Intentional Space: Working with our daily environments

with Acharya David Schneider & Claire Van Rhyn

March 23rd—March 24th -Date postponed or cancelled

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  • £130 Full Price
  • £110 Early Bird
Room: Main meditation hall

Open to all!

The ultimate goal of dharma art is to create an enlightened society, populated by citizens fulfilled in the various aspects of their lives. Whilst in the current global climate we might feel ambivalent about whether such a society is possible, a major step toward this is the creation of environments supportive of the deepest human intentions. These would include (among others) our need to nourish and care for ourselves and those around us; the need to express ourselves, to learn, to develop ourselves spiritually, to relax. 

How we arrange space - be that in our homes, workplaces, or public spaces - and what and how we put things in that space, affects our being and the being of anyone else coming into the space. 

In this context, in the early to mid 1980s, dharma art master and Shambhala founder Trungpa Rinpoche created a series of installations— examples rooms and paths between them. During this weekend, we will begin by working with assorted objects and their arrangement. We will also spend time writing, both to document our work together, and to carry forward the messages, feelings, and insights we take from the exercises.

The weekend will be largely composed of hands-on group activities, and will include sitting, standing and walking meditation, as well as discussion groups and the possibility for individual interviews.
This programme is open to all and will appeal to anyone interest in the aesthetic or practical application of dharma art principles in their daily lives. 

This weekend will be taught by Acharya David Schneider and Claire van Rhyn.

David began to practice Zen under Shunryu Suzuki Roshi, and continued as an ordained priest under Richard Baker Roshi, at the San Francisco Zen Center. Later he undertook studies with Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, and now serves Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche as an acharya (senior teacher), a position to which he was appointed 1996. David has published two well-received biographies of Zen teachers: Street Zen, about the gay activist and hospice-founder Issan Dorsey; and Crowded by Beauty, a biography of Beat poet and zen master Zenshin Philip Whalen. A calligrapher of many years, David’s works have been exhibited internationally. He is a teacher of Dharma Art and lives in Cologne, Germany.

Claire is a design researcher and educationalist. A student of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, she teaches Shambhala Art in Europe and South Africa, and is assistant director for the programme in Europe. She has over 20 years experience in information design, art direction, and participatory creative process. Her artistic practice includes performance, choreographic games making, and digital-material installations. She has researched social cognition for Universities of Cambridge, Exeter, and Roehampton and is currently a PhD candidate at the Royal College of Art funded by the AHRC London Doctoral Design Centre. 

There may be an additional fee for materials.

The early bird registration fee of £110 is available until 9th March 2019 after which time the fee will be £130. A concession fee of £80 is available for those earning below £17,000 per annum and a concession fee of £60 is available for those earning below £12,000.  Please contact [email protected] to request a concession. 

Payment Terms and Conditions

Please register and pay in full on registration.  Cancellation up to 1 week before the programme will receive a full refund, after that there will be a £20 fee charged for cancellation up until 21st March after which no refund is granted. Please note the cost of materials is currently being determined - we endeavour to update/confirm the resulting total programme fee as soon as possible.

Further Information 
Sat/Sun: tea/coffee & registration 9.30am, start 10am.   Finish 6pm on Saturday, 5pm on Sunday.

Lunch will be provided, any allergies please include details in the comment box on the registration screen 
For further information please email: [email protected]