Heart of the Brush
August 18–20, 2017
Discover the Art of Zen Calligraphy
Explore the 1,700-year-old wisdom of East Asian calligraphy and engage your heart in learning and creativity.
Let Go of Inner Criticism
During this contemplative Zen calligraphy retreat, we will faithfully copy selected ideographs in the different styles of ancient Chinese masterpieces. While practicing basic aesthetics and techniques of brushwork, we will notice how our inner criticism keeps us from fully enjoying each moment.
Experience Joy and Spontaneity
Step by step, we will find ways to foster joy and serene excitement, both in our art and in everyday life. We will experiment with artistic interpretation and spontaneous improvisation using a variety of papers and brushes.
Materials will include black ink and biodegradable watercolor paint. No previous experience is needed. Brushes and paper will be provided.
Kazuaki Tanahashi is a painter, calligrapher, writer and peace worker. Born and trained in Japan, he is known for creating a genre of one-stroke paintings and multi-colored Zen circles. A fellow of the World Academy of Art and Science, his brushwork has been featured in many solo exhibitions. He teaches and performs worldwide. Author of Brush Mind, Penetrating Laughter, Lotus, and The Heart Sutra.
Enjoy a selection of Kaz’s work – see more and learn about A World Without Armies at his website: http://www.brushmind.net/