Autumn Harvest Baking Retreat

October 28-31

Upstate New York { just outside of Callicoon, NY }

Hosted by Christiann Koepke + Ashley & Mike from  Melbourne, Australia, founders of Gather & Feast


Autumn is a second Spring where every leaf is a flower.
- A. Camus


Join us for a weekend getaway just outside of upstate New York in the prime of the Autumn season, nestled in the foothills of the Catskill Mountains where, surrounded by the fiercely gold-and-orange foliage of the surrounding woodlands and with the smell of warm spices tingling your senses, we will be sharing our knowledge about food styling, photography & blogging.



Arrival at 3pm Friday, October 28 | Departure by 10 am Monday, October 31

Retreat limited to 7 students


Deer Hill Farm is a sophisticated country estate situated on 225 private acres with a private lake ideal for swimming, fishing, picnicking and other activities. Located in the heart of the Delaware River Valley, this graceful residence has timeless appeal; the grounds, expansive yard and surrounding forest and lake make this a truly private retreat.

Inside you're greeted by large rooms that create bright, sunlit spaces for entertaining or relaxing. The main house is sprawling with meandering whitewashed corridors lined with hunting trophies and European art.

Deer Hill Farm is located under 10 miles outside of Callicoon, NY. You can reach the property in 2 hours 30 minutes by car from John F. Kennedy International Airport, New York, NY. 



Your ticket includes all food, lodging and teaching over 3 nights and 3 days | *Travel to and from retreat house is not covered

We are so excited for you to join us! Together, we will take a deep dive in the world of professional blogging, talking, learning and offering hands-on experience on the woody, rich color hues our location has to offer. One on one sessions will complete your learning experience, and give you a precious chance to share and learn from fellow photographers.

Our baking sessions, centered around the charming smells of fall spices and ripe seasonal fruit, will focus on cake and pie making and styling: glazes, pie crust braiding, decorations with foliage and florals will serve our photography purposes, and afterwards let us indulge in the warmest flavors the golden season has to offer. 


  • Photography basics
  • Social media and Instagram
  • Branding
  • Food Styling
  • Editing in Lightroom
  • 1 on 1 sessions with both Valentina and Christiann
  • Cooking classes : includes instructional cooking alongside lifestyle shooting sessions


All of our meals will be enjoyed in style and ease, immersed in the idyllic beauty of the surrounding nature. We will share moments setting and styling the table, enjoying warming, fragrant mulled wine, and healthy meals prepared with seasonal ingredients and lots of love.
Each attendee will be left with a surprise gift back, specifically thought for this occasion. 


  • Outdoor long table gatherings
  • Picnic by the private lake in the back
  • Breakfast on the back porch
  • Curated take home gift bags
  • ...and much more!



Single room $1599  { 1 ticket left }

{ single room w/ twin bed interconnected by a full bath } 

Shared rooms $1499 { 2 tickets left }

Bedrooms with two twins each and a half bath to share + 1 king shared bed room that is interconnected by a full bath }

*PAYMENT PLAN available : 50% non refundable deposit due to hold your place upon booking, with remaining 50% due on or before September 15. Email to pay directly for this payment plan, forgoing the payment link in full (below) if you wish to spread out your payments

*No refunds allowed due to the nature of this event and limited availability

*Have a question? Email



West Elm

Heirloomed Collection

Steven Smith Tea

Red Cottage Inc.

King Arthur Flour

Vermont Creamery

Heart Coffee Roasters

House Spirits

Amy Rochelle Press

Dona Chai

About Christiann

Christiann is a Portland-based photographer, stylist, recipe developer and author behind the popular blog, where she showcases her immense love for the art behind crafting incredible food. She’s also passionate about traveling, shooting, hosting Secret Suppers and teaching her craft worldwide. Christiann has worked with brands like West Elm, Elle Decor, Anthropologie, CB2 - Crate & Barrel and more, and has had her work featured in many places, including Vogue Magazine. You can see her full press list here.

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About Valentina 

Valentina is an Italy and US-based photographer and author behind the 2- time Saveur Award-winning blog, where she develops, styles, shoots and shares vegetarian, vegan and often gluten-free recipes, with a keen eye for fresh, local food and produce. She hosts workshops and classes about the arts of food photography and Italian / Mediterranean food, which she has mastered thanks to the experience of her family of cooks. She has worked with brands such as Free People, Weck, and several American publications, and is currently writing her own cookbook, scheduled to be released fall 2017 by Penguin Random House.  

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{First image collection by Valentina | Second image collection by Christiann}