Arts & Creativity

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.

  Are you ready to experience, and then write forth the truth of who you really are? The practice of writing is an exploration of consciousness, a practice toward deeper self-awareness, which moves us along the more →

Writing as a Path to Awakening

Albert Flynn DeSilver

August 13–17, 2015
Learn Lucid Dreaming and Dream Yoga During this extraordinary five day retreat you will learn how to lucid dream and will deepen your understanding of the dream state. You will be introduced to both the ancient more →

Awaken in Your Dreams: Lucid Dream Yoga, East and West

Stephen LaBerge and Andrew Holecek

August 20–25, 2015
Brian Mullins
Explore a contemplative approach to music with this experiential acoustic workshop. During this creative weekend, we will discover the foundations and fundamentals of musical commonality found in nature, based in your instrument or voice, replicated in more →

Acoustic Elements: Traditional Music Workshop

Brian Mullins

August 28–30, 2015
Discover the Art of Zen Calligraphy Explore the 1,700-year-old wisdom of East Asian calligraphy and engage your heart in learning and creativity. (artwork by Kazuaki Tanahashi) Let Go of Inner Criticism During this contemplative Zen calligraphy more →

Brush Mind: Zen Calligraphy

Kazuaki Tanahashi

September 11–13, 2015
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. Meditate, Write, Share (or more →

Fearlessly Creative: A Meditation and Writing Retreat

Susan Piver

December 17–21, 2015