Mindful Photography Sessions

Combine the healing practice of mindfulness with photography to find yourself in the moment.
Be prepared to experience transformation, awakening, and joy in an inspiring exploration of higher consciousness in day-to-day life.

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Find yourself in the moment with Mindful Photography.

Mindful Photography combines the healing practice of mindfulness with photography to experience transformation, awakening, and joy, in an inspiring exploration of higher consciousness in day-to-day life.

To live fully, live lovingly in this world, to walk this pathless adventure called life with understanding, we must learn to read the inner essence of a landscape. To find any sense of perfection we must learn to master our own inner landscape.

One Glorious Day, by Melanie Gow

Mindfulness

Mindfulness is the aware, balanced acceptance of the emotions thoughts, and sensations occurring in the present moment.

The Earth Whispers, Listen Carefully - taken by Melanie Gow, on her exceptional 33 day walk with her two sons over the Pyrenees and across Spain for 800km to Santiago de Compostela

Photography

Photography is the art of noticing a moment, at its essence it is a personal conversation with the world around you.

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Mindful Photography is a gentle, creative and powerful tool that helps you understand the meaning for you in what you notice, and practice the art of bringing awareness to the subconscious.

“Highly recommended – in fact, it should come with a warning; it is very likely to be inspiring and life-changing
Angela Johnson

In asking what it is you are seeing, and why, explore the reasons you take a photograph of one unique moment over others and learn more about how you think and feel.

Mindful Photography will help you to be more observant, contribute to finding your “voice”, and improve the quality of your relationship with yourself, and your interaction with the world around you.

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According to the philosophers of Ancient Greece to strive to ‘know yourself’ was the highest purpose, for the Buddhists knowing yourself is true wisdom, mastering yourself is true power. Most spiritual practices and social sciences speak of the importance of self-knowledge.

While we all have some ideas about who we are, the knowledge we have is often patchy and unconnected, and we have few opportunities to be guided in reflecting on our interaction with our world.

Mindful Photography is a gentle practice that creates a feedback loop with your sub-conscious.

Mindful Photography puts self-awareness into your hands.

Enjoy a one-to-one Mindful Photography session
from as little as £45 for two hours
half-mornings available

Take a Mindful Photography walk
for £20
group discounts available

Mindful Photography Workshops
half days from as little as £25 per person, minimum 5 people

PLEASE CONTACT ME IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN FINDING OUT MORE, OR BOOKING A SESSION

“Out of yourself such a journey will lead you to your self. It leads to transformation of dust into pure gold!” Jalāl ad-Dīn Rūmī

Imagine what could happen if you backed yourself and walked the talk. I'm in the business of inspiring people to walk the talk. My coaching is not for the faint of heart, it's for those who want to wake up and unleash a dream. Imagine what could happen if you backed yourself and Walked the Talk, Leap of Faith by Melanie Gow

In its nature, and by intention, Mindful Photography is known as a heuristic approach to self-awareness and self-discovery; it employs methods not expected to be optimal or perfect, but right for the immediate goals. It can help with anxiety, stress, anger, fear, hurt, guilt, depression, self-esteem, and grief, and surprising breakthroughs are not unusual.

Mindful Photography Case Study : Andrew

He fell silent as the simple beauty of that sank in and he slowly nodded, as he saw he was accepted he fought back tears.

Mindful Photography Workshop, with Melanie Gow, Norden Farm, September 2015

Mindful photography is all about opening up to the experience of seeing more than focussing on what you’re looking at, and finding yourself in a moment; realising why you notice a particular moment and what it means to you.

By coming to understand the essence of the landscape consciously, and your personal relationship with it, you begin to master your inner landscape.

*Andrew opened the introductions by telling us he and his wife used to do everything together, they rode motorbikes and took a trip all down the west coast of America, and another around Vietnam.

They have been married forever and had two daughters, but she contracted Alzheimers, and then breast cancer. She beat the breast cancer, but of course she’s left with a degenerative memory and diminishing ability to function. Although he fulfils his duty to her care, Andrew described it as a living death with someone who doesn’t know who he is, and “There is nothing left of my wife.”

It was a very powerful outburst. Andrew apologised, and qualified it by saying that if he didn’t say it all then nothing would come out. He was here because he was trying to find a life again, his daughters had told him he had to be more mindful. He had tried to write down what he was grateful for at the end of every day but, he lost interest after three days as he felt; “I have nothing to be grateful for.”

Here was a man who was so closely enmeshed in relationship to someone else, someone he had built his entire adult life around, that he had no clear idea of who he was on his own.

Yet, he had a battle fury in his eyes, and a passion to his frustration that was desperately seeking a way through his darkness. He wanted to get out and feel alive again, find out who he was, but he was tethered by care and unfamiliar with the language of where he found himself.

He was in the class because he discovered his daughters would take over the supervision of their mother for something they approved of, in this case mindfulness, and he needed time for himself.

He still rode his bike, he was wearing his leather jacket covered with the emblems of adventure, the insignia of how far he had travelled with someone else. He carried his helmet, he was early and he reached out to greet me with a clear-eyed eagerness for life. All while he told me, “My old life has no worth now.”

Mixed Media and Printing Taster Day in the Barn at Norden Farm
The barn at Norden Farm taken by me at another time; when I took a multimedia art workshop with artist, Caroline Crawford.

The final exercise of the workshop was to go out and take a photograph that was meaningful right now, that spoke to you personally, and tell its story. Andrew chose a photograph of the exposed, vaulted timber ceiling structure in Norden Farm barn; and he talked of the craftsmanship of the old beam work. It was no surprise that he started out in life as an engineer, he also told us he had a shed full of useless stuff he couldn’t throw away, “but whenever my daughters need something fixing I love solving it with all the bits I’ve got lying around.”

His face burst with a real light as he went on to say he loved finding a purpose for things that seemed useless to others, or repurposing something that was no longer wanted. At this point I reflected back to him that was the same with his old life; it had worth then, and worth now in being repurposed. Just like the old beams that were now being used in the beautiful open roof structure of Norden Farm that he had just photographed.

He fell silent as the simple beauty of that sank in and he slowly nodded, as he saw he was accepted he fought back tears.

He stayed back at the end of class to tell me about a spiritual experience he and his wife had with the Navajo when they were touring America with 27 other Hells Angels. Now fancy that, a Hells Angel having the courage to gently opening himself up and be vulnerable in a teeny Mindful Photography class in Berkshire – and finding everything he was had worth, and what he had to look forward to was finding the new purpose.

* Identities have been changed to rightly protect the privacy of individuals