Shambhala Art Teacher Training for Parts 1-3 (Westside)

with Shastri Sandra Ladley & Steve Saitzyk

January 9th—January 12th

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    Room: WESTSIDE SHAMBHALA @ 3877 Grand View Blvd, Mar Vista, 90066

    Full tuition: $395.
    Assisted: $335. (For full-time students, seniors, members of the Los Angeles Shambhala Center, and those in need.) 
    Repeat: $175.

    The Shambhala Art Program is an exciting and challenging program to teach.  This Teacher Training offers the opportunity to be authorized as an Assistant Teacher or a Teacher of Parts 1-3.  Please note that many of the requirements below are centered on the Shambhala dharma.  This allows us to keep these Teacher Trainings relatively brief.  Attending this training is not a guarantee of authorization and some authorizations may involve gaining additional dharma teaching experience.

    In This Training You Will:

    1                  Give brief talks on aspects of the Shambhala/Dharma Art teachings.

    2                  Lead a group through experiential exercises.

    3                  Develop skills to tune into and work with a group, and lead discussions.

    4                  Deepen your understanding of principles and concepts of the Shambhala/Dharma Art teachings and how to communicate them through the Shambhala Art program.

    This training does not reteach the Shambhala Art Program. The Program has evolved over the years and if you have not completed the Shambhala Art Program recently, you may wish to take the Five-Part Intensive that will precede this training.

    Shambhala Art Parts 1 - 3 Teacher Requirements:

    1. Membership at a Shambhala Center.
    2. Completion of the five-part Shambhala Art Program.
    3. Some teaching experience inside or outside of Shambhala.
    4. An ongoing art practice/creative process discipline.
    5. For Authorization as an Assistant Teacher the minimum requirements are completion of a Weekthun (7day meditation at a Shambhala Center.) Completion of a Shambhala Art Teacher Training for Parts 1-3.
    6. For Authorization as a Teacher of Parts 1-3 the minimum requirements are completion a Dathun (a month-long meditation at a Shambhala Center) and be on the path to completing Enlightened Society Assembly. On the path to becoming a Shambhala Meditation Guide, and Completion of a Shambhala Art Teacher Training for Parts 1-3.


    Below is a link to download the application form and the letter of recommendation form.  Upon acceptance of your application you will be emailed a registration form, a teacher’s sourcebook, a reading and materials list, and information on motels walking distance from the center.  Your deposit will also be due.  Participants may not arrive late to, or leave early from, this program.

    Shambhala Art Teacher Training for Parts 1-3 2018 Application Form.

    SA Teacher Training 1-3 Recommendation 2018 Form.

    Price does not include food or housing.  Enrollment limited to 15 participants. Advanced registration along with a 50% deposit (which becomes non-refundable 14 days before the beginning of the program) is required to secure a place. If you have not completed the entire five-part Shambhala Art Program and are planning on taking the Jan. 3-7 Shambhala Art Intensive, please consider early enrollment. These Intensives always fills to capacity prior to the program.  (Enrollment for the Shambhala Art Intensive is separate from enrollment in the Shambhala Art Teacher Training.)


    Steven Saitzyk is the international Director of Shambhala Art and one of the founders of the Shambhala Art Program.  He is an Adjunct Professor Humanities and Sciences at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena California.  He is also a painter and published author.  See:  He began his studies of Dharma Art and Vajrayana Iconography with Chögyam Trungpa in 1974 and since has practiced and taught meditation internationally for more than forty-five years. He is also painter, author, and his current book is titled, “Place Your Thoughts Here: Meditation for the Creative Mind.”


    Shastri Sandra Ladley is a long-time practitioner and Senior Shambhala teacher.  She has worked as a counselor, manager and teacher in business, technology, health and creative arts settings.  She studied at Bard College and received her BA in Painting from San Francisco State University and her MA in Contemplative Psychology from Naropa University.  In addition to Shambhala teaching, Sandra currently leads creative and psycho-educational groups on topics including Radical Acceptance and Art in Everyday Life.  She is part of the team that is bringing the Karuna Training contemplative psychology program from Europe to Northern California.  She lives near Berkeley in Albany, CA.

    The Shambhala Center of Los Angeles remains open because of the ongoing generosity of our community. One of the cornerstones of our policy is that no one be turned away for lack of funds. If you can’t afford a program, please call our office (323-255-5472) to register based on what you can afford. At the same time, the Center relies on program revenue to cover costs. For those who are able to pay more than the program price, your generosity in paying the Patron Price helps cover the costs for others who are not able to pay the full price, and provides additional support to the Shambhala Center of Los Angeles. Thank you for your kindness!

    If you cancel more than 7 days prior to your class (and have already paid), you will receive a full refund less a processing fee of $15. If you cancel between 1 to 7 days prior to arrival, we will credit your payment towards another program at Shambhala Los Angeles to be used within 1 year. No refunds or credits are issued for cancellations received fewer than 24 hours prior to arrival.

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