Exploration of the self through the mandala
The word “mandala” means sacred circle, which contains the essence of whoever does it by connecting its inner world and expressing it artistically around a center, both individually and as a group.
The integration of the self and awareness through the mandala include a tour through the levels of the Expressive Therapy Continuum in which the participant will be empowered to start a structured creative path around the center of the circular form.
The Art Therapist Nona Orbach´s Tree Metaphor, will be used for reflection in the creative process in which the materials will have a central role in both, literal and metaphorical connection with the human body and with the brain, at its different levels of development when working artistically in mandalas.
The creative work includes an active meditation process by the personal development of two mandalas, the first of them supported in Sacred Geometry, using artistic drawing materials: pencil, colored pencils, markers, rules, squares, compass, etc. The second mandala will be created intuitively, with natural materials, flowers, seeds, leaves, etc., as well as with symbolic belongings contributed by the participant.
As a connection between Jungian mandala and mexican culture, the Aztec Calendar also called “Sun Stone”, which is a brilliant combination of artistry and geometry, will be introduced.
It reflects the Aztec understanding of time and space as wheels within wheels. The detailed surface of the stone combines the understanding of the gods the people had created over the centuries as well as their observations of the heavens.
As a third mandala to be created in the workshop, participants will create their own calendar, based on their individual conception of time, space, environment and connection to nature.
At the end of the group creative process, the experience will be shared, and the natural materials will be conserved in small cloth bags that will be a symbolic memory of the creation and the moment of coexistence at the international art therapy conference.
Materials per participant:
• Five sheets of drawing paper, size A4
• One sheet of vegetal paper
• One colored card paper, A3 size
• Geometry compass
• Colored pencils
• Colored markers
• Various flowers in different colors and types
• Species: cinnamon, clove, peppermint, etc.
• Seeds of different plants, in different colors and shapes
• Small cloth bags (8 x 10 cm approx.) Of different colors, one per participant
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Shakya, M. (1). Basic Concepts of Mandala. Voice of History, 15(1), 81-88.
Introduction to the Aztec Calendar: https://www.azteccalendar.com/azteccalendar.html