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.
Luminous Mandala Class/Discovering a Personal Healing Symbol
Our next exercise in the class was to help participants discover a personal healing symbol. First they set a clear intention for healing. It could be physical, emotional or spiritual healing or they could just want to discover who they really are. The meditation guided participants to be receptive to a symbol and to be a channel for their spiritual center rather than using their ego to invent a symbol intellectually They were encouraged not to reject a symbol even if they didn't understand it. Then they drew the symbol with white pencil and then created a scale of light. In our next session they will begin to add color. These symbols are very powerful as they come from unconscious place rather than an intellectual place. Several of the students have given their permission for their black and white drawings to be posted. I am grateful for their sharing as you can see the power of this exercise.