Shambhala Art Part 3: The Creative Process – Seattle WA

with Anne Saitzyk & Ladan Yalzadeh
April 6th—April 8th
Fri April 6th: 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Sat April 7th: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Sun April 8th: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Price:
$200 Program Price
$250 Patron Price
Pay what you can afford (enter your amount in registration)

“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

For registration for the Friday night talk only, click here!

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 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.

In Part Three we will explore the ancient aesthetic principles of Heaven, Earth and Human through the practices of calligraphy, movement, object arranging, voice, and writing. With structure and freedom, these forms are designed to help with finding one’s own voice and bringing insight into expression, whether one considers themselves an “artist” or not.

Shambhala Art Parts One and Two are prerequisites for this program.

Text: True Perception, The Path of Dharma Art by Chögyam Trungpa

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 Co-Founded Contemplative Creativity Lab in 2013. Anne met the Shambhala Buddhist dharma (and her future husband) through the Dharma Art program in 1997, is a student of Sakyong Mipham, and is a Teacher and Assistant Director of the Shambhala Art program. She has been teaching painting and drawing at Art Center College of Design’s public program for over 20 years and occasionally teaches in other parts of the world.


Ladan Yalzadeh has been a student and practitioner of Shambhala since 2008. An award-winning filmmaker, published writer and a theater artist, she is a Shambhala Art Teacher and is one of the co-founders of the Contemplative Creativity Labs. Now in their fifth year, these are monthly gatherings of art and meditation practitioners and teachers who want to play with the Dharma Art teachings of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and share them with others. She holds an MFA in Creative Practice from Plymouth University. She has a keen interest in contacting the creative through the body. www.ladanyalzadeh.com

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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.

Select Tuition then Add to Cart

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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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.

 

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How to View Art

This talk was given by Steven Saitzyk, Director of Shambhala Art, at the Westside Shambhala Center in Los Angeles on July 10, 2013.  The subject is how meditation and completive practices benefit the viewing process of art.

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Creativity & Meditation 2011 Part 1


This is part 1 of a talk and discussion on creativity and meditation given by Steven Saitzyk, the International Director of Shambhala Art,on March 31, 2011 at the Los Angeles Shambhala Meditation Center.

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Creativity & Meditation 2011 Part 2


This is part 2 of a talk on creativity and meditation given by Steven Saitzyk, the International Director of Shambhala Art,on March 31, 2011 at the Los Angeles Shambhala Meditation Center.

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Shambhala Art Day Festival 2010 Los Angeles


A brief introductory talk on Shambhala Art Day and how to view the festival’s artwork by Steven Saitzyk, International Director of Shambhala Art. The video includes a sampling of the artworks on display and the demonstations.

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Meditation & the Creative Process

This is a public talk and discussion given by Steven Saitzyk, the International Director of Shambhala Art, on Nov. 7, 2010 at the St. Petersburg Florida Shambhala Center. There were about 40 participants. The video was taken by Nikhal Ghodke.

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Shambhala Art Intensive 2010 Los Angeles Part 1

Shambhala Art 2010 Five Part Intensive in Los Angeles. Part 1 of 3 videos showing showing some of the exercises used by this non-profit arts education program designed to integrate meditation with the creative and viewing processes. In this first video you can see exercises lead by Shambhala Art Teachers Amanda Tasse, Marcia Shibata, and Anne Saitzyk.

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Shambhala Art Intensive 2010 Los Angeles Part 2

Part 2 of 3 of the Shambhala Art Five Part Intensive 2010 in Los Angeles. This video shows the Director of Shambhala Art International, Steven Saitzyk,demonstrating object arranging as a means to explore one’s felt sense and thought sense of the Principles of Space, Form, and Energy.  This is followed by participant examples and an introduction to the Five Elements as a means to further explore the phenomenal world as part of one’s creative process.

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Shambhala Art Intensive 2010 Los Angeles Part 3

Part 3 of 3 of the Shambhala Art Five Part Intensive 2010 Los Angeles. In this video we see participants continue to create arrangements based on some of the Elements.  This is followed Steven Saitzyk and Marcia Shibata demonstrating the use of the Four Actions in the creative process. What follows this is a collaborative exercise where all the participants create four installations as an expression of what they have learned. It is called the “Feast of the Five Elements.” The installations include objects, food, and drink that embody the Elements and their Actions. On completion, the food and drink are consumed during a celebration that includes brief performances and readings.

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What is Shambhala Art Audio

Introductory talk “What is Shambhala Art?” given at the January 2007 Intensive by Steven Saitzyk and Marcia Shibata. 18 Minutes, MP3 format. 4MB.

Listen now:
[audio:Art_Intro_Lo_rez.mp3]

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Art as Crazy Wisdom Audio

“Art as Crazy Wisdom” is a talk given on 11/20/07 by Steven Saitzyk, comparing Buddhist iconography and contemporary western art. 35Minutes, 16MB, MP3. You can also download and veiw the slides that were presented during the talk.

Listen now:
[audio:s_saitzyk-ArtCrazyWisdom.mp3]

Art as Crazy Wisdom PDF slideshow. 5MB.

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