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.

Rediscover Fresh Perception Uniquely blending meditation, contemplative arts, sensory discovery practices, qigong, and hatha yoga, we will practice in a rich environment to shed habitual patterns and rediscover the world with fresh perception. Open to the more →

Touching the Moment: Indelible Presence

Acharya Dale Asrael and Cynthia Moku

May 9–13, 2019
Experience Awakening & Develop Compassion 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 more →

Taming the Wild Horse: Riding the Energy of Emotions

Jenny Bondurant and Valerie Lorig

May 15–19, 2019
Join our inclusive circle to nourish your being and unleash your strength, voice, and creativity. The space that we as women occupy in society is shifting. Our contributions to all aspects of life are shaping the more →

Embodied Power and Play: Reclaiming the Feminine

Acharya Holly Gayley, Geo Logeretta, Kriste Peoples and Hannah Kinderlehrer

June 6–11, 2019
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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. As more →

Dog Blessing at The Great Stupa of Dharmakaya

Acharya Melissa Moore

June 30, 2019
Are you ready to experience and write forth the truth of who you really are? The practice of writing is an exploration of consciousness, a practice toward deeper self-awareness that moves us along the path of 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