Sunday, September 25, 2011

Tree of Life Mandala Workshop


Here are the process photos of the Tree of Life Mandala Workshop that we led last Sunday.
I love to  the witness the process people go through during these mandala experiences.  This image is of our beginning small mandalas where we  practice the scale of light in a circle. We always stop and put them up on the wall, to get a better overview of what we have done, as well as to stretch, and rest our eyes.  It helps to stand back from one's work.
Here is an image of everyone drawing around the large tables in the middle of my studio.  It was  a wonderful group of people, with such good energy.

The following photos are a sampling of everyone in the midst of starting their larger mandala.
Although our focus was the Tree of Life, everyone had permission to go in their own personal direction in their mandala.
This mandala was an honoring of the hope of the one tree that was left after the tsnumani and earthquake that happened in Japan.
                                               Another Tree of Life Mandala.
                           Keeping the pencils really sharp really helps in this drawing process.

                              It is always amazing to see what emerges for people in their mandalas.

By the afternoon we did some color blending exercises to give people the courage to dive into color.
             Here are some more of the black and white mandalas......I am sharing the evolution of pretty much everyone's mandala's here.

I love to see how they change as more and more scale of light shading brings depth, light and life to them.


                        And now comes the color, vibrant, brilliant rainbow scales of color....
It is often difficult at times,  to add color to these powerful black and white mandala's... some people really hesitate and it is not uncommon for some folks to either love or hate these first tentative steps into adding color.
                                                                             Hope


It is amazing how different each one becomes, and how unique everyones use of color is.
Only one person completed their mandala that day, everyone else was in different stages of the process.
This is a slow and meditative process, about being in the moment with what is coming up internally, as well as how it is mirrored in the mandala that is drawn.
This is Doris's powerful healing mandala, here sharing was a rich and deep model for where the mandala process can lead.

This final mandala is my Tree of Life Mandala in different stages of development.
I am now just beginning to add color to my mandala and I will share it here when it is complete.
Hopefully, the mandala group will send me images of their completed mandalas.  If and when that happens I will post it here for the world to see.  Until the next time....Ciao

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