Mandalas are circular designs (sometimes within a square or rectangle) that create a focus for the mind. They can be used in many ways, the most common being a tool for meditation, and as a creative pursuit that brings about healing and a relief from stress.
Mandalas can be found in every culture and religion, from Native American medicine wheels, Tibetan sand mandalas, Indian Rangoli to Christian Rose windows and ancient symbols carved into stone. They can be made of many different materials, such as sand, flowers, sticks, stones or they can be drawn, painted or designed on a computer.
Creating your own mandala is a calm, focused process. There is no expected outcome, simply the process of creating. We are not judging the finished piece, but enjoying the time spent with the materials and the excitement of the creation. Using simple geometry and shapes you will tune in to your own creative energy and design a personal mandala to take home.
All materials will be provided. We will be working on a circular piece of MDF using acrylic craft paints. You do not need any previous experience in drawing or painting.
The morning will consist of a couple of short meditations and discussion on the mandala, along with how to structure and design a simple mandala. We will look at how we choose colours and the symbolic correspondences of colours, shapes and numbers.
After lunch we will paint our mandalas together, allowing for more discussion and exchanging of ideas. Refreshments will be available, along with the chance to take breaks and find inspiration in the stone walled garden.
The Quaker Meeting house and garden is a beautiful setting for a day of exploring the mandala and your creativity. Set in the heart of Winchester next to the ruins of Wolvesley Castle, the Meeting house has a rich history. It has been a Quaker Meeting House since 1973 and is currently used by many organisations including the Thekchen Buddhist Centre and The Society of Homeopaths.
Lunch and refreshments are included. Please advise in advance of any dietary requirements.
There is no parking available at the venue. The Meeting House is a 10-15 minute walk from Winchester train station, and a 2 minute walk from the bus station. There is a Park and ride at St Catherines Hill (£3) with a very short bus journey to the station. There is also a multi-storey, long stay car park in Chesil Street that costs £6. From Chesil Street it's a 5 min walk to the Meeting House.
Price £40 (Earlybird £35 before July 1st)
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