MINDFULNESS PHOTOGRAPHY Walks, Workshops, Classes, Retreats

Artist / Creative (Individual)

Amy Thompson Avishai, Canadian-American photographer and educator, is known for her sensitive and nuanced portrayals of the human condition and the natural world.  A Fulbright fellow, Amy has taught photography at Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Griffin Museum of Photography and Endicott College. 

From early childhood, Amy's world view has been shaped by all that she absorbed while observing, connecting, living and traveling in North Africa, the Middle East, Southeat Asia, Europe and North America.

In 2018, she moved to western Massachusetts and founded MINDFULNESS PHOTOGRAPHY Workshops, Classes and Retreats. Participants learn and practice a blending of mindfulness and photography with a smartphone or other camera. Amy's mindfulness journey began in 2003 while photographing in Cambodia and her practice has continued to deepen over the years. She is currently enrolled in a two-year intensive mindfulness meditation teacher training program with Jack Kornfield and Tara Brach, in partnership with the Greater Good Science Center at the University of California at Berkeley. 

Her images have appeared in The New York TimesThe Women’s Review of Books and several other publications. A featured photographer in National Geographic, her photographs have been recognized with numerous national and international awards and have been exhibited in group and solo shows from Boston to Berlin.

Most recently, Amy was one of over a hundered women photographers invited to contribute to A Yellow Rose Project, a photographic collaboration about the 19th Amendment. The project is currently a touring exhibition and will also be published as a book. 


Primary Discipline


Additional Disciplines

Humanities - Philosophy
Visual/Crafts - General
Visual/Crafts - Experimental


Arts for Social Change / Creative Activism
Arts in Healthcare
Creation of a Work of Art (Including Commissions)
Residency - Other
Arts Instruction / Lessons
Curriculum Development
Residency - In School
Workshops / Demonstrations / Master Class
Portfolio Review
Residency - Community
Community Arts
Art Sales


  • ~Recipient, Fulbright Fellowship (Documentary Photography in Morocco)
  • ~Recipient, Southeast Asia Studies Grant (Documentary Photography in Cambodia)
  • ~Two-time Recipient, PhotoLucida's International Critical Mass Top 50 Photographers
  • ~Recipient, Paul Schutzer (Life Magazine photographer) Memorial Award for Advanced Documentary Photography
  • ~Nomination, Women to Watch Biennial Exhibition, National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C.
  • ~Two-time Recipient, Prix de la Photographie, Paris, France, bronze award
  • ~Recipient, Best Art Exhibit of the Year, Within These Walls: Educating Girls in Rural Morocco, PHOTOSTOP Gallery, Upper Valley, New Hampshire & Vermont
  • ~Recipient, Julia Margaret Cameron Award, Finalist and Honorable Mentions, England


  • M.A., Photography, School Of Visual Communication, Ohio University
  • B.A., Interdisciplinary Humanities, (Photography, French, English), Michigan State University

Additional Information

  • Year founded: 2019
  • Is a Teaching Artist
  • Geographic Reach: City/Town-wide, County-wide, Surrounding Counties/Region, State-wide, Surrounding States/Region, Nationally, Internationally