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To discover wabi-sabi is to appreciate an enigmatic Japanese world view which promises to whisper wisdoms to those who slow down long enough to investigate, and approach with an open heart.

During this long weekend you will explore notions of unconventional beauty and a deeper kind of beauty. We encourage you to move away from the sensational photograph, instead opening to a quieter, undeclared beauty that waits patiently to be discovered, and finds singular beauty in unexpected places.

Breath-taking photography comes from being present in the moment. Today we spend increasing amounts of time indoors and online. This programme offers promotes slowing down and creating space in wild nature. You might think what has relaxing, slowing down and letting go of our expectations got to do with photography. As it turns out, everything. . When we become absorbed and when we bring this approach to photography new visual worlds open up.

Wabi Sabi is a hands-on experiential workshop, and includeS:

  • Taking a fresh look at your understanding of creativity and what it means to be a photographer today

  • Understanding how Mindful photography will help develop your photographic style

  • Exploring The Art of Seeing, “ In order to see we must forget the name of the thing we are looking at

  • Introduction to Mindful techniques and Nature Meditations, supporting you to drop into presence

  • Opening into The Art of Sauntering, inspired by John Muir's excellent quote on the subject

Broadly speaking, wabi-sabi is everything that today’s sleek, mass-produced, technology-saturated culture isn’t. It understands the tender, raw beauty of a grey December landscape and the aching elegance of an abandoned building or shed. It celebrates cracks and crevices and rot and all the other marks that time and weather and use leave behind.
— Robyn Lawrence

The natural surroundings of the Sibillini Mountains, famous for its breathtaking panoramas; mountains, lakes and gorges, offer an incredible resource and support to this work. Emerging research shows that Awe and Wonder, both of which abound in they region, supports health and well-being alongside inspiring incredible photographic images. It is here that we will spend our days together, focusing on new ways of seeing, making and reflecting on our images.

No previous experience of mindfulness meditation or photography necessary. You may bring any kind of digital camera – including mobile phones.

DATES:

Thursday May 30, 2019 until Monday, June 3, 2019

LOCATION:

Sibillini Mountains, Italy

COSTS:

210 € Tuition

NOTE: THis includes transfers to and from Civitanova Marche, which is easily accessible by rail from Ancona and Bologna


Tutors

Michael and Natasha first met twenty years ago when she was an Artist in Residence in Tuscany. They have been co-leading Mindful-based Photography workshops together, in Italy and the UK, since 2014.

Michael Eldridge

Michael Eldridge is a painter and photographer. In the 80s and 90s he was Director of Photography at The Arts University of Bournemouth and recently Professor of Painting at Siena Art Institute.

Together with his friend and colleague Tony Maestri, he established an extraordinary Photographic course at the Arts University Bournemouth in the 80’s and 90’s. For a whole generation of student photographers, it became known as the Zen School of Photography. He has lived in Africa, New Zealand and California where he was a Fulbright Scholar and currently lives in Le Marche, Italy, dividing his time between his personal art work and facilitating workshops.

Michael has lectured in the States where he ran creativity workshops, and has given talks at the San Francisco Art Institute and at the Society for Photographic Education in Carmel California. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts and a CTI trained coach, specialising in creativity.

Natasha Lythcoe

Natasha Lythgoe has been a photographer, artist and mindfulness meditator for nearly twenty years working professionally as a teacher, photographer and mindfulness facilitator.

She has been guiding groups and individuals in arts/mindfulness since 2004, and in the great outdoors since 2013. She was ordained as a Buddhist nun is 2014, has a Masters in Photography from the London College of Communication and exhibits internationally.

An experienced tutor with a PGCE she runs courses in colleges, arts centres and trains up and coming photographers through 1:1 Artist Mentoring and Creativity Coaching.