Ann Shaftel


Ann Shaftel is fellow of the International Institute for Conservation and American Institute for Conservation and member of Canadian Association of Professional Conservators, ICOM and ICOMOS. Since 1970, Ann has worked in conservation of Buddhist art with monasteries, dharma centers, museums, universities and communities. Her work is referenced by international scholars and advised and blessed by Buddhist teachers.

Treasure Caretaker Training
Established in 1970, Treasure Caretaker Training is a non-profit organization dedicated to working closely with nuns and monks for the preservation of Buddhist treasures in monasteries and communities. Our current project, is the Preservation of Buddhist Treasures Resource, is a free online reference with practical information on digital documentation, risk assessment, disaster planning and recovery, and safe storage techniques for the preservation of thangkas and other sacred objects. It is written in direct response to questions asked by monastics, and it is illustrated with images from their monasteries. Each chapter is reviewed by monastic and conservation colleagues.