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Individual Thangka Course in Venice

Stay in the heart of the most beautiful city in the world!


Carmen Mensink will live and work in Venice for three months in the beginning of 2019 and you can come to visit!
She will rent a beautiful little apartment in the heart of Venice (at Campo dei Frari, see the red dot in the center of the map above) in Jan/Feb/March, where you will have your own luxurious room with attached bathroom.

This is the low season, so there will be less tourists than in the other months, which gives you the opportunity to explore the real Venice. From the apartment all major attractions are easily reached on foot, or you can take the ‘vaporetto’ waterbus, which is an attraction in itself.
Venice is not only the most beautiful city in the world -with its colorful buildings, gorgeous canals and art all around you- but it has also a very special atmosphere because there are no cars, motorcycles or bicycles. It’s a joy to wander all the little streets, and in addition to that it’s also a very safe city, a woman alone will have no problem to walk around late at night.

The Venice Private Thangka Course Package can be booked with a minimum of 4 days.

Schedule of 4-day package:

Day 1:
Arrival
– Arriving at any time at Venice Marco Polo Airport where you take a bus, taxi or watertaxi (8km / 20 min) to Piazzale Roma (this is where the main train station is and all the busses arrive) where Carmen will await you, help with your luggage and bring you to the apartment to get settled in your room and to have a rest. A welcome package is waiting for you.
Later she will show you around to some of the most beautiful spots in Venice and will bring you to a great place for a welcome drink + snacks, so the both of you can toast to a great thangka course and stay in Venice!

Day 2-3:
Meditation
8.00 am* – Guided meditation in the living room (duration 15/30min., according to your preference) 
Breakfast
8.30 am* – For a great start of the day, Carmen will take you out for an Italian style breakfast in one of the many lovely places in the neighbourhood
Thangka session 09.00-11.45 am* – Thangka drawing/painting session
Lunch 11.45 am-12.15 pm* – To save time we will have a quick lunch at the apartment, with a choice of (vegetarian) dishes
Thangka session 12.15-14.00 pm* – Thangka drawing/painting session
Free afternoon and evening ** / ***

* Times can be changed according to your preference
** If you prefer to continue with your artwork in your free time you are welcome to do so any time
*** If you prefer a full-day of thangka sessions and a full-day free time this can be arranged

Day 4:
Meditation 8.00 am* – Guided meditation in the living room (duration 15/30min., according to your preference) 
Breakfast
8.30 am* – For a great start of the day, Carmen will take you out for an Italian style breakfast in one of the many lovely places in the neighbourhood
Thangka session 09.00-11.45 am* – Thangka drawing/painting session
Lunch 11.45 am-12.15 pm* – To save time we will have a quick lunch at the apartment, with a choice of (vegetarian) dishes
Thangka session 12.15-14.00 pm* – Thangka drawing/painting session
Fly back home in the afternoon or evening – Carmen will bring you back to Piazzale Roma, where you can take the bus, taxi or watertaxi back to the airport.
You can also book one or more extra nights in your room If your flight leaves the next day.
If needed, the times of morning sessions can be adjusted if you are leaving on this day

NOTE: Extra nights or extra course days can be added, see below for all pricing.


INCLUDED in the Venice Private Thangka Course Package:

  • Welcome pack, introductory tour around the city and a welcome drink + snacks on the first day
  • Private Venetian style room with double bed and attached bathroom with toiletries
  • Towels and bed linen
  • Use of living room, kitchen and courtyard (shared with Carmen)
  • Breakfast (each morning Carmen will take you to one of the many lovely nearby places for breakfast)
  • Lunches on the course days
  • Unlimited coffee/tea during your stay
  • Paper and use of all drawing materials
  • Wifi
  • Picking you up and bringing you back to Piazzale Roma, where the trains, busses, taxis and watertaxis are

Where you will stay:


The private courtyard and entrance of the apartment in Venice, that you will share with Carmen. The entrance door leads to the kitchen / living room.

  
Another image of the (small) living room. The stairs leads to two bedrooms that have their own attached bathrooms.

  
Your personal Venetian style room with private bathroom (toilet/shower), with view on the 13th century church at Campo dei Frari


About the Thangka Course
No drawing experience needed – See testimonials of others.
You will get 4,5hr of thangka teachings per day, if you prefer more time you can work in your free time. Questions can be asked at any time. Teachings also contain lectures on the subject and symbolism in Tibetan art.

The subject of the thangka course will be in consultation with you. 
Carmen advises beginner thangka students to start drawing The Buddha, The Medicine BuddhaHealing PlantsThe 8 Auspicious Symbols or Animals in Tibetan Art
Thangka students that have already drawn a complete Buddha with Carmen previously can contact her with their wishes (for ex. Green Tara, White Tara or Chenrezig)
Advanced thangka students may opt for thangka painting techniques (you will have to bring your own paints and brushes).

4-day package offers: black & white drawing (you will have enough tools to finish at home in case you are not able to finish it during your stay) and explanation/demonstration on color pencil techniques
5-day package offers in addition: Offerings of the 5 Senses and more focus on color pencil techniques
6-day package or longer offers in addition: Offerings of the 5 Senses, Landscape and more focus on color pencil techniques


Pricing

4-day thangka course
Schedule: arriving on day 1 / thangka drawing/painting sessions on day 2, 3 and 4 / leaving on day 4
Price: € 895, including all that is mentioned above
Extra night(s) incl. breakfast € 125 (regular price €140)

5-day thangka course
Schedule: arrival on day 1 / thangka drawing/painting sessions on day 2, 3, 4 and 5 / leave on day 5
Price: € 1095, including all that is mentioned above
Extra night(s) incl. breakfast € 110 (regular price €140)

6-day thangka course
Schedule: arrival on day 1 / thangka drawing/painting sessions on day 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 / leave on day 6
Price: € 1250, including all that is mentioned above
Extra night(s) incl. breakfast € 95 (regular price €140)

NOTE: If you want to bring an extra person (who shares your double bed) contact Carmen for prices


Availability
The dates in blue are available.
Interested in booking a date? Click on it to go to the contact page and send a message to Carmen:

* March 21-24 (or extension to the 27th) 2019 is group course in Venice on the Mandala of Green Tara -Part 2


Bed & Breakfast
It is also possible to book this luxurious room (see availability) for 1 or 2 persons at the regular rate of € 140 a night.
Including:

  • Private Venetian style room with double bed and attached bathroom with toiletries
  • Towels and bed linen
  • Use of living room, kitchen and courtyard (shared with Carmen)
  • Breakfast (choice of different foods for a great start of the day)
  • Unlimited coffee/tea during your stay
  • Wifi
  • Picking you up and bringing you back to Piazzale Roma, where the trains, busses, taxis and watertaxis are

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Nice detail: world-famous actor Jeremy Irons lived for months in this apartment when shooting the movie The Merchant of Venice