Date(s) - 8 Oct 2021
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
A nourishing day mandala retreat in the heart of mid Wales, offering deep thanks for the gifts of our lives, at this autumnal time of Gathering In.
Our autumnal mandala day retreat journey will centre around creating a mandala of Gratitude; a personal Shield that can hold a visual reminder for future practice, anchoring and strengthening our energy. The process will include guided meditation, sacred song (covid safe – outdoors) and observing the geometry present in nature, within the setting of a beautiful nature reserve. There will be time to explore and connect with the gifts of the earth and be attentive to our deeper wild selves.
Studying the geometry of nature, multi cultural mandala and the symbolic language of shapes, we then apply our observations and inspirations to mandala making; drawing geometry with compass and ruler and painting with watercolour, while taking time to relax with guided meditation.
Suitable for all levels of ability.
Cost: £55 for the autumnal mandala day retreat, including materials.
Places limited to 8 people
The sacred art practice of Mandala (Sanskrit, meaning circle or wholeness) offers a visual pathway for coming into centre, while at the same time bringing peripheral elements into a feeling of inter-connected harmony. We do this through the resonance of sacred geometry (the universal language of shapes and symbols), creative use of light, dark and colour, and engaging the limitless power of our intent.
Drawing geometry and painting mandalas invites calm reflection, prayerful attention, a place to play, process, and become a vessel for divine flow.
It’s devotional, in the sense of acknowledging the divinity within all things and how the oneness expresses through us.
The design becomes imbued with the quality of our intention and attention, resulting in a kind of visual energy map, symbolic of our inner world.
Geometry provides a framework which allows us to set our sense of ‘self’ aside as we follow new routes and ancient pathways, pausing at intersections to feel our way. Each shape is a number, each number holds specific properties, every meeting an opportunity.
You’ll learn how to create patterns using the ancient tools of compass, straight edge and pencil. Then painting with watercolour onto paper.
Facilitator & Teacher
Anne Thomas is an artist and teacher based near Aberystwyth, West Wales.
She creates mandala paintings and ceramic sculpture, inspired by geometry in nature and expressing a deep spiritual connection with the life-force of Mother Earth. She often includes species of wildlife native to the UK in her designs, celebrating the lives of these precious beings, calling us to notice, respect and learn from them.
Her fascination with the inter-connections of Life has lead her to study and practice Reiki, yoga, Ayurveda, sacred geometry, shamanic dreaming, conscious parenting and wildlife-friendly gardening. All of this profoundly informs her art and provides a background for the workshops and courses she holds.
‘How do we find our centre when all around the world is changing? Where will we find shelter when the winds of life blow hardest? It is in the highest and best interests of us all to develop inner calm and self awareness, so we may live our lives with grace and in beauty; with strength of heart and clarity of mind and spirit’
Anne has a studio and a healing room at her home. She teaches sacred geometry, mandala painting, Reiki, meditation and sacred singing. She has exhibited in England and Wales.
COVID-19 – We will allow more space for the Autumnal Mandala day retreat to enable good social distancing and also pay special attention to cleaning and hygiene throughout the day. We aim for this event to be as COVID safe as possible without loosing any of the warmth and soul of the intention
You may also be interested in other creative workshops at Denmark Farm. Please see our events calendar for our full list.
All proceeds from our events and holidays are ploughed directly back into managing our 40 acre nature reserve. Thank you for your support and please do come to visit soon.