Italy / Venice / 8-11 Nov. 2018 / Green Tara Mandala – Extended Weekend Course

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Mandala of Green Tara (part 1)

or Green Tara instead of the mandala

From Thu 8 to Sun 11 Nov., 2018

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

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

In this extended weekend course at a typical Venetian Palace on a canal in Venice’s historical center, you will learn how to draw Green Tara or the Mandala of Green Tara 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.

Part 2: Painting your Mandala or Green Tara, 21-24 March 2019

Learn how to paint your Mandala or Green Tara with the special thangka painting techniques that are offered in Part 2 of the course, from 21-24 March 2019, with an optional extension to March 27 (on March 25-26-27 we will be painting in the morning and go for special sightseeing in Venice in the afternoon).
Registration: as space is limited, priority will be given to students who follow both courses.

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

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

Dates, time, price

Oct 8-11, 2018:
Thursday evening 8 Nov.:
20.00 – 21.30 (8-9.30pm) Introduction + Lecture about the subject, ending with drinks and snacks
Friday 9 Nov.: 10.00 – 18.00 (incl. lunch break)
Saturday 10 Nov.: 10.00 – 18.00 (incl. lunch break)
Sunday 11 Nov.: 10.00 – 17.00 (incl. lunch break)

pranzo-venezia-corso-buddaCourse fee:
€240 including: coffee, tea, biscuits and fruit
€285 including: coffee, tea, biscuits and fruit and 3 large vegetarian lunches (€15 each), freshly made by the owners of this beautiful place, including red and white wine.

Materials to bring
  • Thick drawing paper size 50x65cm
  • ruler 40-50cm
  • pencil HB (a mechanical pencil if possible)
  • an 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
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.

There is limited space to sleep in the room of a nearby Buddhist center when bringing a sleeping bag, for a minimum of €15 per night (maximum of 6 people).


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)