“I left feeling renewed, inspired and with a sense of calm….It was through Amy’s low pressure discussions on mindfulness and guiding us through various meditations, that I noticed an immediate shift within me.

I felt like I walked through a new door… I was truly engaged, present and grateful to enjoy my surroundings.  When I read in her workshop description to ‘come as you are,’ she really meant it. There was no judgement and no expectations.” 

~ Jenny Jackson, healthcare professional 

“It was deeply therapeutic.

I haven’t felt that ‘in flow’ in a very long time.”

~Theresa Berard, photographer, musician

“Amy Thompson Avishai, an experienced photographer and mindfulness practitioner, brings her expertise to create an enriching and inclusive environment.  

Don’t miss this opportunity to slow down, nurture your creativity, and deepen your connection to yourself and the world.” 

~ Mindful.org, publisher of Mindful magazine 

“The Mindfulness Photography workshop Amy led for our Camp Glow It Up Day Camp was phenomenal. Amy had the impeccable ability to lead us through guided meditations, which set the tone for our primary practice.  

In this fast-paced world, taking photos with such intention is almost a shock to the system, and Amy helped us create some beautiful images through her unassuming, open nature. 

I was originally drawn to Amy’s photography because she has a fantastic manner of capturing the present moment in an uncurated but beautiful way.  

The Mindfulness Photography workshop was so impactful for our participants that I will definitely ask Amy to lead another workshop in one of our future camps.”  

~ Katie Lipsmeyer, founder and director, Camp Glow it Up 

“I’ve taken numerous photography workshops and Amy’s … remains one of my favorites. Her assignments help you learn to see, not just to photograph…  

After a class with Amy, you’ll not only take better pictures, you’ll know more about yourself as a photographer.” 

~ Edward Boches, documentary photographer, professor, creative director 

“Amy’s workshop was as inspiring in its depth as it was in its simplicity.  

Amy has a way of bringing stillness into a room and letting her teachings unfold by way of modeling mindfulness and presence.  She is very receptive to the dynamics of the group and creates a safe and welcoming environment to explore meditation and creativity 

I had a major shift in my relationship to photography and to the creative act, and found a playfulness in the process that I hadn’t experienced for a long time.  

Amy …offers mindfulness practices that help you hear, smell, sense, taste and see with an open lens. 

I left with a renewed sense of purpose and awe, and a very happy nervous system.”

~ Liza Semler, educator

“With this intentional slowing down… everything became more interesting… I can’t even tell you, it just opened up a new world for me.” 

~ Dee Dice, business consultant, adventure travel guide

“Amy’s Mindfulness Photography Workshop helped reacquaint me with the desire to create

During the workshop, Amy created a space for us to reflect on how photography can be used as a grounding tool to connect to the present moment.   

I left the experience feeling more in touch with myself and connected to the world.”  

~ Natalie Minik, university lecturer 

 “Every once in awhile you meet someone who shares a different perspective that changes your life in a positive way. Such was the case when I signed up for Amy’s Mindfulness Photography class.  

Although I had sporadically practiced meditation for many years, I could not maintain the practice on a daily basis.  

Amy is an excellent communicator with the ability to present ideas in both a logical and appealing manner. One of her key points was to take a deep breath during times of stress. It works and I find myself doing it throughout the day.  

Meditation is part of my daily ritual now and for that I thank Amy.” 

~ Bill Welch, retired engineer 

“Great workshop. Peace and serenity. I woke up a different person, i.e. perspective shift.” 

~ Marlaina Cataldi, healer

I am a very introverted person who doesn’t talk very much about myself. Just opening up to other people has been something I hadn’t expected to happen.  

I have been self-isolating for years, and the workshops have brought me hope that I can finally let go of the shame, anger and regret that has dominated my life for much too long.  

I look forward to meeting with the group again in the near future.” 

~ Elvira Yanez, retired systems analyst 

“Taking Amy’s mindfulness photography workshop was a mind-altering experience. She helped me connect with my inner child and learn how to observe my environment in a meaningful way.”

~ Rachel, birth doula 

“The best gift was as soon as I quieted myself in a safe and comfortable space I began to realize truths about what I was going through in my life and became better equipped to handle these things. And better still I felt calmer.  

I am so grateful to you Amy for helping me find this means of clearer inner communication.”

~ Katie Gallagher, environmental health professional 

“I’ve always loved photography, but I certainly never thought of myself as a student of the arts.

Amy made it so approachable and fun that I found myself diving right in and anxiously awaiting class each week!

Her own photographs are inspirational and her teaching style is warm and open.”

~ Jamie Stober, data scientist 

Participating in Amy’s mindfulness workshop was a delight. So much of our lives are filled with endless action and pressure. Mindfulness is like pressing the reset button …learning how to be peaceful yet totally aware.  

The benefits of this concentrated focusing cannot be overstated. I hope to keep working on this in my daily life.

Amy is a thoughtful and thorough teacher.” 

~ Medora Hebert, photojournalist 

“Amy is a thoughtful photographer amplifying beauty in plain sight.

She is a knowledgeable practitioner of mindfulness who is aware of its impact on our creative output.”   

~ J. Sybylla Smith, Exhibition Curator, Educator and Program Developer 

A key part of my mindfulness practice is related to seeking out and dwelling in wholeness, connecting the different pieces of my life and work through awareness and reflection. Mindfulness Photography helped me do this, by weaving together meditation and photography, two things I love but had never combined before.

Amy was a wonderful guide, offering stories from her own experience and encouraging participants to surface lessons from our own lives too. She created a calm and inclusive space for everyone involved. Her guided meditations helped me shift my perspective in ways that I can see reflected in the photos I took, and it deepened how I was able to use photography to bring awareness to the world around me.

For anyone who loves photography, or is looking for new ways to look at the world, Mindfulness Photography is a powerful experience.

~Josh Stearns, journalist and organizer

“I was fortunate to attend a Street Photography class with Amy at the Griffin Museum of Photography. This was one of the most valuable photography classes I have taken.  

Class-based learning was combined with hands-on, in-the-field work. Her positive and supportive approach was critical in helping me gain much needed confidence and practical skills.”  

~ Andrea Waxler, founder and director, The Art Studio, New Hampshire College 

“…the meditation relaxed me so much. Being there gave me a sense of peace, presence and the power to put all else aside and just breathe…. noticing the surroundings, things I have never seen before.

Amy, as our guide, took us to a place in our heart that calm is the word that best describes what I felt from the moment I sat down to my walk with my camera… The openness, sharing, breathing, being and seeing in a different way was just what I needed at that moment. Thank you Amy for offering such a gift.”

~ Barbara P., yoga teacher 

“The workshop combined two lives of mine: photography and working toward becoming more present and grounded in my own life.  

It was a unique opportunity to spend some time being with others and exploring Eastworks with the intention of being where I was in that moment and not feeling rushed. Thank you, Amy, for this experience!” 

~ Liz, healthcare professional 

“Amy’s workshop was both relaxing and inspiring

It showed me how the photographic experience can be a kind of meditation.” 

~ Marty Espinola, educator, retired school administrator 

“The mindfulness practice brings a beautiful kind of focus to the act of seeing, which is the essence of picture-making.

And, the converse is also true—being in the zone of seeing serves a sustained mindfulness practice. 

Amy is on to a powerful harmony.”

~ Larry Smukler, visual artist

“A wonderfully talented artist and exceptional teacher.” 

~ Wilson Hunt, visual artist