Contemplative Art

Pick a programme that sparks your interest and inspiration: we offer a variety of contemplative Art programmes, like Dharma Art, Кado, the Way of Flowers or Мiksang, Contemplative Photography. Participants of these programmes range from absolute newcomers who like to get in touch with their own creativity to artists who seek to discover mindfulness practice in the context of art.

Date: 19 April 2015 - 26 April 2015
Lee Worley

Taught in English. This sensory awareness practice combines intensive physical movements with focused awareness exercises to increase non-conceptual confidence in all aspects of life.

Date: 19 April 2015 - 25 April 2015
Amy Hollowell

Taught in French. Truly artful writing arises naturally from a perspective of what can be called no perspective or whole perspective, from a heart and mind that

Date: 26 April 2015 - 2 May 2015
Steve Saitzyk, Herb Elsky

Taught in English. Shambhala Art Intensive Parts 1-5. This retreat is awakening us to our endless pool of clear, creative energy. The view taught in this program can confirm that this source is ever...

Date: 2 May 2015 - 7 May 2015
Steve Saitzyk, Herb Elsky

Taught in English - Teacher Training for advanced practitioners (Parts 1-3).

Date: 17 May 2015 - 23 May 2015
Matthias Heidel, Elke Dobkowitz

Taught in English. Moving from deep inner work to application in relationship and community, this seminar establishes a core for living and integrating the embodied spirituality of Nonviolent...

Date: 23 May 2015 - 29 May 2015
Irini Rockwell

Taught in English. Five Wisdoms: Key to Understanding Your Emotions!

Date: 31 May 2015 - 6 June 2015
Shastri Brian Hilliard

Taught in English. Running Buddha! Running and Meditation are both contemplative and help to sychronize body and mind. Our mind needs silence, our body needs movement...

Date: 2 August 2015 - 9 August 2015

Taught in English. Kyudo is a living tradition of meditative archery. Learn and practice this powerful and highly refined contemplative practice.

Date: 18 September 2015 - 23 September 2015
Hèlen Vink

Taught in English. "Seeing From The Heart" is an introduction to the discipline and delight of direct seeing and perception-based photography. We begin to develop the ability to synchronize our mind...

Date: 23 September 2015 - 27 September 2015
Hèlen Vink

Taught in English. "Fields of Perception & THAT". Once we have developed some openness beyond what 'this', or 'I' think about what I see, it is possible to engage with the 'thatness' of the...

Date: 4 October 2015 - 10 October 2015
Herb Elsky

Taught in English. Dharma Art Retreat. "Creating Yourself - Creating Your World" We create ourselves in each moment but usually we do not realize that we have the choice of how we create ourselves.

Date: 9 October 2015 - 11 October 2015
Artist to the Court Marcia Shibata

Weekend course taught in English. Kado is a creative and meditative dance with nature, space, and perception. The vibrant and daring beauty of flowers wakes up the environment and compels us to see...

Date: 11 October 2015 - 18 October 2015

Taught in English. Training programme for advanced Kado practitioners - by invitation only

Date: 6 November 2015 - 8 November 2015
Murielle Elizeon

Tango with Murielle Elizeon : a practice of contact and relationship, active body awareness and connection, playfulness and creativity.


18 February 2015

 2015 is the Year of the Wood Sheep. The sheep is a symbol of caring and compassion. It is trusting, empathetic, and loves groups. Wood gives this year’s sheep extra flexibility and strength. A good year for listening, social engagement, and artistic ventures. (from the Shambhala Practice Calendar 2015-16)
The Dechen Chö...

1 February 2015

Everyone is an artist - simple as that. It's about awakening our creativity and inner spark, no matter how talented we "think" we are. Dechen Chöling offers many opportunities this year to dive into the adventure and discovery of your creative energy: 

21 January 2015

Dechen Chöling is a place of serenity and solitude these days. Enjoy our recent album!
Frozen morning dew and quiet days during the Silent Meditation...

2 January 2015

Are you a problem-solver? Do you love food? computers? communication? There are several core staff positions open this year at Dechen Chöling. If you are interested in coming to live and work at Dechen Chöling, please get in touch with us. Find out more or contact...

27 August 2014

Enjoy this beautiful report about the Life is Ceremony Retreat last week!
A Very Spirited Ceremony 

“It’s amazing how a simple act of kindness or courage can transform a whole situation. Take the energy you have gathered here and apply it to every situation. You never know what is possible....

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