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The Noble Spirit in Brush Painting - Ink Bamboo (Online)

An East Asian ink painting course of bamboo painting (“墨竹”) which explores the deep meaning of this topic through meditative movement, brush techniques and philosophic and moral qualities.


Online x 6 week course (including a mid term assignment week)

with Yingge Xu & Matt Padwick

Wednesdays, March 30, 6,13 April, April 20 (mid term assignment week), April 27, May 4

** Sessions will be recorded for late-viewing/reviewing and available for 4 weeks after the end of the course until Jun 1, 2022.

Please Register HERE


Suitable for beginners. In this course we will explore mindfulness, awareness and presence through mindful breathing, body posture and meditative brush practice. We will learn to trust the flow of ch'i (lifeforce) through our brush, and onto the paper, and likewise how we bring awareness and joy into our everyday activity.

Bamboo has always played a key role in Chinese culture and art. As the bamboo grows upright, weathering all conditions, it came to represent the perfect gentleman who always remains loyal. Wen Cheng Ming wrote:

“A pure person is like a tall bamboo,
A thin bamboo is like a noble man.”

In this course we learn how to set up a brush practice work space and the tools and materials that we use. We will learn the way how to hold a brush, the body posture and how to relax our body with breathing exercises.

This course is designed based on a step-by-step approach so that we will deepen our understanding and strengthen our brush skills with joy and grace. We will learn how to paint bamboo through various brush techniques and exercises supported with individual guidance, and each session ends with suggestions for home practice designed to help you cultivate your own brush practice.

It's a wonderful time to learn, to reconnect and to share with people and co-create a real live experience.

Format of each session (subject to change)

  • Kum Nye/Meditation 20 mins

  • Brush Practice 60 mins

  • Break 20 mins

  • Kum Nye /Meditation 10 mins

  • Brush Practice 50 mins

  • Q & A 20 mins


Event Type: online x 6 week course (including a mid term assignment week)

Dates: Wednesdays, March 30, 6,13 April, April 20 (mid term assignment week), April 27, May 4

Time: 09.30am - 12.30pm (Irish time)

Online Event: class link will be sent to you a week before the course starts

Register HERE

We believe that anyone has the desire to learn and grow should not be turned away for financial reasons. Please email to request exchange of skills or to discuss flexible payment options.

** Please register and order the brush kit as early as you can once decided to attend this course, so that we could arrange the brush set to be delivered to you as early as we can. Thank you.


Ink Brush Set

Ink Brush Kit available as below:

* For outside Europe shipping, €20-30 shipping fees may apply. Alternatively, we can also assist you with local art supplier options. Please contact for more information.



Yingge Xu

From an early age Yingge Xu learned Tai Chi, meditation and calligraphy alongside her father while receiving a traditional education in China. Later she trained at the Chinese Flower and Bird Painting Institute and continued her learning with ink brush artists from both China and Japan.

Moving to Ireland in 2015, and seeing how meditation is taught and applied in the West, inspired a new perspective of her own art and cultural background. Yinnge shares her passion for both meditation and ink-brush art, not as separate activities but as a ‘wholesome experience’.

Matt Padwick

Matt has been practising meditation and Kum Nye as a member of the Dzogchen Beara community since 1998. He has completed two years of closed retreat and worked in a variety of roles including Centre Director 2003-2013.

Matt offers Kum Nye workshops and retreats at Dzogchen Beara and elsewhere in Ireland - currently, in response to Covid-19, the programmes have successfully adapted to an online format.

Please Register HERE

We look forward to seeing you on-line!

Have questions? Contact me here.



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