June 4-6 (Thursday through Saturday)
with S. Gabriele Uhlein
Fee: $15 per individual session or $60 for the whole three day package
2 sessions per day at 10am and 3pm
Step-by-step guidance to create and meditate with intuitive mandalas. Using simple materials, we will meditate together, play from our Souls, and pray from our hearts and hands for our world.
Suitable for ages 16 and up…
In the Buddhist world, there is a deep respect for the power of Mandala-making to hold, to bless and to heal the world. In the western mystical tradition, St. Hildegard of Bingen created vision mandalas as she found her voice in a tumultuous time. Carl Jung recognized mandalas as images of Soul.
By creating our mandalas together, we take time and make space, setting intention and practicing deep Soul-presence. We offer our world healing hope and compassionate wholeness. Fall in love again with the work of your hands! Free from critique, performance, product or the need to please anyone, we give ourselves and each other, permission to reconnect with Soul and to create conditions for healing and wholeness.
These sessions are for anyone, artist or not, to explore Mandala-making as healing art and contemplative practice. No previous mandala experience is required. and we will use simple everyday shapes easily found at home as stencils and inspiration. S. Gabriele will offer easy to follow step-by step guidance, as well as advanced creative tips.
As an artist, Gabriele has many years’ experience in the contemplative practice of mandala-making and has trained in the intuitive painting method of Michele Cassou’s Point Zero. A long-time student of meditation in both Centering Prayer and Vipassana traditions, her art and spirituality sessions integrate a contemplative approach to creativity and intuition and offer a unique opportunity for spiritual insight and deep self-exploration. She is dedicated to recovering the Christian mystical tradition and living heartfully world-present.
We will keep our materials simple.
- For drawing all that is needed is an ordinary pencil and eraser.
- For coloring the mandala it is satisfying to have a set of colors, be it colored pencils, pens, markers, and/or watercolors… (glitter is also fun!)
- For creating mandala patterns, walk around your home and collect small shapes you can use as stencils: a saucer, a small glass, coins and lids of different sizes, puzzle pieces, keys, bolts, washers, coasters… Anything that fits into the palm of your hand and has an interesting shape to outline will work. For more precise mandalas, you may wish to have a ruler and a compass. These are helpful but not necessary for a satisfying outcome.
- As for paper, my personal favorite is a pack of scrap-book paper. It is often already cut square and comes in many colors. Look for paper that is unprinted and on the smooth side. Avoid patterned, glossy or rough textures.
- Remember that the darker the paper the more opaque your colors need to be. (Crayons, tempera, gel pens, colored pencils, etc). If you are using markers or transparent watercolors, choose white or light colored paper.
- Standard sheets of copier/printer paper or basic construction paper are fine for colored pencils and gel pens. But be aware that markers will bleed through and watercolor is too wet for copier papers.
- You will also need a timer of some sort (think smartphone!)
- If you wish, you might also gather some things with which to create a ritual space such as a candle, incense, a flower or a special meaningful object.