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.

Join us for this unique retreat combining practices of body, perception, and meditation to support immersion into a complete mindfulness mandala. We practice on the meditation seat within daily periods of silence, allowing us to deepen more →

Touching the Moment: Indelible Presence

Acharya Dale Asrael and Cynthia Moku

May 14–18, 2020
Intense emotions such as anger, jealousy, and fear can either trap us in struggles or open us to the direct experience of awakening.  This retreat presents techniques to expose core belief structures that perpetuate emotional confusion, more →

Taming the Wild Horse: Awakening the Wisdom of Emotions

Jenny Bondurant, Alexandra Shenpen, Sensei and Shanon Brown

May 21–25, 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 25–28, 2020
"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

September 16–20, 2020
Discover the life-changing practice of cultivating gratitude. Scientific research is proving that a daily gratitude practice can benefit our health, relationships, work, and sleep. A consistent gratitude practice releases stress and boosts our immune system, while more →

The Science of Gratitude

Matt O’Grady

September 25–27, 2020