Sharing Pure Joy: A Contemplative Arts Festival

with Stephane Bedard

August 12th—August 13th (2017)

Date details +
  • $150 Program Price
  • $175 Patron Price
  • $135 Reduced Price
  • ($25.00 Material Fee included in each price.)
Room: 1st Floor Meditation Hall


Sharing Pure Joy, a contemplative arts festival is a weekend workshop inspired by Shambhala arts,

as we come into our Senses through contemplation and meditation we experience the constant, available resources of mind, body and breath. From this place of ease, discover the natural tendency for creative action-  looking and seeing, arranging flowers, capturing the moment in photographic imagery and free brush work of ordinary magic...

Open to everyone this workshop will include guided meditation instruction, demonstrations and hand-on exercises. Stephane will be accompanied by: Heather Midori Yamada- Spontaneous Brush and Suzanne Sparling – Contemplative photography.

We encourage participants to also attend the Kalapa Ikebana Workshop


Prerequisites: None—everyone is welcome.

Dates and times: Thursday Aug 10th Introductory Talk, and Cocktails  7 - 9:00 pm (optional, but recommended) 

Saturday Aug 12th 9:00 - 5:00

Sunday  Aug 13th  9:00 - 5:00

Lunch will not be provided, participants are welcome to bring a lunch and eat at the centre. 

Pricing and generosity:  

  • $150 Program Price
  • $175 Patron Price
  • $135 Reduced Price
  • ($25.00 Material Fee included in each price.)

We are unable to offer the "pay what you can afford" option for this class because of the limited number of participants. Please email [email protected] if you absolutely cannot afford the reduced price.  We offer the Patron Price to help those who need to use the reduced price. 

About Stéphane Bédard  Mr Stéphane Bedard , completed his PhD in translation, contributed to dharma texts and books by Acharyas Pema Chödron and Jeremy Hayward, to Sakyong Mipham Rinpoché’s Ruling Your World and the Scorpian Seal Treasure Series,  as well as to Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoché’s  pivotal book Dharma Art

Mr. Bédard is a Kalapa Master instructor having studied with Sogetsu Master Seibi Watanabe since 1982. A Shambhala Art Teacher since 1997, Mr. Bédard has offered Trungpa Rinpoché’s five part program throughout Canada and the U. S.  Writer or advisor of four Dharma Art Short films and two videos Born in a Broken Heart  and Celebrating the Life and Art of Seibi Watanabe Sensei. A former actor, Mr. Bédard comes to the Victoria Shambhala Centre to lead us in a Contemplative Arts Festival , Sharing Pure Joy, inspired by his decades of Buddhist practise, teaching and a creative , artistic life devoted to the Shambhala principles of warriorship. Says Mr. Bédard, “ The warrior is inspired by every detail of life. As an artist of everyday life, he or she tries to see basic goodness in everyone and everything and offers his or her art to proclaim the joy, dignity and mystery of an unending path of discovery.”