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.

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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: Miksang Photography

Michael Wood and Julie DuBose

April 2–5, 2015
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Discover the power of essential oils through this unique retreat blending Buddhist meditation with Ayurvedic wisdom. Botanical aromas are found by many to produce a wide range of spiritual insights, enhanced meditative states and increased well-being. more →
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Join us for a unique opportunity to learn the ancient art of contemplative Tibetan calligraphy with an accomplished master. This weekend of contemplation, meditation and artistic focus will include making your own traditional bamboo pen, learning more →

Yig Zuk: Contemplative Tibetan Calligraphy

Naksang Rinpoche

April 17–19, 2015
Irini Rockwell
Work is about relationships. To be an effective professional, you can't take for granted they will always go well. During this workshop, we will engage the Five Wisdoms as a tool for working with others: seeing more →
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The Shaman’s Heart is a revolutionary new program for developing one’s full capacity for soul-based and heart-centered living. The program is a unique and practical integration of shamanic practice, transpersonal psychology, ancient wisdom teachings, and various more →

Shaman’s Heart: The Path of Authentic Power, Purpose & Presence

Byron Metcalf and Karen Malik

May 1–3, 2015
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Calling all women who do too much! This spring retreat, based on Sara's best-selling book, will offer you a safe respite from your busy life. It brings together a tribe of like-minded women who are longing more →

The Way of the Happy Woman: Silent Spring Retreat

Sara Avant Stover

May 21–24, 2015
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Rediscover the “haiku moments” of our existence wherein we meet the world with a sense of wonder. With appreciation free from grasping, we awaken to the sacredness that is already present in the details and images more →

Word Flashes: A Poetry and Meditation Workshop

Marc Olmsted

May 22–24, 2015
Christine Stevens
  Explore music and rhythm as a gateway for therapeutic process and honest communication. In its fifth year, this annual program weaves the four elements of music medicine into a powerful experience in cross-cultural rhythms, chants, more →

Healing Sound Retreat

Christine Stevens

May 28–31, 2015
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   Join us for a weekend retreat! Christine Stevens is also facilitating a retreat this weekend. Please click HERE for more information about the full retreat.  This program is included in the retreat. ~~~ Check out this more →

Peace Music Ceremony at the Great Stupa

Christine Stevens

May 30, 2015
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  A Four Seasons Program Join us as we explore the native plant communities of Shambhala Mountain Center and learn about the complex relationships between native plants, soil, weather, and wildlife. During this retreat, we will more →

Exploring Trees and Wildflowers

Jim Tolstrup and Laurie Huckaby

June 5–7, 2015
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Connect with your inner lotus and learn to paint with rocks and minerals! This retreat offers unique approaches to visual art, using them as a pathway to personal growth and expression. We will explore techniques for more →

Creating Your Inner Mandala

Kalsang Dawa

July 2–6, 2015
Irini Rockwell
Creating healthy and enlivened work environments requires action. During this dynamic workshop, we will learn profound and practical approaches to working with others through skillful communication and effective action. Through experiential learning modalities, you learn to more →

Natural Brilliance in Action

Irini Rockwell

August 3–9, 2015
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This program integrates qigong and meditation with an emphasis on how these practices support one another in nourishing a healthy body and cultivating a clear mind. The daily practice will interlace several sessions of sitting and more →

Qigong and Meditation

Eva Wong and Acharya Dale Asrael

August 12–17, 2015
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A Four Seasons Program Come and feel a personal connection with the universe under the shooting stars of the Perseid meteor shower, which is predicted to be especially good this year! Throughout history, human beings have more →

Big Sky, Big Mind: A Contemplative Astronomy Workshop

Andrea Schweitzer and Jim Tolstrup

August 13–16, 2015
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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 path more →

Writing as a Path to Awakening

Albert Flynn DeSilver

August 13–17, 2015
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“WAKE UP!” says the Buddha. But I’m not asleep, you say? You probably think you already are awake, just as you assume every night before waking from your dreams. That is, unless you’ve cultivated the art 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