Use photography, mindfulness and nature to help people improve their mental health and wellbeing, increase confidence and self esteem, as well as become more focused, motivated and creative.

Look Again workshops, courses and projects help individuals and groups to look again at their lives, their work, their community and the world around them. We help people tell their stories effectively and meaningfully. 

We work with charities, social enterprises and community organisations and have a special interest in mental health, dementia, end of life, homelessness, recovery and young people.

Photos of workshops with Carers Gloucestershire, Tetbury Youth and Community Trust, The Gloucestershire Recovery College, West Norwood Cemetery, and Creative Sustainability and Open House in Stroud.

 

Look Again workshops, courses and projects are centered around the 'Five Ways to Wellbeing'developed by the News Economics Foundation and used nationally by the NHS:

  • CONNECT with self, others and nature
  • GIVE your photos, your inspiration, your presence
  • LEARN photography, communication and mindfulness skills
  • BE ACTIVE and enjoy walking in nature
  • TAKE NOTICE observe and appreciate the beauty all around us

The benefits of mindful photography

  • Slow down and improve your health and wellbeing
  • Build stronger connections with your community
  • Clarify your vision – why do you do what you do? 
  • What is your story and what does this look like? 
  • Learn to take more effective photos for use on your website, social media, in printed material, and for evaluation purposes.
  • Learn simple ideas and tips that you can use in your day to day life and share with others

The photography side of things is kept simple, low tech and fun. People 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.

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

Cost

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

1 day workshop: £350 - £450

1/2 day workshop: £250 - £300

6 week course: £1200 (£200/weekly session)

 

Bespoke workshops, courses and projects are also available. 

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

FREE 6-week 'FINDING FOCUS' photography with mindfulness courses for people with mental health challenges

Photos from Artlift 'Finding Focus' courses 2018

Next course STARTs 11 SEP 2019, 13:00 - 15:00 on Tuesdays

The Pavilion, Museum in the Park, Stroud, Gloucestershire 

In collaboration with ARTS AND HEALTH CHARITY ARTLIFT, and funded by The Big Lottery's Awards for All

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.

Cost

FREE on referral from a GP, other health practitioner or support worker.

Mindful photography reminds me to stop, breathe and admire the beauty all around me. It has improved my mental health. It keeps me more in the present and less in false worry. It has encouraged me to get close and really admire what I’m seeing. I feel as though my photography has improved. Mindful photography really calms me and gives me an inner peace that I don’t get from anywhere else.
— Artlift participant
I like the combining of photography with mindfulness. I enjoyed the relaxed approach to the course and the way Ruth held the space was great. After living a big full life and being reduced to a small square, it has been great to be able to see just how full a small square can be when applying mindfulness photography. I’ve learnt how to make the ordinary and mundane extraordinary.
— Artlift participant

Case studies

 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.

When you are in recovery, in hospital, this can give a sense of purpose and a great way to get the patient out of their room, interacting with people and gaining confidence again. This can get people into the garden and outside taking pictures and make them aware of other things. It can help to raise their self esteem and help them feel more inspired.
— Workshop participant
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 their 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