Contemplative Photography

(aka Sacred Seeing, Visio Divino) 

A Six-Week Online Learning Series

Wednesdays, April 7 – May 12

2:00 to 4:00 p.m.


Starting in April, Center for Spiritual Wisdom will offer a 6-week online learning series in Contemplative Photography. The series will be held on Wednesdays from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m., April 7 through May 12 using Zoom video conferencing. Registrations, at a cost of $149 per person, are now being accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

The series invites participants to use the camera as a way of seeing, paying attention, centering themselves, and living in the now. It is not so much learning how to use a camera, but how to use a camera as a means of meditation. The series intends to give participants a visual way to allow the sacred to communicate with them. This is achieved in a subliminal way by drawing one’s attention to objects or scenes which become metaphors for personal enlightenment and growth. This will be pursued in a community of likeminded individuals on a journey into wisdom.

CLICK HERE to register.

The primary resource for the series will be Christine Paintner’s book Eyes of the Heart: Photography as a Christian Contemplative Practice. Although not required, the book will be referred to during the series and is recmmended as a resource for participants who would like to explore this subject further.

Jean Woods, CSW Associate, will lead the series. Possible themes will be hope, change, growth, struggle, compassion, and “see what attracts you.” Each week participants will be asked to select and share two photos from the ones they captured for the weekly assignment. They will then offer what the image is about and what it said to them. The other class participants will be invited to respectively share what they see in the photos in a supportive and productive manner.

Participants must already have and be familiar with their own cameras. Smartphone cameras are certainly acceptable, but if you have one, a standalone digital camera is recommended, as the opportunity for quality, engagement, and contemplation can be greater.

Participants will benefit from concise reading material, audio-visual supplements, live presentations, and group interactions. To ensure a high-quality experience, participation will be limited to the first 8 people to register.

CLICK HERE to register.

Images courtesy of Jack Redgate (above) and Nick Demou (below) on Pexels.