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  • Shantigar, located on a spectacularly beautiful old farm on a mountainside in Western Massachusetts

    Shantigar, a performing-arts retreat and center, to hold workshops in rural western Massachusetts setting

    NEW YORK; LOS ANGELES; and ROWE, MASS: “Acting.” “Being.” “Meditation.” “Awakening vision.” “Radiant health.” “Retreat.” These words and ideas leap out when one speaks of Shantigar, the educational foundation and performing-arts retreat founded by the playwright Jean Claude van Itallie in an old Davenport farm on a mountainside in Western Massachusetts near Vermont. One of Shantigar‘s guiding principles is that the performing arts can be a fount for meditation, healing and cross-pollination. According to its official website, Shantigar seeks to be a “peaceful home for writers, directors, actors, visual artists, musicians, and dancers to develop and collaborate on pieces. Shantigar offers a splendid rural setting within which to create.” So beautiful is the setting that visiting groups have not been limited to young theater or dance companies creating and rehearsing a new piece. The Ariel Group, which teaches communication skills to corporate groups, as well as Tibetan Buddhist spiritual leaders Chogyam Trungpa and Tulku Thondup have held retreats at Shantigar. Spring and summer are unusually busy this year for Shantigar and Jean-Claude van Itallie. To wit: In New York City, Sunday April 1, April Fool’s Day, at Rubin Museum at 2:30 pm, there is a showing of the film Crazy Wisdom about van Itallie’s teacher Trungpa, Rinpoche.  Afterward he will …