Unconditional Beauty: When Heart-Mind-Eye Meet
Dharma Arts Fall Weekend Workshop in Ottawa
TBA, Fall 2024
Come join us in this rare opportunity to explore our creativity.
With facilitators Heather Midori Yamada and Tejumo Ogouma
Experience and explore the intersection of meditation practice and the creative arts. For artists and non-artists alike we begin with short guided meditations to relax and make simple contact with the body and breath. Perceptual exercises lead us to experience space and silence in new ways. Inspired by natural materials like flowers, ink, colour and Japanese washi papers we can access spontaneous and authentic gestures, text and brushstrokes.
“Genuine art – Dharma art – is simply the activity of nonaggression.”— Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche
Before July 15, 2023
Special introductory workshop early-bird fee
$225CAD *Must be paid in full BEFORE May 1, 2024
After July 15, 2023
$275CAD *A $50 deposit must be paid BEFORE May 26, 2024
We have a generosity policy for individuals who need price assistance.
* IMPORTANT: Cancellation accepted only for emergency and medical reasons.
WHAT TO BRING
3-5 colored watercolour pencils
small travel watercolour set
digital camera or mobile device
layers of travel clothes
good walking shoes
coin washing machine available in house
Heather Midori Yamada
is visual artist and teacher who has been inspired by the teachings of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche since the 1980s. Her path included Shambhala Training and the Buddha Dharma, Kyudo, hatha yoga and Dharma Art. She spent decades studying with the late Sogetsu Ikebana Master Seibi Watanabe and co-facilitated the Dharma Art programs with the late Stéphane Bédard. As a former Council member and SODEC ( Shambhala Office of Decorum and Culture of the Victoria Shambhala Centre, Heather Midori is delighted to return to Ottawa to reconnect with our individual and collective 'heart of sadness' and beauty. Heather Midori’s meditation in action focuses on Ikebana (Japanese flower arranging), brush, ink, and Japanese washi paper inspired by Buddhist meditation practices. Find out more...
Tejumo Ogouma is a long-time Shambhala buddhist practitioner who devoted many years to the study and application of creative arts in our everyday lives. He is a practicing artist trained in Ikebana in the Sogetsu tradition, Miksang (contemplative photography), and Haiku.
Other Dharma Arts Fall Weekend events
The following events will take place in addition to the weekend workshop:
Friday, September 29,
6:30pm - 8:30pm
A talk and short demonstrations will introduce the basics of ‘heaven, earth and human’ principles of the Sogetsu School of ikebana. Examples of variations will be present. Participants will be invited to try their hand at this ancient and contemporary practice of beauty and harmony.
Prior experience is not required. Materials and guidance will be provided by the Ottawa Shambhala Centre. Please reserve your spot in advance as place is limited.
Suggested Registration Fee: $30, including supply costs* (equipment-low vases, clippers, floral frogs can be borrowed)
Art Exhibition and Community Open house
Thursday, September 28,
5:30pm - 8:00pm
This exhibition and sale will feature original works by Heather Midori. A percentage of the proceeds of the sale will be donated to the Ottawa Shambhala Centre.
This is your chance to meet our guest artist and teacher, Heather Midori. We hope that you will appreciate her work, support our Centre, and spend time with members and friends.
No charge. All are welcome.
Registration strongly recommended
Shambhala Children's Art Open House
Sunday, October 1,
5:00pm - 7:00pm
During this session, children are invited to join in and explore various creative exercises. Very short guided sitting, walking and other ‘moving meditations’, will be introduced. The goal is to have fun and express ourselves, in a welcoming atmosphere.
Prior experience is not required.
Materials will be provided by the Ottawa Shambhala Centre.
Please reserve your spot in advance as place is limited.
Suggested Registration Fee: $30, including supply costs.
Children under twelve years old should be accompanied by a parent.