Author: Kathryn Costa

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 …

October Mandala Challenge

This month’s mandala challenge is inspired by the beautiful colors of the Arteza fineliner pens and my fascination with chakras. Get the contest details and watch me draw chakra mini mandala art in my journal in this quick six minute video. How to Enter Draw a Mandala – Create one mandala or fill a page with several like I did in my journal, see video. Any Style – You may draw your mandala freehand, geometric design, or chakra inspired. Get creative and have fun! Only Colored Pens – No black pens. Use one color like I did in the video or have fun trying out different color combinations. There are many pen options like the fineliners that I used in the video, gel pens, even ball point pens. Outline Only – No coloring, blending, etc. Photograph or Scan your entry. Post in the Sharing Circle by October 31, 2018. Member log-in. Not a Member? Join for Free Prize & Coupon One winner will be randomly drawn to receive a set of 48 fineliner water-based pens …

Local Event: Introduction to Creating Mandala Art

Give yourself an afternoon of relaxation and play. Immerse yourself into beauty, color and form in a practice that fosters mindfulness and awakens your creativity. The mandala is a circular art form that anyone can learn how to draw. Share the creative joy and bring a friend! This workshop is for you if: An afternoon that nourishes your body, mind, and spirit is calling you. You are attracted to beauty and art, and have a desire to awaken the artist within. You are seeking inspiration and want to feel creative. You are curious to try something new. This workshop includes: Relaxing guided meditation to release stress and open up to creative flow. Clear step-by-step instructions and handouts. Brief explanation of what a mandala is and examples found in many cultures. How to continue a mandala practice at home. All tools and supplies provided. You’ll leave with a completed work of art that is as unique as you are! About the Instructor: Kathryn Costa is the author of “The Mandala Guidebook, How to Draw, Paint, and …

August Mandala Challenge

This month’s featured project may challenge your idea of what a mandala is. We often think of mandalas as have a clear center with shapes, colors, and patterns repeating from the center. Swiss Psychiatrist Carl G. Jung introduced to the West the idea of creating circular art for insight and self expression. During a time when Jung had a experienced a personal crisis his journal writings included drawings within circles. He observed over time how these drawings had colors, numbers, symbols, and arrangements that reflected his thoughts, feelings, and dreams. He called these circular drawings mandalas as they reminded him of the Hindu and Buddhist art form. This month’s challenge is a project from a course that I teach called, “The Great Round” where we create mandala art to explore twelve psychological stages that we all experience at different moments in our lives. Pictured here is a diagram of twelve symbols in black and white that typify each of the stages and the colored images are sample mandalas for each stage. Watch the video above to …