Use photography, mindfulness and nature to help your clients improve their wellbeing! Look Again workshops, courses and projects with charities and social enterprises help individuals and groups to look again at their lives, their work and the world around them.

 Workshop with young people from Open House in Stroud, in partnership with Creative Sustainability and the Cotswolds Canals Trust

Workshop with young people from Open House in Stroud, in partnership with Creative Sustainability and the Cotswolds Canals Trust

By focusing on looking and seeing, clients learn to notice the extraordinary in the ordinary. They experience the opposite of ‘snapping away’. The invisible becomes visible.

Workshops, courses and projects are centred around the ‘Five Ways to Wellbeing’: Connect, Learn, Be Active, Take Notice, and Give, with a particular focus on Take Notice. This model was developed by the New Economics Foundation and is now used nationally by the NHS.

As well as improve photography skills, mindfulness photography workshops and courses help your clients

improve their mental health and wellbeing

Increase confidence and self-esteem

become more focused

clarify their vision

communicate more effectively

tell their story

 

The photography side of things is kept simple, low tech and fun. Clients can use any device, from a mobile phone, tablet or a digital camera. The workshops are suitable for all abilities and levels of photography experience. Depending on the length of the workshop or course, photographs may be printed, framed, mounted and exhibited.

Look Again has a special interest in working with organisations in the field of

Mental health and wellbeing

Dementia

End of life care

Recovery

homelessness

Young people

For staff training, team building, organisational development and corporate work, please see Workshops for Business.

Cost: here is a price guide:

Please note cost varies depending on time, participant numbers, size and funding of organisation and location. Please note these are not-for-profit prices for client-based work. If funding is a problem for your organisation, please contact me to discuss options and possible funding available. 

½ day workshop: £200 - £300

1 day workshop: £350 - £450

6 week course: £900 (£150/weekly 2 hour session) - £1,200 (£200/weekly 3 hour session) 

Bespoke workshops, courses and projects are available. Costs will vary.

Please contact me on 07789 958895 or email ruth@look-again.org to discuss further. 

Starting June 2018

FREE 6-week mindfulness with photography courses on referral for people with mental health challenges

 Finding Focus arts on referral course with Artlift. Photo taken April 2018.

Finding Focus arts on referral course with Artlift. Photo taken April 2018.

The Pavilion, Museum in the Park, Stroud, Gloucestershire 

'FINDING FOCUS PHOTOGRAPHY FOR WELLBEING' COURSES. FREE ARTS ON REFERRAL WITH ARTS AND HEALTH CHARITY ARTLIFT.

6 WEEK COURSES STARTING 5 JUNe, 11 SEP, and early 2019

13:00 - 15:00 every Tuesday. 

Use photography with mindfulness to slow down and improve your health and wellbeing. See top of this page for a description of this approach to photography and what to expect on the workshop. More information is also on the booking details. 

Cost: FREE on referral from a GP or other health practitioner or support worker, with thanks to Big Lottery funding.  

If you have clients who may be interested and would benefit from learning mindful photography to help improve their mental health and wellbeing, please contact me on 07789 958895 or email Artlift directly on referrals@artlift.org.

Case studies and testimonials

 Workshop with the Recovery College, NHS 2gether Trust, Gloucestershire

Workshop with the Recovery College, NHS 2gether Trust, Gloucestershire

The Recovery College, NHS 2gether Trust, Gloucestershire

A mindfulness photography workshop exploring how slowing down and taking notice of colour, texture, shapes and patterns, both inside and in nature, can help improve wellbeing.

I have always found mindfulness walking really helpful, but the mindfulness photography took it to another level. As we concentrated on what we wanted to take a photo of, I was not aware of any intrusive thoughts and I found it very relaxing. Doing it as a group was also very powerful. I went home feeling very relaxed and happy. Thank you for delivering a great course and I hope to see you again soon.
— Jane McGraham, Recovery College, NHS 2gether Trust, Gloucestershire
 Participant with dementia on mindful photography workshop at Franklyn Hospital, Exeter

Participant with dementia on mindful photography workshop at Franklyn Hospital, Exeter

Franklyn Hospital, Exeter, Devon Partnership, NHS Trust

a mindful and therapeutic photography workshop for people with dementia. Participants explored the Belvedere Ward sensory garden using thier vision to look again at colour, texture, patterns and light.

“Ruth’s sensory approach to running a photography workshop for people living with dementia was a great success. She created a cohesive, shared group experience which enabled everyone to feel ‘grounded’, with a heightened sense of awareness of ‘being in the moment’. Participants demonstrated the ability to make creative decisions and aesthetic choices, expressing these both verbally and through the camera lens. Outcomes included improved mood, increased self-esteem, improved engagement in other activities and social interaction, increased awareness amongst staff of the person’s ‘story’, positive response from relatives on seeing that their loved one had been engaged in meaningful creative activity, and sharing good practice with others through an exhibition and publicity, thus challenging negative perceptions of people with dementia.”
— Carrie Clarke, Occupational Therapist
 Participant, Howling Mad Wolfman, on a three-day photography workshop with Crisis in Oxford

Participant, Howling Mad Wolfman, on a three-day photography workshop with Crisis in Oxford

Crisis, Oxford

A three-day photography workshop working with people experiencing homelessness in Oxford. We looked again at the theme of living and dying as part of the 'Kicking the Bucket Festival'

“Ruth is skilled at recognising the creative potential in every participant in her workshops. She genuinely appreciates each participant’s images equally, a rare gift. Participants really responded to her recognition of each individual and grew over the course of the three days in confidence, and self esteem. One participant in particular had struggled to even stay in the room in the beginning, but by the end was making comments about her own work – a remarkable change.”
— Rebecca Burton, Crisis
“Great project! Great method of teaching! Fully enjoyed it, everything about it! The course has not only helped me learn about photography but also how I think about my life. It will help me move forward with me life!!!”
— Howling Mad Wolfman, participant
“Inspiration is what’s left with me. It’s always good learning something new in life. I’ve developed looking and thinking about things around me.”
— Trang Ha, participant
“Looking again was calming and relaxing, taking a holiday from stress.”
— Martin Blackwell, participant
 Workshop with parents at the Link Children's Centre in Gloucester, working with Barnardos

Workshop with parents at the Link Children's Centre in Gloucester, working with Barnardos

Gloucestershire Arts For Schools

Two workshops working with the Link Children’s Centre, run by Barnardos, in Gloucester, working with the parents, expanding their skills with the camera and photographing their children.

“I can recommend Ruth as committed, sincere, thorough, hard working, a good people person and fun to be with. She is a talented photographer and has organised workshops to pass on her skills to others. She was a great hit with everyone concerned – parents and children and with the organisers at the Link Children’s Centre. I would highly recommend her both as a photographer and to run workshops to pass on her skills.”
— Fran Webber, Director

Other workshops with communities, charities and social enterprises in Gloucester, Stonehouse, and Stroud: