Festival of Tibet is the perfect opportunity to experience Tibetan culture and to renew mind, body and spirit through workshops and ideas.
The Festival of Tibet will explore themes of compassion, conflict, occupation, love, peace, migration, environmental justice and human rights.
Mantra Meditation with Monks of Tibet
9am, Thu 23–Sun 26 January
Start your day with a clear and alert mind. The Tashi Lhunpo Monks of Tibet offer a special meditation experience using mantra recitation – energy-based sounds which produce healing vibrations.
The word “mantra” is derived from two Sanskrit words – man meaning “mind” and tra meaning “to protect or to free from”. The Tashi Lhunpo Monks guide participants through traditional Tibetan Buddhist meditation and thought awareness techniques. A beautiful way to start the day refreshed and energised.
Tibetan Painting Workshop with Master Karma Phuntsok
9.30am–11am, Thu 23–Sat 25 January
All Tickets $25
Learn some simple techniques used in traditional Tibetan Drawing and Painting. The art of Karma Phuntsok is a unique and dynamic expression of contemporary Buddhist Art.
The startling beauty and richness which graces his work is influenced by his diverse life experiences: from a childhood in Tibet under Chinese oppression to life as a refugee in India; his love of life in the Australian bush, and the veneration with which he holds His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Internationally acclaimed, Karma’s work is scattered throughout the world, in private collections and galleries, and in Australia at the Art Gallery of New South Wales and Queensland Art Gallery.
Tibetan Yoga with Kunga
11.30am–1pm, Thu 23+Fri 24 January
A series of movements reported to be more than 2,500 years old, Tibetan Five Rites Yoga is designed to give you a renewed sense energy and vitality.
Born in Tibet, Kunga lived in exile in the northern Indian town of Dharamsala for 18 years, before emigrating to Australia in 2010. During his time in Dharamsala, Kunga studied Indian and Tibetan Yoga systems, massage and traditional healing practices. Kunga completed his studies in Buddhist Philosophy at Varanasi University.
Breathing Workshop with Grand Master Riley Lee
1.30pm–2.30pm, Thu 23 January
All Tickets $25
Dr Riley Lee, ethno-musicologist and Grand Master of the Shakuhachi (traditional bamboo flute) developed a series of breathing exercises to promote health, vitality. and wellbeing. Riley started teaching breathing workshops in the late 1980s, at the suggestion of his Shakuhachi students, he has since refined and expanded his repertoire of exercises, gleaned from a number of sources and from his long and focused relationship with shakuhachi. The exercises are designed to create an awareness of one’s breath while at the same time, improving the strength and control of the muscles used in breathing. His workshops are legendary, and single sessions have been attended by as many as two thousand people
Chakra Healing Workshop with Sal Battaglia
1.30pm–2.30pm, Fri 24 January
All Tickets $25
Learn about the chakras and how, when used with aromatherapy, they become one of the most dynamic tools for personal and spiritual growth. Chakras represent the major energy centres of our bodies and are connected to our mental, emotional, and physical wellbeing. Subtle aromatherapy draws on the energetic or vibrational qualities of the essential oils which can be used in restoring harmonic resonance. Learn from qualified aromatherapist, author of the Complete Guide to Aromatherapy, Perfect Potion founder and managing director Sal Battaglia.
Tibetan Calligraphy Workshop
3pm–4.30pm, Thu 23+Fri 24 January
All Tickets $25
Learn the fundamentals of Tibetan script with Brisbane’s own Phuntsok Choegyel, master in Tibetan calligraphy. Phuntsok teaches the formation of Tibetan script which is commonly used to write mantras and prayers and traditionally practised as a daily meditation. Tibetan calligraphy can be appreciated purely for its aesthetic beauty and, at the same time, for the profundity of Tibetan philosophy expressed by simple strokes of a bamboo pen.
Tibetan Dance Workshop
4pm–4.30pm, Thu 23+Fri 24 January
Tibetan folk dance combines singing and dance and is an integral part of Tibetan life. Led by dance master Tenzing Yeshe , this workshop teaches basic steps and rhythms used in traditional dance forms.
Tibetans express their history, spirituality, cultural traditions and above all love for their homeland through their traditional dances which are still performed at festivals, weddings and gatherings.