Author: Kathryn Costa

October Mandala Challenge

We enter October with the new moon in Libra that focuses on bringing harmony to our relationships. This intention ties in beautifully with the next chakra in our monthly mandala challenge as we move up the chakra ladder from the heart chakra to the throat chakra. For this month’s challenge, let’s work with the energies and intentions of both the heart and throat chakras as we create our mandala art focused on the relationship that we have with ourselves. The traditional heart chakra mandala pictured on the left is characterized by the six pointed star, 12 lotus petals and colored emerald green. Light pink is also a color associated with the heart chakra. The throat chakra has a downward pointing triangle with a circle at the center, 16 lotus petals, and in a light sky blue color. The heart chakra is our love center and the the throat chakra is about expressing ourselves. When we work with both the heart and throat chakras, the energy and intentions are about speaking from our hearts, expressing ourselves …

September Mandala Challenge

In this month’s mandala challenge, we work our way up the chakra ladder to the heart chakra where our mandalas cool down from the sunny yellow mandalas that we created for last month’s challenge to cooler greens for September. Greens range from cool to warm depending on how much blue or yellow is used in the green color. Light pink is another color that shows up in the heart chakra. Here delicate lotus flowers add a soft touch in contrast to the leafy green motif. Let’s take a look at the relationship of greens and pinks on the color wheel. Pink is a lighter version of the color red. Here we see how green and red are opposite each other; they are complementary colors. In terms of the heart chakra, I think this is a really neat connection as “balance” is a theme for this chakra as illustrated by the six-pointed star in the center made up of two triangles, one pointing upward and one pointing downward. Traditionally, these two triangles represent male versus female …

Making Mandalas at the Wainright House

The Wainwright House in Rye, NY is a beautiful setting to relax, escape your worries, and awaken your creativity in a mandala workshop. What a pleasure to bring my passion for creating mandalas to this historic estate. I loved the warm welcome that I received and the little touches like this sign and flowers left for me on the fireplace mantel in my room. Before the guests arrived for the class, I had time to walk the grounds and enjoy the meditation garden. Want a peek inside this space? What a beautiful morning for a stroll in the garden. A couple, Shiva and Shakti, are watching all who step into the garden. They don’t see me looking at them, but I catch them talking… Shall we go over and say, “Hi?” Shiva loves it when new people come to visit and discover the beauty and peacefulness of the Wainwright House. Shakti raises her hand and offers a blessing hoping that we’ll find what we are looking for on our spiritual journey. She hopes we’ll come …

Flourish Online Retreat

It’s your time to flourish! Kathryn Costa takes you on a magical experience that begins when you receive a beautiful envelope in the mail. Tucked inside you’ll find little surprises to use during the online retreat that includes a second envelope with a pep talk for those moments long after the retreat when you feel like giving up on your dreams.

Creating Mandalas at Omega Institute

Imagine a week dedicated to creating mandala art. For participants in the Mandala Program at Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY, they did just that spending 4-1/2 days exploring different ways for creating mandalas. “I thought we were going to make one mandala during this week,” said Andy who like many were delighted to have completed six or more mandalas. “I really loved the meditations and the spiritual aspect of creating the mandalas,” shared Patty. Each lesson began with a soul journey guided meditation with a theme that was explored in the mandala project. Click on the images below for a closer look at some of the mandalas that were created. Thanks to Randall Taylor-Craven who took the following photos capturing various moments from the week.

July Mandala Challenge | Sacral Chakra Inspired Orange Mandalas

This month’s mandala challenge is inspired by the color of the sacral chakra, orange. If you don’t like the color orange, you are not alone. When polled, orange is among the least favorite colors. Don’t let your resistance stop you from taking up the challenge. Often when resistance shows up, it’s a good time to take notice. You may just discover something new say a new appreciation for the color orange, or bump into a new art technique, or better yet, uncover an insight about yourself. The sacral chakra is the featured chakra for July in the Chakra Workshop Series with Kathryn Costa. Among the many facets of this chakra covered in the workshop, two that may interest you is the exploration of our creativity cycles with a look at how to get unstuck. The second and perhaps the most important is how this chakra invites us to lighten up, play, and bring a sense of awe, discovery, and whimsy to our daily lives. Let’s face it, life can get pretty heavy but that doesn’t …