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Mandala Meditation: Ganesh Yantra

“Where do you get all of your ideas?” I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard this question. I’ve been known to say, “Inspiration is everywhere.” I think I’ll add to that statement, “Inspiration is everywhere. Look around you.” Thinking more about this, it’s more than looking around you. It’s about getting curious. It’s one thing to see something, it’s another to ask, “Why?” or “What if?” I have a long list of topics that I’m currently exploring. I can never study just one thing. My mind loves devouring several topics at once and making connections between them. One of my long time interests has been in exploring the meaning of our mandalas. The colors, shapes, symbols, and how they are arranged can tell us a lot about where we are in the moment. There are long standing traditions where mandalas are created with specific symbols and colors. One such tradition that I’ve been curious to learn more about is the Hindu yantras. The earliest yantras date back 1,000 BCE in northern India. Throughout the ages, sacred …

Color Inspiration Challenge

This month the mandala challenge is all about noticing the colors around us creating a color palette for coloring our mandalas. Watch this short 4-minute video to get the details. Deadline: Monday, June 25, 2018 at midnight, EST. One entry per person. Post Entries on the Sharing Circle Member Log-in Join the Sharing Circle. It’s Free! Official Contest Entry Form Contest Rules & Guidelines Download Your Gifts Color Guide Course Edition – For those of you in my Color I course this one is for you. Color Guide Sampler – This is for members of the Sharing Circle and subscribers to my e-mail newsletter. Enjoy!

Do you have a muse?

All my life, friends, family and acquaintances have said, “You are so creative!” I feel like I can’t take credit for my creativity. The creative process may look like a solitary act on the outside, but it isn’t. I often feel like a creative conduit where the ideas flow through me. The best way to explain it is to share a story. Each month, I host an interactive online journal class. Participants get an envelope in the mail with a few items tucked inside to use during our time together. A new theme is explored where I work in one of the four elements, air, water, fire, or earth and I invite an animal ally to join us. The design of the envelope picks up on elements from the theme. Invariably these envelopes design themselves. Sounds a bit crazy, right? Read on as the story behind the latest workshop envelope may be evidence that the creative process is a co-creative act between the artist and something divine. For my next journal workshop, it was time …

Introducing True North Arts

Ten years ago today I published my first blog post. Since then I’ve claimed the title, “artist” even though I didn’t go to art school; my artwork has appeared in several magazines and exhibits; I’ve published my first book; and taught thousands of people in my online courses, workshops, retreats, and popular Youtube channel. My favorite part of this journey are the meaningful connections that I’ve made with people from all over the world. I originally started True North Arts a year after I started blogging and put it on hold four years ago while I focused on my work with mandalas. I was working a full time job and didn’t have enough time and energy to do everything. Here I am feeling like I’m coming full circle as I relaunch True North Arts and connect all of the dots along this ten year journey. Swing by my new website: I’d love to hear what you think of it! {soul hugs} Kathryn Costa

Let’s Play in Our Journals

My journaling changed ten years ago when images and words from magazines added color, interest, and inspiration to the otherwise boring straight lined pages in my notebooks. What started out as play, turned into a way to create a vision for my life that inspired me to build a life and business that I love. That’s why I call them vision journals. What’s a Vision Journal? Think vision board meets journal. It’s a place to dream, brainstorm, and make plans. It’s where you gather inspiration and have sacred conversations with your soul. Vision boards are often created as a one time activity often at the beginning of the year. The vision journal is an ongoing process that keeps you connected to your vision. It supports you to go from dreaming to doing. In my interactive online workshops, I show you how to recycle a catalog and use magazine images and other ephemera to create your own unique vision journal. Journal Workshops These fun interactive online workshops include: Gorgeous Envelope. You get real mail! Tucked inside …

Join me at the Omega Institute this Summer!

Slip into the creative zone this week as we find meaning in the art we make. Mandala means “circle” or “center” in Sanskrit. Creating Mandala art is an immersion into beauty, color, and form, as well as a powerful practice that fosters mindfulness and self-expression. In this workshop we learn techniques for constructing mandalas based on sacred geometry, labyrinths, and nature; we combine words, quotes, and journal writing with the mandalas we make; and we learn how the practice can reflect patterns in our life story and bring clarity and focus during difficult transitions and exciting milestones. You return home with completed artwork and practical tips for using these activities any time you feel blocked or are seeking direction in life. No art experience or supplies are required. Omega Family Week delivers a unique balance of time together and time apart so every family member can learn, play, and grow. July 29 – August 3, 2018 Get the details and register.  

Gallery: Creating Mandalas for an Inspired Year at Kripalu

To inspire your mandala practice, I collected a selection of mandala art that was created during the “Creating Mandalas for an Inspired Year” program held on New Years Eve weekend at Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health in Stockbridge, MA. I asked participants, “What would you tell someone about this program who is unfamiliar with creating mandalas?” The comments are found throughout this post in blue. Honoring 2017 Our weekend started with a meditation to help us make the transition from our busy lives to being fully present to this gift that we gave ourselves – a weekend of nourishing our body, mind, and soul. After a couple warm up exercises, students created a Seed of Life mandala and incorporated journal writing, symbols, and colors to represent the year that was coming to a close. Under the mandalas are words to name their year. “Kathryn Costa’s mandala program introduces you to a grounding practice that helps you tap into your creativity, inner wisdom, and spirit.” “If you enjoy the meditation and joy of coloring, this …

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. 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 color wheel and color theory in school or don’t remember it. You keep reaching for the same colors and you’re feeling bored. You want to get some new ideas for color combinations. What you Get Eleven Product Video Demos Markers: alcohol, water-based, ink, paint pens, gel pens Pencils: colored pencils, watercolor pencils, Inktense pencils Popular brands Different price points Pros and Cons Mixing and Blending Techniques How to select the best paper for different mediums Five Videos on Color Harmony Color Inspiration is Everywhere! Color Wheel Color Temperature + Relativity Value + Intensity Five Color Schemes Supplemental Resources & Handouts Color Charts Lesson Handouts Color …

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.

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 on 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 from an earlier time in his life 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. …