The Art and Meditation of Mandala Journaling
The word Mandala means “circle” in the Indian Sanskrit language. Within the circle there is a mid-point where the drawing traditionally starts. Mandala art has been linked to the spirituality of Buddhist Tibetans, Navajo sand painters, and the Aztecs.
Why mandalas and journaling?
Journaling is a valuable tool no matter how you choose to practice it. But, writing is a left-brained logical practice and sometimes writing in straight lines in a ruled journal makes our inner critic come out and we get stuck because... well, we're thinking too much. Words, on their own, are a function of the left brain.
I'm all about intuitive journaling and this is another way to listen to your heart (your soul). By adding circles, spirals, colours, images, and shapes to the words, mandala journaling invites us into a deeper place that accesses both the right (creativity and intuition) and left brain (communication). This results in a deeper creative wellspring within ourselves.
Just like journaling isn’t really about writing — drawing mandalas isn’t really about art
You don't have to be able to draw. Mandala journaling is all about the state of FLOW where concentration is effortless. You lose time and awareness of your surroundings because you are accessing a deeper awareness — your connectedness to all that is.
Mandala Journaling is about connecting — deeply — to your inner wisdom. It’s about learning to listen and creating paths to your intuition, so you can receive messages and advice when you need it. It’s about expressing what’s going on inside you. And, finally, mandala journaling is a lovely way to practice self-care. PLUS, it's pretty!
Mandala Journaling is for you if:
- you are seeking clarity in you life
- you want to give birth to new ideas and bring them into the world
- you want to stop the endless hamster wheel of thinking
- you want to meditate but have never been able
- you are frustrated in your journaling practice and need something more
Meet Joanne Richard
I met Joanne at one of my in-person journaling workshops, Writing From the Heart. She has been practicing art through painting, drawing, and mandala making for many years and has a wealth of knowledge about mandalas and how to create them. Joanne will show you step-by-step, how to draw a mandala in a simple and relaxed way.
Together, we'll create an intimate ambience with essential oils, candles, meditative music — everything you need to access your inner art journaler!
What you get in Mandala Journaling:
- a three hour workshop in which you'll create a mandala and record words that you hear
- instruction on the art of creating a mandala
- instruction on how to listen to your heart and write what it has to say
- plenty of time to create a mandala and then colour it if you wish (if you have materials at home such as pencil, ruler, pencil crayons, markers, etc., please feel free to bring them)
- special paper and art supplies will be provided
- you'll also go home with a mandala guide to remind you for future mandala making at home
Sunday, November 19th at 1:00 PM
Alzheimer Society Offices
1070 St George Blvd #2b, Moncton, NB E1E 4K7
(You can also pay cash at the door, but please register above.)