The Samtse Workshop on Art, Writing, Film and Spirituality is a joint initiative between the Samtse 2020 and the Royal University of Bhutan, under the directives of Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche who will also be one of the speakers and resource personnel from Buddhist and creativity field. Besides Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche, a number of leading Bhutanese and foreign figures from fields of arts, writing, film making and other creativity are also resourcing the workshop. The four days workshop is conducted at Samtse College of Education with the view to provide opportunity for teacher educators and teacher trainees to exchange views, gain and experience ideas that can encourage and foster creativity and spirituality in their respective field of interest.
The workshop engages participants from as early as 7 AM with Yoga session, film screening, creative performances and discussions. The first day sessions were resourced by three different speakers on performance arts, which were based on material performance, Bhutan popular culture and creative writing. The participants were divided into groups of their preferences to attend sessions which went through an hour or more. Through numerous activities, the workshop aims to reintroduce and revive the ancient connections between the story tellers and future teachers as well as pass the wisdom of our rich spiritual heritage. The workshop which is first of its kind to be initiated will be an inaugural workshop with way forwards to create a calendar of activities to work towards establishing Samtse as a centre for contemplation and art nurture and promote spirituality and creativity with a focus on the youth. The inaugural workshop will end on Tuesday.