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.

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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 27–30, 2019
This is a fundraising event to support Shambhala Mountain Center. For this one day, Shambhala Mountain Center will open its land and heart to dogs and their beloved owners to circumambulate the Great Stupa of Dharmakaya. more →

Dog Blessing at The Great Stupa of Dharmakaya

Acharya Melissa Moore and Shastri Loden Nyima

June 30, 2019
"Albert Flynn DeSilver is a gem, a joy to work with, and puts together amazing workshops." — Cheryl Strayed, International Bestselling author of WILD "This week has been transformational—kind, sweet, and truly satisfying." — B. T. more →

Writing as a Path to Awakening

Albert Flynn DeSilver

August 14–18, 2019
Explore music and rhythm as gateways to spiritual consciousness. Learn specific tools for using sound in healing, spiritual practice, and ceremony. Learn the 4 elements on the frame drum, chanting to greet the day, and radiant more →

Healing Sound Retreat: Personal Transformation Through Sacred Drumming & Chant

Christine Stevens and Jonathan Crowder

August 23–25, 2019
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We will offer a special Musical Peace Ceremony at the Great Stupa of Dharmakaya at 7pm on Saturday, following dinner.  This ceremony includes a preparation gathering, community drum processional, encircling the Stupa and honoring the 4 directions, and musical more →

Music for Peace Ceremony at the Great Stupa

Christine Stevens

August 24, 2019
Contemplative creative practices that cut through concept and draw on nonverbal wisdom are especially potent in times like now. This retreat is for artists and non-artists alike to reconnect deeply with the space of creativity as more →

Art + Life Retreat: Contemplative Creative Practices for an Open Heart and Mind

Artist to the Court Marcia Wang Shibata and Shastri Sandra Ladley

September 6–15, 2019
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 11–15, 2019