Get a fresh start to travel with West Travel Club’s annual New Norcia Weekend Away

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We don’t want to pressure you. But there are only 11 places left for our annual West Travel Club New Norcia weekend (April 30-May 1). And what better way to hone your now-rusty photography and writing skills before you hit the road again, than by learning from the experts?

Or maybe you just want to hang out, enjoy the company and soak up the unique atmosphere of New Norcia? It’s very good for us.

New Norcia is Australia’s only monastic town and right here in WA, just a 90 minute drive northeast of Perth. It was founded in 1847 by Rosendo Salvado, a former member of the Spanish Benedictine monastery of St Martin in Compostela. There are still a small number of Benedictine monks in residence.

But think of the old convent housing a superb art gallery, museum and gift shop. The stately inn, built in 1927 and recently returned to its former function after operating as a hotel since the 1950s.

The Saint-Gertrude and Saint-Ildephonse colleges, with their spectacular chapels adorned with ornate wood carvings and restored Baroque-style paintings and frescoes. The atmospheric cemetery. The Education Center containing the European Space Agency Interpretive Center and the historic Abbey Press.

The monastery and its guest house and its chapels. The splendid abbey church. The Old Flour Mill and Interpretive Center at Mission Cottages. Further southeast, a marked walk along the Moore River. A truck stop with a surprisingly good menu.

So much to see. So much to do. The perfect place for a weekend.

Camera iconWest Travel Club writing and photography weekend in New Norcia. Credit: Mogens Johansen/western australia

NEW NORCIA 2022

Some of us love photography. Some of us like to write. Some are just looking for a nice weekend. That’s why we offer you three choices:

Come just for the weekend, meet the crew, hang out with like-minded people, explore, rest a bit and come to our concert.

Learn skills and techniques during our travel writing sessions.

Photowalk with professionals and refine your image creation. This year, the emphasis (!) will be on using your mobile phone’s camera.

In other words, there is a package for everyone on New Norcia Weekend Away on Saturday April 30 and Sunday May 1, 2022, staying in a large renovated building, and with all meals included. We have limited numbers.

The Abbey Church of New Norcia.
Camera iconThe Abbey Church of New Norcia. Credit: Faced/Western Australia Tourism

TRAVEL CLUB EXPERIENCE WITH STEPHEN SCOURFIELD (TWO SPACES REMAINING)

Come meet the team and other like-minded readers, visit New Norcia, join us for an evening concert of words and music and a panel discussion – and take time to sleep, sit on the veranda and read a little too.

Saturday Includes a guided walk of the monastery, lunch “in company”, free afternoon (museum and art gallery pass included). Representation of the abbey church with Stephen Scourfield and his guests. Having dinner. Bach and a bedtime book.

Sunday Includes breakfast “in company”. Travel Team Roundtable with Stephen Scourfield, Will Yeoman and Mogens Johansen. Lunch. Price: $400

Stephen Scourfiled and Will Yeoman during their performance at the West Travel Club Writing and Photography Weekend in New Norcia.
Camera iconStephen Scourfiled and Will Yeoman during their performance at the West Travel Club Writing and Photography Weekend in New Norcia. Credit: Mogens Johansen/western australia

WRITING WORKSHOP PACKAGE WITH WILL YEOMAN (SEVEN PLACES REMAINING)

Saturday sessions include: How Good is Grammar — Tools of the Trade. From parrot to poet – Miming the masters. The art of travel writing. The lie of the earth – Creative Non-fiction. Representation of the abbey church with Stephen Scourfield and his guests.

Sunday Field Notes – Outdoor Writing Experience. Travel Team Roundtable with Stephen Scourfield, Will Yeoman and Mogens Johansen. Come together – Write, create and make sense of your notes. Price: $450

New Norcia Inn.
Camera iconNew Norcia Inn.
Credit: Stephen Scourfield/western australia

PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP PACKAGE WITH MOGENS JOHANSEN (TWO PLACES REMAINING)

Saturday sessions include: Viewing Images – Show & Tell Screen Session. Photowalk — Create a story in pictures. Management of low light inside the Sainte-Gertrude chapel. Astrophotography. Concert at the abbey church.

Sunday Photowalk – Early Light. With an introduction to photography by drone and demonstration. Travel team group session. See and criticize. Price: $450

New Norcia Inn.
Camera iconNew Norcia Inn. Credit: Stephen Scourfield/western australia

ACCOMMODATION

Our New Norcia Weekend Away takes place on Saturday April 30 and Sunday May 1, 2022. We have limited numbers (12 each for the writing and photography packages, plus 24 guests for the weekend package).

New Norcia is 115 km north of Midland, but easily accessible by the Tonkin Highway. It is 50 km north of Bindoon.

All accommodation will be in comfortable and modern rooms. None of the rooms have bathrooms, but the bathrooms are updated and sparkling clean. Once the New Norcia Hostel is full, guests will be assigned rooms in the renovated convent.

All meals are included in the price and dietary requirements will be catered for. If arrangements are affected by unforeseen restrictions related to COVID-19, we will offer you an alternative date. If it does not fit, you will receive a refund.

RESERVATIONS

The full itinerary (hour by hour) is available at westtravelclub.com.au/events or call 1800 429 000, Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm.

To find out more about New Norcia, go to newnorcia.wa.edu.au

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