Program Details

Shambhala Art Intensive: All Five Parts (Westside)

with Steve Saitzyk & Anne Saitzyk
January 4 / 9:30 AM - January 8 / 5:30 PM

Shambhala Art’s purpose is to explore the creative process and the product we call art from the viewpoint of a meditative discipline.  The Shambhala Art teachings are about discovery and play, and the universal nature of creativity and communication.  They experientially explore what it means to see things as they are, as well as how to uncover the source of inspiration, its manifestation, and how what we create can speak to us beyond the limits of its container.  While Shambhala Art does not teach a particular skill such as painting, sculpture, or dance, it offers a view and a path that can be put into practice within any artistic discipline.  Shambhala Art is based on the Dharma Art teachings of the late Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, the founder of Shambhala.

The Shambhala Art Program is taught in five parts.  This intensive will offer all five parts in one program and is offered biennally.  


Steven Saitzyk is the international Director of Shambhala Art and one of the founders of the Shambhala Art Program.  He is an Adjunct Professor of Humanities and Sciences at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena California. He began his studies of Dharma Art and Iconography with Chögyam Trungpa in 1974 and since has practiced and taught meditation internationally for more than thirty-five years. He is a painter, author, and his current book, “Place Your Thoughts Here: Meditation for the Creative Mind,” is scheduled for release soon. See:

Anne Anderson Saitzyk received her MFA in painting from Claremont Graduate University and her BFA in illustration from Art Center College of Design. She has served as co-Director of Contemplative Arts at Shambhala Meditation Center of Los Angeles and is currently co-Coordinator of Westside Shambhala. Anne met the Shambhala Buddhist dharma (and her future husband) through the Dharma Art program in 1997 and has since become a student of Sakyong Mipham and a Shambhala Art teacher. In her professional life, she teaches painting and drawing at Art Center College of Design and was recently a guest artist/faculty at Chung Ang University in Seoul, Korea.

Registration and Planning:

Enrollment is limited to 25 participants. Advanced registration along with a 50% non-refundable deposit is required to secure a place. Please consider early enrollment. This program has always filled to capacity.  Upon registration participants will be emailed a reading and materials list.  Out-of-towners will also be emailed a list of local motels (two of which will be walking distance from the program).  Participants may not arrive late to the program, must enroll for the entire five day intensive, and may not skip any part and continue with the intensive. There will be some optional social events in the evening.  A fee of approximately $15 may be assessed for additional materials.

Shambhala Art Intensive Registration 2014

The center is situated behind 3871 Grandview, next to the Neighborhood Youth Association.  Parking is accessible by the driveway along the side of the building with additional parking available on the street and at the school lot next door.


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