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Is a PHOTOGRAPHY workshop wrapped over the top of an Award-winning wellness program.

Who is it for?

Girls Aged 10-14

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The Wellington Course for 2020 will be available for a group of 12 girls aged 10-14.

We are specifically looking for girls who are naturally creative and would benefit from deeping skills in the following areas.

  • Creative Resilience
  • Self Compassion
  • Community Activism

Youth Work Intern 18+

Mandi Lynn

If you are a creative  and you want to work with youth this could be a good match.  We are looking for an intern for the Newtown workshop.

You will learn the HeArtivist framework with the goal that you will eventually be able to run workshops as part of a community team.

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Benefits of taking the course

Holistic wellness program

  • Self-compassion
  • Body compassion - yours and others
  • Emotional literacy + Mindfulness
  • Standing in your power
  • Open-hearted discernment (how to give and receive gracefully)
  • Creative communication
  • Brainstorming skills + how to access your own Muse
  • Creative resilience

Wrapped in a Photography course

    • The difference between aperture, shutter speed, ISO
    • Composition
    • Lighting techniques using natural light and strobe
    • Using Lightroom to download and curate imagery
    • Conceptual photography skills - representing an idea with images

When and Where?

Newtown Cultural Center

Starting on the 17th of February

4:30 on Monday's for 8 weeks.


What is the Selection Process?

Fill in your details above and Mandi will be selecting the 12 girls based on the details provided.


Why teach Self Compassion + Photography together?

Click Happy's founder Mandi Lynn directed a New Zealand FIlm Commission Funded documentary called The Ghost Nets of Venus.  It was all about how women struggle to love their own bodies.   She wanted to answer one question.  When do girls start to lose respect for their own body, the greatest creative gift ever.  She discovered across New Zealand this decline in self compassion seemed to start around the age of ten in girls.   This is when culture seems to begins to burst the bubble of family and start to take a dig at her self worth.


Lack of self-compassion is linked to

  • depression
  • anxiety
  • low self esteem
  • self harm
  • eating disorders
  • suicidal ideation.   

But the trouble is, self-compassion skills aren't really taught anywhere.  Research shows that about 80% of women struggle to be self-compassionate so if that is the case where are the girls meant to learn it?  And boys for that matter?


Higher levels of Self Compassion are linked to

  • Happiness
  • Optimism
  • Positive affect
  • Wisdom
  • Personal initiative
  • Curiosity and exploration
  • Agreeableness
  • Conscientiousness


Click Happy fills in that gap with a fun pragmatic approach to learning self-compassion through artistic challenges.

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Who is the Tutor?


Mandi Lynn is a past winner of New Zealand's Creative Photographer of the Year.  She has a bachelors degree in Nursing and won a fellowship in holistic nursing. 

She has spent the last ten years combining her two passions running a Body Positive boutique photography studio that specializes in helping women to develop self-compassion through the photographic journey. 

In 2017, she founded a charitable trust called Every Body is a Treasure Trust and you can hear about that adventure in her TEDx talk.   The trust won the Health and Wellbeing category of the Wellington Community Awards for it's work with mothers and daughters in the precursor program to Click Happy,   The framework she developed is called the HeArtivists and it allows any artform to be laid across it to teach self-compassion and creative grit.   Her goal is to share it with as many people as possible to ideally create a grassroots impact on New Zealand's suicide rates. 

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Why Creative Grit and Photography?


Research on lifelong success shows that GRIT is the most important trait you can possess.  Grit is a Learning Mindset + Resilience + Passion.   It is the ability to stick to something even when it gets hard.  It is the ability to see your project through to the end and ship.  When you have grit you understand that your first efforts will probably stink but you have your eye on what is possible instead of what is right now.  Grit involves dissolving your ego in the face of a dream.   It is about the long game and requires passion and a learning mindset and a desire for mastery and the self-accountability to get there.

The HeArtivist framework in Click Happy uses photographic challenges to help you to develop a toolbox of creativity and grit.   Futurists predict artificial intelligence will be taking many of the jobs we currently have, so creativity will be the one unique human skill that will be supremely relevant in the future.   The creative out of the box thinking of a Gritty Artist will be the marketable sought after superpower of the future. 

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What gear do I need? 







Any of the following...

  • A Digital camera

  • A phone with a camera on it

We have a couple of cameras that can be borrowed on the days of the course if you do not have one.

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What is it going to cost me?



The Newtown Click Happy Program is free for the girls selected.

Thanks to generous grants from:


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If you would like to put your daughter forward to be considered for the program please put her details below.