VISION: A Shambhala Art Educator and Graduate Retreat

with Steve Saitzyk & Anne Saitzyk
January 3rd—January 6th (2019)
9:00 AM – 5:30 PM Daily
WESTSIDE SHAMBHALA @ 3877 Grand View Blvd, Mar Vista (Los Angeles), CA, 90066, USA

Prerequisite: Completion of the five-part Shambhala Art program.

Vision means “to see, to perceive, to imagine with wisdom.” As a Shambhala Art educator or graduate of the Shambhala Art Program, you have been on a quest to see. In Part 1 we learned to connect to our senses; if we relax, our sense perceptions and sense consciousnesses naturally order themselves, and our filters and projections begin to dissolve. Part 2 involved discovering that there are two things that shape our experience and our communication of that experience: our felt sense and our thought sense. In Part 3 we found that the creative process is completely dependent on the process of perception and “seeing” clearly. Part 4 is about perceiving the elemental qualities of phenomena: the seasons, colors, sounds, shapes, the way we listen and speak, the way we think. Part 5 is about the workability of things and the possibilities for change.

What is the next step? It is exploring vision and all that it means, including enlightened vision. What would be an example of enlightened vision? Imagine that we have been looking at a thangka (a Tibetan painted scroll) and its central figure is the Primordial Rigden. Suddenly, you are the Rigden looking out. What would that vision be? What would you see? How would you express it? How can we even presume an enlightened vision for ourselves? Traditionally, Vajrayana teachings tell us we are already enlightened, but we don’t recognize it because we are so busy confusing ourselves. The creative process is about play, discovery, contemplation, and meditation in action—these actions could be seen as a means to un-confuse ourselves and an opportunity to glimpse enlightened vision. Enlightened vision is where we not only see clearly but know what is, so that we can act, or not act, decisively in manifesting that vision.

Though the retreat has a theme, it is co-created by all participants. In past retreats we’ve enjoyed structured as well as open time in order to work on personal explorations, either alone or in collaboration with our peers. Time will also be given to viewing a Chögyam Trungpa DVD of Visual Dharma talks. There will be an optional evening group activity, to be determined.
You’re encouraged to bring your creative materials of choice. Some materials will be available for out of towners i.e. large paper, tempera paint and all sizes and shapes of brushes.

For Shambhala Art Educators: Participation in this program meets the biannual retreat or intensive requirement.

Location: Westside Shambhala is 10-15 minutes north of Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and two miles from Venice beach. It is situated behind 3871 Grandview, entry through the alley between “Under the Sea” and “Green Coast Hydroponics”, which is directly across the street from “BMC Building Supply”. View Google Map Photos of entry: https://la.shambhala.org/westside-shambhala/

Housing: If you’d like to inquire about staying with a community member, please contact our housing coordinator at smclahospitality@gmail.com. Other popular options are motels or Airbnb within walking distance. We will provide a list on request.

Teachers
Steven Saitzyk: “I enjoy the Shambhala Art Educator/Graduate Retreat because I get to be a participant and not just a director.” Steve 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 a painter, author, and his current book is titled, “Place Your Thoughts Here: Meditation for the Creative Mind.”

Anne Anderson Saitzyk: “I had an art/meditation breakthrough at one of these retreats, so I’m there! I also enjoy the supportive experience of being with my tribe.” Anne serves as Director of Contemplative Arts at Shambhala Meditation Center of Los Angeles and co-founded Contemplative Creativity Lab. She met the Shambhala Buddhist dharma through the Dharma Art program in 1997 and is Assistant Director of Shambhala Art. She received her MFA from Claremont Graduate University, has been teaching at Art Center College of Design for 25 years and occasionally teaches in other parts of the world.

PRICE

In the instructions box during payment, please say where and when you graduated.  Shambhala Art Teachers should say where and when they were authorized.  Thank you.  firstthought [at] shambhalaart.org.  This email address is in a form to avoid spammers.

Contact Form below:

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Shambhala Art 5 Part Intensive – Dechen Choling – France

with Herbert Elsky & Anne Saitzyk & Steve Saitzyk
April 29, 2019/ 4:00 PM – May 5, 2019 / 8:00 AM

‘Art communicates Basic Goodness through symbol, which gives others the power to realize it instantaneously without language’.  Sakyong Mipham.

The Dharma Art teachings of Chögyam Trungpa, Rinpoche are not just about making “art”. They are about how we are creating ourselves each moment, the artistry of life itself, how we create our environments, and how we communicate and express ourselves to others.

Open to everyone, the programme will combine Dharma Art teachings with the Shambhala teachings about daring to be in the present moment — connecting with the energy and magic of being alive.

Using painting, movement, object arranging, voice, and writing among other modes, the exercises are designed to help with finding your own voice, your unique mode of expression. These teachings about the source of creativity show us how we can relate to ourselves and our world with clarity, discipline, and playfulness.

The Shambhala Art programme is presented in five parts:

Part One: Coming to Your Senses

Part Two: Sign and Symbol

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

Part Four: The Power of Display

Part Five: Art in Everyday Life

View: Usually art is considered as something extra or special in our lives which is created by people who are especially talented, but according to the Shambhala teachings art is something vital which everyone has the potential to actualize.

It is vital because how we perceive the world affects everything we do and say. It concerns our belief systems and our conception of reality all together. From that point of view art is a way of seeing and being and can become a path of awakening to our highest potential.

Connecting Dharma and Art is a spiritual path of personal evolution. It is spiritual in the sense that we are recognizing the sacredness and preciousness of human existence and the amazing potential of artistic expression.

Description

The programme includes:

Teachings

We will be exploring the “Dharma Art” teachings of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, found in True Perception as well as teachings from “Shambhala, the Sacred Path of the Warrior”.

Meditation

Awakening and freeing our mind, recognizing our potential, being in the unknown, the importance of space in the creative process.

Seeing through our own projections, biases, strategies and conditioning. It is possible to see clearly and directly. We call that “Square One”, a fresh starting point.

Exercises

Activities to develop perception and spontaneity, working alone and in collaboration

Voice work; to free our voice and synchronize with nowness

Brush work and Movement to open to creative flow

Celebration and Community

Within the beautiful and peaceful environment of Dechen Choling, we will be supported and nourished by nature, good food, and community.

The programme will culminate in a celebratory graduation and pinning ceremony.

Herbert ELSKY is very happy to announce that he will be teaching this 2019 programme together with Anne SAITZYK, co-Founder of the Contemplative Creativity Lab and Steven SAITZYK Director of Shambhala Art. These two talented artists will bring a beautiful richness of experience to the programme.

Practical

Arrival day (Monday April 29): Orientation talk at 8 pm. You’re invited to come from 4 pm in order to register and settle in your room. Dinner is served at 6.45 pm.

End of programme (Saturday May 4): Closing circle and Banquet in the evening.

Departure day (Sunday May 5): You may leave anytime (no programme that day). You’re welcome to stay for lunch.

This programme is taught in English. Free translation into French or other languages needs to be confirmed. Important: translation services are possible only if you register your request at least two months in advance of the programme.

Go to Dechen Chöling’s website

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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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