ARISING FROM NOW: Exploring the Creative Process

with Jerry Granelli, Barbara Bash, Susanne Chui, Alan Syliboy

June 3rd—June 7th (2015)

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  • $490+ Lodging Full Tuition
  • $390+ Lodging Tuition Assistance 1
  • $65 per month over six months+ Lodging Tuition Assistance 2
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Price includes all meals. 

No Previous art experience necessary.

Discovering our inner artist, our creative juices, and learning to trust who we are, through collaborative play with four art disciplines - this effects all our relations, our actions, work, decisions and our artistic expressions.

Arising from Now is a unique experiential workshop that offers the path of artistic expression through creative process/awareness practices; learning to be present with the rich uncertainty of not knowing, and accessing the skillful means of getting things done. 

This is the ground that connects to openness to one's self and the world. 

Whether you are a new, aspiring or well worn artist, this workshop will nourish your path and get your creative energy flowing. In the process a temporary tribe is formed based on creativity, connection, vulnerability, honesty and humor. 

Working with meditation (mindfulness/awareness), brushwork, sound exploration, sense perceptions and multimedia collaboration we will move in the space of expressive possibilities, joining body, heart, speech and mind into action that enlivens the world. 

Living, learning and practicing our art forms together, there will also be solo time to engage in the self generative process. 

Led by four provocative teachers of creativity we will explore what it means to be helpful to the world through art.

Jerry Granelli

Jerry Granelli is a master and legend of free jazz. He is not only a musician, but a composer and a teacher, 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."

Barbara Bash

Barbara Bash is a calligrapher, illustrator and teacher who leads classes in field sketching, communication practices, as well as the popular Big Brush workshops where participants learn to trust their own creative instincts while working with enormous horsehair brushes and great buckets of ink.

Alan Syliboy

Alan Syliboy is both an accomplished visual artist and a musician. Looking to the indigenous mi’kmaq petroglyph tradition for inspiration, he developed his own artistic vocabulary from those forms. His work speaks to the subjects of 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. 


Susanne Chui is a Halifax-based dance artist and Artistic Director of Mocean Dance. Moving fluidly between dancing, choreographing and improvising, she thrives on working across disciplines to create unique performance works. Susanne will guide participants to tune into their bodies and find joy and freedom in movement.

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 are 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. 

Additional donations help us provide discounted tuition fees and scholarships for others.

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 .   If having 6 months to pay makes the discounted tuition possible for you, please choose this interest free option.  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. 

We offer the following lodging options:

 Gyatso Lodge(double occupancy): $50 per night, $200 for the program.

 Drala Cabin (new insulated wood cabin, double occupancy) $40 per night, $160 for the program.

 Hut: (double occupancy) $30 per person per night, $120 for the program

 Wood Cabin: (sleeps up to 6) $25 per person per night, $100 for the program

 DDL tent: (single occupancy) $30 per night, $120 for the program

 DDL tent: (double occupancy) $20 per person per night, $80 for the program

 Dorm tent (sleeps up to 8): $15 per person per night, $60 for the program

 Your Own tent:$10 per person per night, $40 for the program

 Staying off-land: $5 per person per day, $20 for the program

 Gyatso Lodge has double and triple rooms with shared hallway bathrooms.  The huts, tents, dorm tents and cabins share two outdoor bath-houses.

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 ex13 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