ART AND MEDITATION, MINDFUL DRAWING, MINDFUL PAINTING, MINDFUL PHOTOGRAPHY
WORKSHOPS, Courses, RETREATS IN SUFFOLK AND NORFOLK
What is Meditation?
There are many forms of meditation. Contrary to popular belief you do not have to be able to stop thinking in order to learn to meditate!
Calm Abiding (Shamatha) and Insight (Vipassana) meditation both entail practising Mindfulness. You do not have to be Buddhist, or even religious, to practice Shamatha or Vipassana.
Shamatha Meditation involves learning to be aware of, settle and focus the busy, monkey mind, resulting in feeling more spacious, appreciative, and at peace with a greater feeling of well being.
Vipassana Meditation includes investigating the nature of mind itself in an experiential way. For Buddhists, this can lead to enlightenment: the permanent cessation of suffering, and waking up to the full realisation of who we really are at the deepest level.
What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness involves being aware of and paying attention to what is happening, as it is happening, with acceptance.
This includes being aware of our experiences of seeing, hearing, touching, smelling, tasting, feeling, emotions, thinking and energy.
To be Creative.......
So often preconceptions and fear prevent us from being creative.
To be naturally creative, we need to cultivate a playful openness, spontaneity, connectedness, awakeness, awareness and acceptance - all qualities developed through practising mindfulness.
With mindfulness, we can discover who we really are, our authenticity, beyond conditioning and suffering.
This opens the door to creatively and compassionately expressing ourselves from this authenticity.
If this is taken as an ongoing practice, Art and Meditation can become part of our spiritual path of inner awakening.
Mindful Art and Photography
I offer personalised, confidential, one-to-one Mindful Creativity Retreats and Sessions for individual reflection, self discovery and creative exploration in a safe, nurturing and relaxed space.
A wide range of approaches is available depending on your interests and needs. This includes Art Teaching using a wide range of art materials, Meditation and Mindfulness Teaching, Creativity Coaching and techniques from Art Therapy to support and nurture your personal and creative development.
Everyone with an open mind and a willingness to commit to their personal and creative development is welcome. Previous experience is not necessary, as both art and meditation skills can be learned.
Mindful Art and Photography Workshops and Retreats
with Zangmo Alexander
Personalised workshops, retreats and sessions are individually designed just for you, your interests and needs.
This can include exploring:
Who am I - exploring conditioning and the essence within
Art from the Heart - opening to expressing feeling through art
Sensory Awareness through Art - the wisdom of expressive embodiment
Metaphors, Symbols, Archetypes
Themes or Issues that you decide on
DATE AND TIMES are by arrangement, and can be of any duration from 2 hours to several weeks.
ENQUIRIES: 01379 897393
About Zangmo Alexander
I am an experienced, qualified art teacher, life coach, creativity coach and artist. I was a Buddhist nun for seven years, and went on an 8 week Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy Course with the Centre for Mindfulness Research at Bangor University as well as studying and practising meditation for many years.
During my two year Masters Degree in Fine Art at Norwich School of Art and Design, I researched ways of integrating my own creative and mindfulness practices.