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Mandalafest 2017

Mandalafest is a week long online party to celebrate the joys of creating and coloring mandalas. This FREE event includes mandala workshop lessons, contests, and fabulous prizes!

Mandala is a Sanskrit word that loosely translates as “circle” or “center.” The circular designs often have shapes and colors repeating around the center. While mandalas have been around throughout the ages and in many cultures, they have reached a new popularity in coloring books. Whether you love to color mandalas or create your own there is something for everyone at Mandalafest.

What’s New for Mandalafest

  • All Mandalafest events will be offered as a FREE online course.
    Mandalafest will not be on Facebook as in previous years.
  • Two live webinar events
  • Five video lessons
  • Six contests
  • Fabulous prizes!

NOTE: You are welcome to join in on any or all activities during Mandalafest. If you can’t make it to the webinars, they will be recorded. Drop in throughout the week when it is convenient for you!



Mandalafest Schedule

Saturday, October 14, 2017 – Orientation
Log in any time for a tour and a virtual “meet and greet.”

Sunday, October 15, 2017 – Kick-off Webinar
3:00 p.m., EST
Join your host Kathryn Costa for the Mandalafest Kick-off. Kathryn will explain the week’s events and how you can participate. See the prizes, ask questions, and chat with other participants. Can’t make it live? No worries, all webinars are recorded.

Monday, October 16 – Friday, October 20, 2017
Log in any time to view the featured lesson of the day and post your contest entries.

Saturday, October 21, 2017
Midnight, EST
Deadline to enter the contests

Sunday, October 22, 2017 – Finale Webinar
Celebrate a fun week.
Winners will be announced.



Lesson 1: Color

Love to color? Learn techniques for using Sharpie markers to create cool blending techniques, mix your own colors, and more! This is a sample lesson from the Color I Mandala Course.


Contest #1: Coloring Contest
When you sign up for Mandalafest, you’ll get access to the official coloring contest entry form.

Prizes: One winner will get a sampler of markers including TomBow, Faber-Castell PITT pens, Sharpie brush and paint markers and Sakura Souffle and Glaze gel pens!

Sign up early to get a head start on your contest entry.




Lesson 2: Mandala Drawing

Bring your protractor and ruler to this lesson to learn how to draw a hexagon mandala. No compass needed. This is a sample lesson from the new Drawing I Mandala Course.


Contest #2: Mandala Drawing Contest
Create a mandala based on the featured lesson and embellish it in your own style and favorite colors.

Prizes: Two winners will be selected. One winner will receive a handmade gorgeous necklace donated by our mandala sister, Susan Kolovson. One winner will receive a pair of labyrinth earrings.



Lesson 3: Turning Towards the Journey Mandala Prompt

The quiet time we spend creating mandalas is fertile ground for discerning a project or reflecting on life. This lesson is from the Great Round Course where we create mandalas for insight and personal expression. Watch a video that introduces you to the Great Round. Download the featured lesson that focuses on creating spiral and labyrinth mandalas and dreamcatchers.


Contest #3: Turning Towards the Journey Contest
Create a mandala based on the featured lesson. Choose from incorporating spirals into your mandalas, drawing a labyrinth, or making a dreamcatcher.

Prizes: Two winners will be selected. One winner will receive a signed copy of Susanne Fincher’s book, “The Mandala Workbook” and one winner will receive a signed copy of Susanne Fincher’s book, “Creating Mandalas.”



Lesson 4: Word Catcher Mandala

Do you love words? Do you find them inspiring? Selecting a word-for-the-year is a popular way to start the new year and has replaced setting resolutions. The featured lesson is a sample from the Mandala Retreat offered online each year in January. The word catcher mandala is perfect for those who are looking for just the right word but don’t want to pick just one, just yet. Let the audition begin!


Contest #4: Word Catcher Mandala
Color the template provided and fill it with words or design your own. We can’t wait to see what words pass your audition.

Prizes: Two winners will each receive a notebook that features the “100 Mandalas Compass Rose Mandala” printed on the cover. It’s perfect for writing down your favorite words, quotes, ideas and dreams.



Lesson 5: Mandala Guidebook

Mandalafest host, Kathryn Costa is the author of “The Mandala Guidebook: How to Draw, Paint, and Color Expressive Art.” When you look at a book what you see is the final art. What you don’t see are the works in progress (WIP), the rough sketches and planning that goes into each lesson. Kathryn takes you behind-the-scenes of her book and shows you examples of her WIP and art that didn’t make it into the book.


Contest #5: Create a Mandala
Create a mandala based on “The Mandala Guidebook” by Kathryn Costa. Don’t have a copy of the book? Download the first chapter for free.

Prizes: One (1) winner will receive an original work of mandala art by Kathryn Costa and a notebook. The artwork pictured above is based on the “How to Blossom” project on page 116 in “The Mandala Guidebook.” The notebook has the original artwork reprinted on the cover – it’s a great place for recording your notes and inspiration for your mandala practice.


Contest #6: Grand Prize!
Enter all five contests to be eligible to win the GRAND PRIZE. One winner will receive a SEASON PASS for access to theses courses and workshops offered by Kathryn Costa of 100 Mandalas:

  • Mandala Online Retreat 2018
  • Great Round Course
  • Drawing I Mandala Course
  • Color I Mandala Course
  • Goddess Course
  • $270 value

All Mandalafest participants get discounts on upcoming courses and workshops in 2018. Sign up today!



  1. Maribel Peña Gutiérrez says

    Pregunta requiero inscripción a cada lección o con una inscripción es suficiente?


    • Hi Kim, It is in the confirmation e-mail that you get once you register for Mandalafest. I see that you have gmail. Be sure to look under the PROMOTIONS tab if the e-mail didn’t land in your PRIMARY inbox. You’ll want to add to your safe sender list.


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