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Prakriti Aalay Cottages

Dharamsala, HP, India 

January 5 - 25, 2019 

Tibetan Buddhist Thangka Painting

 With Tiffani Gyatso and invited tibetan artists


Thangka Painting

Jan.5 - Jan.25, 2019

Prakriti Aalay, Dharamsala

"Freedom is discipline"

This wonderful and unique retreat will take place on the foothills of the Himalayas at HH the Dalai Lama's town in exile, Dharamsala. There, all best tibetan artists live and produce the traditional buddhist art of depicting deities, such as buddhas and bodhisatvas as a tool for meditation. 


We will be learning about the buddhas and its symbols, visit different tibetan art schools around the region and having as guests some of the artists who will join in teaching as well. We are going to visit adorned and active temples where we'll also use as a study field to produce our own thangka piece.

Some of the temples are the Norbulingka Temple, the Nygma temple in Sidhpur, HH the Dalai Lama Tsuglagkhang Monastery, Tai Situ Rimpoche Sherabling temple, temples in Bir as Dzongzar Rimpoche's retreat monastery. 

Tibetan Buddhist Thangka Painting is, before being a practice of art, a discipline. By learning and following the symbolic proportion of the deities, we tune in with the proper energy of the deity and in a ritualistic manner of tuning intention and action, we will be first drawing and then painting. Each participant will be able to choose the deity he or she like to paint and will be oriented on the initial drawing, after making of the canvas

By creating it it on a ritualistic manner, Tiffani Gyatso introduces you to thangka, a Tibetan art form of painting Buddhist icons on canvas, and shows you how it can be used as a supportive tool in meditation and self-discovery. 

You begin by exploring the sacred imagery of the Tibetan pantheon of deities, learning about the symbols, and discovering how they can guide you to refine your vision and intention. You then move to practice by making the canvas: stitching, stretching, and layering natural plaster over cotton. Creating a thangka surface requires time and dedication, which aligns mind and body for the drawing and, finally, the painting of your chosen buddha like: Sakyamuni Buddha, Medicine Buddha, Green, White or Red Tara, Manjushri, Vajrasatva, Vajrayogini or Vajrapani.

You follow the practice of sacred arts with prayers and mantras to enhance self-discipline, devotion, and concentration.

Throughout the weeks you go through all of the stages of creating a traditional thangka painting, immersed on the tibetan culture, tradition and its living temples and be back home with a new and unique practice and art piece done by you.


There is no need to be an expertise in painting or any art form or even to have deep notion in Tibetan Buddhism – this is a learning experience where everyone with true intention to learn and dedicate its own time for it, is warmly and joyfully welcomed!


Join us for this outer and inner pilgrimage through art!


Tiffani Gyatso

Tiffani Gyatso is a Brazilian artist. She studied graphic design in Munich, Germany, and went on to specialize in Tibetan Buddhist art—specifically thangka painting, which involves painting Buddhist icons onto self-made canvases. She has taught thangka painting all over Brazil and South America since 2006, and in 2016, she opened Atelier YabYum, the first school and art retreat in Brazil dedicated to this art form.

Gyatso was introduced to the thangka art form at the Gandan Monastery in Mongolia, and completed her thangka studies in at the Norbulingka Institute in India. In 2016 and 2017, she took several courses in sacred geometry and Persian patterns at the Prince’s School of Traditional Arts in London, England.

From 2007 to 2012, Gyatso undertook a large scale project in southern Brazil to paint an entire Tibetan temple in traditional form. Tiffani also develops her own contemporary art based on the intuitive and contemplative process, as well as the Slow Art workshop, which is worked through body awareness, movement, and contemplative expression. She has exhibited her contemporary works several times in Brazil and New York.

Gyatso authored the book Life and Thangka: Searching for Truth Through Sacred Art, and writes for Buddhistdoor Global. Since 2013 she guides annually art groups to India and Nepal.

You can read her book, "Life and Thangka" available at amazon, here.

Visit her website to know more: www.tiffanigyatso.info

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US$ 3.200 (+ 4,4% transaction fee)

Payment method: Paypal

+Info and Registration with Mukul Purohit: purohit.mukul@outlook.com


- Total of 20 nights

- Airport pick up and drop

- 3 nights in Delhi (1 on arrival and 2 on return - 5 star hotel)

- One way flight from Delhi to Dharamshala

- Return by luxury private vehicle from Dharamshala to Delhi via Chandigarh

- 1 night at Chandigarh Hotel

- Local transport for all excursions as mentioned in the itinerary

- 16 nights at Prakriti Aalay Eco-Resort in Dharamshala

- All means (vegetarian) served at Prakriti Aalay and what is mentioned within the itinerary (B L D)

- Retreat tuition, activities and all materials

- All excursions as mentioned within the itinerary

Not included:

- Air ticket from your country to India

- Visa

- Travel ensurance

- Drinks and extra meals

- Laundry

- Personal Items and extra transportation

- Tips


Planning your trip and retreat

- REGISTER: If you hear the call to participate in this retreat, first thing get in contact with us, so you can guarantee your place at the retreat thru a sign payment to Mr. Purohit, purohit.mukul@outlook.com

- PLANE TICKET and arrival: at least 2 month before, buy your ticket to New Delhi, arriving on Jan.5 or max Jan.6 or before. If you are already in India before this date, provide for yourself accommodation in Delhi. We can suggest hotels at the Aerocity area (from where we are going to pick you up to take you to our next 1h flight to Dharamsala). Your return should be from Jan.25.

- FOOD: Indian food can be quite spicy and intense. The meals served during the retreat are an experience by itself, they are traditional north indian and tibetan and are made with no additional chilly. It is made to adapt the foreign taste preserving its authenticity. If you are alergic to something else, please inform as soon as possible for us to be able to make special arrangements. 

- WATER: Is not recommended to drink water from the tap. Peel the fruits you eat. 

- WEATHER: During winter (Dec. - Feb.) we can see snow on the high mountain pics. Days are cold, dry but quite sunny. Nights are cold and can get to zero degrees celcius - you might use a shawl, nice pair of socks and a proper winter jumper with jacket. Bring comfortable clothes. Bring sun cream and lips balm. Indoor shoes and tennis or hiking shoes. 

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