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Seeing the Light in Life: A weekend retreat using photography to help see...

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The Royal Foundation of St. Katharine

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Residential Retreat

25th – 27th October 2019

Seeing the Light in Life:
A weekend retreat using photography to help see in new ways ~ with Steve Radley

The gift of photography can enable us to discover our own life and surroundings in new ways. Photography is taken from the Greek words meaning ‘to draw’ and ‘light’, so literally means, drawing with light. The retreat will use light as a metaphor for life and explore ways of using the camera in a contemplative way to help see the light of life of in new ways. We will also explore the story of our images and discover what the images we are drawn to may help us discover about our own life.
A digital camera will be required to participate, but anything will do. It can be a smartphone, compact camera or larger DSLR camera. All levels of photography experience are welcome, whether you simply enjoy taking occasional pictures on your phone or are an experienced photographer. Steve can offer some technical guidance but how we see, not the technical, is the focus of the retreat.
By combining mindfulness, the Bible and photography participants will discover beauty & learn the power of their story revealed in what they photograph. Christian theology is used throughout the weekend but the retreat is accessible and open to people of all faiths and none.

Steve Radley is married with two grown up children, an Anglican Priest and award winning photographer with the Guild of Photographers. Prior to ordination he’s worked in agriculture, business finance and served as a member of the Lee Abbey Community in Devon. Ordination has seen him serve in parish ministry and sixteen years in the RAF Chaplains’ Branch where he developed an interest in mindfulness meditation. On leaving the military he undertook professional photographic training. Through his photography he’s unexpectedly discovered healing from some of the trauma and poverty he saw in the military.
His work today combines the creativity of photography with theology and his postgraduate study of War and Psychiatry. Through this work he aims to help people see in new ways helping promote spiritual and mental wellbeing. We can never choose to unsee past events and experiences, but we can choose to see beauty in the present moment. The accessibility of photography provides a means to help us see the gift of life in new ways creating a language not dependent on words. Seeing in new ways is a place of healing as it can reveal places of beauty, love & hope which are more powerful than those of hate or sadness the mind can so easily be drawn to.

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