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Shambhala Art can be seen as a process, a product, and an arts education program.  As a process, it brings wakefulness and awareness to the creative and viewing processes through the integration of contemplation and meditation.  As a product, it is art that wakes people up. Shambhala Art is also an international non-profit arts education program based on the Dharma Art teachings of the late Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, the founder of Shambhala Buddhism, Shambhala International, and Naropa Institute.  Shambhala Art is a division of Shambhala and is presided over by his son and heir, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. This program is taught by trained and authorized Shambhala Art teachers.

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Art + Life Retreat: Contemplative Creative Practices for an Open Heart and Mind


  • Shambhala Mountain Center 151 Shambhala Way Red Feather Lakes, CO 80545 United States (map)

Contemplative creative practices that cut through concept and draw on nonverbal wisdom are especially potent in times like now. This retreat is for artists and non-artists alike to reconnect deeply with the space of creativity as a resource for our lives. We will have the opportunity to settle deeply into ourselves, nature and sacred community so that we can return home refreshed with creative methods rooted in meditative awareness to help us in these difficult times. The retreat will include Dharma Art teachings, meditation, and creative processes including movement, sound, writing, drawing, calligraphy and work with natural materials and the five elements. It will include Shambhala Art Parts 1-5 and Maitri Space Awareness practice.

  • This retreat is open to everyone. There are no prerequisites and it is relevant to all. 

  • The retreat will include all five parts of the Shambhala Art (Dharma Art) training program and Maitri Space Awareness practice. 

  • Artist to the Court Marcia Wang Shibata and Shastri Sandra Ladley bring a unique collaborative teaching partnership to this program. They have previously taught this program together in Mexico and Greece. 

  • Marcia will share her deep understanding of natural hierarchy through her life work practicing Kado Ikebana the sacred art of flower arranging.

  • Sandra will guide us in Maitri Space Awareness practice which helps us understand how to work directly with the five elemental energies of mind and reality. The practice uses meditation, postures, colors, aimless walks, and creative play to investigate these energies.

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