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A special 10 day Thangka Painting Retreat

Annual drawing and painting retreat in Northern Italy, close to beautiful Verona and the Garda Lake

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In this long painting course, you will learn how to draw or paint Buddhas according to the tradition of the Tibetan Buddhist Thangka (scroll paintings). 

An international group of people comes together for this special thangka painting retreat, where you really can go in-depth. the course includes starting with a meditation in the morning and lectures & slides about the iconography and symbolism in Tibetan Buddhism. You will also have time to fully enjoy the beautiful surroundings of this place and their delicious Italian cuisine (vegetarian). The vegetables are produced organically on the compound.
Halfway during the retreat there will be an afternoon off so you can taste the best ice cream in the nearest village of Arco, visit the Garda lake, hike in the mountains or have a great walk to ‘Castello’, the medieval castle on top of the hill overlooking Arco.

Subject will be announced later this year

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In this long thangka course you will learn to draw and/or paint a Buddha according to the Tibetan thangka tradition.

This retreat is suitable for beginners, half-experienced and experienced students:

• First time thangka students will learn how to draw a Buddha face (always the basis), before moving on to drawing (and coloring) a complete Buddha.

• Beginners and half-experienced will learn to draw the particular Buddha, as well as color or paint after that. After the drawing you can choose to color your Buddha and learn the color pencil techniques (advisable for total beginners and people who want to return home with a finished artwork), or make a start to paint her with the thangka painting techniques.

• Experienced thangka students may want to prepare a traditional canvas (contact Carmen beforehand for instructions) after which you can transfer your drawing onto the canvas and start painting the Buddha.

• This retreat can also be used to continue/finish other thangka artwork that you’ve been working on.
Of course you will receive the grids of the subject of this retreat, to draw/paint it in the future.

Besides the drawing/painting sessions in this course you will learn through lectures & slideshows all about the particular Buddha and symbolism, her mantra and meaning, as well as practicing her meditations.

You don’t need any drawing or painting experience.
Carmen offers a lot of individual guidance, at your own level.

English and Italian
The teachings are given in English, and when needed can be translated in Italian by one of the advanced Italian students.

Advantages of a long thangka retreat:

  • In this 10-day painting course you can really go in-depth
  • Including all nights and delicious Italian meals, with organic vegetables from own compound, freshly prepared every day with love
  • Meet students from different countries and make new friends
  • The course is set in Kushi Ling, the most beautiful Buddhist Centre of Italy, amidst the mountains and olive trees
  • You can fly cheaply to Verona or Milan
  • Great possibility to combine this retreat with vacation in Italy (e.g. to Lake Garda and Verona that are nearby)

Want to travel together with other participants?
In the morning on the first day of the retreat, Carmen and some other students will travel together to Kushi Ling by taking the beautiful boat trip (around 9.45 AM) from Peschiera (not far from Verona) to Riva del Garda, where we will have lunch together and share a 20min. taxi ride to Kushi Ling.
If you want to join in Verona / Peschiera / Riva del Garda please contact Carmen about it.

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mandala-workshops“When I knew about the five elements mandala course I thought it would be an interesting and beautiful way of develop my knowledge about this subject.

My personal intention was to achieve more clearness in my mind.
I saw the mandala as a mirror of my own energy.
I feel this work as a very complete and clear meditation where we can observe the mind, the sight (seeing) and our hand (as expression). And the connection between them.

My experience show me that although the constantly waves of my mind (by them I couldn’t believe I could do just a complex and beautiful work), the mandala was growing surprising beautiful. And, in between,  I knew a lot of more things about me. I should be very proud!

Also I feel grateful to spend 9 days in Kushi Ling, this peaceful place between the mountains. With a great company of the group and with the guidance and wisdom of Carmen.

It was a very good experience, that I recommend very much.”

Maria José Moura, Porto, Portugal
Annual Thangka Painting Retreat in Italy

To read more testimonials and see artwork of thangka students, go to the Testimonial & Artwork page

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More Info & Registration

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Friday June 28: you can arrive at your own pace during the day and get settled in your room. In the evening we start at 19.00hr / 7pm with a welcome dinner for all the participants.
Sunday July 7: the course ends after lunch (around 14.00hr / 2pm).
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You can choose if you want to draw & color (advised for beginner students) or paint (advised for advanced students):

To draw (advised for beginner students):

  • a minimum of 2 sheets of good quality drawing paper 50x65cm (or a larger paper if you choose the 21 Taras as subject)
  • a long ruler (for ex. 50cm)
  • a pencil HB (or mechanical pencil if you like)
  • an eraser
  • colored pencils of a good brand (such as Prismacolor Premier, Caran d’Ache Luminance or Faber Castell Polychromos)

To paint (for more advanced students):

  • the drawing materials above
  • in addition to that the everything you need for painting, as stated in the List-of-Art-Materials

If you still have any questions regarding the course that you cannot find here, you can contact Carmen

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The course price is €260 + 9 nights of lodging & all meals, and depending on the room type this will be between €34 and €68 per day (including three great meals a day, coffee, tea, biscuits and fruit): Check here Kushi Ling’s Lodging & Food prices for 2018

You can make most out of a full retreat, but if you are unable to come for 10 days we can make an exception and you can come for half the retreat, where you will only be able to draw Green Tara (no time for painting).
– From Friday 28 June dinner time at 7pm till Tuesday 3 July till lunch time, or
– From Wednesday 4 July dinner time at 7pm till Sunday 7 July till lunch time, or
Half course price €150 + 4 nights of food & lodging (see prices above)

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Center for Meditation Kushi-Ling, Arco (TN)
Alle Fontane, Laghel 19,
CP 118, I-38062,
Arco/Lago di Garda (TN)

Website: www.kushi-ling.com

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Carmen will take option B, and you can join her (see below)

There are many different ways to get to Kushi Ling:
Kushi Ling is a gorgeous retreat center in between mountains and surrounded by olive trees. It’s about 15min. by car to the nearest village, the beautiful place of Arco.

The nearest airport is Verona, but you can also fly to Milan.
The trip to Kushi Ling offers great views and pittoresque villages, especially when traveling along the Garda Lake.
The following travel options are from Verona Airport, but you can use parts of it when coming from Milan or other directions:

A) Via Verona by bus & train
> Verona is a beautiful city (the city of Romeo & Juliet!) and well worth a stay. In the summer the famous open air operas are held in the historical city centre.
– Take the Aerobus (every 20min, in front of Verona Airport) to Verona Station (Verona Porta Nuova), price is €6
– Next take the train from Verona to Rovereto. The ‘treno regionale’ is the cheapest (around €8) and takes 50min. (don’t forget to stamp the ticket before you get onto the train).
– From Rovereto take a taxi to Kushi Ling
OR
Take bus 332 or 301 to Arco (Autostazione) and take a taxi (or share with others) for the last part to Kushi Ling (max. €15). If you cannot find a taxi in Arco you can call Antonella: +39-333 5963033 or +39-0464 518983 or a different taxi service: +39-0464 – 514520.
Optional: You can also walk the last part from Arco but it’s steep/uphill -it’s a great walk but might not be handy with luggage- which will take about one hour.

The taxi drivers most probably know Centro di Meditazione Kushi Ling. If not, let him/her read this:
Dal centro cittá prendere la strada (a destra) verso Laghel. Arrivati alla chiesa Santa Maria di Laghel si prende la salita a sinistra e si segue tutta la strada (circa 3 km) fino alle Fontane: è l’ultima casa.

B) By boat over the Garda Lake (recommended!)
> The Garda Lake is one of Italy’s most popular places to visit, and great to combine as vacation with this thangka painting retreat. ‘Lago di Garda’ offers great views, mountains, and small villages full of colorful houses.

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– From Verona Airport take a taxi or bus 164 (in front of the airport) to Peschiera del Garda. The bus goes once an hour.
Peschiera is a lovely village at the bottom of the Garda Lake and from there you can take the once-a-day slow boat (4hr, only €16) to Riva del Garda, which is all the way to the top of the lake. The trip is a vacation in itself, with amazing views and short stops at pittoresque villages.
Optional: take the boat from Garda (some stops further on the bus) to Riva del Garda
– From Riva (del Garda) take a bus to Arco (read further at A) or take/share a taxi (max. €10 per person) to Kushi Ling.
NOTE: THIS IS HOW CARMEN WILL TRAVEL ON FRI JUNE 28, AND YOU ARE WELCOME TO JOIN HER, PLEASE CONTACT HER IF YOU WANT TO JOIN.

C) By bus along the Garda Lake
– From Verona Airport take bus 164 (in front of the airport, every hour) to Garda (lovely village along the lake)
– From Garda take bus No.184 to Riva del Garda (another lovely village at the top of the lake)
– From Riva del Garda take a bus to Arco (see A) or taxi to Kushi Ling (see B)

D) By taxi
From Verona Airport you can book a taxi to Kushi Ling (that you could share with other thangka students). It takes about 1,5hr. to get there.

E) Rent a car
Especially handy when you want to combine the thangka painting course with vacation in Italy.

 

If you need help with your planning or want to travel together with other participants you can contact Carmen.
When all participants leave after the thangka painting course, you can probably travel back with others or get a ride to a train or bus station.

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Please register with Kushi Ling a.s.a.p. to avoid disappointment (as the course may be full or the rooms of your desire may be taken).

You can register in different ways: by sending an email to Kushi Ling: info(at)kushi-ling.com (in English or Italian), making a phone call to them: (+39) 347-2113471 (in English or Italian), or by using the form below:

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See you in Italy!