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Mandala Meditation: Ganesh Yantra

“Where do you get all of your ideas?”

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard this question. I’ve been known to say, “Inspiration is everywhere.”

I think I’ll add to that statement, “Inspiration is everywhere. Look around you.” Thinking more about this, it’s more than looking around you. It’s about getting curious. It’s one thing to see something, it’s another to ask, “Why?” or “What if?”

I have a long list of topics that I’m currently exploring. I can never study just one thing. My mind loves devouring several topics at once and making connections between them.

One of my long time interests has been in exploring the meaning of our mandalas. The colors, shapes, symbols, and how they are arranged can tell us a lot about where we are in the moment. There are long standing traditions where mandalas are created with specific symbols and colors. One such tradition that I’ve been curious to learn more about is the Hindu yantras.

The earliest yantras date back 1,000 BCE in northern India. Throughout the ages, sacred teachings have been shared through mantras (sound vibrations) and yantras (visual representations).

The basic shape of a yantra is a circle with a ring of lotus petals. At the center, is a geometric pattern often with one or more triangles around a central dot. The entire shape is contained within a square with four “gates” in each of the cardinal directions. Color plays an important role in yantras as they bring energy, meaning, and intention to the design.

Yantras may be a part of a mandala where the yantra design is at the center and additional shapes, patterns, and colors are added as an expression of the artist’s exploration of the yantra’s energy and meaning.

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To begin this new exploration, I thought it fitting to start with the Ganesh Yantra.

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Lord Ganesha is commonly associated with the beginner of both inner and outer journeys and the remover of obstacles. It is also a good yantra as this is a foundational year for my career. There is a lot of uncertainty and my intention for creating this yantra is to bring clarity, confidence, guidance, and good fortune to my endeavors.

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As I considered the shapes and colors for this yantra, I drew upon what I’ve learned from studying and teaching the Great Round and my knowledge of the chakras.

I thought of the root chakra and chose red for the square and “gates” for three reasons:

  1. The root chakra is about safety, security and having a solid foundation.
  2. Elephants are associated with the root chakra and Ganesh bears the head of an elephant.
  3. The sturdy square with the four gates is reflective of Stage 7 in the Great Round where we “stand four square in who we are.” Red is among the colors typically used in this stage.

Triangles indicate a direction and here the upward pointing triangle conveys moving forward.  We see upward facing triangles in Stage Four of the Great Round when we are about to start something new, a burst of creativity, or it can refer to our aspirations. It is the symbol for the element fire and is associated with masculine “doing” energy.

Within the triangle is the six-pointed star formed by two triangles, one pointing upward and the second one pointing downward. This perfectly balanced symbol brings together and harmonizes both the masculine and feminine qualities.

Blue is associated with emotions and I chose to color the inner symbols in blue to soothe and balance my mind and emotions, with what I’m thinking and feeling.

Green was chosen as it’s the color of the heart chakra. What better container for the mind and emotions than a circle of love?

Orange and red petals capture my creative spirit and passion which I know will help me and my projects to blossom.

Lastly, I added a gold dot in the center, referred to by Hindus as the bindu. The bindu provides a focal point for centering one’s attention during meditation.

After I decided on my color palette for this yantra, I allowed my mind to float as different thoughts about my hopes, aspirations, and dreams emerged while coloring in the shapes. At times my thoughts veered down memory lane and different work scenarios. As each color was applied, I felt my energy and excitement rise.

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Meditating with this Yantra

I finished this yantra late in the evening. When done, I sat with it looking at all of the colors and memorizing each of the lines, shapes, and symbols. It wasn’t until the next morning during the liminal space between sleeping and waking that I intuited the meaning that this yantra had for me.

In my mind’s eye, I pictured the shapes and colors. I tuned in and felt my uncertainty and doubt around two recent projects. In both cases, I was doubting myself which is not a common feeling for me. Usually I’m decisive and when I take action, I accept that what is done is done. This time was different, perhaps because I’ve been feeling attached to the outcome.

Later in the morning, I spent time writing in my journal with periodic glances at the yantra. In a flash, I realized how much energy I was wasting by second guessing myself and listening to the opinions of others. When we put other peoples ideas, fears, and opinions before ours, we give our power away. Ah-ha! Now I see what is blocking me.

In my heart, I truly believe that the outcomes will be for the highest good for all. There is no need to worry. This is a time to relax in the uncertainty. As I easily and effortlessly released the worries, feelings of excitement filled my body, mind, and spirit. I can’t wait to see where my curiosity and creativity will take me next.

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Traditional Colors for Ganesh Yantra

The next day I returned to the Ganesh Yantra and this time used the traditional colors. I added flowing lines within the green areas, my own artistic invention, to represent the flow inward that happens when obstacles are removed.

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Version 3: Going with the Flow

Looking at my first two Ganesha Yantras, I decided to create a third one that is a fusion of some traditional colors with some colors and elements of my own choosing. I believe intention is the very most important ingredient in making powerful art. Before sitting down, I knew the palette and design for this yantra so I was able to fully let go into the process of creating it. Some of the lines are not precisely drawn, and I love it just as it is for it’s a reflection of my own perfectly imperfect container (aka body).

Thoughts drifted to the idea of flow, which coincidentally is my word-for-the-year. I thought about the importance of recognizing and releasing limiting beliefs and which ones that are blocking me. After I finished creating this yantra, I was moved to take an action step on an opportunity that I’m pursuing. I was impressed how the words for my letter flowed from my mind onto the computer screen.

This is the power of creating mandala art. We can relax and tap into our inner wise self, our inner Ganesha. The process of creating and coloring can be an opportunity for brainstorming, discerning, reflecting, and planning. It’s certainly so much more than making a pretty picture.

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Are you curious to learn more about the meaning of your mandalas?

For the first time in three years, I’m offering my Great Round course in the fall. It starts on August 26, 2018. It’s a fascinating series that will give you insights about yourself and your life experiences. You’ll find the exploration both insightful and empowering.

Early Bird special, enroll before June 27th at get $20 off.

>>Get the details and sign up here.

 

Color Inspiration Challenge

This month the mandala challenge is all about noticing the colors around us creating a color palette for coloring our mandalas.

Watch this short 4-minute video to get the details.

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Do you have a muse?

All my life, friends, family and acquaintances have said, “You are so creative!” I feel like I can’t take credit for my creativity. The creative process may look like a solitary act on the outside, but it isn’t. I often feel like a creative conduit where the ideas flow through me.

The best way to explain it is to share a story.

Each month, I host an interactive online journal class. Participants get an envelope in the mail with a few items tucked inside to use during our time together.

A new theme is explored where I work in one of the four elements, air, water, fire, or earth and I invite an animal ally to join us. The design of the envelope picks up on elements from the theme. Invariably these envelopes design themselves.

Sounds a bit crazy, right?

Read on as the story behind the latest workshop envelope may be evidence that the creative process is a co-creative act between the artist and something divine.

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For my next journal workshop, it was time to work with the element of earth and I settled on the idea of the “soul garden.”

I sat down to work up the envelope design a couple of times, but I felt resistance and the pieces were not falling together. When this happens, I walk away and return another time.

One morning last week, I had it on my to do list to get this envelope finally designed. I didn’t feel any pressure and in fact, started my day connecting with a friend on Zoom. My spirits were high and my outlook hopeful. The sun was shining and a wonderful breeze blew into the room.

Sitting on the arm of my futon in my studio were two journals. The journal on the top, a simple drawing pad, was filled with mandalas that I drew each day for 21 days while doing an Ayurvedic cleanse last spring. Having renewed my commitment to getting healthy, I had pulled it out to reread the entries.

After I finished the chat with my friend, I looked over and noticed how the wind had blown the journal open. As I walked over to the journal, I couldn’t believe what I saw.

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The title of the journal page read, “The Gentle Gardener.” It couldn’t have been more perfect! This was the very direction I needed for developing the design for this next workshop.

Excitement and energy coursed through my body as I read the notes in my journal taken from Collette Baron-Reid’s “The Enchanted Map” oracle deck.

“Be your own person. Be a conscious co-creator.”

I thanked spirit and my inner shaman for guiding me as I scanned the mandala and set out to design the envelope.

But wait, there’s more to this story of divine co-creating.

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I selected some painted paper that I had made about seven years ago. The color and pattern reminded me of a beehive and would look great with the vintage bee illustration. As I dropped the scan into my envelope design, the words, “trust that our souls are embraced” filled my computer screen. I paused in awe, speechless.

Trust that our souls are embraced.

I looked around the page for more messages and I found, “claim the sacred” and “soul sparks.”

These little messages were hidden within this painted paper design from seven years ago and waiting for this moment. I call these incredible moments examples of divine synchronicity.

This is how this workshop series has been for me, filled with spirit, inspirations, synchronicities, and co-creation. This is the same for the participants who find the Soul Journey guided meditations relaxing, the oracle card readings meaningful, and the journal prompts playful and fun.

In these journal workshops, I create an experience that allows participants to listen to the wisdom of their soul, trust their intuition, and activate their creativity.

What makes these journal sessions so special are the people who attend from various locations around the world. We delight in hearing and seeing each other as we share the stories of our experiences.

“You have something really special here,” said Yvonne during the last workshop.

I would agree, it’s indeed very special.

Would you like to join me for the next workshop in June?

Vision Journal Workshop #5
June 2018
Online Class

After your register, you’ll have the option to select the date/time that is best for you.

SESSION 1: Friday, June 22, 2018
6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., EST

SESSION 2: Saturday, June 23, 2018
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., EST

Can’t attend live? You’ll get a recording of the event.

There are only 20 spots!

This workshop fills up so quickly!

$35 (same low price for US and International orders)

It’s recommended that you register before June 10th so you get your envelope and goodies in time for the event. Register sooner if you live in a remote location or outside the US.

>> CLICK HERE to REGISTER <<


Missed a Workshop?

There is a limited supply of workshop envelopes available. When you order, the envelope will be mailed off to you and you’ll get instant access to the workshop recordings.

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Journal Workshop #1
Topic: New Beginnings

New beginnings are so exciting. Tucked inside the envelope you’ll find a beautiful door, sparkly stars, and an antelope ally to play with in your journal as you explore the new beginnings and many possibilities in your life.

Number of Envelopes Available: 10 (backordered will ship after June 4th)

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Journal Workshop #2
Topic: Unexpected Blessings & Surprises
Element: Air

Unexpected blessings and surprises await you! When we open our hearts, slow down and listen, we notice the divine synchronicities around us. In this workshop, we are guided by bird spirit and given golden wings to help us to shift our perspective from being caught in the weeds to becoming the sacred observer.

Number of Envelopes: 10 (backordered will ship after June 4th)

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Journal Workshop #3
Topic: Grit & Pearl
Element: Water

I invited a starfish and nautilus to join us in this journal workshop as we explore the gritty parts of our lives and the pearls of wisdom. Tap into the wisdom of your soul in the Soul Journey and Oracle Card reading activities.

Number of Envelopes Available: 6

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Journal Workshop #4
Element: Fire
Topic: Follow Your Bliss

Following Your Bliss can require you to muster up courage. In this journal workshop, you’ll tap into your inner strength, confidence, and determination; recognize your strengths; and discover the secrets of lucky people.

Any time you are feeling like the scared traveler, return to the Soul Journey in this lesson. Know that you have everything within you to pursue your dreams.

Number of Envelopes Available: 6

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Product Review: Arteza Watercolor Brush Pens

Arteza reached out to me asking if I would give an honest review of three of their products: 48 Water-Based Ink Real Brush Pens, Water Brush Pens, and Premium Watercolor Paper.

Run Time: 14:27

Related Links

Color I Course – For more product demos and lessons on creating color harmony. 

Mandala Drawing I Course – Learn how to draw mandalas. Ten video lessons, each one under ten minutes to get you started creating mandalas quickly and successfully. 

Sharing Circle – I’d love to see you in our online community for mandala enthusiasts. It’s FREE!

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Arteza Affiliate Links

Arteza provide the products for this review. I was not paid for this review. I’m now participating in the Arteza Affiliate Program, which means if you click on the product links in this post and make a purchase, I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. I use these commissions to purchase products to giveaway in my monthly mandala challenges or to use in my workshops and courses.

Arteza Watercolor Real Brush Pens (Set of 48)

Arteza Water Brush Pens (Set of 6)

Arteza 9×12” Watercolor Pad (140lb/300g, 32 Sheets, 2 pack)

May Mandala Challenge

I’m often asked where I get all of my ideas. For this month’s challenge, I thought I would show you how I take inspiration and turn it into my own unique mandala art. The theme this month is Mexican Inspired Mandalas.

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Here is a look at my design notes inspired by pieces of Mexican folk art.

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Here you can see how I applied the design elements to a final mandala design.

Watch the quick 4 minute video to get the contest details and to see the fabulous prizes donated by our mandala sister, Mary-Anne Betrand Schoenike.

I can’t wait to see the colors, shapes, and patterns that will show up in your Mexican inspired mandala art this month!

~ Kathryn Costa

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Challenge Details

  • Create a mandala inspired by Mexican folk art.
  • For inspiration check out my Mexican Art board on Pinterest.
  • Post a photo or scan of your mandala in the Sharing Circle.
  • Not a member? Join the Sharing Circle. It’s Free!
  • Deadline to enter is May 28, 2018 at midnight, EST.
  • One winner will be randomly selected to win the prize package of assorted Mexican gifts.

Introducing True North Arts

Ten years ago today I published my first blog post. Since then I’ve claimed the title, “artist” even though I didn’t go to art school; my artwork has appeared in several magazines and exhibits; I’ve published my first book; and taught thousands of people in my online courses, workshops, retreats, and popular Youtube channel.

My favorite part of this journey are the meaningful connections that I’ve made with people from all over the world.

I originally started True North Arts a year after I started blogging and put it on hold four years ago while I focused on my work with mandalas. I was working a full time job and didn’t have enough time and energy to do everything.

Here I am feeling like I’m coming full circle as I relaunch True North Arts and connect all of the dots along this ten year journey.

Swing by my new website: www.truenortharts.com

I’d love to hear what you think of it!

{soul hugs}

Kathryn Costa

April Mandala Challenge

I have a very big milestone happening in April – I’m celebrating ten years of blogging! To help me celebrate, I’m inviting you to create a “Celebrating 10 Mandala.” For this mandala, incorporate an element of ten. You may divide the circle into ten sections, use ten colors, ten shapes, ten patterns…you get the idea!

To get this challenge started, several mandala artists sent in their submissions early so I could include them in the video above. As each mandala arrived in my inbox, it felt like a gift, especially with the notes that they included.

Thank you all for celebrating with me!

My plan is to relaunch my True North Arts website in April. Stay tuned!

~ Kathryn Costa

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Challenge Details

  • Create a mandala with an element of ten.
  • For a closer look at the mandalas from the video look at the gallery below.
  • Post a photo or scan of your mandala in the Sharing Circle. Include a congratulatory message.
    >>Not a member? Join for free here.
    >>Members Log-in Here.
  • Deadline to enter is April 22, 2018 at midnight, EST.
  • One winner will be randomly selected to win a 100 Mandalas Gift Certificate that can be used toward one of these online classes: Color I Course, Mandala Drawing I Course, or Soul Journey Mandalas Course

Mandala Gallery

Click on the images to see them enlarged and to read their congratulatory messages.

Let’s Play in Our Journals

My journaling changed ten years ago when images and words from magazines added color, interest, and inspiration to the otherwise boring straight lined pages in my notebooks.

What started out as play, turned into a way to create a vision for my life that inspired me to build a life and business that I love. That’s why I call them vision journals.

What’s a Vision Journal?

Think vision board meets journal. It’s a place to dream, brainstorm, and make plans. It’s where you gather inspiration and have sacred conversations with your soul. Vision boards are often created as a one time activity often at the beginning of the year. The vision journal is an ongoing process that keeps you connected to your vision. It supports you to go from dreaming to doing.

In my interactive online workshops, I show you how to recycle a catalog and use magazine images and other ephemera to create your own unique vision journal.

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Journal Workshops

These fun interactive online workshops include:

  • Gorgeous Envelope. You get real mail! Tucked inside are surprise goodies to use during the workshop.
  • Presentation. Get ideas & techniques for creative vision journaling.
  • Soul Journey. The guided meditation is an opportunity to relax and tune into your intuition and inner wise self.
  • Oracle Card Reading. Tucked inside each envelope is an oracle or affirmation card that is divinely picked just for you! You’ll have time to connect with the message in the card.
  • Three Journal Prompts. A good question will open up a conversation with your soul and guide you in what needs your attention.
  • Animal Ally. An animal ally is invited to share its wisdom.
  • Element. Each workshop focuses on one of the four elements: air (clear the mind), water (to clear emotions), fire (to clear and connect with spirit), earth (clear the body)
  • Studio Time. When you attend live, we break for an hour so you can play in your journal. This is dedicated time for getting creative.
  • Show & Tell. Each participant at the live event has an opportunity share with us their experience.
  • Recordings. Can’t attend live or want to revisit the presentation? You get lifetime access to the recordings.

Each Vision Journal Workshop has the same format but the envelope, contents, and prompts are different. I love getting happy surprises in the mail, don’t you? That’s why I don’t reveal what’s inside the envelope until after we’ve had our workshop and the participants have received it.

Now, to sign up for the next session, you don’t have to participate in the previous workshops. Each session is a unique and stand-alone workshop.

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Vision Journal Workshop #6
June 2018
Online Class

I’m celebrating a BIG milestone this month, my 50th birthday. Birthdays are a time when I look at where I’ve been and chart a course for my future. You don’t need to be celebrating a birthday as I am to enjoy this workshop topic.

I had so much fun designing the envelope that you’ll get in the mail. My favorite spot is the cove of clarity that’s just beyond the field of dreams.

In this journal session, we’ll create our own Soul Traveler Maps and collect some precious gold soul treasure. Ohhh, you may be surprised by the animal ally that is planning to join us. I hope you can make it and if you do be sure to bring your favorite toasting beverage and treat to celebrate with me. A gourmet cupcake sounds divine, doesn’t it?

After your register, you’ll have the option to select the date/time that is best for you.

SESSION 1: Friday, July 20, 2018
6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., EST

SESSION 2: Saturday, July 21, 2018
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., EST

Can’t attend live? You’ll get a recording of the event.

There are only 20 spots!

This workshop fills up so quickly!

$35 (same low price for US and International orders)

It’s recommended that you register before July 10th so you get your envelope and goodies in time for the event. Register sooner if you live in a remote location or outside the US.

>> CLICK HERE to REGISTER <<


Missed a Workshop?

There are a limited supply of workshop envelopes available. When you order, the envelope will be mailed off to you and you’ll get instant access to the workshop recordings.

SQUARE-VisionJournal1

Journal Workshop #1
Topic: New Beginnings

New beginnings are so exciting. Tucked inside the envelope you’ll find a beautiful door, sparkly stars, and an antelope ally to play with in your journal as you explore the new beginnings and many possibilities in your life.

Order Now

SQUARE-VisionJournal2

Journal Workshop #2
Topic: Unexpected Blessings & Surprises
Element: Air

Unexpected blessings and surprises await you! When we open our hearts, slow down and listen, we notice the divine synchronicities around us. In this workshop, we are guided by bird spirit and given golden wings to help us to shift our perspective from being caught in the weeds to becoming the sacred observer.

Order Now

SQUARE-VisionJournal3

Journal Workshop #3
Topic: Grit & Pearl
Element: Water

I invited a starfish and nautilus to join us in this journal workshop as we explore the gritty parts of our lives and the pearls of wisdom. Tap into the wisdom of your soul in the Soul Journey and Oracle Card reading activities.

Order Now

SQUARE-VisionJournal4

Journal Workshop #4
Element: Fire
Topic: Follow Your Bliss

Following Your Bliss can require you to muster up courage. In this journal workshop, you’ll tap into your inner strength, confidence, and determination; recognize your strengths; and discover the secrets of lucky people.

Any time you are feeling like the scared traveler, return to the Soul Journey in this lesson. Know that you have everything within you to pursue your dreams.

Order Now

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Journal Workshop #5
Element: Earth
Topic: Soul Garden

Are you a gentle gardener? In this workshop, we explore whether we are planting weeds or seeds in our soul gardens. How often do you hear yourself saying that you don’t have enough time? The busy bee joins us in this workshop to help us to see why we don’t have enough time for our creativity and what brings us joy.

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Join me at the Omega Institute this Summer!

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

Omega Family Week delivers a unique balance of time together and time apart so every family member can learn, play, and grow.

July 29 – August 3, 2018

Get the details and register.

 

Inside the Vision Journal Workshop

My journaling changed ten years ago when images and words from magazines added color, interest, and inspiration to the otherwise boring straight lined pages in my notebooks.

What started out as play, turned into a way to create a vision for my life that inspired me to build a life and business that I love. That’s why I call them vision journals.

What’s a Vision Journal?

Think vision board meets journal. It’s a place to dream, brainstorm, and make plans. It’s where you gather inspiration and have sacred conversations with your soul. Vision boards are often created as a one time activity often at the beginning of the year. The vision journal is an ongoing process that keeps you connected to your vision. It supports you to go from dreaming to doing.

In my interactive online workshops, I show you how to recycle a catalog and use magazine images and other ephemera to create your own unique vision journal.

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Envelopes Filled with Surprises

I mail each participant (yes real snail mail) an envelope that I’ve designed. It’s filled with paper goodies that we use during our “journal play date.”

Pictured above you can see what was tucked inside the envelope for the first workshop.

Everyone received the same items however some things varied, like the door, inspirational quote, and Virtues card was unique for each person.

The same format is used for every workshop, only the themes and design elements change from workshop to workshop.

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Presentation

We use Zoom, a web conferencing tool to meet up live. All participants are on a live camera so we can see and hear each other.

In the first part of the workshop, I give a presentation about how I repurpose a catalogue to use as a journal. I show a number of ideas for how to use collage items to transform it into a fun and sacred space for dreaming, brainstorming, and planning.

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For my journal this year, I’m recycling a course catalogue from our local art school.

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Soul Journey

I then lead a Soul Journey, a guided meditation that helps to shift our attention from our busy lives to relaxing and tuning in to the wisdom of our soul. There is time for participants to record in their journals about what they felt, saw, and experienced in their Soul Journey.

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Oracle & Affirmation Cards

Each participant receives an affirmation or oracle card in their envelope. Pictured here are the Virtues Cards that participants received in the first session; the card that you’ll receive in your envelope may come from this deck or from another one. It is another surprise waiting for you in your envelope. During the workshop time is given to silently read the cards and record any a-ha’s and insights in your journal.

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Thought Provoking Prompts

Each workshop offers thought provoking prompts. In the first workshop, each participant was given an image of a door and invited to consider what opportunities await them on the other side.

Pictured above was my door where I used a craft knife to cut it open and collaged in images and words from a copy of Happinez Magazine.

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Creative List Making

Each workshop offers ideas for creative list making. Here I covered a couple more pages again using gorgeous images from the Happinez Magazine. The gold stars, which participants were given in the first workshop, were a perfect embellishment. The quote about Feng Shui was a cool find as it gave me another perspective on my word-for-the-year, flow. I’ve been doing some intense clutter clearing and feeling the positive effect of life energy flowing so this quote spoke to me.

Some participants used their gold stars like bullet points and created spaces in their journals to return and write lists of possibilities.

The colorful “chakra cookies” are whimsical spots for making a list of the projects that I’m working on.

The quote from Thich Nhat Hahn, “We have more possibilities available in each moment than we realize,” was perfect for this spread!

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Visits with Animal Allies

Another prompt from the first session was about what we can learn from the antelope about taking action. I added some mandalas and decorative details to my antelope as I considered my next steps. I plan on adding some of those “steps” to the steps on the ladder.

The quote, “Life is Your Adventure” was sent to me from a member of my 100 Mandalas Community. When I read it, I realize that it is up to me to decide what my adventure will be and what steps I’ll take. And, that feels really inspiring!

The four elements, air, water, earth, and fire are themes woven into this workshop series along side the wisdom found in our animal allies. Each month different elements join us in our journal play.

Open Studio

An hour is worked into the schedule as an “open studio” where participants can use the optional prompts as they wish. During this creative time, participants are free to play off camera and get something to eat.

Show & Tell

After our studio time we gather to see what everyone did with the prompts and to hear about their Soul Journey experiences. Sharing is optional.

Awakening creativity in others touches my heart. By the time the third person was sharing, I had tears leaking from my eyes. For many of them, working in a journal in this way was a new experience. Some really stepped out of their comfort zone both in playing with collage and using video conferencing technology. ~ Kathryn Costa

Participants love being able to see each other and to hear them talk about their process and reflections.

The best part for me was seeing all of the a-ha’s, insights, and meaningful connections that came up from the Soul Journey, oracle/affirmation card exercise, and the journal prompts. I can’t wait to do it again!

Recording

For those who can’t attend live or for those who want to revisit the experience, a recording of the session is made available.

“What is so wonderful about these vision journal workshops is that it allows me to take the time to focus on what I want to do, that is, spend more time creating. I get to work from my space, yet connect with other creative souls at the same time. It’s a positive way to use technology.” ~ Catherine Desjeunes

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Want to join the fun?

Each Vision Journal Workshop has the same format but the envelope, contents, and prompts are different. I love getting happy surprises in the mail, don’t you? That’s why I don’t reveal what’s inside the envelope until after we’ve had our play date and the participants have received it.

Now, to sign up for the fourth session, you don’t have to participate in the previous workshops. Each session is a unique and stand-alone workshop.

Vision Journal Workshop #4
May 2018
Online Class

After your register, you’ll have the option to select the date/time that is best for you.

SESSION 1: Friday, May 25, 2018
6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., EST

SESSION 2: Saturday, May 26, 2018
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., EST

Can’t attend live? You’ll get a recording of the event.

There are only 20 spots!

This workshop fills up so quickly!

$35 (same low price for US and International orders)

It’s recommended that you register before May 13th so you get your envelope and goodies in time for the event. Register sooner if you live in a remote location or outside the US.

>> CLICK HERE to REGISTER <<

What You’ll Need:

  • Video/Audio: Computer or mobile device with internet access, video camera, and microphone. Zoom web conferencing is used for these online classes..
  • Journal or old catalogue (I recycle a catalogue to use for my journal.)
  • Adhesives: Glue Stick, Packing Tape (I love Washi tape.)

  • Pens: Ballpoint, Gell Pens, Glitter Pens, Fine liners, Markers, or your favorite marking tools.

  • Paper: If you are altering a catalog you’ll want some assorted papers like notebook, stationery, graph paper, scrapbook paper, etc.

  • Scissors and a Craft Knife
  • Images: Magazines, greeting cards and junk mail to cut up.

  • Suggestion: Start a file, envelope, or bag and collect images, words, and embellishments for your creative play.

  • No art experience needed!

>> CLICK HERE to REGISTER <<