Art + Life Retreat: Shambhala Arts Training Parts 1 – 5 / Retiro “Arte + Vida”: Aprendizaje de Artes Shambhala Partes 1 – 5
- Casa Werma
- Nov 18 - 26, 2017 (9 days)
- Colibri Suite - $989.00 Leoncita - $845.00 La Casita Shared Lodging - $645.00 Camping in the garden / Acampar en el jardín - $525.00 Off-site Estancia De La Era Queen Size - $917.00 Off-site Estancia de la Era - La Suite -…
About This Event
*** Vamos a ofrecer en inglés con interpretación al español. Español abajo. ***
“Art refers to all the activities of our life, including any artistic disciplines that we practice. It refers not only to the formal practice of art, but to the artistry of life itself—our whole being.”
—Chögyam Trungpa, Rinpoche
This Art + Life Retreat will include all 5 parts of the Shambhala Art training program. It will provide an opportunity for artists and non-artists alike to experience creativity and its genuine expression in all aspects of our lives. The retreat includes teachings, meditation, awareness exercises, plus creative and group processes that help unlock a non-conceptual sense of expression that is available to us all. In many traditions, artists train not only in their disciplines; they also train in awareness, confidence, and compassion. The program draws from the teachings on the creative process developed by Tibetan meditation teacher Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, who said to artists, “You could play a tremendous role in developing peace throughout the world.” In our work together, we’ll build our capacity to do so and to share our inspiration with others. We’ll close the retreat with a celebratory reception, “graduation,” and presentation of pins.
Part One: Coming to Your Senses
Clear perception is the basis of genuine art. Through a series of exercises, Part One explores the process of perception, highlighting both clarity and obscurations.
Part Two: Seeing Things As They Are
Art making can be an inquiry into what is true. Trungpa Rinpoche taught dharma art as a way of investigating relative truth and absolute truth, which he called “sign” and “symbol.” The exercises in Part Two point us in the direction of non-conceptual knowing.
Part Three: The Creative Process
Facing a blank piece of paper, an empty stage, an idle instrument, or an unplanted garden, we welcome the open space of not knowing: the Heaven principle. Out of that space, inspiration arises and we take the leap, make the mark, and begin to create, joining Heaven and Earth. Bringing awareness and heart to the process is the Human principle. Part Three explores these ancient Chinese universal principles through calligraphies and object arrangements.
Part Four: The Power of Display
Things as they are appear in many shapes, patterns, colors, seasons, emotions, and wisdoms. In Part Four we focus on one of the most universal and comprehensive systems, the five elements: earth, water, fire, air (wind), and space, and how they form a Gestalt, mandala, or complete display. In learning the nature of these elements, we learn about ourselves and our unique means of expression. Diversity and totality work together to create works of art that communicate far more than the sum of their parts.
Part Five: Art in Everyday Life
The gap between inspiration and manifestation can be huge and filled with obstacles, negativity, and self-consciousness. These challenges can be worked with through four actions: Pacifying, which is achieved by clarifying; Enriching, which is attained through imbuing presence; Magnetizing, by way of assigning importance; and Destroying, through the process of editing. The Four Actions are used as the vehicles for true compassionate action and pure expression.
Materials fee: TBD
Fees do not include the text, True Perception: The Path of Dharma Art (Boston, Shambhala, 2008), which must be purchased individually.
Resources and links:
How can I get a feel for what we’ll be doing on this course? What exactly is Dharma Art? See videos from previous Dharma Art courses.
Read an interview with leading Dharma Art Teacher Steven Saitzyk.
Watch a YouTube clip with one of our other Shambhala Arts Teachers, Dr. Lance Brunner, describing an alternative to “Thinking out of the box,” and how Stravinsky created and played on the edge of “the box.”
Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche’s book on “directness and unself-consciousness in one’s creative work”: True Perception: The Path of Dharma Art (Boston, Shambhala, 2008).
Pay-It-Forward program tuition not including accommodations: $553 usd We invite all who are able to do so to consider paying the Pay-It-Forward tuition rate. By doing so, you make it possible for us to offer scholarships to others, particularly our Mexico sangha, while also covering the direct cost of your stay here and contributing to our year-round operations.
Please select “Pay-It-Forward Tuition Add-On” in Registration.
Full program tuition not including accommodations: $445 usd We invite all who are able to do so to pay the full tuition rate. By doing so, you cover the direct cost of your stay here and contribute to our year-round operating expenses.
Subsidized program tuition not including accommodations: 30% off Full Tuition If the full tuition is unworkable for you, please pay the subsidized rate if you can. By doing so you contribute towards the cost of your being here and everything it takes to keep Casa Werma operating year-round.
Please type “SUBSIDIZED” in Discount Code in Registration.
We recommend flights into Morelia airport (90 minutes away by car). We can help with travel arrangements, please inquire about options.
“Por arte nos referimos a todas las actividades de nuestra vida, incluyendo cualquier disciplina artística que practiquemos. Se refiere no sólo a la práctica formal del arte, sino a lo que tiene de arte la vida en sí —a todo nuestro ser.”
—Chögyam Trungpa, Rinpoché
Este retiro de Arte y Vida incluirá las 5 partes del programa de aprendizaje de Arte Shambhala. Brindará una oportunidad a artistas y no artistas por igual de experimentar la creatividad y su expresión genuina en todos los aspectos de nuestra vida. El retiro incluye enseñanzas, meditación y ejercicios de conciencia plena, además de procesos creativos y grupales que ayudan a desbloquear un sentido no conceptual de la expresión que está disponible para todos nosotros. En muchas tradiciones, los artistas realizan un aprendizaje no sólo en sus respectivas disciplinas; también se entrenan en la conciencia plena, la confianza y la compasión. El programa se deriva de las enseñanzas sobre los procesos creativos desarrolladas por el maestro tibetano de meditación, Chögyam Trungpa, Rinpoché, quien dijo a los artistas: “Ustedes podrían desempeñar un papel importantísimo para el desarrollo de la paz en el mundo.” En nuestro trabajo juntos, desarrollaremos nuestra capacidad de hacerlo y de compartir nuestra inspiración con los demás. Cerraremos el retiro con una recepción para celebrar, una ”graduación” y una presentación de distintivos.
Parte Uno: Entrar en tus sentidos
La percepción clara es la base del arte genuino. A través de una serie de ejercicios, en esta Primera Parte exploraremos los procesos de la percepción, resaltando la claridad, así como las obscuraciones.
Parte Dos: Ver las cosas como son
El hacer arte puede ser una indagación de qué es lo verdadero. Trungpa Rinpoché enseñaba el arte de dharma como una manea de investigar la verdad relativa y la verdad absoluta, que él llamaba “signo” y “símbolo”. Los ejercicios de esta Segunda Parte señalan al conocimiento no conceptual.
Parte Tres: El proceso creativo
Al enfrentarnos a una hoja de papel en blanco, a un escenario vacío, a un instrumento ocioso, o a un jardín sin cultivar, damos la bienvenida al espacio abierto de no saber, que es el principio del Cielo. De ese espacio surge la inspiración, y damos el salto, trazamos la marca, y comenzamos a crear, uniendo Cielo y Tierra. El traer la conciencia y el corazón a este proceso es el principio Humano. La tercera parte explora estos tres antiguos principios universales chinos a través de caligrafías y de arreglos de objetos.
Parte Cuatro: El poder del despliegue
Las cosas como son aparecen en muy diversas formas, patrones, colores, sazones, emociones y sabidurías. En esta cuarta parte nos centraremos en uno de los sistemas más universales e inclusivos: el de los cinco elementos –tierra, agua, fuego, aire (viento) y espacio– y en cómo constituyen una Gestalt, un mándala o un despliegue completo. Al aprender sobre la naturaleza de estos elementos, aprendemos acerca de nosotros mismos y de nuestros singulares medios de expresión. La diversidad y la totalidad trabajan juntas para crear obras de arte que comunican mucho más que la suma de sus partes.
Parte Cinco: El arte en la vida cotidiana
La brecha entre la inspiración y la manifestación puede ser enorme y estar llena de obstáculos, negatividades e inseguridades. Es posible trabajar con estos retos mediante cuatro acciones: la de pacificar, que se logra clarificando; la de enriquecer, que se logra infundiendo presencia; la de magnetizar, atribuyendo importancia, y la de destruir, mediante el proceso de editar. Estas Cuatro Acciones se utilizan como vehículos para una verdadera acción compasiva y una pura expresión.
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Laurie N Fischer December 08, 2018
Did you know you can stay at Casa Werma as a B & B even if you're not attending a program there? My friend and I stayed there for 3 nights last month, in November, and thoroughly enjoyed it. I was amazed at how beautiful and peaceful it is. There are 5 acres of gardens to walk around in or sit in. The small town of Patzcuaro is right outside the walls but you don't feel the hustle and bustle at all when you're on the grounds. Go outside the gate, though, and there are always people out in the streets, walking from place to place, going to the large, vibrant market that starts a block or two away and extends for several blocks. There's a feeling of connection to the community when you're mingling on the streets with others walking rather than everyone driving around everywhere, as they are here in the U.S. My friend has some balance issues and said she'd rather be in a crowd of people walking in Mexico than in a crowd in San Francisco. In Mexico, you feel like people are not as speedy and actually see you as they pass rather than brushing by on their way somewhere without seeming to notice you. Arriving at breakfast in the mornings, I was blown away by the brightness and beauty of the room and table. The friendly, relaxed hosts prepared healthy, wholesome, delicious food. We enjoyed talking with them about the area. They were knowledgeable and helpful as we planned sightseeing excursions. Staying put at Casa Werma for a day also made for a good way to spend a day while traveling. We could sit outside at a little table and draw or read or just sit. Our quarters were bright and beautiful and very comfortable. Joining the weekly Casa Werma meditation session one evening, we enjoyed sitting around a fire pit afterward, talking with the 7 or 8 other people. The shrine room was lovely and available for us to use for sitting any time, as well. Although we didn't attend a retreat here, we could tell it would be a perfect place to do so. We also appreciated the chickens and big rooster, El Grito, walking around (and crowing), plus the two cats. I recommend staying at Casa Werma in Patzcuaro if you can.
Kristi Martens November 09, 2018
Casa Werma is an incredible property, inside and out, in the town of Patzcuaro in Michoacan. Casa Werma is always spotless and well maintained, and has a dedicated crew of gardeners, housekeepers and fantastic managers. The American manager/ directors are dedicated Shambala Buddhists and their knowledge and kindness permeate the experience. One couldn't ask for better hosts and crews that create and truly care for a positive experience for all guests. The huge square block property is a walled compound that includes extensive, well kept gardens, a main colonial house and modern buildings. Casa Werma must be one of the top properties in all of magical Patzcuaro. The gardens and outside spaces are gorgeous and lush, filled with fruit trees, colorful flowers and tropical plants. Paths wind through the gardens for peaceful meditation. A large patio adjacent to the colonial house has tables for eating and reading and a large fire pit. Inside the main house are 2-3 wonderful, comfortable bedrooms and modern, beautifully-tiled baths. Fireplaces keep the highland chill out of the main house. A large living room is perfect for reading and gatherings. The solarium lies off the living room and is an inviting light-filled space for meditation and yoga. The kitchen lies in the main house and is fully equipped and modern. There is abundant bottled/ potable water in the kitchen. If breakfast is part of the arrangement, visitors are in luck as the coffee, tea, fruits and hot morning dishes are divine. Across the patio is a separate modern house or cabin with its own bath and kitchenette, we did not stay there, but it seemed exceptional and apparently could be set up to sleep anywhere from 2 to 8, I believe. Casa Werma has a fantastic location in the center of town that we fully appreciated. We could SAFELY walk everywhere in Patzcuaro which is a special "Pueblo Magico", with cobblestone streets and Spanish Colonial buildings. The local indigenous people are the Purepecha, renowned for their arts and crafts in traditional weaving, pottery and woodwork. Many fantastic shops and markets feature the arts and crafts of the Purepecha. Day trips to neighboring villages and archaeological sites add to the cultural experience. Overall, we would rate Casa Werma at the highest level for beauty, peacefulness and cleanliness.
Emily Smythe March 24, 2018
My husband and I recently spent several nights at Casa Werma, in the Casa Grande building. The house that we stayed in was outrageously beautiful, well-kept, and cared for-- boasting traditional roofing, en-suite bathrooms, a generous dharma library, and a cool respite from the afternoon heat owing to the thick, stone walls. The grounds, however, must be seen to be believed. Jurassic-sized banana trees, and cacti, avocados overflowing from trees, limes swelling on the branch, a cheerful rooster with his two hens clucking about, and winding rows of exotic flora and fauna thriving within a walled plot of 5 acres of land. Kai and Ryn, the co-directors of CW who live onsite, could not have been more friendly or welcoming. They answered any and all questions that we had upon arrival and throughout our stay. They provided us with a helpful map of the city, and even pointed out the best places to get just about anything-- from tacos, to atms, to hot chocolate, to sunscreen. Leaving the walled, compound of Casa Werma, we were delighted by the thriving market-- no more than a 4 minute walk away. Stand after stand loaded with fruits, vegetables, pastries, honey, shoes, pots and pans, clothing-- just about anything you could need is sold here, everyday. We were delighted by our time spent at Casa Werma, truly a precious jewel of Pátzcuaro, and we hope to visit again.
Daniel Meza Junco December 22, 2017
Por fin estoy respondiendo uno a uno los correos que tenía pendiente. Y este correo es uno especial porque la experiencia en Casa Werma y las enseñanzas de Shambala Art, son y serán una de las experiencias significativas en mi vida por todas las sensaciones y aprendizajes que me ha dejado. Estoy muy agradecido y bendecido por haber tenido la oportunidad de vivir la experiencia y doy gracias a ustedes, Kai y Ryn, por haberme ayudado y facilitado mi participación. Para mi haber estado en el hermoso espacio de Casa Werma significo y significa un gran encuentro con algo muy especial, que no hubiera podido imaginar sino estando ahí, y que ahora me ha permitido nutrir mi espíritu y descubrir nuevos caminos llenos de esplendida dicha y belleza. Gracias por haber estado esa semana tan amorosamente con nosotros y conmigo. Estarán siempre en mi corazón. Las abrazo con gran cariño!! Y deseo que sean muy felices! Nos vemos en el futuro y en el corazón!! Daniel
Carolyn Sykes December 01, 2017
I recently attended a retreat at Casa Werma for 8 days, and cannot find the right words to describe how wonderful it was. From the food, the very comfortable accommodations, the beauty of the whole property, to the incredible women who run the retreat center. Everything was smoothly taken care of so that we had a very safe container to relax and practice in. Ryn and Kai, the directors of Casa Werma, have an excellent knowledge of the whole region, as well as the immediate neighbourhood and were very helpful with the many and varied questions and requests. Patzcuaro is a very special town with lots to offer, and is walking distance from Casa Werma. I am looking forward to my next visit to Casa Werma! Carolyn.
Margaret Rottsolk December 01, 2017
I am in love with Casa Wema. Not only is the space breathtakingly lush and beautiful, the space skillfully held and cared for, the teaching that happens there is inspired and life changing. If you have the chance to try it, do it!