Program Listings

  • Lodge: Single Occupancy Room - $100 per Night – CAD $975.00
  • Lodge: Double Occupancy - $55 per Night – CAD $750.00
  • Lodge: Couple Room - $55 Each per Night – CAD $750.00
  • Lodge: Triple Occupancy Dorm with Bunk Bed - $45 per Night – CAD $700.00
  • Drala Cabin: Double Occupancy - $45 per Night – CAD $700.00
  • Drala Cabin: Single Occupancy - $80 per Night – CAD $875.00
  • New Cabin-Style Tent: Double Occupancy - $35 per Night – CAD $650.00
  • New Cabin-Style Tent: Single Occupancy - $60 per Night – CAD $775.00
  • Wood Cabin: Double Occupancy - $35 per Night – CAD $650.00
  • Wood Cabin Dorm: Up to 4 People - $25 per Night – CAD $600.00
  • Your Own Tent - $20 per Night – CAD $575.00
  • Live or Staying Locally – CAD $475.00
  • (All prices include CAD $475.00 base amount)

Date & Time Details: Arrival Saturday, June 27th by 5 pm. Departure Thursday July 2 late afternoon.

Location: Dorje Denma Ling

Address: 2280 Balmoral Road Tatamagouche, NS B0K 1V0

Tamsyn Loat
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Ways of Seeing and The Way of Nature: Contemplative Photography, Haiku and Deep Ecology

With John McQuade

June 27 - July 2, 2020

Old Pond –
a frog jumps in
the sound of water


When eye, heart and world are in the same place, at the same time, your experience is direct and your art expressions are spontaneous and vivid.

This program engages the contemplative arts of Nalanda Miksang photography and haiku. Haiku is a short contemplative poetic form that contains references to Nature. Nalanda Miksang photography is based on the Dharma Art teachings of Chogyam Trungpa.

Both arts are experience based – working from direct perception to direct expression. In the Eastern traditions, such contemplative arts are call “ways:” ways of being with the Way of Nature as a way of engaging a basic harmony. These contemplative arts, besides making brilliant photographic and written images, connect us with the deep ecology of finding our place with this Earth.

Who Should Attend

There are no pre-requisites for this program. Basic instruction in photography and haiku will be provided.

If you are a photographer, connecting with a strong “first perception” will enhance the art impact of the final image. If you are a writer direct perception will connect you with the energy of inspiration. If you engage in meditation, connecting with direct perception will bring insight into your post-meditation experience.

Program enrollment is limited to 15.

What to Expect

FlowersWeeds-016The program is structured through teachings, assignments and assignment reviews. No photographic or writing experience is necessary. You will be given basic instruction on both art forms.

The program will focus on topics exploring Nature: flowers and weeds, the elements, impressionism, landscape and so forth. You will be given specific exploration assignments that we will collectively share and review. There will also be supplementary teachings from the Eastern/Zen and Shambhala contemplative art traditions.

You will need a digital camera (point and shoot or a good smartphone is fine) and a notebook. Most assignments will be outside so dress appropriately.

Meditation instruction and practice will be offered, but it is not a required feature of the program.


Includes meals. Accommodations are extra. All prices listed in $CDN.
For a list of accommodation options, visit the Registration Page.
An Early Bird Discount of $50 is offered until March 31, 2020.


Contact John: [email protected]
Books: Looking and Seeing, and Heart of Photography are available through Amazon in print and kindle formats.

White dew –                           Summer shower –                                  Peony petals fall –
one drop                                a flock of sparrows                               piling on one another
on each thorn                     hanging on to the grass                          in twos and threes

    -Buson                                             -Buson                                                  -Buson

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John McQuade
John McQuade is the founder of Nalanda Miksang Photography, and has established Nalanda Miksang teachers in North America, Europe and Australia. He is also co-author of two books in his field: Looking and Seeing, and Heart of Photography. He is currently on the faculty of the Halliburton School of Art and Design and is completing a PhD on the classic photographer, Edward Weston. John is also a practising Buddhist, having studied with Chogyam Trungpa from 1979 until Rinpoche’s death in 1987. Besides being an accomplished meditation master, Trungpa Rinpoche was also an artist, a poet and a photographer. Nalanda Miksang contemplative photography is based on the…
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