"Plant seeds of goodness, and well-being will grow..." Buddha
...What if you could infuse your days with more mindfulness and a deeper sense of peace?
...What if that peaceful state-of-mind could inspire you to create more beautiful photographs?
Join me for a 14-day artistic journey that can take you from inner peace to greater creativity.
Introducing my newest online photography course...
Soul Focus: Finding Peace Through Photography is about giving yourself the gift of quiet, contemplative time each day to focus on what is good, what is true, and what is beautiful.
It's about noticing more, appreciating more, savoring more.
It's about entering a gentle, sacred space of creativity.
It's about discovering what you can create with your camera when you embrace a more peaceful state of mind.
The inspiration for Soul Focus
After the very long and bitter U.S. election season of 2016, I found myself completely wrung-out emotionally, physically, and creatively. Although I regularly take time to go outside and photograph nature, I found that I needed much more help each day to soothe my frazzled nerves. I needed more books for guidance. More art to lift my spirits. More music to calm my mind. More poetry that really spoke to me. More ways to express my feelings. Because I couldn't count on the world outside my door, I looked for other ways to create more peace within myself.
I began to journal about the things that gave me the most comfort, collecting all of the resources that uplifted and inspired me. It was no coincidence that these same resources nurtured new ideas of what I wanted to do creatively. By soothing my mind, I was able to refocus my attention on all of the good things again. Art often arises out of dark feelings and experiences, but for me, it was vitally important in these troubled times to create and share art that heals and uplifts my own spirit and those around me.
What this course is and isn't...
- This course is my own personal collection of inspirational resources that I will share with you, so that you, too, can perhaps find more peacefulness, more mindfulness, and more creativity in your daily life.
- This course is not about religion, although it will have a healthy dose of spirituality. In other words: It will help you get in touch with ways to creatively express yourself that are elevating, healing, freeing.
- This course is not a substitute for professional therapy if you are seriously depressed. At its core, it is a photography course that can encourage new pathways to creativity.
- This course is a gift from me to you. A gift that won't take up any space on your kitchen counter, but can fill you up with a deep sense of peacefulness and a renewed sense of creativity.
What's included in this course?
- 14 days of gentle letters (via email) from me to you, packed with all of my favorite inspirational resources for mindfulness, inner peace, and creativity, helping you to establish a calming photography practice that quiets your mind in these often-loud times
- A beautiful, downloadable "book" of all the lessons (PDF file) for you to keep and delve back into whenever you need to reclaim a sense of calm creativity
- Daily photo prompts that encourage creativity, reflection, mindfulness, and gratitude
- Private Google+ classroom to make new friends and share your inspirations
- Optional Facebook group
- Optional Instagram participation
This 14-day course will run from Monday, January 30 through Sunday, February 12, 2017.
Together, through a combination of beautiful art, inspirational writing, music, poetry, and photography, we will explore the following themes in-depth:
Day 1: Silence
Day 2: Sound
Day 3: Warmth
Day 4: Coolness
Day 5: Softness
Day 6: Light
Day 7: Darkness
Day 8: Fullness
Day 9: Pureness
Day 10: Clarity
Day 11: Deliciousness
Day 12: Gifts
Day 13: Spirit
Day 14: Time
What You'll Need:
- A digital camera or a smart phone (it doesn't matter what type).
- Access to a computer where you can upload your photographs.
- A Google gmail account, so you can join our private group for the class, post your own photos, and give/receive feedback with the other class members.
Before the class begins, you should know how to upload photographs from your computer (or smart phone) to an online page. Never done that before? This link explains how to upload photos to Facebook, with step-by-step visual directions and a YouTube tutorial. (Uploading photos to Google+ uses the same process.)
Please note: If you do not currently have a Google gmail account and do not want one, you can open an account just for this course and close it right after the course ends, if you choose. However, I think you'll find that the excellent photo resolution and storage capacity on Google+ will greatly add to your enjoyment of photography.
What level photographer is this course intended for?
This course is for anyone who enjoys photography (beginner to advanced).
Will there be any assignments?
No. Each "lesson" is more of an "inspiration" or series of prompts to help you reflect and create, whenever you find the time to do so.
What if I have a full-time job?
That's fine, and it's one of the best parts of participating in an online course instead of a traditional course in a classroom. If you miss a day or two due to a heavy work schedule, just catch up whenever you can. This is basically a self-paced course, so you will get out of it what you can put into it.
How do I pay for this course?
You can securely pay with PayPal at the bottom of this page. If you don't have a PayPal account, it's free to open one and easy to sign up.
What if I'm not located in the United States?
I'm happy to welcome students from around the world, and since it's an online course, there is no specific time for you to be "in class." Previous sessions of my photography e-courses have included students from the United States, Canada, Europe, and Australia.
PayPal will convert any foreign currency to U.S. dollars.
Do I need to buy anything?
No. Suggested texts will be recommended to you, but you can find them at the library (which I fully recommend) or preview their contents online when available through Amazon.
Will refunds be offered?
(I'm including this just for legal reasons--nobody's ever wanted a refund for any of my online courses. In fact, quite the opposite: I've been told on more than one occasion that my courses were worth more than the prices paid.) Due to the digital nature of this course, I cannot offer refunds, so please ask me any questions or let me know any of your concerns before you register, by emailing me at JoyfullyGreen.email@example.com.
- In 2015, I was one of seven Honorees worldwide for the Photo of the Year from BlogHer. (Here's the announcement: Notes on Being Selected as a BlogHer Photos of the Year Honoree.)
- In 2016, I was an Honoree for Voices of the Year from BlogHer. Here's the announcement:The Opposite of Crickets (Notes on Being Selected a BlogHer16 Voices of the Year Honoree)
- In December 2016, I was selected as a Judge for the 2017 Voices of the Year from BlogHer.
Since July 2012, I've been the sole writer/photographer at the blog JoyfullyGreen.com. If you are unfamiliar with my blog, I encourage you to take a look through the archives at my photographs, as well as the collection of my favorites for sale at society6.com/JoyfullyGreen.
In March 2014, I introduced my first online photography course, How to Take Better Photos of Nature and the World Around You. Since then, I've taught that course several times and have added more online photography courses to my roster (including The Charm of Children: How to Take Better Photos of Babies and Kids; Beyond Auto Mode: How to Really Work Your DSLR Camera; and The Art of Photography: How to Take Your Pictures to the Next Level), with uniformly positive feedback from students.
I've been taking photos for about four decades, ever since I was a little girl and received my first Kodak Instamatic camera for a Christmas present. Before my senior year at Vassar College (where I majored in Art History), I was a photography counselor at Wesleyan University's Center for Creative Youth in Middletown, CT, where I helped instruct high school students in photography (including darkroom development--anybody remember those days?). I have taken traditional courses in Black and White Photography, Landscape Photography, and Digital Photography in Philadelphia, as well as Visual Art and Design courses at Parsons School of Design in New York.
Kind words from students in my previous courses
"I learned so much in Joy's online courses... it's changed the way I take pictures, but even more, it's changed the way I look at the world. I can't thank her enough." -- Amy K., California
"For those of you who have seen my Facebook posts, this is the woman who brought my photography to another level. I have taken 7 online courses (four courses, some more than once) with her and have learned every time. Busy? No problem, you can do it at your own pace." -- Meredith R., New Jersey
"I have so thoroughly enjoyed your online classes. Each lesson is so well presented with wonderful photos and inspiration. When not one of your students wants the class to end, that pretty much sums up what an outstanding experience we all had." -- Nancy T., Oregon
"I am sure to take another course with you. You inspire your students, as well as teach." -- Penny M., Scotland
"I just want to thank you for putting what I know was a ton of work into creating this class! Your notes are thorough and helpful, and I love that I can keep going back to remind myself of things." -- Sue K., Colorado
"I've learned so much from you. You’ve created a wonderfully supportive environment for conversations about the art of photography—thank you for teaching, encouraging, and inspiring us. This was my first-ever photography class, and I found it to be an excellent combination of introductory lessons and a rich collection of material to explore further. I’m already excited about signing up for your next course." -- Sarah E., Nova Scotia
"This class was fantastic! I loved the way each lesson revealed another piece of the big picture. Your classes have been a huge influence on my artistic growth and on my confidence. Please keep teaching and blogging!" -- Kat D., Texas
"I have taken two of Joy's courses and learned SO much. I highly recommend her courses. You don't even need a camera. The second time I did a course I ended up having to use my phone and got some sensational shots." -- Eliza F., Australia
"I have taken many of Joy's classes, some more than once...and I learn something new every time. Did I mention she is an award-winning photographer? Oh! Another bonus: You will make lots of new friends in the supportive, private classroom!" -- Jerri D., Colorado
Will you join me for this one-of-a-kind journey? Spaces are limited, so please don't hesitate to say "YES!"
The fee for this 14-day course is $145.
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