Sacred Brushstrokes: Contemporary Workshop on Painting Buddhas

with Faith Stone

July 10 (9am) – July 14 (4pm)       **participants arrive the night prior to start date

Program fee: $530 (includes $30 material fee) plus the cost of accommodations

Immerse yourself in the timeless art of painting Buddhas in this transformative 5-day workshop. Explore the traditional thangka graph and drawing methods as you embark on a journey of creativity, spirituality, and personal expression. 

During the workshop, participants will have the unique opportunity to learn the techniques of portraying revered Buddhist figures, including Shakyamuni Buddha, Medicine Buddha, and the Bodhisattvas Green and White Tara. The focus will extend beyond the figures themselves, allowing for personal expression in the creation of landscapes and backgrounds. 

One of the workshop’s highlights is the understanding that painting Buddhas goes beyond artistic creation – it is a process of giving life to a sacred environment for the Buddha to inhabit. As the brush moves across the canvas, participants will experience the profound realization that once the painting is complete, it is no longer solely theirs. They will have, in essence, given birth to a Buddha. 

Throughout the 5 days, National award-winning art teacher, Faith Stone, will guide participants through the nuances of the thangka tradition, imparting both technical skills and a deeper understanding of the spiritual significance of painting Buddhas. The workshop encourages a harmonious blend of tradition and personal expression, fostering a space for self-discovery and creative exploration. At the end of the workshop, participants will not only leave with newfound skills and insights but also with their own Buddha painting—a tangible manifestation of their artistic and spiritual journey. Join us for “Sacred Brushstrokes,” where art and spirituality converge to create a truly transformative experience.

Cost for the 5-day workshop is $500. A $30 supply fee includes and 16×20 canvas, drawing booklet, and a set of brushes. Paints, rulers and pencils will be supplied.

Workshop limited to 12 participants.

Retreat Schedule

*We recommend arriving the day before the retreat begins to settle in and get a good night’s sleep.

Day 1
9:00am Retreat begins; introduction in Art Cabin
9:15-12:00pm Beginning the process (breaks included)
12:00-1:00pm Lunch
1:00-3:45pm Workshop (breaks included)
4:00-5:00pm optional Hatha Yoga class, or continue working on your painting
5:00pm Dinner
6:30-7:30pm Evening Meditation (optional)

Day 2-4
6:00-7:00am Guru Gita chant (optional)
7:00-7:30am Guided Meditation (optional)
7:30am Breakfast
9:00-12:00pm Workshop (breaks included)
12:00pm Lunch
1:00-3:45pm Workshop (breaks included)
4:00-5:00pm optional Hatha Yoga class, or continue working on your painting
5:00pm Dinner
6:30-7:30pm Evening Meditation (optional)

Day 5
6:00-7:00am Guru Gita chant (optional)
7:00-7:30am Guided Meditation (optional)
7:30am Breakfast
9:00-12:00pm Workshop (breaks included)
12:00pm Lunch
1:00-3:45pm Workshop (breaks included)
4:00pm Retreat ends

About the Artist

Faith Stone

Author of “Drawing Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, “a how to” guide to traditional Tibetan style of drawing. I studied Tibetan Thankga painting at Naropa University in Boulder, CO and under the guidance of Khen Rinpoche, his brother Khenpo Tsewang Dongyal and the Drikung Skaybgon Chetsang. I attended Montserrat School of Visual Arts in Beverly, Massachusetts and then pursued a career as a chef, edible art. I have published three cookbooks and a novel, Rudi and the Green Apple.

My new direction is to fuse two disciplines and add local flavor. My background is drawing and painting traditional Tibetan thangkas, Buddhist scroll paintings. I am merging that with the practice of traditional Japanese woodblock prints, mokuhanga. Then, I add local landscape especially from Hawaii and Colorado where I spend most of my time. My goal is acknowledge a new art movement, that of American Buddhist Art. I honor the traditions of the past while making the artwork uniquely from a Western perspective. I believe the real joy of carving and painting Buddhas, Bodhisattvas and Hindu deities is the idea of creating a space for the Buddha or deity to reside. The attitude is that once the painting is finished – The Buddha or Tara or Ganesha move in.

My woodblocks and paintings are held in private collections in the mainland, Hawaii, Europe and India. I was an award winning middle and high school art teacher in Kona, Hawaii and Boulder, Colorado. I am the director of Eldorado Yoga summer camp in Eldorado Springs, CO.

For more information, visit her website: www.faithstoneart.com

I have never considered myself an artist, and am even intimidated by coloring or simple crafts at times. But this workshop made art so accessible and fun! It was inspiring see so many people with all different levels of experience bring a Buddha to life by the end of the weekend. The teachers were knowledgable, encouraging, and super helpful. I’m hoping to take this workshop again in the future! 

S.W.