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Shambhala Art Intensive: All Five Parts – Boulder CO

with Alexandra Shenpen, Elaine Yuen, Mindy Upton
June 27th—July 2nd
Price:
$475 Full Price
$540 Sponsor
$400 Subsidized
($100.00 Material Fee included in each price.)

June 27 7:00-9:00pm
Introductory Talk – Laying the ground of the Shambhala Art journey. The five-part Shambhala Arts program encourages the exploration of how meditation and contemplation work with the creative process.

June 28 9:30am-5:30pm
Part One: Coming to Your Senses
The creative process has more to do with perception than talent. We learn through meditation that we can rest in a state where our mind, body, and environment are synchronized and self-expression can transform into pure-expression.

June 29 9:30am-5:30pm
Part Two: Seeing Things As They Are
Through meditation we come to see things as they are as opposed to how we imagine things are. We discover that everything has a felt presence.

June 30 9:30am-5:30pm
Part Three: The Creative Process
The creative process is only half of the equation; the balance is an awakened viewing process that provides the means to fully perceive.

July 1 9:30am-5:30pm
Part Four: The Power of Display
We explore things as they are in greater and greater depth. We find many shapes, sounds, tastes, colors, and textures with patterns that suggest connections to the seasons, emotions, truths, and wisdom. Cultures throughout history have developed ways to merge their intuitive experience with their collective knowledge and to display these expressions through their arts.

July 2 9:30am-5:30pm
Part Five: Art in Everyday Life
The gap between inspiration and manifestation can be huge and filled with obstacles, negativity, and self-consciousness. The five elements describe our world and our experience and offer a possibility to work with these challenges in different ways.

Partial attendance:
Introductory Talk: $20
Program: $88/day + $20/day material fee

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Young Meditator’s Shambhala Art Retreat – West Los Angeles

with Elaine Welinder & Joshua Northcutt & Alex Lippman
July 28 / 8:30 AM – July 28 / 6:00 PM

“When we apply meditation to art, there’s a quality of freedom in the artistic process. Our art becomes something we discover rather than create.” Sakyong Mipham

This retreat is for people in their 20s and 30s to explore how meditation relates to creating. Shambhala Art’s purpose is to discover the source of creativity and the product we call Art, from the viewpoint of a meditative discipline. These teachings from Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche show us how we can relate to ourselves and our world with clarity, discipline, and playfulness.

Group practice is a powerful opportunity to deepen our understanding of what the creative process is really about. This retreat is equivalent to Shambhala Art Part One where we’llwork with paint, movement, stillness, voice, and writing. The exercises are designed to support “coming to our senses” to confidently create from genuine presence. Even if you don’t consider yourself an “artist”, you can benefit from this exploration.

Supplies are provided but bring a notebook or sketchbook and writing utensil. Coffee, tea will be available in the morning as well as an afternoon tea break with a hearty snack. BYO lunch. There are also places to buy lunch within easy walking distance of the Center.

Registration is required as space is limited.

Price:

  • $80.00 Program Price
  • $100.00 Patron Price
Room: WESTSIDE SHAMBHALA @ 3877 Grand View Blvd, Mar Vista, 90066

Suggested Reading: True Perception by Chögyam Trungpa

About the Teachers:
Elaine Welinder has worked as a freelance graphic designer and artist for over thirty-five years and is currently a full-time student at CSULB’s School of Art. She has been practicing meditation in the Shambhala tradition since 2011 and is a Shambhala Path Meditation Instructor and Shambhala Art teacher for parts 1-3. She lives in Huntington Beach with her husband and is an active member of the Orange County Shambhala community.

Josh Northcutt enjoyed art class for as long as he can remember despite some reports home of eating crayons and paste and glittery turkey drawings made from an outline of his hand. He fondly sketched and doodled on various surfaces from preschool to high school and formally studied art after Nursing School. He received a BA in Studio Arts in 2007 from the University of Hawaii with a focus on Painting and Drawing. Always asking challenging questions Josh decided to start studying Buddhism in 1994 wondering what really happens when you die (still doesn’t know). Since visiting the Hawaii Shambhala Group around 2009, he has been actively engaged in the path including intensive retreats and training to become a Shambhala Art Teacher and Shambhala Path Meditation Instructor.

Alex Lippman has been making art since she had full motor control of her hands. She has her BFA in sculpture & installation but enjoys making art in any medium. Most recently, she has been weaving. Alex was raised in the Shambhala Buddhist community and has been actively studying and practicing for eight years. She is a Shambhala Guide and one of the original leaders of the Eastside Young Meditators group in Los Angeles.

Contact anne (at) shambhalaart (dot) org if you have any questions.

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What is Shambhala Art? – Phoenix AZ

with Stuart Rice
Fri September 14th: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Shambhala Art, Shambhala Arts, Dharma Art, Dharma Arts, Contemplative Arts — what’s in a name, really? In this public talk, we’ll explore the history of art within Shambhala, from the early days of Chogyam Trungpa establishment of Tail of the Tiger (now Karme Choling) to the present day. We’ll also look at understanding the differences and nuances between Shambhala Art, Shambhala Arts, and the path of Shambhala Art training. We’ll also have a chance to work with some experiential exercises that are part of the Shambhala Art curriculum.

The Friday night talk is free to all, whether or not you have registered for Shambhala Art Part 1 on Saturday and Sunday. Donations are gratefully accepted.

Phoenix Shambhala

 

Shambhala Art Part 1: Coming to Your Senses – Phoenix AZ

with Rae Strozzo & Stuart Rice
Sat September 15th: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Sun September 16th: 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
$110 Full Program
$125 Patron Price

A Saturday and Sunday workshop

Shambhala Art can be seen as a process, a product, and an arts education program. As a process, it brings wakefulness and awareness to the creative and viewing processes through the integration of contemplation and meditation. As a product, it is art that wakes us up. Shambhala Art is also an international non-profit arts education program based on the Dharma Art teachings of the late Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, the founder of Shambhala Buddhism, Shambhala, and Naropa Institute.

In part one of the five-part Shambhala Art curriculum, we focus on coming (back) to our senses. In this experiential weekend, we will work with our sense perceptions through a series of exercises. We will also enjoy meditation, dharma talks, and community time as we open to exploration of art in everyday life.

We welcome all people regardless of background to join us for this workshop; no prior experience or skill in “art” is necessary. No prerequisites.

Please also join us for the Friday Night talk:
What is Shambhala Art?
Friday, September 14, 7 – 9 pm

Shambhala Art, Shambhala Arts, Dharma Art, Dharma Arts, Contemplative Arts — what’s in a name, really? In this public talk, we’ll explore the history of art within Shambhala, from the early days of Chogyam Trungpa establishment of Tail of the Tiger (now Karme Choling) to the present day. We’ll also look at understanding the differences and nuances between Shambhala Art, Shambhala Arts, and the path of Shambhala Art training. We’ll also have a chance to work with some experiential exercises that are part of the Shambhala Art curriculum.

The Friday night talk is free to all, whether or not you have registered for the Saturday/Sunday workshop. Donations are gratefully accepted.

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Shambhala Art – Part One – Dorje Denma Ling – Nova Scotia

With Stéphane Bédard

“Shambhala Art” by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, March 2004

September 14 – 16, 2018 

The practice of dharma art is a way to use our lives to communicate without confusion the primordial and magical nature of what we see, hear, and touch. — Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche

First thought is best in art. — William Blake

Part One: Coming to Your Senses
The creative process has more to do with perception than talent. It requires that we first perceive our world as it is before we can represent it in some form or use it as a launching pad for expression. Meditation helps this process by clarifying our perceptions, relaxing our relentless self-dialoguing, and revealing the source of creativity. Through meditation, we also learn that we can rest in “square one,” a state of mindfulness and awareness where our mind, body, and environment are synchronized and self-expression can transform into pure-expression.

Shambhala Art is a hands-on approach to creativity. This weekend program will consist of short meditation sessions and exploratory exercises using collage, poetry, and object arrangement.
For more information about Shambhala Art, visit the website Shambhala Art. Also see the Spring 2017 Shambhala Art Newsletter for an article by Stéphane Bédard entitled If Sun Meets Wind, on the creative process.

About the teacher:

Stéphane Bédard is a student of the renowned Ikebana Master Seibi Watanabe Sensei. He has been teaching Ikebana (the Japanese art of flower arranging) since 1987. A senior Shambhala Art Teacher in the international Shambhala Buddhist Community, he also teaches Shambhala Art workshops, the Way of Shambhala programs, and holds the title of Kalapa Ikebana Master […] Learn more about Stéphane Bédard

Registration: Book now and get CAD $30.00 off listed prices. Offer valid until Jun 5, 2018.  

Date and Time Details: Arrival Friday afternoon 4-6 pm. Departure Sunday 5 pm.
Location: Dorje Denma Ling
Address: 2280 Balmoral Rd, Tatamagouche, NS, B0K 1V0
Contact:  Peggy Eyre
programs@dorjedenmaling.com
All prices include $200 Tuition
Starting from CAD $220.00
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Shambhala Art Intensive: All Five Parts, Los Angeles, CA

Dechen Choling, France 2015

January 3-7, 2018, 9:30AM- 5:30PM (Note this program has taken place and is showing as an example of Intensives)

“When we apply meditation to art, there’s a quality of freedom in the artistic process.  Our art becomes something we discover rather than create.” Sakyong Mipham, from forward of Place Your Thoughts Here by Steven Saitzyk

“You could play a tremendous role in developing peace throughout the world.” Chögyam Trungpa, founder of the Shambhala and Dharma Art teachings that Shambhala Art is based on.

Shambhala Art’s purpose is to explore the creative process and the product we call art from the viewpoint of a meditative discipline.  The Shambhala Art teachings are about discovery and play, and the universal nature of creativity and communication.  The program will include teachings, meditation, awareness exercises, and creative and group processes that help to unlock a non-conceptual sense of expression that is available to all, artist and non-artist alike.  While Shambhala Art does not teach a particular skill such as painting or dance, it offers a view and a path to the creative process and its genuine expression in all aspects of our lives.

Shambhala Art works with:

  • Opening our mind, freeing our basic potential with meditation and exercises,
  • Clearing perception, tuning into ourselves and our world through our sense perceptions and insight, removing the filters of habitual patterns,
  • Creating and expressing, in structured and unstructured approaches, with form and without form or rules. Using brush and ink, movement, object arranging, voice, and writing…, the exercises are designed to help with finding one’s own voice and bringing insight into expression.

This intensive will offer all five parts of the Shambhala Art curriculum in one program.  Each part takes us deeper into what it means to see and experience things as they truly are and how inspiration arises from that discovery.

Part One: Coming to Your Senses

Part Two:  Seeing Things as They Are

Part Three: The Creative Process: Heaven, Earth and Human

Part Four: The Power of Display

Part Five: Art in Everyday Life and Feast of the Elements The training will close with a celebratory reception, “graduation,” and presentation of pins. 

Readings:    True Perception: The Path of Dharma Art by Chögyam Trungpa and Place Your Thoughts Here: Meditation for the Creative Mind by Steven Saitzyk

COST (Note: As of Jan. 1, 2018 there are only 2 seats left ):

$465US Full Tuition
$395US Assisted Tuition is for those taking the following Teachers Training, full-time students, seniors, members of the Los Angeles Shambhala Center, and those in need. 
$175US Repeat Tuition

Price does not include food or housing.  A materials fee of approximately $15 will be assessed. Enrollment limited to 20 participants.

PROGRAM LOCATION: Westside Shambhala Center, 3877-A Grand View Blvd, Mar Vista, CA 90066. Ph: 310 390-9009

TEACHERS:

Steven Saitzyk is the international Director of Shambhala Art and one of the founders of the Shambhala Art Program.  He is an Adjunct Professor Humanities and Sciences at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena California.  He is also a painter and published author.  See:  www.stevensaitzyk.com.  He began his studies of Dharma Art and Vajrayana Iconography with Chögyam Trungpa in 1974 and since has practiced and taught meditation internationally for more than forty-five years. He is also painter, author, and his current book is titled, “Place Your Thoughts Here: Meditation for the Creative Mind.”

 

Anne Anderson Saitzyk received her MFA in painting from Claremont Graduate University and her BFA in illustration from Art Center College of Design. She serves as Director of Contemplative Arts at Shambhala Meditation Center of Los Angeles and is a former Co-Director of Westside Shambhala. Anne met the Shambhala Buddhist dharma (and her future husband) through the Dharma Art program in 1997, is a student of Sakyong Mipham, a Shambhala Art teacher and Assistant Director of the program. She has been teaching painting and drawing at Art Center College of Design for 22 years and occasionally teaches in other parts of the world. 

REGISTRATION:

Advanced registration along with a 50% deposit is required to secure a place. The deposit becomes non-refundable 14 days before the start of the program.  Please consider early enrollment. This program has always filled to capacity.  Participants must enroll for the entire five day intensive. Participants may not skip any part and continue with the intensive.  Upon registration participants will be emailed a reading and materials list and a welcome letter with additional information such as local motels that are walking distance from the program. 

  • Please click on: Shambhala Art Intensive Registration 2018 to download and complete the registration form.
  • If you are going to pay with a credit or debit card, please email the completed form to the email address on the form and then use the PayPal button to pay your deposit.
  • If you are going to pay by check, please mail the completed form to the address on the form along with your deposit.

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THIS PROGRAM IS FILLED AS OF JAN. 2.  If you wish to be on a wait list, please email the registration form without making a deposit.

 

Shambhala Art Teachers Training for Parts 1-3 – Los Angeles, CA

January 9-12, 2018, 9:30AM – 5:30PM (This program has taken place and is showing as an example of a Teacher Training)

The Shambhala Art Program is an exciting and challenging program to teach.  This Teachers Training offers the opportunity to be authorized as an Assistant Teacher, or a Teacher of Parts 1-3.  A Teachers Training for Parts 4-5 will be offered in the near future.  Please note that many of the requirements below are centered on Shambhala and its dharma.  This allows us to keep these Teachers Trainings relatively brief.  Attending this training is not a guarantee of authorization and some authorizations may involve gaining additional dharma teaching experience.

Shambhala Art Teacher Requirements:

  1. Membership at a Shambhala Center.
  2. Completion of the five-part Shambhala Art Program.
  3. Some teaching experience inside or outside of Shambhala.
  4. Some ongoing art practice/creative process discipline.
  5. For Authorization as an Assistant Teacher the minimum requirements are completion of a Weekthun (7day meditation at a Shambhala Center.) Completion of a Shambhala Art Educators Training for Parts 1-3.
  6. For Authorization as a Teacher of Parts 1-3 the minimum requirements are completion a Dathun (a month-long meditation at a Shambhala Center) and be on the path to completing Enlightened Society Assembly. On the path to becoming a Shambhala Meditation Guide, and Completion of a Shambhala Art Educators Training for Parts 1-3.
  7. For Authorization as Teacher of Parts 1-5 the minimum requirements are: In addition to the above requirements, completion of Sacred World Assembly and you are on the path to becoming a Shambhala Path Meditation Instructor, and Completion of a Shambhala Art Educators Training for Parts 4-5.

Teachers:

Steven Saitzyk is the international Director of Shambhala Art and one of the founders of the Shambhala Art Program.  He is an Adjunct Professor Humanities and Sciences at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena California.  He is also a painter and published author.  See:  www.stevensaitzyk.com.  He began his studies of Dharma Art and Vajrayana Iconography with Chögyam Trungpa in 1974 and since has practiced and taught meditation internationally for more than forty-five years. He is also painter, author, and his current book is titled, “Place Your Thoughts Here: Meditation for the Creative Mind.”

 

Shastri Sandra Ladley is a long-time practitioner and Senior Shambhala teacher.  She has worked as a counselor, manager and teacher in business, technology, health and creative arts settings.  She studied at Bard College and received her BA in Painting from San Francisco State University and her MA in Contemplative Psychology from Naropa University.  In addition to Shambhala teaching, Sandra currently leads creative and psycho-educational groups on topics including Radical Acceptance and Art in Everyday Life.  She is part of the team that is bringing the Karuna Training contemplative psychology program from Europe to Northern California.  She lives near Berkeley in Albany, CA.

Application/Registration:

Below is a link to download the application form and the letter of recommendation form.  Upon acceptance of your application you will be emailed a registration form, a teacher’s sourcebook, a reading and materials list, and information on two local motel which are walking distance from the center.  Your deposit will also be due.  Participants may not arrive late to, or leave early from, this program.

Shambhala Art Teacher Training for Parts 1-3 2018 Application Form

SA Teacher Training 1-3 Recommendation 2018 Form.

Tuition:

$395US Full
$335US Assisted
$175US Repeat

Price does not include food or housing.  Enrollment limited to 15 participants. Advanced registration along with a 50% deposit (which becomes non-refundable 14 days before the beginning of the program) is required to secure a place. If you have not completed the entire five part Shambhala Art Program and are planning on taking the Jan. 3-7 intensive, please consider early enrollment. These Intensives always fills to capacity prior to the program.  Enrollment for the Intensive is separate from enrollment in the Teachers Training. 

Please do not make your deposit until after you are accepted for this Teachers Training.