Mindful and Therapeutic Photography

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Slow down, de-stress, enjoy nature, take photos and look again. See your life and your world with new eyes.

 

Why mindful and therapeutic photography?

So many of us use our phones or cameras to snap away these days, don’t we? Yet often we snap, snap, snap without really looking, without really seeing. We are bombarded by photographs on social media, the news and through advertising, and all too often this can contribute to a sense of inadequacy, loneliness, stress, anxiety, and depression. Let’s learn to look again!

What happens if we start to use photography to look again and see with new eyes? Why not use photography as a tool to slow down, de-stress, enjoy nature, to increase our resilience, and to improve our physical and mental health and wellbeing?

This is exactly what Look Again mindful and therapeutic photography does. As well as improve actual photography skills, it also helps

  • Improve mood and self-esteem
  • Reduce stress and increase ability to relax
  • Improve social interaction
  • Improve mental and physical fitness
  • Increase sense of confidence and achievement
  • Improve focus and observation skills
  • Increase awareness of one’s own story and that of others

How does mindful and therapeutic photography work?

With Look Again I use photography together with stillness, mindfulness and a connection with nature to help you see your life with new eyes. I using the five steps to mental wellbeing – connect, learn, be active, notice, give.

I offer you, your group, organisation or business mindful and therapeutic photography walks, workshops, courses, training, coaching, and talks. Whenever appropriate, I work alongside health professionals, therapists and other professionals.

NEW: ‘Look Again Sunday mindful photography workshop with walk’

Starts 30 April 2017. Book now!

Every last Sunday of the month I will run a mindful photography workshop with walk. All abilities welcome.

When: 30 April
Time: 2.30 – 5.00 pm
Venue: 1 mile west of Stroud
Cost: £45 per person. Concessions available.

We will start the walk from a location close to Stroud. Starting venue and walk may change every month. Please call me on 07789 958895 or email ruth@look-again.org to find out more.

Who benefits from mindful and therapeutic photography?

Individuals can benefit from mindful and therapeutic photography on a one-to-one basis, as can clients and staff of charities, housing associations, schools, the public sector, health and community organisations, corporates, SMEs, sole traders, and social enterprises. Mindful and therapeutic photography is used to build resilient and healthy communities, and more productive places of work.

The walks, workshops and courses I offer benefit clients groups such as young people, families, people who live with or have lived with physical and mental health challenges (for example stress, anxiety and depression), dementia, homelessness, addiction, and eating disorders.

The training, coaching and talks I offer benefit individuals or staff who are undergoing stress and mental health challenges, as well as to groups of staff for team building and organisational development purposes.

Why do I offer mindful and therapeutic photography?

Look Again was launched in 2012 to bring together my passion for photography with 20 years experience as a project manager, facilitator and trainer working in international development, inner city regeneration, business and community development in London, West Africa, Bristol and Gloucestershire.

I developed my mindful and therapeutic approach to photography when I experienced mental health challenges some time back. I have lived experience of using photography, mindfulness and being in nature as part of my own road to recovery and now want to share the benefits of this approach with others.

Where does Look Again work?

Based in Stroud, I work mostly in Gloucestershire (Gloucester, Cheltenham and the Cotswolds) as well as Wiltshire, Oxfordshire, Wales, the Midlands, Bristol and other parts of the South West.