All posts tagged: mandala

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 …

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 …

80 Mandala Pumpkins and Gourds

To inspire your muse this Halloween season, I rounded up 80 pumpkins and gourds embellished with mandalas. Halloween is a big deal here in the states so much so the National Retail Federation anticipates that Americans will spend 8.4 Billion dollars in 2016 on candy, costumes, and decorations. How will you be celebrating this holiday? Mehndi Mandala Pumpkins by henna artist Vineeta Rajani Tangled Pumpkin Lace Inspired Pumpkin Mandalas by Nicole Barton Black Mehndi Mandala Pumpkin by henna artist Vineeta Rajani White Mandala Pumpkins Paisley Mandala Pumpkins Carved Mandala Pumpkin Peruvian Gourd Mandala Mandala Gourd Purse Celtic Pumpkins Pumpkin Mandala Coloring Page For more inspiration check out my pumpkin and gourd mandala board on Pinterest. Want to get started drawing mandalas? Check out these links: Read my how-to guest post on the Cloth, Paper, Scissors blog. The Mandala Guidebook – Download the first chapter for free! How to Draw Mandala Videos

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 …

How to Draw Mandalas for Beginners

How to Draw Your First Mandala

Think you can’t draw? Think again. I designed this video for you! I’ll show you step-by-step how to draw this mandala. I know you have everything that you need. All it takes is something to write with and something to write on plus a desire to create mandalas. Let’s not forget how much fun it will be to color your first mandala. “I want you to know you did a beautiful job in giving me confidence and explaining and demonstrating how to create a mandala. I’m going to try it tonight!!” – Leslie Teltoe Show Notes Supplies Used Please note these products are linked to Amazon using affiliate links, which means that if you click on one of the product links, I’ll receive a small percentage of the sale. I only link to products that I have used and recommend. Thank you for your support of my work on 100Mandalas.com. The commission is used to purchase art supplies and books. Bee Paper Super Deluxe Sketch Pad, 6″ x 6″ Sakura 50035 6-Piece Pigma Micron-01 Ink …

Total Eclipses & Mandalas

Here in the US we are anticipating the total solar eclipse tomorrow, August 21st. This is the first one to be visible since 1979. While many people will be in a region to view it, everyone in the US can catch a partial eclipse. Here’s a cool tool that maps when and what you’ll see in your location. If you are concerned about missing it, not to worry. Lena from the Power Path School of Shamanism writes, “It really does not matter energetically, only psychologically. But with that said, this is definitely a time to honor a marker of huge change and the agent of a massive reset. Even if you have been working with these energies now for the past weeks, it is always good to honor the exact time frame around this event. What can you do? Be aware, through a list or a mental awareness, of what you are resetting. Do something that symbolizes coming into a still point, an unplugging, a dropping into the void. Acknowledge the absence of the sun …

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.

100 Mandalas Compass Rose

Forty-three participants of the Inspired Vision Retreat were invited to contribute a piece to this group mandala project. Each person was given a piece and assigned a color. They printed the piece, filled it with color and form and incorporated their word-for-the-year into their design. When I started creating these “community mandalas” it was to bring our group closer together and illustrate how there is a place for everyone. I love that you don’t have to be an “artist” or believe that you are creative to fit into this project. What word will inspire you as you navigate the challenges and opportunities that are showing up for you? For participants in the workshop we played with words until we found the one that spoke to each of us. A compass design brings together all of the words to help us individually and as a group to live an inspired life. This is a powerful symbol of faith and hope. Want to participate in the next Community Mandala Project? Exclusive invitations will be sent to the participants of the …