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.


  • $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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