Discover a mindful approach to the art of photography in beautiful natural surrounding in the Cotswolds, Gloucestershire, Bristol and other parts of the UK. Slow down, learn to look and really see, and improve your wellbeing. Use your smart phone or camera.

In my Look Again workshops you slow down and use photography, mindfulness, and walking to look again at the world around you. You learn to take notice in the present moment, and see the extraordinary in the ordinary. You experience the opposite of 'snapping away'. As well as improve your photography skills, the workshops help you reduce stress and improve your wellbeing. 

Generally we start off in an indoor space, and explore how to look and see differently, before going on a gentle walk around the chosen venue, taking photos in a calm and mindful way of the beautiful environment of inspiring and peaceful places. 

The photography side of things is kept simple, low tech and fun. You can use any device you choose - a mobile phone, tablet or digital camera. The workshops are suitable for all abilities and levels of photography experience. I advise about certain technical aspects if required, but the focus is very much on looking and seeing, and creating photographs while being in the present moment. You do not need previous experience of mindfulness. 

If you would like me to run a workshop at a venue of your choice, please do give me a call on 07789 958895. I am always looking for new opportunities and love to travel around the UK and beyond!

Currently taking bookings for mindfulness photography workshops at Westonbirt Arboretum, Slimbridge Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust, Arnos Vale Cemetery, ... See below for details.

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Slimbridge Wildfowl and Wetland Trust, Nr Stroud, Gloucestershire

Mindful Photography for Wellbeing: Slow Down and See Slimbridge WWT with Fresh Eyes

20 June 2018 10:00am - 13:00pm or 14:00- 17:00pm.

Cost: £45 Only to 10 places per session.

In this workshop you slow down and use photography, mindfulness, and walking to look again at Slimbridge WWT. Experience the opposite of 'snapping away'. Go on a gentle walk around the site, taking photos in a calm and mindful way. As well as improve your photography skills, the workshop helps you reduce stress and improve your wellbeing. The photography side of things is kept simple, low tech and fun. You can use any device you choose, from a mobile phone, tablet or a digital camera. The workshop is suitable for all abilities and levels of photography experience.

See top of this page for a longer description of this approach to photography and what to expect on the workshop. More information is also on the booking details. 

"I enjoyed the idea of taking a different approach to what I would normally look at. It’s completely different to how I normally work and I can see so many more possibilities now. I can really see the benefit of slowing down and considering alternate approaches to photography." Katie Randall, Slimbridge WWT workshop participant

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Photography with Mindfulness workshop at Arnos Vale Cemetery, Bristol

Discover a mindful approach to the art of photography in the stunning grounds of Arnos Vale. Learn to look and really see!

Thu 28 Jun 10:00 - 12:30

Cost: £55 (early bird until 28 May) £65 full price. 10 places only. BOOK NOW BELOW!

Thu 18 Oct, 10:30 - 15:00

Also Fri 25 Jan 2019,  Thu 25 Apr 2019, Thu 11 Jul 2019 

Cost: £85 10 places only. BOOK NOW BELOW!

In this workshop you slow down and use photography, mindfulness, and walking to look again at the world around you. You learn to take notice in the present moment, and see the extraordinary in the ordinary. You experience the opposite of 'snapping away'. As well as improve your photography skills, the workshop helps you reduce stress and improve your wellbeing. 

You start off indoors, in the Spielman Centre, exploring how to look and see differently, before going on a gentle walk around Arnos Vale Cemetery, taking photos in a calm and mindful way of the beautiful environment of this truly inspiring and peaceful place. 

The photography side of things is kept simple, low tech and fun. You can use any device you choose - mobile phone, tablet or a digital camera. The workshop is suitable for all abilities and levels of photography experience. Ruth will advise about certain technical aspects if required, but the focus is very much on looking and seeing, and creating photographs while being in the present moment. You do not need previous experience of mindfulness. 

“A good reminder to slow down and make each photo count or mean something. The workshop reminded me to see the beauty in things I would normally walk past and not notice.” Marcus Clark

“Such a lovely workshop, bringing together two areas I feel really passionate about – basic techniques of mindfulness and photography. I have always found photography relaxing but maybe not realised why. Now Iwill be able to build on this and enjoy my hobby even more.” Hannah Bemand

“It was good to be at the cemetery - it's a very evocative place and perfect for the workshop. It encouraged me to take time to focus in on things; to consider things in detail; to relax and enjoy the process of taking photos rather than stress about the camera etc.” Jill Humphrey

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Connect with New Eyes, Stroud Community Farm, Hawkwood College, Nr Stroud

FIND DEEP CONNECTION TO NATURE THROUGH PHOTOGRAPHY. In collaboration with Peter Gill, Living Focusing

Sat 30 June 10:00-4:00

Cost: £75

Are you longing to feel more alive, creative and connected to yourself and to the natural world?
Do you enjoy photography and want to explore it as away to connect more to the natural world?
Can our smartphone or camera be a source of connection rather than distraction?
Can we use technology to bring us closer to nature?

Through awareness practices, mindfulness, playful explorations, time both together and alone in nature, we will immerse ourselves in the exploration of using photography and our amazing human senses to connect more with the natural world, ourselves, and each other. We will see the extraordinary in the ordinary and experience the opposite of 'snapping away'. 

We will start off inside the Round House at Stroud Community Farm in the grounds of Hawkwood College, before going on a gentle walk of less than a mile, through woods and meadows to Folly Wood, a community owned woodland.

For more information and to book, please go to our co-creators site Living Focusing

 Photo: Photography with Mindfulness Workshop at Westonbirt Arboretum 28 April 2018

Photo: Photography with Mindfulness Workshop at Westonbirt Arboretum 28 April 2018

Westonbirt Arboretum, Nr Tetbury in the Cotswolds

photography with Mindfulness. Discover a different approach to this art. Workshops held in the stunning grounds of Westonbirt Arboretum

 14 July, 13 October 2018 (other dates coming soon)

10:30 - 16:00

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. 

“I really enjoyed the photography workshop at Westonbirt Arboretum. It showed me how to look at things from a different perspective. It has shown me to slow down and really look rather than just point and shoot.” J. Wright

“During the afternoon at Westonbirt, I took some photos that normally would be outside of my comfort zone. The light made the colours pop! I loved the environment. Each time I do one of these workshops with Ruth, I see things differently or see things that I would not normally notice.” Paula Jones

Cost: £95 per session. BOOK NOW. Only 9 places per workshop.

 Plants on the bank of the Stroudwater Canal

Plants on the bank of the Stroudwater Canal

Make It Studios, First Floor, Block 2,  Fromehall Mill, Lodgemore Lane, Stroud GL5 3EH

Mindful photography course coming soon

late Spring-Summer 2018 Date to be confirmed

More info and booking details to follow soon.

 

COMING SOON: mindfulness photography workshops and courses at new venues in Stroud, Gloucestershire, The Cotswolds and Bristol.

Venues, dates and times tBC

 

Commission your own photography with mindfulness workshop

Contact me on 07789 958895 or ruth@look-again.org if you would like me to run a mindful photography workshop at a venue and date to suit you. I am happy to facilitate one-to-one workshops as well as for groups of your choice. I can suggest a number of fantastic walks in beautiful places if you are stuck for ideas!

 

Photographs and testimonials from previous Mindful Photography workshops with The National Trust, Hawkwood College, and others in Stroud in Gloucestershire and The Cotswolds:

I loved the workshop - the breathing and mindfulness was very calming and really helped me to see things from a new perspective. I will take away the need to pause and look again before I start to take photos.
— Jason Conway
I saw things I wouldn’t have noticed. Looking closely paradoxically linked me to the wider world and current issues.
— Lizzie Baker
It reminded me of the beauty to be found in stopping, looking closely at the unexpected. Such an important starting point for finding more happiness.
— Jennifer Barton
“It has shown me the photographic possibilities and mental health benefits of slowing down and looking carefully.”
— Mike Walsh
“I loved it - a great way to unwind, look at the everyday in a whole new way. The pedestrian becomes extraordinary.”
— Nicky Connors
“Seeing the photo has always been my difficulty and this Look Again workshop helped me.”
— David Calvert
“Fantastic. Different perspective. An opening of the Eyes.”
— Simon Hunter