Shambhala Art REtreat/REunite/REfresh – Berkeley CA

A Retreat for Graduates of the Shambhala Art Five-Part Program with Shastri Sandra Ladley & Steve and Anne Saitzyk

January 5 – 8, 2017 at the Berkeley Shambhala Center

Thu January 5th: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Fri January 6th: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Sat January 7th: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Sun January 8th: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM


  • $200 Program Price
  • $250 Patron Price
  • $175 Student/Early Registration*
  • $50 Deposit
*Register and pay in full by December 5th for a reduced rate of $175.
Changed: The program now starts Thursday night 1/5/17 and is open in its entirety to graduates of the Shambhala Art Program Parts 1-5. There will be separate/breakout sessions for Shambhala Art faculty to discuss inspirations, challenges and resources.  
  • The program will include Shambhala Art teachings, discussions, individual and collaborative creative exploration, meditation and contemplation      
  • We will co-create an Art “Happening” for the public at the Shambhala Center on Friday night  
  • Online sharing for a portion of the event
  • Optional evening events TBD and possible field trips to the new UC Berkeley and SF MOMA Art Museums
This program is about collaboration and play and the opportunity to deepen as well as make new connections with the Shambhala Art teachings and practitioners. 

If you know some Shambhala Art graduates in your area, please invite them. Thank you!
Thursday Night 1/5:
7 – 9 pm Opening Remarks and Discussion, Reception   
Daily Schedule, Friday through Sunday:
10 – 12 Session
12 – 1:30 lunch
1:30 – 3:30 Session
3:30 – 4:00 tea
4:00 – 6:00 Session
Open evenings and optional group activities:
Friday 1/6: Optional participation in co-creating a Public Art Happening 7:30 – 9:00 pm
Stay tuned for possible optional evening gatherings and museum field trips.     
Further details coming in November.   
Questions? Contact Sandra Ladley:
About the teachers:
Shastri Sandra Ladley is a long-time Shambhala Buddhist practitioner and teacher.  She teaches Shambhala and Shambhala Art widely and leads creative, psycho-educational, and Social Presencing groups. She is a core faculty member and the program manger for the Karuna Training program in contemplative psychology.  Sandra worked previously as a manager, counselor and teacher in business, mental health, hospice and creative arts settings. Sandra studied art and music at Bard College and received her BA in Painting from San Francisco State University and her MA in Contemplative Psychology from Naropa University.  She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Anne Anderson Saitzyk received her MFA in painting from Claremont Graduate University and her BFA in illustration from Art Center College of Design. She has served as co-coordinator of Westside Shambhala and is currently Director of Contemplative Arts at Shambhala Meditation Center of Los Angeles. Anne met the Shambhala Buddhist dharma through the Dharma Art program in 1997, is a long-time Shambhala Art teacher and student of Sakyong Mipham. In her professional life, she teaches painting and drawing at Art Center College of Design and occasionally in other locations in the world.
Steven Saitzyk is an Adjunct Professor of Humanities and Sciences at Art Center College of Design and the International Director of Shambhala Art, a nonprofit arts education program designed to integrate meditation into the creative process. See: and  He is a painter, author, and has practiced and taught meditation internationally for more than forty years.  His current book, “Place Your Thoughts Here: Meditation for the Creative Mind,” was published in 2013.

Shambhala Art Part 3: The Creative Process – Providence

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Date details +

Fri March 17th: 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Sat March 18th: 8:30 AM – 6:00 PM
Sun March 19th: 8:30 AM – 6:00 PM


  • $145 Standard
  • $175 Patron
  • ($15.00 Material Fee included in each price.)
 The Creative Process—A Dharma Art Weekend

The eye of desire dirties and distorts. Only when we desire nothing, only when our gaze becomes pure contemplation, does the soul of things (which is beauty) open itself to us.
– Hermann Hesse

There is such a thing as unconditional expression that does not come from self or other.  It manifests out of nowhere like mushrooms in a meadow, like hailstones, like thundershowers.
– Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche

The creative process can be a form of meditation-in-action when it begins with coming to our senses and arriving at “square one.” We do this naturally when we unconditionally face a blank piece of paper, an empty stage, an idle instrument, or an unplanted garden and allow inspiration to naturally arise out of that space.

If that inspiration is met with mindfulness and awareness, it can be given shape and form and built into a result that has a life and energy of its own that others can perceive and experience.  The creative process is only half of the equation; the balance is an awakened viewing process that provides the means to fully perceive what is being communicated.

The Friday evening talk is open to the public for a fee of $20 at the door.

Shambhala Art Teacher to be announced.

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Shambhala Art Part 3 – Montreal, Canada

with Sylvie Cotton & Massimo GuerreraP1050058
from Saturday 18 March at 10 am to Sunday 19 March (2017) at 5 pm
Price: $150

Every phenomenon needs three factors to occur: it appears in space, it takes on a certain form and it displays some energy. Meditation helps us to see and appreciate things as they manifest through these three aspects, and helps us also to understand that the creative process requires these aspects as well, as it implies both creating and seeing clearly what is being created.

This weekend is part of a serie of 5 weekends which you take as your interest guides you.



Dharma Art – Shambhala Haushalt – Cologne

with David Schneider 

September 30 / 7:00 PM – October 2 / 4:00 PM

Dharma Art, damit sind kreative Handlungen gemeint, die aus einer meditativen oder kontemplativen Geisteshaltung entstehen, oder zu ihrer Entwicklung beitragen. Diese Handlungen beschränken sich nicht auf die “schönen Künste”.

Der Begriff des “Shambhala Haushalt” bezieht sich auf den grundlegenden Baustein einer guten menschlichen Gesellschaft, unseren Haushalt.

Fasst man dies zusammen gilt, dass all die kleinen Verrichtungen und Handlungen des Tages – sei es das Kritzeln einer Notiz oder das Platzieren der Haarbürste – zu einer Kultur beitragen, die uns entweder ermuntert und erhebt oder die uns beschwert.

Schwerpunkte dieses zweitägigen Workshops sind Handschrift und Objektarrangement als Experimentierfelder, Entdeckungsgebiete, zum Spaß und zur praktischen Anwendung. Außerdem werden wir stille Meditation im Sitzen üben und Gruppengespräche haben.

Die Teilnehmer werden gebeten, ihre bevorzugten Schreibgeräte mitzubringen, außerdem ein Objekt aus ihrer Küche und eines aus dem Badezimmer.

Jede/r ist herzlich zu diesem ungewöhnlichen Seminar eingeladen.

Acharya David Schneider ist international ausgestellter Kalligraph und preisgekrönter Autor, dessen Bücher über Zen und Zenlehrer in viele Sprachen übersetzt wurden. Er lehrt seit Jahrzehnten Dharma Art Seminare sowie Meditation und Shambhala Training.

Das Programm wird auf Deutsch gelehrt.

Go to Cologne’s website


Shambhala Art Lab – London

Wisdom of the Body: Art and the Immediacy of the Body

with Acharya Mathias Pongracz and Claire van Rhyn

Saturday 29 – 30, October

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Both ancient wisdom and modern science have found the body to be a seat of intelligence. This intelligence wants to move and it wants to move freely, which it cannot do when it is stuck in the head.

To be touched means to be moved. When we are touched by experience, it causes movement. Be it internally on a subtle level in the heart (or what we sometimes call the soul), or on an outer physical level. It might set in motion an action, a bodily movement through space.

Whether it is navigating the experience of a crowded train; noticing the change of season when walking in the park; or dealing with our partner after a busy day, the body provides a measure of our engagement and disengagement with our world.

What is the starting point of movement –where does it dissolve? Where do we create limits – how do these enhance or diminish our aliveness? How do we embody and manifest our lives?

In this programme we will mindfully explore the potential and the possibilities of bodily intelligence and wisdom. We will look at how the body connects and understands in a more immediate and direct way than the intellect. We will explore how our bodies move together, creating and moving in a web of interdependent relationships, and enquire into the relevance of the individual and social dimensions of the body for our everyday lives.

For this exploration we will use exercises from the Art of Making a True Move developed by dancer and social activist Arawana Hayashi, as well as exercises from contemplative choreographer Barbara Dilley and exercises from the Maitri Space Awareness canon (as developed by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche).

Come experiment with the theatre of everyday life!


London Shambhala Mediation Centre 27 Belmont Close, London SW4 6AY


Early Bird: £110 (by 9 September)

Full: £130

Concession: £80/£60 (Please enquire)
For more information contact

Acharya Mathias Pongracz

Born in Congo to Hungarians immigrants, Mathias studied Political Science at University of Vienna, and worked for 20 years as a television journalist and reporter for the Austrian Broadcasting Corporation.  He studied with Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche beginning 1983, with Zen Teacher Kobun Chino Roshi until his passing, and now with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, head of the spiritual community of Shambhala, who appointed him as an Acharya (senior teacher in Shambhala).  Mathias has 40 years of Yoga and Tai Chi practice experience, and have immersed himself in the Sacred Dances of Gurdjieff, different schools of Qi Gong, as well as disciplines of contemplative movement and Maitri Space Awareness. He teaches Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and Shambhala programmes across Europe.

Claire van Rhyn

Claire is originally from South Africa, and now lives in the London with her two children. Trained in Sculpture and Design, she has over 15 years experience in Art Directing and Publishing Design. A student of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, Claire teaches Shambhala Art in Europe and South Africa, and coordinates the programme in Europe. She works as a transition and experience designer for education communities. She is currently researching the role of the body in cultural transmission. Her research at the Royal College of Art is funded by the Art and Humanities Research Council’s London Doctoral Design Centre.

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 Image by Shelley Bird made at Heart n Soul’s Allsorts.


Shambhala Art Parts 3-5 – Athens GREECE

With Marica Shibata


Date: Thursday 3 November 2016 (19:00 -19:00) Friday 4 November 2016 (09:00 -19:00) Saturday 5 November 2016 (09:00 -19:00) Sunday 6 November 2016 (09:00 -19:00)
Coordinator : Olga Papalexandrou
Contact person : Olga Papalexandrou
Price: €300
Discover the source of the creative process and the product we call art, from the viewpoint of a meditative discipline.

The Shambhala Art teachings are about the paradox between discipline and play; the universal nature of creativity and communication. They experientially explore what it means to see things as they are, as well as how to uncover the source of inspiration, its manifestation, and how it can inform our daily practice of connecting to the vividness of our world.