Workshops with Alexandra and Guests
Celebrate Losar 2020!
Stone Carving Workshop
with Master Tibetan Carver,
Sampa Lhundup &
SEATTLE (Issaquah) at Marenakos Rock Center: February 8-9, 2020*
WHIDBEY ISLAND at MFA Studio: February 22-23, 2020
Sorry, Whidbey Workshop is FULL!! Can’t make the Marenakos event? Email us to discuss private session options.
Viewing the written form of the mantra, “Om Mani Padme Hum”, is said to have the effect of invoking powerful attention and blessings that embody compassion. It is common for Tibetan people to have a stone, plaque, or script reflecting this value of compassion placed where it could be viewed and celebrated daily. Losar is Tibetan New Year, Feb 24-26, 2020.
Our two-day workshops will offer one or two days of instruction, stone, use of hand tools, or new tools available for purchase, basic safety equipment as needed and expertise to assist you in making your own mani stone, beside Tibetan carver, Sampa Lhundup and sculptor Alexandra Morosco. The workshops will be held at Marenakos Rock Center and on Whidbey Island at Alexandra’s home & studio. Previous students or more advanced carvers will be guided to explore a more complex Tibetan design, or Tibetan Endless Knot.
In addition to workshop necessities, lunch, tea and snacks will be offered both days with traditional Tibetan momo’s to celebrate the new year!
No prior carving experience is necessary. Further details sent upon registration. Registration is limited, (16 at Marenakos and 6 for the Whidbey workshop). Participants can come one day or both, $150/day or $275 for two days. further details found on registration page online.
To carve beside a master like Sampa is a once in a lifetime opportunity. Come explore the beauty and joy of Tibetan culture through the meditative process of carving a prayer in stone.
* NWSSA members: Note! Feb 8 is the annual NWSSA Winter Gathering! Participating Members will receive a special gift!
Your Instructors & Hosts…
Sampa Lhundup is a third-generation, traditionally-trained Tibetan carver whose work has been recognized by the Dalai Lama and other highly-ranked Tibetan lamas. He was born to a nomadic family in Tibet in 1972, and at the age of 21 Sampa escaped Tibet, and arrived in Dharamsala, India, in 1993. There, he completed six years of formal training (study and apprenticeship) through the Shachun Woodcraft Center affiliated with the Tibetan Government in Exile. Establishing himself as a renown carver in Dharamsala, Sampa came to the United States in 2011 via a Buddhist community in Rochester, NY where a traditional carver was needed. Today, He is currently seeking political asylum, unable to return to his home in Tibet, due to Chinese occupation or return to India due to complex international legal restraints. Throughout his life, he has continued carving in stone and wood in devotion in order to keep his Tibetan culture alive. Sampa blesses all those who are fortunate enough to meet or work beside him. On Whidbey, Sampa carved all of the architectural details on the newly built and consecrated Temple on Whidbey Island, Phagtsok Gedun Choling, which serves as Dza Kilung Rinpoche’s dharma seat in the West. For more on Sampa, please visit www.tibetanwoodcarver.com
Alexandra Morosco has been working as a professional stone sculptor for over twenty-five years and has lived and worked on Whidbey Island since 2003. Morosco studied fine art and sculpture in California where she was born and raised. She focuses on carving custom commissioned works for private homes and organizations that are described as ‘stories in stone’, most often in the classical figurative or representational tradition. Alexandra currently is focused on creating hand-carved memorials or Legacy Stones in a collaborative process of healing; journeying with her clients “from Loss to Gift”. In addition to creating her own personal sculptures and commissioned works, she teaches stone carving workshops both in the US and in Ireland and also partners with Marenakos Rock Center in Issaquah, Washington as the director of educational events. For more on Alexandra, visit: www.moroscofinearts.com and www.Legacy-Sculpture.com
Dont want to pay online? Download Registration form here and mail-in with your check or money order.