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Let’s Play in Our Journals

My journaling changed ten years ago… when found images and words from magazines added color, interest, and inspiration to the otherwise vanilla pages in my journals. What started out as play, turned into a means to create a vision for my life that inspired me to take the leap to work for myself. I recently gathered up my journals from the past ten years and this little pocket sized journal grabbed my attention. When I opened this journal, I was surprised by what I found inside… At the time that I filled the pages, I had no idea just how prophetic these journal pages would be. Would you like to see what I discovered? On one spread, I had covered the pages with a piece of really cool wrapping paper. It would be months before I added any words to it. The fish waited patiently until one day I finally found a quote that what would turn out to be a clue to where I am today. “When you follow your bliss…doors will open where …

Free Sample Lesson from the Great Round Course

The Great Round Online Course is a fascinating study that guides you through 12 stages that we all experience in life, again and again. Thank you for stopping by to check out this free sampler class. This page is a preview of the first lesson called, “Stage One: Resting in the Darkness.” Lesson One: Resting in the Darkness We experience Stage One when we are feeling creatively low, we are overworked and exhausted, our hormones are wreaking havoc and we feel anxious, seasonal light changes affect our moods, or we are ill and have no energy for doing anything. In this video lesson, I share one of my low moments in life and how creating mandalas helped me to feel creative again. This video also covers an overview of this stage and three example mandala activities. Greek Goddess Connection Participants in the online Goddess course last fall asked if we could continue our work with the goddesses in the Great Round this year. In this video, you’ll see how we make connections between the wisdom …

Bring a Mandala Workshop to Your Venue or Event

Let’s collaborate! I would love to bring my passion for creating mandalas to your venue or event. I provide all of the tools, materials, and art supplies. You provide the space. Together we promote your event. We can collaborate to offer a single two to three hour workshop or a full day mini retreat. Pictured here was a Spring Renewal Mini Retreat held at White Swan Yoga Studio in Manchester, NH that included restorative yoga, a mandala drawing lesson, a danmala group activity (mandala using materials from nature), sound healing, and a healthy lunch. Participants left the day feeling nourished in body, mind, and spirit. “I’ve worked with Kathryn Costa and had her present mandala workshops at my yoga studio on several occasions, and it’s always been a pleasure. Kathryn’s workshops are so enjoyable and participants leave knowing how to create a mandala and with lots of inspiration. Her knowledge and passion for mandala work is evident in the care and ease with which she presents it. Participants always leave happy and wanting more!” ~ Roseann …

Creating Mixed Media Tarot Cards & Spirit Sticks

Have you ever wanted to delve into the Tarot but didn’t know where to start?  Maybe you are a spiritualist or Tarot reader and want to make your own cards?  Or, you just plain love making art! Join Mandy Russell from The Painted Dog Studio and Kathryn Costa author of “The Mandala Guidebook” for a relaxing, spiritual, and creative experience.  The suit of Wands from the Tarot is the source of inspiration for our play this weekend as we create our own Tarot card, spirit stick, and landscape collages. Colorful Painted Papers Our creative play begins with the spontaneous process of making colorful painted papers by scraping, sponging, dripping, stamping, and using a Gelli plate. Each participant will create a spectrum of colored papers to use for the collage projects. Spirit Sticks Paint, markers, fabric, beads, feathers, and assorted embellishments transform a plain stick into a spirit stick that represents your life. As we decorate our sticks, we create a visual timeline that honors the blessings and challenges in our lives and the path that brought us …

Color I Course

Do you ever feel stuck and don’t know which colors to choose? Maybe you’ve collected a lot of art supplies and they are collecting dust. Let’s pull out our coloring stash to play and experiment. The Color I Course Features 12 Video Lessons on Coloring Techniques and Brand Demos The difference between alcohol versus water based markers; best mediums to use if you want to sell your mandala art Demo: Copic Markers Demo: Spectrum Noir Demo: Sharpies Demo: Winsor & Newton ProMarker and BrushMarker Demo: Faber-Castell PITT Brush Markers Demo: TomBow Brush Markers Demo: Winsor & Newton Watercolour Markers Demo: Colored Pencils Demo: Watercolor Pencils and Inktense Pencils Demo: Posca Paint Pens Demo: Mix Media 5 Lessons on Color Harmony Color Inspiration is Everywhere! Color Wheel Color Temperature + Relativity Value + Intensity Five Color Schemes Supplemental Resources and Handouts. This course is for you if… If you love to color. You don’t know which mediums you want to invest in. You are a beginner and want to learn coloring techniques. You didn’t learn the …

Mandala Drawing I Course

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. Schedule Available Now. Self-paced course Unlimited, lifetime access The Sharing Circle is where participants post their mandala art for this course. Enroll Today! $35 Purchase this as a gift. Buy Gift Certificates. Register HERE Student Artwork Participants of Mandalafest 2017 previewed a sample lesson and learned out to create a hexagon. For a closer look at these mandalas, click on the image.

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 NEW DATE! Webinar: Saturday, January 27, 2018 “A retreat is …

Every Mandala Tells 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 …

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 …