Some of my most joyful and deepest creativity has been teaching at the Art & Soul Retreat*at Kanuga in North Carolina. It is a feeling of stepping into a stream so strong and deep that it takes me to a place where my soul feels at home, really at home.
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.
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.
Calm of Coloring Mandalas – Silence, Beauty, Fear. I finally made it to the Big Sur Hermitage. It was a roller coaster of peace, beauty and fear.Coloring mandalas calmed me down.
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.
Nourishing Mystery – Honoring the Dark – Welcoming the Light. The nourishing mystery, stillness and quiet of this time of year has been celebrated in our recent mandala circles. The quiet of darkness, a time to go within, is essential to the creative expression of light.
A most beautiful book, The Lost Words, reclaims nature words removed from a children’s dictionary. Acorn was replaced with analog.
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…
A Sacred Circle of Creativity – Boxes of Darkness, Light & Balance
In my recent workshop, A Sacred Circle of Creativity, we explored the cycle of creativity from mystery (darkness) to manifestation (light) and the resulting space of balance (grey).
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.
I recently saw Crochet Coral Reef in Santa Cruz, California. It’s an art exhibit that honors women’s brilliance, handicrafts and love of Mother Earth. It is a unique collaboration weaving together math, science, handicraft, environmentalism and community art. It was the discovery that a women’s handicraft could explain and create a physical form for a complex mathematical theory that started the journey of this exhibit.
“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?
A Month For Mandalas is a time of creative inspiration and expression. TRUTH is the inspiration for this session. Where do we find our own deepest truths, how do we know them and how do we go forward with them? Let your creativity be your guide.
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.
It was some times hard to explain what the workshop was about. It was titled Creating Sacred Space In The Garden – Planting Prayers offered at Kanuga during the Faith, Art and Creative Expression conference in late August.
I love how mandalas inspire kids and adults. This blog shares mandalas from children as young as preschoolers to adults as young at heart as any child.
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.
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.
In this time of increasing light, let your inner light shine brightly. A Month for Mandalas, session two was about connection to nature’s elements. This is the last connection to the elements – fire.
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.
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.
“Show up and be real”, part of the theme of Authentic Living, inspired a Mandala Mobile and other Mandalas during a Mandala Circle.
What feels authentic to me? Needing to play, express and go deep within. Needing to share those things with others. Mandalas and meditation are the vehicles that take me on that journey. A mandala is a sacred circle that embraces creativity. It can be any image within that sacred circle.
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
This is week five of 100 Days for Mandalas. The theme for the last two weeks is “JOURNEY”. And boy what a journey this mandala took me to
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.
“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.
As I write this , it is almost 24 hours before the winter Solstice at 5:03 pm in St. Louis. When the Solstice takes place the axis of the earth is tilted so the north pole is furthest from the sun. Daylight is shortest for the year on this day. The journey to more light begins after this moment.
Sharing Mandalas and creativity is always part of this blog. The Month for Mandalas that started on Sept. 22nd has officially ended, but still lives on with mandalas shared.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
Creating art, and creating mandalas, is really about the process, not the product.
This beautiful mandala by Corlita Bonnarens is the inspiration for this week’s mandala prompt. As we enter the middle of 100 Days for Mandalas (today is day 47), […]
INVITATION – 100 Days to be Inspired & Creative – Not 100 mandalas in 100 days.
This is an invitation for anyone who creates mandalas to join in the 100 Days for Mandala Creativity Fest. It is 100 Days for Mandalas, not 100 days for 100 mandalas. So that means however many mandalas […]
ROAD TRIP – I am soon off to New Mexico for a Heart Journey Road Trip with a dear friend. It is a heart journey in more ways than one. It’s off to cities, high deserts and mountain lands. Santa Fe, The Mandala Center in Des Moines, Taos and Abiquiu here we come.
I was away from this blog for a few weeks, too much to do. Two art shows (one I was in charge of and it poured rain all day), my garden on a garden tour, a mandala art workshop, garden designs and installs, and other commitments all added up to three weeks and weekends of […]
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