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!
In light of the swirling energies and fear around the coronavirus, I’ve been spending a lot of time reflecting on art making as a self soothing, grounding, and heart opening activity. Working with the root and heart chakras come to mind as two energy centers within the body that can help you to feel safe, secure, and loved.
If you have my chakra stencils, I invite you to go on a scavenger hunt around your home to find items that you can use to trace the chakra design onto. Here a file folder in beautiful reds and florals captures the color, feeling, and tone of the root chakra. To see the chakra design set against the busy background, I colored in the areas around the triangle and petals with a black Sharpie marker. A red paint pen brightens up all of the black areas with lines and dots. As I worked, I centered myself by reciting positive affirmations.
I am safe. My family is safe & secure. I am financially secure. I feel a strong connection to Mother Earth. I am abundant. I am grounded, centered, rooted, connected, and peaceful.
A page from Flow Magazine featuring a photo in green tones by Lupen Grainine provides a gorgeous back drop for the heart chakra. I cut out the words, “kindness” and “awaken your heart” to set the tone for this journal page. After tracing the chakra stencil, I added some flowing lines to the petals and I relaxed with each mindful breath. I added words as little reminders of what helps me to awaken my heart:
Creating art as a spiritual practice provides us with the gift of stepping out of ordinary time and into sacred space where we create for insight, self expression, and healing. Creating in community furthers this experience; each participant inspires and is inspired by the other participants in a mutually supportive atmosphere.
The mandala art projects in this program are centered around the intention of cultivating loving-kindness and compassion. Each activity includes a guided meditation that invites your attention to the present moment, opens a sacred conversation with your inner wise self, and gently awakens creative flow.
In our creative practice, we’ll work with the four elements, bringing a sweet vigilance to
air: observing our thoughts
water: feeling our emotions
earth: listening to our bodies
fire: awakening our creative spirit
The projects include creating heart chakra mandala art that opens the energy center of love, compassion, and acceptance; the Torus Yantra, a sacred symbol that reflects the expansive energy of the heart center; and a mandala with four gates to illustrate the four elements and four aspects of the self.
This program is for you if you want to give yourself a gift of creative expression that nurtures your body, mind, emotions, and spirit. You’ll go home with new skills, two-three pieces of unique mandala art, a greater awareness of self, and ideas for an on-going creative practice.
Kathryn’s 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’s unique teaching style integrates tools and practices from her training as a Kaizen-Muse Creativity Coach, Soul Coach, Virtue’s Project Facilitator, and Jaguar Path Shamanic Practitioner.
2020 is just around the corner. My friend is calling it the “roaring twenties!”
If you’re not feeling ready to charge in, “roaring” into the new year…
…then a weekend getaway in a New England farm house sipping hot chocolate next to a fire may be just what you need.
Sounds good? We can make that happen as I’ve been invited to bring a mandala program to the Rowe Center in Rowe, MA.
Imagine an entire weekend dedicated to creating mandala art. The projects in this weekend are centered around reflecting back on the past year to celebrate and honor the many unexpected blessings and surprises. It’s a great time to release old energies to make way for new beginnings.
Creating Mandalas for an Inspired Year
WHEN: December 6-8, 2019 WHERE: Rowe Center, Rowe, MA WHO: Kathryn Costa, Your Guide to Soulful & Creative Living
The mandala art projects featured in this weekend program include the projects I go back to year after year – they’re perfect for getting centered, reflecting on life’s journey, recognizing meaningful connections, and creating beauty.
Project Highlights Include:
Seed of Life Mandala based on sacred geometry.
Labyrinth Mandala Art based on the medieval style at the Chartres Cathedral in France.
Nature Inspired Mandalas to explore what you need now to bloom where you’re planted.
The weekend also includes:
Soul Journey Meditations to access your intuition and the wisdom of your soul.
Two Beautiful Envelopes with Oracle Cards for extra insightful and inspiring messages.
Lots of spacious free time. Imagine curling up by the fire to work on your mandala projects or write in your journal.
Delicious comfort food.
Connecting and Creating in community.
No experience needed. Beginner’s encouraged to sign up.
All materials and tools provided. (Mandala enthusiasts may like to bring their favorite art supplies.)
There is a goddess within every woman. What goddess are you? Now enrolling for January 2020.
Don’t miss the early bird savings (up to $115) when you register by December 1, 2019.
The ancient myths come to life in the Goddess Course taught by Kathryn Costa. In this course you’ll meet seven feminine archetypes depicted in the Greek mythology: Aphrodite the lover, Hera the wife, Demeter the mother, Persephone the daughter and Goddess of the Underworld, Artemis the sister, Athena the strategist, and Hestia the wise woman and hearth keeper.
You’ll recognize qualities of these feminine archetypes in yourself and the women in your life and you’ll be inspired to call upon their strengths within you to best serve your aspirations and your relationships.
Aphrodite teaches us to savor the simple pleasures in life.
Artemis takes us into the wilderness and gives us permission to dance to the beat of our own drum.
Athena will help you to focus and think strategically.
Hera expects the best, a lesson we can all use!
Persephone guides us through our shadow times and gives us hope.
Hestia‘s mindful approach to tending her home will have you looking at housework differently!
Demeter loves to feed her children and grandchildren. She’ll inspire you to bake some bread, cake, or cookies.
Then there’s the goddess in you!
Here’s a little secret, you’ll discover that the goddess in you is a unique combination of each of these Olympic Greek Goddesses.
We’ve only just skimmed the surface here as these goddesses have many more qualities. Ooohhh there’s so much more to discover.
Now how fun is that?
When you sign up for the Goddess Course, you get these beautiful envelopes in the mail when each lesson is published. Tucked inside you’ll find a Goddess Profile that includes a snapshot of the goddess’ strengths, colors, symbols, gemstones, plants, and animals. These characteristics will inspire you to bring in one or more of these elements into your own goddess art.
Each goddess online retreat includes:
Highlights of the mythic story told in a fun and relatable way.
In depth look at the goddess’ strengths and wounds.
Activities to use the goddess’ strengths and wisdom for navigating life and pursuing your dreams.
Stories that illustrate how these goddess archetypes show up in us today. The myths live on!
Connect with power animals akin to the goddess.
Soul Journey guided meditation to tap into your inner wisdom.
Oracle card tucked in the envelope with time for a reading.
Create your own goddess inspired art.
The goddess online retreat includes an hour of “studio time” where you can begin working on a goddess inspired project.
Here are some ideas of projects you may be inspired to create in this course.
Visual Journal with collage elements.
Fiber Arts – knitting, quilting
Talisman made of clay or painted rocks
Not feeling very creative? You’ll receive handouts with activities that you can use during the studio time. For example in the Athena Retreat you get her compass, shield, and wing. In the Hestia Retreat you’ll get a labyrinth to “walk” as you adding color, patterns, and journal writing.
Perhaps you and your muse have another idea? We’ll want to see it!
Kathryn masterfully weaves the Greek Myths into your life in a way that will give you now self-awareness. I enjoyed her connections between the goddesses and real life and her gorgeous mandala depictions of each goddess. Let Kathryn lead you on a journey with the goddesses – you will savor the experience!
Susan Paul Johnson, MBA, PhD Expressive Arts Facilitator
I’ve always been intrigued by Greek goddesses and mythology, but had a hard time connecting with them. However, Kathryn’s storytelling, energy, and passion for the Greek Goddesses have left me inspired and excited to learn and create more!
Paige Scheinberg, MS, ATR, CZT Founder, shine on consulting
Meet Your Guide, Kathryn Costa
Kathryn Costa is an instigator of creative and soulful living. Her playful, conversational storytelling style will draw you into the ancient myths and leave you going “ah-ha! I get it.” Kathryn has a gift for taking complex concepts and making the easy and fun to understand.
Kathryn is the author of “The Mandala Guidebook: How to Draw, Paint, and Color Expressive Mandala Art” and the designer of Chakra Stencils produced by StencilGirl Products.
When I first learned about the Greek Goddess archetypes nine years ago, it opened up a whole new world to me. I learned a lot about myself, both my strengths and my weaknesses. I also have a new perspective on the women in my life. So much so, that I now have a better understanding and appreciation for their aspirations, motivations, and quirks that are often different from mine. My biggest takeaway is the realization that we have within us the power of all the goddesses and we can call on these qualities to navigate the joys and challenges of life. I can’t wait to meet the goddesses within you!
Kathryn Costa Instigator of creative & soulful living
An Important Footnote About SoulCollage®
SoulCollage® is a trademarked process created by Seena Frost. For more information on Seena, the process, or Facilitator Training please visit her website.
SoulCollage® cards are made either from one’s own art or from images found in materials which have been bought by or given to the SoulCollage card maker.
These collaged cards are used only for the cardmaker’s own inner exploration. SoulCollage® cards are not sold, traded, bartered, or copied (except as a back-up for the cardmakers own use) as is stated in the Principles of SoulCollage®. Where SoulCollage cards are available to be seen by others, it is for the purposes either of demonstrating the SoulCollage® process or of sharing the cardmakers’ inner process in the context of community. SoulCollage® is grateful to the artists and photographers who make this deep awakening process possible and in all ways SoulCollage® seeks to be respectful of their rights.
In this online retreat experience, you’ll take a “time out” to “tune in” and observe what you need to flourish in your life.
Kathryn Costa takes you on a magical experience that begins when you receive a beautiful envelope in the mail. Tucked inside you’ll find little surprises to use during the online retreat that includes a second envelope with a pep talk for those moments long after the retreat when you feel like giving up on your dreams.
Whether you are looking to transform your personal or professional life, this retreat offers you access to your soul’s wisdom through soul journey guided meditations, an oracle card reading, a visit with an animal ally and journal prompts.
Flourishing means knowing how to:
transform fear, anxiety and overwhelm into inspired action
recognize your sweet spots and play on your strengths
live and work with intention
joyfully stay the course
Whatever your dream is, it’s your time to flourish.
Message from your retreat guide, Kathryn Costa
I’m feeling so on fire and alive about this FLOURISH retreat. I asked Spirit what to create next and the idea for this retreat flashed into my creative brain. In the days that followed, signs and moments of synchronicity showed up in the form of videos, bits of conversations, quotes, memes and messages from my intuitive collage art process. I feel Spirit guiding me in creating this experience for you to flourish in ways your heart deeply desires.
Participants of my online retreats and in person workshops comment again and again how the Soul Journey guided meditations and oracle card readings provide them with meaningful insights and affirming the next steps to take on their soulful and creative journeys.
It truly feels magical when I gather with others in these online retreats. It would be an honor to share this Flourish Retreat experience with you.
~ Kathryn Costa, Instigator of Creativity and Soulful Living
The Finer Details
Flourish Personal Retreat with Kathryn Costa
Now available OnDemand. Create your own personal retreat using the recordings. Take the experience to the next level with a 1:1 coaching session with Kathryn Costa. Email Kathryn at email@example.com for details on the coaching session.
What You’ll Need
Journal or notebook and pen.
For art journaling – scissors, glue stick, collage supplies like assorted magazines/catalogues and other items with pictures and words
For art making – Have on hand your favorite art supplies to use for the creative project you’d like to work on during the Studio Time.
Pricing & Registration
$45 reg. Same low price for US and international orders.
The heart chakra, Anahata in Sanskrit, is our place of love. It’s central to all healing as it bridges the lower chakras (our physical aspects) with the upper chakras (our spiritual nature). When it’s balanced we are loving, compassionate, friendly, trusting, forgiving, and others feel comfortable and at home with us.
When it’s not balanced, we may be critical of ourselves or others, perfectionistic, demanding, jealous, self-centered, overwhelmed with grief, or lonely. What is powerful about the heart chakra is how it supports the work we do with all of the other chakras. Love truly does heal all. Create heart chakra art any time you need to bring gentleness, loving-kindness, and compassion to a situation in your life.
Chakras are energy centers in the body where energy is stored, regulated, and distributed. There are seven main chakras that run along the spine and each chakra has a specific tone and quality that impacts our mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual well-being.
About the Heart Chakra Workshop
You’ll connect with your heart chakra as you create art infused the energy of loving-kindness.
In this workshop experience you’ll:
Let go of the stress, to do lists, and busy schedule in a relaxing meditation.
Discover at a glance how your heart chakra is affecting your body, mind, and spirit.
Quickly and easily draw the heart chakra mandala using a stencil designed by Kathryn Costa for StencilGirl Products.
Add color, patterns, and uplifting words to create your heart chakra art.
About the Instructor
Kathryn Costa loves to open the door to creative joy especially for those who don’t believe they are creative or think they can draw. Known as an instigator of creativity, she has taught thousands how to draw mandalas in her popular YouTube videos, workshops, and book. She is the designer of the Chakra Stencils by StencilGirl Products and the author of, “The Mandala Guidebook: How to Draw, Paint, and Color Expressive Mandala Art.”
Note taking the previous chakra workshops is not a prerequisite to signing up for the Solar Plexus Chakra Workshop. Each workshop stands alone. Additional Root Chakra and Sacral Chakra Workshops can be scheduled if there is enough interest. Let us know!
Looking back on one’s life we can see moments that stand out as turning points – a marriage, a milestone birthday, a trip, an unexpected diagnosis, the loss of a loved one – each event shifting our perspective of life as we know it.
Each turning point is like a polished pearl added to the string of our life’s journey. Yesterday, I added another pearl to my string when I attended a despacho ceremony hosted by Ray Crist and Nina Henrikson of the Jaguar Path and led by the legendary Don Sebastian Pauccar Flores, a Paco shaman from Peru.
My experience with the ceremony began long before I had arrived. I spent my morning taking care of some chores, folding laundry, washing dishes, and straightening up my studio. After my meditation, I emptied my mind onto a notebook with a to do list for the next week. These activities helped me to clear my home and my mind so I could arrive free from any distractions.
As I shuffled a deck of oracle cards, I asked, “What do I need to know for today’s experience?” I pulled the “peace” card which reflected how I was already feeling and it aligned with my intention to be open to any healing or insights that may be offered in this ceremony.
In the ceremony, the shaman built a despacho, a type of prayer bundle made of a variety of ingredients including corn, grains, beans, herbs, sugar, and sweets then covered by a layer of cotton to form a bed to carry our intentions. Each participant collected three leaves while meditating on a challenge or limiting belief that we wished to release and on one dream or goal we wished to manifest. The women in our group were given red flower petals representing Pachamama, Mother Earth, and the men, white flowers for the spirits of the mountains.
In turn, we each brought up to the shaman our leaves and flowers infused with our prayerful intentions. After blessing us and our offering, each bundle was carefully placed on the cotton bed arranged in rows with the feminine energy on one side and the masculine on the other. Additional ingredients of nuts, flowers, corn, sweets, and colorful sprinkles topped the prayers then wrapped like a package and tucked inside a beautifully woven cloth called a mesa.
We each took turns to step before the shaman who chanted, rang his bell, and tapped the mesa on the top of our heads, hearts, and solar plexus awakening the energy in these areas to initiate healing.
The next part of the ceremony gave us the opportunity to go before the fire to place a stick representing what we wish to release. We then energized our personal mesas that hold our blessings and healing energy. The shaman then placed the despacho into the fire that quickly consumed and transformed our prayerful intentions.
What made this powerful ceremony a turning point moment for me was learning how the shamans offer up their struggle not with hard feelings but with deep gratitude. As an optimist by nature, I see my life’s challenges as offering insights. I often gain some new wisdom, relationship, or skill as a result. But even knowing that the hard lessons in life have much to offer, I’ve often felt so weighed down and resentful by them asking “Why me?”
In recent weeks, I had felt particularly heavy with a challenge that I’d been carrying all my life. More than one astrologer has looked at my natal chart and recognized this struggle and said, “wow, you’ve had a really hard life.”
The timing of this despacho ceremony is perfectly aligned as I’m currently in my Chiron Return, a period of time when one awakens to their core wound and if aware is empowered to heal it. The Chiron Return is our soul’s need to completely wipe away all those toxicities that have been holding us back on our life path.
When it was time to declare the challenge I wished to release in this despacho ceremony, there was something different within me. This time, I didn’t feel the heaviness of this old wound, I felt much lighter and at peace. The invitation from the shaman to offer this challenge with deep gratitude, oddly came easily for me.
Pictured here is a recent mandala that I created to acknowledge this struggle. At the center is the sun representing my fire nature surrounded by a ring of snow capped mountains with a black backdrop for the challenges, and an outer ring of clouds to add a lightness and ease that I desire. Looking at this mandala today, I see how it captures the story of the struggle with orderliness and beauty.
I kept today’s schedule free and clear so I could sleep if I needed and savor time to integrate what I had learned from the ceremony.
During my morning meditation, I had my mesa with me. In recent months, I’ve been thinking a lot about my rightful work, my soul purpose. Building a business and working for myself, has taken a lot of work, determination, and courage. In recent weeks, I’ve questioned not my why but my how. Is working for myself right for me? Am I cut out to wear so many hats to make a living? Am I making it harder for myself to do my soul’s work? Is there a way that I can serve more people?
With these thoughts once again showing up and my hand on my mesa, I looked over at the wall across from where I was sitting where I saw my mandala underneath a collage that I had created last fall. Looking at it today after yesterday’s shamanic ceremonial experience and with fresh eyes, I see how my art reflects my shamanic journey.
Would you like a closer look at that collage? Keep scrolling.
At the bottom of the collage, the snow leopard, an animal ally, watches faithfully for any danger and offers me protection. The path made up of spirals and the adjacent black field with white dots represent the many possibilities for me to consider as I turn towards my journey.
The woman represents me looking up at the tree roots considering how I’ll find my way up. Inside the dark openings are behaviors that hold us back and lead us off our path. Pictured here we see cleverness, our armor, and niceness. Does that last one surprise you? Niceness has a shadow side. There was a time when I had the disease to please and in the face of being “nice” I gave my power away. I would accommodate everyone else and never honor what I wanted or needed.
Here we see three more shadow elements, ego, willfulness, and judgement.
As we move up the collage and tree, we come to “intellectualizing.” This is the tendency to rely exclusively on thinking to navigate one’s life path and to “get to the top.” Intellectualizing will only get you so far.
What we find at the top is a pink cloud and a little message that speaks to what happens when we reach this peak, we expand our view and can see how our potential is limitless.
As I look at this collage and the mandala that I shared earlier in this post, I see how my unique shamanic path involves creating art to not only express my thoughts, feelings, and truths but more profoundly as a means to have sacred conversations. When I create collages and mandalas, it’s more than creating a pleasing picture, it’s about the process of co-creating with my wise inner self and the Great Spirit for insight and healing.
As I was telling my husband about the ceremony, it became quite clear that my work is about bringing the spiritual to the arts community and the arts to the spiritual community. I’m a bridge. I’m also a guide for showing others how they can create art as an oracle. For each of us is the weaver of our dreams, the makers of magic, and the wounded healer.
Chakra Stencils designed by Kathryn Costa for StencilGirl Products
Rooted in the yogic tradition, chakras are part of our energetic body. There are seven main chakras located along the spine where energy is stored, regulated, and distributed. Each chakra has a specific tone that relates to targeted areas of the body and has a distinct effect on our mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being.
Each chakra mandala is characterized by a geometric pattern, surrounded by a specific number of lotus petals that involve careful measuring and planning to draw.
Kathryn Costa’s chakra stencils save you time drawing the chakra art so you can focus on your wellness intentions as you add your own patterns, color, and creative flair to the classic chakra designs.
Working with Chakra Stencils as a Wellness & Spiritual Practice
Kathryn’s work with chakras began one fateful day when her jeans unexpectedly split while at a women’s wellness weekend. In that moment, Kathryn had a decision to make – buy another pair of jeans or focus on her health to fit into a smaller pair of jeans waiting for her in the closet. Deciding on the wellness journey, Kathryn sought out a holistic approach that was more than counting calories.
As a mandala artist, Kathryn was curious to explore charka art not realizing how this journey would open up a new path of healing with color, sound, movement, food, sacred geometry, intentions and affirmations.
Kathryn uses her chakra stencils as part of a daily mindfulness and spiritual practice. As she sits in her favorite chair, she puts on some meditation music, spends a few moments to get centered and asks the question, “What needs my attention?” Then she reaches for a chakra stencil that will help her to explore what’s showing up. After tracing the chakra, she then fills the design with patterns, color, and/or journal writing as she tunes in to listen to her inner wise self.
Kathryn Costa’s work centers around soulful and creative living. Kathryn has taught thousands how to draw mandalas in her YouTube videos, workshops, online courses, and her book, “The Mandala Guidebook: How to Draw, Paint, and Color Expressive Mandala Art.” Alongside mandalas, Kathryn works with collage, vision journaling, SoulCollage, and photography for self expression, insight, and healing. Kathryn brings her passion for the expressive and contemplative arts to the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY, Kripalu in the beautiful Berkshire Mountains and various other locations around the country.
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 path that leads to a center point. Unlike a maze, you can’t get lost in a labyrinth – there is only one way in and one way out.
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.
What you’ll get in this retreat experience.
Explore how to use labyrinths for meditation, discernment, setting intentions and manifesting.
Step-by-Step instructions on how to draw a labyrinth inspired by the medieval style labyrinth found at Chartres Cathedral.
Beautifully designed handouts for future reference.
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.
Twenty-four participants of the Inspired Vision Retreat were invited to contribute a piece to this group mandala project. Each person was given a piece and assigned a color. They printed the piece, filled it with color and form and incorporated their word-for-the-year into their design.
The Seed of Life is an elemental form in sacred geometry created by drawing seven circles of the same size. I love this design and how the overlapping circles create new shapes that look like flower petals. These containers are the perfect place for writing words and adding symbols, doodles, and color.
What makes the Seed of Life an elemental form? If you continue to draw circles, you’ll get the Flower of Life or the Torus Yantra depending on where you continue drawing the circles.
What better mandala to use to seed our intentions for the year?
What word will inspire you as you navigate the opportunities and challenges that are showing up for you? For participants in the workshop we played with words until we found the one that spoke to each of us. For some who arrived to the workshop with a word already selected, the activities gave them an opportunity to explore the many facets of the word.
As the pieces came together the Community Seed of Life Mandala is a symbol of hope and renewal.
Want to participate in the next Community Mandala Project?