workshop Rhinebeck, NY

Tibetan Art Retreat

Draw Green Tara or Her Mandala in Ancient Tradition


Jun 30 – Jul 5, 2024


Member: $525.00

Standard: $585.00

Carmen Mensink and Green Tara

Create Tibetan art in a meditative setting—and a joyful experience that lasts beyond the course—with renowned painter of thangkas Carmen Mensink.

Watch as students under the guidance of Carmen Mensink learn to draw and paint Green Tara according to the ancient Tibetan Buddhist tradition.

Create meaningful art in a meditative setting—and a joyful experience that lasts much longer than the course itself—in this weeklong retreat guided by Carmen Mensink, an internationally renowned painter of thangkas, traditional Tibetan scroll paintings of Buddhas and mandalas.

Choose either Green Tara or the Green Tara mandala as your subject, and learn how to draw it by using the ancient grid proportions of Carmen's lineage as a helpful tool. Her personal approach and guidance makes this retreat suitable for students of all levels.

Green Tara is the most famous female Buddha in the Tibetan tradition and the manifestation of active compassion. She extends her hand—like a mother reaching out to her child—to help all beings where needed. Tara is one of the most revered Buddhas, and there are many stories of people who were saved from dire circumstances while chanting her mantra or invoking Tara's name. She also is seen as one of the first emancipated women.

To work out your drawing, you learn different colored pencil techniques and you are also welcome to work with other materials such as watercolor, pastels, or paints. New students will first learn the basics by drawing a Buddha face before continuing with this week's subject.

In addition to the art sessions, you learn all about the background, symbolism, and mantra of Green Tara, and enjoy guided meditations.

Through her inspired approach, Carmen helps to bring out the best in each student. Return home with your own beautiful artwork.

Things to Bring

For this course you need to bring a few basic drawing materials, as well as colored pencils or paints (you can bring what you already have at home). Please note that the easiest way to transport your artwork is in a tube (that may even fit your suitcase). You also may want to bring slippers or thick socks for the meditation.

Basic drawing materials:

  • Paper: 2 pieces of thick paper (pref. 90 pounds/200 grams), size 18"x24" or larger
  • Pencil: regular HB or mechanical pencil
  • Ruler (the larger the better)
  • Eraser(s)
  • Optional: drawing compass for creating the mandala, drawing board

Working out your drawing: If you finish your complete black-and-white drawing this week, you could start coloring it. Bring whatever materials you already have at home and like to work with, such as colored pencils (like Prismacolor Premier), watercolor pencils, pastels, watercolor paint, ink, tempera, gouache, or acrylics.

Please note: When working with a water-based product please bring suitable paper for this, as well as brushes, etc.

Advanced thangka students who want to learn to paint a traditional thangka can contact Carmen directly for a specific list of supplies by sending an email to

Carmen Mensink explains the process of painting both male and female Buddhas in the ancient tradition of thangka.

Workshop Rhinebeck, NY

Jun 30 – Jul 5, 2024

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