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Healing Plants in Tibetan Medicine

RHINEBECK NY, Omega Institute


Carmen Mensink will be back at the annual Omega Retreat Week to offer a Tibetan Art Painting course
at the renowned Omega Institute, about 2 hrs from NYC.

In this course you will learn how to draw & color or paint the healing herbs and plants in the Tibetan o tradition.

The Buddha once transformed himself into the Buddha of Healing: the Medicine Buddha, who laid the foundation for Tibetan Medicine in the form of the so-called Four Medical Tantras (physiology, diagnosis, pathology and healing).
These texts were later at the basis of The Blue Beryl; the famous medical encyclopedia that became especially famous for a large number of special thangkas (Tibetan scroll paintings) that were added to it in 1687.
These paintings show how the body works, all kinds of illnesses, and the right minerals, herbs and plants that can cure these diseases.

This week we will dive deeper into the different medicinal plants used in Tibetan Medicine, that is commonly known for being effective in treating both mental and physical diseases. Balance in body and mind is the ultimate goal.

You can make it a very personal drawing or painting by creating the plants that help cure diseases that run in your family or that you yourself suffer from.

Thangka drawing & painting is a meditation in itself, and creates inner peace and joy.

OPTIONAL: Instead of Healing Plants you can choose to draw the Buddha’s Face + the complete Buddha after that. >If you prefer this please contact Carmen ahead so she can prepare this.

The retreat is suitable for everyone, including beginners with no drawing experience.
Students with unfinished work from a previous course with Carmen are also very welcome to complete their artwork this week.

All set in the beautiful premises of the Omega Institute, this thangka retreat will absolutely recharge your batteries!


george-pierson-buddha-transforms-mind“Clear & simple with the indepth essence of a profound meditation!”

George Pierson, Philadelphia, USA
Student at the Retreat Week at Omega Institute, Rhinebeck, NY

“We had a really fun five days, Carmen was really a dedicated teacher, it was amazing how we all didn’t reallyvlad-lewis-buddha-drawing know what we were doing at first, but got guided through the process and we all ended up making nice stuff IMO. …We did a cool meditation every morning that was tied into the specific buddha that we were all drawing/painting. Carmen’s great – sincere, supportive, humble & enthusiastic.”

Vlad Lewis, Massachusetts, USA
Student at the Retreat Week at Omega Institute, Rhinebeck, NY

draw-a-tibetan-budha“Carmen is a spiritual gift, and she is brilliant, noble, kind & clear. Her teaching is done with clarity and kindness.”

Irena Delahuntey, Connecticut, USA
Student at the Retreat Week at Omega Institute, Rhinebeck, NY



“Having been stuck in my own art practice for a number of years, Carmen’s class helped me not only break through that stuckness, but also integrate new, old & unfolding learnings. It is a beautiful amalgamation of mindfulness, art, meditation.

We learned, applied & had opportunity to try new techniques & ask plenty of questions. I look forward to taking class again with Carmen next year!”

Lisa Evert, Ohio, USA
Participant at the Retreat Week at Omega Institute, Rhinebeck, NY

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

More Info & Registration:

Schedule: July 10-15, 2016

This course has been offered already.
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