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Photography lessons by Dzidra Dubois, witnessing the pagan carnivals Sardinia March 2019

Programme per day

  • DAY 1: arrival in Cagliari and transfer via ‘prehistorical-world-center’. Photography tips throughout the day, during this roadmovie
  • DAY 2: prehistorical ‘fairy-houses'(?), ‘1-euro-houses-village’, prehistorical temple tower house (?), visit to mask makers.
  • DAY 3: visit to 2 festive pagan carnival villages with bonfires!
  • DAY 4: Blue Zone inspiration personally, walking, visiting also difficult to photograph, mysterious prehistorical places.
  • DAY 5: transfer with visits and flight back.


On Sardinia Carnival maintains many pagan elements, pre-Christian. The church participates but only in the beginning. There are bonfires in every neighbourhood. Local wine and local sweets are shared. Villagers dance traditional dances. New light and new spark to nature symbolize a new beginning. And what the Sardinian name translated into ‘meat to be cut’ means? This is far from Venetian or Beerfest carnival, this is heartcore Sardinia, millennia old. Plus we visit the 1-euro-houses village. And this is the background to photography lessons throughout the day by photographer Dzidra Dubois. ‘If you can make them here, you can make them anywhare!’


Safely 🙂 guided by me, meeting Sardinians explaining and welcoming us to their village rites, around the official Sardinian carnival days of Mardi Gras and Adh Wednesday. You will witness community feeling and pure connection to nature and tradition in a friendly atmosphere, surely miles and miles away from your normal whereabouts around the beginning of March.
– Are you curious to know about the pagan Sardinian origins, see Sardinians wear also dark and animal masks and perform rites thousands of years old, stamping new life into the ground? And… curious how to make GOOD PICTURES in such difficult circumstances?

Meeting also master craftsmen of the traditional Sardinian carnival masks, that show their special collections, rich with intensely felt symbols. Meaningful. Deep community feeling, kept alive throughout millennia.

Including Sardinia’s Stonehenge, but much older than that and not reconstructed by man, and ‘co-incidentally’ at the centre of this island and… surprisingly, but we have proof 🙂 … the antique world

The  catholic church of course has a say in the Carnivals. Their ‘Saint Anthony Abt’ is supposed to have started carnival celebrations already at 17 January, but the origin is pagan to the max, as you will see.The priest may bless the fire and walk twice around it, and then he withdraws. And we? We learn how to make BETTER PICTURES than this.

Visiting the houses-for-1-euro-village of Ollolai, talking to people.

Although in winter, the atmosphere is light in many ways: you learn how to walk more lightfootedly, on nature trails in the hilly interior of the Sardinian Barbagia region, the heart of Sardinia. Get also a good physical feel of the heart & soul of Sardinia!

We sleep in two characteristical agriturismo’s, holiday farms and B&B selected for their pureness and attachment to Sardinia. Not just by words but by personal character. Great people! All with a 9.0 grading at least on Food is all ‘chilometro zero’, very local indeed. First two nights in a B&B with ‘the best breakfast in the world’. Last three in a purest agriturismo you can imagine, led by a versatile, creative survivor, a small strong man. All around the mountain city of Gavoi.

Visiting two of the very traditional Sardinian carnival villages – Ottana and Mamoiada and more. – Bonfires in several neighbourhoods, with a special, profound meaning. And of course nice photo-opportunities.


The price of 2000 euro includes everything, thoughout the whole day phtography tips by Dzidra Dubois. Also coffeestops and excursions and entry fees and personal interpreting and all the shared food and local wine and water at dinner table. Lunch picknicks in nature!
As for your flight from Charleroi to Cagliari: your first 50 euro of costs will be returned in cash immediately after your landing. Price is based on a minimum of 4 participants, lowering for all with every extra participant. 150 euro supplement applies for a single room. Only 7 places available.
between light frost at night to up to 25 degrees at day. Great sunrises too!!!

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