Arts & Creativity

Our Arts & Creativity retreats and workshops 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.

Note: This program is being rescheduled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please see updates about SMC's response to the pandemic here. "Albert Flynn DeSilver is a gem, a joy to work with, and puts together amazing more →

Writing as a Path to Awakening

Albert Flynn DeSilver

September 16–20, 2020
Note: This program is being rescheduled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please see updates about SMC's response to the pandemic here. Discover the life-changing practice of cultivating gratitude. Scientific research is proving that a daily gratitude more →

The Science of Gratitude

Matt O’Grady

September 25–27, 2020
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Become a brush and, step by step, we will find ways to foster joy and serene excitement, both in our art and in everyday life. Experiment with artistic interpretation and spontaneous improvisation using a variety of more →

Heart of the Brush

Kazuaki Tanahashi

June 17–20, 2021