Shambhala Art Lab - ‘Yours truly’


Centrum/Groep: Amsterdam Grote schrijn ruimte
Datum: vrijdag 15 september 2017 (20:00 -22:00) zaterdag 16 september 2017 (09:00 -18:00) zondag 17 september 2017 (09:00 -18:00)
Leraren : Fatou Traoré & Liesbeth Scholten
Contact persoon : Finance van den Heuij
Deelname prijs : €150
Leden Prijs: €115
Herhalers/Jongeren/Minima: €75
Materiaalkosten: €15.00
Find your own unique expression through discovery and play. Open to anyone with or without “art” experience.

“Whatever you do is an expression of basic goodness in you. You might be skeptical about that, but at the same time, in your heart, you are tickled and open and wondering. You possess that kind of presence, which you project - all of you.” Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche

Do we dare to see ourselves as we are? Can we embrace our fears, and also the aspects of ourselves that we feel uncertain about? Can we express from a genuine place where we do not worry and can let go of self-consciousness?

We will work with meditation, contemplation, writing, painting, movement and dance. We will explore through touch and physicality to become familiar with our own bodies and practice expressing more freely through gestures and sound. 

Shambhala Art is based on the Dharma Art teachings of the late Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, the founder of Shambhala. He taught that from the viewpoint of a meditative discipline all of our actions can become our art.

The teachings and exercises presented in this program are about discovery and play, and the universal nature of creativity and communication that is always available to us. The purpose is to explore the creative process, to find our own unique expression, and to integrate the process completely into one’s life so that there is no separation between who we are, our daily life and our creativity. 

This programme is open to anyone with or without “art” experience. The programme will be taught in English. 

There will be a material fee in the range of 10-15 euro.

Please register by clicking on the button below. Your registration will be definite after we receive your payment. You can transfer your payment to bank account NL43 TRIO 0212 4980 37 of ‘Shambhala Centrum Amsterdam’ mentioning the title of this programme.


Liesbeth Scholten is a poet and dancer. She lives in Amsterdam with her son. Liesbeth studied Innovation Science and worked for 15 years in Philips, a multinational company, on people-centred research and innovation. She got to travel the world and study people’s behaviours and mindsets, and to develop new solutions to people’s needs. Today she runs her own business , aimed at co-creating purposeful change.

Liesbeth first came into a Shambhala centre in 2006, and started Shambhala Training in 2009. She lives and loves this path of warriorship - to create enlightened society. She became a Shambhala Art teacher in 2015. To Liesbeth, Dharma Art is the language that can reveal deeper layers of insight and inspiration, beyond ordinary understanding. This is like magic that cannot be taught - but it can be discovered and experienced in the creative process.

Fatou Traore is an explorer of movement and sound. She has been a professional choreographer, dancer, singer and musician for more than 25 years. She has been giving dance workshops for thirty years in various Academies and Dance Centers, as well as Circus Schools throughout Europe. She also presents a laboratory of movement aiming at everybody twice a week in Brussels. Fatou is a multi dimensional artist who can enrich her performances using the expressive arts of painting, sculpture, and costume making. She also is a musician who plays the African N’goni. 

For the past five years Fatou has been singing with, and artistically co-directing a choral group called the Patshiva C. This joyful and energetic choir travels and performs in disadvantaged areas mixing with the local populations and including them in their street performances, and in theaters. Their work can uplift a entire neighborhood bringing inspiration and confidence to many people who otherwise have very few resources.