Dharma Art and the Five-Wisdoms Energies
with Herb Elsky & Catherine Eveillard
April 27 / 5:00 AM - May 4 / 6:00 AM
According to tantric Buddhist cosmology, we and the world are a spectrum of colorful wisdom energies. During this week, participants will experience each of the 5 wisdom-energies, as taught by Chögyam Trungpa, in the Maitri Space Awareness exercises with the creative process of Shambhala Art, called “First thought- Best thought” which develops genuineness of expression and spontaneity.
Each of the energies are linked with a particular emotion. You will learn ways to transmute this energy into potential wisdom, to view challenges as opportunities to transform and to free the energies too often locked in our bodies. To do this, we will practice with Maitri or loving kindness, an attitude of fundamental acceptance of whatever arises. Maitri allows us to make friends with ourselves and our world.
Experiencing and understanding these Buddha energies enriches our ability to connect with ourselves and others in a direct and vivid way and in so doing, deepen our creative potential. That is why this Maitri program is associated with the Shambhala Art teachings about discovery and play, and the universal nature of creativity and communication. Through a series of individual and group exercises you will be taught what it means to see things as they are and how to uncover the source of inspiration. Movement, writing, calligraphy and voice work will form the core offerings. These teachings help us to discover the richness of our perceptions, our experience and the possibilities for expression.
Basic materials will be provided for the calligraphy exercises and we invite you to bring musical instruments or any other articles of creative expression of your choice. To maximise the benefits of the programme we also ask you to bring sets of clothes in each of the following colours corresponding to each energy type: blue, yellow, red, green and white.
Please note that there will be additional material costs – approximately 20 euros.
This programme starts on Sunday April 27 at 20:00 and ends on Saturday in the evening. You can choose to leave anytime next day, on Sunday May 4.
No pre-requisite. This programme is open to anybody who would like to take time for themselves and to explore their relationships with the world.
This retreat is taught in English. Translation into other languages are available at no extra costs. Please give us notice of your request as early as possible - about 2 months in advance -, so that we can provide translation services. In case you register short-term please get in touch with us in case you need translation into your language.