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Thangka course in Venicce

Thu 10 to Sun 13 Oct 2019

> Subject will be announced soon

In this extended weekend course, held at a typical Venetian Palace on a canal in Venice’s historical center, you will learn how to draw a Buddha according to the tradition of Tibetan Buddhist thangkas (Tibetan scroll paintings).

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 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 onto the complete Buddha.

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

Dates, time, price

Oct 10-13, 2019:
Thursday evening 10 oct:
20.00 – 21.30 (8-9.30pm) Introduction + Lecture about the subject, ending with drinks and snacks – OPEN TO EVERYBODY
Friday 11 oct: 10.00 – 18.00 (incl. lunch break)
Saturday 12 oct: 10.00 – 18.00 (incl. lunch break)
Sunday 13 oct: 10.00 – 17.00 (incl. lunch break)

Price: €240 including coffee/tea/buiscuits/fruit.

Optional for each day: a large vegetarian lunch for €15 per day, including red and white wine, freshly made by the owners of our beautiful work space.

On Saturday evening there will be a wonderful dinner party, this can be booked on the spot for €15.


Materials to bring
  • Thick drawing paper size 50x65cm
  • ruler 40-50cm
  • pencil HB (regular or  mechanical pencil)
  • eraser
  • compass
  • (optional: colored pencils)
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
On AirBnB you can look for a room or apartment, but you can also check out the following hotels that are all near to where the thangka course takes place, and that we can recommend as the prices are not too high (for Venice standards). The people that run the B&B’s are friends of Giovanna, you may get a discount when you tell that you come for the thangka course that she organizes.

Debora’s home B&B
Venezia, Sestiere San Polo, near Goldoni bridge
Phone: +39 3480347153
Email: debora.pola(at)
Giovanni’s homeB&B
Rio del Gaffaro, Fondamenta del Gaffaro, Venezia
Phone:  +39 3478240344
Email:  giovanni.vit2011(at)
Sestiere Cannaregio n.3556, Venezia
Phone:   +39 3483432069 
Email:   marco.casabaseggio(at) 
Valentina Silvestri’s Home B&B (small single room with own bathroom and terras in beautiful area)
Fondamenta Eremite 1353, Venezia
Phone:   +39 3475856111
Also bookable via airbnb:
San Polo Star
Calle Campazzo, 3073/O, 30125 Venezia

Hotel Casa Peron

Salizada S.Pantalon n.84, Venezia

Phone: +39 041 5256057

Email: albergocasaperon(at)


Hotel S.Geremia Alloggi Gerotto Calderan  

Campo S.Geremia n.290, Venezia (close to train station)

Phone: +39 041 715562 / +39 041 716245

Email: info(at)


Albergo Marin

Ramo delle Chioverte n.670/B Sestiere Santa Croce, Venezia

phone:  +39 041 718022 / email:  info(at)



AlbergoHotel Doge
Sestiere S.Croce, Lista Vecchia Dei Bari n.1222 
Phone: +39 3491692362  / +39 3492233206  /  +39 3423757746  +39 3451351127


Hotel Florida 
Calle Priuli Cavalletti  sestiere Cannaregio, Venezia
(Close to train station)
Phone: +39 (0)41 715253 
Email:  info(at)


A friend, Barbara, can accommodate one person:

phone:  +39 3392188478 / email:  mauri.sopra(at)

She has 2 cats.



Please register in time to be sure of your space, by filling out this form:



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!