Brush Mind: Zen Calligraphy

Kazuaki Tanahashi

September 11–13, 2015

Tuition $230 + 2 nights

Discover the Art of Zen Calligraphy

Explore the 1,700-year-old wisdom of East Asian calligraphy and engage your heart in learning and creativity.

(artwork by Kazuaki Tanahashi)

Let Go of Inner Criticism

During this contemplative Zen calligraphy retreat, we will faithfully copy selected ideographs in the different styles of ancient Chinese masterpieces. While practicing basic aesthetics and techniques of brushwork, we will notice how our inner criticism keeps us from fully enjoying each moment.

Experience Joy and Spontaneity

Step by step, we will find ways to foster joy and serene excitement, both in our art and in everyday life. We will experiment with artistic interpretation and spontaneous improvisation using a variety of papers and brushes.

Materials will include black ink and biodegradable watercolor paint. No previous experience is needed. Brushes and paper will be provided.

Kazuaki Tanahashi

Kazuaki Tanahashi is a painter, calligrapher, writer and peace worker. Born and trained in Japan, he is known for creating a genre of one-stroke paintings and multi-colored Zen circles.

Watch Kaz at work:

Kazuaki is fellow of the World Academy of Art and Science, his brushwork has been featured in many solo exhibitions. He teaches and performs worldwide. He is the author of Brush MindPenetrating Laughter and Lotus, and is the founder of A World Without Armies, an initiative for global demilitarization.

Enjoy a selection of Kaz’ work – see more and learn about A World Without Armies at his website: http://www.brushmind.net/


See our blog archive featuring more art from Kazuaki Tanahashi: Zen Mind, Brush Mind

Program Details

Registration takes place from 2– 5 pm on your program start date. All participants and volunteer staff must check in at our Guest Registration house. Please arrive before 5 pm to check-in and settle into your accommodations. Your program begins with dinner, followed by an orientation. The Guest Registration house closes at 5 pm after which no one is available to provide information or orient you to your accommodations. All programs usually end at 12:30 pm on the program's departure date, followed by lunch. Further specifics regarding your program's schedule will be available upon arrival. If applicable, you will receive an email from the program coordinator in the week prior to your program with any additional information you may need.