Unleash your inner creative powers through the magic of our Mandala Classes and Workshops. The word Mandala means circle, the universal symbol of the cycles of life, of our connection to nature, to each other and to the divine – of the unity of body, mind, and spirit – wholeness, continuity, infinity and transformation. Learn more about what a mandala is. In these Mandala Classes and Workshops we create Mandalas to experience the following:
Organize, unify, or provide closure to our personal experiences, feelings, beliefs, and understandings
Help us focus or center our thoughts
Assist in healing
For personal and spiritual growth
As a kind of meditation or prayer practice
Most of all, because it’s fun!
Introduction to Mandalas Workshop
View a beautiful and informative visual presentation on the world of circles, explore some significant circles in your own life and create mandala images based on those discoveries. Inspiration for your Mandala might come from an event, an emotion, belief, photo or other expression of your personal life. It might come from nature, a flower, animal, trees, birds, insects, clouds, streams of light, a path in the forest that inspires your appreciation. You might be inspired by architectural elements such as building shapes, columns, arches, doorways, windows, roofing tiles, stonework,. or interior design elements such as inlaid wood, lamps or sconces. even an element of design, a color, or color combination, the flow of a line, interesting textures, shapes, values. Whatever the inspiration, it's such an intuitive process that the decisions for the theme of the Mandala, or how to cut the fabric or pictures or where to place them in your design, just come to you without much thought. It's an enjoyable means of personal and spiritual growth and healing.. Mixed-Media*
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Mandala Class or Workshop: Circles of Life™
Create a unique, very personal, and meaningful Mandala wall hanging, collage on canvas, or page(s) in your journal, in a circular arrangement. Your Mandala may represent your Family Circle, your Circle of Friends, a Memorial or Tribute to a Loved One. Your Mandala might take form as a statement of your personal beliefs, or your dreams and visions of the future you envision for yourself..
Your unique creation may be realistic, symbolic, abstract, or a combination using your favorite art materials or fabrics and ornamentation. Mixed-Media* or Fabric *
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Mandalas: Expressions of Transition and Transformation™
Create a Mandala as a symbol of one of the many physical, emotional and spiritual transitions you have made throughout your life. Represent an experience that resulted in a major change in your thinking, working, or way of seeing yourself (i.e. marriage, childbirth, moving, divorce, a new job, the death of a loved one, retirement.)
The result may be realistic (using photos or drawings); symbolic (i.e. butterflies, mermaids, water, fire, changing seasons, etc.); abstract; or a combination. Representational or fanciful, your unique creation may take the form of wall hanging, collage on a canvas or page(s) in your Journal. Fabric* or Mixed-Media*
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Advanced Mandalas: Exploring Symbolic Meanings in Your Mandalas
Discover the Healing Power of Mandalas. In this ongoing class, we will be making mandalas, writing, singing, even dancing and referencing the works of Dr. Carl G. Jung, Joan Kellogg, Susanne Fincher and others.
By becoming aware of the implications of the colors, numbers, images, designs we use in our work, great insight can be gained and personal growth can occur.Mixed Media*View Mandala Examples
Materials used in the Mandala Classes and Workshops
*The mixed-media workshops and classes use all kinds of art materials – pencils, pens, crayons, markers, magazine images and words, watercolor paints, fabric, trims, glue, glitter, found objects and anything else we can think of – to express an idea, a feeling, a mood, to create an abstract, realistic or symbolic image on paper, canvas or posterboard.
*In the fabric Mandala workshops and classes, pieces of different fabrics and embellishments are taken out of context and changed, adapted, and/or arranged around a new theme or abstract design. Most often, fusible appliqué is used to assemble the projects. The new products and techniques involved in fusing make the world of fabric art available to everyone, not just those comfortable with sewing and quilting. You will spend most of the time PLAYING with fabrics, designing, cutting, fusing and embellishing. No sewing is necessary.