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Sunday, 3 April 2016

Tibetan Calligraphy Retreat 2016



The view of Hay Bluff from the retreat centre


Tibetan Calligraphy Retreat with Tashi Mannox

16th – 22nd July 2016

-- Limited Spaces available --


After last years very successful and joyous Tibetan Uchen Calligraphy Retreat, Tashi presents a unique opportunity to thoroughly learn the art of Tibetan Umed handwriting. Again held in the conducive and beautiful border countryside of Wales.

During the six-day (seven nights) calligraphy meditation retreat, Tashi will instruct how to properly construct the Tsugtung Umed script, from the foundation of the alphabet through to the many subjoined letters, onto forming words and sentences in a coherent and beautiful formation. The remaining days of the course will focus on forming traditional mantras as well as seed syllables as a useful aid to Buddhist visualisation practices.

There will also be meditation instruction and daily sitting practice that will help calm and prime the mind for the optimum approach and application, which is considered at the core of learning and creativity.

For the more dedicated practitioner, this course provides a discipline that lays a firm foundation in the art of Tibetan calligraphy. Suitable for beginners as well as those who wish to improve their already acquired handwriting skills.

It would be helpful for first-timers to at least become familiar with the Tibetan alphabet in the Uchen script before attending the course.


Tibetan Uchen Calligraphy Retreat 2015 

Location: The blessed abode of Karma Dechen Choling at New Inn Brilley is situated on the Welsh, Herefordshire border. Described as being ‘unique, authentic and a little bit quirky’ it boasts magnificent views across the Wye valley toward the majestic Black Mountains of the Brecon Beacon National Park, that evokes an ideally peaceful retreat atmosphere of clarity and focus.

Alastair Sawday B&B award winning New Inn at Brilley offers a variety of charming accommodation options to suite most needs, from camping, shared dormitories to the 'Self-catering suite' (though you will be catered for during the retreat) as well as the luxury of the Rose Pink and Mustard Yellow double bedrooms in the old Inn. 
Please see price tariff below. To choose the type of accommodation you would be most comfortable with, please look into the website of New Inn Brilley.
Please note that the Rising Sun, Wagon over the Valley, Angles and Mother Earth accommodations are not available in the calligraphy retreat package, all other accommodation types have been kindly offered at a 20% concession, making the course more affordable for all.

It may also be possible to book accommodation before and after the official course schedule, however costs will be at the regular prices as stated on the New Inn Brilley website.

There are also local B&B’s within a few minutes drive as well as many more in the near-by picturesque town of Hay-on-Wye, see below for course fees for ‘Attending course from outside of New Inn’.

All-inclusive prices for six-day course per person:
  • One person in double room - £595.  booking deposit: £238 GBP
  • Two people sharing same double - £485 each. booking deposit: £194 GBP each.
  • Single in dormitory - £495. booking deposit: £198 GBP
  • Camping - £372. booking deposit: £148 GBP
  • Attending course from outside of New Inn - £330. booking deposit: £132 GBP

Meals and refreshments are included in the course fee. Please let known any special dietary requirements prior to your visit. Food will be vegetarian.

To book: Please contact Tashi by email contact@tashimannox.com to check availability and secure your place. Course capacity and accommodation is limited. A booking deposit of 40% or in full is required as indicated above. Remaining paid within one months prior to arrival: (June 16th) 
Cancelations: booking deposit will not be refunded after June 16th. 

How to get there: By public transport, the nearest Local train station is Hereford with direct links from London Paddington. Across from Hereford station concourse is a local 39 bus, Brecon service*1 alight at Hay-on-Wye, taxi*2 ride of 8 minutes from Hay-on-Wye to New Inn at Brilley.Please follow the link for map and directions by car. 

What to bring: As the British weather is unpredictable, you may need clothing to suit cooler wet days to pleasant hot dry days, so flip flops and Wellington boots.

Please bring personal art materials, such as calligraphy pens*3, a straight rule, pencil, pencil-sharpener and eraser. Three to four A3 size pads preferably water-colour paper is advised, as working on a larger scale is better for learning and for best results.

3* Suggested pens can be a range of different size italic felt tip calligraphy pens, or more professional Pilot Parallel Pens in a range of different nib sizes, available on the Internet with ink cartridges.



2*  Local Taxi: Mike 07881 726547 



Course Program:
Arrive by Saturday 16th 
7 pm supper.

Sunday 17th
8 am sitting meditation followed by breakfast between 8.30 and 9.30 am.
10 am Welcome and Introduction talk.
11.30 tea-break
11.50 calligraphy session.
1 – 2 pm lunch
2.30 calligraphy session
4 pm tea-break
4.20 pm Meditation explanation and practice.
7 pm supper and free time until bed.

Daily Schedule:
8 am sitting meditation followed by breakfast between 8.30 and 9.30 am.
10 am calligraphy session.
11.30 tea-break
11.50 calligraphy session.
1 – 2 pm lunch
2.30 calligraphy session
4 pm tea-break
4.20 pm meditation and calligraphy practice/talk.
7 pm supper and free time until bed.

Saturday 23rd
8 am sitting meditation followed by breakfast between 8.30 and 10 am.
Depart New Inn Brilley before 12 noon.








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