Contemplative Arts

Shambhala Mountain Center embraces a variety of contemplative arts and practices. As a process, this type of artistic expression brings wakefulness and awareness to the creative and viewing processes through the integration of contemplation and meditation. The emphasis is on art that springs from a meditative state of mind.

Art is a sacred communication between oneself and the universe, and between the artist and their witnesses. Through the practice of contemplative arts, we can gently increase our self-awareness, our perception of the world and our skills in working with others.

Our Contemplative Arts programs 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.

Enjoy an uproariously fun workshop and soothe your spirit while re-energizing yourself with laughter. Learn the basic principles of comedy improvisation, including the central lesson of being completely present and open to whatever happens. With skillful more →

Comedy Improv: Humor for Health and Self-Discovery

Jacqueline Kabat

May 9–11, 2014
Discover ways to experience your home, workplace, and community as sacred places that can serve as allies on your life journey. During this retreat, we will practice exercises at the Great Stupa of Dharmakaya allowing us more →
Explore the 1,700-year-old wisdom of East Asian calligraphy and engage your heart in learning and creativity. During this contemplative retreat, we will faithfully copy selected ideographs in the different styles of ancient Chinese masterpieces. While practicing more →

Brush Mind: Zen Calligraphy and Brushwork

Kazuaki Tanahashi

August 15–17, 2014
Christine Stevens
  Join two internationally renowned teachers in a powerful and illuminating exploration of cross-cultural rhythms and the inspired voice. This highly experiential program introduces you to the most ancient and transformative vehicles to support healing and more →

Healing Sound Retreat

Christine Stevens and Silvia Nakkach

August 29–September 1, 2014
Participate in an extraordinary Peace Ceremony at the Great Stupa at Shambhala Mountain Center Ceremony includes dinner, preparation gathering, community drum processional, encircling the Stupa and honoring the 4 directions, and musical offerings from around the more →

Music For Peace Ceremony at the Great Stupa

Christine Stevens and Silvia Nakkach

August 30, 2014
Miksang Michael in Puddle
This retreat is an introduction to the practice of Miksang Contemplative Photography as developed by Michael Wood and Julie DuBose. If you would like to be able to express your full and complete experience of seeing more →

Opening the Good Eye: An Introduction to Miksang Photography

Julie DuBose and Michael Wood

September 11–14, 2014
Buddha hands
Spend three days learning the centuries old techniques of applying gold leaf through hands-on work, demonstrations and experimentation. In the inspiring environs of the Great Stupa and its art studio we will incorporate a variety of more →

Gold Leaf Gilding and the Dignity of Craftsmanship

John Perkins

September 25–28, 2014