I create pressed flower mandalas and art and teach mandala coloring classes and workshops for healing, meditation and to increase personal growth and creativity in the Rogue Valley, Oregon area.
When I began my journey into this art form, I was experiencing a mid-life crisis that manifested in depression. As I started gathering and pressing flowers, leaves, even weeds, the life-affirming qualities of nature began to transform the depression into joy. Through my art and the classes I teach I want to share the miraculous beauty of nature and its ability to heal and connect us with a sense of hope and optimism.
I was trained as a counselor, receiving my Master's Degree from Antioch University in 1974. For twenty five years I worked in community colleges, teaching psychology and personal growth classes and counseling. At age 50, I enrolled in an Artist's Way class, and two things happened: I began creating pressed flower art and later began offering Artist's Way classes myself. Now I'm sharing the healing I've experienced with others, and watching them move from darkness into the light as their creative skills blossom is deeply rewarding.
I was invited to teach a Mandala Coloring Class to a Sunday School Class at the Congregational Church in Medford. Once again the children were so fun to work with and I enjoyed their colored designs. The positive feedback they gave following the exercise was so mindful and sweet. After the class was done I went to the coffee hour and a woman came up and ask if I would do a mandala class for the adults. I told her I would do a free workshop so will keep you posted when that happens.
The above mandala is my Mandala for Meditation design which is a free download in the Mandala Store and was colored by Barb Wallgren.