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The joy of just being

The joy of just being

Being versus doing I woke up in my van today on the Isle of Harris and dozed till 7am – the longest lie in I have had in weeks. I’ve been on a kind of overdrive of the mind and body lately, suffering with tiredness with migraines trying to creep back into...
Ayurveda for chronic pain in Kerala, India

Ayurveda for chronic pain in Kerala, India

On my forth Ayurvedic trip to India and Sri Lanka, I found a caring paradise at Coir village on the backwaters of Kerala. A place I became content to just sit for hours watching the eagles fly overhead, the herons land and fishermen in canoes occasionally glide past....
Wild swimming on the Isle of Skye

Wild swimming on the Isle of Skye

I spent an impromptu day with Matt who runs a low key business on the Isle of Skye created from his obvious passion for swimming on the Isle of Skye last week. Matt is a gentle soul with a real love of what he does and a genuine desire to share and show others some...
Mindfulness, Gratefulness & Pauses

Mindfulness, Gratefulness & Pauses

Photography is an “eyes wide open” walking meditation. Described perfectly by Matthew Johnstone  in his little book ” Capturing Mindfulness” I had a day to just stop a while after leading a small photography group on the Isle of Harris last week. I stayed...
Mindfulness, photography &

Mindfulness, photography &

The self help bookshelf in stores grows each year, complete with the promise of an answer. Anxiety, depression is fast rising, alongside chronic illness. The truth is that most people live in some sort of state of emotional discomfort, ranging from mild worries to...
I phoneography, slowing down & mindfulness in India

I phoneography, slowing down & mindfulness in India

I’ve just returned from two weeks in Kerala. My yearly downtime: time I set aside for pure relaxation of the body and mind which I find essential in boosting wellness but also creativity. This year was a first in that I left my cameras at home! I’m a big fan of Iphone...
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Slow art photography workshop in Garve, Highlands

I ran two short workshops in conjunction with Ffordes Photographic last week. All based around the idea of slowing down in the landscape - both in the physical taking of the photograph and also in the sense of slowing down and really embracing the environment whilst...

Open Water Lifeguard and First Aid qualifications

I have just completed 4 days intensive training towards gaining my First Aid certification along with becoming a fully qualified Open Water Lifeguard. Health and safety during my workshops and retreats are high on my priority list. I spent 4 days training out in Loch...