Mindful Photography Workshops in Spain and France 2018

Mindful Photography Workshops 2018

I’ve just finalised my new programme of Mindful Photography workshops in Spain and France for the first half of 2018.

2018? Surely you mean 2017; I hear your voices …

No 2018 is right. We are taking a break in 2017 to pursue another adventurous task, of which more later – I am very nearly ready to make a major announcement on that front.

Anyway our early 2018 dates are as follows:

  • 10th-17th March 2018 – La Estrellita, La Alpujarra, Spain
  • 17th-24th March 2018 – La Estrellita, La Alpujarra, Spain
  • 14th-21st April 2018 – Cortijo Romero, La Alpujarra, Spain
  • 11th-17th May 2018 – Manzac d’en Bas, Ariège, France

Reservations for La Estrellita are open now. For Cortijo Romero and Manzac d’en Bas, expressions of interest may be made at any time directly with the venues, and more information will become available early in 2017.

What do we mean by Mindful Photography?

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 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 your photography.

Please visit our website at www.photovate.co.uk for full details (Note: this will be coming in house under this website banner before the end of the year).

Best regards

… Ken and Carolyn
September 2016

Autumn colour, Etang de Lers, Ariège Pyrenees, France - Image by Touching the Light

Discovering Manzac d’en Bas

Preparing for our “Joy of Seeing” photography workshops in the Ariège, I spent a weekend in November 2014 making acquaintance with my hosts Giles and Louise Nevill at Manzac d’en Bas

An hour south from Toulouse Blagnac airport, Manzac d’en Bas is a tradition French rural farmhouse set in rolling pastoral countryside with extensive views to the distant Pyrenees. Giles and Louise moved here from the UK in 2004 and have renovated the stables and cowsheds into modern, comfortable and well-appointed gîtes. It is here, with Giles and Louise as our hosts, that we will be extending our “Joy of Seeing” photography workshops in May 2015. Read more

2014_413216 - Wave Cloud, Sierra Nevada - image by Touching the Light

Riding the Sierra Wave, La Alpujarra

La Alpujarra in Spain, the southern slopes of the Sierra Nevada, is one of the world’s great places for lenticular wave clouds. Riding the Sierra wave is a wonderful highlight of our “Joy of Seeing” photography weeks, if we’re in luck.

The week was worth it for that one hour alone

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