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Welcome to the Circle

Welcome to 100Mandalas.com and the home of the 100 Mandalas Challenge & Community hosted by Kathryn Costa. If you are interested in drawing, coloring, or working with mandalas, then you’ve arrived at the right place!

Are you new here?

You may want to start with these links:

But wait there’s more. So much more.

If you are interested in living a soulful and creative life, join Kathryn Costa over on her website, TrueNorthArts.com.

Goddess Course – Discover the Goddess in You

There is a goddess within every woman. What goddess are you?

Greek Goddesses come to life in SoulCollage cards. Which goddess are you?

The ancient myths come to life in the Goddess Course taught by Kathryn Costa. In this course you’ll meet seven feminine archetypes depicted in the Greek mythology: Aphrodite the lover, Hera the wife, Demeter the mother, Persephone the daughter and Goddess of the Underworld, Artemis the sister, Athena the strategist, and Hestia the wise woman and hearth keeper.

You’ll recognize qualities of these feminine archetypes in yourself and the women in your life and you’ll be inspired to call upon their strengths within you to best serve your aspirations and your relationships.

Aphrodite teaches us to savor the simple pleasures in life.

Artemis takes us into the wilderness and gives us permission to dance to the beat of our own drum.

Athena will help you to focus and think strategically.

Hera expects the best, a lesson we can all use!

Persephone guides us through our shadow times and gives us hope.

Hestia‘s mindful approach to tending her home will have you looking at housework differently!

Demeter loves to feed her children and grandchildren. She’ll inspire you to bake some bread, cake, or cookies.

Then there’s the goddess in you!

Here’s a little secret, you’ll discover that the goddess in you is a unique combination of each of these Olympic Greek Goddesses.

We’ve only just skimmed the surface here as these goddesses have many more qualities. Ooohhh there’s so much more to discover.

Now how fun is that?

In the goddess course you'll receive these gorgeous envelopes in the mail.

When you sign up for the Goddess Course, you get these beautiful envelopes in the mail when each lesson is published. Tucked inside you’ll find a Goddess Profile that includes a snapshot of the goddess’ strengths, colors, symbols, gemstones, plants, and animals. These characteristics will inspire you to bring in one or more of these elements into your own goddess art.

Each goddess online retreat includes:

  • Highlights of the mythic story told in a fun and relatable way.
  • Overview of their strengths and wounds.
  • Affirmations to invoke the goddess’ strength in you.
  • Stories of how these goddess archetypes show up in us today. The myths live on!
  • Featured animal ally that has wisdom akin to the goddess.
  • Soul Journey guided meditation to tap into your inner wisdom.
  • Oracle card tucked in the envelope with time for a reading.

Create your own goddess inspired art.

The goddess online retreat includes an hour of “studio time” where you can begin working on a goddess inspired project.

Here are some ideas of projects you may be inspired to create in this course.

  • Visual Journal with collage elements.
  • Mandala Art
  • SoulCollage® cards
  • Jewelry
  • Painting
  • Fiber Arts – knitting, quilting
  • Talisman made of clay or painted rocks
  • Spirit Sticks
  • Altars
  • Affirmation Cards

Perhaps you and your muse have another idea?
We’ll want to see it!

Show & Tell

The goddess online retreat is interactive. You’ll meet other kindred spirits who love the goddesses as much as you. We meet up on Zoom a web conferencing app where we can see and hear each other using the video cameras in our computers or mobile devices. You’ll love hearing the stories of each participant and you’ll get inspired by all of the creative ideas.

Kathryn masterfully weaves the Greek Myths into your life in a way that will give you now self-awareness. I enjoyed her connections between the goddesses and real life and her gorgeous mandala depictions of each goddess.  Let Kathryn lead you on a journey with the goddesses – you will savor the experience!

Susan Paul Johnson, MBA, PhD Expressive Arts Facilitator

The Finer Details

Goddess Course Runs from September 2019 to May 2020
Goddess Course includes eight workshops
Enrollment is open!
View Goddess Retreat Schedule
Frequently Asked Questions
Recommended Supply List

Payment Options

Try the Artemis Workshop and if you fall in love and want more, $35 will be applied to the course.

We begin the journey through the goddesses with Artemis, queen of the hunt and moon.
We begin our goddess journey with Artemis.

Artemis Workshop

We begin the Goddess Course with Artemis, queen of the hunt and moon.

After registering you’ll choose from one of these online retreats, or create your own personal retreat using the recordings. Video of the presentation and a mp3 of the meditation will be available a couple of days after the online retreat.

Session 1
Saturday, September 21, 2019
10 am to 1 pm, EST

Session 2
Friday, October 4, 2019
10 am to 1 pm, EST

Session 3
Friday, October 4, 2019
6 pm to 10 pm, EST

The back side of the Artemis envelope features her famed arrow and a mandala made of thistles.
The back side of the Artemis envelope features her famed arrow
and a mandala made of thistles.

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Try the Artemis Workshop and if you fall in love and want more, $35 will be applied to the course.

I’ve always been intrigued by Greek goddesses and mythology, but had a hard time connecting with them. However, Kathryn’s storytelling, energy, and passion for the Greek Goddesses have left me inspired and excited to learn and create more!

Paige Scheinberg, MS, ATR, CZT
Founder, shine on consulting
Let's have tea with the goddesses. Sign up before August 31st to enter into the random drawing to receive one of these delightful myth inspired teas.
Tea with the Goddesses
For some added fun, five people will receive one of these goddess inspired tea blends.

As a special thank you for those who register early, I have five sampler tins of goddess inspired tea blends to give away. Everyone who registers for the Goddess Course on or before August 31, 2019 will be entered in a random drawing to win one of these sweet little tins of Mytholotea. Winners will receive an email and will be announced in my email newsletter.

Tea blends include:

Athena – Green Tea, White Tea, Cinnamon, Orange, Ginger, Cloves, Cardamom, Blueberries, Natural Blueberry Flavor, Natural Bergamot Flavor, Blue Cornflowers & Natural Spice Flavor
Hera – Black Tea, Natural Blueberry Flavor, Natural Vanilla Flavor, Raspberry Leaves, Blueberries, Rose Petals & Rose Flavor
Artemis – Black Tea, Ginger, Cinnamon, Coconut, Lemon Grass, Cardamom, Orange, Blue Cornflowers, Natural Forest Berries Flavor, Natural Vanilla Flavor, Natural Bergamot Flavor, Raspberry Leaves, Natural Creme Flavor, Natural Coconut Flavor, Raspberries & Strawberries
Persephone – Green Tea, Black Tea, Gunpowder, Natural Pomegranate Flavor, Raspberry Leaves & Raspberries
Aphroditea – Black Tea, Rose Hips, Hibiscus, Apple Pieces, Rose Petals, Natural Strawberry Flavor, Natural Chocolate Flavor, Strawberries, Dark Chocolate Chips, Cocoa Nibs, Natural Creme Flavor & Raspberry Leaves

Meet Your Guide, Kathryn Costa

Kathryn Costa is your guide. She can't wait to meet the goddess in you!

Kathryn Costa is an instigator of creative and soulful living. Her playful, conversational storytelling style will draw you into the ancient myths and leave you going “ah-ha! I get it.” Kathryn has a gift for taking complex concepts and making the easy and fun to understand.

Kathryn is the author of “The Mandala Guidebook: How to Draw, Paint, and Color Expressive Mandala Art” and the designer of Chakra Stencils produced by StencilGirl Products.

When I first learned about the Greek Goddess archetypes nine years ago, it opened up a whole new world to me. I learned a lot about myself, both my strengths and my weaknesses. I also have a new perspective on the women in my life. So much so, that I now have a better understanding and appreciation for their aspirations, motivations, and quirks that are often different from mine. My biggest takeaway is the realization that we have within us the power of all the goddesses and we can call on these qualities to navigate the joys and challenges of life. I can’t wait to meet the goddesses within you!

Kathryn Costa
Instigator of creative & soulful living

Sign Up Now!

Try the Artemis Workshop and if you fall in love and want more, $35 will be applied to the course.


An Important Footnote About SoulCollage®

SoulCollage® is a trademarked process created by Seena Frost. For more information on Seena, the process, or Facilitator Training please visit her website.
SoulCollage® cards are made either from one’s own art or from images found in materials which have been bought by or given to the SoulCollage card maker.
These collaged cards are used only for the cardmaker’s own inner exploration. SoulCollage® cards are not sold, traded, bartered, or copied (except as a back-up for the cardmakers own use) as is stated in the Principles of SoulCollage®. Where SoulCollage cards are available to be seen by others, it is for the purposes either of demonstrating the SoulCollage® process or of sharing the cardmakers’ inner process in the context of community. SoulCollage® is grateful to the artists and photographers who make this deep awakening process possible and in all ways SoulCollage® seeks to be respectful of their rights.

Art Fusion at Kripalu

Ready to amp up your creativity? Delve into a variety of art styles while you revitalize and relax. Art Fusion brings together an eclectic team of skilled instructors from various modalities for a powerful long weekend of collaboration and community.

Art Fusion at Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health brings together an ecletic team of skilled instructors for a weekend exploring art and your creativity. Sessions include mixed media collage, hand-lettering, chakra art, intuitive photography, and jewelry beadwork.
Experience an eclectic mix of artistic expressions in one weekend.

Come explore and expand your creative awareness in the following dynamic art experiences:

  • Chakra mandala art with Kathryn Costa
  • Mixed media collage with Karen Arp-Sandel
  • Jewelry beadwork with Amy DiLalla
  • Hand-lettering with Danielle Rothman
  • Intuitive photography with Mindy Véissid.

Flow into your rhythm as you empower your creative expression in Kripalu’s nurturing environment.

For all levels.

August 30 – September 2, 2019
Friday – Monday, Three Nights
Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health
57 Interlaken Road, Stockbridge, MA 01262

Get the Finer Details & Register

August Mandala Challenge

Pull out your sunny, warm colored art supplies for this month’s challenge to create mandalas inspired by the sun and the solar plexus chakra.

Listen to Kathryn Costa’s audio message for the 100 Mandalas Community
about the mandala challenge for August.

Show Notes

As you listen to the recorded message above, here are some highlights and notes.

Feeling resistance? Listen in for a powerful, yet simple question you can ask yourself the next time you are feeling resistance. You may want your journal handy for this one.

What are you drinking? Pause the video when I ask this question and tell me in the comments section below. Real or imaginary…what are you sipping during this chat?

Kudos! Check out some of these fun mandalas that were entered into the July Mandala Challenge. It was wonderful to see all of the creativity flowing in the Sharing Circle this last month.

Kayla created a labyrinth following the instructions in the Labyrinth Workshop and colored it in orange the color of the sacral chakra. The word, play, repeated in the center captures Kayla’s intention to invite more play into her life.
I can see Kayla running her finger along the path of this labyrinth as she asks that powerful and simple question that I shared at the beginning of the audio recording.
In the chakra retreats, participants get a beautiful envelope in the mail with an oracle card tucked inside.
Circling the sacral chakra drawn with the sacral chakra stencil are words from the oracle card that Linda received.
What a beautiful example of creative note taking.
This is perhaps the most unique entry for the July Mandala Challenge and one that capture the spirit of both the sacral chakra with the zesty orange colors and the solar plexus with the words, “Go for it!”
This is a great example of how two chakras come together. Here the message is so clear to
have fun and play like a child!
Nicely done SusanJoy.
July Mandala Challenge Winner!
Karen went above and beyond this month by creating a daily sacral chakra mandala using the stencils. Here is a selection of the 31 sacral chakras that Karen completed this month.
Listen to the recording on how to use the chakra stencils as part of a spiritual practice.

August Mandala Challenge

Create a mandala inspired by the sun and/or the solar plexus chakra.

Here are some of the sun inspired mandalas that I’ve created over the years. Click on the image for a closer look at to read the caption.

For more inspiration check out this post featuring over 170 sun inspired mandalas.
There is no shortage of inspiration for sun inspired mandalas.
Check out my board on Pinterest for yellow colored mandalas and solar plexus chakra art.
August Mandala Challenge

Take the Challenge!

  1. Create mandala art inspired by the sun or solar plexus. No limit.
  2. Scan or photograph your art.
  3. Post to the Mandala Sharing Circle
    Member Log-in
    Not a member? Join for Free.
  4. Deadline to Enter: August 31, 2019

Just Getting Started Creating Mandalas?

About the Prize

One person will be selected by Kathryn Costa to win a $35 gift certificate good toward one of these online classes.

Making Mandalas at the Wainright House

A weekend of mandala making with Kathryn Costa at The Wainright House.
A weekend of mandala making with Kathryn Costa at The Wainwright House.

Take one or all 3 mandala workshops for a weekend getaway to immerse yourself in beauty, color and form in a practice that fosters mindfulness and awakens your creativity. No experience necessary!

Discover your inner artist as you learn how to create a mandala that is uniquely yours.
Creating beautiful mandalas like these is easier than you may think. Beginners encouraged to sign up.
Discover your inner artist as you learn how to create a mandala that is uniquely yours.
Creating beautiful mandalas like these is easier than you may think.
Beginners encouraged to sign up.

Introduction to Mandalas

Saturday, October 5, 2019
1 pm to 4 pm

Discover your inner artist. Give yourself an afternoon of relaxation and play. Immerse yourself in 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. This workshop includes a centering meditation, simple step-by-step instructions, and plenty of time create something uniquely yours.

No art experience needed. All tools and supplies provided. Share the creative joy and bring a friend!

GET THE FINER DETAILS & REGISTER NOW

Create Root Chakra Mandala Art to feel centered and grounded.
Create Root Chakra Mandala Art to feel centered and grounded.

Root Chakra Mandala Art

Saturday, October 5, 2019
6 pm to 9 pm

Create art to feel centered and grounded. Slip into the creative zone and connect with your root chakra, the energy center that provides support for a healthy body, mind, and spirit. Balancing the root chakra helps to feel safe, grounded, and peaceful. This class begins with a Soul Journey Meditation designed to gently awaken the root chakra and your creativity. The root chakra checklist reveals how your root chakra is affecting your physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being. You’ll quickly and easily draw the root chakra mandala using one of Kathryn’s new chakra stencils. It’s fun to add color, patterns, and words into your chakra mandala artwork as you focus on positive intentions and affirmations.

No art experience needed. All tools and supplies provided.

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Create labyrinth mandala art to awaken your creativity and reflect on your life's path.
Create labyrinth mandala art to awaken your creativity and reflect on your life’s path.

Labyrinth Mandala Art

Sunday, October 6, 2019
10 am to 1 pm

Awaken your creativity and reflect on your life’s path. Dating back 5,000 years and found all over the world, labyrinths offer one a place to walk, meditate, and reflect. Labyrinths have a spiral like path within a circle that leads to the center where one pauses and then returns following the same path as they entered. Unlike mazes, there are no dead-ends within a labyrinth making them a safe and enjoyable place to relax and rejuvenate one’s spirit.

In this workshop, you’ll learn how to draw a labyrinth in the medieval style inspired by the labyrinth found at the Cathedral of Chartres, France. Once drawn, we’ll “walk” along the path by adding color, patterns and journal writing. This lovely activity will give you time to reflect on where you’re at on your life’s journey.

No art experience needed. All tools and supplies provided.

GET THE FINER DETAILS & REGISTER NOW

Wainwright House in Rye, NY is a beautiful and peaceful setting for your next creative retreat and soulful getaway.
Wainwright House in Rye, NY is a beautiful and peaceful setting
for your next creative retreat and soulful getaway.

About The Wainwright House

Nestled among exquisite gardens, trees and lawns lies a perfect jewel, the Wainwright House. Inspired by the 17th century chateau de Raincheval in France, the Wainwright House is an incredibly beautiful stone mansion overlooking Milton Harbor on Long Island Sound, complete with lovely sunsets.

Wainwright House is the oldest non-profit, non-sectarian holistic learning center in the United States that plays host to a variety of social and corporate events along with wellness and movement classes. The facilities include three buildings with meeting rooms, dining rooms, a meditation room, library, and solarium; as well as a Yoga Center with lodging for programs and retreats.

GET THE FINER DETAILS & REGISTER NOW

Testimonials

“The insights gained through self reflection during mandala creation have been so valuable to my mental and emotional health.”​

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!”

“Kathryn is a wonderful instructor.  Her peaceful demeanor and meditative voice puts people right at ease.  She’s well prepared with with all materials and even puts together an informative handout for students to take home.  She explains things clearly, is always encouraging for those who struggle, and she shares a few beautiful and relevant stories during the workshop. She’s welcome back to my studio anytime!”

“The teacher “makes” the class. Kathryn is a warm, engaging, kind, very knowledgable and generous teacher. She embodies the virtues and wisdom teachings of this practice creating a safe, fun, and accessible expressive arts experience that is deeply nourishing.”

About the Instructor

Kathryn Costa loves to open the door to creative joy for those who love beauty and yearn to awaken their inner artist. Kathryn has taught thousands of people all over the world how to draw mandalas in her YouTube videos, online classes, workshops, and book, “The Mandala Guidebook: How to Draw, Paint, and Color Expressive Mandala Art.” Kathryn has taught mandala programs at The Omega Institute, Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health, and One Spirit Learning Alliance.

Flourish Online Retreat

It’s your time to flourish!

In this online retreat experience, you’ll take a “time out” to “tune in” and observe what you need to flourish in your life.

Get these two beautiful and magical envelopes in the mail when you take the Flourish Online Retreat with Kathryn Costa.

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.

Get these two beautiful and magical envelopes in the mail when you take the Flourish Online Retreat with Kathryn Costa.

Whether you are looking to transform your personal or professional life, this retreat offers you access to your soul’s wisdom through soul journey guided meditations, an oracle card reading, a visit with an animal ally and journal prompts.

Flourishing means knowing how to:

  • transform fear, anxiety and overwhelm into inspired action
  • recognize your sweet spots and play on your strengths
  • live and work with intention
  • joyfully stay the course

Whatever your dream is, it’s your time to flourish.

Kathryn Costa invites you to join her for the Flourish Retreat.

Message from your retreat guide, Kathryn Costa

I’m feeling so on fire and alive about this FLOURISH retreat. I asked Spirit what to create next and the idea for this retreat flashed into my creative brain. In the days that followed, signs and moments of synchronicity showed up in the form of videos, bits of conversations, quotes, memes and messages from my intuitive collage art process. I feel Spirit guiding me in creating this experience for you to flourish in ways your heart deeply desires.

Participants of my online retreats and in person workshops comment again and again how the Soul Journey guided meditations and oracle card readings provide them with meaningful insights and affirming the next steps to take on their soulful and creative journeys.

It truly feels magical when I gather with others in these online retreats. It would be an honor to share this Flourish Retreat experience with you.

~ Kathryn Costa, Instigator of Creativity and Soulful Living

The Finer Details

Flourish Online Retreat
with Kathryn Costa

After registering, choose one of these sessions:

Session 1: Friday, August 16, 2019
10 am to 1 pm, EST

Session 2: Friday, August 16, 2019
6 pm to 9 pm, EST

Session 3: Saturday, August 17, 2019
10 am to 1 pm, EST

Check your time zone (EST, Boston)

Can’t attend the live sessions? Recordings with lifetime access will be made available. At your convenience, you can create your own personal retreat using the resources from this workshop.

About the Online Retreat Experience

  • Part 1: Presentation of the theme, Soul Journey Guided Meditation, Oracle Card Reading
  • Part 2: Studio Time – 1 hour of free time to reflect on the theme, meditation, and oracle card. Some people use this time to work creatively in a journal or create a mandala, SoulCollage® card, painting or other inspired artwork.
  • Part 3: Show & Tell – The magic continues as we connect with other participants to hear about their experience and see what they created during the Studio Time.

What You’ll Need

  • Computer or mobile device with audio and video enabled. This is required to participate in the Zoom web conferencing live session.
  • Reliable internet access.
  • Journal or notebook and pen.
  • For art journaling – scissors, glue stick, collage supplies like assorted magazines/catalogues and other items with pictures and words
  • For art making – Have on hand your favorite art supplies to use for the creative project you’d like to work on during the Studio Time.

Pricing & Registration

$45 reg.
$35 early bird (Register on or before my birthday, July 29, 2019 to get the early bird special. Use code earlybird)

Same low price for US and international orders.

REGISTER NOW

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.

Watch this video to see why Kathryn Costa has an orange crush.
Check out my board on Pinterest featuring orange colored mandalas.
Check out this board on Pinterest featuring orange colored mandalas.
These beautiful envelopes are mailed to out participants in the Sacral Chakra Workshop.

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 mean that every moment has to feel hard. Want to tap into your creative joy?

Join Kathryn Costa for one of these upcoming Sacral Chakra Online Workshops.

Friday, July 26, 2019
10:00 am to 1:00 pm, EST

Friday, July 26, 2019
6:00 to 9:00 pm, EST

Saturday, July 27, 2019
10:00 am to 1:00 pm, EST

Get the Details and Sign Up Here

Already enrolled? Log-in to the classroom to save your spot on Zoom

Take the Challenge!

  1. Create orange colored mandalas. No limit.
  2. Scan or photograph your art.
  3. Post to the Mandala Sharing Circle
    Member Log-in
    Not a member? Join for Free.
  4. Deadline to Enter: July 31, 2019

Just Getting Started Creating Mandalas?

About the Prize

One person will be selected by Kathryn Costa to win a $35 gift certificate good toward one of these online classes.

Chakra Art Workshops at The Artisans Exchange

Enjoy a relaxing and fun evening in the Sacral Chakra Art Workshop at The Artisans Exchange in Chelmsford, MA. In this workshop, you’ll learn about the sacral chakra as you make art that awakens your creative energy. We’ll explore common creativity blocks and ways to get unstuck to bring more play, whimsy and delight into your life. Beginners welcome!

Examples of the Sacral Chakra Art you can create at The Artisans Exchange in Chelmsford, MA.
Examples of the Sacral Chakra Art you can create at The Artisans Exchange in Chelmsford, MA.
Chakras are energy centers in the body where energy is stored, regulated, and distributed. There are seven main chakras that run along the spine and each chakra has a specific tone and quality that impacts our mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual well-being.

About Chakras

Chakras are energy centers in the body where energy is stored, regulated, and distributed. There are seven main chakras that run along the spine and each chakra has a specific tone and quality that impacts our mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual well-being.

About the Sacral Chakra Workshop

You’ll learn about the sacral chakra and awaken your creative joy while making mandala art.

In this workshop experience you’ll:

Let go of the stress, to do lists, and busy schedule in a relaxing meditation. 

Discover at a glance how your sacral chakra is affecting your body, mind, and spirit.

Quickly and easily draw the sacral chakra mandala using a stencil
designed by Kathryn Costa for StencilGirl Products.

Add color, patterns, and uplifting words to create your sacral chakra art. 

About the Instructor

Kathryn Costa loves to open the door to creative joy especially for those who don’t believe they are creative or think they can draw. Known as an instigator of creativity, she has taught thousands how to draw mandalas in her popular YouTube videos, workshops, and book. She is the designer of the Chakra Stencils by StencilGirl Products and the author of, “The Mandala Guidebook: How to Draw, Paint, and Color Expressive Mandala Art.”

The Finer Details

Thursday, August 15, 2019
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

The Artisans Exchange
24 Central Square, Chelmsford, MA

$40 includes all supplies

Register by phone: (978) 643-3033
Register by email: artisans.exchange@gmail.com

Enjoy a relaxing and fun evening in the Sacral Chakra Art Workshop at The Artisans Exchange in Chelmsford, MA. In this workshop, you’ll learn about the sacral chakra as you make art that awakens your creative energy. We’ll explore common creativity blocks and ways to get unstuck to bring more play, whimsy and delight into your life. Beginners welcome!

Despacho Ceremony with Don Sebastian

Looking back on one’s life we can see moments that stand out as turning points – a marriage, a milestone birthday, a trip, an unexpected diagnosis, the loss of a loved one – each event shifting our perspective of life as we know it.

Each turning point is like a polished pearl added to the string of our life’s journey. Yesterday, I added another pearl to my string when I attended a despacho ceremony hosted by Ray Crist and Nina Henrikson of the Jaguar Path and led by the legendary Don Sebastian Pauccar Flores, a Paco shaman from Peru.

My experience with the ceremony began long before I had arrived. I spent my morning taking care of some chores, folding laundry, washing dishes, and straightening up my studio. After my meditation, I emptied my mind onto a notebook with a to do list for the next week. These activities helped me to clear my home and my mind so I could arrive free from any distractions.

“Peace” from Denise Linn’s
Soul Coaching Oracle Cards.

As I shuffled a deck of oracle cards, I asked, “What do I need to know for today’s experience?” I pulled the “peace” card which reflected how I was already feeling and it aligned with my intention to be open to any healing or insights that may be offered in this ceremony.

Nina and Ray look on as Don Sebastian explains the significance of the despacho.

In the ceremony, the shaman built a despacho, a type of prayer bundle made of a variety of ingredients including corn, grains, beans, herbs, sugar, and sweets then covered by a layer of cotton to form a bed to carry our intentions. Each participant collected three leaves while meditating on a challenge or limiting belief that we wished to release and on one dream or goal we wished to manifest. The women in our group were given red flower petals representing Pachamama, Mother Earth, and the men, white flowers for the spirits of the mountains.

In turn, we each brought up to the shaman our leaves and flowers infused with our prayerful intentions. After blessing us and our offering, each bundle was carefully placed on the cotton bed arranged in rows with the feminine energy on one side and the masculine on the other. Additional ingredients of nuts, flowers, corn, sweets, and colorful sprinkles topped the prayers then wrapped like a package and tucked inside a beautifully woven cloth called a mesa.

We each took turns to step before the shaman who chanted, rang his bell, and tapped the mesa on the top of our heads, hearts, and solar plexus awakening the energy in these areas to initiate healing.

The next part of the ceremony gave us the opportunity to go before the fire to place a stick representing what we wish to release. We then energized our personal mesas that hold our blessings and healing energy. The shaman then placed the despacho into the fire that quickly consumed and transformed our prayerful intentions.

What made this powerful ceremony a turning point moment for me was learning how the shamans offer up their struggle not with hard feelings but with deep gratitude. As an optimist by nature, I see my life’s challenges as offering insights. I often gain some new wisdom, relationship, or skill as a result. But even knowing that the hard lessons in life have much to offer, I’ve often felt so weighed down and resentful by them asking “Why me?”

In recent weeks, I had felt particularly heavy with a challenge that I’d been carrying all my life. More than one astrologer has looked at my natal chart and recognized this struggle and said, “wow, you’ve had a really hard life.”

The timing of this despacho ceremony is perfectly aligned as I’m currently in my Chiron Return, a period of time when one awakens to their core wound and if aware is empowered to heal it. The Chiron Return is our soul’s need to completely wipe away all those toxicities that have been holding us back on our life path.

When it was time to declare the challenge I wished to release in this despacho ceremony, there was something different within me. This time, I didn’t feel the heaviness of this old wound, I felt much lighter and at peace. The invitation from the shaman to offer this challenge with deep gratitude, oddly came easily for me.

Pictured here is a recent mandala that I created to acknowledge this struggle. At the center is the sun representing my fire nature surrounded by a ring of snow capped mountains with a black backdrop for the challenges, and an outer ring of clouds to add a lightness and ease that I desire. Looking at this mandala today, I see how it captures the story of the struggle with orderliness and beauty.

I kept today’s schedule free and clear so I could sleep if I needed and savor time to integrate what I had learned from the ceremony.

During my morning meditation, I had my mesa with me. In recent months, I’ve been thinking a lot about my rightful work, my soul purpose. Building a business and working for myself, has taken a lot of work, determination, and courage. In recent weeks, I’ve questioned not my why but my how. Is working for myself right for me? Am I cut out to wear so many hats to make a living? Am I making it harder for myself to do my soul’s work? Is there a way that I can serve more people?

With these thoughts once again showing up and my hand on my mesa, I looked over at the wall across from where I was sitting where I saw my mandala underneath a collage that I had created last fall. Looking at it today after yesterday’s shamanic ceremonial experience and with fresh eyes, I see how my art reflects my shamanic journey.

Would you like a closer look at that collage? Keep scrolling.

At the bottom of the collage, the snow leopard, an animal ally, watches faithfully for any danger and offers me protection. The path made up of spirals and the adjacent black field with white dots represent the many possibilities for me to consider as I turn towards my journey.

The woman represents me looking up at the tree roots considering how I’ll find my way up. Inside the dark openings are behaviors that hold us back and lead us off our path. Pictured here we see cleverness, our armor, and niceness. Does that last one surprise you? Niceness has a shadow side. There was a time when I had the disease to please and in the face of being “nice” I gave my power away. I would accommodate everyone else and never honor what I wanted or needed.

Here we see three more shadow elements, ego, willfulness, and judgement.

As we move up the collage and tree, we come to “intellectualizing.” This is the tendency to rely exclusively on thinking to navigate one’s life path and to “get to the top.” Intellectualizing will only get you so far.

What we find at the top is a pink cloud and a little message that speaks to what happens when we reach this peak, we expand our view and can see how our potential is limitless.

As I look at this collage and the mandala that I shared earlier in this post, I see how my unique shamanic path involves creating art to not only express my thoughts, feelings, and truths but more profoundly as a means to have sacred conversations. When I create collages and mandalas, it’s more than creating a pleasing picture, it’s about the process of co-creating with my wise inner self and the Great Spirit for insight and healing.

As I was telling my husband about the ceremony, it became quite clear that my work is about bringing the spiritual to the arts community and the arts to the spiritual community. I’m a bridge. I’m also a guide for showing others how they can create art as an oracle. For each of us is the weaver of our dreams, the makers of magic, and the wounded healer.

so it is.

Related Links

Jaguar Path

Chiron Return

Creating Mandalas for Art & Inspiration at Omega

In the video above, Kathryn Costa explains how creating mandalas is so much more than creating pretty pictures. When we step before the circle we get centered, immerse in color, patterns, and beauty. We slow down and listen to our intuition and inner wise self.

This creating and connecting leads to deep insights and answers. We often don’t have time to ask let alone answer in our busy daily lives.

Meeting yourself where you’re at, this is the gift you give yourself when you step before the circle.

Join mandala artist and teacher Kathryn Costa at Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY June 30 to July 5, 2019 for a week-long mandala art program where each day you’ll create and connect.

Mandala Program At-A-Glance

Soul Journey Meditations. We begin each day with a guided meditation. It’s a great way to “arrive” to the day, releasing any stress, awakening creative flow, and listening to your inner wise self. When asked what participants love about my workshops they consistently remark how much they look forward to the meditations. Insights often emerge from the meditation and are carried through in the artwork.

Mandala Art Projects. You’ll explore a wide range of techniques for creating mandalas including sacred geometry, chakras, labyrinths, and expressive arts. Participants with no drawing experience are amazed at what they create as they are guided with clear step-by-step instructions. While everyone starts with the same project, the final results are exciting as each mandala is different and beautiful reflecting the uniqueness of the person who created it.

Slip into the Creative Zone. Plenty of time is built into the day for savoring the experience of creating your mandala art.

Mandala Program at Omega Institute in 2018.

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Omega Institute

The Omega Institute is located in Rhinebeck, NY. The campus features beautiful gardens, walking paths, meditation sanctuary, lake, Ram Dass library, cafe, and store.

Your stay is all inclusive with three healthy meals each day.

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