The Shambhala Art™ Program is a five part training in mindful creativity based on the teachings of Tibetan Buddhist meditation master, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, as found in his book, True Perception. He was also a calligrapher, photographer, poet, film maker and Ikebana master. His teachings centered on the integration of art and meditation as a way to cultivate greater awareness and genuine expressions that wake up both the artist and the viewer. His teachings were influential for such artists as Allen Ginsburg, Meredith Monk, Alice Walker, David Bowie, and Joni Mitchell.
Part 1: Coming to Your Senses explores the fertile ground of connecting to our sense perceptions and meditative mind for creative expression. When we see things as they are and are open to our experience, an expression that is fresh and genuine naturally arises.
This one-day workshop will include meditation instruction, perception exercises, and discussion about the creative process that can be applicable to any art form and any level of experience in art or meditation. Join us in exploring mindful sensory awareness and how it can enhance your creativity, meditation practice and daily life, whether you consider yourself an artist or not.
Rebekah Younger is a multidisciplinary artist, author and educator who is currently working on a book entitled, “Be, Awake, Create: Mindful Practices to Spark Creativity” based on her understanding of the Shambhala Art™ teachings and her own experience as an artist/ entrepreneur/educator. She is an authorized Shambhala Art™ teacher and meditation instructor who has been practicing meditation for 17 years within the Shambhala Buddhist community. She received a MFA in Interdisciplinary Art from Goddard College in 2008, with a focus on contemplative art practices and the Dharma art teachings of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche.
Paul Romejko is a graphic designer and photographer. He is an authorized Shambhala art teacher for Parts 1-3 who has also taught Photography and graphic design at the college level. He has written and presented on applying Shambhala Art principles to graphic design and branding. Paul has a BFA in Communication Design from Parsons School of Design and an MFA in Photography from Ohio University. He has been on the Shambhala Buddhist path for 15 years.