Mindfulness and Photographic Seeing

August 30, 2018 – September 2, 2018

Bonnie Cooper and Don McGowan

We live in a technologized society that conditions our minds for overactivity. It has become harder than ever to find a space to calm our minds, to simply be. In this course students discover that mindfulness photography involves learning how to create the spaces to quiet their minds and to be in the natural world so that connections between themselves and that world can be forged. More important than what you carry in your camera bag is what you carry in your heart. As mindful photographers, during class you will begin to approach the world through the practice of the Four B’s: Be still, Be present, Be patient, and Be persistent. By seeing beauty everywhere, even in the commonplace, participants will find the subtle language of pattern, seek out the metaphoric identities in the land, and look beneath the surface qualities of elements to reveal their hidden layers of meaning. As you approach photography in these ways, listen for the land to speak back to you, revealing your own feelings about this place, or that, and the natural world in general, and your own place within it. This course is for intermediate and advanced photography students.


Bonnie Cooper has spent over 30 years as a practicing psychotherapist and it took her awhile to discover that photography was the preferred expression of her artist’s soul. She has exhibited in galleries in Florida and North Carolina. Her signature project, The Interbeing Project, the Interface of Woman & Nature has received high acclaim. Cooper assists Don McGowan in Earthsong Photography workshops.

Bonnie Cooper

Don McGowan has been a professional nature photographer for 24 years. He has taught at the John C. Campbell Folk School, the Craft Summer Program at the Miami University of Ohio, and at Arrowmont. McGowan has been published in the National Geographic’s Trails Illustrated Maps, in Preservation and Smokies Life magazines, and in the National Parks Conservation Association magazines, and featured in print publications for non-profit cultural and environmental organizations.

Don McGowan

In order to complete your registration, a $300 deposit is required.

Registration is closed for this event.

For more information or questions, please call 865-436-5860

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