Welcome to Herspiral Contemplative Arts
Nurture your creative nature.
I’m Miriam Hall, Teacher and Mentor.
I teach contemplative arts: art-based contemplative practices. My offerings include contemplative writing, contemplative photography (Miksang) and creative process programs, in the form of online and in-person classes, retreats and individual coaching/mentoring.
All of my teaching is based in dharma and buddhism, but you don’t have to be buddhist to benefit. The fundamental view of dharma art is that creativity arises from clear perception. As living, sentient beings, perception is available to all of us, all of the time, so all of us have access to creative inspiration simply by being.
Meditation, dharma teachings and contemplation are woven into what I teach in various ways, depending on the location, the students and the practice(s) involved. See more below under each three main areas, or visit my schedule page for upcoming offerings. If you want to know more about how I came to teach contemplative arts, please read my story.
I look forward to playing in perception with you soon.
I offer three areas of instruction:
Contemplative Writing is a blend of Natalie Goldberg’s writing practice and Shambhala Buddhist teachings. Offerings include online and in-person classes, retreats, feedback groups, and coaching. If you are interested in approaching writing – for the first time, or in a new way – with curiosity and a sense of supportive practice, this is the approach for you.
Miksang Photography is a contemplative photography form originating in Shambhala Buddhist teachings on perception and art. Offerings include online and in-person classes, weekend programs, and coaching. If you’d like to approach photography for the first time – or coming back to it after a period away – with an eye for seeing reality directly, this is a great way in.
Creative Process covers my remaining contemplative arts offerings: Shambhala Art weekend programs that orient participants towards creative process and mindfulness; Creative Cue, a three-times-a-week prompt subscription service; and creative coaching in art forms other than writing or photography. If you are curious about creativity itself, and want to find ways to better experience it, this is your place.
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