It’s been three weeks of settling into “normal” life after five days of deep creativity. Mandalas helped me settle back into home and garden life.
It was a week of inspiration in New Mexico. In Santa Fe I found this beautiful symbol on the statue of Mary in the grounds of the Santa Fe Cathedral Basilica.
This is the first day of a creativity adventure titled “A Drawing, Design or Doodle a Day” – Inspired by Nature – Learning to See Creator in Creation
A Month of Drawing, Design or Doodling a Day. I’m very excited about my Kanuga 5 day spiritual art workshop. This is an online preparation.
Birds bring wings to our hearts with their song, movement and beauty. The language of birds, which if understood by humans, has been told in ancient texts to reveal the wisdom of divinity. Perhaps it is the divinity of their beauty that has inspired some of our most famous artists, especially John James Audubon.
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
A Sacred Circle of Creativity – From Mystery to Manifestation & Back Again -Mother Earth, Mandalas, Meditation & Words. My new three-day workshop Oct. 12- 14. The golden pebble journey, as I call it, always takes place when I create a workshop.
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.
Today I finished planting my garden. It’s the last on the list of the many gardens I work in. Before digging in the dirt I took some mandala photos of the garden and flowers that touch my heart and share my time.
It was the weekend of Earth Day. A guided meditation connecting Mother Earth to our creative centers started the evening of our mandala circle.
“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.
“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
Although it’s a few days past, I want to rename the Harvest Moon, the Persimmon moon. On Sept. 23rd, the day of the full Harvest Moon, I created a persimmon mandala to honor the time of year and the time of sweet harvest.
I am getting ready to leave in a few weeks for North Carolina to teach my course “Creating Sacred Space in the Garden” at Kanuga, a spiritual retreat center outside of Asheville.
I miss making mandalas with art materials. Instead I’ve created some “driveway mandalas”. It is busy springtime when my life and driveway are filled with flowers and plants
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.
A Month for Mandalas, session two, is about connection to nature’s elements. Here are the mandalas honoring and becoming one with air and earth.
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.
A Month For Mandalas – Loving Air. Air is this week’s inspiration. In ancient India there was a way of connecting breath to the earth with the basic unit of time being 4 seconds or one prana.
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.
The last mandala circle get together was about an hour away at the home and prairie of Christine and Gary. The ten acres of restored and loved prairie and woods are called “Earth Mirrors”. It’s a mirror into the soul and long history of the land and those who care and cared for it.
I’m back home after an incredible journey that was deep and wide. A journey that opened new doors of creativity, community and connection. Sometimes it is hard to get grounded after such an experience. For me, it is spending time in the garden that gives me grounding and welcomes me home.
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.
“To dare is to lose one’s footing momentarily,not to dare is to lose oneself.” Søren Kierkegaard. VULNERABLE & COURAGEOUS– These go hand in hand.
“The authentic self is the soul made visible” Sarah Ban Breathnach. One way I feel that connection is by looking and seeing nature…I now have a new way of looking with a smartphone, tablet camera app that lets me create mandalas with the camera.
Today is a snow day for me. I often work in gardens in the winter with my helpers. Today it is too cold with a thin cover of snow. So I have the gift of unscheduled time, a day to be slow, in the moment and dream about blooming gardens that I’m missing
Last summer I started making a dinnerware set for ten. I had made a few pieces of slab built rustic pottery decades ago. Little did I know I would be part of an Arts & Craft sale on Small Business Saturday, November 29th from 10 -4, 2814 Sutton Blvd Maplewood, MO 63143 at my friend Kelly’s Living Arts Studio in Maplewood, Missouri.
I haven’t been taking time this year to photograph flowers from my garden as the flower mandalas they are. These are flower portraits that show the amazing details of their mandalas shapes …. When I do this my heart hurts from the intensity of beauty I see. I am reminded that at every moment this beauty is there and yet I am seldom aware of it and wonder why I am not in a perpetual state of amazement.
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.
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.
Subscribe to this Blog
- 100 Days for Mandalas
- 100 Days for Mandalas – Session 1
- 100 Days for Mandalas – Session 2
- 100 Days for Mandalas – Session 3
- 100 Days for Mandalas – Session 4
- 100 Days for Mandalas – Session 5
- A Month for Mandalas – LIGHT
- A Month For Mandalas – Session 1
- A Month For Mandalas – Session 2
- A Month for Mandalas – Truth
- A Sacred Circle of Creativity
- Art & Creative Expression
- Art Craft Fair
- Art Exhibit
- Art Exhibit
- Art Journaling
- Art Journaling Magazine
- Art Journaling Magazine
- Art Journey
- Black & White
- Blueberry Hill
- Business for Creatives
- Butterfly Gardens
- Ceramic & Pottery
- Children's Art
- Children's Book
- Chuck Berry Father of Rock N Roll
- Chuck Berry Statue
- City Garden St. Louis
- Clay bowl mandalas
- Craft Alliance
- Creating a Garden For The Soul
- Creating Sacred Space In The Garden
- Creative Expression
- Design or Doodle A Day
- Earth Day Mandalas
- Engish Gardens
- Facebook Page
- Family dog
- Farmers Market
- Feng Shui
- Flower Love
- Flower Mandalas
- Georgia O'Keefe
- Glass Fusing
- Greeting Cards
- Guided Meditations
- Happy Valentine's day
- Healing Art
- Healing Gardens
- Healing Mandalas
- Healing Prayer
- In Vases
- Inspiration Gardens
- Intro- How-To- Mandalas Workshop
- Invitation to Join
- Kanuga Faith
- Lantern Festival
- Learning to See Creator in Creation
- M.C. Richards
- Madison Farmers Market
- Mandala Crowns
- Mandala Workshop
- Mandala Workshop Online
- Mandala Workshops
- Maurice Sendak
- Meditation & Journaling
- Missouri Botanical Garden
- My Garden
- Nature Inspired
- Nature Love
- Nature's Healing
- Nature's Inspirations
- Necklaces / Pendants
- New Mexico
- New Year
- Painted Stones
- Photo Meditations
- Planted Prayers
- Pow Wow
- Prayer for Peace
- Prayer for Rain
- Public Gardens
- Published Articles
- Road Trip
- Sacred Space
- Savanna – Forest Park
- School Gardens
- Shared Mandalas
- Shrinky Dinks
- Shrinky Dinks
- Slow Art Day
- Slow Flowers
- Slow Flowers
- Social Media
- Solar Eclipse
- Solar Eclipse Mandalas
- Soul of a Nation
- Spiritual Art
- Spiritual Art Class
- Spiritual Creativity
- Story – Rewriting
- Story Telling
- Subscribe to Blog
- Susan O'Malley
- The Healthy Planet
- The Healthy Planet
- Total Solar Eclipse
- University City Missouri
- Wordless Wednesdays