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Introducing the Oasis

Have you noticed the amazing things that happen when you show up for your creativity? I love the feeling of creative flow and the magical world of signs and synchronicities. It happens whenever I set an intention and then place my attention on it by attending a class or carving out time for soulful and creative practices.

Now you can get support for your soulful and creative practices and experience more magic, delight, and creative joy at The Oasis with Kathryn Costa.

Play this video to discover the Oasis with Kathryn Costa.

The Oasis is for you if …

  • you’re delighted when you see signs and patterns in your life and crave more of the sacred in everyday living
  • you’re drawn to the wisdom of nature and working with the elements of air, water, fire, and earth
  • you’re fascinated by lunar cycles, astrology, power animals, oracle cards, Tarot, and making connections between larger energy patterns and your personal energy patterns
  • you’re looking to expand your intuition and connection with spirit
  • you struggle with showing up consistently for your spiritual or creative practices
  • you’re so ready to release any creativity blocks and open up to that lovely “flow” state
  • you’re looking for sparks of inspiration and seek clarity and more confidence
  • you’re longing to share your feelings and deeper meanings about your art with others who are eager to hear all about it
  • you’re energized and inspired by juicy soulful conversations with soulful and kindred spirits

I designed The Oasis to be a balm for your soul.

Kathryn Costa, Instigator of Soulful & Creative Living

Cabin Fever? Let’s change that to Mandala Fever…

With schools closed and stay-at-home orders, the Mandala Drawing I online video series gives parents and kids a fun activity that sneaks in some math skills. Pictured here are Shanelly’s boys who have been working through the video lessons.

Get instant access to 10 video lessons. Each lesson is under 10 minutes and designed to get you creating mandalas quickly and successfully.

The Mandala Drawing I Course Features

  • 10 Video Lessons
  • Learn how to draw geometric mandala patterns including:
    • Trinity Knot
    • Hexagons
    • Pentagons
    • Bagua
    • Seed of Life
    • and more!

This course is for you if…

  • You are a beginner and want to learn how to draw a variety of mandala designs.
  • You find it easier to learn from watching a video rather than reading a book.
  • You’ve been creating mandalas for a while and need some inspiration.
  • You love the Zentangle Method and want to create some new “containers” to play with tangles and repeating patterns.
  • You have my book, “The Mandala Guidebook” and you haven’t started yet.


  • Available Now.
  • Self-paced course
  • Unlimited, lifetime access

Enroll Today!

Student Artwork

Participants of Mandalafest previewed a sample lesson and learned how to create a hexagon. For a closer look at these mandalas, click on the image.

Bespoke Soul Journeys

If you’re feeling heightened levels of anxiety, grief, and isolation, a Soul Journey Guided Meditation will help you to feel grounded, centered, and peaceful.

Stress, worry, panic are at an all time high with the coronavirus. In recent weeks, I’ve had the opportunity to lead Soul Journey Guided Meditations for small groups and in private 1:1 sessions on Zoom. After every meditation I see a remarkable transformation where the fear, anxiety, and grief is lifted off and replaced with feeling relaxed, centered, and radiant.

Introducing Bespoke Soul Journeys

Kathryn has a very special gift for touching people’s lives where they most need it.  Her voice is a part of that gift.  It’s very soothing and people find comfort and feel safe. By the end of listening to her meditations, you’ll feel fortified with a new energy to face the challenges that life has set before you.  Not very many people can do that.  I can say this because Kathryn did that for me when I was feeling so much despair and was living in the darkest days of my life!

Catherine V., California

Soul Journey Guided Meditations will help you to

  • reduce stress and anxiety
  • improve sleep
  • access insights & wisdom
  • gain clarity & confidence
  • nourish your body, mind, & spirit

Now you can receive your own personal Soul Journey recordings.

Here’s how it works:

  • After you purchase your Bespoke Soul Journey, you’ll receive a questionnaire by email.
  • The questionnaire will guide you in selecting your personalized meditation experience. For example, you can choose a setting that you love – ocean, mountains, forest, etc. Specify your intentions, favorite affirmations, spirit animals, etc.
  • Each meditation includes soothing background music.
  • You’ll receive an mp3 file to keep and listen to as often as you’d like
  • 15 to 20 minute recording
  • You’ll receive your recording within 72 hours

$49 (reg. $79)
Bespoke Soul Journey
made for you guided meditation from Kathryn Costa.

A Gratitude Mandala Exercise During Challenging Times

Vibrant colors, playful doodles, and gratitude are the ingredients in this Gratitude Mandala Project for reducing stress and raising your vibration.

Originally published in my book, “The Mandala Guidebook” and posted to my blog several years ago, this project seems timely.

Root Chakra Art

Get Grounded & Awaken Your Heart

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:


It’s your turn! What will you find on your scavenger hunt to use as a backdrop for your chakra art?

Cultivating Compassion Mandala Art Weekend

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 Costa is an artist, educator, and shamanic practitioner who has opened the door to creative joy for thousands of people in 175 countries through her YouTube videos, online courses, workshops, her book The Mandala Guidebook: How to Draw, Paint, and Color Expressive Mandala Art, and her line of chakra stencils from StencilGirl Products. 

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.

Creating Mandalas at the Rowe Center

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 Mandala Art for the Harvest Time

WHEN: October 2-4, 2020
WHERE: Rowe Center, Rowe, MA
WHO: Kathryn Costa, Your Guide to Soulful & Creative Living

Join Kathryn as she guides you in creating art based on sacred geometry, labyrinths, and nature! Experience the joy of creating your own mandala art for relaxation, insight, and self-expression. 

The fall is a wonderful time of the harvest — and a time to reflect on your personal harvests, those blessings from the year thus far. During this weekend of making mandala art, you’ll have space to access your inner intuitive artist and create something uniquely yours. The mandala, Sanskrit for “circle,” is a beautiful container for adding color and patterns, but creating mandalas is so much more than making pretty pictures; when you step before the circle you get centered, immersed in beauty. You slow down and listen to your intuition and inner wise self. This creating and connecting lead to deep insights and answers. Creating mandalas, combined with guided “soul journey” meditations, journal writing, setting intentions and using affirmations — with plenty of time to slip into the creative zone — is a powerful practice. You’ll go home with completed artwork and practical tips for continuing your mandala practice long after the weekend.

For all levels. Beginners welcome — no drawing experience necessary. All tools and supplies provided.

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.
Rowe Center
The Rowe Center is located in the beautiful mountains of Northwestern Massachusetts

The weekend also includes:

  • Soul Journey Meditations to access your intuition and the wisdom of your soul.
  • 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.)


Goddess Course – Discover the Goddess in You

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.

Learn about the Greek Goddess Course from Kathryn Costa.

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.
  • Mandala Art
  • SoulCollage® cards
  • Jewelry
  • Painting
  • Fiber Arts – knitting, quilting
  • Talisman made of clay or painted rocks
  • Spirit Sticks
  • Altars
  • Affirmation Cards

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!

The Finer Details

Goddess Course Runs from January 1, 2020 to August 15, 2020
Goddess Course includes eight workshops
Enrollment is open!
View Goddess Retreat Schedule
Recommended Supply List

Payment Options

Questions? Send me an email at

You'll get these beautiful envelopes in the mail when you enroll in the online Goddess Course with Kathryn Costa.

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

The Finer Details

Goddess Course Runs from January 1, 2020 to August 15, 2020
Goddess Course includes eight workshops
Enrollment is open!
View Goddess Retreat Schedule
Recommended Supply List

Payment Options

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.

Flourish Online Retreat

It’s your time to flourish!

In this online retreat experience, you’ll take a “time out” to “tune in” and observe what you need to flourish in your life.

Get these two beautiful and magical envelopes in the mail when you take the Flourish Online Retreat with Kathryn Costa.

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.

Get these two beautiful and magical envelopes in the mail when you take the Flourish Online Retreat with Kathryn Costa.

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.

Kathryn Costa invites you to join her for the Flourish Retreat.

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 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.


Chakra Art Workshops at The Artisans Exchange

Heart Chakra Art Workshop at the Artisans Exchange in Chelmsford, MA

Heart Chakra Art Workshop

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 Chakras

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.

Heart chakra art created using the heart chakra stencils.
Examples of heart chakra art created using the heart chakra stencils.

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.”

The Finer Details

Thursday, October 17, 2019
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

The Artisans Exchange
24 Central Square, Chelmsford, MA

$40 includes all supplies

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!

Register by phone: (978) 643-3033
Register by email:

Despacho Ceremony with Don Sebastian

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.

“Peace” from Denise Linn’s
Soul Coaching Oracle Cards.

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.

Nina and Ray look on as Don Sebastian explains the significance of the despacho.

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.

so it is.

Related Links

Jaguar Path

Chiron Return

Chakra Stencils by Kathryn Costa

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.

Root Chakra Stencil

Create root chakra art to help you feel grounded and secure.

Sanskrit Name: Muladhara
Color: Red
Element: Earth
Affirmation: I am


Sacral Charka

Create sacral chakra art to activate your creativity and bring more delight and play to your life.

Sanskrit Name: Svadisthana
Color: Orange
Element: Water
Affirmation: I feel


Solar Plexus Chakra

Create solar plexus chakra art to boost your confidence, explore your why, or when deciding on what’s next in your life.  

Sanskrit Name: Manipura
Color: Yellow
Element: Fire
Affirmation: I can


Heart Chakra

Create heart chakra art any time you need to bring gentleness, loving-kindness, and compassion to a situation in your life.

Sanskrit Name: Anahata
Color: Green
Element: Air
Affirmation: I love


Throat Chakra

Create throat chakra art when you need help speaking up or finding the right words to express yourself.

Sanskrit Name: Vishuddha
Color: Light Blue
Element: Sound
Affirmation: I express


Third-Eye Chakra

Create third-eye chakra when you are seeking answers and want to tap into your intuitive wisdom. 

Sanskrit Name: Ajna
Color: Indigo
Element: Light
Affirmation: I see


Crown Chakra

Create crown chakra art when you want to open up your spiritual connection to the Divine and all living things.

Sanskrit Name: Sahasrara
Color: Violet or White
Element: Thought
Affirmation: I know


About Kathryn Costa

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.