns in In the Hills magazine, Nicola types almost as much as she paddles and rides.

Location & Time

Time:                   10am to 4:00pm
Date:                    Saturday, April 16, 2016
New Location:    The Farmhouse Pottery, 307114 Hockley Rd, Mono, ON L9W 6N6. Three kilometres east of Highway 10 on Hockley Road just north of Orangeville.


  • Coffee, tea, water and treats provided
  • Bring your own lunch or you can order a lunch in advance
  • $150/person + HST

For more information, visit new.nicolaross.ca or www.robstimpson.com.


5th Annual

Write on the French
Creative Writing Retreat
Friday, May 6 to Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Write on French

Open to writers of all levels, this weeklong workshop combines an opportunity to learn from some of Canada’s foremost writers and editors with a stay at the stunning Lodge at Pine Cove. Rated the finest lodge in Ontario (of over 600) by Trip Advisor, the Lodge at Pine Cove will enhance your writing experience.

Consisting of a series of lectures, one-on-one time with instructors, discussions on the craft of fine writing and free time, the Write on the French River Creative Writing Retreat will hone your skills. It is for writers who want to improve and market their feature magazine articles, short or long fiction. You can receive assistance with memoir writing and screenwriting, take part in a seminar on the business of publishing or travel writing, and receive tips from seasoned editors.
We recommend that you bring a piece of your writing to work on while at the workshop. If you submit your work (maximum 500 words) in advance, you can take advantage of an opportunity to work one-on-one with an instructor.

For more information, contact Nicola Ross (nross@woodrising.com) or visit www.frenchriver.com and click on “Activities”.


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