Mandalas: A Centering Practice

Workshop/Retreat available by request for your group

Kathleen Grittner

The Sanskrit word Mandala, broadly translated, means circle or sacred circle.

Circles are found in all of nature and the cycles of life. They symbolize continuation,

wholeness and the interconnectedness of all things.

Mandala making is a meditative art form and a centering practice that creates space

for your inner wisdom to arise and support you. It is a way in which you can connect

with the fundamental pattern of wholeness; the web of life that sustains us all.

Various approaches to creating mandalas will be introduced as well as a choice of art materials; including colored

pencils, and an assortment of paints and pastels. By creating your own mandalas you will deepen your personal

experience of this centering practice and leave with ways to develop your own approach to using the mandala as a

means of self-expression and exploration. No prior art experience is required.

Everything belongs in the circle where we are all one, all connected. The circle teaches us to see the bigger picture. It is always moving and evolving.

Elena Avila

Art Materials are provided. Bring your own if you like. A journal is also recommended for this workshop.


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Kathleen Grittner, M.A. proprietress of Full Circle Retreat, where surrounded by the

beauty and energy of nature, invites you to experience your own inherent creativity. In this

relaxing environment free from judgment, competition or the pressure to produce certain

results, Kathleen shares processes that inspire intuition and imagination to come out and

play. She encourages you to approach art making in the spirit of beginners curiosity and

to notice what arises from your inner teacher. Drawing upon various contemplative

practices, she teaches methods that facilitate self-knowing and your own healing capacity.

Primarily focusing on imagery as a meditative conduit, music, movement, writing and traditional meditation practices

are integrated into the retreat and workshop experiences that she guides.

Kathleen earned a masters degree in art therapy after studying studio arts, philosophy, literature, world religions

and psychology at Mount Mary College in Milwaukee. She continues a life-long exploration of the art forms,

teachings, research and spiritual practices that bring more clarity, peace, compassion and joy to our everyday lives.

In 2003, Kathleen opened her rural home, Full Circle Retreat to those who have the desire to be in nature, create in

community, cultivate authentic expression of themselves, learn from each another and to live wholeheartedly.

Kathleen is a SoulCollage facilitator and student of the Enneagram with particular interest in where imagery,

neuroscience, and spiritual practice intersect. She recently completed the Full Circle Enneagram Training and

Certificate Program. More about SoulCollage at:


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