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February Mandala Challenge

The topic for the February Mandala Challenge is sacred geometry. In this video, I interview Susanne Fincher author of Creating Mandalas with Sacred Geometry. Susanne gives us a step-by-step demonstration of how to construct the triangle and circle progression. Our conversation covers: When and how Susanne got started creating mandalas. Susanne has been creating mandalas since 1976. I asked her why she thinks the mandala has held her attention for so many years. The difference between geometry and sacred geometry. Who has had the most influence in creating sacred geometry? What is the Tetrachtys? What is Metatron’s Cube? How can one use sacred geometry for personal mandalas? Challenge Details Create a mandala based on Susanne Fincher’s demonstration of the triangle, circle progression. Watch the video for step-by-step instructions. Have fun adding your favorite colors and patterns to the mandala. Use any medium. Post a photo or scan of your mandala in the 100 Mandalas Sharing Circle. Not a member? It’s free to join! SIGN UP HERE. Members Log-in HERE. Deadline to enter is February 24, …

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 …

January Mandala Challenge: Mandala Inspiration Wheel

I’m delighted to announce a new series to inspire your muse called the Monthly Mandala Challenge. Look for a video each month that introduces the theme, contest details, and the prizes. Project Theme for January: Mandala Inspiration Wheel One day while looking at my wall on Facebook, I noticed a really cool video clip of a fidget spinner whirring above a hand-painted mandala with the question, “What gift can you give yourself more of today?” The possible answers delighted my heart – ease, novelty, play, stillness, rest, adventure… I clicked through to my friend Tonia Jenny’s Facebook wall and saw that she had created some other Fidget Spinner Fortunes that posed more heart expanding questions and answers. What can you give yourself more of this week? What will support your dreams today? What is your soul asking for? I’m a DIY kinda gal and thought, I want to make one! But wait, I’d love to see what my mandala family would create. I reached out to Tonia and she generously offered to be the first …

Opening My Heart in Hawaii

If you asked me seven weeks ago that I would be traveling to Hawaii, I would’ve scoffed in disbelief.  I had been working really hard these last three years juggling a day job and building my dream job. My vacations were dedicated to writing and promoting my book, trainings on mandalas and marketing, and connecting with my online mandala family. I can’t even remember the last time I even took a “real vacation.” Seven weeks ago I dumped the day job of 13 years. The following week, my sister-in-law and I were talking on the phone and she said, “You should come with me to Hawaii for a retreat.” In less than 24 hours the arrangements were made and I was heading to the “Open Your Heart in Paradise with Ram Dass Retreat.” What makes this story even more incredible was how the retreat sold out within hours of opening. Since June there had been a very long wait list and here I was going. It was a miracle. My Hawaii Wound When I told …

Gratitude Mandalas

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. This year I designed a new mandala that starts with the Flower of Life in the center and surrounded it with 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. A leaf-like pattern was repeated throughout to add detail. Pull out your favorite coloring supplies and think about each person as you fill in the …

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.

Life as a Mandala: Discovering that you’ve come full circle

Do you see signs and patterns in your life? I do. Last week I discovered that I’ve come full circle. Over Columbus Day weekend, I traveled over 400 miles down to Pennsylvania to facilitate a mandala workshop. It was just a few days before heading down that I realized that three years ago on the very same weekend, I was in Pennsylvania. My husband and I were driving when I thought up the idea for the 100 Mandalas Challenge and a how-to book for drawing mandalas. When I think of the anniversary of this occasion, I’ve always focused on when I launched the 100 Mandalas Challenge, not when I thought it up. I mark the occasion with an online celebration called Mandalafest. It hadn’t dawned on me the significance of the previous weekend until now. Keep in mind that in my adult life, I’ve only been to Pennsylvania three times and this was the third visit. So you can imagine my surprise when I noticed a pattern that I was heading back to Pennsylvania to …

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 …

Inside the Circle – What’s Happening at 100 Mandalas

Dear Mandala Friends, You never know when you make a difference in someone’s life. Yesterday, I received a message on Facebook from someone whose life has been changed by my mandala book and the 100 Mandalas Challenge. Bev from Wales writes: Hi Kathryn, I just wanted to tell you how much of a difference buying your book and doing the 100 days mandala challenge has changed my life. I’m in my 50’s and since being told I couldn’t draw as a child, have been blocked creatively all my life. Over the last few years it has felt as though I have been in labour – literally, a feeling of wanting to draw but not knowing where to start. I tried countless times but just couldn’t get past a stick person or a few scribbles on the page. In March, I started your challenge & the floodgates opened – on all levels……… I have suffered insomnia all my life – not since drawing mandalas, I have more energy – I suffer from ME, but most of …