Mindful Photography Workshops from Touching the Light

Joy of Seeing – Manzac d’en Bas

Manzac d'en Bas

A Mindful Photography Week at Manzac d’en Bas

Manzac d’en Bas is run by Giles and Louise Nevill, who have been offering painting holidays and artists retreats since 2008. In 2014 they have incorporated photography holidays, and we are thrilled to be among the first to run our courses there.

Manzac d’en Bas is blessed with a wide variety of locations within easy reach, including mediaeval french villages with their markets, Cathar castles, mountain lakes and views of the Pyrenees.

Manzac d’en Bas website

Rediscover the Joy of Seeing

“The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera” – Dorothea Lange

This photography week with a difference is a wonderful way to bring ourselves into the present moment, to experience fully and to rediscover the beauty in everyday things around us. By being mindful and immersing ourselves in our surroundings, photographs will flow to us naturally.

We will learn to notice when we see something, to ask “what stopped me” and to REALLY see what is there for what it is, without judgement. Making the photograph is just the final step.

The practice of photography can be a joyful and therapeutic pastime in itself, allowing us to express ourselves and ideas in new and individual ways.

Some of the ideas we work with include:

  • putting aside our preconceptions about what makes for “good” photography
  • being mindful and in the moment
  • letting go – learning to see without judgement
  • understanding core principles of visual design, which help us to arrange our subject matter
  • taking part in exercises and assignments, some as a group and others designed uniquely for you as an individual
  • uncovering blocks and unhelpful self-talk that prevent us from expressing ourselves fully
  • sharing, talking, laughing, relaxing: creating the right conditions for good creative flow

Read more about our workshop approach

Manzac d’en Bas

Everything you need to know about Manzac d’en Bas can be found on this special page below:

  • Manzac d'en Bas

    Manzac d’en Bas, Ariège, France

    Manzac d'en Bas is a 160-year-old former farm set in the tranquil countryside of the Ariège in south-west France between Toulouse and the Pyrenees. Owners Giles and Louise Nevill have been hosting painting holidays and artist retreats here since 2008.

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L’Ariège is a department of France located in the Midi-Pyrenees region of the southwest, between Toulouse and the Pyrenees. Unspoiled and largely undiscovered, l’Ariège is rich in scenic beauty, culture and history. Read more about this delightful area region on the special page below:

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11-17 May 2018

- Complete

9-15 October 2019

- Available


  • £300 per photographer per week plus accommodation and flights
    Early booking discounts on course fees available until end 2018
  • Accommodation at Manzac: €835 per person single / €750 sharing


Please contact us with all enquiries about this holiday. We will arrange for booking forms to be sent to you.

For full details of accommodation, please see Manzac d’en Bas website.


  • 6 nights’ accommodation
  • All meals at Manzac d’en Bas
  • Photography coaching on five days
  • Airport transfers
  • Transportation during the week

Not Included

  • Flights / travel to Ariège
  • Two meals out locally
  • Your personal travel and liability insurances (compulsory)