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Exhibitions and Courses 2017-18

Calendar 2017 - 18
 
New!Gift Vouchers - Gift a loved one with a place on one of my Mandala Painting workshops! Please contact me to arrange.
 
 
Octagonal Mandala Painting
A Four part course
 
 

Venue: Denmark Farm conservation centre, nr Lampeter, mid Wales.

Four 3hr classes, beginning 31st January 2018

A journey of discovery into Sacred geometry and the art of mandala painting. Working with Octagonal geometry, taking inspiration from Islamic and Celtic pattern, Goddess  symbolism and the teachings of Native American Medicine Wheels.

Meeting fortnightly for 4 sessions,  the course will have a gentle pace, with time for you to work on your painting between sessions.

suitable for beginners as well as those with experience.

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Please book directly with Denmark Farm:

https://www.denmarkfarm.org.uk/events/octagonal-mandala-painting/

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The Art of Mandala Painting

February 3rd 2018, 10am to 4.00pm

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Venue: St werburgh's Primary School, Bristol

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1451815878271374/

An introductory workshop, offering guidance for practicing the Sacred art of Mandala painting. Our focus will embrace the flowers, weather and elemental energy of late Winter/early Spring, how this affects us and how we may create a design to hold positive affirmation for ourselves/family/community at this time.

The Sacred Geometry of early spring flowers is mostly 3 and 6, so we'll be playing with triangles, hexagons, Celtic patterns, the Seed and Flower of Life...and beyond!!

Suitable for beginners and those with previous experience.

 

Please book here or contact by email annethomas23@hotmail.co.uk :

 

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Spring Mandala Painting

A four part course, starting Feb 12th 2018

 Venue: Cletwr Café, Tre'r ddol, near Machynlleth

Working with Octagonal geometry, the qualities of Four-ness and        Eight-ness, taking inspiration from celtic and Islamic Art, Goddess symbolism and teachings of Native American medicine wheels, as well plants and animals of this land.

Meeting weekly for 4 sessions, 6.30 to 9pm

Cost £40

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Please book directly with me - either by email or here:

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The Art of Mandala Painting

March 24th 2018, 10am to 4.00pm

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Venue: The Iona School, Nottingham

 

An introductory workshop, offering guidance for practicing the Sacred art of Mandala painting. Our focus will embrace the flowers, weather and elemental energy of late Winter/early Spring, how this affects us and how we may create a design to hold positive affirmation for ourselves/family/community at this time.

The Sacred Geometry of early spring flowers is mostly 3 and 6, so we'll be playing with triangles, hexagons, Celtic patterns, the Seed and Flower of Life...and beyond!!

Suitable for beginners and those with previous experience.

Please book here or email me directly (annethomas23@hotmail.co.uk):

 

MANDALA PAINTING courses


     

'And I saw the sacred hoop of my people was one of many hoops that made one circle, wide as daylight and as starlight...' 

-Black Elk


An introduction to the artistic and spiritual practice of mandala painting
Introductory level workshops offer an opportunity to study and practice the art of mandala painting, to mindfully create a design which holds meaning for you. The day will include guided meditation, an introduction to sacred geometry, discovering geometry in nature, mandalas in different cultures, as well as practical drawing and painting. The aim is for students to paint their own unique mandala design.
A mandala can be perfectly simple or elaborately complex in colour and construction, sometimes incorporating symbols and sacred geometry. Whether simple or complex, the creation of a mandala can be a deeply satisfying process, providing a way to work artistically that can help us feel more centred and connected with ourselves and within the world around us. Mandala therapy!

Suitable for ages 14 upwards.
Beginners welcome, all materials provided - though I encourage you to bring your own tools (compass, ruler, brushes) if you have them.
 

 
        
 
 
   

'Come forth in to the light of things, let nature be your guide' 
- Wordsworth

Mandala Painting – A Path Toward Wholeness


I have been making mandalas for most of my adult life, in one form or another; but my fascination with creating them geometrically sprang from studying Geometry in Nature while home educating my children.

My eyes were opened to the incredible precision of mandala-like patterns in natural forms; the ‘fiveness’ of a flower echoed within the geometry of its fruit; the golden spiral of a snail being identical in geometry to a spiral galaxy or an unfurling fern. Within nature we see reflected divine beauty; an inherent order to things which may seem lacking in the turbulence of daily life.


Snail detail from 'Earth Ki' mandala


We can consider the creation of a mandala as both an artistic and a spiritual practice, because it involves a prayerful kind of attention observing and working in this way. It’s also a therapeutic practice, because creating a mandala can really help you feel more balanced and centred in yourself.

‘zentangle’ colouring books are popular at the moment; advertised as a form of ‘artistic meditation’ for a similar reason - to follow the intricacies of a pattern requires mindfulness, patience and quiet time.

Creating your own mandala design allows you to follow your own lines and patterns, to produce a painting that holds an intention or symbolism that is meaningful to you. In this way it can become a personal shield or a focus for meditation. It can reflect a time of year or an elemental quality. Maybe it represents a healing process or a dream you’ve had…


‘ the mandala is the centre. It is the exponent of all paths. It is the path to the centre, to individuation.’

- Carl Jung