Traditional Tibetan Calligraphy workshops


Workshops on the traditional art of Tibetan calligraphy 


Uchen Tibetan Calligraphy

Friday  21st - Saturday 22nd - Sunday 23rd November 2014  - Venice

Suitable for complete beginners in Tibetan calligraphy and also for those wishing to polish and develop their skills. During the course, Tashi Mannox will explain the proportionate construction of the Tibetan Uchen script which is essential as a foundation to create competent letter form for beautiful calligraphy. For those that already know the alphabet, there will be a chance to refine skills and develop your repertoire. Info...



Umed Tibetan Calligraphy

Friday  28th - Saturday 29th - Sunday 30th November 2014  - Merigar (GR)

In this weekend the artist will teach Umè calligraphy. Umè is a cursive form of the Tibetan alphabet. The name means "headless," and is a style of the script used for both calligraphy and shorthand. A distinctive feature of umê compared to Uchen is the absence of the horizontal guide line across the top of the letters. Between syllables, the tseg mark often appears as a vertical stroke. Info...



The Teacher

Tashi Mannox was born in England in the year of the Water Tiger. For the past 30 years he has studied an eclectic range of artistic disciplines within both the Eastern and Western traditions in his journey as a painter and calligrapher.
Shortly after gaining a BA [Hons] degree in Fine Art, he became a Buddhist monk of the Tibetan Kagyu order. For seventeen-years he apprenticed under the direction of a master of the Karma Gardri Tibetan art tradition, Sherab Palden Beru, studying the Tibetan language and traditional temple decoration which coincided with the timely building of the Temple at the Samye Ling Tibetan centre in Scotland. During this period Tashi studied under many Tibetan Lamas, including the artistic guidance from H.E Situ Rinpoche and inspiration from the calligraphy works of Chogyam Trungpa. However the foundation of Tashi’s training is set by the high standards and clarity of his spiritual father Akong Tulku Rinpoche. Part of Tashi’s monastic training was in 1988 to enter a closed four year Buddhist retreat, which also gave a sensitive environment to meticulously copy ancient Tibetan texts, furthering his training as a scribe in the highly disciplined, and multiple forms of Tibetan calligraphy.
In 2000 Tashi Travelled to India, where in Dharamsala he was privileged to study under a master of ancient Sanskrit: Lama Pema Lodrup. These artistic forms of Sanskrit called Lanza and Wartu, are preserved by only a handful of practitioners in the world today. Since laying down his monastic robes in 2000, Tashi has built on his disciplined training and meditative awareness to produce a collection of iconographic masterpieces that reveal powerful, spiritual themes through the majestic images of Tibetan Buddhist calligraphy and iconography.


Workshop in Venice

Course Schedule

Friday 21st November 20:00 - 21:30 Introduction to the course -  Free entrance!
Saturday 22nd November 10:00 - 18:00 (with lunch break)
Sunday 23rd November 10:00 - 17:00 (with lunch break)


€150 for the entire course including coffee / tea breaks with biscuits, snacks, drinks and fruit
At the location you will be able to book an excellent vegetarian lunch for only €15.
€250 if attending both workshops, in Venice (Uchen) and Merigar (Umed).


143 S.Croce, Fondamenta Minotto, Rio del Gaffaro (very near to Fondamenta dei Tolentini) within walking distance from Piazzale Roma (bus terminus) and from S.Lucia Venice train station.  


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Besides recommended Hotels and B&B in Venice, there will be the possibility of sleeping, booking in the meditation room at the meditation centre Kagiusamyedzong in Venice located in Fondamenta dei Tolentini. The room can take maximum 6 people: sleeping bags are required and a minimum offer of €15 / night is recommended. See:

Workshop in Tuscany

Course Schedule

Friday 28th November 20:00 - 21:30 Introduction to the course -  Free entrance!
Saturday 29th November 10:00 - 18:00 (with lunch break)
Sunday 30th November 10:00 - 17:00 (with lunch break)


€150 for the entire course.  €250 if attending both workshops, in Venice (Uchen) and Merigar (Umed).
Localita' Merigar, 58031 Arcidosso, Grosseto - Italy 
“Merigar” literally means “fire-mountain residence” and symbolically means, “dwelling of energy”, and is a location immersed in nature and surrounded by beech and chestnut woods. Situated on the edge of the town of Arcidosso, in the province of Grossetto, it stands where the foothils of Monte Amiata meet those of Monte Labbro and its nature reserve.



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Merigar offers plenty of accomodation types to its visitors. You can choose from a list of budget to upper scale solutions visiting the website.
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