Pure Perception

Pure Perception - Eyespiration

It may seem ironic or contradictory that detailed pictures of so-called reality become vehicles for moving us beyond ordinary perceptions - Dr. Duane Preble

The simple life

Eyespiration is The Way (Dao) to unrestricted awareness using ancient Taoist and buddhist philosophy and modern imaging like smartphone photography, reawakening the sense of wonder. Aren't we all looking for a manual to free ourselves of mind-numbing, predigested, media-generated views of reality?

Eyespiration is a hands-on method I've been working on with groups and face-to-face sessions since 2013. Participants use a smartphone, mirrorless or dslr camera, or take a 'mind picture'. How to experience your 'photography zen'. There are many similarities with mindfulness, meditation, and with the way how children view the world.

Eyespiration Photography and PhotoTherapy reduce stress. Taking an Eyespiration Photo Walk regularly will prevent burnout and depression. It's a simple way of using the here and now, to stop the (personal) suffering the Buddha speaks about.


In short: Eyespiration is a talk as well as an active outdoor workshop. The talk focuses on how Eyespiration changes your perception of the world. The workshop is a walk outside, teaching participants how to See Pure with Fresh Eyes. (no fancy camera necessary)

“When you're inspired you attract abundance.” ~ Dr. Wayne W. Dyer

Now let's

  • Get active.
  • Eat. More vegetables and fruit, less meat and sugar.
  • Express yourself.
  • Start a project - and create new memories!


Eyespiration PhotoTherapy 1-on-1 Coaching

Visual Consultancy create new energy and insights.

Eyespiration Photo Walk, group or private workshop.

Eyespiration Trips: guided 1-on-1 travel to Bali, Hawaii, New York, Paris, London and many other destinations. Retreat like workshop period.

Eyespiration Bali fotoreis

“Everything in this world is a reflection of you” - Bali, January 2013.

Melanie E. Rijkers

Melanie E. Rijkers (1971) is a life coach who uses photography as tool to connect to the present moment. Based in the Netherlands, she teaches how to See Pure (Being in the Moment) worldwide. She received her bachelor in fine art photography in the '90s and is an independant photographer ever since.

For over a decade she spreads the gift of Seeing Pure, using Eyespiration as counceling and healing practice. Sharing the happiness of creating contemplative photography. Sessions often involve creating great images together, like with photo and film students in Omunity Bali, Sudaji.

Melanie is a proud mother of two sons and married to Hans, Melanie lives in the city of Breda, an hour from Amsterdam and 2,5 hours from Paris France.

‘Melanie has been the official photographer for the San Francisco Writers Conference for nearly a decade. Yet she always comes to the event with fresh eyes and ways to maximize her efforts. She captures the highlights of the event that are so crucial to us for marketing.

But when she suggested conducting her Eyespiration Walk, it became one of the highest rated sessions of the entire conference!

Melanie is much more than an excellent event photographer, she becomes part of the family.’

Barbara Santos, SFWC Marketing Director