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Painting Experience: You are not Your Painting!

Wednesday, April 04, 2018 - 5:00 pm to Sunday, April 08, 2018 - 1:00 pm

After working with Stewart, I recognize him as a spiritual teacher. Without ritual or dogma, he encourages the invisible forces of the universe flowing though each of us to become visible. His teaching points towards the transcendent, using the path of our own vital creativity. -  Hogen Bays, Roshi

In this 4-day retreat, we will explore the ways in which we identify with the content of our paintings, creating a fixed sense of self.  The reflection of this identification in the creative process allows a unique opportunity to experience freedom from self-projection. We’ll also discuss the relevance of experiences of “no-self” to the challenges presented by our current world situation.

Discussion topics will be co-led by Painting Experience facilitators and residents of Great Vow Zen Monastery.  Sponsored by the Zen Community of Oregon, this workshop includes meals, three nights accommodations and an invitation to join the Zen community for (optional) meditation sessions in the mornings prior to our workshop sessions. Everyone is welcome, regardless of meditation or art experience. We’ll all be starting from beginner’s mind.