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October Mandala Challenge

We enter October with the new moon in Libra that focuses on bringing harmony to our relationships. This intention ties in beautifully with the next chakra in our monthly mandala challenge as we move up the chakra ladder from the heart chakra to the throat chakra. For this month’s challenge, let’s work with the energies and intentions of both the heart and throat chakras as we create our mandala art focused on the relationship that we have with ourselves. The traditional heart chakra mandala pictured on the left is characterized by the six pointed star, 12 lotus petals and colored emerald green. Light pink is also a color associated with the heart chakra. The throat chakra has a downward pointing triangle with a circle at the center, 16 lotus petals, and in a light sky blue color. The heart chakra is our love center and the the throat chakra is about expressing ourselves. When we work with both the heart and throat chakras, the energy and intentions are about speaking from our hearts, expressing ourselves …

Making Mandalas at the Wainright House

The Wainwright House in Rye, NY is a beautiful setting to relax, escape your worries, and awaken your creativity in a mandala workshop. What a pleasure to bring my passion for creating mandalas to this historic estate. I loved the warm welcome that I received and the little touches like this sign and flowers left for me on the fireplace mantel in my room. Before the guests arrived for the class, I had time to walk the grounds and enjoy the meditation garden. Want a peek inside this space? What a beautiful morning for a stroll in the garden. A couple, Shiva and Shakti, are watching all who step into the garden. They don’t see me looking at them, but I catch them talking… Shall we go over and say, “Hi?” Shiva loves it when new people come to visit and discover the beauty and peacefulness of the Wainwright House. Shakti raises her hand and offers a blessing hoping that we’ll find what we are looking for on our spiritual journey. She hopes we’ll come …

Flourish Online Retreat

It’s your time to flourish! 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.

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. As I shuffled a deck of oracle cards, I …

Labyrinth Mandala Art Online Retreat

Awaken your creativity and reflect on your life’s path. 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.