reawaken your creative spark

How can we create if we haven’t taken the time to breath in some inspiration?  Taking time out to do this is vital to our well being but also our creativity. The down times that we set aside concioulsy to gain inspiration is more important than we realise.  When you do this, surrounded by others who genuinely want to uplift and help, you can find that you create your best work, have your best thoughts and begin a wonderful journey onwards………

Margaret Soraya was searching for a more creative photography event that catered to a gentler, quieter person and found nothing suitable. She wanted a break from her hectic life and to experience luxurious surroundings while immersing in creativity with supportive guides.

She needed space and a helping hand to get her started on her journey of personal exploration and rebuilding from within. She wanted to bring empathy, kindness, and a deeper understanding of creativity, so Margaret developed Creative Light. An in-person event that combines creativity with inspiration, kind and talented people to those who want to go that bit further with their photography

Introducing Creative light

This 3 day retreat includes:

  • 4 nights luxury accommodation at Broughton Sanctuary, a 3000 acre estate with Historic Mansion & State of Art Well Being center.
  • Reception dinner, 3 days Breakfast, Lunch & dinner in Utopia, the Sanctuary’s own retreat kitchen designed by RIBA Royal Gold Medal winning architect Sir Micheal Hopkins. Set within a private walled Garden. You will be treated to the most amazing fresh, nutritious plant-based menus  created especially for our group. 
  • Access to one of the most luxurious and fabulous hydro experiences; Hydro Massage Pool, Organic Shaped Sauna & Steam Room & an immersive clear pool that merges your swimming experience  with nature. 
  • Led photography sessions in the meandering Yorkshire countryside & forestry with renowned photographers Joe Cornish & Simon Baxter.
  • Immersive art sessions with Carien Borst, who will gently guide you to express yourself in paint whilst tuning out to a backdrop of specially chosen music.
  • Learn about ICM ( intentional camera movement )  abstract and close-up photography. Lesley Lintott will guide you to make the best use of the tools that you have to create simple but exquisite images that will soothe your soul.
  • Learn from speakers who will  uplift you and motivate.
  • All materials required for the workshops are included.

Watch previous years highlights

Previous particpants

Another amazing Creative Light Festival surrounded by lovely, inspiring people. Margaret’s ethos and values were evident throughout the weekend which was thoughtfully put together and beautifully delivered by her and her team. I came away with many ideas to pursue. It is a rich experience for anyone wanting to develop their creativity and I thoroughly recommend it. I have already booked for the next two years which says it all!

Elizabeth Hockney

Everything from the stunning location by the waters edge, the warm welcome from yourself and Lesley, the new friends I have made and the inspirational speakers who gave their time to show us their wonderful work (and impart their KIND words). The weekend blew me away and I feel so privileged to have been a part of it. The weekend was busy, but calming and I enjoyed being on my own but surrounded by people. It was the perfect mix – I felt so happy.

It will take time to process all that I saw, felt and heard over the weekend, but my cup is most certainly over-flowing. 

Susan Orr

This has been the highlight of the second half of the year. Fabulous people, beautiful locations and inspirational stories.

Natalie Shering

Total immersion into creativity, inspired by genuinely creative people.

Amber Burton

This was a very special weekend. A large group of creative people came together in a very happy and supportive environment. It was hard to say goodbye

Marj Baillie

The Creative Light Festival has been full to the brim with walks, talks, hands on learning and so many warm and inspiring people. I have come away with a deep sense of personal wellbeing, not just creatively but mentally and physically too.

Jacqui Turner

Three wonderful days of creativity, companionship, connection and inspiration. An experience that lifted my spirits and enriched my soul. A big thank you to Margaret, Lesley and everyone involved.

Karen brickley

Cost to attend

From £1300 pp shared / £1600 pp single

The price includes:

  • 4-nights’ accommodation (tiered room rates)
  • Breakfast, lunch, dinner and all teas and coffees –  from dinner on 27th Sept to breakfast on 1st Oct
  • All tuition and materials
  •  £50 discount for Creative Haven 6 month plus members.
  • A few spaces are available to attend in campervans at allotted spaces on the estate. Please ask for pricing.
  • **Alcohol is excluded


  • 8.00am Breakfast at Utopia
  • 9.30am  Photography Session / Creative  session
  • 1pm  Lunch at Utopia
  • 2pm Led discussions
  • 3pm Speakers
  • 5.30pm Pool suite / walk / optional additional therapies from Avalon
  • 7.00pm Dinner together at Utopia
  • 8.00pm Unwind time / Fireside experience

'We are all born creative. When we create we tap into something powerful inside of us’

Chase Jarvis

immerse, relax, create

We’ve planned these days so that you can experiment with your own photography and creativity There’s also ample opportunity to be in nature, on your own or with others, if this is what you need to reconnect to your own vision.

The leaders have been carefully chosen to fit with the retreat’s values of kindness, encouragement and support. We’re here to inspire and encourage you from the heart, understanding that you have a unique set of circumstances and needs.

Join us at Broughton Sanctuary by reserving your place now

If you have any questions please email Margaret here 

Broughton Hall from the air.