Mandalas are one of the world’s most ancient and persistent symbols. The mandala, meaning ‘circle’ or ‘completion’ in Sanskrit, represents wholeness. Psychoanalyst Carl Jung has called mandalas “a representation of the unconscious self.” Zendalas incorporate the principles of mandalas, but using tangles and patterns. As a mindfulness activity, mandalas and zendalas can help you focus on the present.
Mandalas and zendalas help our brains experience relief by entering a meditative state. Imagery is a form of meditation, and meditation can be a great tool for healing and restoring. The very nature of creating a mandala or zendala is therapeutic and symbolic. Whatever you are feeling at the time you make your mandala will be represented in your art.
As with most art therapy, it is about the journey, not the final product. Creating mandalas is a personal, introspective activity that can be thought of as ‘visual journaling.’ Once we’ve finished our mandalas and zendalas, we will reflect on the connections between your creations and the emotions that you experienced while creating.
No artistic ability is required for this workshop. This workshop is appropriate for ages 10 and older.
This workshop will be held Saturday, October 20, 2018 from 1PM to 3PM
Benefits of Mandalas and Zendalas
- Boost immune system
- Reduce stress and pain
- Lower blood pressure
- Promote sleep
- Alleviate depression
- Relieve anxiety
- Reduce negative thoughts
This workshop will include:
- Art supplies
If you want, you can bring:
- Your own canvas, paper, etc.
- Your own frame
- Your own art supplies
This workshop requires registration. Pricing is $45 per participant. Registration closes 48 hours before the workshop time. You may also preregister and receive an invoice via email.