Author: Kathryn Costa

Introducing True North Arts

Ten years ago today I published my first blog post. Since then I’ve claimed the title, “artist” even though I didn’t go to art school; my artwork has appeared in several magazines and exhibits; I’ve published my first book; and taught thousands of people in my online courses, workshops, retreats, and popular Youtube channel. My favorite part of this journey are the meaningful connections that I’ve made with people from all over the world. I originally started True North Arts a year after I started blogging and put it on hold four years ago while I focused on my work with mandalas. I was working a full time job and didn’t have enough time and energy to do everything. Here I am feeling like I’m coming full circle as I relaunch True North Arts and connect all of the dots along this ten year journey. Swing by my new website: http://www.truenortharts.com I’d love to hear what you think of it! {soul hugs} Kathryn Costa

April Mandala Challenge

I have a very big milestone happening in April – I’m celebrating ten years of blogging! To help me celebrate, I’m inviting you to create a “Celebrating 10 Mandala.” For this mandala, incorporate an element of ten. You may divide the circle into ten sections, use ten colors, ten shapes, ten patterns…you get the idea! To get this challenge started, several mandala artists sent in their submissions early so I could include them in the video above. As each mandala arrived in my inbox, it felt like a gift, especially with the notes that they included. Thank you all for celebrating with me! My plan is to relaunch my True North Arts website in April. Stay tuned! ~ Kathryn Costa Challenge Details Create a mandala with an element of ten. For a closer look at the mandalas from the video look at the gallery below. Post a photo or scan of your mandala in the Sharing Circle. Include a congratulatory message. >>Not a member? Join for free here. >>Members Log-in Here. Deadline to enter is …

Let’s Play in Our Journals

My journaling changed ten years ago… when found images and words from magazines added color, interest, and inspiration to the otherwise vanilla pages in my journals. What started out as play, turned into a means to create a vision for my life that inspired me to take the leap to work for myself. What started out as play, turned into a way to create a vision for my life that inspired me to build a life and business that I love. That’s why I call them vision journals. What’s a Vision Journal? Think vision board meets journal. It’s a place to dream, brainstorm, and make plans. It’s where you gather inspiration and have sacred conversations with your soul. Vision boards are often created as a one time activity often at the beginning of the year. The vision journal is an ongoing process that keeps you connected to your vision. It supports you to go from dreaming to doing. In my interactive online workshops, I show you how to recycle a catalog and use magazine images …

Join me at the Omega Institute this Summer!

Slip into the creative zone this week as we find meaning in the art we make. Mandala means “circle” or “center” in Sanskrit. Creating Mandala art is an immersion into beauty, color, and form, as well as a powerful practice that fosters mindfulness and self-expression. In this workshop we learn techniques for constructing mandalas based on sacred geometry, labyrinths, and nature; we combine words, quotes, and journal writing with the mandalas we make; and we learn how the practice can reflect patterns in our life story and bring clarity and focus during difficult transitions and exciting milestones. You return home with completed artwork and practical tips for using these activities any time you feel blocked or are seeking direction in life. No art experience or supplies are required. Omega Family Week delivers a unique balance of time together and time apart so every family member can learn, play, and grow. July 29 – August 3, 2018 Get the details and register.  

Inside the Vision Journal Play Date

My journaling changed ten years ago when images and words from magazines added color, interest, and inspiration to the otherwise boring straight lined pages in my notebooks. What started out as play, turned into a way to create a vision for my life that inspired me to build a life and business that I love. I call them vision journals. What’s a Vision Journal? Think vision board meets journal. It’s a place to dream, brainstorm, and make plans. It’s where you gather inspiration and have sacred conversations with your soul. Vision boards are often created as a one time activity often at the beginning of the year. The vision journal is an ongoing process that keeps you connected to your vision. It supports you to go from dreaming to doing. In my interactive online workshops, I show you how to recycle a catalog and use magazine images and other ephemera to create your own unique vision journal. Envelopes Filled with Surprises I mail each participant (yes real snail mail) with an envelope that I’ve designed. …

March Mandala Challenge: Scavenger Hunt Mandalas

The topic for the March Mandala Challenge is Scavenger Hunt Mandala. I’m all about using what you already have to create mandalas. In this challenge, you’ll collect round shaped household items in various sizes to use as circle templates to create a mandala. It’s fun to look at every day familiar objects with a new lens. This challenge is to encourage you to play like you did when you were a kid. Have fun! Challenge Details Collect four or more objects that have a circle shape in various sizes. Do NOT use stencils for this challenge. It’s okay to use objects of other shapes for your mandala but you need at least four circles. Trace the circles starting with the largest circle to the smallest to create a progression of concentric circles. Use a straight edge to draw some guidelines and to break up the circle into four or more sections. Fill the circle with shapes, patterns, and colors. Use any medium. For more design ideas, download the first chapter of my book, “The Mandala Guidebook” at www.100mandalas.com/book …

Inspired Conversations with Linda Joy

Linda Joy of Aspire Magazine invited me to chat with her about the benefits of creating mandalas on her radio show, Inspired Conversations. What a delightful conversation! We talked about: How Linda colors mandalas with a sacred intention and will repeat a mantra. We both agreed that one can feel the energy in the final colored mandala. How I got my start creating mandalas, launching the 100 Mandalas Challenge, and publishing my book, “The Mandala Guidebook.” My experience teaching at Kripalu, a yoga and health center in Lenox, MA. The health benefits of coloring and creating mandalas and why coloring mandalas is a centering practice. The work of Swiss Psychiatrist Carl Jung and how we can open up a conversation with our unconscious when creating mandalas intuitively. The Great Round Course, an online course where I teach people about creating mandalas for insight and self expression. It ties in with the work of Jung and how we can explore what I call our “mandala stories.” Curious to learn more about the Great Round? Access lesson one, …

February Mandala Challenge

The topic for the February Mandala Challenge is sacred geometry. In this video, I interview Susanne Fincher author of Creating Mandalas with Sacred Geometry. Susanne gives us a step-by-step demonstration of how to construct the triangle and circle progression. Our conversation covers: When and how Susanne got started creating mandalas. Susanne has been creating mandalas since 1976. I asked her why she thinks the mandala has held her attention for so many years. The difference between geometry and sacred geometry. Who has had the most influence in creating sacred geometry? What is the Tetrachtys? What is Metatron’s Cube? How can one use sacred geometry for personal mandalas? Challenge Details Create a mandala based on Susanne Fincher’s demonstration of the triangle, circle progression. Watch the video for step-by-step instructions. Have fun adding your favorite colors and patterns to the mandala. Use any medium. Post a photo or scan of your mandala in the 100 Mandalas Sharing Circle. Not a member? It’s free to join! SIGN UP HERE. Members Log-in HERE. Deadline to enter is February 24, …

Free Sample Lesson from the Great Round Course

The Great Round Online Course is a fascinating study that guides you through 12 stages that we all experience in life, again and again. Thank you for stopping by to check out this free sampler class. This page is a preview of the first lesson called, “Stage One: Resting in the Darkness.” Lesson One: Resting in the Darkness We experience Stage One when we are feeling creatively low, we are overworked and exhausted, our hormones are wreaking havoc and we feel anxious, seasonal light changes affect our moods, or we are ill and have no energy for doing anything. In this video lesson, I share one of my low moments in life and how creating mandalas helped me to feel creative again. This video also covers an overview of this stage and three example mandala activities. Greek Goddess Connection Participants in the online Goddess course last fall asked if we could continue our work with the goddesses in the Great Round this year. In this video, you’ll see how we make connections between the wisdom …

Bring a Mandala Workshop to Your Venue or Event

Let’s collaborate! I would love to bring my passion for creating mandalas to your venue or event. I provide all of the tools, materials, and art supplies. You provide the space. Together we promote your event. We can collaborate to offer a single two to three hour workshop or a full day mini retreat. Pictured here was a Spring Renewal Mini Retreat held at White Swan Yoga Studio in Manchester, NH that included restorative yoga, a mandala drawing lesson, a danmala group activity (mandala using materials from nature), sound healing, and a healthy lunch. Participants left the day feeling nourished in body, mind, and spirit. “I’ve worked with Kathryn Costa and had her present mandala workshops at my yoga studio on several occasions, and it’s always been a pleasure. Kathryn’s workshops are so enjoyable and participants leave knowing how to create a mandala and with lots of inspiration. Her knowledge and passion for mandala work is evident in the care and ease with which she presents it. Participants always leave happy and wanting more!” ~ Roseann …