Teaching at the annual 5 day Art & Soul Retreat in North Carolina at Kanuga feeds my soul for the entire year. Our classroom cabin in the woods holds a deep and sacred space.
This is week 5 of a creativity adventure titled “A Drawing, Design or Doodle a Day”
If you missed Week 1 – here is the link
If you missed Week 2 – here is the link
If you missed Week 3 – here is the link
I thought it would be a week of drawing dread, instead it turned into a joy to wake up and find something that calls me to be seen, deeply seen.
Homesick for Mark Making Creativity – Mandalas & Words. I have a longing for the experience of infinity through creating mandalas.
The inspirations were many: a meditation, a stone, the moon, the awakening of spring and a headache. The shared time of creativity brought mandalas and other creative expressions to light during the last mandala circle at my studio.
We shared our creativity honoring the returning light and the time of open hearts. Mandalas #CreativityForTheSoul
As I prepare for teaching my August five-day art workshop in North Carolina at Kanuga*, I am spending time in the dance of drawing, revisiting its joy and terror. Drawing is a dance that unites the essence of what is being drawn with the eyes, heart and hand of the person drawing. That dance takes place when a person sees, truly sees.
Today is January 1, 2018. The first full moon, on the first day. The energy of full moon light amplifies what will go forward into the New Year.
A Sacred Circle of Creativity workshop was a three-day journey into the mystery and manifestation of our own creativity. I am so thankful to the creative souls who joined me…
Sacred Circle of Creativity – Sharing. A nurturing safe embracing place where a deep connection with our own personal truths and source is opened and expressed.
“Deep in their roots, all flowers keep the light.”
For those new to a month for mandalas – please open this link and read the beginning of blog which explains it all. This is the last in the 4 part series LIGHT.
The Light of Our Hearts. Our brightest light shines from our hearts.
“Nothing can dim the light that shines from within.” Maya Angelou
There is light from within and light that shines upon us. Our light comes from deep within our soul, from the womb of our being
STANDING UP FOR TRUTH “What you love is the cure” is an African proverb. How can my love for (fill in the blank) cure my life and the world?
Sharing Truth Tea. How I can go forward. A Month for Mandalas. Truth in Kinship – Family, Friends, Community, Creation, Creator.
A Month for Mandalas. There are ways to know and find our truths. Because we are nature, we can find our truths there.
The joy of leading and teaching spiritual art workshops is mainly seeing the opening up and blossoming of each participant’s creative expression. This was especially true in August at Kanuga during the Faith, Art & Creative Expression Conference workshop.
Creating Sacred Space in Garden -Planting Prayers was the title of the class I taught at Kanuga near Asheville, North Carolina … Sometimes described as a “thin” place, this Episcopal Retreat Center is a space where deep connection and community promotes and nurtures the weaving of faith, art and creativity.
Our mandala circle took place the night the world found out about the Orlando shootings. The mandala art created was about finding a way to peace, healing and stopping the hate.
These mandalas were created and inspired by a mandala circle of shared creativity and a meditation honoring silence.
For decades I’ve wanted to travel to Esalen, take a workshop and immerse myself in this unique Big Sur land of delights, dreams and depth. The delights are the land, waters, air, light and their gifts. The dreams are the calling from dreamtime at night, and the depth is exploring into […]
Soon I’m leaving for a to a place I’ve wanted to go for decades – Esalen in Big Sur, California. There I want to settle into a deeper place in the center of my heart and the center of our earth’s heart.
Teaching at Kanuga F.A.C.E conference. Little did I know it would be a life-changing journey to my own and other’s deep creative heARTs.
Mandalas and meditation were shared during my last mandala circle at my home studio. The circle of sharing also goes out into the world and comes back via the internet. Here are some shared mandalas created from near and far.
A Month for Mandalas – Loving Water
Planting Mandalas, Mindfullness & Prayers – Connection to Creativity & Nature.
Each week is inspired by one of the four elements: earth, air, fire and water. Water is this week’s inspiration.
Loving Fire – A Month For Mandalas. This is the third week of A Month for Mandalas – Session Two – Planting Mandalas, Mindfullness & Prayers – Connection to Creativity & Nature.
Loving Earth – A Month for Mandalas. The earth is our mother. It is our home, the home to all creatures who live on its surface. We are one with this earth. Planting Mandalas, Mindfullness & Prayers – Connection to Creativity & Nature.
Planting Mandalas, Mindfullness & Prayers – Connection to Creativity & Nature.This is the invitation and a beginning for A Month for Mandalas – Session 2. This blog explains what it is all about.
Here is a book made of round mandala pages and a special mandala box. I made these as examples of what I will be teaching next summer at the 2016 F.A.C.E. (faith, art and creative expression) Conference.
I leave in less than a week for Kanuga near Asheville, North Carolina to teach a week-long course titled “Entering the Sacred Through Images, Words, Nature & Gardens”. Kanuga is a 1400 acre Episcopal retreat center. I can’t wait.
Here is my rewritten art journaling story about my stressful life in May as a garden designer. It has changed my life. The outcome is at the end of this blog.
This is the last week of 100 Days for Mandalas – Session 5 – The Gifts of Our Soul. It is a time for reflection. A time to find the essence of the entire session. That essence is “I am” and “We are”.
Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.
They somehow already know what you truly want to become.
Everything else is secondary. Steve Jobs
Can you remember who you were, before the world told you who you should be.
As we journey through life there are helpers who are there for us. Some are people, some are angels in the real sense and other like angels. Inspiration and guidance come in many forms. Often a rock found along a path calls
My mandala was inspired by the theme of JOURNEY for this three week session. Walt Whitman’s words bring to mind the fact that each of us is on a journey that only we can make. Although others join us on our journey, it is ours alone.
My mandala was inspired by the words of Mary Oliver. Sometimes there is an ache in the heart for the beauty of this earth. It is almost too much. Not the violence, heartache, horror. But the beauty that is too much to take in. Sometimes it feels like my heart isn’t big enough to give the love it deserves.
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.” (Marianne Williamson) This is the second week of 100 Days for Mandalas. It is a time to be inspired to delve into the deep creativity that reveals the mystery of who we are and guides us on our life journey.
The Gifts of Our Souls – We all have gifts of our authentic being that we are here on earth to share; with ourselves, others, the world and beyond. These gifts are the gifts of our true selves.
Sharing of inspiration and creativity is what this blog is all about. I am always so thrilled to share the creativity of others. My monthly mandala circle get togethers are always a delight and amazement when other mandala makers create works of depth and beauty. Here are the first mandala sharings of this new year.
Remember you are a holder of the Light. There is a burning light inside of all of us. It shines from within to guide the light of life on this planet. That light connects us to Creator and creation.
A Month for Mandalas – Week 4 – Remember Prayer. Remember connection with the Divine. Remember open heart to give and receive.
Remember Silence. The quiet of inner sanctuary. The silence of inner truth. The silence of soft. The silence that is the foundation of all the is manifest. The silence between the notes of a song.
A Month For Mandalas – Week 2 – Remembering the Truth of Your Soul. We all have truths of who we are, who our authentic self is, what gifts we bring to the world are, what passions feed our souls. These truths are always inside of us, at our deep true core. In the quiet, in the flow of creativity these truths whisper to us. Remember them for they are always there.
This is the first day of the first week for A Month For Mandalas. Today is the day of balance of earth’s day and night, the equinox. It is a day of remembering our balance, of light and dark. The theme of this Month for Mandalas is Remember. Remembering the dreams of your soul, remembering the whispers and shouts of your true self.
A Month For Mandalas is a time of creative inspiration and expression. This first session of a month long mandala making time, will begin at the time of transition when the balance of night and day is equal – Monday September 22nd.
Rain is what nourishes us, the land, the waters and life. I am so thankful for the rains of this year where I live. I would like to send some to the parched lands. This mandala book is a rain prayer for the dry lands and the dry hearts we sometimes have.
The words of John Muir and Rachel Carson combined with nature images and mandalas by Christine Torlina in a small origami book. It is inspiring and beautiful.
May my hands touch the earth and heal the earth. May my hands touch others and heal both our hearts. May my hands be healing hands… Hands bring the healing touch to this world. My wish is for everyone to know and cherish their own healing hands.
Every month there is a “Mandala Get Together” in my art studio at my house. For a few months we have been making origami books from one large sheet of paper. Earlier in the day a dragonfly had a powerful impact on Karen Martinez so she created a powerful piece of art.
These are the last days of 100 Days for Mandalas session 4. The last theme of Freedom rings deeply. Perhaps days before the 4th of July, the political meaning of Freedom is considered more often in the United States. But Freedom is always personal.
Freedom is a word with many meanings, so many meanings. It has life and death meanings and consequences, and is something all humans strive for and deserve. Each person has their own striving, guided and pushed by that deep soul longing. 100 Days for Mandalas – FREEDOM
Isn’t it interesting how sometimes art opens up past experiences and reminds us of our life journey. The inspiration word “floating” inspired an art journal book that made me remember my experiences of floating. But it wasn’t until I was almost done with this book, that I remembered the most powerful floating experience I ever had.
100 Days for Mandalas – GROWTH. Growth is most apparent in the awakening of spring. As life pushes up through the earth, I feel a need to make sure my life is reaching for the light, just like the plants emerging from the ground.
I spent all day yesterday in my garden. I was surrounded by the re-emergance of green and amazing blossoms. I dug in the dirt. I cut back the overgrown and dead. I set new boundaries – a rabbit fence so my vegetables and flowers will grow. I worked with mandalas yesterday also. That and being in my garden let me heal from one of the most intense months of my life
This is the third week of 100 days for Mandalas. The prompt and inspiration for these two weeks is RE-EMERGANCE. For us in the northern hemisphere, there is the re-emergence of spring and green life going on. We are re-emerging from the darkness of winter into the light of spring and summer.
This is the second week of 100 days for Mandalas. The prompt and inspiration for these two weeks is BALANCE. Perhaps no symbol of balance is better than the yin-yang sign. A circle of completeness that contains the duality of life – light & dark – male & female – black & white.
100 DAYS FOR MANDALAS – BALANCE – SPRING EQUINOX
WELCOME TO THE FOURTH 100 DAYS FOR MANDALAS SESSION – Spring Equinox 2014, A Day of Balance. Surround yourself and let yourself be embraced by the mandala’s sacred circle of creativity and the balance of light and dark.
Here is the last sharing of the amazing mandalas created in my last November Mandalas, Meditation and Journaling workshop. I love them all.
Last November I had the honor to teach my Morning Mandalas, Meditation and Art Journaling course to amazing and creative women. There was so much creativity and depth to what was created and shared
Mandalas – 100 Days for Mandalas, word prompt. The word HOME was the one that took me a long time to really examine what is “home” was, is and will be.
Home is a place inside our hearts where we are at home with ourselves. Where we feel safe, nurtured and centered. Let this word inspire your life and creativity.
I used the Feng Shui Bagua as the template as a way to look at the whole picture, creating mandalas for each section.
This two week session of 100 Days for Mandalas is brought to you by the word “pause”. I took a pause in getting this part of 100 Days for Mandalas out into the blogosphere.
RECEIVE – this is the second, and last, week for the word receive as an inspiration for 100 Days for Mandalas.
The mandala inspiration word for the next two weeks is RECEIVE. The most beautiful writing I recently found that illustrates the state of receiving is by writer Mark Nepo, from his book Seven Thousand Ways to Listen.
AWAKE is the word meant to inspire this week. There are so many ways to be awakened. I found inspiration with words and pages of a journal portfolio that I made at a workshop in Utah a few years ago.
The inspiration for this two week session is AWAKE. The words that came to mind for me with awake are – being present, alert, fully aware, alive, conscious, in the moment, enlightened, present.
LISTENING – This is the second part of the two week period for 100 Days for Mandalas. A time for listening – to what we normally don’t hear. Listening not only with our ears but also with our bodies and our souls. Listening by being open, open to receiving. Receiving with open hearts.
This two week period for 100 Days for Mandalas is about listening. Listening to what we normally don’t hear. Listening not only with our ears but also with our bodies and our souls. Listening by being open, open to receiving. Receiving with open hearts.
I am getting this 100 Days for Mandalas blog post out a little later than usual. Life sometimes brings unexpected times for pause.
This is the third week of the third session of 100 Days for Mandalas. The inspiration for this and the following week is PAUSE.
This is the second week of the third session of 100 Days for Mandalas. The inspiration for the first two weeks is the word REMEMBER. This beautiful mandala is a prayer to remember the gifts of life
This is the second week of 100 Days for Mandalas – Session Three. This session uses words as inspirations for creating mandalas and art journaling that goes along with each mandala with words. For two weeks the word “REMEMBER” is the inspiration.
Welcome to the third session for 100 Days for Mandalas. It is a retreat into creativity that lets a person express their own unique and powerful inner wisdom by creating mandalas
100 Days for Mandalas – Session Three – Starts August 12th, 2013. This is an announcement and invitation to join in a couple of weeks.
My turtle mandala
I love to see and share the mandalas created during my mandala workshop. I am always amazed at what is created. Here are the rest of the mandalas that were created at the April 20th workshop.
Mandala by Lisa Pieper
This is the last week for this session of 100 Days for Mandalas, which started January 14th. Where did those 100 days go?
I have been drawn to using regular manila folders for creating art journaling mandalas. The are like mini-books.
I am filled with joy that my mandalas and the story of how they became part of my life are featured in a six page article in the 2013 spring issue of Art Journaling magazine. Here are the pages. Let them be an inspiration.
In this beautiful, crazy springtime (deep snow one day, flowers the next) the joy of earth and sky seeps into our bones, body and being. Nature calls to us with its mystery and magic and leaves its imprint on our souls.
The spiral of life brings us back to a familiar place, which lets us see the old with new eyes and new inspirations. These are inspirations for new mandalas.
Let these heart mandalas and images remind you to keep your heart open every day of the year. As we leave February, bring the heart energy of this month into all the months and days of your year.
February is the month we think about love and hearts. It is also Heart Awareness Month, to help bring awareness to our heart health.
This week is dedicated to the opening of hearts by all people, to send love and healing to all creatures and parts of our earth and beyond.
Today I am inspired by mandalas that show the power and beauty of hands, both the hands of humans and the hands of the Creator.
Creating art, and creating mandalas, is really about the process, not the product.
Today my only words are to share this beautiful quote by Buddhist Nun Pema Chodron about mandalas
Welcome to Day One of the 2nd session of 100 Days for Mandalas. This is a creativity retreat that will hopefully inspire the making of mandalas. It is a retreat in the quiet time, when the warmth of inner creativity burns as a fire in the center of the soul. There are many ways and reasons to make mandalas. Find your way and your reason, then join in.
This is an invitation to join in a new year of creativity and inspiration with the second session of 100 Days for Mandalas. Please come join a creative circle of a quiet round the fire winter retreat (for those of us in northern part of the world) and a lazy daisy summer camp (those those in the southern part) to feel the embrace of the sacred circle of a mandala
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