Italy / June 2-11, 2017 / Thangka Painting Retreat

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The Medicine Buddha & Healing Plants

Learn how to draw & paint a thangka in Italy

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


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

Advanced students can choose to draw/paint The 8 Medicine Buddhas instead. (If you want to please contact Carmen about this so she can prepare this for you)

The Eight Medicine Buddhas, painted by Carmen Mensink

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.

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 the Buddha /plants (and color them with color pencils) or draw and 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 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 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 Veronato travel the last part to Kushi Ling together (with public transport/taxi). If you want to join please contact Carmen about it.

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See you in Italy!