Creating Mandalas at the Wainwright House

Wainwright House
Wainwright House, Rye, NY
©Kathi Littwin Photography

This last weekend, I had the pleasure of staying at the Wainwright House in Rye, NY where I offered a mandala art workshop.

I loved the warm welcome that I received and the little touches like this sign and flowers left for me on the fireplace mantel in my room.

Before the guests arrived for the class, I had time to walk the grounds and enjoy the meditation garden. Want a peek inside this space?

What a beautiful morning for a stroll in the garden.

A couple, Shiva and Shakti, are watching all who step into the garden. They don’t see me looking at them, but I catch them talking…

Shall we go over and say, “Hi?”

Shiva loves it when new people come to visit and discover the beauty and peacefulness of the Wainwright House.

Shakti raises her hand and offers a blessing hoping that we’ll find what we are looking for on our spiritual journey. She hopes we’ll come back often to visit her and Shiva.

A labyrinth, well situated with views of the water, offers a soft grassy path to walk. Here I reflected on the twists and turns of my life.

As I looked at this sculpture, my momma’s heart felt a gentle squeeze.

As our precious little one’s grow, we feel the space within us expand.

Walking around, we get a different perspective on the sculpture.

I bet you’re ready to go inside and take a look at what we created in the mandala class. Am I right?

In the light filled space, we all slipped into the creative zone.

I loved looking over to see my friend Maggie creating her first mandala. We haven’t seen each other in seven years!

Here’s a closer look at her first mandala.

Working quietly with some gentle music playing in the background, creates the perfect environment to relax into and observe one’s own creative process.

The energy when we create in community feels nurturing and supportive.

Sitting next to me was Jane and here she is with her “Dharma Mandala.”

In a closing circle, we gathered to take in the beauty of our mandalas. Every time I teach this workshop, it delights me to no end to see how we begin with the same starting point and end with mandalas, each one as unique as each person.

For a closer look at each mandala, click on the images in this gallery. Do note that all of the participants were new to creating mandalas using tools rather than drawing them freehand.

My next stop is the Rowe Center and you’re invited to join me…

In this quick 3 minute video, I tell you about my upcoming weekend mandala program at the Rowe Center.

Are you ready to begin a new year and a new decade?
2020 is just around the corner.
My friend is calling it the “roaring twenties!”

If you’re not feeling ready to charge in, “roaring” into the new year…

…then a weekend getaway in a New England farm house sipping hot chocolate next to a fire may be just what you need.

Sounds good? We can make that happen as I’ve been invited to bring a mandala program to the Rowe Center in Rowe, MA.

Imagine an entire weekend dedicated to creating mandala art. The projects in this weekend are centered around reflecting back on the past year to celebrate and honor the many unexpected blessings and surprises. It’s a great time to release old energies to make way for new beginnings.

Creating Mandalas for an Inspired Year

WHEN: December 6-8, 2019
WHERE: Rowe Center, Rowe, MA
WHO: Kathryn Costa, Your Guide to Soulful & Creative Living

The mandala art projects featured in this weekend program include the projects I go back to year after year – they’re perfect for getting centered, reflecting on life’s journey, recognizing meaningful connections, and creating beauty.

Project Highlights Include:

  • Seed of Life Mandala based on sacred geometry.
  • Labyrinth Mandala Art based on the medieval style at the Chartres Cathedral in France.
  • Nature Inspired Mandalas to explore what you need now to bloom where you’re planted.
Rowe Center
The Rowe Center is located in the beautiful mountains of Northwestern Massachusetts

The weekend also includes:

  • Soul Journey Meditations to access your intuition and the wisdom of your soul.
  • Two Beautiful Envelopes with Oracle Cards for extra insightful and inspiring messages.
  • Lots of spacious free time. Imagine curling up by the fire to work on your mandala projects or write in your journal.
  • Delicious comfort food.
  • Connecting and Creating in community.
  • No experience needed. Beginner’s encouraged to sign up.
  • All materials and tools provided. (Mandala enthusiasts may like to bring their favorite art supplies.)


2 thoughts on “Creating Mandalas at the Wainwright House”

  1. Beautiful in so many ways. Thank you for sharing the creative adventure with the wonderful photos too. The gardens are so lovely and meditative. I love the variety of awesome mandalas as well. Again, thanks for sharing

    1. I’m so glad you liked today’s featured blog post. It truly was a magical and relaxing weekend. I look forward to my next weekend getaway at the Rowe Center.

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