Going Out and Coming Back: A Contemplative Arts Weekend with Joan Anderson & Robert Spellman

Robert Spellman and Joan Anderson

August 4–7, 2011

Tuition $200 + 3 nights

This program joins two very old methods of physical inquiry: observational drawing and sitting meditation. Sessions of guided sitting alternate with time spent outside engaged in drawing and other observational endeavors. The program uses stillness and ordinary sensory engagement to recognize the eternal richness of present moment creativity, like the breath that goes out and comes back. No prior artistic training or special equipment is necessary. The instructors, both from the faculty of Naropa University, are longtime students of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche as well as life-long artists. Please bring drawing paper and drawing pencils.

Joan Anderson is an artist, a meditator, and an educator–her triumvirate of enjoyment, inquiry, and revelation.

Robert Spellman is on the faculty of Naropa University’s visual arts and religious studies programs. He is an ardent proponent of artistic practice as a powerful means of awakening, an aspect of Buddha nature itself.

Robert Spellman

Robert Spellman is on the faculty of Naropa University’s visual arts and religious studies programs. He is an ardent proponent of artistic practice as a powerful means of awakening, an aspect of Buddha nature itself.

Joan Anderson

Joan Anderson is an artist, a meditator and an educator—her triumvirate of enjoyment, inquiry, and revelation. She was an adjunct professor at Naropa University for many years and now teaches privately, mainly in Boulder, Colorado.

Program Details

Financial aid is available for this program.