This three-day course invites you to take a mindful pause in your day, to come into the present moment and immerse yourself in the sensations of looking. Research shows that slowing down and looking closely at art through mindfulness can result in a deeper sense of aesthetic appreciation and wellbeing. Offering a different way to engage with art, this course brings together short meditation practices, mindfulness approaches and guided looking exercises for a restorative experience. Each session will begin by exploring a theme at the intersection of art and mindfulness. You’ll then be led through a sustained observation of one artwork, to encourage the development of focused attention and open up space for curiosity and wonder.
Many of us will be enthusiastically rushing to revisit our favourite art collections and absorb new exhibitions this month. Returning to galleries to see art in-person again will bring up many different thoughts and emotions. We may find it helpful to ease into the encounter gently, to take our time and notice how the experience affects us. Bringing mindfulness approaches to your gallery visit can help focus the attention and open up to the pleasures of looking closely. Many people find listening to music is another way to enhance their art-viewing experience, as this can bring about a greater appreciation of our sensory experience and calm the mind when there is so much going on around us. Try this Spotify play list … (etc)
Included in the course is a 10-minute audio recording of a slow-looking practice for you to download and keep.
• Ability to be more fully present with an artwork, while noticing what is going on in your mind and body as you look.
• Awareness of your habitual patterns for looking at (and thinking about) art, and the benefits of exploring your direct moment-by-moment experience
• Mindfulness tools to take into the rest of your day (and future gallery visits), to promote focus, creativity and sense of wellbeing