Contemplative Creativity Lab: Finding the Empty, Finding the Love [Online]

with Kerry Schwartz & Robert Fox

February 13th

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  • $15.00 Program Price
  • $25.00 Patron Price
  • Donation

It’s nearly Valentine’s Day, which can be a drag for some! In this lab, we will make love notes for ourselves and for another. First, we invite love into our lives by giving ourselves "playtime" as an act of care. Let’s first contemplate what we are missing, or "what feels bad about being me”, allowing that to be seen and to breathe with Robert guiding us in a new sound meditation. 

Then we can write, paint, draw, or collage a compassionate response, a love note to ourselves, by gently witnessing what is hard to accept in ourselves.  How is this an expression of self-love? All emotions are welcome to explore. And don’t forget, eros is an accepted aspect of this self-love as well as for another. Next, let’s create a note to someone or something we love and cherish. We can extend the same sweetness, bravery, humor, and passion with our materials and words. Love poetry, words, abstract and realistic imagery through any media you like can be our playground!

Suggested Materials:

  • cardstock or heavy paper
  • colored and/or regular pencils, small brush and any paints
  • colored paper, images (from magazines for example), glue stick or glue if you're doing collage.

Kerry Golemon Schwartz has been a student and teacher of Shambhala and Tibetan Buddhism since 1976, as well as a student and teacher of Shambhala Art. Kerry enjoys art-making in ceramics, Miksang photography, poetry, drawing, and painting. She has an M.A. in Transformative Art from John F. Kennedy University in the Bay Area.

Bay Area artist Robert Fox works with film, photography and sound. He has been practicing with Shambhala for 20 years, having been introduced to the teachings of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and Pema Chödrön through friends in the Sangha.  He channels this experience in art and sitting meditation as a teacher in the Shambhala Art program. Robert received his BFA in printmaking from Otis Art Institute and an MFA in Film from the San Francisco Art Institute. He also earned his MFA in Electronic Music from Mills College in Oakland.

Contemplative Creativity Lab is about engaging the senses, bringing the fullness of our awareness to any activity, and connecting with our world. Everyone is warmly welcome, no exceptions. There is no need for any experience with art or meditation to take part. See more.

Photograph by Tom Swinnen for Unsplash


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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