Open mind, fearless creativity

Date: from 18 to 20 May

Join David Rycroft in his drawing & painting workshop to explore how artistic activity and meditation mutually nourish each other!

Art Meditation 1smThis event is an invitation to explore our own creativity. In the inspiring environment of Lerab Ling and held in a warm atmosphere of mutual support, we will all have plenty of time and space to delve into the richness of our own creativity.

In this fourth edition, we will repeat some of the exercises seen in previous workshops, as well as explore new harmonies between art and meditation.

With the help of art exercises, one-to-one conversations and group sharing, and with references to both Buddhist philosophy and art history, we will enrich our capacity for artistic expression.

Grounded in meditation, we see if we can bring a natural ease, presence, and sparkle into our artistic activity. And if we notice how easy it is to become awkward and self-critical, we can play with that too!

A series of art exercises invite us to:

  • Look at the world in a fresh way, unencumbered by our usual concepts
  • Tap into our intuition and inner powers of inspiration

Meditation sessions will give us the opportunity to:

  • Change our attitude towards self-critical thoughts and comments
  • Find relaxation, without losing clarity

By alternating art sessions with meditation sessions, we develop our confidence in our artistic activity and bring freshness and ease to our meditation.

Each day, several art activities will take place outside, where we can be directly inspired by the wonders of the natural world. There will also be plenty of space for sharing and connecting with each other.

All materials are included. All levels of artistic and meditative experience are welcome!


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    Please register 36 hours before the event at the latest


    START Saturday 18 May – 10am
    END Monday 20 May – 4pm

    Friday 17 May: 2-6pm and Saturday 18 May 9-9.45am
    For arrivals after 6pm on Friday, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    CONTRIBUTION to the event - €168
    (Does not include accommodation and meals)

    Teachings: English, French



ChungYingYang Bio IconDavid Rycroft is an international artist whose paintings celebrate the vitality, balance and naturalness of both the physical world and the human spirit. He has been teaching art and meditation for over 20 years.
After exhibitions in Paris (UNESCO) and London, his most recent work, "Arbres de Lumières", can be seen at the Galerie Ancien Courrier in Montpellier.
David has a Masters in Buddhist Studies and is co-founder of Mind With Heart, an international charity bringing tools for emotional health into schools.


Saturday 18
10.00am - Introduction, meditation
10.30am - Exploring the tool-box: some preliminary exercises
11.30am - Painting: exploring colour harmonies
Lunch break
02.00pm - Abstract art and emotions 
03.00pm - Compositions in nature
04.45pm - Sharing and meditation

Sunday 19
09.30am - Meditation
10.00am - Buddha images, zen calligraphy and tantric mandalas: exploring the power of art
Lunch break
02.00pm - Meditation
03.00pm - Contemplative painting in nature
04.45pm - Sharing and meditation

Monday 20
09.30am - Meditation
10.00am - Masterpiece or master peace?
Lunch break
02.00pm - Meditation
02.30pm - Pulling together and letting go
03.30pm - Sharing and conclusion

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    Our commitment is for everyone who wishes to come to Lerab Ling, to have access to our programmes, whatever their financial circumstances. We offer different options for those who are unable to pay the standard contribution.

    More info about Lerab Ling financial support for attending our retreats/events.


    You can book your meals and/or onsite accommodation when registering for the retreat/event. For more information on our accommodation and meals click here

    Otherwise, there's also accommodations in surrounding villages


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