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 17–20, 2021
Samu is a Zen term that refers to the physical work necessary to maintain the Zen monastery. It can also be a powerful practice of meditation in action. “Mindfulness is a process of growth and maturing more →
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Join us for an inspiring 90-minute class to reawaken and deepen your creativity and spiritual connection through writing. The writing session will include dynamic meditations, innovative writing exercises, and fun movement experiences, all designed to open more →

ONLINE • Writing as a Path to Awakening

Albert Flynn DeSilver

August 7, 2021
Experiencing hardships in our external and internal lives is an experience we all know well. While we often don’t have control over external hardships, we do over internal ones. How we speak to ourselves in the more →
What is the experience of sitting in beauty — within our own being, within the flow of communication, and within the natural world? Mindfulness invites us into the experience of now and is an essential element more →

Sitting in Beauty: A Silent Mindfulness Retreat

Janet Solyntjes

August 10–15, 2021
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 10–12, 2021
"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 15–19, 2021
When eye, heart and world are in the same place, at the same time, your experience is direct and your art expressions are spontaneous and vivid. This program engages the contemplative arts of Nalanda Miksang photography more →
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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 2–5, 2022