Use photography with mindfulness to help both students and staff slow down and see their lives with new eyes. Benefit from a creative way to improve mental health and wellbeing, self esteem, confidence, focus, creativity and motivation.

Workshops, courses, training and INSET at universities, FE colleges, secondary, primary and special schools. Focus on Stroud, Gloucestershire, the Cotswolds and Bristol. 

 

Mindful photography workshops for students

Photos: Mindful photography workshops for photography students at Archway School in Stroud, students on a Enrichment Week at Stroud High School, and students from the Creative and Therapeutic Arts Degree at the University of South Wales.

Students discover a new approach to the art of photography. Using cameras or mobile phones, they learn to slow down and see their life at school, college or university with new eyes. They explore their relationship with themselves, each other and the natural and built environment. 

Students learn to really take notice and see the extraordinary in the ordinary. They experience the opposite of 'snapping away'. As well as improve their photography skills, the workshops helps them reduce stress and improve their wellbeing. 

Look Again workshops and courses are centered on the 'Five Steps to Wellbeing', developed by the News Economics Foundation and used by the NHS:

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

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

Students benefit from improved:

 

mental health and wellbeing

confidence and self-esteem

clarity, focus, creativity and motivation 

connection with self and others 

awareness of your own story and that of others

photography skills!

 

Cost

Student workshop: £250 - £450. Price varies depending on location, numbers and timings.

 

mindful photography 6-8 week Courses Also available

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

See below for staff workshops and training.

Happy clients

The workshop helped me to view things with a different eye and see more. I want to go out and do it again when I am stressed. It felt like I was taking some control over life. Students deal with loneliness, depression and many other factors like having to live on little and having to work on top of doing university work. I am also dyslexic.
— Student on Creative and Therapeutic Arts degree at University of South Wales
I think it’s a good tool that people can do on their own so they don’t need 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 poopoo 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
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
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
The 6th form students benefitted from a completely different approach to photography through taking part in Ruth’s Mindfulness photography masterclass. It allowed students to stop, think and shoot slower. The students thoroughly enjoyed this and the benefits of more thoughtful compositions and fresh enjoyment in their work is still evident.
— Hannah Bullock, Art Teacher, Archway Secondary School, Stroud
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
We like it because it allows you to go outside and be near nature and see things you would not get to see every day normally – and it means you don’t feel trapped inside. It’s nice to be in the fresh air.
— Emily & Georgia, Gastrells Primary School, Stroud

Mindful photography training for staff

Photos: mindful photography workshops for staff at Claremont Special School in Bristol, Cirencester College, Milestones Special School in Stonehouse, and home educators in the Stroud area. 

Teachers and other members of staff use photography, mindfulness, and where possible nature, to slow down, and learn to see their lives at school with new eyes. They explore their relationship with themselves and each other. This is a reflective, restorative time for staff as well as learning opportunity. Staff can also use this as an opportunity to clarify their vision of the school and to look again at any they are working there. 

Teachers and other staff benefit from improved:

MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLBEING

CLARITY AND FOCUS

INTERNAL AND EXTERNAL COMMUNICATION

CREATIVITY, motivation AND PRODUCTIVITY

TEAM BUILDING

Cost guide

Staff training: £450 - £750. Price varies depending on location, numbers and timings. 

 

TALKS and photography commissions Also available

Talks: Interactive mindfulness photography talks for conferences, AGMs etc. See examples here.

Photography commissions: ask me to mindfully tell your story! See portfolio here.

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

Happy clients

Enjoyable and relaxing. Reinforced an interest and inclination in ‘slow’ living.

Good to get time out, thinking and looking. Walking was great.

Great workshop – looking again I always saw something new.

I loved the workshop, very relaxing. I’ve learnt a lot and will practise breathing.
— Staff from the University of West of England
The training encouraged me to take time to see things and appreciate where I work and why I am here.

Mindful photography makes me appreciate the world around me and step into my own world of calm – to escape everyday stresses. It gave me new ideas about how to deal with my stress and depression at work and at home.

I really enjoyed the workshop. It has relaxed me and made me feel more creative. It’s given me a different way of viewing what I see.

— Staff from Claremont Special School, Bristol
It keeps the body calm and rids the brain of clutter.

It encouraged me to slow down and take a closer look. It may have even encouraged me to take a lunch break from time to time!

I am discovering a creative side in me that I had never taken the time to explore. This could be a great way to start.

Very peaceful, simple approach, no pressure.
— Staff from Cirencester College, Gloucestershire