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Mindful photography

Facilitator: Ruth Davey

This unique approach offers a blend of mindfulness & photography. By combining these with being outdoors in nature,  you will learn how to deal with anxiety, stay mentally well, and build resilience. During this time of global uncertainty, explore creative ways of seeing and experiencing what is happening around you.

* Please note that this is an online course, delivered via Zoom.

Event time: Wed 1st Jul 2020 at 9:30am - Wed 8th Jul 2020 at 11:30am

At a glance

  • Photography course with a difference
  • A blend of photography, mindfulness and being in nature
  • Creativity for wellbeing, mental health & resilience
  • Please note this is an introduction to the Look Again methodology.

What participants will gain

  • New ways of seeing and being in nature
  • Tools for managing fear, anxiety and depression and building resilience
  • Introductory skills for therapy, counselling or support work

The two sessions will follow Ruth Davey’s tried and tested Look Again methodology. Backed by research from the University of Gloucestershire, her approach is adapted to suit the current circumstances. All activities are kept simple and are suitable for you to do at home or in your garden during the ongoing period of restrictions. All you need is a smartphone or camera.

A theme each week

Every week we explore a theme that encourages creativity and insight:

All sessions start at 9.30am BST and finish at 11.30am BST

Session 1: Wednesday 1 July – Learn to see with fresh eyes – new perspectives

Session 2: Wednesday 8 July – Connection and dealing with change

Each session includes elements from the Look Again methodology:

  •   Time for quiet and stillness.
  •   Where and when possible, a connection with nature.
  •   Simple mindfulness practices focusing on the attitudes of mindfulness such as curiosity, non-judgement and compassion
  •   The Look Again ‘7Cs+ framework’ for building resilience.
  •   Therapeutic, participatory and creative approaches to photography.
  •   The Five Ways to Wellbeing as used throughout the NHS.
  •   Conversation, feedback and reflection.

Feel better and take action

The variety of exercises will demonstrate how to slow down and stay calm. In this way, you will find ways to deal with fear and anxiety when difficult emotions arise. With practices to build resilience and become more adaptable, you will feel more in charge and able to take positive action.

Who is the course for?

This course is for adults of any age, background or ability who might be anxious, fearful or feeling low about COVID-19 and all the uncertainty that comes with it. If you are a coach, therapist, mindfulness teacher or other practitioner, you will find it a useful technique to explore and add to your toolbox.

What this course is not:

  •  People often comment that this work is therapeutic. I must point out however that I am not a therapist and that the course is not a group therapy session.
  •  This course is not a digital photography course and it’s not about the technical side. It’s about slowing down, looking, looking again, and really seeing what is in front of us in the moment.

 

Price Options

£50 Standard
£65 Support Hawkwood

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Practical Information

For this course, you will need a digital camera or smartphone for taking pictures.

The course will be held in real time with the tutors via the Zoom platform. Sign up to this platform is free. You will need a laptop, computer, tablet or a smartphone – with an in-built camera and microphone – and a reliable internet connection. We will provide more information and joining instructions in advance of the first session.


The course is the same for both prices; please choose the level you can afford. Know that each booking you make is financially supporting our charity and facilitators and tutors, most of which have had to cancel all of their upcoming work. Thank you!

Ruth Davey

Ruth Davey launched Look Again in 2012 to bring together her love of photography with 30 years experience of working as a project manager, facilitator and trainer internationally contexts and in business and community development,
A few years ago, as a way of recovering from a mental health issue, she combined the things she enjoys the most - photography, nature, walking and mindfulness. This helped her to see her life with fresh eyes in ways that nothing else did.

She now runs mindful photography courses and training programmes for individuals and organisations – in person and online - to help people improve their mental health, wellbeing and resilience. Clients include Canon, the NHS, Gloucestershire County Council, the National Trust, and The University of the West of England, and businesses. Ruth is fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts (FRSA) and is currently shortlisted for the Culture Arts and Wellbeing Alliance’s Climate Change Award. Her key values are equality, integrity and courage. She also undertakes photography commissions.

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Testimonials

“Ruth is a highly competent person who has a natural ability to relate to a wide range of people. She is always approachable, kind and patient. She is full of compassion for others and demonstrates the principles of mindfulness. Her photography is very inspiring too."

- V.S.

“This is such a positive antidote to the circumstances we are experiencing at the moment. It helped me see the greatness in very small things.”

- Paula Jones

“It encouraged me to see that with the right frame, we can transform our environment, outlook and sense of possibility.”

- Amanda Powell

“I would advocate this activity as a grounding, life affirming process of reconnection with the fundamentals of life. The course shows it’s possible to have a truly positive group experience of love and connection, even online.”

- Stephen Moore, Project Leader, Age UK Gloucestershire

“I now have a tool kit for my creativity and mental health that I use every day. It kick started my recovery and fuels it all the time.”