Open Mind Zen Naples

Meditation and Yoga in the heart of Naples, FL

OMZ Events

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Portraiture is Castillo´s life-long passion. He studied at the National School of Fine Arts in Lima, Perú. During the 70?s he relocated to New York City where he became very successful as a fashion illustrator for exclusive boutiques and stores. During this time, he prepared himself as a portrait painter. José María was an art instructor at the Sacred Heart University of Puerto Rico, did demonstrations at several institutes, and taught private classes. More recently, he has taught at the Von Liebig Art Center in Naples, and has taught private portraiture classes. He currently lives in the Naples, Florida area with his wife, Ivette Gomez. 

Art and the Consciousness of Oneness with Jose Maria Castillo
Ongoing, the last Saturdays of every month. Next Workshop:  Septmeber 30th, 10 am to noon.
Suggested donation:  $25 for Nonmembers.  $20 for OMZ members and students. 
Space is limited.  Please register below. 

This series of workshops has become an Open Mind Zen favorite!  Interactive, educational, and inspiring!  The nature of art is to bring together and unify the artist and the object.  Jose Maria Castillo is a renowned international portrait artist and teacher.  He has studied the great masters of painting and the great spiritual masters for over forty years.  His many years of study and practice have allowed him to combine his art and his spirituality.  For Jose Maria, art is spirituality, and spirituality is art.  He invites everyone to experience art as Oneness Consciousness.  To experience art as Oneness Consciousness, we do not need to know how to draw or paint.  We only need to wake up to the artist within each of us. Through this process we can experience peace, compassion, freedom, and joy.  


Attendees should bring the following supplies, all available at Michael's on Pine Ridge Road in Naples.
16 In. X 20 in. PAPER DRAWING PAD - MEDIUM
NO. 6B PENCILS OR CHARCOALS 
SOFT ERASER
COLORED PENCILS, PASTELS, OR COLOR MAGIC MARKERS


MORE INFORMATION ABOUT JOSE MARIA CASTILLO CAN BE FOUND AT JOSEMARIACASTILLO.COM


Nonmembers, please register here for September 30th, $25.  


Open Mind Zen Members, please register here:  $20.  







 

Friday, June 24th

 

6:30pm doors open, show starts at 7pm.

7pm storytelling performance

8pm open-mic poetry

8:30pm tea and social time

 

Suggested Donation: $30



Zazenkai, Full Day of Meditation

First Saturday of each month

October 7th, 9 am to 4 pm


Suggested Donation:  $35

Members: $25

   

In Zen, spending extended periods of time immersed in silent practice is viewed as an instrumental part of the practice.  At OMZ, we offer monthly zazenkais.  Zazenkai means come together for meditation. This is a wonderful opportunity to engage in deep practice with the support of experienced teachers and a like-minded community. Beginners and long-time practitioners are all welcome.  We practice noble silence.  You are encouraged to attend the entire event, but partial participation is permitted as well.  The full schedule is below.  We alternate between 30 minute periods of seated meditation (zazen)  and 5 minute periods of walking meditation (kinhin).  A gentle yoga class taught by Laurie is offered, as well as daisan (private interviews) with a teacher.  The afternoon concludes with a Dharma talk and discussion.  

 

 9 – 11 am                   Opening Remarks, zazen and kinhin (Interviews)

 11 to noon                  Gentle Yoga Class, led by Laurie (optional participation)

 12 to 1:30 pm             Lunch (Bring a bag lunch.)

 1:30 to 3:30                Zazen and kinhin (Interviews)

 3:30 to 4 pm               Dharma Talk and Discussion


Nonmembers, Register here.  $35

OMZ Members, $25