Contemplative Creativity Lab: Holiday Hootenanny (Westside)

with Angela Lloyd & Frances Smith

December 9th

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    Price:
  • $15 Program Price
Room: WESTSIDE SHAMBHALA @ 3877 Grand View Blvd, Mar Vista, 90066

Contemplative Creativity Lab is a group of meditation and art practitioners and teachers who lead explorations of the Dharma Art teachings of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. Every month is different and has included ink and brush, movement, photography and poetry. What links these is the ground of meditation that allows for fresh perception to be in the forefront, rather than a focus on trying to make "art."  

This month join us for a Creativity Lab in Music. We'll ring (and strum and sing!) in the winter holidays with storyteller Angela Lloyd and artist Franny Smith.

We will make something together with an exercise or two including spontaneous “un-poetry”. The last hour will be an open time for sharing. Bring your writings, family stories, poetry, and musical instruments if you have one or two!

Everyone is welcome!  No meditation or musical experience is required.  This is a great family friendly Lab, so bring a child!

Each session begins with guided meditation instruction and a short period of meditation before we move into meditation-in-action, creating from that place of open mind/heart we call "Square One". Come join us!  

About the teachers:

Angela Lloyd

Angela Lloyd, MFA is a Shambhala Art Teacher and an award winning recording artist, master storyteller and musician. A student of Laura Simms, she started meditating at Laura Simms’ Annual Storytelling Residency in 1987 and is a member of Shambhala. She has completed levels of Miksang, a contemplative practice of photography; and is an enthusiastic member of the Dorje Kasung. Her particular interest in the Shambhala Art teachings is how language arts (speech, silence and humor) are used to create a safe container for inter-related arts experiences for body, mind and speech. www.angelalloyd.com

Franny Smith

Franny Smith is curious. seems bossy, not really. Just NY mannerisms. Retired from teaching Theatre Arts and started studying meditation.  Still works with “kids at risk”. Fell head over heels for Shambhala Art and the love affair continues.  She says, “The teacher/student relationship is a partnership where we get to explore the inherent creativity we all possess.”  Wants to grow up and be an old lady, totally turned on and tuned in.  Yeah!


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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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