Photographer Sarah Dryden is teaming up with Walkinginspirit this Autumn to deliver a special combined mindful walking & photography retreat. The retreat will include two morning workshops in digital camera use and composition. 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. Both morning workshops will be followed by mindful walks in the breathtaking forests and mountains of Somiedo Natural Park, Asturias, Spain at the peak of the Autumn display.
“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 as we walk. The focus will be on creating contemplative images within an intuitive and creative process. There will be a show and share session after each walk, in which you can display the images that best communicate your feelings about the day. 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. This will be the first outing for this retreat, and we will have an experimental and flexible approach that responds to your input and feedback. We are very excited about this one, and look forward to mindful walking together and capturing precious moments in Somiedo with you.
You will need a digital camera, SD card and lap top if you have one.
Transfers within Asturias
Breakfast items for self-catering
Pack lunch on walking days
The price is £300 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 £100. 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.