Contemplative Arts

Shambhala Mountain Center embraces a variety of contemplative arts and practices. As a process, this type of artistic expression brings wakefulness and awareness to the creative and viewing processes through the integration of contemplation and meditation. The emphasis is on art that springs from a meditative state of mind.

Art is a sacred communication between oneself and the universe, and between the artist and their witnesses. Through the practice of contemplative arts, we can gently increase our self-awareness, our perception of the world and our skills in working with others.

Our Contemplative Arts programs feature writing, poetry, photography, drawing, painting, calligraphy, dance, flower arranging and other disciplines that appreciate the uniqueness of the everyday sensory experience, the “art of everyday life.” Contemplative arts and practices bring beauty, vividness and wisdom to our lives and our environment.

Miksang Michael in Puddle
Discover how to see the world in a fresh way and express your full and complete experience through your camera. This retreat is an introduction to the practice of Miksang Contemplative Photography as developed by Michael more →

Opening the Good Eye: An Introduction to Miksang Photography

Michael Wood and Julie DuBose

September 11–14, 2014
Buddha hands
Learn the centuries old technique of applying gold leaf through hands-on work, demonstrations, and experimentation. In the inspiring environs of the Great Stupa and its art studio, we will incorporate a variety of historical and modern more →

Gold Leaf Gilding and the Dignity of Craftsmanship

John Perkins

September 25–28, 2014
What do writers want more than anything in the world? Time to write. Yet even if such precious time could be found, it's not always easy to settle into the writing groove. Meditation can help synchronize more →

Fearlessly Creative: A Meditation and Writing Retreat

Susan Piver

December 18–21, 2014