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


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:  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. 


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.


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