Shambhala Art, Part Two: Seeing Things As They Are
About This Event
“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.
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.
You must have attended Shambhala Art, Part One.
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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!