To inspire your mandala practice, I collected a selection of mandala art that was created during the “Creating Mandalas for an Inspired Year” program held on New Years Eve weekend at Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health in Stockbridge, MA.
I asked participants, “What would you tell someone about this program who is unfamiliar with creating mandalas?” The comments are found throughout this post in blue.
Our weekend started with a meditation to help us make the transition from our busy lives to being fully present to this gift that we gave ourselves – a weekend of nourishing our body, mind, and soul.
After a couple warm up exercises, students created a Seed of Life mandala and incorporated journal writing, symbols, and colors to represent the year that was coming to a close. Under the mandalas are words to name their year.
“Kathryn Costa’s mandala program introduces you to a grounding practice that helps you tap into your creativity, inner wisdom, and spirit.”
“If you enjoy the meditation and joy of coloring, this program takes it up a notch. In addition to filling beautiful patterns with colors, you learn to create those beautiful patterns – all the more rewarding. Kathryn is a wonderful, relaxed instructor who creates a welcome and peaceful environment for beginners and experienced creatives alike. I would definitely do it again.”
Throughout the weekend, participants learned how to draw seven different mandala styles and completed five with color and embellishments. Each mandala is as unique as the person who created it.
“The lessons are very instructional for the basics but very open and guided for the contemplative.”
“You’ll learn how to create mandalas, but more importantly, learn to allow the artist inside of you out to play.”
“This is a creative meditative expression that even non-artists can try and be successful.”
The weather was too cold for us to walk the labyrinth on the grounds at Kripalu. We were happily tucked in creating labyrinths. As the labyrinths were filled with color and form, our focus was on what stresses & blesses us, what needs our attention now and in 2018, what we are ready to let go of, and what we want more of.
“Kathryn Costa’s approach to creating mandalas is a great meditative expression where we put thoughts to color, pattern, and geometry.”
Standing On Our Own Holy Ground
In this activity, participants traced their feet and filled the spaces with concentric circles. When targets show up in your mandala art ask yourself when you are working towards a goal or on a project, “Am I on target?” If you have a challenging relationship consider, “Am I feeling like a target?”
After filling the page with color and form, we stepped onto the tracings of our feet. We experienced “stepping on our own two feet” and observed the energy that we are putting out into the world. We acknowledged our “own holy ground” and thought about how we will step into 2018.