Unlock your Creativity with Mandalas
"The creative is the place where no one else has ever been. You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. What you’ll discover will be wonderful. What you’ll discover is yourself"
Alan Alda, Award-winning director
In the 20th century, Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung investigated the effectiveness of mandalas in his work with himself and with psychiatric clients extensively. He saw the mandala as an archetype of the ‘Self’ and used them as a tool to study human psychology. Mandala creation, according to Jung, involves the emergence of unconscious material within the confines of a circle and is an expression of self-healing.
Mandalas, therefore, represent the process to seek out and connect with the centre of our being. These paintings are used as a support in this search as they trace the journey of how our innermost essence manifests in the world. By creating a mandala, we get in touch with our inner truth, we are supported with awareness in our spiritual journey, and we have the opportunity to bring unconscious material to consciousness.
What is a mandala?
Mandala is a Sanskrit word that means ‘sacred circle’. Mandalas are present in most cultures: the design of the mandala has always existed and has been universal in its appeal to all cultures throughout history.
They can be seen in Paleolithic “sun wheels”, in the alignment of the rocks at Stonehenge, in the rose-windows in churches and cathedrals, in dream catchers, in Buddhist art and sacred geometry. They can be commonly found in nature where circular patterns appear in stones, trees, flowers, and in the shape of some leaves.
Learn how to paint mandalas at our workshops and classes
"To be creative means to be in love with life"
In our classes and workshops, you will learn the techniques to create your own pictorial mandala. You will be guided through a space of deep meditation from where creativity can flow.
The base for the construction of mandala is geometry, whose forms become a track for the pictorial development. Therefore, no artistic abilities are required. We work with a compass and ruler following the symmetric repetition of forms and colours. This allows the mind to rest, to be silent.
As you start your mandala be prepared to go through an inner journey that can at times be uncomfortable. You may experience vulnerability, frustration and even anger or anxiety. With this art form, colours and shapes can emerge from you spontaneously as you leave your judgment behind and let your energy and creativity flow. It can be a profoundly healing experience.
I enjoyed every step of the workshop and I thought it was very well presented, with the right balance of guidance and independent work.
Thank you so much Ameeta for sharing your knowledge and passion for mandalas. I didn't know anything about them and now am in awe of how they are created both physically and psychologically. You have a lovely way of sharing and also caring for your participants and I'm deeply grateful for that.
Ready to unlock your creativity?
To find out more about our upcoming mandala retreats and classes, head over to Workshops or Book Now. Have a question about mandalas, their use or our process? Then be sure to check out our Mandala FAQs.
Ameeta is also available for individual and group exhibitions, and her artworks are for sale, either as originals or prints. You can view them on the Gallery page. To find out more, please contact 0449 101 955 or send us a message.