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Workshops and Courses 2017

Calendar
 
 
Spiral Mandala Painting
A four week course, May 16th to June 6th
 

Spirals are found everywhere in nature; from snail shells, plant growth and whirlpools to hurricanes, the orbit of planets and unfolding spiral galaxies.

Open to students who have already attended an introductory course with me, or who have some proficiency in drawing geometry.

Four classes: Tuesdays -  May 16th, 23rd, 30th and June 6th. From 7 to 9pm.

Venue: Siop Cynfelyn, Tre’r’ddol

Cost: £35 (£28 concession)


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Wednesday June 28th
Midsummer Mandala Painting
 
 
Day workshop 
Venue: Felinganol Woodland Retreat, Cardigan, Wales
10am to 4.30pm
Cost £35
 
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July 15th and 16th
Geometry in Nature - Mandala Painting
 

Venue: The Centre for Alternative Energy (CAT), Machynlleth, Wales

A chance to go deeper with the practice of Mandala, on this two day course, finding inspiration from the intrinsic geometry of plants, in a beautiful setting.
Residential options, with free entrance to a Sound Bath event onsite in the evening!

Cost £80 including materials
  
More info and bookings here:
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July 7th to 9th
An Exhibition of  Mandala paintings
And workshops
At Seed festival, Hawkwood, Stroud 

http://www.seedfestival.co.uk/workshops/

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August 26th, 27th and 28th

Open Studio as part of Ceredigion Art trail

Come and visit me! Exhibition, prints and cards for sale, tea and vegan treats

http://ceredigionarttrail.org.uk/2017-directory/anne-Thomas

 

MANDALA PAINTING DAY WORKSHOP


     

'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
This workshop is an opportunity to study and practice the art of mandala painting. 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