Italy / Venice / 21-24/27 March 2019 / Green Tara Mandala thangka course

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Mandala of Green Tara

Thu 21 to Sun 24 March 2019
> with an optional 3-day extension incl. special sightseeing places! (more info will follow)

The course is offered in English and will be professionally translated in Italian

Because of Carmen’s three month stay in Venice we decided to offer an extra course in March 2019 and give you the opportunity to dive deeper into an amazing subject: the Mandala of Green Tara or Green Tara herself. Students will learn how to draw this subject, and students who joined the previous course last november will learn how to color or paint their artwork with the right techniques. 

In this extended weekend course at a typical Venetian Palace on a canal in Venice’s historical center, you will learn how to paint / color the Mandala of Green Tara (or Green Tara itself) according to the tradition of Tibetan Buddhist thangkas (Tibetan scroll paintings).

Green Tara, the female manifestation of active compassion, reaches out her hand to grant all wishes and, with her right foot outstretched, is ready to step down and help all who call upon her.
Tara is one of the most revered deities of Tibetan Buddhism and there are numerous stories of people that were saved from fears and difficulties while calling her name.

Green Tara can be seen as one of the first emancipated women. When other -male- practitioners told her to pray for incarnation in a male body so she could reach enlightenment, she made an adamantine vow: “Until Samsara is empty, I shall work for the benefit of all sentient beings in a woman’s body.”

Carmen Mensink will guide students through the cultural/historical context of thangkas and symbolism within Tibetan-Buddhist art through the combination of art, slide shows and meditations.
There will also be a detailed explanation of the Green Tara Mantra.

Drawing a Mandala or Buddha is a meditation in itself and creates inner peace and joy. When you’re a Buddhist practitioner, the drawing of the Buddha can improve your visualization meditation on a great scale. Buddhist lamas say: “When you draw a Buddha, you are drawing your own mind.”

The course will be given in English – with an Italian translation –  and is suitable for beginners and advanced. It is not necessary to have drawing experience.
Beginners will first draw a Buddha Face before moving on to drawing the complete figure or mandala.

More Info & Registration
For more information, cost and venue please check out the following:

Dates, time, price

March 21-24, 2019:
Thursday evening 21 March:
20.00 – 21.30 (8-9.30pm) Introduction + Lecture about the subject, ending with drinks and snacks
Friday 22 March: 10.00 – 18.00 (incl. lunch break)
Saturday 23 March: 10.00 – 18.00 (incl. lunch break)
Sunday 24 March: 10.00 – 17.00 (incl. lunch break)

€240 (to be paid upon registration)

NOTE: Students who joined the course of 8-11 Nov 2018 will get a €30 discount, and pay €540 in total for two courses (please contact Giovanna about this)

pranzo-venezia-corso-buddaOptional for each course: 3 large vegetarian lunches for €45, freshly made by the owners of this beautiful place, including red and white wine.

On Saturday there will be a wonderful dinner party, also optional.

Materials to bring

If this is your first course on the Green Tara Mandala:

  • Thick drawing paper size 50x65cm (if you want to work on a square paper for the mandala you can cut it to 50x50cm)
  • ruler 40-50cm
  • pencil HB (regular or  mechanical pencil)
  • eraser
  • compass
  • (optional: colored pencils)

If you have joined the course on 8-11 Nov. 2018 and want to learn to color or paint your Green Tara Mandala:

  • pencil HB (regular or  mechanical pencil)
  • ruler 40-50cm
  • eraser
  • colored pencils of a good brand (for ex. Bruynzeel Design, Prismacolor, Faber Castell)
  • a set of colored fineliners, preferably Stabilo point 88 (0,4mm) or thinner (also for sale in class)


padmasambhava-thangka-italyPalazzo Minotto / Pianizzola (2nd floor)
Sestiere di Santa Croce n. 143,
Fondamenta Minotto,
Rio del Gaffaro (close to fondamenta dei Tolentini)

This is close to Piazzale Roma where the main train station of Venice is (S. Lucia) and all the busses arrive.

Where to spend the night
You will have to find your own hotel in Venice, or check Airbnb.

You can also ask organizer Giovanna Carraro to help you to find a reasonably priced place to stay.


Please register with Giovanna Carraro a.s.a.p. to avoid disappointment should the course be full.
Send an email to Giovanna: giovannacarraro(at) (in English or Italian), or call her a: (+39) 346-0291778 (in English or Italian)


Check out the pictures of the previous Mandala of Green Tara thangka course!

More pictures of the International Thangka Courses in Venice can be found here

Even more pics of the Buddhist Art Courses in Venice, Italy, can be found here

Come join us and create art in the most beautiful city in the world!