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.
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 →
December 20–23, 2013
It’s no secret that modern life is often too fast, structured and purpose-driven for human wellbeing. Take part in a weekend retreat to not only slow down, but to find experiential, emotional and intellectual connections to more →
March 21–23, 2014
Join us for an uplifting mystical feast of Sufi and Hebrew sacred songs, wisdom stories and the divine poetry of Hafiz and Rumi with renowned world music artist, composer and peace activist Yuval Ron. Ron (oud, more →
This unique experiential retreat invites us to journey deeply into the sacred arts and mindfulness practices of the hidden wisdom traditions of East and West. We will experience minimalist movement practices of Zen Buddhism, sacred chanting more →
March 28–30, 2014