» UPCOMING EVENTS AT THE OJAI RETREAT
Thurs. Sept. 10 at 7:30 pm: War and Inner Peace: US Army Colonel Brian Rees, MD will tell his story about the results of war and the effects on troops serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, where he was in hospital command for eight years. Col. Rees will share his experiences and observations concerning PTSD and meditation. Free talk, donations appreciated. This event is organized by Robert Milota of Operation Warrior Wellness.
END OF SUMMER SOCIAL AND INFORMATION MEETING (SEE FLYER)
You are invited to a social and information meeting on SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 4-6 pm at The Ojai Retreat. Please join us to celebrate the newly paved Besant Road and to find out about upcoming events at The Ojai Retreat.
4.00 pm: Tea and Cookies Social
4.30-5.15: Information and presentation of
- the newly paved Besant Road,
- the new programs for the 4th quarter (October – December 2015),
- the new plans for the Outdoor Event Center,
- the new Nature Path, and
- "a change you'll hardly notice" (see below).
5.15 pm: Walk through the Nature Path and the grounds of the future Outdoor Event Center
This is a free event.
Volunteers are most welcome to help with event set-up (3-4 pm) or clean-up (6-6:30 pm).
Please e-mail email@example.com if you plan to participate.
Wed. Sept. 30 at 7 pm: Come and meet local artist SYLVIA RAZ, who will speak about "How Coming from Uruguay Influenced My Work". Sylvia was born in Montevideo, Uruguay, and now lives in Ojai. Sylvia's work has been influenced by her heritage, and evolves around the figure and human passion, capturing the sublime and pathetic aspects of life in a variety of media and styles. Suggested donation $10.
An Evening with Leslie Rinchen-Wongmo
Wednesday October 21, 7 pm
At The Ojai Retreat and Cultural Center, 160 Besant Road, Ojai
SUGGESTED DONATION $10
The Ojai Retreat is a non-profit organization and Cultural Center presents …
LESLIE RINCHEN-WONGMO is an American textile artist and caretaker of a sacred Tibetan tradition by stitching silk into elaborate figurative mosaics, bringing the sacred images of Tibetan thangka paintings to life and is one of the only Westerners trained in the traditional apprenticeship and creation of silk thangkas for His Holiness The Dalai Lama and others. Rinchen-Wongmo’s thangkas have been exhibited internationally in museums, juried art shows, dharma centers, and at the Sun Valley Spiritual Film Festival and featured in magazines such as FiberArts, Fiber Art Now, and Spirituality & Health. The documentary film Creating Buddhas: the Making and Meaning of Fabric Thangkas, focuses on Leslie’s work and story. The film highlights the rarity of female thangka masters. Though Tibetan appliqué workshops are filled with female apprentices, the masters are all men. Leslie Rinchen-Wongmo is one of very few women creating her own silk thangkas and perhaps the only one passing the skill on to others. Through her Stitching Buddhas Virtual Apprentice Program, she teaches this sacred craft to women, helping them connect the spiritual and creative threads in their own lives.
THE MAKING AND MEANING OF FABRIC THANGKAS