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Welcome to the Circle

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

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Current Workshops & Programs

Click here for a listing of workshops, programs, and online courses.

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

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

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)


  • $749: Double Room (per person)
  • $825 (limited) Private Rooms
  • $145/Day – Local Commuters


Book Now!

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.

February Mandala Challenge: Spiral Path Mandalas

Spirals are a design motif that I’ve doodled, painted, and worked into my art and journals since I was a young girl. There is something so soothing and satisfying by the coiling and unwinding from a center point working our way outward, around and around.

February Mandala Challenge - Spiral Path Mandalas

In last month’s challenge, the theme we explored were the many possibilities that await us in the year ahead. The next step on this creative journey is to look within at one of those possibilities and travel along a spiral path, following our thoughts as we work our way outward. This project is inspired by another “stage” within the Great Round Course called, “Turning Toward the Journey.” As you travel along the spiral path of your mandala, consider what’s next for you. What journey are you turning toward?

What You’ll Need:

  • A quiet moment for drawing, reflecting, and journal writing. I gave myself an hour and found it so nourishing.
  • Relaxing instrumental music. Here’s one of my favorites.
  • Paper, any color, any type, use what you have.
  • Pen
  • Your favorite coloring supplies.

To create your Spiral Path Mandala:

Step 1: Set down your tools. This mandala is to be drawn freehand.

Draw your spiral path mandala by starting in the center and working your way outward.

Step 2: Start at the center of your paper and draw a spiral. Draw slowly to really feel the soothing quality of spiraling with intention.

Tip! Be sure to draw a wide enough path room enough for journal writing.

Step 3: Consider a word for the center of the mandala.

I selected the word, flourish, my word-for-the-year.
If you don’t have a word-for-the-year, select a word that is calling you in this moment.
You may find one from this list that resonates for you.
Or, another word may pop into your mind.

  • breathe
  • play
  • explore
  • reveal
  • unite
  • courage
  • trust
  • believe
  • nurture
  • transform
  • joy
  • create
  • craft
  • travel
  • grace

Step 4: Trace over your spiral with your pen, marker, or colored pencil and think about your one word. I like thickening the lines as it gives a little weight and depth to the design. It looks and feels less wonky to me.

Watch Out! Now if your inner critic starts chiming in, invite him or her to join me for coffee. We need to chat.

Step 5: Write your word in the center.

Step 6: Journal along the path. Follow your thoughts and allow the stream of consciousness to flow. You may start your journal writing by asking a question related to your one word as I did: “What does my body need to flourish?”

This is where my thoughts took me as I answered that question:

Deep breath.
My body wants me to
slow down
to add more expansiveness and spaciousness
into each day.
It feels so good to pause, even for one minute.
Okay, maybe a wee bit more like 5 minutes.
Pausing with eyes closed, feet on the ground
and focusing on my breath
observing my body
relax under each exhalation
energize with each inhalation.
I allow my thoughts to float
not trying to stop them.
Wherever I feel tension
in my body or
in worrisome thoughts
I gently and deeply
into the space
with loving awareness,
loving kindness.
This is how my
body, mind, emotions, and spirit
can flourish.

Step 7: Trace over your journal writing.
Like the step of tracing over the spiral, this slows you down to reflect on your one word and the path that you are on.

Don’t rush this exercise. It is important to sink into the moment.
When we slow down, we can see things.
When we slow down, answers arrive.
Allow those answers to bubble up and join you on your journey along the spiral mandala.

Step 8: Add color.
Follow the path again and again adding layer upon layer of color. Feel the rhythm of the spiral.

For my mandala, I used Prismacolor colored pencils.

Step 9: Scan or photograph your mandala art.

Step 10: Post your entry in the Sharing Circle
by February 28, 2019, midnight, EST.

Inspired to create more than one? Enter them all! No limit.

The Sharing Circle is a free membership website for mandala enthusiasts.
Member Log-in
Join Here

One winner will be randomly selected to win the “Make Love Your Guiding Light” notebook from Kathryn Costa’s “Late Bloomer Collection.” This design is a featured project in her book, “The Mandala Guidebook: How to Draw, Paint, and Color Expressive Mandala Art.” The title of this mandala emerged after layering the background with random bits of sheet music and assorted papers.

Great Round Course is all about exploring your mandala stories.

If you enjoy this type of mandala project where you are creating for self expression, insight, discernment, and healing, then you’ll love the Great Round Course.

Don’t delay! Enrollment is open now for 2019 and closes on March 31, 2019.

I’m only offering this course once in 2019 and I may not offer it in 2020 depending on my travel schedule.

Get the details on the Great Round and Sign Up.

Coffee Talk: Recognizing & Releasing Perfectionism

Let’s get together for a “Coffee Chat” to discuss perfectionism, a common challenge faced by many in their creative process. We’ll look at the many ways perfectionism shows up and tips for navigating this creative block.

Listen to the video above (it’s basically a podcast with a couple of photos) to hear from your host Kathryn Costa about this topic and invitation.

Program Overview

  • Recognizing & Releasing Perfectionism
  • Exploring your Mandala Stories.
  • Creative Approach to Balancing your Body, Mind, Emotions, and Spirit with the Chakras.
  • Q&A

The webinar recordings are now available in the Sharing Circle.

About Your Host, Kathryn Costa

Kathryn Costa knows the challenges of perfectionism all too well as an engineer’s daughter whose dad raised her to have unrealistically high expectations. Having broken the tight grip of perfectionism, Kathryn wants to help you to have this same creative joy and freedom. Trained as a Kaizen-Muse Creativity Coach, author of The Mandala Guidebook, and ten plus years as a highly creative blogger, Kathryn’s on a mission to help your creative practices to flourish!

January Mandala Challenge

What are the many possibilities that await you in this new year?

The January Mandala Challenge called, “The Mandala of Many Possibilities” uses the design motif of little dots or stars to represent the many possibilities available to you in this moment. Think of these little dots as seeds of potential.

You may create your mandala using any medium and any style. The only requirement is to include lots of little dots or miniature stars in your final design.

As you add the little dots to your mandala, use this creative time to reflect on the many opportunities and possibilities that await you in this new year.

For inspiration, check out these mandalas.

As you look up at the night sky, how do those stars line up? Here we see a million possibilities in this mandala.

Continuing with the mini star motif, here my sun is sleeping in a blissful state surrounded by numerous possibilities. Creating within the boundaries of a circle provides a feeling of safety and that’s definitely felt here with the rings of hearts.

In Tammy Murdock’s mandala we see seeds scattered in the light blue and light pink areas and collected in the center around the star. The compass design suggests a time for her to consider what’s next on her journey and the many possibilities. The bright yellow light adds a feeling of hope on the horizon.

Follow Tammy on Instagram Here.

Girma Girija has fallen in love with the technique of creating dot mandalas. The full bloom in her dot mandalas reflect Girma’s mastery of this style. The little dots suggest that she has planted some new seeds that will lead to new adventures.

Follow Girma on Instagram here.

A trail of dots outlining a Seed of Life mandala were added using my favorite white paint pen. When I created this mandala, I reflected on the various paths that are bringing me full circle. I wonder where they will take me next?

Now it’s your turn!

Mandala Challenge Details

  1. Create a mandala that includes a dot or mini star motif.
  2. Photograph or scan your mandala.
  3. Post it in the Sharing Circle on or before January 31, 2019. Not a member? Join Here for free!
  4. No limit to the number of entries.
  5. One winner will be randomly selected to receive a gift set of Saira Priest’s Floressence Flower Divination Deck.

Explore Your Mandala Stories

If you enjoy creating mandalas in a meaningful way, then you’ll love my Great Round Course that inspired this month’s challenge.

Have you ever noticed that the mandalas that you draw, create themselves? You may start with one idea, but it turns out differently? Every mandala that we create reflects what’s happening in our lives and is a map of our subconscious mind. In the Great Round Mandala Course, you’ll observe the patterns in your life and bring clarity and focus during difficult transitions and exciting milestones. You’ll learn about the meaning of colors, shapes, and symbols. No art experience necessary.

“The program that I most enjoy and benefit from is the Great Round. These sessions provide new ways to look at my life and how I’m living it.

Read what Kristen Boothe has to say about the Great Round Course:

This will be my third year of doing the Great Round. I am so looking forward to diving deeper into creating mandalas for healing.

Kathryn’s wonderfully professional videos are straight forward, easy to follow and quickly accessible.

Most importantly, realizing that Kathryn has many students, I am constantly impressed by her quick responses to questions I have. I am very grateful to have this new process of creation, and Kathryn, in my life.”

Next Course begins February 1, 2019.
Includes 14 videos lessons.
Lifetime access to the lessons & Instructor-Led
Over 100 mandala projects.
1:1 Coaching with Kathryn Costa

Get the Details & Enroll at

What doors will you open in 2019?


Scroll down to see what’s behind each door. Know that you have the key to unlock any of these doors. That’s right, because YOU are the key.


Join me in Bali in 2019!

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 master artisans. Kathryn’s workshops will guide you in integrating the beauty, sacredness, and creativity of these experiences with expressive art projects.

October 23 to November 1, 2019

Deposit $500

Monthly payment plans available.

3% discount if paid in full by check.

Pricing will be announced soon.

Early bird discount the first two weeks of announcement.

If you want to get the information before it is announced, send an email to and specify the trip you are interested in.


Join me in India in 2020!

INDIA known for its rich spiritual traditions, exquisite art and savory foods will delight your body, mind, and spirit. Imagine yourself on the famous Ganges River in Rishikesh for the powerful and uplifting spiritual Aarti Ceremony where little small lamps with a candle and flowers float down the river. In Kathryn’s workshops, you’ll learn about the chakras, recognize how these energy centers are impacting your health, and create chakra inspired art. We’ll participate in the spring festival, Holi also known as the “festival of colors.” Additional workshops include creating mandala designs with rice and flowers, exploring the art of mehndi, daily meditations and laughing yoga, touring the spiritual cities of Haridawar and Rishikesh, and visiting a variety of religious centers to explore the unique cultures, religious rituals, and ashram life.

March 11 to 23, 2020

Deposit $500

Monthly payment plans available.

3% discount if paid in full by check.

Pricing will be announced soon.

Early bird discount the first two weeks of announcement.

If you want to get the information before it is announced, send an email to and specify the trip you are interested in.


Join me in Peru in 2020

Imagine starting a new year and a new decade in Peru!

PERU, a deeply spiritual land with healing energies and time-honored practices, sets the stage for setting powerful intentions for what you want to cultivate in your life. We’ll begin in a small camp located in the heart of the Amazon where you’ll experience a cleansing ceremony with a local shaman. You’ll learn about medicinal plants and their healing powers to cure illness. Kathryn’s workshops, rooted in the four elements of air, water, fire, and earth include guided meditations and expressive art projects designed for insight, self expression, and healing. You’ll be inspired by the beauty of this land, it’s peoples, and the colorful artisan traditions. Following this experience, there will be an optional add-on tour to Machu Picchu where you’ll connect to the energy of this spiritually powerful place.

January 1-8, 2020 – Amazonia in Peru

January 8-13, 2020 – Machu Picchu add-on trip

Deposit $500

Monthly payment plans available.

3% discount if paid in full by check.

Pricing will be announced soon.

Early bird discount the first two weeks of announcement.

If you want to get the information before it is announced, send an email to and specify the trip you are interested in.


Coaching with Kathryn Costa

Meaningful connections are so important to me and I’m excited to bring my years of experience and training to work with you 1:1 in 2019.

Here are three ways we can dive deep together.

Creativity Coaching

Creativity Coaching offers support when:

  • You desire change in your life especially when experiencing fear, procrastination, perfectionism, resistance, feelings of overwhelm, doubt, difficulty making time, self sabotage, idea-bankruptcy, or difficulty returning to a creative endeavor.
  • You are looking to build a business, improve relationships, navigate life passages, or make healthy lifestyle changes.
  • You are tired of feeling hijacked by the ups and downs of creative cycles. You’re ready to understand your creative process and want to learn practices that are fun and effective.
  • You want to live life creatively, mindfully, and joyfully.

Learn More About Creativity Coaching

Soul Coaching

Soul Coaching is for you if you’re ready to:

  • align your inner spiritual life with your outer life
  • clear away mental, emotional, and physical clutter so you can hear the messages from within
  • listen to and trust your intuition
  • find your inner answers so you can design a life that inspires you to follow your dreams
  • connect with the wisdom of nature and the four elements of air, water, fire, and earth
  • live your life with clarity, confidence, and joy

Learn More About Soul Coaching

Mandala Oracle Coaching

Mandala oracle coaching guides you in learning to listen to and trust your intuition as you create mandala art for self-expression and insight. In these sessions, we’ll explore the meaning of your mandalas. Each session includes a mandala meditation, time to create mandala art, and time for discussion. No art experience required.

Learn More About Mandala Oracle Coaching


Classes & Events

I have a great line up in 2019 with events at Kripalu, Omega Institute, Wainright House, Race Brook Lodge, and New Hampshire Institute of Art. Get the details!


Balance your body, mind, and creative spirit in 2019.

Are you ready to take a creative and integrated approach to healing your body, mind, and spirit? Chakras are centers that run along the spine where energy is stored, regulated, and distributed. This comprehensive workshop series introduces you to the many ways we can heal through sound, color, gemstones, and art. The course includes a rich resource library, quick self-assessments, meditations, chakra mandala art, as well as an introduction to various healing modalities.


This chakra course takes a creative approach to exploring the subject with Soul Journey guided meditations, oracle cards, beautiful envelopes that you get in the mail (yes real mail in this online course). 

No art experience necessary.

Chakra Online Workshops

Open Enrollment

Individual Workshops – Great option to try before you buy the entire series or if you want to take the series on your timetable and budget.

Buy the Series & Save

Payment Plans Available

Get the details and register:


What’s your mandala story?

Every mandala that we create reflects what’s happening in our lives and is a map of our subconscious mind. In the Great Round Mandala Course, you’ll observe the patterns in your life and bring clarity and focus during difficult transitions and exciting milestones. You’ll learn about the meaning of colors, shapes, and symbols. No art experience necessary.


Read what Kristen Boothe has to say about the Great Round Course:

“The program that I most enjoy and benefit from is the Great Round. These sessions provide new ways to look at my life and how I’m living it.

This will be my third year of doing the Great Round. I am so looking forward to diving deeper into creating mandalas for healing.

Kathryn’s wonderfully professional videos are straight forward, easy to follow and quickly accessible.

Most importantly, realizing that Kathryn has many students, I am constantly impressed by her quick responses to questions I have. I am very grateful to have this new process of creation, and Kathryn, in my life.”

Great Round Mandala Course

Begins: February 1, 2019

Online Course

Note: This course will only be offered this one time in 2019 and may not be offered in 2020 depending on my travel schedule.

Includes 14 video lessons

100+ mandala activities

1:1 coaching session with Kathryn Costa

Payment Plans available.

Get the details and register:


Inspired Vision Retreat

If you enjoyed the Solstice webinar, you’ll love the Inspired Vision Retreat. This event includes my favorite go to activities to start each year feeling inspired and with a clear vision. New this year will be a webinar event with a Soul Journey, Oracle Card Reading, and time to work on an activity.


Each participant gets a beautiful envelope in the mail with some “charming” contents to use during the webinar.

Course Begins: January 11, 2019

Webinar Sessions: January 18 or 19, 2019 (you pick one)

Order now to get your envelope in time!

Get the details and register:

Questions? Don’t hesitate to shoot me an email with your questions. If you see something that you really want to do and a payment plan would help you, just ask.

Giving Credit: Awesome door images from Catherine Anderson’s Doorways & Openings Collection

Special Thanks to Mr. Wonderful who believes in me and is so understanding of the long hours that I am pouring into my work.

2018 Seed of Life Community Mandala

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?

Exclusive invitations will be sent to the participants of the 2019 Inspired Vision Retreat.


Click on the images for a closer look. The detailed view includes the word and the artist’s name.

For a look at community mandalas from previous years, CLICK HERE.

Mandala Stories in Great Round Course

The Great Round Series


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

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

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

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

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

There are 12 psychological stages that we all go through in life.

In fact, we experience these stages over and over again. In this series called, “The Great Round,” we explore these stages by coloring, drawing, painting, collaging, and crafting mandalas. No art experience necessary.

What do those psychological stages look like?

Here are a few that you’ll recognize:

Milestones and Celebrations in Life: birth, adolescence, graduation, leaving home, marriage, parenting, caring for aging parents, retirement, etc.

Creativity Cycles: feeling creatively low versus highly productive and energized; unfocused versus focused periods

Life’s Challenges: loss, grieving, falling apart, health issues, divorce, empty nest

Embracing Something New: new projects, careers, relationships


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

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

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

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

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

Great Round Online Course

What’s Included

Course lessons run February 1, 2019 to July 31, 2019.

This is the ONLY time this course will be offered in 2019.

New for 2019! Lifetime Access to the Course

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

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

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


Handouts, References, Supplements – Beautifully designed helpful resources.

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

Pricing and Enrollment

Course lessons run February 1, 2019 to July 31, 2019.

This is the ONLY time this course will be offered in 2019.

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

Single Payment of $250. Enroll Now.

Payment Plan Options

$99 month for 3 months.

Enroll with Payment Plan.

$50 month for 6 months. (offer good until January 31st)

Enroll with 6-month Payment Plan

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Lesson Overview

Lesson 1 – Introduction to the Great Round

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

Sample Mandalas Great Round

Lesson 2 –  Resting in the Darkness

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

Great Round Mandala Sampler

Lesson 3 – Floating into the Light or Bliss

These are the hopeful times when we dreamily consider the possibilities in our current situation. Stage Two is much like the liminal state when first waking up or falling asleep.

Mandala Art Stage Three Great Round

Lesson 4 – Turning Towards the Journey

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

Lesson 5 – Embracing the New

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

Lesson 6 – Claiming Selfhood or Target

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

Lesson 7 – Igniting the Inner Fire

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

Lesson 8 – Squaring the Circle

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

Lesson 9 – Functioning in the World

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

Lesson 10 – Reaping the Rewards

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

Lesson 11 – Letting Go

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

Lesson 12 – Falling Apart

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

Lesson 13 – Opening to Grace

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

Lesson 14 – Closing the Circle

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

Pricing and Enrollment

Course lessons run February 1, 2019 to July 31, 2019.

This is the ONLY time this course will be offered in 2019.

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

Single Payment of $250. Enroll Now.

Payment Plan Options

$99 month for 3 months.

Enroll with Payment Plan.

$50 month for 6 months. (offer good until January 31st)

Enroll with 6-month Payment Plan

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Meet Your Host

Kathryn Costa

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

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

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


About My Training

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

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

Training as a Creativity Coach & Soul Coach

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

Let’s explore our mandala stories together in 2019.

~ Kathryn Costa, Course Instructor & Creativity/Soul Coach

Author of “The Mandala Guidebook” and Host of the 100 Mandalas Challenge

Pricing and Enrollment

Course lessons run February 1, 2019 to July 31, 2019.

This is the ONLY time this course will be offered in 2019.

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

Single Payment of $250. Enroll Now.

Payment Plan Options

$99 month for 3 months.

Enroll with Payment Plan.

$50 month for 6 months. (offer good until January 31st)

Enroll with 6-month Payment Plan

Buy Gift Certificate

Solstice Celebration

Solstice & Year End Celebration

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Invite Your Friends!

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

Click Here to Register!

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

{soul hugs}
Kathryn Costa

Seed of Life Gratitude Mandala

One of my favorite practices is to combine my love for words and journal writing with mandalas. Each year during the holidays, I pull out a Flower of Life mandala and fill the shapes with words of appreciation. I designed a mandala that starts with the Flower of Life in the center and surrounded it with a border of interlocking semi-circles. 

In the center petals, I wrote down the names of the many people who I’m connected to including family, friends, colleagues, and members of my mandala community. You may include names of your mentors, teachers, authors, and artists who inspire you.

Along the outer edge, record words to describe the qualities that you admire and appreciate. 

As you fill in the mandala, consider the many ways that you are connected.

Fill some of the shapes with doodles and little drawings. Here I tucked in hearts under each virtue. In my example, a leaf-like pattern was repeated throughout to add detail.

Try This: Print a copy and bring it to your holiday celebration. Invite guests to add their words of appreciation. Together you can create a group gratitude mandala.

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

Here is my 2018 Gratitude Mandala. 

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

~ Kathryn

Related Links:

Download the Seed of Life Gratitude Mandala Activity

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

Mandala Drawing I Online Class

Inspired Vision Retreat 2019

What is calling you?
What do you desire for this next year?

It’s January 1st, and you’re full of ideas about
things you want to do differently this year.

You may make an ambitious list of goals and New Year’s resolutions.

But in the back of your mind, you also know that
you’ll forget all about them by next week, or next month.

You’re not alone.

Let’s toss out the New Year’s resolutions
and set an intention for 2019.

A single word is powerful.

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


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

What word will you select to inspire and guide you?

Let’s discover this together.


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

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

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

~ Macrina Wiederkehr, “The Song of the Seed”

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In this unique online class you’ll:

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

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5 Lessons to Discover Your Word & Vision for 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Webinar Retreat
Time to Uncover Your Word & Vision for 2019

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

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

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

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

Webinar Includes:

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

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Be a Part of the 2019 Community Mandala Project

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

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You are an Inspired Seeker if…

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

What You’ll Need

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

Other Details

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

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Message from the Course Creator

Kathryn Costa

Hi I’m Kathryn Costa,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

~ Kathryn Costa

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