Freelance photographer and senior university lecturer Sarah Dryden is teaming up with Walkinginspirit again next year to deliver a special combined mindful walking & photography retreat in July. The retreat will include four morning workshops in camera use and composition and will focus on what you want to know and learn. Participants in the retreat needn’t have any photographic experience, as the focus here will be on simple techniques for image construction, rather than trying to create ‘perfect’ images. The workshops will be followed by mindful walks in the breathtaking forests and mountains of Somiedo Natural Park, Asturias, Spain.
“It was lovely to capture moments on camera, ones that had meaning, you had the moment and then the picture to hold that moment for wherever you need calm and serenity back in the busy working life!”
In Autumn 2017 we trialed the first mindful photography retreat and this year we are offering it as a seven day event. The retreat will still involve learning a mindfulness practice with Frankie and walking with a small group in the peace and tranquility of Somiedo Natural Park but it will also be an opportunity to learn how to use your camera more mindfully and more creatively in four morning workshops with Sarah. A selection of the days photographs will then form the basis of a group “share” in which we open a door to expressing the depths encountered during the experience.
Seven days of blissful relaxation and mindful walking and photography in the stunning forests and mountains of Somiedo Natural Park, Asturias, Spain, home of the Iberian brown bear and wolf
The retreat includes accommodation, transfers to and from Asturias OVD, transport within Asturias, an excursion on our and breakfast and a pack lunch on the days of the walks.
Walkinginspirit’s Frankie will be your host and guide for the walks and Sarah will lead on the mindful photography aspect of the retreat . Couples, friends and single travellers are all welcome.
Connect deeply with the healing power of nature, get a fresh perspective, renew your purpose and find out why Somiedo is known as “Europe’s Eden”.
“More than merely seen” – The idea for the retreat is to engage with a sensory based mindfulness practice that allows you to tune in to the sublime atmospheres of Somiedo. We will use simple photographic techniques to abstract something essential about the felt experience of the moment we are in. The focus will be on creating contemplative images within an intuitive and creative process. By the final day, you will have produced a series of images that reflect your journey through the retreat: these can also act as an aide memoir for mindfulness on your return home. We are very excited about this one, and look forward to mindful walking and capturing precious moments in Somiedo with you.
You will need a camera lap top and tripod if you have one.
Transfers within Asturias
Breakfast items for self-catering
Pack lunch on walking days
The price is £650 per person and is based on two people sharing a self-contained apartment. A single occupancy option might be available for an extra supplement of £175. Please message firstname.lastname@example.org or tel 079 6989 5834 for more information and bookings.
Sarah Dryden is a freelance photographer and Senior University Lecturer. Her specialist subjects include Photography, Visual Communication, Landscapes and Narrative Construction. Sarah likes nothing better than going on long distance walks with her camera.