“Zen Dude” Alok Hsu Kwang-han and spiritual teacher Raylene Abbott will inspire and guide you to rest in the spaciousness of your being, to become intimate with not-knowing, and to allow your brush—or you—to dance from emptiness!
Being playful with not-knowing and putting aside all ideas of how to paint, you might be asked to paint the energy of a partner acting like a wild animal; your heart's desire; the Zen Koan, "My house burned down, I can see the moon!"; Rumi's "God has only four words, 'Come Dance with me!'", or the sound of silence...
As we paint and share what we discover in our paintings, we are surprised by the intelligence, good humor and creativity that come to find us. As we deepen into the workshop, we relax and return to our natural state of "resting in presence and moving from emptiness". From here the art of life unfolds.
TUITION: $400 (includes a set of materials for each student)
Payment Options: Students may pay in full or choose the payment-plan option during registration. The payment plan requires a non-refundable $100 deposit with the balance due 30 days before the first day of the workshop.
Alok Hsu Kwang-han is an internationally acclaimed and highly original Zen calligraphic painter from China. His creations are a striking synthesis of the beauty of Chinese calligraphy, the spontaneity and simplicity of Zen, and the evolution of Western Psychotherapy. Since 1998 he has taught "The Creativity of Non-doing" at venues including Konstfack, the largest art college in Sweden, The Seattle Art Museum, the Humaniversity in Holland, the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY, and the Sedona Arts Center. His website [www.zencalligraphy.com]
Raylene Abbott has taught many forms of meditation in France, Belgium, Japan and Bali. Her art combines paintings of Female Bodhisattvas that arise out of the creativity of non-doing with her original dance and poetry. In the workshop, she will share meditation and direct experience with nature to inspire both the artist and the brush. Raylene is a published author of six books and two award-winning videos. Her book "L'émergence de la Femme Divine" has been published in five languages. Her website [www.zenartandtea.com]