Program Details

Direct Perception - The Creative Process

with Jerry Granelli & Barbara Bash Alan Syliboy
June 25 / 5:00 PM - June 29 / 4:00 PM

Join us in exploring the Creative Process in all art forms. With mindfulness-based practical exercises, we'll learn to enhance our perception, creative courage, awareness, and unhindered expression. Three of the most provocative creativity teachers will lead us, sharing their unique, experiential workshop practices designed to help us see and experience the world - and our own creative power - with fresh eyes.

Direct Perception will feature experiential workshops that will benefit new, experienced, and aspiring artists, and anyone wanting to explore and strengthen their creative expression. Please join us for this special opportunity to live, learn, and practice our art forms together. 

Jerry Granelli is a master and legend of free jazz. He is not only a musician, but a composer and a teacher, playing drums, or anything he can make musical sounds with, nonstop since the 1940s. Of his process, he says, “Let go of what you want it to be. let go of how you think it to should be. even let go of your vision."

Alan Syliboy is both an accomplished visual artist and a musician. Looking to the indigenous mi’kmaq petroglyph tradition for inspiration, he developed his own artistic vocabulary from those forms. His work speaks to the subjects of family, searching, struggle, and strength. All of these things are part of his art, and his art gives him strength for a continuing spiritual quest.

Barbara Bash is a calligrapher, illustrator and teacher who leads classes in field sketching, communication practices, as well as the popular Big Brush workshops where participants learn to trust their own creative instincts while working with enormous horsehair brushes and great buckets of ink.

Motion - Brush, Sound, Movement from Noah Stevens on Vimeo.

Full program tuition $490 plus accommodations:   We invite all who are able to do so to pay the full tuition rate.  By doing so, you are covering the direct cost of your stay here and contributing to our year round operations.   Interest free payment plans for 6 months are an option for those who choose this tuition level. 

Additional donations help us provide discounted tuition fees and scholarships for others.

Discounted program tuition $390 plus accommodations:  If the full tuition is unworkable for you, please pay the discounted rate if you can.  By doing so you contribute towards the cost of your being here .   If having 6 months to pay makes the discounted tuition possible for you, please choose this interest free option.  If you select this payment plan option, after finishing your registration, please call the registrar at DDL to set up the payment schedule.

Please Note:  Above prices include meals but not accommodations. 

We offer the following lodging options:

Staying off-land:  $5 per person per day, $20 for the program

Your Own tent:  $10 per person per night, $40 for the program

Dorm tent (sleeps up to 8):  $15 per person per night,   $60 for the program

Wood Cabin: (sleeps up to 6) $25 per person per night, $100 for the program

DDL tent:    (double occupancy) $20 per person per night,   $80 for the program

DDL tent:    (single occupancy) $30 per night, $120 for the program

Hut: (double occupancy) $30 per person per night, $120 for the program

Gyatso Lodge: (double occupancy) $50 per night,   $200 for the program    Not likely to be available for this program.

Gyatso Lodge has double and triple rooms with shared hallway bathrooms.  The huts, tents, dorm tents and cabins share two outdoor bath-houses.

All program costs at Dorje Denma Ling are workable. We can provide a payment plan of up to 6 months, and we also match all scholarships that local Shambhala Centers grant to help their members attend programs. If you have any questions about the financial aid or payment plans, please contact us at 902-657-9085 or via email at at least two weeks before the program begins. Please note that we cannot arrange tuition discounts at registration.



Deposits will be refunded up to 30 days prior to the program, less a 10% administration fee. Deposits will be 50% refunded up to 10 days prior to the program.  There is no refund of deposits for cancellations less than 10 days before the start of a program.


To register please click on the "Registration" button below or call us at (902) 657-9085

Go to Dorje Denma Ling's website