Direct Perception - Art Program

with Jerry Granelli, Leya Evelyn, Alan Syliboy

June 5th—June 9th (2013)

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  • $490+ Lodging Full Tuition
  • $390+ Lodging Tuition Assistance 1
  • $65/month over six months Tuition Assistance 2

Prices include all meals. Accomodation is extra, please see below.

Direct Perception will feature experiential workshops for new, advanced and aspiring artists, and anyone wanting to explore and strengthen their creative expression.  During this program we live, learn and practice our art forms together.  Three of the most provocative creativity teachers share a taste of their unique, experiential workshop practices.  DIRECT PERCEPTION is for new, advanced and aspiring artists, and anyone wanting to explore and strengthen their creative expression.  The workshops that will be introduced are intended to help us see and experience the world and our creative power with fresh eyes.  We will explore the Creative Process for all art forms with mindfulness based practical exercises, enhancing perception, creative courage, awareness and unhindered expression.

Jerry Granelli is a master of free jazz. He has been playing drums, or anything he can make musical sounds with, nonstop since the 1940s. Of his process, he says, “Let go of what you want it to be. let go of how you think it to should be. even let go of your vision."

Leya Evelyn has played with colour since she was young, studying with Josef Albers at Yale and teaching at NSCAD for 25 years. her abstract paintings are about explorations, possibilities, imaginings and openings, actively resisting tidy categorizations while simultaneously exploiting them.

Alan Syliboy looks to the indigenous mi’kmaq petroglyph tradition for inspiration, and developed his own artistic vocabulary out of those forms. most of his subjects deal with family, searching, struggle and strength. All of these things are part of his art, and his art gives him strength for a continuing spiritual quest.

Full program tuition $490 plus accommodations:   We invite all who are able to do so to pay the full tuition rate.  By doing so, you make it possible for us to offer scholarships to others, while also covering the direct cost of your stay here and contributing to our year round operations.   Interest free payment plans for 6 months are an option for those who choose this tuition level. 

Discounted program tuition $390 plus accommodations:  If the full tuition is unworkable for you, please pay the discounted rate if you can.  By doing so you contribute towards the cost of your being here and everything it takes to keep DDL operating year-round.

Discounted tuition plus payment plan $65/month:   If having 6 months to pay makes the discounted tuition possible for you, please choose this interest free option.   The payments would be $193.33 per month for tuition; if you add lodging to the payment plan it would be an additional $27.50/month in a hut or cabin.  If you select this payment plan option, after finishing your registration, please call the registrar at DDL to set up the payment schedule.

Please Note:  Above prices include meals but not accommodations.  For summer programs, we offer three lodging options:

Bring your own tent and set up on one of our tent platforms: free

Hut/cabin/dorm tent:     $20 per night,   $80 for the program

Gyatso Lodge:                $45 per night,   $180 for the program   


Gyatso Lodge has double and triple rooms with shared hallway bathrooms.  The huts, dorm tents and cabins have 2 - 8 occupants and share an outdoor bath-house.  If you are interested in a single room, please contact us about two weeks before the program begins, and depending on the number of registrants, we may be able to offer you this option for an additional $40 per night.

All program costs at Dorje Denma Ling are workable. We can provide a payment plan of up to 6 months, and we also match all scholarships that local Shambhala Centers grant to help their members attend programs. If you have any questions about the financial aid or payment plans, please contact us at 902-657-9085 or via email at [email protected] at least two weeks before the program begins. Please note that we cannot arrange tuition discounts at registration.


Deposits will be refunded up to 30 days prior to the program, less a 10% administration fee. Deposits will be 50% refunded up to 10 days prior to the program.  There is no refund of deposits for cancellations less than 10 days before the start of a program.


To register please click on the "Registration" button below or call us at (902) 657-9085