Author: Kathryn Costa

January Mandala Challenge

What are the many possibilities that await you in this new year? The January Mandala Challenge called, “The Mandala of Many Possibilities” uses the design motif of little dots or stars to represent the many possibilities available to you in this moment. Think of these little dots as seeds of potential. You may create your mandala using any medium and any style. The only requirement is to include lots of little dots or miniature stars in your final design. As you add the little dots to your mandala, use this creative time to reflect on the many opportunities and possibilities that await you in this new year. For inspiration, check out these mandalas. As you look up at the night sky, how do those stars line up? Here we see a million possibilities in this mandala. Continuing with the mini star motif, here my sun is sleeping in a blissful state surrounded by numerous possibilities. Creating within the boundaries of a circle provides a feeling of safety and that’s definitely felt here with the rings …

2018 Seed of Life Community Mandala

Twenty-four participants of the Inspired Vision 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. The Seed of Life is an elemental form in sacred geometry created by drawing seven circles of the same size. I love this design and how the overlapping circles create new shapes that look like flower petals. These containers are the perfect place for writing words and adding symbols, doodles, and color. What makes the Seed of Life an elemental form? If you continue to draw circles, you’ll get the Flower of Life or the Torus Yantra depending on where you continue drawing the circles. What better mandala to use to seed our intentions for the year? What word will inspire you as you navigate the opportunities and challenges 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 …

Seed of Life Gratitude Mandala

One of my favorite practices is to combine my love for words and journal writing with mandalas. Each year during the holidays, I pull out a Flower of Life mandala and fill the shapes with words of appreciation. I designed a mandala that starts with the Flower of Life in the center and surrounded it with a border of interlocking semi-circles.  In the center petals, I wrote down the names of the many people who I’m connected to including family, friends, colleagues, and members of my mandala community. You may include names of your mentors, teachers, authors, and artists who inspire you. Along the outer edge, record words to describe the qualities that you admire and appreciate.  As you fill in the mandala, consider the many ways that you are connected. Fill some of the shapes with doodles and little drawings. Here I tucked in hearts under each virtue. In my example, a leaf-like pattern was repeated throughout to add detail. Try This: Print a copy and bring it to your holiday celebration. Invite guests to …

Inspired Vision Retreat 2019

What is calling you? What do you desire for this next year?
It’s January 1st, and you’re full of ideas about things you want to do differently this year.

You may make an ambitious list of goals and New Year’s resolutions.

But in the back of your mind, you also know that you’ll forget all about them by next week, or next month.

You’re not alone. Let’s toss out the New Year’s resolutions
and set an intention for 2019.

November Mandala Challenge

For this month’s challenge I invited fellow mandala artist and teacher Louise Gale to share with us a project from her newest book, “Botanical Mandalas.” The video above includes: Interview with Louise Gale about mandalas, nature, and the featured project. Louise and Kathryn share their dandelion stories. Step-by-Step demonstration to create your own Dandelion Mandala. Contest details Dandelion Wisdom Did you know that dandelions grow in every continent? What’s your dandelion story? The sunny dandelion is a fire element and relates to the solar plexus chakra which is about inner strength, courage, clarity, and cheerfulness. Ask yourself, “What area of my life needs a light on it? Or perhaps a little warmth?” The dandelion in the white, puffy, seed state is related to the air element. Air is about our mental state. Every thought is an intention with a vibration that doesn’t stay in your head! Like the dandelion seeds that float far and wide, the vibration of our thoughts travels far and wide. Check in and notice the quality of your thoughts. Are they …