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

Who is it for?

Adults 18+


For Artivists:  parents, artists, creatives, youth workers, teachers, and lovers of creativity who want to use art to make the world a better place for youth.

Click Happy will give you a framework to support the development of grit and self-compassion in yourself and methods of teaching it to the kids you love.   While at the same time learning some mad photography skills.

For creatives, it will teach you an award-winning method of artistic exploration that will show you where you are blocked and how to get flowing in your creative journey.

Youth - 11-17

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

Placements into Click Happy Wellington 2020  will go first to those whose parents join the adult program starting on the 20th of November.

We are also awaiting possible funding to start working in Manurewa Intermediate and South Auckland Middle School.



School who bring in Click Happy will gain the following:

  • Higher visual literacy in their students
  • An Artist to work in their school and train the staff in the methodology.
  • A creative wellness program for staff.
  • A new group of police vetted creative community volunteers to help mentor students in the creative arts.
  • A easy to use framework to teach self compassion, learning mindset, and creative resilience.
  • Up to $4000.00 from the Ministry of Education if selected for the Artists in Schools Program
  • Up to $3000.00 in photography equipment for the school if selected.
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Benefits of taking the course

  • Laughter...lots and lots of it.
  • You get better at photography
  • You get to help us co-develop an arts-based wellness program.
  • You get connected with a big-hearted community
  • You learn a wellness framework that will help you in your personal life
  • You can see where you are creatively blocked and get tools to bust through them
  • Self-awareness and a toolbox to get your creative mojo back
  • You can improve the life of a youth
  • You can make your own life richer for doing it

Why teach Self Compassion + Photography together?

Click Happy's founder Mandi Lynn directed a New Zealand FIlm Commission Funded documentary called Finding 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

  • A film camera

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What is it going to cost me?


The adult course is a pay it forward course.

You can do that in four ways

  • $25.00 per class donation to Every Body is a Treasure Trust
  • Volunteer to help mentor kids at your school (police check required)
  • Volunteer to help Every Body is a Treasure Trust
  • Newtown Timebank credits

Your first Click Happy Class is free to attend


The children's course is free for students at the selected schools

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If you would like to know more about the Click Happy Program please put your details below and we will be in touch.