There’s a lot of pressure on school pupils and students at colleges and universities these days, and concerns about stress, anxiety, burnout and even suicide are on the rise. Mindful photography is a creative way to improve mental health and wellbeing, and to boost self-esteem, confidence, focus, creativity and motivation.

My workshops and courses combine photography with mindfulness to help pupils and students slow down, reduce anxiety and stress, and see their lives with fresh eyes. 

I run workshops, courses, and training sessions at universities, further education colleges, and at secondary, primary and special schools, with a focus on Stroud, Gloucestershire, the Cotswolds and Bristol.

All Look Again training is centred around the five ways to wellbeing that are used throughout 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

Participants develop a new approach to photography – learning to see their life at school, college or university with new eyes, and to notice the extraordinary in the everyday. They explore their relationship with themselves, each other and the world around them.

The photography side of things is kept simple, low tech and fun. Students can use any device they choose, and the workshops are suitable for all ages and abilities.

Students attending my workshops and training benefit from improved:

  • mindset, mental health and wellbeing

  • confidence and self-esteem

  • communication skills

  • clarity, creativity, vision and focus

  • photography skills

  • team building

  • motivation and productivity

  • connections with self, others and the planet

Get in touch to talk to me about training and workshops for your students.

See here for training for teachers and staff in universities, colleges and schools.

What participants say…

“I hadn’t thought before about the cross-over between mindfulness and photography, but it’s very powerful. I felt very calm and grounded, which is a feeling that I’d like to replicate as often as possible! Young people often struggle with bad self-esteem, anxiety or depression, and eating disorders. Mindful photography is a fab way to help!”
— Grace Spencer, year 12, Stroud High School
“It’s a good tool that people can do on their own without the support of someone else. When you’re suffering with mental health difficulties, you’re often reliant on other people to make you do things and to push you. Whereas this is something that only need take seconds at times and people can do on their own.”
— Student on Creative and Therapeutic Arts degree at University of South Wales
“It’s great for engaging everybody – especially men. Some people poo-poo mindfulness. The photography side of it engages everybody and makes it more accessible.”
— Student on Creative and Therapeutic Arts degree at University of South Wales
“There is a lot of anxiety and stress, often from exams or schoolwork, and mindful photography offers a way to escape and just to slow down.”
— Isla Boyes-Harris, year 10, Stroud High School
“Outdoor learning allows the environment to support the children’s development, both academic and social, complementing the work which occurs in the classroom.”
— Katie Merriman, Head Teacher, Gastrells Primary School, Stroud