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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!

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Wellness Expedition in Bali

“BALI offers the perfect destination to nourish the body and mind as you awaken your creative spirit. Throughout this heart-opening experience, you’ll nurture your body with Bali’s famous spa treats, connect to your soul’s wisdom in daily guided meditations, and learn about Tri Hita Karana, Bali’s philosophy for living a harmonious life. Workshops include learning how to make an offering basket and the ritual practice for it, visiting the sacred Monkey Forest, and creating your own batik fabric with a master artisan. Kathryn’s workshops will guide you in integrating the beauty sacredness, and creativity of these experiences, with expressive art projects. You’ll ignite your soul through empowering mandalas, crafts, cooking, daily offerings, massage, yoga, and the beautiful traditions, culture and people of Bali, Indonesia!”

10-Days in Bali with Kathryn Costa and Jim West

October 23 – November 1, 2019

PACKAGE INCLUDES: 

  • Round- trip international airfare from Los Angeles to Denpasar, Bali.
  • Round-trip transfers to and from the airport/hotel in Bali.
  • “photography enhancement” workshop with Jim West.
  • Deluxe hotel accommodations in the city center of Ubud and at a beach resort in Nusa Dua.
  • Many meals including daily breakfast and some special dinners.
  • Guided workshops by author Kathryn Costa that include gratitude, recognizing our power, acceptance, risk-taking, control, inner peace, health, manifesting, focus, thoughts and healing.
  • A visit to the Tirta Empul Temple for meditation and prayer.
  • A hands-on Batik Designing workshop and visiting a batik factory.
  • An optional Balinese cooking lesson with a master chef.
  • Visit to the Monkey Forest Sanctuary.
  • A workshop on creating a Balinese “offering” basket.
  • Morning and evening meditations on the beach.
  • An optional “fire healing ceremony” and dinner with a local family.
  • Basic yoga class and information on body wellness.
  • A visit to the local market for shopping and photographs.
  • A half hour foot massage or head and shoulder massage.
  • An optional reading from the grandson of the shaman from the book Eat, Pray, Love.
  • Sightseeing to see the extraordinary rice terraces.
  • “painting meditation workshop” with Jim West.
  • Craftours Lifestyles commemorative gifts including a wellness totebag, lanyard and luggage tag.
  • An autographed copy of Kathryn Costa’s Mandala Guidebook.
  • All taxes included and travel insurance highly recommended.

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  • Price increases by $247 on April 15, 2019.
  • Limited to 20 spaces!

BALI HIGHLIGHTS:

The Ubud Monkey Forest is a nature reserve and temple complex in Ubud, Bali. Its full name as written on a welcome sign is the Padangtegal Mandala Wisata Wanara Wana Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary. The complex houses approximately 605 Crab-eating Macaque monkeys. There are four groups of monkeys each occupying different territories in the park. The Sacred Monkey Forest is a popular tourist attraction in Ubud, and is often visited by over 10,000 tourists a month. The Monkey Forest contains the Pura Dalem Agung Padangtegal temple as well as a “Holy Spring” bathing temple and another temple used for cremation ceremonies.

The Ubud Royal Palace is one of the most prominent places in Ubud, as it is smack-dab on the main Jalan Raya Ubud road and intersection. The palace can also be regarded as the focal landmark of Ubud. The Ubud palace was built during the lordship of the late Ida Tjokorda Putu Kandel (1800-1823), and is well-kept by his successive heirs.

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April Mandala Challenge

This month’s mandala challenge was inspired by an email that I received from Chel who recently completed the “Make Ten Challenge” in my Mandala Drawing I Course. In the course, there are ten lessons and I encourage students to create ten variations for each lesson. This is an opportunity to explore the many possibilities by experimenting with color, form, and various mediums. When taking the Drawing I class and finishing the challenge, you’ve completed the 100 Mandalas Challenge.

I totally enjoyed the challenge. I bet I could do it again and come with 100 different ones. Thanks for sharing your knowledge with the world! ~ Chel

Congratulations Chel!
You’re accomplishment is the inspiration for the April Mandala Challenge.

Monthly Mandala Challenge for April - Make Ten Mandalas

Challenge Details

Step 1: Pick a mandala lesson from the Mandala Drawing I course.

Not enrolled in the Mandala Drawing I course?
Find a free sample lesson in the Mandala Sharing Circle.

Not a member of the Sharing Circle?
Let’s change that. It’s free to join. Enroll here.

Step 2: Create ten variations of the mandala design from Step 1.

Start with your favorite color combination and then vary it. Maybe challenge yourself to start with a color that you rarely use. For those who have taken the Color I course, here’s a great opportunity to apply some of those lessons.

There are so many ways to fill the shapes and spaces within the mandala. Repeating patterns, random patterns, the possibilities are endless.

Outline the shape with dashed, dotted, solid lines. Vary the colors.

Try using different backgrounds. In this example layers of scrapbook paper add interesting patterns and colors. Lace trim adds a fun dimension and unexpected element.

Start with the original mandala design and keep going. Let your imagination run wild!

Step 3: Create a collage of your ten mandalas.

Scan or photograph your ten mandalas and arrange them in a collage. Photocollage.com is a free online resource that’s easy to use. Drag and drop your images and arrange them how you’d like.

Add some text to include your name and “100 Mandalas April Challenge.”

In the comments for your post tell us which lesson from the Drawing I course you worked with to create your mandala series.

Here is an example of a collage created using photocollage.com.

Special thanks to Kate Stimson, Jishna Kapadia, Toni Crow, Janet Burdett, Karen Vasudev, Chris Van Reeth, Chel, Donna Hamilton, Jimilyn Butt, and Emanuela Chihaia for the use of your mandalas. These mandalas were originally created as part of the 2017 Mandalafest event.

Step 4: Post Your Entry by April 30, 2019

Post your finished collage in the Mandala Sharing Circle.
Deadline on or before April 30, 2019

Not a member of the Sharing Circle?
Let’s change that. It’s free to join. Enroll here.

One person will be randomly selected to win a set of 60 Arteza Gel Pens.

Read Official Contest Rules

Featured Chakra in April: Heart Chakra

Look at all faith traditions and you’ll find that each of these spiritual paths lead to the same place for healing, love. We often describe “opening our heart” when we are looking for understanding and peace. Of the seven main chakras, the heart chakra is the seat where the power of love, compassion, and connection springs forth.

Heart Chakra, Anahata qualities of love, compassion, green in color, gemstones, and affirmations.

What is Heart Chakra Healing?

Chakras are energy centers within the body that regulate, store, and distribute energy. There are seven main chakras that run along the spine. Each chakra relates to specific areas of the body and impacts the mind, emotions, and spirit. Chakra healing is the practice of opening, clearing, cleansing, supporting, and strengthening these energy centers within the body. Certain foods, sounds, smells, colors, crystals, yoga practices, affirmations, and other holistic remedies are some of the many ways to heal a chakra.

Chart showing how the heart chakra complements the other chakras.

The heart chakra, or Anahata in Sanskrit, is central to all healing both physically and spiritually. Located in the middle of the chakra ladder, the heart chakra connects our physical chakras with our spiritual chakras and heals through the power of love.

Indications of an Unhealthy Heart Chakra

Here are some of the signs that your heart chakra is unbalanced.

  • critical, demanding, perfectionistic, uses only reason and intellect
  • judgmental of self and others
  • irritable
  • jealous
  • overwhelmed by grief

When Your Heart Chakra is Balanced

  • sociable, friendly
  • loving, compassionate
  • healthy boundaries
  • strong heart
  • healthy circulation

Heart Chakra Workshop with Kathryn Costa

The chakra workshops with Kathryn Costa are a unique experience that combines a love for learning (intellect), Soul Journey Guided Meditations & Oracle Card Readings (spirit), creativity and art making (play), and journal prompts (truth telling).

Do you love getting fun mail?

When you sign up for the Heart Chakra Workshop, 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 Heart Chakra Workshop envelope.

What You Get

  • Gorgeous envelope and goodies in the mail.
  • Instant access to videos about healing chakras and the solar plexus chakra presentation.
  • Creative Activities & Journal Prompts – Whether you create your own chakra art or explore the themes in your journal, you’ll get lots of creative inspiration as you learn about and connect with your heart chakra.
  • Soul Journey – Guided meditation to awaken your creativity and connect to your inner wise self.
  • Animal Ally – Learn about animals connected to the heart chakra and the qualities we want to bring out in ourselves.
  • Tons of resources including links to videos, books, and websites to enrich your understanding of the chakras and various healing modalities.
  • Lifetime access.
  • Invitation to Join the Journal Circle. Private website for connecting with other participants.

Heart Chakra Retreats

Open your heart and invite love, compassion, gentleness, and softness to all areas of your life. Give yourself the gift of this nurturing online retreat. This is time set aside for creating and connecting.

In this three hour online retreat, you’ll explore how the various aspects of the how heart chakra are showing up for you.

In the Soul Journey meditation you’ll gently open your heart chakra. The oracle card reading will give you further information on your situation.

There will be an hour for you to follow your muse to work in your journal or to create chakra inspired art.  We’ll wrap up with Show & Tell to share our experiences with the group.

Next Heart Retreats:
Select one of these times after registering.
Friday, April 19, 2019
6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., EST


Saturday, April 20, 2019
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., EST

Participating in the online retreats is optional. You may enroll now to get instant access to the course material and recordings of the online retreat.

Register Now – Heart Chakra Workshop – $45

Digital Version – $35
Includes a digital download in place of the envelope that includes the Chakra Qualities Checklist, How to Doodle the Chakra, Affirmation Card, Animal Ally, List of websites to pick an oracle card virtually, Lifetime Access to the workshop resources, and invitation to participate in one of the Heart Chakra Online Retreats.

Buy All Seven Chakra Workshops & Save!

Chakra Series – $245 for the series (reg. $315 save $70)
Chakra Series Digital Version – $175 for the series (save $140!)

Payment Plan – $85 in three monthly installments
Payment Plan Digital Version – $62 in three monthly installment

Questions? Email kathryn@100mandalas.com

Product Review & Demo: Arteza Colored Pencils

When Arteza asked me what products I would be interested in trying out for a product review, I was curious to compare their colored pencils with the woodless colored pencils.

I look for four things in colored pencils:

  • color selection
  • vibrancy
  • blendability
  • price
Watch this video to see how these two colored pencil sets from Arteza pass the
“Kathryn Costa test.”

If you are interested in these or other Arteza products, you’ll find a coupon in the show notes below.

Show Notes & Related Links

EVENTS & PROGRAMS WITH KATHRYN COSTA
Join Kathryn in Bali, Peru, India, Omega Institute, Kripalu and more!

COLOR I COURSE
For more product demos and lessons on creating color harmony:

CHAKRA WORKSHOPS
Discover the healing properties of color in the chakra workshops.

JOIN MANDALA SHARING CIRCLE
We’d love to see you in our online community for mandala enthusiasts. It’s FREE!

ARTEZA 10% OFF COUPON
code: 100Mandalas2
valid until April 25, 2019

ARTEZA WEBSITE

ARTEZA 48 COLORED PENCIL SET IN TUBE

ARTEZA 24 WOODLESS COLORED PENCIL SET

ARTEZA 72 COLORED PENCIL SET

GAMSOL MINERAL SPIRITS

BLENDING STUMPS & TORTILLIONS

Disclosure: The products in this video have been provided to me by Arteza for free for my review. Also, I have linked products on Arteza website, where I participate in the Affiliate Program, which means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. The Gamsol and blending stumps were purchased from Amazon and I participate in the Amazon Affiliate program. Money received from these affiliations is used to support the Sharing Circle to purchase prizes for monthly contests.

Mindfulness Mandala Art Workshops at Studio 550

I am so thrilled to announce that I have found a spot right here in my home city of Manchester, NH to offer mandala art classes on a regular basis. Studio 550 Art Center is conveniently located in downtown Manchester, NH on Elm Street.

Mindfulness Mandala Art Classes are held on Tuesdays with the same mandala lesson offered at two times, afternoons starting at 1 p.m. and evenings starting at 6 p.m. Workshops run 2 to 3 hours depending on the lesson.

Each week features

  • a new mandala art lesson
  • guided meditation to gently awaken your creativity
  • demonstrations and easy to follow step-by-step instructions
  • a theme to create mandala art for self expression and insight

Sign up for one, two, or every class. Each lesson stands on it’s own so you can pick and choose the class that piques your curiosity and works best for your schedule.

What’s a mandala?

Mandala with it’s roots in the Hindu and Buddhist cultures is a Sanskrit word that loosely translates to mean circle or center. Typically the shapes and colors are arranged in a symmetrical pattern “radiating” from the center point. 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.

In contemporary mandala art, any design within a circle is considered a mandala. Often contemporary mandalas are created for self expression, insight, and healing.

The Mindfulness Mandala Art Classes at Studio 550 Art Center explore a wide range of artistic styles, cultural motifs, and contemplative themes.

Workshop Schedule At-a-Glance

  • April 9, 2019 – Labyrinths
  • April 16, 2019 – Introduction to Mandala Art
  • April 23, 2019 – Seed of Life
  • April 30, 2019 – Squaring the Circle
  • May 7, 2019 – Introduction to Mandala Art
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Each participant begins with the same starting point and ends with a unique work of art
in the Opening the Door to Mandala Art Lesson.
Introduction to Creating Mandala Art
Each participant begins with the same starting point and ends with a unique work of art.

Introduction to Creating Mandala Art

Give yourself an afternoon or evening 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. In this lesson, you’ll learn how to construct a traditional style mandala. Each participant begins with the same starting point and ends with a unique work of art.

Share the creative joy and invite a friend!

Mary Tanzer (r) holding her very first mandala with Kathryn Costa (l) holding her book, “The Mandala Guidebook.”

Introduction to Creating Mandala Art
Studio 550 Art Center, 550 Elm Street, Manchester, NH
Limited spaces
3-hour workshop
$40
Includes all tools and supplies
No art experience required

REGISTRATION OPTIONS
Click on the session below to register.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

  • Afternoon Session (1:00 to 4:00 pm)
  • Evening Session (6:00 to 9:00 pm) – Registration Closed

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Awaken your creativity and reflect on your life's path in the Labyrinth Mandala Art Lesson.
Awaken your creativity and reflect on your life’s path in the Labyrinth Mandala Art Lesson.

Creating Labyrinth Mandala Art for Insight

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.

The journey is best when shared with a friend. Who will you invite?

Studio 550 Art Center, 550 Elm Street, Manchester, NH
Limited spaces
3-hour workshop
$40
Includes all tools and supplies
No art experience required

REGISTRATION OPTIONS
Click on the session below to register.

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Reflect on the many circles in your life in the Seed of Life Sacred Geometry Mandala Art Lesson.
Seed of Life Mandala Workshop

Seed of Life Mandala: Planting Intentions

The Seed of Life is an elegant design from sacred geometry that’s surprisingly easy to construct. The overlapping circles in this mandala offer a place to reflect on the many circles in your life – family, friends, colleagues, community groups or areas of your life, physical, emotional, mental, spiritual, home, career. How do these circles in your life intersect? What needs your attention right now and what intentions do you want to plant?

Share the creative joy and invite a friend!

Studio 550 Art Center, 550 Elm Street, Manchester, NH
Limited spaces
2-hour workshop
$30
Includes all tools and supplies
No art experience required

REGISTRATION OPTIONS
Click on the session below to register.

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Squares are often found in traditional mandala art used for mediation. Find your balance and get grounded in the Squaring the Circle Mandala Art Lesson.
Squares are often found in traditional mandala art used for mediation.
Find your balance and get grounded in the Squaring the Circle Mandala Art Lesson.

Squaring the Circle & Finding Balance
Mindfulness Mandala Art Lesson

Creating and coloring mandala art is known for offering a deeply relaxing experience. The square is a shape commonly found in traditional mandalas used for meditation as it adds a grounding and stable element. In this mandala lesson, you’ll discover how easy it is to “square the circle” by drawing a progression of circles and squares in different sizes.

Share the creative joy and invite a friend!

Studio 550 Art Center, 550 Elm Street, Manchester, NH
Limited spaces
2-hour Workshop
$30
Includes all tools and supplies
No art experience required

REGISTRATION OPTIONS
Click on the session below to register.

Tuesday, April 30, 2019


About the Instructor

Kathryn Costa is an artist, writer and educator whose passion can be summed up in three little words, “create and connect.” Kathryn’s workshops help people to find clarity, let go of fear, embrace their dreams and explore their creativity. Kathryn has opened the door to creative joy to thousands of people from 175 countries in her workshops, YouTube videos, and book, “The Mandala Guidebook: How to Draw, Paint and Color Expressive Mandala Art.” She lives in New Hampshire with her Brazilian husband Fernando.

Soul Garden Mandala Workshops in Brunswick, Maine

Tending Your Soul Garden
Three mandala art workshops for self-love, deep nurturing and creative expression.
Treat yourself to a morning, afternoon, or an entire weekend focused on loving kindness and creative play. All workshops include a Soul Journey Meditation to quiet the busy mind, soothe the emotions and tune into your intuition. Mandala artist, Kathryn Costa walks you through the steps to draw the mandala art project. You’ll leave with a work of art that’s as unique as you.

  • Sign up for one, two, or all three workshops.
  • Only! $35 per workshop
  • All supplies included. You’re welcome to bring your favorite coloring supplies.
  • No art experience needed.

Makes a great gift for moms.
Invite your girlfriends and soul sisters.

Get grounded and centered creating the Squaring the Circle Mandala.

Get Grounded & Centered

Workshop #1 – Squaring the Circle Mandala

In this workshop, you’ll discover how easy it is to draw a progression of circles and squares. The Squaring the Circle Mandala has a grounding and centering quality perfect for those times when you’re looking for clarity, confidence, and inner peace. 

May 11, 2019
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Curtis Underground in the Public Library, Brunswick, Maine
$35
All supplies included. You’re welcome to bring your favorite coloring supplies.
Register Here

Dreaming, Planning, & Manifesting

Workshop #2: Tending Your Soul Garden Mandala

In this workshop, the gentle gardener invites us to look at how we’re tending our soul gardens. As you fill in the rings of your garden mandala with simple patterns and your favorite colors, you’ll plant the seeds of intention, weed out limiting beliefs, and water with affirmations to help your dreams to flourish.

May 11, 2019
2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Curtis Underground in the Public Library, Brunswick, Maine
$35
All supplies included. You’re welcome to bring your favorite coloring supplies.
Register Here

Love Who You Are

Workshop #3: Blossoming You Mandala

This workshop is an invitation to love who you are, to love your mistakes, to love yourself when it feels hard, to love yourself enough to give yourself the things you need, and to keep loving yourself until it becomes a habit. Inspiring words grace the petals of this flower mandala and serve as a gentle reminder of what nourishes your body, mind, and spirit.

May 12, 2019
1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Curtis Underground in the Public Library, Brunswick, Maine
$35
All supplies included. You’re welcome to bring your favorite coloring supplies.
Register Here

About the Presenter

Kathryn Costa is an artist, writer and educator whose passion can be summed up in three little words, “create and connect.” Kathryn’s workshops help people to find clarity, let go of fear, embrace their dreams and explore their creativity. Kathryn has opened the door to creative joy to thousands of people from 175 countries in her workshops, YouTube videos, and book, “The Mandala Guidebook: How to Draw, Paint and Color Expressive Mandala Art.” She lives in New Hampshire with her Brazilian husband Fernando.

Hosted by Mandy Russell, The Painted Dog Studio, Brunswick, Maine

Questions? Email Kathryn Costa or Mandy Russell

March Mandala Challenge

In life we are faced with many confrontations, in this mandala project you literally stand your ground.

I’ve done this mandala project many times in the Great Round course where you trace your feet, draw concentric circles around them and add color, form, and sometimes journal writing. Working on this type of mandala, these questions come to mind:

“Where do I stand on a situation?”

“Do I need to take a stand?”

“What do I stand for?”

The idea to feature this project came to mind one day recently while driving home from a visit to court. A contractor failed to pay my husband for his beautiful hardwood flooring work. Although the case was rescheduled to the end of April, I sat in the courtroom to watch and learn about the process. There were some steps that the court clerk explained that we needed to do before we returned in two months.

Not even halfway home, I had my phone out doing the necessary research. I was feeling fired up, excited, and confident. Seeing how fair and calm the judge was, put me at ease. Watching how the process works and knowing what to expect also helped me to feel prepared to navigate this situation. I felt myself so empowered to stand by my husband and to stand up for what I know to be right. As I did my internet research, I felt my inner Athena, the goddess of civilization and justice come forth and my solar plexus chakra energized.

Pictured above is the “Standing on My Holy Ground” mandala that features a solar plexus chakra at the center. The solar plexus is all about knowing your worth, expecting only the very best, having clarity and confidence around a situation, setting healthy boundaries, and taking action. Wow! I truly have this chakra activated. Watch out! 

To put empowering words to my feelings, I pulled out my deck of cards from the Virtues Project. Words, phrases, and affirmations fill the my feet and run along the rings emanating from where I stand.

I speak my truth with peaceful confidence.

I am worthy of respect.

I ask for what I need with simple, positive requests.

I rise to the challenge.

I stand up for what I believe is right.

Now It’s Your Turn to Take a Stand!

Create a “Standing on Your Holy Ground” Mandala

What You’ll Need

  • Piece of paper large enough to trace both of your feet.
  • You may need to tape a couple of pieces together. Use any color or type of paper.
  • Round objects of various sizes. (optional)
  • Large compass (optional)
  • Tack and string (9” or so) (optional)
  • Pencil and eraser
  • Your favorite coloring supplies
  • Notebook or journal

Step 1: Think about a confrontational situation in your life.

The situation may be something you need to take a stand on. Do you need to speak up for yourself? Maybe something happened in your past and you regret not standing up for yourself or a current situation that needs your attention. The situation may be about a personal relationship, professional in nature, or a political topic. It may be something you’ve been avoiding and it’s time to face it and take the next step. This project gives you the opportunity to explore where you stand and what’s important to you.

Step 2: Stand on the piece of paper and trace both of your feet.

Be sure to have some space between your feet.

You may be barefoot or wear shoes.

You may find it easier to sit in a chair and lean down to trace your feet or ask someone to trace them for you.

Step 3: Draw concentric circles starting between the foot tracings.

The circles can be any size. You can draw as many as you like.

There are many ways to draw the circles using a compass or tracing round objects.

You may even want to draw your circles freehand for an organic rather than geometric look. I love this method.

Another way to draw large circles is to tie a string to a pin that is placed at the center of the circle and tie the other end to your pencil. As you draw, be sure to keep the string taut.

Step 4: Fill in with more details and colors.

Use your favorite mediums to color and add details to your mandala.

Consider using bold contrasting colors to convey tension. Complimentary colors are great options: red & green, yellow & violet, blue & orange, black & white with spot bold colors.

Try not to be influenced by the samples that you see posted on this page. Follow your own intuition as to how you’ll add color and form to reflect how you are feeling. This is not a time to copy what you see.

Step 5: Observe your thoughts and feelings.

As you work on your mandala, notice your thoughts and feelings about the process of creating this mandala as well as the situation you thought of in Step 1. Record these observations in your notebook or journal. Consider journal writing along the concentric circles about your situation. Allow all of your feelings to spill out onto the page.

Step 6: Meditate on your finished mandala.

Spend some time looking at your mandala. Since you’ve been working so closely on it, prop it up and stand back to see how all of the details and colors come together. Try standing on the mandala placing your feet where you’ve traced them. Stand tall. What do you see? How do the lines around your feet look to you?What does it tell you?

Consider these questions:

Pull out a notebook or journal and reflect on your mandala art and mandala story.

  • What do the colors that you chose tell you about yourself and your standpoint?
  • Looking at the feet, what do the colors tell you as you compare them to the rest of the mandala? How would you describe them?
  • When you stand on your mandala, what do you see and how do you feel?
  • Do you feel uncomfortable or confident taking a stand? Why?
  • What is your next step in this situation?

Enter to Win!

1. Photograph your mandala.

2. Post it in the Sharing Circle on or before March 31, 2019.

Not a member? Join Here

3. One person will be randomly selected to win a copy of Susanne Fincher’s book, “Coloring Mandalas for Confidence, Energy, and Purpose.”

Solar Plexus Chakra Retreat

Working with your solar plexus chakra is a great way to gain clarity, boost your confidence, set clear boundaries, and take action. 

Do you love getting fun mail?

When you sign up for the Solar Plexus Chakra Workshop, 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 Solar Plexus Chakra Workshop envelope.

Solar Plexus Chakra Retreat
March 23, 2019
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., EST

Can’t attend live? Get instant access to the presentation recordings.

Learn More + Register

Last Call for Great Round Course 2019!

If you enjoyed the first three challenges for this year, you’ll love the Great Round Course. Over 100 mandala projects and twelve themes are part of the course. Note, this is the last sample project that will be featured this year. Although the course opened up on February, you can still sign up. Enrollment closes on March 31, 2019. I may not offer this course in 2020 depending on my travel schedule.

Get the Details + Enroll


Coffee Talk: Giving Your Personal Power Away? Let’s Chat

My first “Coffee Talk” on perfectionism had such a great response, I’m inspired to keep offering them. This month’s topic kept showing up and wanted to join our next conversation. It’s all about recognizing when you give your personal power away and what you can do to change it.

Here are several signs you may be giving your power away:

  • Saying “Yes” to everyone when deep down wanting to say “no.” Learn how important it is to say “yes!” to you. You’re so worth it.
  • Looking to others for advice rather than trusting what you believe to be what’s right for you.
  • Your self worth depends on the opinion of others.
  • You’re hypersensitive to criticism.
  • Blaming, Complaining, Holding Grudges, Poor Boundaries.

In this heart to heart “virtual” coffee chat, Kathryn Costa shares the story of how saying, “yes!” to her and “no” to an offer that didn’t value her worth was a huge turning point that led to an unexpected dream invitation to teach in Bali, Peru, and India. Learn how empowering yourself opens doors.

Giving Your Personal Power Away, Here's How You Can Take It Back

Program Overview

  • Recognizing the Signs: How You’re Giving Your Personal Power Away
  • What You Can Do: Empowering Practices to Own It & Celebrate It
  • Take the Challenge: Stand on Your Holy Ground Mandala Project

Program Recording

The recording of this program is now available in the Sharing Circle, a free membership website hosted by Kathryn Costa.

About Your Host, Kathryn Costa

Kathryn Costa knows what it’s like to feel powerless and to give her personal power away. She also knows what its like to feel empowered, to stand in her truth, and to confidently go after her dreams. And, Kathryn wants to help you to have this same clarity and confidence. Trained as a Soul Coach, Kaizen-Muse Creativity Coach, and author of The Mandala Guidebook, Kathryn’s on a mission to help your soulful and creative practices to flourish!

Flower Moon Mandala Workshop

In this full moon mandala art workshop with Kathryn, you’ll be guided in a Soul Journey Meditation that gently awakens your creative spirit and helps you to listen to your intuition. Clear, easy to follow instructions walk you through creating your own mandala art. Mandala, Sanskrit meaning circle, is an art form that pairs beautifully with the practice of working with lunar cycles for manifesting dreams.

Join us for an exciting workshop where everyone begins with the same starting point in creating the mandala and finishes with their own variation that reflects their unique personality and intentions.

Creating art infused with intention is a powerful practice that can

  • provide clarity and aid in discerning your next steps
  • release limiting beliefs, disappointments, and hurts
  • celebrate life’s blessings, milestones, and turning points
  • awaken your creativity
  • connect with Spirit and all living things
  • express yourself with color, form, and beauty

The full moon is a time to pause from the daily routines to celebrate our many blessings. With its bright light, the full moon helps us to see the habits, limiting beliefs, and situations that no longer serve us.

“Flower moon” is the traditional Native American name for the full moon in May and the inspiration for the Flower Moon Mandala Workshop.

About the Facilitator

Kathryn Costa is an artist, writer and educator whose passion can be summed up in three little words, “create and connect.” Kathryn’s workshops help people to find clarity, let go of fear, embrace their dreams and explore their creativity. Kathryn has opened the door to creative joy to thousands of people from 175 countries in her workshops, YouTube videos, and book, “The Mandala Guidebook: How to Draw, Paint and Color Expressive Mandala Art.” She lives in New Hampshire with her Brazilian husband Fernando.

Flower Full Moon Mandala Art Workshop

Saturday, May 18, 2019
1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
at Yoga Jaya

1040 Whittier Highway, Moultonborough, NH

All materials provided.
No art experience needed.

Cost: $40.00 per person

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Spring Into Possibilities Retreat

“What do you need to flourish?”

“What does your business need to flourish?”

These are two questions that I ask myself each morning that connects my word-for-the-year, flourish with my vision – to live a healthy, vibrant, joyful life, and to grow my creative and soulful business.

Vision Board - Dreams Do Come True

What’s your vision?
How do you stay the course?

I begin each year by creating a vision board and selecting a word-for-the-year.

Throughout the year, I stay inspired and focused to make my dreams happen by using a vision journal. A vision journal is a place to dream, plan, and track action steps.

Vision journals are the key to making things happen. While vision boards are helpful to create a vision and identify your dreams, it’s working with vision journals that will help you to put your vision into action.

Working in a vision journal has helped me to:

  • write a book proposal that led to publishing a book
  • find the courage to believe in myself to ditch the day job and to focus full time on a business that I love
  • listen to what my body needs to feel nourished, loved, and healthy
  • dream bigger than I’ve ever dreamed before
  • and so much more!

A vision journal will help you to:

  • get clear on what you most desire
  • recognize and release limiting beliefs
  • awaken your creativity
  • brainstorm next steps
  • celebrate your successes

Are you ready to spring into the possibilities that life holds for you?

You maybe thinking yes, but…

My life is so busy and I don’t have time to create a vision for my life.

I don’t know how to quiet my busy mind from thinking about everything that I have going on.

I don’t know how to listen to my intuition. Do I have a wise inner self?

I don’t know how to begin or how to translate a vision board into a vision journal.

Consider this…

Imagine a long weekend in a beautiful mountain setting where you can

  • clear your mind
  • nourish your body
  • tune into your inner wise self
  • gently awaken your creative spirit
  • and connect with an expanded vision for your life

Take a Spring Retreat at Race Brook Lodge

Join Liza Bertini and Kathryn Costa for a retreat to spring into the possibilities on April 11 – 14, 2019.

There is no better place to welcome Spring than in the Berkshire Mountains and no better time to open to new possibilities in life!

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.

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Liza’s yoga classes guide you in giving your body
loving kindness and attention.

Mindfulness & Movement

Mindfulness comes easy here at Race Brook Lodge. Daily meditation and yoga classes will will clear the mind and shift the energy in your body to open you up to envisioning new possibilities.

Each person gets two envelopes filled with surprises
including oracle cards and inspiring quotes.

Vision Journal Workshops

  • 2-three hour vision journal classes with Kathryn Costa
  • Soul Journey guided meditations to tap into your intuition and gently awaken your creativity.
  • Two beautiful envelopes with inspiration and surprises tucked inside to use in your journals.
  • Journal prompts that weave in the four elements of air, water, fire, and earth and how these elements bring balance and vitality to your mind, emotions, spirit, and body.
  • You’ll meet two animal allies and learn how their wisdom can serve you to put your vision into action.
  • Vision journal techniques for recycling a catalogue to use as a journal, creating pockets, adding tabs, tipping in pages, and creative list making ideas.
  • Twelve tips for mixing and matching elements of design to create gorgeous collages.
  • Open studio time to savor the creative experience.
  • You bring your curiosity and we bring the rest. All supplies included.
  • Return home with an inspired journal practice.
Take a peek inside one of Kathryn’s vision journals.

Fire Burning Ceremony/Bon Fire

Fire is a powerful element that helps to transform and release attachments and limiting beliefs that hold us back. Too often we hold onto our dreams so tightly that they don’t have the room to grow and manifest. We’ll gather around a bon fire for a fire burning ceremony.

Do you know what would make this retreat even more fun?

Invite a friend! 

Who do you know would savor this experience and support your dream?

Just think about that as you read on…

Accommodations & Facilities

Nestled at the foot of Mount Race in Sheffield MA, Race Brook Lodge welcomes you to a place of peaceful respite and outstanding hospitality in alignment with local sustainability and inner harmony right here in the Berkshires.

When you step outside your room, you’ll be greeted with breathtaking hiking trails that will lead you to the must-see views from the top of Race Brook Falls. From there, you have direct access to The Appalachian Trail and just across the brook, you’ll find a farm garden, which grows much of the produce for the restaurant.

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Your Guides

About Liza Bertini

Liza Bertini is a Personal Development Coach, Yoga and Mindfulness Educator, and Leadership Trainer. For the past 15 years, Liza has been coaching, training, and creating experiences to help people live more healthy, mindful and meaningful lives. Her former experience as a Human Resources Director for several prestigious corporations in the finance and media industries has influenced her work with clients and corporations to develop and enhance conscious leadership and mindful work practices, career development, corporate wellness, and employee experience. As s a yoga and meditation teacher, Liza believes mindfulness principles are fundamental in driving personal and organizational transformation and is known for inspiring others from her own personal journey. She earned a Certificate in Career and Life Planning from New York University, a Certificate in Health Coaching from Villanova University School of Nursing, holds a Master of Science in Industrial Organizational Psychology from Stevens Institute of Technology, and a Bachelor of Arts in Business and Psychology from Muhlenberg College. Learn more at www.lizabertini.com.

About Kathryn Costa

Kathryn Costa is an artist, writer and educator whose passion can be summed up in three little words, “create and connect.” Since she started blogging in 2008, Kathryn has inspired people from 175 countries with her personal stories and artwork. Kathryn’s workshops help people to find clarity, let go of fear, embrace their dreams and explore their creativity. In October 2014, Kathryn decided to challenge herself to create 100 mandalas in 100 days and invited her friends online to join her. Within a year, the 100 Mandalas Challenge and Community has quickly grown to include thousands of mandala enthusiasts from all over the world. Kathryn is the author of “The Mandala Guidebook: How to Draw, Paint and Color Expressive Mandala Art” published by North Light Books. When Kathryn isn’t creating mandalas, she enjoys art journaling, collage, mixed media, photography and Ikebana (Japanese flower arranging). She lives in New England with her Brazilian husband Fernando. To learn more, visit truenortharts.com.

The Finer Details

Daily Itinerary

  • April 11 to 14, 2019
  • Arrive after 3 pm Thursday
  • Weekend begins with 4:30 pm Yoga and ends with Lunch on Sunday

Retreat Includes

  • Daily yoga, meditation classes and activities that will help you envision new possibilities
  • Two 3-Hour Vision Journal Art Classes with Kathryn
  • Fire Burning Ceremony / Bon Fire
  • 3 delicious gourmet vegetarian meals each day with an arrival dinner and departure lunch
  • Double or Single accommodations at Race Brook Lodge
  • Easily accessible with public transportation from NYC

Optional Activities

  • Explore local mountains and hike the Appalachian Trail
  • Local antique shops, boutiques and cultural attractions
  • Spa treatments available on property (extra fee)

Pricing*

  • $749: Double Room (per person)
  • $890 (limited) Private Rooms
  • $145/Day – Local Commuters

*TRANSPORTATION TO/FROM IS NOT PROVIDED

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Source Images: With love and gratitude to Flow Magazine, Flow Book for Paper Lovers, Happinez Magazine, DharmaCrafts Catalogue, Mantra Wellness Magazine, Lion’s Roar Magazine, Eating Well Magazine, Body + Soul Magazine, Remedies Magazine, Art Journaling Magazine, You’re Doing a Freaking Great Job Book, Denise Linn’s Soul Coaching Oracle Deck and Soul Traveler Oracle Deck. These are some of the many inspiring sources used to create the journal pages that you see on this page.