Author: Kathryn Costa

Gallery: White Swan Spring Renewal Mini Retreat

What an incredible day! I love collaborating with Rosie at White Swan Yoga Studio. Today’s session included restorative yoga, a nourishing lunch (color bowls from Milk & Honey), mandala making (Seed of Life), collaborative danmala (flower mandala), color meditation and sound bath. Click on the images below to read the captions and to get a closer look at some images from this restorative, nurturing, and creative mini retreat. The day was a huge success! We plan on offering more mini retreats and mandala workshops. Be sure to subscribe to my newsletter to not miss the announcements. When you subscribe you get a free mandala coloring book with 50 designs.

2017 Inspired Year Compass

Forty-three participants of the Inspired Year Mandala Retreat were invited to contribute a piece to this group mandala project. Each person was given a piece and assigned a color. They printed the piece, filled it with color and form and incorporated their word-for-the-year into their design. When I started creating these “community mandalas” it was to bring our group closer together and illustrate how there is a place for everyone. I love that you don’t have to be an “artist” or believe that you are creative to fit into this project. What word will inspire you as you navigate the challenges and opportunities that are showing up for you? For participants in the workshop we played with words until we found the one that spoke to each of us. A compass design brings together all of the words to help us individually and as a group to live an inspired life. This is a powerful symbol of faith and hope. Want to participate in the next Community Mandala Project? The next group mandala project will be coming up …

How to Rock Mandalafest

Mandalafest is coming very soon! This online event that I’m hosting celebrates the joys of creating and coloring mandalas with several contests and lots of prizes. Today’s post will give you lots of ideas for the “Mandala Your World” contest where you are encouraged to draw mandalas on found objects like pebbles and rocks. There are so many ways to paint a mandala onto rocks…let’s explore some of those options. [Note: I link to the products that I use in this post to Amazon. I’m an affiliate which means when you click through and purchase anything, I get a small kick back. Know that your purchases help me to buy art supplies which in turn I use to create tutorials and share inspiring blog posts like this one. Know that you don’t pay more for anything that you purchase by clicking on these links. I never link to a product that I haven’t tried myself.] Paint Pens I love using Uni-Posca paint pens that come in a variety of vibrant colors. Pictured above shows my steps …

Spring Renewal Mini Retreat

May 13, 2017 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM Lunch Included White Swan Yoga Studio 1889 Elm St, Suite B Manchester, NH 03104 REGISTER A Day of Yoga, Art, Color, and Sound Zen Buddhist Master, Soen Nakagawa said, “All beings are flowers blossoming in a blossoming universe.” With the coming of spring we are reminded of the cycles of nature and that it’s never too late to begin again. We are blessed with an array of color and surrounded by new life and beauty. The cold of winter fades away and the light of the sun grows stronger, giving us hope for the future. Spring is the perfect time to revisit intentions you might have set for yourself at the beginning of the year. Join us on May 13, for a day of renewal and hope, as we examine the “seeds” of intentions we planted earlier in the year or as we “plant” new ones, exploring ways we, ourselves, can blossom. Learn from mandala artist, Kathryn Costa how to create a Seed of Life Mandala. Rosie …

Color Workshop

Are you like the chipmunk collecting lots of art supplies and saving them for a rainy day? The rainy day has arrived… I have a confession. I’ve been guilty of collecting art supplies, lots of them, and not using them. Beautiful tins of colored pencils, collections of watercolor markers, gel pens, Copics, TomBows, Winsor Newton, and Posca paint pens fill my home studio. Do you have lots of art supplies that are going unused too? It’s time to dust them off and start playing. Join me for a color workshop that I’m hosting in the Sharing Circle. Get inspired, learn new techniques, try out some different color combinations, and connect with mandala enthusiasts from all over the world. Let’s play with color this season! ~ Kathryn Costa, Host of Mandalafest, the 100 Mandalas Challenge, and the Sharing Circle, and author of “The Mandala Guidebook: How to Draw, Paint, and Color Expressive Mandala Art.” Are you in a color rut, picking the same colors over and over again? Do you feel overwhelmed by so many colors and …

Mandalafest - Mandala Party

Mandalafest

Mandalafest is an event to celebrate the joy of creating and coloring mandalas. Participants are encouraged to share their love for mandalas by hosting a mandala party for their friends and families. Gather with mandala enthusiasts from around the world online and enter in one or more of the five contests for a chance to win 20 prizes! What is a mandala? 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. Official Mandalafest Party Planner Download the Party Planner: The party planner has all of the details that you’ll need for participating in Mandalafest including: Schedule of Events Contest Rules Party Planning Worksheets Coloring Pages Be sure to download the Party Planner right away so you can get an early start on your contest entries. Mark Your Calendar: April 22 – 30, 2017 Starting on April 22nd, post your …

Mandala Workshop at Yoga Balance

Creating Mandalas for Relaxation & Self Expression Saturday, Apr 8, 2017 at 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm Yoga Balance Studio 135 Hooksett Road, Manchester, NH This workshop will be a fun opportunity to channel your inner artist! The workshop begins with an introduction to mandalas: the origins of the mandala; where mandalas show up in various cultures and in nature; and how mandalas are used as a practice for relaxation and self-expression. After centering with a short Gentle Yoga practice, we will learn how to construct a symmetrical grid as a basis for our designs, which we will then add shapes and patterns to create beautiful individual mandalas. We will finish with a closing ceremony to witness and honor everyone’s work. No art or yoga experience required. Beginners are encouraged to attend. All materials and supplies are provided. Fee: $45 per person; $40 before April 1. REGISTER NOW & SAVE!

Your Mandalas Tell a Story…Discover Yours

Did you know that the mandalas that you create have a story to tell? The lines, shapes, symbols, colors, and arrangements in your mandala art reflects your unconscious at a particular moment in your life. Sometimes it’s hard to put into words your feelings or what’s troubling you. The expressive arts is a way of creating a visual representation that aids you in unlocking those words. When those stories are unlocked, there’s a feeling of release and relief. 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 …

Blessings Jar

I was a single mother for many years. My son and I had a nightly routine that began with four familiar words, “It’s time for bed.” As soon as I would begin to utter this announcement, we’d race headlong to my bed. The first person to get there would exclaim, “Name three things that made you happy today.” We’d take turns recounting good things from our day but the last person to get there had to go first. Here’s what we discovered: We started looking for good things in our day. We knew we were going to report on it later in the day, so we collected good things to bring back home. We noticed patterns in our expressions of gratitude. Often they involved connecting with other people, accomplishing a goal, finishing a project, or learning something new. The blessings were not always big things, but were more often something really small like smiling and being kind to a store clerk and noticing how it would brighten their day or the smell of coffee and …

Solstice Mandala Calendar

21 artists from around the world submitted mandalas for this Community Mandala project. It is a count down calendar to the Solstice. Each day starting on December 1st and finishing on December 21st a different mandala is featured. When I was a child I loved my Advent Calendars that counted down to Christmas. Each day I would eagerly await to see what the next picture would be. There were some years when my brother and I would get those cardboard calendars with the little chocolates behind each window. My brother would invariably gobble up all of his chocolates by day three while I was patient and would enjoy the little treat each day. Inspired by this fun memory, I designed a countdown calendar only in this case we are counting down 21 days to the Solstice. This mandala project is about creating something beautiful as a community that will light up and inspire all who see it. As we create mandalas during this Solstice season, may we recognize the light within ourselves and the light …