journeys with mindfulness

Journeys with mindfulness is a zine that is about transformative experiences of mindfulness and meditation. The zine contains six stories and several interactive sections that invite the reader to practice mindful moments and complete colouring pages. I collaborated with Isabel Mae Abrams, an illustrator, to put the zine together.

The stories in the zine are the product of in-depth ethnographic work over the course of the year. I worked closely with a group of participants to trace their relationship with mindfulness, in which I used a mixture of qualitative methods from participant observation and interviews to participatory research methodologies. Our relationship followed from an initial 8-week mindfulness course at an adult learning centre at a local college in Devon and developed through a subsequent participatory, co-produced mindfulness course. This was followed up with interviews to trace their journeys with the practice.

The zine was inspired by Sarah Marie Hall’s zine Everyday Austerity. I was frustrated with the unreadability of a 100,000 word thesis, I sought to produce a widely accessible and easy to digest piece of work that would allow me to share my doctoral research (particularly stories from my participants) with a wider audience.

The zine contains five anonymised stories from the participants and one story that narrates my journey with mindfulness. As a large portion of my doctoral research was autoethnographic, I felt that it would be suitable to include my experiences – to turn the researcher gaze inwards so to speak. The ethnographic research was largely participatory and collaborative, I also employed friendship as method (Tillmann-Healy 2003), in an attempt to flatten hierarchies between participant and researcher.

The zine is available to download and can be read digitally here.

We hope you love the zine!

There are also postcards that you can download – you can use these however you’d like. But one option is to write your experiences with mindfulness/meditation and send them back to us in order to continue the conversation on the benefits (or frustrations with) the practice (if you’d like to do this use our contact page to request more information).

You can also request a printed copy of the zine and postcards here (these are free but I am asking for a postage contribution).

We would love to know what you think of the zine! Get in contact with us here.