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The 3 Buddhas of Long Life

White Tara, Amitayus and Ushnisha Vijaya

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

De drie Boeddha's van Lang Leven: Witte Tara, Ushnisha Vijaya en Amitayus

In this long painting course, you will learn how to draw or paint one or more Longevity Buddhas according to the tradition of the Tibetan Buddhist Thangka (scroll paintings): White Tara, Amitayus and Ushnisha Vijaya (Tib.: Namgyelma).

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.

You don’t need any drawing or painting experience.
The teachings are given in English, when there are a lot of Italians they will be translated in Italian.

According to your wishes you can choose to draw one or more Buddha’s (and color them with color pencils) or draw and paint one Buddha and learn how to work with the special thangka painting techniques.
You can also use this retreat to finish the drawings and paintings that you created in previous classes.
If you are unable to come for the full course, you can also join half the course.

  • In this 9-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 all over the World
  • In Kushi Ling, the most beautiful Buddhist Centre of Italy, amidst the mountains and olive trees
  • You can fly cheap 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?
From Amsterdam a few people travel with Transavia to Verona in the early morning, you are welcome to join.
It’s also possible to meet up in Verona (for people that come from Milan for ex.), to travel the last part to Kushi Ling together (with public transport/taxi). If you want to join please contact Carmen about it.

A testimonial

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


More Info & Registration

Saturday June 4th: you can arrive at your own pace during the day. In the evening we start at 19.00hr / 7pm with a welcome dinner for all the participants.
Sunday June 12th: we end after lunch (around 14.00hr / 2pm).
Materials to bring
You can choose if you want to draw & color (advised for beginner students) or paint (advised for advanced students):

  • To draw: a minimum of 2 sheets of good quality drawing paper 50x65cm, a long ruler (for ex. 50cm), (mechanical) pencil HB, an eraser and colored pencils of a good brand (such as Prismacolor Premier, Caran d’Ache Luminance or Faber Castell Polychromos)
  • To paint: download the List of Materials when you want to paint

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

The course price is: €240 + 8 nights of lodging & all meals.
Depending on the room type the lodging will be 
between €33 and €65 per night (including three great meals a day, coffee, tea, biscuits and fruit):
Kushi Ling prices for lodging and food and room types
Half course: It is also possible to join for half the course, either from June 4-8 or June 8-12.
In a half course there is only time to draw 1 Buddha in black and white (in a full course you can draw multiple Buddhas or color or start painting one)
Center for Meditation Kushi-Ling, Arco (TN)
Alle Fontane, Laghel 19,
CP 118, I-38062,
Arco/Lago di Garda (TN)


How to get there? Download here the PDF How to get to Kushi Ling

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 by using the form below:


See you in Italy!