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California

The Magic of Watercolor & Meditation for Relaxation & Joy

Program No. 23721RJ
Enjoy opportunities for sketching and painting at a tranquil California retreat in a beautiful redwood environment. Meditations each day bring inner joy, focus and relaxation.

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Apr 29 - May 4, 2024
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Jul 29 - Aug 3, 2024
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1,299
DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Filling Fast!
Apr 29 - May 4, 2024
Starting at
1,759
Jul 29 - Aug 3, 2024
Starting at
1,759

At a Glance

Pack your creativity and escape to the Land of Medicine Buddha, a serene mountain retreat in California’s redwood forest. Suitable for beginners, this course is designed to help you learn to paint in watercolor and use pen and inks in a relaxed atmosphere. Step-by-step demonstrations will include: color mixing, creating a dynamic value range and techniques such as graded washes, glazing, creating textures, dry brush and more. Use ink on its own or as an enhancement for your watercolor paintings. Meditations each day bring inner joy, focus and relaxation. Be inspired and create lovely watercolors!
Activity Level
Easy Going
Short walking distances between accommodation, meeting rooms and dining room. Hilly terrain, uneven ground in places, some stairs or a steep hill & ramps to the dining room and meeting room.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 13 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Learn watercolor techniques with step-by-step watercolor demonstrations include color mixing, creating washes, wet-into-wet, glazing and dry brush to create and an array of subjects, such as beautiful skies, landscapes and flowers.
  • Study meditation techniques, with mindfulness meditations and visualization, for deep inner peace and relaxation.
  • Learn to create watercolor mandalas and thumbnail sketches to develop compositions and values.

General Notes

The Retreat Difference: This unique, often basic and no-frills experience at a Road Scholar Retreat includes opportunities for early morning exercise, interaction with the local community for insight into local life, an authentic farm-to-table or locally sourced meal, and a live performance or event. Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available.
Featured Expert
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Ingrid Mednis
Ingrid Mednis has taught numerous classes in herbology and frequently leads nature walks. She has been a docent at the University of California, Santa Cruz organic farm project for about 20 years and has worked in Henry Cowell State Park.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Ingrid Mednis has taught numerous classes in herbology and frequently leads nature walks. She has been a docent at the University of California, Santa Cruz organic farm project for about 20 years and has worked in Henry Cowell State Park.
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Breige Gormley Walbridge has taught Qi Gong classes since 1995 and has a background in Tibetan Buddhism and experience in meditation. She received her certification with the London School of Aromatherapy and has taught aromatherapy classes and workshops using essential oils for home and professional use since 1993. She is also an artist whose paintings appear in international collections. Breige has taught classes in Qi Gong, meditation, aromatherapy and painting for Road Scholar participants at Land of Medicine Buddha since 1998.
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Linda has worked and studied in the health field for 39 years. She studied with Jack La Lanne's personal nutritionist, and went on to earn a Masters and Doctorate in her field. She has studied herbs with Jeanine Pollock, the American School of Herbalism and the East West School of Herbology and trained as a Planetary Herbalist at East West, using herbs and healing from around the world. Linda currently has a private herbal and nutrition practice and offers workshops, lectures, classes and herbal walks.
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Breige Gormley Walbridge has been the Road Scholar program coordinator and group leader at Land of Medicine Buddha since 1999. During this time, she has organized and hosted approximately 200 programs. Breige is known for her warmth, hospitality and organizational skills.
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Venerable Yangchen is a Tibetan Buddhist nun, who has studied with many Tibetan Buddhist masters. Currently, she leads weekly meditations, facilitates a cancer support group for women, and teaches introductory classes on Buddhist concepts and meditation in the Road Scholar retreats at Land of Medicine Buddha. Venerable Yangchen also leads some meditations at Ocean of Compassion center in San Jose.
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Venerable Tenzin Chogkyi first became interested in meditation and Buddhism after reading “Be Here Now” and early translations of Buddhist sutras. In 1991, she became a student of Tibetan Buddhism, studying in India and Nepal with His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Lama Zopa Rinpoche. Venerable Tenzin took novice ordination in 2004 with His Holiness the Dalai Lama. In 2006 she became a traveling teacher, teaching at various centers around the world, as well as visiting prisons on behalf of the Liberation Prison Project.
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Michele Faia lives, teaches, and has an Art Studio in California. She attended Cabrillo College and San Jose State University, earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees in art with an emphasis in Art History. She began her career as a community college art history instructor and also taught Western Art History survey courses, American Art, Art Appreciation, and Film as Art. She now teaches watercolor mandalas. Michele is the author of two books on art: “Art in My Heart” and “Awakened By The Flowers.”
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
Art in My Heart: The Power of Watercolor Mandala Making
by Michele Faia
Watercolor and Mandalas
How to Meditate
by Kathleen McDonald
The Blooming of a Lotus
by Thich Nhat Hanh
Awakening the Kind Heart
by Kathleen McDonald
The Book of Joy
by His Holiness the Dalai Lama & Archbishop Desmond Tutu
Meals
15 Meals
5 Breakfasts
5 Lunches
5 Dinners
The following choices may be available when requested in advance: Gluten Free, Vegetarian, Low Fat, Low Salt
Lodging
Lodgings may differ by date. Select a date to see the lodgings specific to that date.
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Jul 29, 2024 - Aug 03, 2024
  • Jul 29, 2024 - Aug 03, 2024
  • Apr 29, 2024 - May 04, 2024
  • Jul 29, 2024 - Aug 03, 2024
5 nights
Soquel
The rustic Land of Medicine Buddha is a retreat center in a beautiful redwood forest that offers Road Scholars a perfect space to relax and connect to their spiritual inner being. Simple rooms have private baths. Most rooms have two or three twin beds; only a few have queen beds. The Pine Room is spacious and is used for most classes, while the Gompa is a beautiful meditation room, with exquisite paintings, statues and a sand mandala. Good to Know: No alcohol allowed on-site. No TVs. No maid sevice. Fresh towels available on request. Bus own table. Cell phone reception is very limited; There is a public phone on the property and an office phone available for urgent calls. Wi-Fi available for emails and phone calls.
5 nights
Soquel
The rustic Land of Medicine Buddha is a retreat center in a beautiful redwood forest that offers Road Scholars a perfect space to relax and connect to their spiritual inner being. Simple rooms have private baths. Most rooms have two or three twin beds; only a few have queen beds. The Pine Room is spacious and is used for most classes, while the Gompa is a beautiful meditation room, with exquisite paintings, statues and a sand mandala. Good to Know: No alcohol allowed on-site. No TVs. No maid sevice. Fresh towels available on request. Bus own table. Cell phone reception is very limited; There is a public phone on the property and an office phone available for urgent calls. Wi-Fi available for emails and phone calls.





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