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Art in the Garden of Enlightenment with Shannon Murphy

15 June @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm AEST

Art in the Garden of Enlightenment

Join Shannon Murphy for an afternoon of plein-air painting and drawing in the Garden of Enlightenment. Come connect with the natural elements and settle your body and mind in this unique memorial garden ideally suited for quiet reflection, remembrance and meditation. It is a beautiful resting place for the ashes of loved ones passed, blessed with stupas and buddha statues and ornamented with a lushes tropical garden.  

“Since I deeply believe that basically human beings are of a gentle nature so I think the human attitude towards our environment should be gentle.” ~ His Holiness the Dalai Lama

These guided artistic sessions are open to all levels, from beginners to accomplished artists. Each person will be invited to settle into an area of the garden that inspires them and will be gently facilitated in drawing or painting an impression of their experience. 

Option to BYO materials or rent art materials on the day for $10 cash.

For all to bring:



-Insect repellent


-Drinking water

There are lounge seats available at the Garden of Enlightenment. If you have a camping chair, garden mat, cushion or easel of your own, feel free to bring it along.

BYO materials list:

Materials and size of surface will vary, depending on each person’s preference to draw or paint. All mediums are welcome.  

Suggested drawing materials:

-Drawing / cartridge paper/ sketch pad;

-A board you can lean on with a bulldog clip;

-Medium of choice, such as pencils/ colour pencils/charcoal/chalk pastels;



Suggested painting materials:

-Watercolour paper / canvas board/ canvas

-Water Colour pencils

-Paints of choice, such as acrylic, gouache or watercolour

-Paint brushes


-Jar(s) for water (with lid is useful)

Note: You do not need to bring all of the suggested materials- rather choose what is practical and inspires you.

Hired materials option:

For those who would prefer to rent art materials from Shannon on the day, please text Shannon on 0450 47 57 36. Materials are available for up to 10 people.

-Watercolour paper

-Board to lean on

-Pencils and watercolour pencils

-Eraser and sharpener

-Set of reeves paints


-Water jars

 Please bring $10 cash on the day to cover the materials cost.

Cost of the workshop

Cost of the workshop is $25 per person.

(Plus $10 if renting art materials

“Since I deeply believe that basically human beings are of a gentle nature so I think the human attitude towards our environment should be gentle.” ~ His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Shannon Murphy is a local artist and dharma student at Chenrezig Institute. Born and raised in Zimbabwe, Africa, Shannon Murphy followed a dream to Australia. Soaking up the Visual Arts studies in Brisbane, she’s gone on to explore multiple media, exhibiting, teaching, and participating in dynamic arts initiatives. Stepping out of the studio space into an open-air field study, Shannon has expanded from an individualistic self-exploration into an interactive, impressionistic study of different cultures in relation to their environment.

Inspired by the dharma teachings, such as non-harm and interconnection, as well as the natural world, sharing of stories, skills and knowledge, Shannon is curious to kindle the dynamic relationship of learning, reflecting, meditating, exploring, creating and teaching with a love of the environment and all beings in it. She is the founder of Nurture Creative Nature – a platform to facilitate art as a way to reconnect the internal world with the land on which we reside and depend.


Please email  or text Shannon on 0450 47 57 36 to check availability and book yourself in. 

To maximise learning, spaces are limited to 12 participants. Since places are limited, a firm booking commitment is appreciated so that others don’t miss out. 

Please arrange payment at the Art Studio on the day.

If you would like to book lunch at the Big Love Cafe, a vegetarian lunch is served at 12noon.  Please book at least 24 hours ahead via this link:  The Big Love Cafe


Meet Tim at the Chenrezig Institute Art Studio to pay before the workshop. The Art Studio is after the lion entrance archway, the first set of buildings on the left hand side. 

The workshop will be held in the Garden of Enlightenment at 1.30pm.

Tim can show you a map of how to get there. 


15 June
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm AEST
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