Monday, June 29, 2009
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Getting ready in the morning as participants arrived.
Here is Patricia and Diana Rose. Patricia and I have been facilitating the Illuminated Mandala Retreat days for over 10 years. We are both Certified Facilitators of Judith Cornell's Healing Mandala Process.
Here is a small mandala done as a Healing Mandala for Harriet Wadeson, one of the grandmother mentors of the field of art therapy, with color added.
In the afternoon we began our larger pieces, focusing on the Four Elements and our associations with them as well as how the elements of earth, water, fire and air resonate in our bodies and our lives.
We always give participants permission to do whatever they are impelled to these workshops, and it is always a gift to witness what evolves and the personal healing the occurs as a result of the drawing process, meditations, visualizations and personal intentions for the day.
Each mandala is as unique as the individual who creates them. At the end of the day we share the inner stories that unfolded as a result of the process. It is such a blessing to do this work.
Unfortunately, I did not take photos of many of the completed mandalas. By the end of the day I was a bit exhausted and since our timing went over a bit, everyone was ready to move into the rest of their evening. But these images give a sense of the ongoing process and the day. I have begun a mandala and will post it's progress on later blog posts. Most people don't complete in the day. Drawing mandalas and working with prismacolor pencils is a slow and meditative, dreamlike experience that often take a while to unfold into completion. The next Mandala Retreat Day will be in September right around the Autumal Equinox, I will post the dates here, when we have settled on exactly where and when we will facilitate it. Blessings to All . Enjoy the Summer!!!!
Saturday, June 20, 2009
Have you ever seen
in your life
than the way the sun,
relaxed and easy,
floats toward the horizon
and into the clouds or the hills,
or the rumpled sea,
and is gone--
and how it slides again
out of the blackness,
on the other side of the world,
like a red flower
streaming upward on its heavenly oils,
say, on a morning in early summer,
at its perfect imperial distance--
and have you ever felt for anything
such wild love--
do you think there is anywhere, in any language,
a word billowing enough
for the pleasure
that fills you,
as the sun
as it warms you
as you stand there,
or have you too
turned from this world--
or have you too
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Saturday, June 13, 2009
Friday, June 12, 2009
Monday, June 8, 2009
On Friday I facilitated and Art Gathering with a group of my women friends, who I used to work with at Santa Rosa Junior College.
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
This workshop will be held at an interesting and colorful art studio in Healdsburg called the Cosmic Cowgirls Studio. I love that metaphor, having your feet on the ground and your spirit in the sky. The studio space is bright, colorful and visually entrancing, filled with a very positive healing energy. We are excited over the prospect of spending the day there drawing healing mandala's with others.