Did you know that the mandalas that you create have a story to tell?
We can learn a lot from our mandalas from the colors, shapes, and symbols that we use and even how these elements are all arranged within the circle.
Finding meaning in the art that we create isn’t a new idea. Swiss psychiatrist Carl G. Jung kept a daily journal. During a time of crisis, circular drawings with vivid colors and pictures appeared on the journal pages. Jung began to notice patterns in these drawings that reflected his thoughts, feelings, and emotions at the time he drew them. Sometimes parts of his dreams emerged in the drawings, while other times it was an old story that needed his attention. Jung went on to use this practice of drawing a circle and filling it with color and form with his analysands. Sometimes we don’t easily have the words to express what we are feeling or experiencing, but working intuitively, it can emerge in our art. Since the circle drawings reminded him of the sacred art of Asia, Jung called this art mandalas.
There are 12 psychological stages that we all go through in life.
In fact, we experience these stages over and over again. In this series called, “The Great Round,” we explore these stages by coloring, drawing, painting, collaging, and crafting mandalas. No art experience necessary.
What do those psychological stages look like?
Here are a few that you’ll recognize:
Milestones in Life: birth, adolescence, graduation, leaving home, marriage, parenting, caring for aging parents, retirement, etc.
Creativity Cycles: feeling creatively low versus highly productive and energized; unfocused versus focused periods
Life’s Challenges: loss, grieving, falling apart, health issues
Embracing Something New: new projects, careers, relationships
You’re invited to take your mandala practice to the next level in 2018.
If you are curious about the meaning in your mandalas, you’ll find the Great Round Series fascinating. Be prepared for many “a-ha” moments as you make connections and glean meaningful insights with each mandala project.
The Great Round Course isn’t about making pretty pictures – it’s about empowering us to live our best lives.
Here’s what participants experienced going through the Great Round Series:
- Sally learned how to tap into her INTUITION.
- Catz experienced the feeling of FREEDOM after planning and taking her dream trip traveling solo by train to the Californian wine country.
- Jayne identified her dream job is to teach art classes and felt BRAVE and more CONFIDENT after hosting her first classes.
- Sandra found creating the mandalas RELAXING and it gave her something POSITIVE to focus on.
- Carol experienced HEALING as each mandala helped her to express her feelings about the challenges and drama happening in her life.
- LouAnn OPENED UP to change, new ideas, and accepting her weaknesses without judgment.
Great Round Online Course
15 Video Lessons – New for 2018! Twelve videos, one for each Stage plus supplemental videos like “How to Interpret Your Mandala.”
6 Online Retreats – New for 2018! Imagine spending an afternoon hanging out with other mandala enthusiasts, creating mandalas and talking about your a-ha moments from this course. Now imagine not having to leave your home. We’ll connect online via an interactive webinar.
Instructor Led Course – Facilitated by Kathryn Costa.
Handouts, References, Supplements – Beautifully designed helpful resources.
New for 2018! Goddess Activity Pages – A new section for each stage will be available so participants from the Goddess Course can continue their exploration of these archetypes and make connections with the stages of the Great Round.
Course runs January 23, 2018 to August 25, 2018.
Log in when it is convenient for you to watch the video lessons, download resources, and to post your mandala art.
The online retreats are interactive webinars that are held on Saturday afternoons from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Attending the retreat days/webinars is optional. All events are recorded.
Attendees need to have audio and video enabled on their computer or mobile device to participate.
What we do in our webinars:
Meet & Greet
Get to know your mandala family. It is so much fun to see each other. This format brings us together in a way that fosters a sense of community.
Show & Tell #1
Show us one of the mandalas that you’ve created in the course so far.
During our webinar, we’ll create a mandala that reviews one of the stages. This is a great opportunity to reserve some time for creativity. These virtual play dates are so much fun and you get to leave the day with a mandala either started or finished!
Show & Tell #2
We’ll go around one more time to share what we created during our time together.
Participants who make it to the webinar and can stay to the end get insiders scoop on what’s new and what’s coming up at 100 Mandalas. They also get to share their thoughts and ideas to help shape future offerings.
Mark Your Calendars
All Retreat Day webinars are held on Saturdays from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. EST. Participation is options. All events are recorded for later viewing.
January 23, 1018 – Course opens
February 17, 2018 – Webinar #1
March 17, 2018- Webinar #2
April 14, 2018- Webinar #3
May 19, 2018- Webinar #4
June 23, 2018- Webinar #5
July 2018 – No webinar
August 25, 2018 – Webinar #6 – Closing the Circle
NOTE: All members will be sent a preferred day/time survey the first week of this course. If I get 12 or more members in a specific time zone, I’ll open up additional retreat webinar sessions. I realize that Saturday afternoons EST is not convenient for people in Europe, Australia, etc.
This selection of mandalas are from the lesson called, “Turning Toward the Journey.” It is a time in our lives when we feel we are about to embark on something new in our lives be it career, relationship, project, new home. Projects for this theme include spirals, labyrinths, dream catchers, and more!
Here’s what participants are saying:
“This is the first time I thought about a mandala other than just creating an art piece. Great experience!” ~ Karen Vasudev
“Here’s to manifesting abundance, joy and happiness. May my thoughts and actions spiral out into the universe to allow me to show up in the world as the next best version of me.” ~ Yolanda Darby
“Ever since receiving Kathryn’s book, I have wanted to draw a labyrinth mandala. Thanks for this lesson which was the perfect prompt. Tomorrow is an important day at work for me. Focusing on this mandala helped me accept my fears for an uncertain, but hopefully more joyful future.” ~ Chayla Blum
For many participants when they learned about this stage, they recognized it in their life. It is wonderful to see the a-ha moments and connections that happen in this series.
Meet Your Host
Every time I work through the Great Round I learn something new about myself. I gain clarity and confidence.
I love creating mandalas, but what I love even more is the process of creating them for insight and personal meaning and sharing this amazing experience with others. 2018 will be my third year facilitating this course and each year it gets better and better. This year, I’ve added video lessons for each stage, beautifully illustrated with participant artwork. I’m really excited about the new interactive webinars where we’ll get to see each other and chat in real time through video conferencing. During our webinars, we’ll spend some time creating a mandala. It’s a great way to not only connect but to also dedicate some time each month to getting some mandala art created.
If you have any questions about this course, please don’t hesitate to reach out and contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I’ve had the pleasure and honor to be mentored by Susanne Fincher, a leading authority in using mandalas for healing, insight, and self expression. She is the author of many books including “The Mandala Workbook” that we use as a guide for studying the Great Round and “Creating Mandalas” an indispensable resource for understanding the meanings in our mandalas.
I completed Susanne Fincher’s Mandala Certificate Program in June 2016. This program included two weeks of intensive study of the Great Round. I have to tell you it was exciting to listen to Susanne’s lectures, ask her questions, and create mandala projects along side others dedicated to this fascinating study.
Let’s explore our mandala stories together in 2018
~ Kathryn Costa, Workshop Facilitator
Author of “The Mandala Guidebook” and Host of the 100 Mandalas Challenge