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Welcome to the Circle

Welcome to 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 to the 100 Mandalas Challenge?

You may want to start with these links:

Current Workshops & Programs

  • Drawing I – Ten video lessons to get you started drawing mandalas.
  • Color I – 12 Product Demos, Coloring Techniques, and 5 lessons for creating coloring harmony
Mandala Stories in Great Round Course

The Great Round Series


Did you know that the mandalas that you create have a story to tell?

We can learn a lot from our mandalas from the colors, shapes, and symbols that we use and even how these elements are all arranged within the circle.

Finding meaning in the art that we create isn’t a new idea. Swiss psychiatrist Carl G. Jung kept a daily journal. During a time of crisis, circular drawings with vivid colors and pictures appeared on the journal pages. Jung began to notice patterns in these drawings that reflected on his thoughts and feelings at the time he drew them. Sometimes parts of his dreams emerged in the drawings, it may be an issue currently going on, or at other times it was an old story from an earlier time in his life that needed his attention. Jung went on to use this practice of drawing a circle and filling it with color and form with his analysands.

Sometimes we don’t easily have the words to express what we are feeling or experiencing, but working intuitively, it can emerge in our art.

Since the circle drawings reminded him of the sacred art of Asia, Jung called this art mandalas.

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 and Celebrations 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, divorce, empty nest

Embracing Something New: new projects, careers, relationships


You’re invited to take your mandala practice to the next level this year.

If you are curious about the meaning in your mandalas, you’ll find the Great Round Series fascinating. Be prepared for many “a-ha” moments as you make connections and glean meaningful insights with each mandala project.

The Great Round Course isn’t about making pretty pictures – it’s about deepening an understanding of ourselves and empowering us to live our best lives.

Here’s what participants experienced going through the Great Round Series:

  • Sally learned how to tap into her INTUITION.
  • Catz experienced the feeling of FREEDOM after planning and taking her dream trip traveling solo by train to the Californian wine country.
  • Jayne identified that her dream job is to teach art classes and felt BRAVE and more CONFIDENT after hosting her first classes.
  • Sandra found creating the mandalas RELAXING and it gave her something POSITIVE to focus on.
  • Carol experienced HEALING as each mandala helped her to express her feelings about the challenges and drama happening in her life.
  • LouAnn OPENED UP to change, new ideas, and accepting her weaknesses without judgment.

Great Round Online Course

What’s Included

Course lessons run February 1, 2019 to July 31, 2019.
This is the ONLY time this course will be offered in 2019.

New for 2019! Lifetime Access to the Course

Instructor Led Course – Facilitated by Kathryn Costa who provides comprehensive comments and insights shared on the mandala art that you post. Note sharing is in a private website and not on Facebook.

15 Video Lessons – Twelve videos, one for each Stage plus supplemental videos on “How to Interpret Your Mandala” and “Introduction & Overview of the Great Round.” Log in when it is convenient for you to watch the video lessons, download resources, and to post your mandala art.

New for 2019! 1:1 Coaching Session – For added support, each participant gets a private 40 minute coaching session with Kathryn Costa. All coaching sessions are done over the phone or using Zoom audio only. You can schedule your session any time between February 10th to July 31st. This session can be used to help you get started creating mandalas if you are feeling blocked or to explore the meaning of your mandalas. More details on how to schedule your coaching session will be posted in the classroom on the first day.


Handouts, References, Supplements – Beautifully designed helpful resources.

Over 100 Project Ideas to Choose From! – Throughout this course there are a wide variety of mandala projects to explore each topic.

Pricing and Enrollment

Course lessons run February 1, 2019 to July 31, 2019.
This is the ONLY time this course will be offered in 2019.

You get all of this: 14 video lessons, 100+ projects, Instructor led, 1:1 private coaching session, lifetime access to classroom lessons.

Single Payment of $250. Enroll Now.

Payment Plan Option – $99 month for 3 months. Enroll with Payment Plan.

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Lesson Overview

Lesson 1 – Introduction to the Great Round

To prepare you for this really big journey, two introductory videos offer an overview of the whole series and an introduction to how to interpret your mandalas.

Sample Mandalas Great Round

Lesson 2 –  Resting in the Darkness
I think of this stage as the winter moments of our lives where on the surface it looks gray and bleak while under the surface are dormant seeds of potential waiting for the right time to emerge. You’ll find yourself in this stage when your body is sick and demands rest. As creatives we have all experienced periods of high productivity and times when we are creatively low. Stage One are those creative low moments when you may panic and think that you’ll never have another creative idea or the energy to do anything again. For some in Stage One, they may experience depression, anxiety, winter or seasonal depression.

Great Round Mandala Sampler

Lesson 3 – Floating into the Light or Bliss
This is a hopeful as we dreamily consider the possibilities in our current situation. Stage Two is much like the liminal state when first waking up or falling asleep.

Mandala Art Stage Three Great Round

Lesson 4 – Turning Towards the Journey
This stage is about sensing a change in your life but not necessarily knowing what it will it be. For example, you may know that it’s time to change jobs, or you’re feeling ready to start dating. Maybe you’re anticipating retirement or expecting a baby. In each of these examples we have a general sense of the change that is happening, but as of yet we are only at the point of saying “yes!” and not quite sure what the next steps will be.

Lesson 5 – Embracing the New
This lesson is about self care and nurturing our dreams. The essential question here is what support do you need right now for you and your dream?

Lesson 6 – Claiming Selfhood or Target
If you are working towards a goal the essential question here may be “Are you on target?” Another experience of this stage is when you are feeling like a target. Here we explore where we are at and the ground we take a stand on.

Lesson 7 – Igniting the Inner Fire
Here we explore internal or external conflicts that can be referred to as “Igniting the Inner Fire” or “the Dragon Fight.” We find ourselves in this stage any time anger or frustration is triggered. It’s also where our inner critics surface and challenge us.

Lesson 8 – Squaring the Circle
After the tensions in the previous lesson are resolved we arrive at a place where we know where we stand. From this position we ask, “What direction shall I go?” or “What’s next?”

Lesson 9 – Functioning in the World
This lesson explores those times when we are actively working on our careers, engaged in family rearing, caregiving, or focused on a project. We have high energy in this stage and feel focused on “doing.”

Lesson 10 – Reaping the Rewards
At this stage we see our hard work either in a project, career, in rearing a family, all come together. This is a time where we pause and look at our accomplishments. It’s time to celebrate!

Lesson 11 – Letting Go
You know that feeling of let down after hosting a big party or completing a really big goal? That let down feeling is what we experience in Stage Ten called, “Letting Go.” We also visit this stage any time that we experience loss whether it is from illness, grieving the loss of a loved one, or downsizing one’s home. It may be a transition to a different stage in life like retirement where our identity, how we have seen ourselves, is changing. One may experience moments of fear that comes with the changes in this Stage as well as feelings of an exhilarating call to adventure.

Lesson 12 – Falling Apart
Mandalas serve as a safe container for the powerful emotions that accompany Stage Eleven, “Falling Apart.” This stage can be triggered by a bout of poor health, catastrophe, or pushing toward fulfilling your potential. Susanne Fincher describes this stage: “You may feel lost, abandoned, angry, wild, sad, unsure, and out of control.” You have little energy for day-to-day tasks.” Mandalas in this stage may look fractured, chaotic, disjointed, but also fresh, lively, and even playful. Mandalas in this stage invite you to tear up materials, abandon order, and shatter glass.

Lesson 13 – Opening to Grace
Stage Twelve, “Opening to Grace” refers to those moments in life when you feel like a new person and an old soul. Looking back on your life or the process of completing a project and all of the stages you’ve gone through to get here, you make connections and see how all of the ups and downs come together. You see patterns of meaning to emerge where once you felt pain, confusion or anger. It is a stage where we can experience joy, relief, love, and forgiveness.

Lesson 14 – Closing the Circle
In this final lesson, we step back and look at all of the mandalas that we’ve created. We explore different stages and how they relate to one another. This is a time of great celebration!

Pricing and Enrollment

Course lessons run February 1, 2019 to July 31, 2019.
This is the ONLY time this course will be offered in 2019.

You get all of this: 14 video lessons, 100+ projects, Instructor led, 1:1 private coaching session, lifetime access to classroom lessons.

Single Payment of $250. Enroll Now.

Payment Plan Option – $99 month for 3 months. Enroll with Payment Plan.

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Meet Your Host

Kathryn Costa

Every time I work through the Great Round I learn something new about myself. I gain clarity and confidence.

I love creating mandalas, but what I love even more is the process of creating them for insight and personal meaning and sharing this amazing experience with others. 2019 will be my fourth year facilitating this course and each year it gets better and better. This year, I’m adding a new 1:1 coaching session to support you in diving deeper into your creative process and to uncover the meaning of your mandalas. It’s a great way to connect, deepen our understanding of the lessons, and stay the course to finish this amazing series.

If you have any questions about this course, please don’t hesitate to reach out and contact me at


About My Training

I’ve had the pleasure and honor to be mentored by Susanne Fincher, a leading authority in using mandalas for healing, insight, and self expression. She is the author of many books including “The Mandala Workbook” that we use as a guide for studying the Great Round and “Creating Mandalas” an indispensable resource for understanding the meanings in our mandalas.

I completed Susanne Fincher’s Mandala Certificate Program in June 2016. This program included two weeks of intensive in-person study of the Great Round. Unlike other trainings and certifications where you only have to pay a fee to be “certified.” This training involved extensive study, two weeks of lectures, projects, and interactions with our mentors and other participants, a written test, and final presentation. I have to tell you it was exciting to listen to Susanne’s lectures, ask her questions, and create mandala projects along side others dedicated to this fascinating study.

Training as a Creativity Coach & Soul Coach

In 2018, I completed Jill Badonsky’s Kaizen-Muse Creativity Coaching Program. I loved this program as it shed a light on my highly creative life and gave me insights on common blocks and tools to help others who want to get into that lovely feeling of creative flow. I also completed in 2018, Denise Linn’s Soul Coaching Facilitator Program where I learned how to deliver Soul Journeys and oracle card readings along with other practices that are rooted in the four elements: air, water, fire, and earth. I’m feeling so excited to bring this new training and experience to the Great Round Course.

Let’s explore our mandala stories together in 2019.

~ Kathryn Costa, Course Instructor & Creativity/Soul Coach
Author of “The Mandala Guidebook” and Host of the 100 Mandalas Challenge

Pricing and Enrollment

Course lessons run February 1, 2019 to July 31, 2019.
This is the ONLY time this course will be offered in 2019.

You get all of this: 14 video lessons, 100+ projects, Instructor led, 1:1 private coaching session, lifetime access to classroom lessons.

Single Payment of $250. Enroll Now.

Payment Plan Option – $99 month for 3 months. Enroll with Payment Plan.

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Solstice Celebration

Solstice & Year End Celebration

Let’s gather as a community to honor and celebrate 2018.

Friday, December 21, 2018
6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.,EST
Online Interactive Event
Recording available if you can’t attend live.

On the evening of the solstice, I’ll be hosting an online celebration that includes:

  • Soul Journey
    Relax and be guided in this meditation. You’ll tune in and listen to your intuition while your creativity is gently awakened.

  • Oracle Card Reading
    I’ll pull a card for us all to use or you may bring your favorite deck and pull your own card.

  • Year End Blessings Mandala Activity
    Download the Activity Guide.
    Print the Seed of Life mandala on page four or draw one and bring it.
    Wait until we meet up to add color, words, and symbols to your mandala.
  • The Soul Journey and Oracle Card reading may bring insights to your mandala experience.

  • Studio Time
    You’ll get time to work on your mandala. Have on hand your favorite coloring supplies.

  • Show & Tell
    Each person will have an opportunity to show us their mandala


  • Everyone who registers will be entered to win prizes. Attending the live session is not required. Winners will be announced in the webinar and emailed.
  • (3) winners will receive a set of four magnets featuring my favorite mandalas from my book, “The Mandala Guidebook” and one mandala that I was creating when I received “the” email that the Acquisitions Editor loved my book proposal.
  • (1) winner will receive a Soul Garden Mandala Notebook.
  • (1) winner will receive a prize bundle including a mandala bag and copy of Cloth, Paper Scissors donated by our mandala sister Sandra Boreen, a set of colorful Sharpie markers donated by our mandala brother Steve Kozak (mug not included), and a set of mandala magnets from Kathryn Costa, your host.

Invite Your Friends!

Share your love for creating and connecting with your family and friends. Invite them to join us. You may even host a Solstice gathering where you print up the Seed of Life template and tune in as a group.  Let me know if you plan on doing this so we can work out the details. Share this link with your friends to join:

Click Here to Register!

No charge for this event. It’s my year end gift for you.
Thank you for sharing this creative and soulful journey!

{soul hugs}
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 add their words of appreciation. Together you can create a group gratitude mandala.

Pull out your favorite coloring supplies and think about each person as you fill in the shapes with color.

Here is my 2018 Gratitude Mandala. 

May your heart be filled with joy as you color your Seed of Life Gratitude Mandala.

~ Kathryn

Related Links:

Download the Seed of Life Gratitude Mandala Activity

Mandala Guidebook: How to Draw, Paint, and Color Expressive Mandala Art

Mandala Drawing I Online Class

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.

A single word is powerful.

They can set us back, slow us down, and even stop us dead in our tracks.
Or, they can inspire us to forge ahead, make healthy choices, and
focus on the positive.


As you consider the year ahead, what needs your attention right now?

What word will you select to inspire and guide you?

Let’s discover this together.


The Inspired Vision Retreat:
a nourishing and playful approach
to finding clarity

Course Begins: Friday, January 11, 2019
Webinar Session 1 – Friday, January 18, 2019, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., EST.
Webinar Session 2 – Saturday, January 19, 2019, 10 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., EST

“A retreat is a time to step back and take a new look at our lives. It is not so much a time to learn new things as to remember and feel again some of the things we have forgotten. It is a time to be lovingly attentive to the needs of the soul.”

~ Macrina Wiederkehr, “The Song of the Seed”

Enroll Now $57

Buy this as a Gift.

In this unique online class you’ll:

  • Receive a beautiful commemorative envelope in the mail. Tucked inside you’ll find an oracle card, an animal messenger, and some little surprises that we’ll use during the webinar.
  • Connect with your intuition and get guidance from your soul.
  • Discover your word-for-the-year that resonates with your deepest desire for 2019.
  • Explore different facets of your word-for-the-year, if you’ve already selected a word before the course begins.
  • Find clarity and focus. You can use these activities again and again any time you’re feeling blocked on a project or seeking direction in life.
  • Begin 2019 feeling focused and inspired.

Enroll Now $57

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5 Lessons to Discover Your Word & Vision for 2019

Each lesson begins with a video introduction and includes gorgeous worksheets and fun downloads.

While there are many “find your word-for-the-year” resources or vision board classes on the web, these tend to approach the process using the mind with an exhaustive list of questions where you think your way to goal setting. This course, offers you a selection of playful activities that incorporate inspiring words, thoughtful prompts, and gorgeous visuals where the approach taps into your body, mind, emotions, and spirit for guidance. The variety of projects in this course gives you options that you can pick and choose from to discover your word and vision for the year.

Lesson 1: Retreat Moments
You’ll receive a retreat planner that you’ll use to design your own nourishing personal retreats.

Lesson 2: Word Audition
It’s hard to pick just one word and you don’t have to, just yet. This fun activity gets you collecting words and considering what you truly desire. If you arrive with a word already selected, great! This activity will guide you in looking at different facets of your word and “companion words” that will support your vision. Let the audition begin!

Lesson 3: Scavenger Hunt
Do you notice signs and patterns in your life? This activity opens you up to recognizing the signs around you and awakens you to those magical moments of synchronicity.

Lesson 4: Your Body’s Wisdom
Are you listening to your body’s messages? Let’s get out of our heads and into our bodies. This activity will help you to recognize where to place your focus for 2019.

Lesson 5: Dream Wheel Collages
Think vision board only in a circle. The circular shape transforms the vision board collage into a work of art with a sense of balance and centeredness. Kathryn shares her process for creating beautiful collages. In the featured video, watch Kathryn piece together her collage and learn how the elements of design bring random images together to build a beautiful vision that’s also a work of art you’ll love to hang up in your home or office.

Enroll Now $57

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Webinar Retreat
Time to Uncover Your Word & Vision for 2019

After you register, you can select one of two webinar sessions.

Session 1: Friday, January 18, 2019
6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., EST

Session 2: Saturday, January 19, 2019
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., EST

Can’t attend one of these sessions? Not to worry. Recordings will be made available.

Webinar Includes:

  • Soul Journey Guided Meditation
  • Oracle Card Reading
  • Animal Ally
  • Time to work on one or more of the activities
  • Show & Tell
  • Tips for staying connected to your vision throughout the year.

Enroll Now $57

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Be a Part of the 2019 Community Mandala Project

Inspired Vision Retreat participants get an exclusive invitation to participant in the annual 100 Mandalas Community Mandala.  Each participant is given a piece of a mandala to color, doodle, and record their word-for-the-year. Participants scan and return their piece that is worked into the final design. The final mandala is a powerful symbol of love and inspiration. Participants feel like they are part of a global community when they see their piece alongside the pieces from other mandala enthusiasts around the world. Pictured above are the group mandalas from previous years.

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You are an Inspired Seeker if…

  • You don’t like New Year’s resolutions and you want to find a playful alternative to starting your year inspired.
  • You love words and find inspiration in them.
  • You want a plan for creating nourishing personal retreats that you can take when life gets stressful.

What You’ll Need

  1. Computer or mobile device with internet access.
  2. Computer or mobile device with a video camera and mic. Most computers and mobile devices have these features. (Required to participate in the interactive webinar.)
  3. Printer to print the worksheets and fun downloads.
  4. Notebook or journal and pen.
  5. Magazines, large poster board or piece of cardboard or paper (18″ or greater), scissors, glue stick.
  6. Your favorite coloring supplies: colored pencils, markers, gel pens…
  7. An open mind and curiosity.

Other Details

  • Unlimited access to the course materials for the year. Don’t worry if you haven’t completed the activities within the timeframe of the course or if you sign up after the webinars. You’ll have access to all of the videos, worksheets, and downloads after the course is over.
  • The online classroom is easy to navigate and check off the lessons as you complete them.

Enroll Now $57

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Message from the Course Creator

Kathryn Costa

Hi I’m Kathryn Costa,

I look forward to returning to these activities each year as I define “what’s next” in my life. From year to year, I can see how they have guided me in pursuing my dreams and living a creative and soulful life.

I’m so delighted to bring something new, fun, and empowering to this year’s annual Inspired Vision Retreat. Throughout 2018, I offered a monthly “vision journal” workshop. Participants loved receiving the beautiful envelopes with the surprises tucked inside them. They also found the Soul Journey guided meditations , oracle card readings, and animal guides to be powerful and insightful. In addition to the five activities that I’ve offered in the past, this year’s Inspired Vision Retreat includes the commemorative envelope, Soul Journey, oracle card, and animal guide.

The “Word Audition,” “Scavenger Hunt,” and “Dream Wheel” activities have been part of my new years activities. They really help me to tap into my intuition and develop a vision for the upcoming year. It’s also fun to look back over the years to see the intentions that I set and what happened.

In 2015, my word COMMIT urged me to stay the course with my book idea. It was a challenging year working full time, nurturing my online community, and doing what it takes to pull off a book within a few months of writing a book proposal. Commit I did and today, I’m the proud author of “The Mandala Guidebook.”

Jumping ahead to 2017, my word BELIEVE was a beacon and source of inspiration when mustering up the courage to leave the day job to COMMIT (my words carry over from year to year) to my dream full time. Here I am a year later working for myself. There’s no looking back!

2018 was the year of FLOW. I explored so many aspects of this word from tapping into my creative flow to trusting the ebb and flow of life and how I’m divinely supported. It was a year that I explored the flow of energy and worked with the chakras to begin a new healing journey of the body, mind, emotions, and spirit. And, one consistent outcome is how I’ve been overFLOWing with joy throughout the year.

What word will be your beacon for 2019? Let’s discover it together.

~ Kathryn Costa

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Throat Chakra Workshop

Chakra Workshops

Seven Chakra Diagram

For many years I’ve been curious to learn about chakras and how they can heal the body, mind, emotions, and spirit. As a mandala artist, I’ve also been attracted to the mysterious colorful and symbolic rich chakra art. Last spring, I decided to focus on my health and set the intention for this next decade to be healthy, vibrant, and joyful.

For any wellness journey to be effective, it begins with awareness and truth telling. In studying the chakras, I’ve become so self aware and inspired to try new ways to heal and balance my life. My approach includes consulting with a naturopathic doctor alongside exploring various modalities including clean eating, Ayurveda, Kundalini Yoga, and chakra healing. What’s exciting is that this chakra journey is leading me down a path introducing me to a variety of healing techniques that include using color, sound, gemstones, essential oils, and so much more.

What are chakras?

Just as we have a skeletal, circulatory, and digestive systems, we also have a subtle energetic system that runs throughout our bodies. There are seven main chakras located along the spine where energy is stored, regulated, and distributed. Each chakra has a specific tone and feeling that relates to targeted areas of the body and has a distinct effect on our mental, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing.

In the illustration above, we see the seven chakras starting from the bottom:

  1. Root “Muladhara” Chakra
  2. Sacral “Svadisthana” Chakra
  3. Solar Plexus “Manipura” Chakra
  4. Heart “Anahata” Chakra
  5. Throat “Vishuddha” Chakra
  6. Third Eye “Ajna” Chakra
  7. Crown “Sahasrara” Chakra

Chakra Workshops

Each month starting in August 2018, I offer an online workshop focusing on one of the chakras. It’s a unique experience that combines my love for learning (intellect), Soul Journeys (spirit), creativity and art making (play), and journal prompts (truth telling).

I love getting fun mail. Don’t you?

When you sign up for one of the workshops, you’ll get a gorgeous envelope in the mail and tucked inside are various things we’ll use in the workshop. Here is a peek at some of what you get in the Root Chakra Workshop envelope. Additional surprises are tucked inside each envelope.


“Getting the envelope in the mail is better than Christmas and my birthday!”
~ Kristen L, New Mexico


Each workshop includes an invitation to participate in a Zoom webinar that includes:

  • Presentation about the featured chakra highlighting several ways to connect with and heal the chakra
  • Soul Journey guided meditation
  • Oracle card reading
  • Time to play in your journal or create chakra inspired art
  • Show & Tell where each participant talks about their experience and shows us what they created.

Plus supplemental handouts to download.

“The chakra workshops are fun, open, non threatening place to learn lessons that you’ll find fundamentally useful in different situations in life.” ~ Sally M., South Australia

Chakra Art & Journal Activities

Each workshop includes project ideas and journal prompts to creatively explore the topic and themes of the featured chakra. Bring a journal and your favorite art supplies. Participants have created chakra inspired art including mandalas, earrings, collage, and SoulCollage cards.

“There is so much offered in each workshop that you get more than the three-hour webinar. You get a month’s worth of activities and inspiration.” ~ Lisa S., Missouri

Tons of Resources

I gather up a wide array of resources including links to videos, books, and websites that enrich your understanding of the chakras. You’ll discover and in some cases rediscover a variety of healing modalities.

All presentations are recorded.

You get lifetime access to the classroom.

Journal Circle

You’ll be invited to participate in a private website called the “Journal Circle” for participants of the True North Arts journal and chakra workshops. Note that this is not a Facebook group. It’s a place where you’ll connect with other kindred, creative spirits after the webinar.


Enrollment Options

A la Carte – Jump in on the featured workshop or order one of the previous ones. Each workshop is a standalone experience so you can start with any of them.

Access these workshops now.

When you order these workshops, a beautiful envelope will get mailed to you filled with little surprises. Watch the video presentations, download the Soul Journey recording, and enjoy lifetime access to all of the resources.

  • Root Chakra Workshop – $45
    Buy the Root Chakra Workshop as a Gift!
    This is a great starting point in working with the chakra as it covers so much and everyone could use the support. Weight issues, money worries, changes in your home, or unresolved family matters are all strengthened by a balanced root chakra.
  • Sacral Chakra Workshop – $45
    Do you need to lighten up? Feeling creatively blocked? Working with this chakra will bring more movement and flow into your life. Add to that it’s all about delighting the senses.
  • Solar Plexus Chakra Workshop – $45
    Feeling in a fog? The fire of the solar plexus chakra will burn the fog and aid you in finding clarity which leads to confidence. This chakra is all about recognize your worth. You are enough. You deserve the very best! It’s also about taking action.


  • Heart Charka Workshop – $45
    The heart chakra plays a central role to our healing and connects the lower three chakras with the upper three chakras. The energy of the heart chakra is what you’d expect – soft, gentle, soothing. Who doesn’t need a little more loving-kindness? Working with this chakra, the relationships with my husband, friends, and loved ones have all strengthened. I also find that I’m kinder on myself.

Throat Chakra Workshop

Featured Workshop – Throat Chakra

  • Throat Chakra Workshop centers around communication and speaking your truth with ease, openness, clarity, wisdom, integrity, creativity, and peace.

    After Registering Select One of these Webinar Dates (optional)
    Session 1 – December 28, 2018 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m., EST
    Session 2 – December 29, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., EST
    $45 regular price
    $35 special price – use code earlybird on or before 12/15/18 to get $10 off

Upcoming  Workshops

  • Third-Eye Chakra Workshop – Coming in January 2019
  • Crown Chakra Workshop – Coming in February 2019

Chakra Workshop Bundle – Purchase the whole series and save!

You’ll get instant access to the workshops that have already been published. Once payment has been received your envelopes will get shipped off. You’ll be the first to receive the chakra envelopes as the new workshops are released.

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Chakra Series for 2019

The new year is a great time to focus on you. Are you ready for a healing and wellness journey that addresses your body, mind, emotions, and spirit? Starting January 1st and on the first of each month, you’ll receive a new lesson as we work through each of the seven chakras. You’ll get a gorgeous envelope in the mail with little surprises to use for each lesson. You are welcome to join this series anytime between January and July 2019.

$245 for the series
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Chakra Retreats

In 2019, Chakra Retreats will be offered at different times throughout the year. These are live online sessions hosted by Kathryn Costa using Zoom. Each session focuses on one of the chakras. This is a wonderful opportunity to connect or reconnect with the chakras and meet other kindred spirits. There’s no additional charge to attend these events for those who have either ordered the Chakra Workshop Bundle or the Chakra Series for 2019. Invitations will be posted each quarter.


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Nourish your creative spirit in one of the many workshops and programs.


Sacred Sound Journey and the Mandala

A nourishing and playful day of resting in the presence of the Divine.

The expressive arts are a healing, transforming, and integrative force, and when navigated skillfully, they can lead to profound spiritual or psychological insights. The arts tap into the life force of creation and represent one of the archetypal portals to holy connection. In this workshop, three instructors join forces to offer a rich, fertile ground for play.

Imagine beginning your day with a sacred sound healing journey followed by a centering prayer meditation as you prepare to work with sacred geometry and make mandalas. The centering prayer will invite you to find your holy ally, a devotional word that will be your creative companion and muse. Sacred poetry will serve as a way to return to the devotional word as you create and play.

The workshop affords participants opportunities to experience firsthand the power and beauty of sacred sound and vibrational healing, experiment with a variety of creativity modalities—no art experience is necessary, and you will take home two different mandalas, learn new and easy-to-use tools for group work or individual mentoring/ counseling, practice self-care through play, and nourish yourself.

January 13, 2019
9:30 am – 5:00 pm
One Spirit Learning Alliance in New York City, NY
Co-facilitated with Therese Bimka and Amy McTear
Online and In Person Options
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Creating Mandalas & Labyrinths at Wainright House

Nestled among exquisite gardens, trees and lawns lies a perfect jewel, the Wainright House. Inspired by the 17th century chateau de Raincheval in France, the Wainright 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.


Introduction to Creating Mandalas

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 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.

Saturday, February 23, 2019
1:00 – 4:00 pm
$60 Members; $65 Non-Members
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Labyrinth Mandala Art

What do labyrinths and the expressive arts have in common? Both offer us the time and space to unplug from the busyness and distractions of our daily lives. Based on a spiral, a labyrinth is a circuitous path that leads to a center point.

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 and journal writing. This is a lovely activity that will give you time to reflect on where you’re at on your life’s journey.

This workshop includes:

  • Relaxing guided meditation to bring your awareness to the present moment.
  • Clear step-by-step instructions and handouts.
  • Brief explanation of what a labyrinth is and ideas for setting intentions.
  • How to continue a mandala practice at home.
  • Optional walk along the Wainwright House labyrinth.
  • All tools and supplies provided.

Sunday, February 24
10:00 am – 1:00 pm
$60 Members; $65 Non-Members
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Introduction to Creating Mandala Art

The circle has captured the fascination of artists across all cultures. We see examples of circular art forms in cathedral stained glass windows, Celtic spirals, Navajo sand paintings, and the Chinese Yin Yang. The mandala with it’s roots in the Hindu and Buddhist cultures is a Sanskrit word that loosely translates to mean circle or center. Explore your own fascination with the circle in this workshop. You’ll learn how to construct a traditional style mandala where you’ll bring your love for color and form to this practice and leave with a work of art as unique as you

March 2, 2019
NH Institute of Art – Manchester, NH
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Frost Valley YMCA Women’s Wellness Weekend

A weekend to relax, rejuvenate, and have fun! Spend a weekend away in the beautiful Catskills to treat your spirit, mind, and body to better overall wellness! Get moving with Zumba, dance classes, nature hikes, and other invigorating classes, or relax with yoga, aromatherapy, and meditation. Explore your creative side with pottery, vision boards, or group drumming. Learn from inspiring instructors and teachers who will discuss stress management, organic skin care, financial health, and achieving inner balance.

Connect with your root chakra in my workshop at the Women’s Wellness Weekend.

March 29-31, 2019
Claryville, NY
Registration & Details Coming

Move, Mediate, and Manifest:
A Weekend Retreat in the Berkshires

There is no better place to welcome Spring then in the Berkshire Mountains and no better time to open to new possibilities in life! This retreat will focus on connecting with your body, mind and vision for your year ahead.

Nestled at the foot of Mount Race in Sheffield MA, the Race Brook Lodge offers easy access to the many cultural and natural attractions of the Berkshires.
Meandering footpaths connect the restored rustic lodge, barns and cottages, all converted into comfortable accommodations.
The farm-to-table meals keep you satisfied as you move through your practice.

We hope you join us for this unique and special long weekend which will include Yoga, Mindfulness, and Vision Journalling Art Classes!

Note: This is the first in-person event in 2019 featuring my vision journals. I can’t wait!

April 11-14, 2019
Race Brook Lodge, Sheffield, MA
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Introduction to Sacred Geometry Mandalas

Explore the ancient art of sacred geometry. In this workshop, you’ll warm up your compass skills creating the Seed of Life mandala, an elemental form that you’ll build upon to construct the Torus Yantra. It’s exciting to join others in this workshop as everyone begins with the same “bones” and finishes with their own variation that reflects their unique personality and design sensibility.

April 27, 2019
NH Institute of Art, Sharon Arts Center in Peterborough, NH
Registration & Details Coming

Creating Mandalas at Omega Institute
During Art Week

July 1 – 5, 2019
Omega Institute, Rhinebeck, NY
Registrations open in March.

Online Workshops and Programs

Seven Chakra Diagram

Chakra Workshops

Creative approach to learning about and healing the chakras. Each workshop lesson includes a beautiful envelope that you get in the mail (yes real mail!), Soul Journey guided meditation, oracle card readings, and several prompts to inspire chakra mandala art. Learn More


Mandala Drawing I

In this self-paced online course, you get ten video lessons perfect for the beginner or the experienced mandala artist looking for more ways to construct mandalas. Each lesson is under ten minutes and designed to get you creating mandalas quickly and successfully. Lifetime access. Add this course to your learning library.


Color I

Do you ever feel stuck and don’t know which colors to choose? Maybe you’ve collected a lot of art supplies and they are collecting dust. Let’s pull out our coloring stash to play and experiment.

This course is for you if…

  • If you love to color.
  • You don’t know which mediums you want to invest in.
  • You’ve collected a lot of art supplies and want to know how to use them.
  • You didn’t learn the color wheel and color theory in school or don’t remember it.
  • You keep reaching for the same colors and you’re feeling bored.
  • You want to feel confident in using color.

Self-paced online course; lifetime access.

Add this course to your learning library.


Schedule an Event

Whether you want to host a party for your friends at your home or bring a mandala program to your yoga studio or organization, there are so many creative possibilities. Let’s chat!

Learn how you can schedule an event.

Don’t Miss Out on Future Events

More events are in the planning stages and you won’t want to miss out! Adventures to India, Peru, Bali are just a few of the exciting destinations that await us. If you are in the New Hampshire area, I’m scheduling more local events too.

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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 filled with worry and anxiety? If so, shift to a higher, positive frequency by focusing on what you’re grateful for.

Contest Details

  • Download the Dandelion Mandala Project.
  • Create a dandelion mandala inspired by Louise Gale’s lesson.
  • Photograph or scan your mandala.
  • Post your entry in the Sharing Circle.
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  • Include your “three wishes” when posting your contest entry.
  • You may create as many dandelion mandalas as you’d like. Try out different mediums, backgrounds, and design elements. Be inspired by the various stages of the dandelion from bud, to bloom, to a puff ball of seeds.
  • Post your mandalas on or before November 30, 2018.
  • One lucky winner will be randomly selected to get a copy of Louise Gale’s book, “Botanical Mandalas.

Special thanks to my dear friend Claudia Gray whose photography and friendship continues to inspire my creative and soulful journey. Her fascination for dandelions added to my dandelion story!


About Louise Gale

Louise Gale is a British mixed media artist and author of the book ‘Botanical Mandalas’. She creates in her art studio which is on the south coast of Spain overlooking the sea, tiny fishing boats and the Moroccan coastline in the distance. Louise loves to combine the healing power of nature with the meditative process of mandala creating which result in her beautiful Botanical Mandala designs.

Louise believes that nature is our medicine which helps us reconnect with our true selves. Her art is constantly inspired by the beauty that surrounds her in the natural world. So when she is not in her studio creating, hosting online classes or working with other creative people, you can find her on the beach collecting inspiration and putting her bare feet into the sand.

Louise’s work has been published in the New York Times and she has contributed to many books and magazine articles where she shares her creative processes and love for nature, mandalas and color. She also has a permanent art collection called ‘Sew Hoboken’ at the Hoboken Historical Museum in New Jersey, USA.

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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

  1. Draw a Mandala – Create one mandala or fill a page with several like I did in my journal, see video.
  2. Any Style – You may draw your mandala freehand, geometric design, or chakra inspired. Get creative and have fun!
  3. 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.
  4. Outline Only – No coloring, blending, etc.
  5. Photograph or Scan your entry.
  6. Post in the Sharing Circle by October 31, 2018.
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Prize & Coupon

One winner will be randomly drawn to receive a set of 48 fineliner water-based pens from Arteza.

Get 10% off Arteza Products using the coupon code* 100Mandalas1, valid until November 2, 2018.

Here are some of my favorite Arteza products to use for drawing mandalas.

Learn How to Draw Mandalas

*AFFILIATE COMMISSIONS: Please note that I am an Arteza affiliate and get a commission on all purchases made using the links above and the coupon code. The commissions that I receive support the work of Kathryn Costa, 100 Mandalas and True North Arts. Commission revenue is used to purchase future prizes and/or to use for demos and lessons. Thank you for your support!


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 Color Expressive Mandala Art.” She has taught thousands of people all over the world how to draw mandalas. Kathryn has taught mandala programs at the Omega Institute and Kripalu Yoga and Health Center. Kathryn lives with her husband Fernando in Manchester, NH.

Sunday, October 7, 2018
2 to 5 p.m.
White Swan Yoga Studio
1889 Elm St, Suite B, Manchester, NH 03104

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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 learn about Stage Three and the Umbilical Cord Mandala Project.


Take the Challenge!

  1. Create an Umbilical Cord Mandala
  2. Photograph or scan your mandala art.
  3. Post your entry in the Sharing Circle.
    The Sharing Circle is a free membership website for mandala enthusiasts.
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The deadline to enter is August 31st.