Mindful Photography Workshops and Holidays
Our Workshops – The Joy of Seeing
Manzac d'en Bas is a lovingly restored French farmhouse in the Ariège - one of France's best kept secrets - characterised by mediaeval villages, Cathar castles and a traditional way of life in a magnificent landscape in the foothills of the Pyrenees.
Cortijo Romero is a breathtakingly beautiful alternative holiday centre like no other; in a magnificent Andalucian mountain setting with delightful accommodation and delicious healthy food in one of the most inspiring and uplifting areas in the world.
Explore the magical Alpujarras of Spain on a unique, mindful photography week at La Estrellita, in the the foothills of Spain's highest mountains, where white Andalucian villages dot the hillsides under cobalt skies and dazzling light.
“The Joy of Seeing”
Our “Joy of Seeing” photography workshops / retreats go back to the fundamentals of seeing with a camera and rediscovering the beauty in everyday things and moments.
We understand that inspiration comes in part from being in a fresh and wonderful place. But our workshops provide much more than a guided tour; they are about your development as an artist, about finding your self-expression and artistic freedom.
We provide you with a space where you can invest in yourself and your photographic individuality. It will be a time for renewal of spirit and fresh outlooks; we will walk, explore, relax, socialise and share – and take a proper holiday, with great food and company.
By immersing ourselves in our surroundings and fully experiencing where we are, photographs will flow naturally.
Our mindful, photographer-centred approach allows you to see the world with fresh eyes and without judgement or preconception of what “good” photography should be. Not only will you make great photographs, images that are yours; you will come away with a new-found confidence in yourself and your photography.
2018 Workshop Dates
Regrettably, we are having to cancel our planned dates at La Estrellita in March 2018. Apologies to all who have shown interest. Cortijo Romero and Manzac d’en Bas are available.
Who Will Benefit?
As we work with you both one to one and in group sessions, our workshops are suitable for everyone from relative beginners to seasoned enthusiasts.
For beginners: you probably have an advantage because your eyes are fresh. Although it helps to have some knowledge of your camera, we will help you develop your seeing and to learn the principles of visual design and camera control as you go.
For enthusiasts: a fresh outlook could be the catalyst for a whole new phase in your work. Our “Joy of Seeing” approach could be the perfect creative tonic.
Our Workshop Approach
Wherever you go, there you are.
Our workshop approach is founded on mindfulness – bringing conscious attention to the present moment – and on the fundamentals of visual design in images. We encourage self expression and letting go of preconceptions of what ‘good’ photography might be.
And we provide individual coaching in a group setting.
Your lead coach is Ken Scott, a highly-experienced photographer well known for his images of mountain landscapes and light, and moments of everyday perception.
Ken is self-taught and has followed a responsive and mindful approach to photography for thirty-five years. He has been making at least one image every day for six and a half years – 2400 consecutive days – giving him an unparalleled insight into the ups and downs of creativity and the joy to be had in seeing with fresh eyes.
Ken is a well-respected presenter, writer and appraiser. He also coaches in several disciplines, including photography, sport and business.
Find out more about our locations in Spain and France
Really informative. Well planned. Great feedback – KG
Ken is very thorough, dedicated and committed to supporting us – an excellent course leader, massively knowledgeable and all round lovely human being – GB
Excellent. Did just what I needed which was to rethink my photography and be more mindful. A fun time with a lovely group. Ken provided perfectly pitched guidance and support to myself and the rest of the group.- VN
Perfect. I have thoroughly enjoyed the course and would do it again. Ken explains everything clearly and is non-judgemental – JH
Brilliant. Insightful, engaging, educational. A whole new way of photography – KH