Program Details

Shambhala Art Part 3: The Creative Process of Art as Communication

with Laura Simms & Jill Blagsvedt
October 4 / 9:00 AM - October 5 / 12:00 PM

The eye of desire dirties and distorts. Only when we desire nothing, only when our gaze becomes pure contemplation, does the soul of things (which is beauty) open itself to us. – Hermann Hesse

There is such a thing as unconditional expression that does not come from self or other. It manifests out of nowhere like mushrooms in a meadow, like hailstones, like thundershowers. – Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche

Shambhala Art is a profound approach to perception, communication, and compassion. The discipline of Shambhala Art is the engagement in direct communication with our hearts and the world, via the creative process of communication as art in everyday life.

Part 3 leads us through the flowering of the fundamental principles of “square one” and “first thought best thought” into active creations using space, form, and energy. Whether we are painters, theater artists, writers, dancers, educators, healers, or anyone working with others, the process of exploring the nature of space, form, and energy is relevant and opens the doors to a more inspired and genuine way of being with others in the world. In this program we will engage in meditation, sensory exercises, and the practice of creative process.

Prerequisites: Shambhala Arts Parts 1 & 2
Anyone repeating Part 3 may attend for half price.

Laura Simms is an award winning performer, writer, and educator advocating storytelling as compassionate action for personal and community transformation. She is a Senior Research Fellow for the International Peace institute at Rutgers University Newark under the auspices of UNESCO. She performs worldwide for adult and young audiences. She is a member of the Therapeutic Arts Alliance of Manhattan, and a senior teacher of Shambhala Buddhist meditation, Laura received the Brimstone Award for Engaged Storytelling, CHOICE award for best story collection and Sesame Street’s SUNNY DAYS award for work with children worldwide. See more at:

Jill Blagsvedt has been a Shambhala Buddhist practitioner for the past twelve years. She attended Shambhala Buddhist Seminary in 2004, and served as Executive Director of the Shambhala Meditation Center of Boston from 2008 to 2011. She is an authorized Shambhala Training Director and Shambhala Art teacher. Jill is also trained as a fine artist and a Librarian.

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