Mindful Drawing, Mindful Painting, Mindful Photography Workshops and Retreats in Suffolk and Norfolk

Wow, what an inspiring day, we are still on a high and will be for weeks to come. Thank you so much for taking us to a higher plane and giving us such an awesome day with Mindful Photography. We will come back soon for another course. Thank you again for opening our eyes to a new way of thinking and taking photos. (I and A Wells, Norfolk)

Arranging a Mindful Art and Photography Workshop or Retreat with Zangmo Alexander

Mindful Art and Mindful Photography Workshops and Retreats can be from one day to one week in length. They are entirely personalised around your own interests, needs and prior experience of mindfulness, art and photography. Mindful Art and Mindful Photography Workshops and Retreats can take place either in Botesdale, Suffolk or at your own venue in the UK or worldwide.

The Benefits of Mindfulness

For centuries meditators, doctors and healers in eastern traditions such as Buddhism, Hinduism and Taoism have believed that mindfulness and meditation improves health and well-being. Now scientists are finding evidence for this. As mindfulness meditation became increasingly accepted in Europe and America, scientists began to research its effects, with recent findings confirming the benefits for regular practitioners. Clinical studies have documented how it helps people stay healthier, improve mental focus and feel less overwhelmed by emotions.

Used as a secular healing tool in modern health care and therapy, regularly practising mindfulness and meditation have been shown to lessen suffering and improve physical, emotional and mental well being. Significant benefits of meditating have been found for many health problems, including heart disease, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, insomnia, chronic pain, cancer, immune problems, stress and depression. As mindfulness meditation is a low-cost intervention with no side-effects, it shows promise for relief of a wide range of health and social problems. 

What is Mindfulness?

There are many forms of meditation, and contrary to popular belief you do not have to be able to stop thinking in order to learn to meditate! Buddhist meditation practices currently being researched include Calm Abiding and Insight, both of which entail practising Mindfulness. Calm Abiding involves learning to relax, settle and focus the mind, resulting in feeling calmer, more at peace with a greater feeling of well being. With this greater focus one then has the clarity to begin Insight Meditation – investigating the nature of mind itself in an experiential way.

Mindfulness involves paying attention to what is happening, as it is happening, with acceptance. It is the practice of awareness.
This includes being aware of our bodily sensations as they occur: experiences of seeing, hearing, tasting, smelling, moving, thinking and feeling. Mindfulness is the thread running through both Calm Abiding and Insight meditation. For Buddhists, meditation and mindfulness can lead to enlightenment: the permanent cessation of suffering, and waking up to the full realisation of who we really are at the deepest level.

Mindfulness, Art and Photography - for people of any faith or none.

So often preconceptions, limitations, narrow mindedness, and fear prevent us from being creative in a natural and authentic way. To be naturally creative, we need to develop openness, spontaneity, receptivity, connectedness, awakeness, awareness and acceptance - all qualities developed through practising mindfulness.

As mindfulness entails being aware, accepting our experience as it happens, with practice we become less caught up with concepts and anxiety about the future on the basis of our suffering from the past.

We are in the present moment. This can really open us up to appreciating and enjoying the amazing qualities of the ever living present moment. We can relax, truly enjoy ourselves while appreciating what we are seeing, feeling and doing!

About Zangmo Alexander

Zangmo Alexander, the tutor/coach, is an experienced, qualified art teacher, life coach and artist. A Buddhist nun for seven years, she has been on the 8 week Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy Course with the Centre for Mindfulness Research at Bangor University as well as studying and practising meditation for many years. During her two year Masters Degree in Fine Art at Norwich School of Art and Design, she researched ways of integrating her own creative and mindfulness practices.

If you would like to do a Mindful Drawing, Mindful Painting, or Mindful Photography Workshop or Retreat with me, either one-to-one or as a couple or small group, please phone me on 01379 897393 to discuss your needs, ask questions and arrange dates.

Enquiries and Bookings:
Phone Zangmo Alexander on

01379 897393 (UK)
or 044 1379 897393 (International)

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