Canada Goose, Aberdare Park
Canada Goose, Aberdare Park

Welcome to my personal blog and online portfolio… thank you for calling!

A picture speaks a thousand words and I hope you enjoy many of the thousand and more photographs I’ve taken and shared online on topics close to my heart like sculpture, monuments and public art, architecture and nature.  I release most photographs under an open Creative Commons-type licence, and upload many to portals like Wikimedia Commons.

Are you interested in meditation and mindfulness?  Are you looking for a mindfulness teacher?  I’m a trained mindfulness in schools practioner, available for hire in South Wales, UK and nearabouts.  I curate a number of mindfulness resources, including the Mindfulness in Wales Network on the Hwb learning platform.   Mindfulness in Wales Network now has over 250 members.

I have been teaching for a decade including experience in further and higher education, primary and secondary school education.  If you want to hire me as a mindfulness teacher, teacher or similar role, please feel free to get in touch for a chat.  I teach KS2 upwards.  

I am passionate about mental health and well-being in schools for all, and this is the topic of my current masters level research.   

I am a technology enthusiast.  You could call me a retired geek.  My first published newspaper article on computing dates back to 1984. In my first teaching job in the middle of the 1990s I taught computing in further education, teaching on college campus and in the community at various locations in the South Wales Valleys. I set up and organised the original LUG (Linux User Group) in South Wales and invited the legendary Alan Cox (way back in the mists of time) to come to a meeting to network!

Siaradwr Cymraeg ydw i ac yn falch iawn fy mod yn medru’r Gymraeg ac yn gymwys i ddysgu’r Gymraeg fel iaith.  Braint a chyfrifoldeb mawr i mi yw addysgu’r Gymraeg.   Yn fy nhridegau hyfforddais fel athro Cymraeg a gwnes i fy ymchwil gradd trwy gyfrwng y Gymraeg ar sut y gellid manteisio ar dechnoleg ryngweithiol yn y dosbarth Cymraeg. 

A translation! 🙂 I’m a Welshspeaker and proud I can both speak Welsh and am qualified to teach as a language. Teaching Welsh is a big privilege and responsibility for me.  In my  thirties, I trained as a Welsh teacher and I did my degree research through the medium of Welsh on using interactive technology to teach in the Welsh language classroom.

I’ve experimented with journalling and creative writing over a number of years, including nature journalling.  There’s a sample of a daily written mindfulness practice here focusing on the joys of noticing nature.

I love animals, the countryside and peace and quiet and I hope this comes through in my writing and photography here.  

Wishing you much joy today.  Darren

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Would you believe it?  There are many ‘Darren Rees’ and ‘Darran Rees’ people out there online.  So I’ve tried to brand myself with my middle initial ‘Darren W. Rees’.