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At Kripalu: Creating Mandalas for an Inspired Year

Imagine beginning the new year with a weekend focused entirely on you, creating mandala art, reflecting on where you’re at in life, connecting with your body through gentle movement and nourishing food – and all of this set in a gorgeous natural setting. Join Kathryn Costa on New Year’s Eve weekend at Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health in the breathtaking Berkshire mountains in Massachusetts. Mandala is a Sanskrit word that loosely translates to mean “circle” or “center.” Creating mandala art is a powerful practice that fosters self expression, balance, and well-being. Creating Mandalas for an Inspired Year In this program, you’ll: Learn techniques for constructing a variety of mandala styles based on sacred geometry, labyrinths, and nature. Honor 2017 reflecting on the joys, challenges, and a-ha moments from the year. Explore what you want to say “yes” to and set intentions for 2018. Nourish your body, mind, and spirit. Create beautiful mandala art that is as unique as you. Start your year feeling centered and connected to yourself and your purpose. Return home with …

Inspired Vision Retreat

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 2018. 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: Sunday, January 7, 2018 Course Ends: Sunday, January 20, 2018 “A retreat is a time to step back and take …

Your Mandalas Tell a Story…Discover Yours

  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 his thoughts, feelings, and emotions at the time he drew them. Sometimes parts of his dreams emerged in the drawings, while other times it was an old story 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 …

Mandalafest 2017

Mandalafest is a week long online party to celebrate the joys of creating and coloring mandalas. This FREE event includes mandala workshop lessons, contests, and fabulous prizes! Mandala is a Sanskrit word that loosely translates as “circle” or “center.” The circular designs often have shapes and colors repeating around the center. While mandalas have been around throughout the ages and in many cultures, they have reached a new popularity in coloring books. Whether you love to color mandalas or create your own there is something for everyone at Mandalafest. What’s New for Mandalafest All Mandalafest events will be offered as a FREE online course. Mandalafest will not be on Facebook as in previous years. Two live webinar events Five video lessons Six contests Fabulous prizes! NOTE: You are welcome to join in on any or all activities during Mandalafest. If you can’t make it to the webinars, they will be recorded. Drop in throughout the week when it is convenient for you! SIGN UP HERE Mandalafest Schedule Saturday, October 14, 2017 – Orientation Log in …

Preview the Goddess Workshop

The workshop doors open tomorrow, but it isn’t too late to register. Discover the goddesses within you! Kathryn Costa brings three of her passions together in this all-new online workshop series: Mandalas, SoulCollage®, and Greek Mythology. Her storytelling style brings these classic stories to life and relates them to everyday situations. In this series 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. Getting to know the goddesses activates their qualities and powers within you. And you’ll discover how to navigate and pair their powerful characteristics to best serve your aspirations and your relationships. Watch the Goddess Workshop Welcome Video to get a preview of this course. Run Time: 12 minutes The video covers: What is an archetype? Why study the Greek goddesses? The creative path Kathryn Costa took to develop this unique workshop. Schedule and assignments. An invitation to follow your muse …

Goddess Workshop

Discover the goddesses within you. In this expressive arts workshop, Kathryn Costa brings three of her passions together: Mandalas, SoulCollage®, and Greek Mythology. Her storytelling style brings these classic stories to life and relates them to everyday situations. In this series 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. Getting to know the goddesses activates their qualities and powers within you. And you’ll discover how to navigate and pair their powerful characteristics to best serve your aspirations and your relationships. You’ll explore the gifts of each Greek goddess while creating mandalas and/or SoulCollage® cards. EXPERIENCE: No art experience required for creating SoulCollage® cards. Basic drawing skills recommended for the mandala art. Or you are welcome to follow your muse to create goddess art using any medium and style of your choosing, such as visual journaling or mixed media. This online workshop includes: A …

Gallery: White Swan Spring Renewal Mini Retreat

What an incredible day! I love collaborating with Rosie at White Swan Yoga Studio. Today’s session included restorative yoga, a nourishing lunch (color bowls from Milk & Honey), mandala making (Seed of Life), collaborative danmala (flower mandala), color meditation and sound bath. Click on the images below to read the captions and to get a closer look at some images from this restorative, nurturing, and creative mini retreat. The day was a huge success! We plan on offering more mini retreats and mandala workshops. Be sure to subscribe to my newsletter to not miss the announcements. When you subscribe you get a free mandala coloring book with 50 designs.

Spring Renewal Mini Retreat

May 13, 2017 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM Lunch Included White Swan Yoga Studio 1889 Elm St, Suite B Manchester, NH 03104 REGISTER A Day of Yoga, Art, Color, and Sound Zen Buddhist Master, Soen Nakagawa said, “All beings are flowers blossoming in a blossoming universe.” With the coming of spring we are reminded of the cycles of nature and that it’s never too late to begin again. We are blessed with an array of color and surrounded by new life and beauty. The cold of winter fades away and the light of the sun grows stronger, giving us hope for the future. Spring is the perfect time to revisit intentions you might have set for yourself at the beginning of the year. Join us on May 13, for a day of renewal and hope, as we examine the “seeds” of intentions we planted earlier in the year or as we “plant” new ones, exploring ways we, ourselves, can blossom. Learn from mandala artist, Kathryn Costa how to create a Seed of Life Mandala. Rosie …

Mandala Workshop at Yoga Balance

Creating Mandalas for Relaxation & Self Expression Saturday, Apr 8, 2017 at 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm Yoga Balance Studio 135 Hooksett Road, Manchester, NH This workshop will be a fun opportunity to channel your inner artist! The workshop begins with an introduction to mandalas: the origins of the mandala; where mandalas show up in various cultures and in nature; and how mandalas are used as a practice for relaxation and self-expression. After centering with a short Gentle Yoga practice, we will learn how to construct a symmetrical grid as a basis for our designs, which we will then add shapes and patterns to create beautiful individual mandalas. We will finish with a closing ceremony to witness and honor everyone’s work. No art or yoga experience required. Beginners are encouraged to attend. All materials and supplies are provided. Fee: $45 per person; $40 before April 1. REGISTER NOW & SAVE!

Giveaway: Zen Doodle Workshop Magazine

Join me on Facebook for a live video event where I’ll show you my mandala parasols featured in Zen Doodle Workshop Magazine. Mark your calendars Tuesday, November 1, 2016 at 8:00 p.m., EST http://www.facebook.com/100mandalas During the video: Get a close up look at the two stunning mandala parasols featured in Zen Doodle Workshop Magazine. Listen to the story of how one of my parasols was completely ruined just days before the submission deadline. I’ll tell you want I did wrong so you don’t make this mistake. You may be surprised by what I used to embellish these paper parasols. Come with your questions! Four people will be randomly selected to win a copy of Zen Doodle Workshop Magazine (pictured above). This gorgeous magazine is filled with inspiring projects perfect for those who love to doodle. There are unique projects and instructions for both on and off the page. Official Contest Rules DRAWING 1 is for participants of the LIVE Facebook event. To enter the first drawing attend the live Facebook video (www.facebook.com/100mandalas) on Tuesday, November 1, 2016 at 8:00 …