Where play meets practice!

We offer retreats and classes in the Santa Cruz area for adults interested in a ​fun approach to Buddhism 

​Meditation and Art Retreat: Introduction to Buddhism
​At Land of Medicine Buddha, Soquel CA
​Friday August 9th through Sunday August 11th

Join us for our second annual retreat and enjoy art, meditations, teachings, nature walks, discussions, ​music, laughter and relaxed time to just be. Learn more about the profound subject of Karma while tapping into your creative spirit and connecting with a wonderful community.

​Free Self Defense Class

By popular demand we will be scheduling another class soon, stay tuned! 

​Learn how to be more aware of your surroundings and more present in your body. The class will include explanations and demonstrations on some basic self defense techniques, as well as an opportunity to practice them. This is a secular class, and all are welcome!

*​Trigger warning: topics of assault will be discussed and rough language will be used*


Retreats are a meaningful way to connect with deeply profound Buddhist teachings, and take a break from our busy lives. Through art, discussion and meditation we invite you to grow, express yourself creatively, play and feel supported by like-minded people.

Heart Art Afternoons

​During an 4 hour afternoon we get together to learn more about Buddhist teachings, and use art as a way to tap into our own inner world and creativity, all while connecting with a supportive community! Come meditate, play, learn, share and grow with us!

I got much more than I expected at the Heart Art Workshop I attended. I wanted to add more creativity to my life and knowing there would be instruction and materials made it an easy decision.  I really appreciated the loving, non -judgmental, safe space Terresa and Anna created. The reflective jounaling along with making art  with others in a safe space helped me know that I am not alone in my thoughts and worries.  I didn’t know I would bring something home that I could hang on my wall that would feel so meaningful to me.  

Sara Parker
 Heart Artist