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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

Labyrinth Mandala Art Online Retreat

What do labyrinths and the expressive arts have in common? Both offer us the time and space to unplug from the busyness and distractions of our daily lives.

Based on a spiral, a labyrinth is a path that leads to a center point. Unlike a maze, you can’t get lost in a labyrinth – there is only one way in and one way out.

In this workshop, you’ll learn how to draw a labyrinth in the medieval style inspired by the labyrinth found at the Cathedral of Chartres, France. Once drawn, we’ll “walk” along the path by adding color and journal writing. This is a lovely activity that will give you time to reflect on where you’re at on your life’s journey.

What you’ll get in this retreat experience.

  • Explore how to use labyrinths for meditation, discernment, setting intentions and manifesting.
  • Step-by-Step instructions on how to draw a labyrinth inspired by the medieval style labyrinth found at Chartres Cathedral.
  • Beautifully designed handouts for future reference.
  • Instructional how-to video
  • Guided Meditation mp3 to download

What you’ll need.

  • Compass
  • Ruler
  • Pencil and Eraser
  • Journal or Notebook
  • Paper (at least 8″ x 8″)
  • Your Favorite Drawing & Coloring Supplies

Finer Details

Now available for instant, lifetime access.

ONLY $35!

Product Review & Demo: Arteza Colored Pencils

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

I look for four things in colored pencils:

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

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

Show Notes & Related Links

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

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

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

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

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

ARTEZA WEBSITE

ARTEZA 48 COLORED PENCIL SET IN TUBE

ARTEZA 24 WOODLESS COLORED PENCIL SET

ARTEZA 72 COLORED PENCIL SET

GAMSOL MINERAL SPIRITS

BLENDING STUMPS & TORTILLIONS

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

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.

Gallery

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.

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

Prizes!

  • 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: www.truenortharts.com/solstice

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.

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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.

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

Course Begins: Friday, January 11, 2019
PICK ONE WEBINAR (optional)
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”

Enroll Now $57

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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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EXCLUSIVE OFFER
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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Events

Nourish your creative spirit in one of the many workshops and programs offered by Kathryn Costa of True North Arts.

Mandala and chakra art programs, vision journals, intuitive collage, and expressive arts.

Nourishing the Creative Spirit through the expressive and contemplative arts. Workshops Retreats eCourses with Kathryn Costa


Online Workshops and Programs

Labyrinth Mandala Art Online Retreat
Awaken your creativity and reflect on your life’s path as you create and “walk” a labyrinth that you create. available on-demand, self-paced

Soul Tree Online Retreat
Join Kathryn Costa for an online retreat where you’ll be guided in a Soul Journey meditation to connect with the wisdom of your soul tree.
available on-demand, self-paced

Mandala Drawing I Course 
Ten video lessons get you creating mandalas quickly and successfully. Economically priced too! available on-demand, self-paced

Color I Course
Grow your color confidence in this self-paced course. Part I covers techniques using a wide range of mediums often used my mandala artists. Part II explores classic color combinations. Includes videos, handouts, and gorgeous references. With lifetime access, this series is great to add to your learning library. available on-demand, self-paced

Schedule an Event

Whether you want to host a party for your friends at your home or bring a mandala program to your yoga studio or organization, there are so many creative possibilities. Let’s chat!

Learn how you can schedule an event.


Don’t Miss Out on Future Events

More events are in the planning stages and you won’t want to miss out! Adventures to India, Peru, and Bali are just a few of the exciting destinations that await us. If you are in the New Hampshire area, I’m scheduling more local events too.

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October Mandala Challenge

This month’s mandala challenge is inspired by the beautiful colors of the Arteza fineliner pens and my fascination with chakras.

Get the contest details and watch me draw chakra mini mandala art in my journal in this quick six minute video.

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How to Enter

  1. Draw a Mandala – Create one mandala or fill a page with several like I did in my journal, see video.
  2. Any Style – You may draw your mandala freehand, geometric design, or chakra inspired. Get creative and have fun!
  3. Only Colored Pens – No black pens. Use one color like I did in the video or have fun trying out different color combinations. There are many pen options like the fineliners that I used in the video, gel pens, even ball point pens.
  4. Outline Only – No coloring, blending, etc.
  5. Photograph or Scan your entry.
  6. Post in the Sharing Circle by October 31, 2018.Member log-in.

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Prize & Coupon

One winner will be randomly drawn to receive a set of 48 fineliner water-based pens from Arteza.

Get 10% off Arteza Products using the coupon code* 100Mandalas1, valid until November 2, 2018.

Here are some of my favorite Arteza products to use for drawing mandalas.

Learn How to Draw Mandalas

*AFFILIATE COMMISSIONS: Please note that I am an Arteza affiliate and get a commission on all purchases made using the links above and the coupon code. The commissions that I receive support the work of Kathryn Costa, 100 Mandalas and True North Arts. Commission revenue is used to purchase future prizes and/or to use for demos and lessons. Thank you for your support!

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