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Gallery: Creating Mandalas for an Inspired Year at Kripalu

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.


Honoring 2017

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.”


Creating Mandalas

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.

“The teacher “makes” the class. Kathryn is a warm, engaging, kind, very knowledgable and generous teacher. She embodies the virtues and wisdom teachings of this practice creating a safe, fun, and accessible expressive arts experience that is deeply nourishing.” 

Where do you want to take your mandala practice in 2018?

Here are a few resources to get you started creating mandalas or to take your practice to the next level.

Mandala Drawing I

Ten video lessons guide you in drawing a wide range of geometric styles including Trinity Knot, Seed of Life, Hexagons, Pentagons, Octagons/Bagua, and more.

Online course, open enrollment, lifetime access. Only $35
Learn More & Enroll

Color I

This course surveys the most popular mediums for coloring mandalas with demonstrations of a variety of brands and techniques for creating blending effects. The second part of the course is a study of color harmony that will get you trying new color combinations in your mandala art.

Online course, open enrollment, lifetime access. Only $35
Learn More & Enroll

Inspired Vision Retreat

This two-week online course is centered on making time for nourishing our bodies, minds, and creative spirits through personal retreats. The activities focus on gaining clarity and developing a vision for the year ahead.

Online course. Only $35
Begins January 7, 2018
Enrollment closes January 20, 2018
Learn More & Enroll

Great Round

Every mandala that you create has a story to tell. What is your mandala story? In this comprehensive online course we explore the meaning of the colors, symbols, numbers, and arrangements through a series of mandala activities. This is a fascinating series for those with a contemplative nature.

Online course.
Begins January 21, 2018
Enrollment closes February 1, 2018
Course runs 6 months
Learn More & Enroll

Sharing Circle

Join the 100 Mandalas Sharing Circle, a private website for mandala enthusiasts. Membership includes access to member library filled with coloring books and resources, monthly mandala challenges, and places to share your mandala art. Whether you love to color mandalas or create them, there is a place for everyone in the circle.

Learn More & Enroll


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