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Contemplative Photography with John Canan

Pause and deepen attention in mindfulness while capturing a conscious moment that tells a story and makes a memory. In this workshop, John Canan will lead you through mindful meditation and breath practices while mentoring you in photographic techniques. The day will move from the meditation cushion into the Brunswick Downtown, C&O Canal and Potomac River banks where your photographs will bring clarity to what is called the “decisive moments” and the story you want to tell through images. There will be intentional pauses built into the day so that notes can be taken and quite time spent in the nature that surrounds us. 

The practices learned in this contemplative photography workshop fosters self-awareness and situational awareness that can be applied to all areas of life as we improve our listening and seeing skills. The sense of trust in oneself is strengthened while our appreciation for nature is deepened. As we practice this process of seeing together, we also build a supportive group of talented and compassionate peers in our community.

LOCATION NOTE: This workshop is meeting in the Brunswick Heritage Museum's community room thanks to a collaborative mission between Roots & River Yoga and the museum.  The Brunswick Heritage Museum is located at 40 W. Potomac St and the community room entrance is located on the west side of the building on S. Maryland Ave across from the New Hope Church.  A percentage of the workshop proceeds will go to support the museum. 

Please bring: 

  • Notebook/journal
  • Pen/pencil
  • Camera/phone camera
  • Water and snacks (if needed) Some snacks will be provided
  • Dress for the weather outside that day.
  • This workshop will meet in rain or shine!

Cost: $63 


John Canan is a naturalist, photographer, education or writer who helps families, businesses and communities tell inspiring stories through photographs and digital images. As a mindfulness practitioner, John has 40 years of experience and practice.  John’s work and consulting is frequent utilized to support the efforts of professional services, non-profit organizations and stewards of our natural resources to promote, educate and foster a sense of connection between people and the natural world. 

See some of John’s work at